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May PM Summit by PMI Turkey Chapter in Ankara

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Major project management conference on Human Factors in Project Management to feature global PMI leaders and industry executives

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

10 May 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – PMI Turkey Chapter organizes two Project Management Summits every year, one in Ankara and one in İstanbul. This year the Summit taking place in Ankara, Turkey, on the 23rd and 24th of May, puts emphasis on the Human Factor in Project Management and bring the project management professionals to discuss and share experiences on human-focused topics such as Talent Management, Teamwork, Motivation, Communication, Stakeholder Management, Coaching, Leadership, Delegation, Human Resources Management and so on.

People play a very important role in project management. Regardless of the kind of project or the sector; the team, the leader and the stakeholders together determine the destination of the project. Without a great team or a leader, a successful project can never take place and without determined and dedicated stakeholders, the right environment for the project cannot be provided.

Similarly, one of the biggest challenges in the timely completion of a project with a limited amount of budget and resources is to manage the development of the project team in the right direction.

Working with a team of people with different backgrounds, experiences and expectations results in conflicting agendas, personal conflicts and unresolved issues. When it happens, the situation may delay the progress of the project or even suspend or halt the project. Thus, we cannot ignore the importance of the human factor in successful project management. Paul C. Dinsmore, the author of the book Human Factors in Project Management also emphasize this factor as

“Getting things done through people is project management’s main goal. For a project to be successful, people must work together. Team building, conflict management, and communication skills are people-related abilities needed to make a project activities work. Everything on a project starts with people. And a project progresses as a result of human interaction“.

7 international speakers will include PMI’s Immediate Past Chair Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, PMI’s past board members Steve DelGrosso and Deena Gordon Parla, president of the PMI-Metrolina chapter Jennifer Baker, international speakers Kevin Ciccotti and Dave Harbath; top executives like Microsoft Turkey’s Deputy General Manager Levent Erkan, CEO of CCN Investment Holding Murad Bayar, CEO of Selex Turkey Sinan Senol, CEO of Meteksan Defence Co. Tunc Batum, Business Development and Project Management Director of Turksat Co. Omer Faruk Colluoglu and 20 other valuable speakers.

For more information or to register, go to http://pmi.org.tr/summit/ankara/en/

 

 

Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Jacobs as Project and Construction Manager

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Role to support multi-billion dollar construction program at Los Angeles International Airport

10 May 2017 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Jacobs has announced that it has been awarded a seven-year professional services prime contract for project and construction management by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to support its Landside Access Modernization Program, Airline/Tenant Improvement Program and Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The City of Los Angeles anticipates an increase in travel into the Southern California region resulting from the addition of new entertainment facilities, a sports stadium and a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In anticipation of this growth, and with the intent of improving the overall guest experience, LAWA has initiated the planning and development of more than $14 billion in capital improvements at LAX.

Jacobs’ role includes a broad range of project and construction support services to deliver programs from definition to construction and final closeout. Services include planning; project, construction and design management; construction logistics and impact analysis; staff training and development; change management; and environmental reporting. Jacobs is supporting LAWA as the operator guides and approves major improvement plans by its airline tenants at LAX including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines.

“Jacobs has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports for the past 15 years, delivering both airside and landside projects,” said Bob Pragada, Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure and Industrial. “Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help implement this program and solidify LAX as one of the great airports of the world.”

Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as LAX, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, LaGuardia, Heathrow, Brisbane, Melbourne, Manchester and Dubai. Jacobs’ services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to planning, design, program, construction and asset management.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

 

EBRD to invest in West Bank and Gaza

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS AND PM

10 May 2017 – London, UK and Amman, Jordan – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Board of Governors has approved the engagement of the EBRD in the West Bank and Gaza for an initial period of five years to support the development of the economy with investments through a trust fund.

The West Bank and Gaza are in the EBRD’s southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, which also includes Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, where the EBRD has been investing since 2012 and engaged in policy dialogue. To date, the Bank has provided some €4.8 billion to these four countries alone in the form of loans and equity. Eighty per cent of these investments are in the private sector.

EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti welcomed the decision to extend the Bank’s activities to the West Bank and Gaza, saying: “The EBRD can make an important contribution to the economy alongside other international financial institutions and donors. Building on the strong entrepreneurial tradition our goal is to strengthen the private sector.”

Operating in the West Bank and Gaza from the EBRD office in Amman, the Bank will provide support for private sector competitiveness and innovation, increasing access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, fostering a sustainable supply of energy and promoting private sector participation in energy efficiency and infrastructure.

Azzam Shawa, Governor of the Palestinian Monetary Authority, said: “We welcome the EBRD’s engagement in West Bank and Gaza. The Bank’s financing model and policy advice could provide valuable support for private entrepreneurship and market-oriented transition in the West Bank and Gaza.”

To date, the Bank has invested some €4.8 billion in 120 projects across the SEMED region in natural resources, financial institutions, agribusiness, manufacturing and services as well as infrastructure projects such as power, municipal water and wastewater and upgrading transport services.

The EBRD was established in 1991 with the goal of supporting market economies and promoting the private sector. Having started in central and eastern Europe, today the Bank operates on three continents and in 36 countries, from Morocco to Mongolia and from Estonia to Egypt. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD 

 

 

Free PM World Library membership for residents of Mongolia

 

Free full access to PMWL available to residents of Mongolia and other low income countries around the world

8 May 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Residents of Mongolia are offered free memberships in the PM World Library. Residents of all low income countries, as listed in the World Bank’s listing of low and low middle income countries, can now gain free full access to the PM World Library. See the list of countries for Free Library Access at http://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/.

to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free memberships for residents of Bolivia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ukraine and Zimbabwe, hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in those countries under stress or in transition. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Mongolia and many other countries.”

The PM World Library contains all original articles, papers and other works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, along with profiles of all authors of those works. The library also contains access to professional information, books, journals, websites, public information and many other resources related to projects and project management. Access to several major EBSCO databases of business books and publications is also provided, which will be of interest to students and researchers in low income countries where access to those databases is either expensive or unavailable. Visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ to learn more.

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to knowledge transfer worldwide and have established a policy of offering free memberships to residents of low income countries. We hope the library can provide a useful resource for those working on projects, teaching or learning project management, or growing the PM profession in those countries.”

Those working or living in Mongolia can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/. Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries. If any problems are encountered, contact info@pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Proceedings of 6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States now available

 

PPM EDUCATION NEWS

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

3 May 2017 – Riga, Latvia – The 6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States has been successfully held in Riga, Latvia during 27-28 April 2017. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference was convened at the University of Latvia and included researchers and speakers from many countries.

The conference proceedings have now been published and are available through the PM World Library. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-profession/ to access.

The aim of the conference was to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. The conference entertained a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

The 6th anniversary conference was organized and hosted by the Economics and Management Faculty of the University of Latvia together with the Professional Association of Project managers of Latvia. The proceedings include 35 papers covering both theory and practice authored by researchers and professionals in 16 countries.

The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

Proceedings from all six project management conferences held at the University of Riga are now available in the PM World Library. These proceedings are also included in the EBSCO business source database and available for access by researchers worldwide.

 

 

EVA22 – London – 17-18 May 2017

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Annual earned value management conference to again featured leading speakers in historic venue

1 May 2017 – London, UK – EVA22, the annual conference for project management, project controls and earned value professionals, will again be held in historic Armourers’ Hall in London during 17-18 May 2017. This year’s theme is “Brexibility”; Keynote speakers are revealed below.

Brexibility: This year EVA focuses on the New Normal. A fantastic place for a kick-start and a reboot of Project Controls in your career, your projects and your life.

Speakers will include:


Alison Messom,
Chair of the Clinical Research Institute outlines the challenges presented by Brexit for this currently UK based organisation.

 



Sandi Rhys Jones
, Trustee of UK Engineering and compulsive constructor urges us to focus on Wellbeing. Our own and the people we work with.

 

 


Mathew Riley
, Managing Director of Ramboll thinks it’s time for Project Controls to pull its finger out and make more out of Digital Engineering.

 

 

Chiara Mainolfi, APMG Italy Region manager and champion of Talent Club thinks no-one should get left behind. She got 50 unemployed women jobs in IT and thinks it can be done in the UK, even for men – Above all in a time of serious skill shortages.

 


Steve Messenger, Chair of ABC
thinks that the arrival of Agile Portfolios will make the truly benefits-driven portfolio management actually work. He might be right.

 

There is nothing better than a perceived crisis to make people get serious. In times of prosperity many of you will have seen how slack and undervalued Project Controls and Governance can be. But we have entered a window of opportunity to have another go at getting things right.

Governance that really does join projects to portfolios, in an agile flexible way! Project Controls are central to the PMO toolset, properly managed and executed. A proper career path with some qualifications! Performance Management which is understood implemented and used.

Getting your voice heard, your input sought and valued. There has never been a better time to prove your worth, to get the attention of the people at the top. Or you might be at the top wondering whether to jump. Come along talk listen learn discuss and see where it leads you. As ever, #eVa22 will be different, entertaining and informative. Dinner will be served in the Hall by candlelight.

Attendees are middle to very senior professionals with interests in project management generally, project controls, earned value and wanting to learn more about wider issues of transformation, successful change and benefits-driven portfolios. They will also be very keen to set Project Controls onto a formal career path this year and are looking for like minds who will lobby for and champion this, as well as networking and business leads.

Government Pharma Defence Aerospace Construction Utilities Transport Power Generation and IT sectors will be represented. Click here to book a place, get 20% off by using code PROJCONBREX. For more information, go to http://www.evaintheuk.org/

 

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 May 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

This month Mark Seely, in Part 5 of his Guest paper, points to best practices for deployment of each of the five distinct project management levels, and concludes with a set of DBM “Ten Commandments“. His Appendix A confronts “complexity” and points to simplifying options.

In Musings, our preliminary observations on a new conceptual approach called “Praxis” that describes project management in its broader sense. It has a number of special features: It is new, is a single integrated framework, can be tailored to all manner of different contexts, and incorporates practical lessons learned. It is also free to use!

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

Call for Papers on Agility in Project Management

 

P/PM CALLS FOR PAPERS

PM World Journal invites articles and papers about agile program and project management processes and experience

26 April 2017 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to agility in program or project management.   Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to managing projects with agility, or using agile techniques.

Since the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001 for managing software projects, Agile project management has grown in popularity around the world, not only for software development but across most information systems/technology and many other industries. While Agile PM generally remains most useful for relatively small teams, and sometimes multiple small teams, it has stimulated widespread interest in the broader use of more “agility” in program and project management.

What does agility really mean in the program/project management context?  What are some examples of agile decision making, organizations where it has been employed, or successful agile project management?  What are the trade-offs, the risks or rewards?  When or where should agility be increased or too much agility be avoided?  Answers to these and many other questions are welcome.

Submitted works for publication can be in any of the following categories:

  • Featured Papers – research based, conference quality, professional papers
  • Student Papers – research reports or papers created for university courses
  • Case Studies – descriptions of real world applications of Agile or agility
  • Advisory Articles – how to implement agile or improve agility
  • Commentaries – short opinion pieces on any related topic
  • Personal Story – discussion of personal experience
  • Creative Works – art, fiction, play, poetry or other imaginative creation
  • Second Edition – previously published paper, if author retains copyright

Questions or original works can be submitted to editor@pmworldjournal.net.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “There remains quite a lot of debate about the applicability of Agile project management for many industries and types of projects.  The concept of agility, however, would seem to be widely useful.  Maybe we can attract some knowledge or perspective on this topic.”

“Many traditional project management models and standards are based on well-established project lifecycle models and systematic approaches,” Pells adds.  “For some projects and organizations, agility and/or agile project management might then carry more risks. So what does experience show?”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal.  For author guidelines, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal.  Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider emailing an article or paper on this topic now or later to editor@pmworldjournal.net

 

 

Major Projects Association launches Knowledge Hub

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Gower’s former chief editor joins MPA in UK to manage Major Projects Knowledge Hub

24 April 2017 – Oxford, UK – The Major Projects Association (MPA) has announced the launch of their Major Projects Knowledge Hub. The Hub consists of two elements: a knowledge repository, where users can access and add insight from their own major projects in a way that allows the material to be freely used, modified and further shared; and a major projects community, where they can communicate, interact and connect directly with their peers.  The following is based on the MPA news release.

This is a substantial undertaking. MPA is connecting users not only with their own content but also with insight drawn from as many learning legacy and other knowledge hubs that are happy to collaborate. The development site isn’t yet complete but already contains abstracts and links into the material in the Crossrail and London 2012 Learning Legacies. MPA is endeavouring to encourage and facilitate a community of practice to model and share the behaviour associated with social learning.

The speed of change, complexity and uncertainty associated with major projects such as large infrastructure, social, government or business transformation requires an ability to draw on the data, techniques and lessons of every major project as it happens and to problem solve, learn and collaborate in real time.

Whilst organizations espouse the idea of continuous, work-based learning, few have yet built the requirement or the processes into their projects. And there are plenty of questions we need to answer if we are to be successful: how can we attract and motivate sufficient people from all levels within organizations? How can we encourage their organizations to provide them with the time and support to look up from the pressure of day-to-day processes? How can we overcome a natural risk aversion and reticence to share amongst businesses, large and small? How do we help all those involved to identify and realise the often apparently, intangible value associated with working collaboratively?

On the other hand, the benefits, if we can realise them, are substantial. Faster problem solving; access to pertinent data and experience for any organization trying something for the first time; a culture of sharing and collaboration that will break down siloes inside the business; employees who are instilled with an understanding of risk and opportunity and motivated to continually question and improve. And the benefits should extend to the UK PLC; with better projects; improved return on investment and the growth of the kind of skills that both industry and government require for us to succeed post-Brexit.

Given the complex challenge we have set ourselves, we are keen to build on any insight and prior knowledge we can find. Do you already have experience in solving some of these obstacles to collaboration? Have you been involved in the development of knowledge sharing or community of practice activities? If you are willing to share your advice and experience with us, then please contact Jonathan Norman, Major Projects Knowledge Hub Manager (knowledgehub@majorprojects.org or Tel: 07387 268596).

The Major Projects Association (MPA) is a member association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios.  Established in 1981 and based in Oxford, England, MPA was founded specifically for sharing experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects – both successes and failures – to help others avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered.  Membership comprises organisations engaged in a wide range of commercial and public enterprises, operating in a wide variety of fields.  For more information, visit www.majorprojects.org.

 

 

18 new works by 24 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2074 project management articles, papers & other works by 900 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 April 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 18 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 24 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the April 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 2070 original works by 900 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 24 authors this month, 6 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We published fewer works this month, but several of those included are really worth reading. The letters to the editor are also interesting, and Kik Piney’s ‘Devil’s Dictionary of Project Management Terms’ is very entertaining.”

New authors in February include Rasoul Abdolmohammadi (Iran), Ian Brooks (UK), Catherine Cockrell (USA), Jean-Pierre Debourse (France), Mats Ragnarsson (Sweden) and Fred Vokoboynikov (USA). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The reports from Argentina, Finland, Spain and UK are again really interesting,” Pells adds.  “The second edition papers this month are by pioneers in the project management field, Russ Archibald and Bob Youker.  And I hope I did not offend too many with my editorial, ‘Agile from a Distance’, about which I would welcome feedback.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,200 articles.  News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/.  See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications.  Comments or questions can be emailed to info@pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

June PMO Conference 2017 in London

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

11 April 2017 – London, UK – London’s PMO conference returns for a third year and takes place in Central London on the 7th June 2017. The event has been specifically curated for people who are currently managing and leading PMO functions within their organisations today.

The one day conference brings together expert speakers from the US, Europe and the UK, presenting 19 sessions all focused on current challenges PMOs are facing today.

The event kicks off with the leading PMO thought-leader, author and speaker, Mark Price Perry – the opening keynote The Business Driven PMO – Testing Your Convictions, followed by sessions that cover the latest thinking in PMO, practical skill topic areas for PMO practitioners and case studies from leading organisations on their own PMO successes.

Presentations will include:

  • Involving the PMO in Project Stakeholder Engagement
  • Governance and Governmentality in Projects – The Role of the PMO
  • Knowledge Management and the PMO
  • The Agile PMO
  • Beyond the Tricky Third Year
  • The Top 10 Drivers for PMO Change
  • Planning and Delivering Value with an Agile PMO
  • The Future of the PMO – The Chief Change Officer

Event Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017 8.00am – 6.00pm
Location: etc venues, St Paul’s, Central London

For further information and registration details please visit www.pmoconference.co.uk

 

 

Participants needed for Research Survey on Project Success Factors

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

9 April 2017- Madrid, Spain – Project managers worldwide are invited to help with research related to project success factors.  The research is in support of a PhD thesis at MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY in Spain being undertaken by well-known project management professional leader Alfonso Bucero.

The target audience for the research includes project managers, managers of project managers, project sponsors and functional managers, associated with various project types and sizes in all industries worldwide.  Participants are asked to complete a simple survey on an Excel spreadsheet, which should only take a few minutes.  Link to survey here.

Please return completed surveys to alfonso.bucero@abucero.com no later than 30 April 2017.

Background

Project success has been and still is a researched subject in literature. It is obvious that some projects are successful and other projects unexpectedly fail. When organizations are initiating and managing projects they are looking for project and organizational success, but even when extensive research has been done in the field of project management, organizations have invested a huge amount of money educating their professionals in project management, and professional project management practices have been implemented over last decade, a number of projects are still failing.

On the other hand, professionals and organizations can learn from failure, gaining better understanding and knowledge that may contribute to the success of future projects. Every organization is different and has a different environment but in this research the author wants to demonstrate that there are several factors that contribute most to project success.  After reading and reviewing project management literature, no general consensus has been reached on the factors that contribute to project success. This research will explore what are the right factors to create a better environment for project success.

Research Aims

The objectives of this research are:

  • To identify most common project success factors
  • To determine what factors contribute most to project success

For information about Mondragon University, visit http://www.mondragon.edu/en

For more information about the research, contact alfonso.bucero@abucero.com

 

 

Art and Health projects in Zimbabwe

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

PEPFAR HIV, AIDS and TB prevention film and treatment services included in major Zimbabwe arts festival this year

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

7 April 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has forwarded recent news related to an important health program included in the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). According to news released from the US embassy in Harare, the United States will continue its partnership with the HIFA program with a feature film as well as musical and health infotainment in Harare’s First Street.

“We are excited to be part of this year’s edition of HIFA,” says David McGuire, Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy. “We see the Festival as an opportunity to learn more about Zimbabwean art and culture as well as sharing American art forms and our commitment to a healthy Zimbabwe.”  The United States will provide a platform for its partners to reach out to the public at the HIFA’s PEPFAR First Street Stage at the junction of First Street and George Silundika Avenue.

The PEPFAR First Street Stage will provide free shows during the duration of the festival under the theme “Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free.” In addition, the public will receive health information as well as access services from U.S. Embassy partners supported through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In Zimbabwe, PEPFAR has committed $135 million in 2017, and the initiative supports the Government of Zimbabwe’s National response to HIV and AIDS by providing high-impact prevention, care, and treatment interventions.

Among the performances at the PEPFAR First Street Stage will be the visiting a capella musical group, Street Corner Symphony. The five member Nashville, Tennessee- based group was established in 2010 and has made their mark on the music world, recording albums and performing around the world, working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

The feature film, Lucky Specials, will also be part of the HIFA 2017 schedule which brings together local and international and art forms to Harare. The film was produced with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PEPFAR in partnership with Discovery Learning Alliance, Quizzical Pictures, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to produce the film which premiered in Harare on March 9. In this “edutainment” film, both plot twists and scientific video animations tell individuals what they need to know about TB disease, TB treatment, and TB prevention.  Audiences were enchanted by the music and storyline, and armed with facts to replace myths and misinformation about TB.

The PEPFAR First Street Stage will be the second time the United States is partnering HIFA in infotainment. The 2014 PEPFAR First Street Stage was popular with young people. PEPFAR partners provided HIV testing and counseling services; conducted blood collection and a donor recruitment and retention exercise; distributed condoms; taught young people how to prevent HIV infection as well as how to access antiretroviral therapy and other crucial information services.

For more about HIFA 2017, go to http://www.hifa.co.zw/

For more about PEPFAR, visit https://www.pepfar.gov/

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes.  For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: info@pmiz.org.zw.

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Upcoming April Event ‘Dynamics2017’


FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Project management conference in Istanbul next week, don’t miss it

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

7 April 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – At its 20th anniversary of establishment, Istanbul Project Management Association is organizing Dynamics 2017 for the 18th time at Hilton Kozyatağı İstanbul on April 13-14, 2017.

Dynamics, the International Project Management Congress is a well-known brand name among the Project Management Professionals from different sectors. This year, Dynamics 2017 Organization Team who are all volunteer members of Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD) is extremely proud with the program they prepared for the Congress.

During the 2 days, there will be 6 interactive panels on different topics such as Agile, Industry 4.0, Innovation, Coaching and Leadership, Technology Support for Mega Projects as well as the individual speakers at parallel sessions. Please see the detailed program attached here below.

Among the Keynote Speakers of this year;

  • Şerif KAYNAR – CEO / Korn Fery
  • Celal CÜNDOĞLU – Executive Vice President / BKM
  • Cavit YANTAÇ – Executive Vice President / Microsoft
  • Cahit ERDOĞAN – Executive Vice President / Yapı Kredi
  • Serkan SİYASAL – Product Management & Development Manager/ KKB
  • Baran KORKUT- Product Owner / Betakorp

The Congress will end at the second day with CHROMAS Choir and Conductor Ms. Başak DOĞAN who will be on stage to tell her Chromas Project with examples of their performance.

This year, there will be a workshop for the Construction Professionals as a part of Dynamics 2017. On 15th April 2017, Saturday at Hilton Kozyatağı, ISTANBUL. A full day workshop will host the international and local valuable respected speakers from the sector. You can see the program and sign up for the workshop.

For more or to register, go to www.dinamikler.org.

 

 

Green Climate Fund approves EBRD projects in Tajikistan and Morocco

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

Large infrastructure projects to strengthen climate resilience

6 April 2017 – London, UK – Two EBRD climate resilience project proposals for the modernisation of a hydropower plant in Tajikistan and an irrigation scheme in Morocco have been approved for co-financing by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today.

The total project volume for the two projects is US$ 415 million, of which US$ 81 million will be provided by the GCF in the form of concessional loans and grants:

  • In Tajikistan the EBRD and other co-lenders are providing US$ 158 million for the climate-resilient upgrade of Qairokkum hydropower plant, with co-financing of US$ 50 million from the GCF.
  • Under the Morocco Saïss Water Conservation Project the EBRD and partners are extending US$ 207 million for irrigation infrastructure that will protect agricultural production from the impacts of climate change with a co-financing grant contribution of €32 million from the GCF, together with a further €54 million contribution from the Kingdom of Morocco.

Craig Davies, EBRD Head of Climate Resilience Investments, said: “These investments will strengthen the climate resilience of critical infrastructure in both countries, foster greater private sector involvement and benefit key sectors in both countries. The EBRD believes that successful economies should be competitive, green, well-governed, inclusive, resilient and integrated.”

In Tajikistan, the modernisation of the Qairokkum hydropower plant will address the energy security needs of 2.4 million people in the northern Sughd region in the face of increasing climatic variability. GCF support will enable best international practices on climate risk management to be introduced to the Tajik hydropower sector.

In Morocco, extreme water scarcity is being exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, and unsustainable groundwater use is leading to diminishing groundwater reserves. This poses a severe threat to agricultural production and rural livelihoods as more than 80 per cent of abstracted water is used for agricultural irrigation. Of the total agricultural land, only 15 per cent is irrigated, often with inefficient water use and management practices.

In response to climate change, the Morocco Saïss Water Conservation Project will improve the climate resilience of the country’s highly vulnerable agriculture sector. This will be achieved with a transformative water transfer scheme that will deliver more than 100 million cubic metres of irrigation water to the Saïss plain each year, thus enabling a switch from highly unsustainable groundwater to the use of sustainable surface water resources, as well as improving access to best-practice and efficient irrigation techniques.

To read full news release, click here.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

 

 

APM’s Project journal wins top prize in UK’s 2017 Association Excellence Awards

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

5 April 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that APM’s Project journal was awarded top prize at this year’s Association Excellence Awards 2017. Project, which relaunched as a quarterly journal in 2015, was named ‘Best Association Magazine or Newsletter – Over 18,500 circulation’ at the ceremony at London’s Hurlingham Club on Friday 1 April.

Reflecting on the success, James Simons, APM publishing manager, (centre left) said: “We’re delighted with the award; it’s a real team effort and everyone involved with Project is rightly proud of the achievement.”

Scott Walkinshaw (centre right), APM head of marketing and communications, added: “We were able to tell a really positive story about how we used customer data and feedback to change Project from being a monthly magazine to an in-depth quarterly journal. We showed how the printed journal still plays an important role in both our membership packages and member communications.”

Project saw off tough competition from some of the UK’s most respected professional bodies to scoop the award. Finalists in the category included the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant’s publication Accounting and Business and The Royal Town Planning Institute’s magazine The Planner. All entries were assessed by a panel of judges made up of chief executives from leading member associations.

Comments from the judges reflected the hard work and commitment to identify the key needs of Project Journal readers:

“The judges felt that Project was an excellent advancement of APM’s aims as an association.  It met a clear business need to regain readers and advertisers and very successfully addressed this – improving member engagement, increasing readership, reducing costs, gaining excellent member feedback and improving the quality of content and information provided.  A fantastic entry!”

Project journal was relaunched in March 2015, following a redesign with Think Publishing, as well as a new editorial approach. Since the relaunch, Project’s annual readership survey has seen the highest rating for editorial since the survey began 10 years ago. Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they read all or most issues – over 30 percent  higher than the result two years earlier. In addition the new design and format has been very well received with 88 per cent of readers rating the overall quality as very good or excellent.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

PM Solutions’ CEO and Founder J. Kent Crawford Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

4 April 2017 – Chadds Ford, PA, USA — PM Solutions, a project management consulting and training firm dedicated to helping organizations drive performance and operational efficiency, has announced that its president and founder, J. Kent Crawford, is the recipient of the 2017 PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors those who have made significant and continuous contributions over the entirety of their career to the field of project management.

This year’s award will be presented at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at JACK Casino in Cincinnati as part of the 2017 Mega Event: Navigating Projects in Turbulent Times. As the 2017 recipient, Kent Crawford will be presenting a session titled, “Four Keys for Life, Love, and Profession,” focusing on combining his passion for project management with helping organizations achieve their own strategic goals.

“I’m flattered to be recognized by PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Crawford. “It has been wonderful to help organizations implement project management in a way that has significantly impacted their bottom line and changed the way they do business. Being a part of this PM community for more than 35 years has been invaluable in so many ways, but none more important than the relationships I have been fortunate enough to develop and cherish along the way.”

With a well-established career of notable successes and accomplishments, Crawford has been a consistently influential member of the project management community and highly respected as a thought leader. He is the former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, an honored PMI Fellow. He was also a founding officer of PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter and led the chapter during one of its fastest growing and most innovative times. As a business leader, Crawford established PM Solutions in 1996 and has sustained the successful consultancy, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. PM Solutions continues to deliver expert project management services to help organizations and their people perform to maximum potential. He is also an award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office, as well as many other book publications, and a sought-after speaker at business conferences worldwide.

To register for the full two-day mega event, visit the event page. To contact Kent Crawford for speaking engagements, email PM Solutions at pmexperts@pmsolutions.com.

About PM Solutions
For more than 20 years, PM Solutions has been helping clients drive business value through improved project management capability. Comprehensive offerings provided by PM Solutions include PPM process improvement, PMO transformation, program and project management resources, and corporate training and competency development delivered through its training division, PM College®. PM Solutions serves a diverse client base that includes some of the world’s leading organizations in industries such as manufacturing, IT, energy, insurance and financial services. For more information, visit www.pmsolutions.com.

 

 

Free Seminar in April on Best Practices in Capital Projects Management in Lagos

 

EDUCATION AND FUTURE EVENT NEWS

Oracle Construction and Engineering to host educational event on 26 April for professionals in construction, oil and gas, and other Nigerian industries

3 April 2017 – Lagos, Nigeria – Oracle is offering a free seminar on the topic of Best Practices of Capital Project Management.  The event is organized by Oracle Construction & Engineering and will be held in Lagos on April 26, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island.

Leading the seminar will be Geoff Roberts and Sherief Elabd, Oracle Primavera’s experts in enterprise project portfolio management in asset intensive industries. As an advisor to Oracle Primavera, Geoff Roberts has many years of experience in full capital project portfolio management systems for construction projects and asset management in the world’s largest oil and gas and energy companies.

Many are familiar with Oracle Primavera solutions as they are generally considered a global standard for corporate project portfolio management in the oil & gas, engineering and construction industries.

The seminar will focus on best practices and modern approaches in the field of building management systems for project portfolios, as well as the real experience of implementing a project to create an enterprise portfolio management system in the world’s largest oil & gas company using Oracle Primavera software.

You can find the full seminar agenda when you click on this link.

Oracle is offering to discuss the issues most interesting for representatives of any company beforehand to make sure you maximize the value of attending the seminar. Contact  raphael.demiray@oracle.com  to get in touch.

For more about the seminar or to register, click here.

For more about Oracle Primavera, visit https://www.oracle.com/applications/primavera/index.html

Participation in the seminar is FREE, subject to prior registration.

 

 

Wideman Website updates for April 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 April 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max (pictured):

This month Guest author Mark Seely continues with Part 4 in which he details Levels 3, 4 and 5 of his organizational ladder. Note that levels 4 and 5 include a reference to “Governance“. In Public Governance, he includes two major project examples of misaligned strategies, one from the US and the other from Canada.

You’ve got a large project and you want to know the signs of probably or even imminent Project Failure? Read up Craig Imlach‘s article on My five Leading Indicators.

In Musings, see what Rob Bronson has to say about Max’s website.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

For information about Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

 

Wicresoft announces Acquisition of Tivitie

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

30 March 2017 – Bellevue, WA, USA – Wicresoft, a strategic Microsoft Partner and leading global professional services company with North American headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, announced the acquisition of Tivitie, a leading provider of Project and Business Productivity Management solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud. Tivitie’s San Diego, California headquarters will expand Wicresoft’s footprint to provide services coast to coast, across the United States, and abroad.

Tivitie, with their innovative, client-focused Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) products and solutions, including Tivitie Connect, Dynamics 365 PSA, Tivitie Insights, their family of Planner products, and an outstanding team of delivery professionals, expands Wicresoft’s capabilities and offerings in the Microsoft Cloud Productivity Suite. Tivitie’s industry focused solutions, such as Scaled Agile Management, will allow Wicresoft to capitalize on a tremendous growth opportunity spawned by the trend of more and more organizations incorporating agile methodologies within their PMO.

Tivitie’s customer-centric philosophy, innovative breadth of products, and Microsoft certified professionals are a natural complement to Wicresoft’s existing portfolio of solutions. This acquisition, along with the existing investment in the PPM space, positions Wicresoft as one of the nation’s strongest leaders in the Microsoft PPM and Business Productivity Suite while providing Tivitie’s customers with a larger global footprint.

“We are excited to team up with a company that shares our vision to revolutionize project and business productivity in the market, and most importantly, our commitment to investing in Tivitie’s products and customers,” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of Tivitie LLC.

Wicresoft offers consulting services, managed services and IT staffing throughout North America and around the globe with offices in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States. With over 6,500 employees, Wicresoft provides services to many of the largest Fortune 500 companies that includes over 2,700 Microsoft dedicated resources. Wicresoft North America offices are in Bellevue, WA (HQ), Chicago, New Jersey and North Carolina with sales, recruiting, operational and delivery staff located throughout the U.S.

Tivitie connects teams with Project and Business Productivity Management Applications built on the Microsoft Cloud.  Through automation, centralization, and an enriched user experience, Tivitie’s solutions drive productivity that increases revenue, reduces employee inefficiencies and delivers business value consistently – every time. Tivitie specializes in a “people first” approach, believing that the innovation, creativity and power needed to transform your business lies within your people, not within technology alone.  Tivitie’s team has been empowering organizations to engage and connect through Microsoft technology for more than 17 years.

For more info. go to wsna.io

Source: Wicresoft and PRNewswire