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Law school student tackles project management

 

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Graduate student at Bocconi University joins PM World Library project management research internship program

13 August 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a graduate student at Bocconi University in Italy, has joined the PM World Library’s project management research internship program. Stefano is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Law and Business Administration (CLELI) at Bocconi University in Milan. He is also a candidate to the LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “I’m very happy to welcome Stefano to the internship program. There are two important aspects of project management that are related to laws and the legal profession. First are the legal issues that many projects and project managers must worry about, such as contracts, claims, litigation, copyrights, joint venture agreements, regulatory compliance and others. If a project crosses borders in any way, those legal issues become more complicated.”

“The second area of interest to attorneys and law firms,” Pells continues, “is related to the planning and management of major legal ‘projects’. For example, international litigation or arbitration cases, multi-party joint ventures, public-private partnerships, international regulatory compliance, etc. Stefano understands the relevance of project management to his professional plans in the legal field. Based on his research, we will be adding access to legal resources in the PMWL over the next few months.”

According to Stefano, “I was in Vienna in July representing the American Society of International Law as a delegate to the 50th meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. My participation reinforced my interest in the library internship, since the Commission has crafted several tools that at least in part deal with project management aspects in international trade. My current interests are related to contract negotiation and commercial litigation/arbitration in an international setting, and it will be quite interesting to see how these topics interact with project management.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain visibility, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

Follow Stefano’s research at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is administered by PM World, which also produces the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Robinson wins PMI 2017 Student Paper of the Year Award

 

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Salford postgraduate student Neil Robinson to receive 2017 Student Paper of the Year award from PMI Education Foundation

25 June 2017 – Philadelphia, USA and London, UK – The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation (PMIEF) has selected Neil C. Robinson, a postgraduate student at the Salford Business School, to receive its 2017 James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award for the EMEA Region.

The award is for Neil’s research paper titled Life is a Project: Project Management as an Enabling Life Skill in Cross-Cultural Transition. The 2017 award will be formally presented to Neil on stage at the annual PMI Awards Gala, which will take place during the annual PMI Global Conference, North America, scheduled for 27- 30 October, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The winning paper was inspired by the outcomes of the Life is a Project (LIAP) education initiative, teaching project management life skills to a group of ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in London. The LIAP programme framework, curriculum and lesson plans introduced learners to a visually-rich, practical, language-graded subset of basic project management concepts, tools and techniques which they could apply to their everyday life project objectives. During the course of five volunteer-led workshops, participants were assisted to articulate and develop plans for personal life projects as well as collaborating as a project team in the planning and delivery of a practical community-based project initiative – a fund-raising event in support of the British Refugee Council.

The LIAP programme was a completely voluntary initiative, conceived and implemented by the author as a proof-of-concept endeavor. His research paper explores theories of cross-cultural transition and the potential benefits to be realized by “at-risk” communities through the acquisition and application of basic project management skills for everyday life. Neil’s LIAP programme was recently featured in a local UK news article at http://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/learning-the-language-of-success/

The award recipient, Neil C Robinson, is a London based Project Management practitioner with a special interest in Global Projects and cross-cultural communications. Neil’s award winning paper was originally presented at the 6th Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States at the University of Latvia in April 2017; it was republished in the June 2017 edition of the PM World Journal. His profile can be viewed in the PM World Library author showcase.

Commencing his career as an IT Practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, Neil found himself drawn to the cultural diversity of the EMEA region, choosing London as the hub in which to base himself almost 20 years ago. Having subsequently relished the opportunity to develop a project management career spanning five continents, he developed a deep appreciation of the challenges of cross-cultural communications in both the business and social domains. A recent sabbatical, due to parental health issues, presented the opportunity and motivation to act on the LIAP education concept.

Says Neil “It was time to give back. I wanted to prove the concept that the art of project management could, to a degree, be demystified and taught to anyone as an enabling everyday life skill. I wanted to prove that this concept could demonstrably open doors and potentially change lives for others.”

On receiving this award, Neil said “It’s a great honour and validation of the effort expended to have this work recognised by PMIEF. The case studies of ‘social good’ endeavours shared in PMIEF publications were undeniably a source of inspiration.” More pertinently, he shared that it was a chance 2015 meeting and conversation with PMI Founder, Jim Snyder, the award’s namesake, which provided impetus to act on his LIAP idea. “I’d shared the LIAP concept with Jim and was bemoaning the logistical complexity and dead-ends I’d encountered in seeking support for the idea. Jim replied “Just do it.” I did.”

Of the future of LIAP, Neil says “The 2016 LIAP London endeavour was in effect a proof-of-concept. I was unable to garner any organizational, logistical, or financial support for the concept from business, professional, government, charitable or social orgnasitaions so I took Jim’s advice and just did it. Now the concept’s proven, I need help. The dream is to see this concept, or a variant, spread far and wide as a vehicle of social good, with the aid of one or more of these bodies. I’ve taken the idea as far as I can as an individual volunteer. I hope that this PMIEF award will help to raise the visibility of the LIAP concept and trigger interest and support from within these groups. Moreover I hope that it inspires other practitioners to take the plunge and follow through on their thoughts and ideas for helping others.”

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award (ISPA) is an annual research paper award which recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Winning papers are selected by an independent panel of project management experts based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. Awards are assessed and bestowed by region.

The PMI Educational Foundation is a non-profit, public charitable organization and the philanthropic arm of PMI.  PMIEF views project management as a critical skill for everyone, especially the 7 billion people around the world who are unfamiliar with it.  While PMI focuses on making project management indispensable for business results, PMIEF focuses on bringing the power of project management to the rest of society. More at https://pmief.org/

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for millions of professionals worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

 

 

Tech Entrepreneur Channels Empathy

 

Projekt202 Co-Founder Peter Eckert to keynote 11th UT Dallas PM Symposium with presentation on “The Empathetic Project Manager”

20 June 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Peter Eckert, co-founder of the successful tech company Projekt202 will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. Eckert is the Chief Experience Officer for projekt202, a software design and development company that provides digital transformation solutions for some of America’s top corporations. Named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc., projekt202’s revenue has grown 214% over the past three years. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Seattle, projekt202 harnesses the strengths and talents of more than 160 researchers, designers, developers and digital marketing strategists.

How can empathy help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? What is empathy and how can it be leveraged to make sense of project teams, motivate members of your teams, deliver better results and disrupt the way how things are done today? Peter will discuss how you can successfully leverage already well-established techniques out of the cognitive science toolbox to develop empathy and have teams perform at a higher level.

Peter Eckert is a UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world. As Chief Experience Officer and Co‐Founder of projekt202, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. Under Peter’s guidance, projekt202 builds emotionally rich and intuitive solutions that enable customers and end‐users to access the full potential of technology in today’s connected world.

Peter has helped Fortune 500 companies implement user experience strategies, changing the way products are envisioned, designed and built. He has directed projekt202’s efforts for SAP, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Sabre, Motorola, Dell, Samsung, Crossmark, Microsoft, Agresso, Thomson Financials, The Tribune Company, LeGrand, Logitech, Deloitte, Mercedes, Capital One, Amazon, Expedia, AT&T, Cognizant, eBay, Southwest Airlines, Kronos, Teleflora, TicketNetwork and more. A graduate of Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany, Peter also studied design at Arizona State University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He has authored articles featured in Fast Company, UX Magazine, E‐Commerce Times and other publications.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available. To access conference website, click here.

Other keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA.

The 2.5-day project management conference will focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications, local government and others. This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

 

Six New Project Management Research Interns

 

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Graduate students at three universities begin research internships with PM World Library

8 June 2017 – Almaty, Dallas, Milan, Rome – PM World has announced that six new university graduate students have recently begun research internships through the PM World Library. The students are currently studying in Italy and in Kazakhstan and include the following:

Domenico Moccia, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, began his internship in late April 2017. Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. To learn more about Domenico and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and advanced program in Finance. She began her internship in early May 2017. To learn more about Aizhan and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Rome) in Rome, Lazio, Italy, began his internship in late May 2017. Venkata holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. To learn more about Srikanth and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

Faith Onwunalu, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University in Rome, Lazio, ITALY, already holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Nigeria. She began her internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Faith and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/faith-onwunalu/

Livinus O. Nweke is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and a MicroMasters in Cybersecurity at EDx/RITx. Livinus holds a BS degree in Computer Science from University of the People, Pasadena, CA, USA and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria. He began his internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Livinus and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/livinus-nweke/

Vishwanath Prasad Guduguntla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University (The State University of Rome) In Italy. Vishwanath, who already holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, began his internship in early June. To learn more about Vishwanath and to follow his research, visit is intern page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/vishwanath-guduguntla/

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We welcome these dynamic graduate students to our research internship program. Each student was referred to us by a sponsoring professor; they already understand the likelihood of encountering project work during their careers and the need for more project management knowledge. I think they will gain some useful information during their internships.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying project management at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain significant visibility and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to program and project management around the world. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is grown and maintained by PM World, which also produced the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

 

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.

 

 

Andrew Osayande in Nigeria completes research internship

 

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Project management student at the Federal University of Technology Akure completes research internship for PM World Library

23 February 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria – PM World has announced that Mr Andrew Shadrach Osayande has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Andrew began his internship in September 2016 and completed the program on January 9, 2017. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/andrew-shadrach-osayande/.

 Andrew Shadrach Osayande is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. Shadrach is an active member of the International Project Management Association Young Crew (IPMA YC Nigeria) and is currently the education and training officer of IPMA YC FUTA. During four years of his academic pursuit, Shadrach has held titles such as Judge of the FUTA Students’ Union (FUTASU). His primary subject of research interest is ICT project management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the everything in the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Andrew did excellent work for us, identifying interesting and useful project management resources for the library. His identification of professional bodies in Nigeria was especially helpful, as well as his links to useful project management tools and solutions.”

Andrew stated, “The internship was interesting and useful for my studies. Finding good project management resources online helped reinforce some of the topics we studied in PM courses. I appreciated this opportunity and have recommended the library to some of my friends.”

Pells added, “Andrew delivered his final research results on 9 January, so we are a little late in recognizing his achievement. Nevertheless, we really appreciate his efforts and very useful research. We now wish him every success as he continues his studies and begins his project management career.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc., which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global platform for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Alok Kaushik in India completes research internship

 

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Recent master’s level graduate from Mumbai International School of Business Bocconi completes research internship for PM World Library

20 January 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mumbai, India – PM World has announced that Mr Alok Kaushik has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Alok began his internship in late January and completed the program in November 2016. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldlibrary.net/alok-kaushik/.

170120-pmwj54-Alok-PHOTOAlok Kaushik is pursuing a post graduate program in business at MISB Bocconi. Alok holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science, and has five years of work experience in ERP systems.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Alok was an outstanding research intern. He identified and provided information related to some very useful project management resources. His recent research results related to NASA led to our creating a very robust section in the library where everyone can access many useful resources.”

Alok stated, “The internship for PM World Library was really interesting and useful. I had to take a few breaks during my final semester, but returned with enthusiasm to finish. I hope my research will be helpful to others and I thank Professor Marco Sampietro of SDA Bocconi for recommending me.”

Pells added, “Alok actually completed his internship in November, but some of the results were so full of information that we converted them into several. It then took some time to catch up, with his last results posted in January. His total exceeded the internship requirement, for which we are grateful.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global platform for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Alan Garvey to Provek in UK

 

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17 January 2017 – London, UK – Provek has just announced that Alan Garvey (pictured below), previously managing director EMEA for the project management training company, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution (formerly ESI International), will join Provek on 1 February as Business & Operations Director.

170117-pmwj54-provek-GARVEYChris Bevan, chairman, commented “This is a real coup for Provek. Alan brings with him experience of growing similar businesses to Provek, especially internationally, and we look forward to working with him. Alan’s arrival will enable Andrew Delo, managing director, to focus on further developing The PM Channel and the assessment products which are unique to Provek.”

Alan will be responsible for developing and executing the overall business strategy including both training and consultancy.

After nearly 10 years employed by Provek, Neil Mooney will transition to supporting the company as an associate from 1 February. This will enable him to pursue other personal interests.  Neil will continue on the Provek board as a non-executive director.

Andrew Delo, said “Neil’s contribution to building the business has been immense and Provek’s reputation and its DNA is a mirror of Neil’s outstanding character.  We anticipate a long and continuing relationship with Neil as an associate to the benefit of Provek and our many clients.”

Established in 1994 and based in the UK, Provek is an assessment-led programme and project management specialist organisation working extensively in both the public and private sectors with large numbers of clients. The company provides consultancy, training and other services for some of Britain’s leading organizations. Provek is also the parent of The PM Channel. For more, visit http://www.provek.co.uk/Provek/

Source: Provek

 

 

Marina Plećaš in Croatia completes research internship for PM World Library

 

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Recent master’s level graduate from the University of Zagreb completes research internship for PM World Library

27 November 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Ms Marina Plećaš has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Marina began her internship in late February and completed the program on 31 October 2016.  See her intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/marina-plecas/.

160202-marina-plecas-150xMarina Plećaš has recently received her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia. Her major fields of study were BIM, project management and risk management. Marina also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Risk Management in Construction Projects. She is a member of IPMA Young Crew and Croatian Association for Construction Management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Marina was an outstanding research intern.  Based on her graduate studies, she identified and provided resources for the library related to building information modeling, known as BIM, including guides, templates and other information.  BIM is one of the newest technologies with tremendous implications for projects and project management in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.  ”

Marina stated, “I found the internship experience with PM World Library very useful, and it was fun to provide information and resources related to BIM, one of my major subjects in graduate school.  I was also happy to complete the program, since I have now graduated and started working full time.”

Pells added, “Ms. Plećaš came to us through Professor Mladen Vukomanović at the University of Zagreb.  Dr. Vukomanović leads the BIM program at the university, is actively involved with project management and local IPMA activities, and has become a strong supporter of the PM World Library.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Saif Ul Amin appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Pakistan

 

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Recent graduate from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad joins global team of correspondents for PM World Journal

18 November 2016 – Dallas, USA and Nowshera, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr. Saif Ul Amin has been appointed an international correspondent for PM World in Pakistan.   He will join a global network of correspondents to report on project management activities and developments in Pakistan for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

161118-saif-ul-amin-150xSaif Ul Amin is a project management specialist and research scholar who works in the public sector of Pakistan. Saif graduated from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan with the MS degree in Project Management. He is interested in conducting research in project performance, project human resource management, leadership style and behaviors, new technologies, project team performance, engagement and team building.

Mr. Amin lives in Nowshera, a major city on the banks of the Kabul River about 45 km east of Peshawar. Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan is known as the city of peace, knowledge and flowers. On December 15, the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects was opened at Hattar, with hopes that it will lead to Rs300bn of investment inflows over the next five years. But Hattar has already been an industrial area for decades and is located next to the vast Taxila industrial complex.

And so are Nowshera and D.I. Khan, where two other special economic zones (SEZs) have been proposed, says it’s CEO Mohsin M. Syed. As per details, the Hattar Phase 7 SEZ will be developed over 424 acres of land and target sectors like food, pharmaceuticals and engineering projects. Mohsin says 30 projects in Nowshera zone will be completed by the end of 2016, while the auctioning of plots will commence from March. The company estimates that the SEZ will generate 30,000 jobs. The zone will require 100MW of electricity and also need a vocation center to train 5,000 youngsters. The cost of the project is Rs2.138bn and it is expected to be fully completed by 2017.

The second SEZ will be developed over 1,000 acres along the M-1 Motorway in Nowshera near Rashakai. It aims to attract foreign investment in auto, fruit/food packaging (for export purposes) and textile value-addition (stitching/knitting) sectors. The company estimates an investment of Rs1000bn in the zone. It will provide employment to 50,000 people. The zone will need 225MW of power and vocational training centers to train 10,000 youths.

The Nowshera expansion/Jalazai Marble and Mineral Economic Zone will cover 287 acres of land and is expected to house marble-cutting and polishing industry, as well as mosaic furniture and construction material vendors. For more, visit http://www.nowshera.com/.

According to PM World Journal Managing Editor David Pells, “We have published several papers co-authored and coordinated by Mr. Amin this year through which I became familiar with his background and interest in project management. We have had numerous email exchanges during which his interest in advancing project management in his country became very clear. I am happy to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Amin stated, “I look forward to contributing to the global project management profession through the PM World Journal and to promoting the PM World Library in Pakistan. Many of my fellow graduates and former professors will be interested in publishing their research in the journal, and I know many people here will want to visit the library. It will be good for Pakistan.”

To view papers authored or co-authored by Saif ul Amin, visit his author profile in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/saif-ul-amin/.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world. PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Prof Christophe Bredillet honored with IPMA 2016 Research Achievement Award

 

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Professor of Project Management at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières recognized at IPMA 2016 Research Conference in Iceland

20 September 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland and Reykjavik, Iceland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that Dr Christophe Bredillet, professor of organizational project management at the Management Department, School of Business Administration, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Canada, has been awarded the 2016 IPMA Research Achievement award.  The award was presented to Prof Bredillet at the 2016 IPMA Research Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on 15 September.

160920-pmwj51-ipma-bredillet-photoProfessor Dr. Dr. Christophe N. Bredillet, PhD, IPMA Level A, FAPM, is Director of the DBA program and Director of the joint committee for the masters’ in project management programs network, including five universities under the umbrella of Université du Québec. He is Vice-President and Scientific Director of the Société française pour l¹avancement du Management de Projet (SMAP) and adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology’ (QUT) Project Management Academy.

From 2012 to 2015, he was the Director of the QUT Project Management Academy. Before joining QUT, he was Senior Consultant World Bank and, from 1992 to 2010, he was the Dean of Postgraduate Programs and Professor of Strategic Management and P3M at ESC Lille where he founded and developed the very successful masters, MBA and PhD programs in Strategy and Project, Program & Portfolio Management (P3M), leading these programs to be the first, and the fourth worldwide, to accredited outside North America by The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) in 2005. He also created at ESC Lille the first « International Project & Programme Management Week (IPPMW) » in 2001. This friendly research and thought-leadership event was accredited as part of the « European Doctoral Education Network (EDEN) » in 2008 by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). The IPPMW welcomed number of Young Crews over the years. To date, he has been principal supervisor of 36 doctoral students.

Professor Bredillet’s main interests and research activities are in the field of Philosophy of Science and Practice in P3M, including dynamic of evolution of the field, bodies of knowledge, standards, and their link with capability development, capacity building, governance and performance. These research interests are reflected in five interconnected dimensions of his work: 1) Understanding the nature of the P3M field, schools of thoughts and its dynamic of evolution; 2) Learning and acting, capacity building and organizing in complex and uncertain P3M situations; 3) Relation(s) project management deployment, cultural factors and socio-economic development; 4) Work motivation in P3M and temporary organizations settings; 5) Philosophy of Science, Practice and Ethics in P3M. He has published more than one hundred articles in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and research/advanced practice books.

Besides these activities, Professor Bredillet has been continuously involved with IPMA since the beginning of the 90s, as well as with other PM professional bodies, contributing to standards development, certifications & award assessment, research activities, conferences, and the early development stage of IPMA Young Crews. He was Editor-in-Chief of Project Management Journal® between 2004 and 2012, leading the journal to be covered by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Web of Science. In 2012, he received the prestigious Manfred Saynish Foundation for Project Management (MSPM) – Project Management Innovation Award for his contribution to a philosophy of science with respect to complex project management.

IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers, established researchers, and teams. The IPMA Research Award Management Board also recommends outstanding researchers of international repute for the IPMA life-time achievement award. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. To learn more, go to http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit www.ipma.ch.

Source: International Project Management Association

Editor’s note: Professor Bredillet is an international academic advisor for the PM World Journal.  We congratulate Christophe on this well-deserved honor and award.

 

 

Dr Ofer Zwikael wins IPMA 2016 Research Award

 

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Australian National University professor recognized at IPMA 2016 Research Conference in Iceland

20 September 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland and Reykjavik, Iceland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that Dr Ofer Zwikael from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, has received the IPMA Research Award 2016 for his research Project Benefit Management.

160920-pmwj51-ipma-ofer-photoHis research provides frameworks, processes, models, and tools to enhance the realization of benefits at project completion, contributing to project management areas such as business case development, project investment decision-making, project governance, stakeholder management and performance measurement. This research supports the realization of strategic project goals, ensures that the project management discipline is meaningful for business and takes project managers up to the executive table. This research positions project managers and the project management discipline at a central and strategic place in organizations.  Read more at http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/ipma-research-award-winners/

Dr Ofer Zwikael is an Associate Professor in the ANU College of Business and Economics. His research focuses on project selection, management and evaluation. He is the author of three books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers published in leading outlets, such as the Journal of Operations Management (FT45), Journal of Management in Engineering and the British Journal of Management. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management.

Dr Zwikael’s research excellence has been recognised in several ways. In addition to this year’s IPMA research award, he has been awarded multiple best paper awards by the Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management. For the impact of his research, Ofer Zwikael received the 2015 Emerald Citations of Excellence award.

Dr Zwikael’s teaching excellence has also garnered recognition. In 2014 he was awarded by the ANU Vice Chancellor Commendation for outstanding contribution to student learning. In 2013 he was recognised by the ANU College of Business and Economics for Program that Enhances Learning Award. Previously he has received awards for top PhD supervisors and Best lecturer.

Dr Zwikael is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute (PMI) international chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). His biography and list of publications can be found at https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/zwikael-oy.

IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers, established researchers, and teams. The IPMA Research Award Management Board also recommends outstanding researchers of international repute for the IPMA life-time achievement award. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. To learn more, go to http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit www.ipma.ch.

Source: International Project Management Association

 

Assylkhan Ziyash in Kazakhstan completes research internship for PM World Library

 

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Graduate student at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty completes research internship for PM World Library

14 September 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan – PM World has announced that Mr Assylkhan Ziyash has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Assylkhan began his internship in late March and completed the program on 31 August 2016.  See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/assylkhan-ziyash/.

160914-pmwj51-assylkhan-photoAssylkhan Ziyash is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU, Almaty, Kazakhstan).  In his experience in the Oil and Gas sector, Assylkhan started working as a Plant Operator in different oil and gas plants. He continued working as Production and Project Engineer, where he developed key project execution readiness of deliverables for the Front End Development and Execution Phases.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Mr. Ziyash is a mature graduate student, employed in the Kazakh oil and gas industry; he has a lot of experience which was apparent when he provided research results of the library.  He researched major projects and topics relevant to his career, which also reflected maturity.”

Assylkhan stated, “I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the research program you are holding. I found it very useful and challenging. Your program gives interns the chance to look from different sides of the tuition and definitely helps with writing the thesis. Thank you for the program and all the best.”

Pells added, “Assylkhan produced results on a regular basis, resources that we are now happy to make available to others.  He was easy to work with as well.  We wish him every success in school and work as his career unfolds.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

All students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net. Follow the PMWL on Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

 

Project Management Zimbabwe member Isaac Chaza to speak at 2nd PMI Africa Conference in Ghana

 

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Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

25 August 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has announced that Project Management Zimbabwe member Isaac Chaza, PMP has been selected to speak at the August 2016 2nd PMI Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana.

The 2nd Annual Project Management Institute Africa Conference (PMI Africa Conference) will be held  at the prestigious Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra Ghana from 30 August to 1 September 2016, over 20 speakers are expected to deliver high level papers at the event under the them ‘Africa Working, Think Project Management’. Over 2000 delegates from across Africa and beyond are expected to attend the Ghana event.

160825-pmwj50-pmz-chaza-PHOTOFor the first time, Zimbabwe will be represented by Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) member PMP (Project Management Professional) Engineer Isaac Chaza (pictured right) who will be presenting a paper on how project management can be used to tackle corruption in Africa’s public tendering and macro projects.

According to the event abstract outlined on the conference website, PMI Africa Conference 2016 is expected to propagate issues about Africa’s gateway to economic emancipation and how rapid infrastructural development can be achieved through the discipline of project management practices across all sectors.

The 2nd PMI Project Management Africa Conference looks forward to the assembly of industry leaders, value delivery experts, strategists, innovators, practitioners, government agencies, development partners, civil society, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, and business owners to discuss  how Africa can Achieve  Greater Business Results through Project Management for Africa.

The 2016 Economic Outlook for Businesses and Governments across Africa look brisk and also bleak. Several new and innovative businesses will rise and thrive whilst many other existing ones will suffocate and die in view of the ever rising operational costs, lower oil and commodity prices, unreliable energy supplies, non-value for money project initiatives, rising costs of living, worker agitations, high unemployment rates and political instabilities.

A continent abounding with the richest natural resources yet achieves the least return on its assets. Africa unfortunately lags behind in global competitiveness according to the World Economic Forum, Africa Competitiveness Report 2015.

The African Economic Outlook projects that Africa’s economic growth should strengthen to 4.5% in 2015 and 5% in 2016 close to levels before the 2008/09 global crises.

According to Engineer Chaza, one of the deficiencies of Africa in the planning and implementation of key national infrastructure development projects is high level corruption.  “Various research studies document the negative impact of corruption on the GDP per capita, or put in another way, the strong correlation between Economic performance in terms of GDP/Capita and Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The related retro-causal observation that Economic development reduces corruption is also proffered in the research papers.

A casual observation reveals that the cluster of countries with low corruption perception (recorded as high CPI), high levels of GDP/capita, and high scores in Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI) is the same cluster reported with high levels of Project Management (PM) certifications and hence high levels of innovation as indicated by the Global Innovation Index (GII). This cluster is mainly in North American and the Western Europe/European Union (WE/EU) blocs. The reverse is observed for every one of the selected metrics/indeces, for the Sub Saharan African (SSA) cluster.

If high levels of Project Management certifications are taken to represent high standards of project governance, can it be concluded that high levels of PM certifications, inter alia, result in high levels of corruption mitigation? If the answer is proven to be significantly ‘yes,’ then it means that PMI Africa needs to advocate for SSA governments to put in place public policy measures which ensure high standards of Project Management governance in their respective countries,” elaborates Engineer Chaza on the abstract of his presentation paper.

With over 20years of managing telecommunications projects, until recently in 2015 when he moved into private project management practice, Engineer Chaza was the General Manager of the Project Management Office (PMO) at listed Zimbabwe’s leading mobile network company, Econet Wirelesss for over 5years.

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) 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

 

Bob Kimmons, PMI Fellow: 1926 – 2016

 

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Retired project management leader, author and expert passes away in Houston

19 August 2016 – Houston, TX, USA – Robert Lee Kimmons, 90, passed away peacefully in his home in Houston with his wife and daughter by his side the morning of Sunday, August 14, 2016.

160819-pmwj50-bob-kimmon-PHOTOSon of Robert and Harriet Kimmons, Bob was born in Longmont, Colorado on June 23, 1926. He grew up in Brush, Colorado, where he graduated high school. He later enrolled in the U.S. Navy while attending the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. He graduated and obtained an engineering position with Creole Petroleum Corporation, which took him to Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he met his first wife, Evelyn. From that union he had four children: Ann, Simone, Robert, and Anthony. Life took him around the world and eventually led him to Florence, his wife of 42 years, who stood faithfully by his side.

Bob led a full life, and all that were close to him knew him for his enormous heart, intellect, determination, and his quick wit and amazing sense of humor. He was passionate about his work; not only managing countless projects, but authoring and publishing project management books, as well as industry related articles in professional publications. He received the PMI Fellow award from the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister Mary. He is survived by his wife, Florence Kimmons; children, Ann (Ramon), Robert (Barbara), Simone (Jack) and Anthony; 13 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, nieces and nephew, as well as countless friends.

The rosary and visitation will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas, to be followed at 2 p.m. by a funeral mass. A graveside ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on August 22, 2016 in Flushing, New York at Mount St. Mary Cemetery.

To leave a condolence for his family and friends, go to http://bradshawcarter.com/memorial/Robert-Lee-Kimmons/390

Editor’s note: Bob Kimmons was a friend and colleague of many years.  He was very knowledgeable about international and global project management, very aware of trends and new developments.  His book Project Management: a Reference for Professionals, published in 1989, was a classic textbook and belongs in every PM’s library.  We met at several international events, including the IPMA’92 world congress in Florence, Italy and the IPMA’94 world congress in Oslo, Norway among others.  We became good friends, communicating frequently for many years. I was honored to receive the PMI Fellow Award with Bob (and Ron Waller) in 1999.  My condolences go out to his wife Florence and their family.  Bob Kimmons will be missed by many in the global project management community.

 

 

PMI Founder Jim Snyder to address UT Dallas Conference

 

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PMI Founder to discuss history and future of project management institute at 10th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium on August 12

26 July 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – Organizers of the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium have announced the keynote speakers and presentation topics for their big August event.  The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.

The theme of the 2016 conference is ‘Project Management: A Key to Business Success’  The two-day symposium is organized by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World JournalTo access conference website, click here.

160726-pmwj49-james-SNYDERThe first keynote speaker on Friday, 12 August, will be James Snyder, Founder and Fellow of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), speaking on the topic of Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute.

Jim Snyder is a Founder of PMI, Fellow of the Institute, former Volunteer Executive Director (1971 ‐ 1984), President and Chair of the Board, and continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Headquarters is named in his honor. He has served as a member of the PMI Education Foundation Board of Directors and in January of 2006 he was recognized as Chairman Emeritus of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is also named in his honor.

Jim served as project manager for the construction of the PMI World Headquarters in

Newtown Square, PA. The building was completed and occupied on schedule and on budget. He headed the PMI ‐ DVC education project to teach project management to selected Philadelphia and other area high school students. He has developed, and is leading, programs to implement project management programs in K ‐ 12 using project learning techniques to teach 21st Century Skills and Project Management.

Mr. James Snyder retired from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now GlaxoSmithKline, in 1997 where his last assignment was Associate Director of Planning & Business Management, Strategic Product Development. Jim has 38 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in computer sciences, operations research, international marketing, marketing administration and international finance. He has been involved in developing and implementing business systems as well as using project management skill in a wide variety of international projects since 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1961 ‐ 1963 in the US and Germany.

Jim’s presentation aims to put you back to the 1960’s, to help you understand the motivation for the founding of PMI and to give you a look at the time and people. With this bit of history as a backdrop, he will then take a look at what the future may hold for the project management profession and PMI. To understand the project management professional of 2016 and beyond requires an understanding of how we have matured and changed from the project schedulers and planners of the 1960’s. Where did we come from and how did PMI play a role in building a new profession? A look back at the people, places, and environment will not only tell us about our history but will help us to understand where project management may be headed and how you can influence that direction.

Other keynote speakers announced for the 10th UT Dallas PM Symposium include Karen Nocket, Toyota Motors North America – Practical Basics for Standing up A Project; Nellson Burns, HollyFrontier and Eric Stettler, A.T. Kearney – Building a Strategic PMO:  How HollyFrontier Accelerated Their Corporate Growth Strategy Using Industry Best Practices;  Eric Bennett, Brain Performance Institute – Your Brain Performance; and Joel Carboni, IPMA USA – What do the Sustainable Development Goals Have to do with Project Management?

Group discounts are available: Register here now

The annual UT Dallas PM symposium is a traditional two-day conference, with keynote speakers each morning and to conclude the event, multiple tracks of professional presentations by both experts and practicing professionals whose abstracts and papers were accepted (through a blind peer-review process), a Thursday evening reception, networking lunches and multiple opportunities to listen to experts, meet new people and increase knowledge.

This year, all conference abstracts, papers and presentations are being aligned with PMI’s Talent Triangle and PMBOK knowledge areas (topics) to ensure that attendees can receive professional development units (PDUs) for PMP recertification.  Attendees can receive up to 16 PDUs by attending the full two-day symposium. To see full program, read abstracts and speaker bios, or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of PMI’s largest components.  To learn more, visit www.pmidallas.org

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.

 

Saya Askarova in Kazakhstan completes research internship for PM World Library

 

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Project management student at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty completes research internship for PM World Library

20 July 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan – PM World has announced that Ms Saya Askarova has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Saya began her internship in late February and completed the program on 15 July 2016. See her intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/saya-askarova/

 160212 - Saya Askarova 250x croppedSaya Askarova is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She holds a BS degree in Economics. During her studies at Sejong University (Seoul, South Korea), as part of her BS exchange program, she contributed to establishing educational partnership projects between the two countries. Besides her studies, Saya is engaged as a manager with the KBTU in delivering recruitment and networking projects and initiatives.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Ms Askarova provided some very interesting resources for the library, including information about a number of mega projects underway in her country, in the mining, transportation and public sectors. ”

Saya stated, “I found the internship experience with pm world library very useful. I discussed it with Professor Narbaev on several occasions and with friends at school. I encourage project management students everywhere to look into the program.”

Pells added, “Saya contributed resources on a very regular basis, moving through the program in 18 weeks. She was very efficient and her reports were excellent. As our first intern from Kazakhstan, she also helped us learn more about projects and project management there. I want to thank her again for her research and contributions.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Oke Yusuf Olawale in Nigeria completes Project Management Research Internship

 

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Project management student at Federal University of Technology Akure completes research internship for PM World Library

12 July 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Abuja, Nigeria – PM World has announced that Mr Oke Yusuf Olawale has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Yusuf began his internship in February and completed the program on 31 June 2016.  See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/oke-yusuf-olawale/

160215 - OKE YUSUF - PHOTO 150xOke Yusuf Olawale (pictured) is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. Yusuf is an active member of the International Project Management Association Young Crew (IPMA YC Nigeria) and also a registered member of the IPMA Nigeria known as Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN).

During four years of his academics pursuit, Yusuf has held titles such as Judge of the FUTA Students’ Union (FUTASU), Education and Training Officer, and Presently the Project Director at IPMA YC FUTA, Nigeria.  He also participated in the 2015 Global e-Collaboration Competition (GeCCO 2015).

The PMWL project management research program was launched in late 2015 to offer project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Yusuf was very active, researching various project management education and technology topics, providing new resources for the library at least once per week.  He often submitted multiple research results.”

Yusuf stated, “I am very interested in project management, so this research internship was both interesting and useful.  My professors liked the idea and I’ve learned a lot about project management around the world, just by exploring the pm world library.  I appreciate this opportunity.”

Pells added, “We are gaining more readers and library members in Nigeria, partially due to Mr. Olawale’s efforts.  He identified project management programs at several Nigerian universities, about which most people in the world knew nothing.  We thank him for his research and great contributions.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

Dr. Mladen Vukomanović in Croatia named International Academic Advisor for PM World

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Zagreb joins academic advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

22 June 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Dr. Mladen Vukomanović has joined the organization’s academic advisory council for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Dr Vukomanović is an assistant professor in the construction management department at the University of Zagreb where he teaches project management and construction management courses.

160617 - Vukomanovic 150xHolding a Ph.D. in Performance Management Systems in Project Environments, during the last ten years Dr Vukomanović has published and presented on the global scene. He was involved in four research projects which have resulted in more than 70 publications, among which are 4 books. He has participated in many international conferences, delivering four keynote speeches. His is particularly interested in: Performance management, Benchmarking, TQM, Strategic Management and Project Management Processes, and Building Information Modeling.

He leads an IT project for developing a BIM construction management system – GALA, and a research project, ”Business Excellence in the Construction Industry in Croatia“. Since 2009 he has been the managing editor of the international scientific journal: Organization, Technology & Management in Construction and member of the editorial board of the Project Management Research & Practice journal.

Besides working for the university, Mladen is actively involved with the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He was the member of the IPMA Council of Delegates (COD) for 6 years; he took part in the core teams of the two major IPMA global standards: Organizational Competence Baseline (OCB), version 1 and currently takes part in IPMA ICB version 4.0. He served as project director for the 2013 IPMA World Congress held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He is a member of the IPMA President’s Advisory Board (PAG) and chairs the IPMA Young Crew Management Board.

University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. As a comprehensive public Central European university, University of Zagreb offers education and research and in all scientific fields (arts, biomedicine, biotechnology, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences) and a broad spectrum of courses at all study levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. With 29 Faculties, 3 Art Academies and the University Centre for Croatian Studies it is the flagship educational institution in the country, a place where more than 7900 teachers and 72480 students develop knowledge and acquire skills. The Faculty of Civil Engineering and its Department of Construction Management and Economics is proud to be the first to introduce Project Management and Building Information Modeling courses at the University. Furthermore the department proudly hosts the Croatian Association for Project Management – IPMA member. More information about the faculty can be found at: http://www.grad.unizg.hr/

According to David Pells, managing editor of the PM World Journal, “We are honored to have Prof Vukomanović join our advisory team. I first met Mladen in Crete in 2012, then saw him in action as the director of the highly successful 2013 IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik. Since then I have learned much more about both his background and the University of Zagreb. Recently he has sponsored two interns for the PM World Library, both of whom have reflected very highly on his academic program.“

According to Mladen, “I am happy to join PM World’s academic advisory board. They are creating a unique project management library that already offers some interesting opportunities for students and researchers. We are also discussing some collaboration on the subject of BIM and project management, an exciting new topic bringing the fields of architecture, construction, project management and information technology together.”

Pells adds, “As chair of the IPMA Young Crew, Mladen is in a unique position to support students and influence young project managers. We want to support him in that role as much as possible with both the journal and library. His knowledge of construction management is also highly valuable for us.”

Dr. Mladen Vukomanović joins an illustrious group of academic leaders and professors from around the project management world who act as honorary advisors for the PMWJ and PMWL. Participation is by invitation only. To see all International Academic Advisors, click here.

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 http://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 http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Arif ud Din in Pakistan completes Project Management Research Internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Graduate of COMSATS University project management master’s degree program completes research internship for PM World Library

15 June 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mardan, KPK, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr Arif ud Din has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Arif began his internship in October 2015 and completed the program earlier this month. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/arif-ud-din/

pmwj45-Apr2016-ud-Din-PHOTOArif ud Din (pictured) has completed his MS in Project Management and also a research thesis under title of “Evaluation of Project Manager Competencies and its impact on NGOs Project Success” at the COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Arif holds a MBA degree specialized in Management. During 9 years of professional experience he has held titles such as Project Officer, Deputy Team Lead, Project Coordinator and Program Coordinator.

The PMWL project management research program was launched in late 2015 to offer project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Arif has contributed some excellent resources that will be of interest to many in developing economies. For example, case studies and resources related to project management competency in NGOs and community based organizations. He has also educated us all on project management education in Pakistan, providing links to five major universities there offering MS degrees in PM.”

Arif stated, “Participation in the PM World Library intern program was a good experience, and five years of access will be highly useful. In the future I will plan to stay in touch with the library and journal, and hope to publish more articles or papers there.”

Pells added, “We are gaining more readers and library members in Pakistan, partially due to Mr. ud Din’s efforts and the local resources that he has provided access to. We thank him for his excellent work and support.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact director@pmworldlibrary.net.

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact info@pmworldlibrary.net

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.