Successful Launch of CASSIOPE: Canadian Science and Telecommunications Satellite


30 September 2013 – Longueuil, Quebec — The Canadian Space Agency announced on 29 September the successful launch of Canadian satellite, Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


CASSIOPE is the first Canadian hybrid satellite to carry a dual mission in the fields of telecommunications and scientific research.  The main objectives are to gather information to better understand the science of space weather, while verifying high-speed communications concepts through the use of advanced space technologies.

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, commented on this first launch under his tenure. “This is a moment of pride for all Canadians. With the CASSIOPE mission, the Government reaffirms its commitment to support Canada’s space industry while using space technologies to advance knowledge in areas of critical scientific inquiry,” said Minister James Moore.

“The Canadian Space Agency is proud to contribute to the CASSIOPE mission,” said newly appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency Walter Natynczyk.  It enables the integration of the Government’s research and development agenda while partnering with Canadian space industry and university science sectors”.

MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. led a Canadian industrial team that included Magellan Aerospace of Winnipeg Manitoba, COM DEV International of Cambridge, Ontario and the University of Calgary, Alberta in the development of the CASSIOPE mission.  The small satellite mission was enabled through contributions from the Canadian Space Agency and Industry Canada’s Technology Partnerships Canada.

For more on CASSIOPE, visit: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/cassiope.asp 

Source: Canadian Space Agency

Project Management – Changing the World


Full slate of Outstanding Keynotes announced for AIPM National Project Management Conference in Perth

29 September 2013 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced a full slate of outstanding and recognised leaders as keynote speakers for their National Conference being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth, WA during 13-16 October 2013. The theme of the AIPM national conference this year is “Project Management – Changing the World.”

130929-pmwj15-national-IMAGEIn a competitive market place, it is essential that organisations have the appropriate structures, methodologies and training to achieve successful project outcomes on a consistent basis.  Project management has continued to help organisations gage the success and implementation of high-level maturity models, programs and practices in order to continually improve project management capabilities on an organisational-wide basis.

Project managers from government, mining, oil and gas, energy, information technology, land development, construction, education and many other industries will come together to hear from leading International and Australian speakers to discuss Project Management – Changing the World.

You will hear from the following guest speakers who have been hand-picked by AIPM, Australasia’s largest association for project management, at this years’ National Conference from 13-16 October 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, WA.

  • Dr Keith Suter, International Affairs Expert
  • Ed Merrow, President and CEO, Independent Project Analysis, Inc.
  • Laurice Temple, Project Services Manager – Asset Management, BP Australia
  • Tansel Ali, Two-Time Australian Memory Champion
  • Ross Holt, Chief Executive Officer, LandCorp
  • Jim Whalley, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Systems
  • Kieran Kinsella, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
  • Suzanne Tindal, Executive Director, BankWest

There are significant benefits for participating that can give organisations a platform to boost employee morale, engagement and performance. The keynote speakers are worldwide experts that can help organisations better understand how project management maturity can develop consistent organisational practices that encourage project excellence.

The AIPM National Conference has consistently provided a high level educational program and social events calendar. It offers an abundance of networking opportunities and the opportunity to expand your relationship with some of the key players in the rapidly growing project management sector.

The program has been developed in consultation with a network of special interest groups that will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to interact with Australian practitioners.  For more information please contact Linda Chiarella on [email protected] or (02) 8288 8700.  To learn more about the keynote speakers, conference program or to register, visit www.aipm2013.com.au.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

APM and The PM Channel launch video magazine in UK


28 September 2013 – London, UK – Provek Limited have announced the launch of a  video magazine with the Association Project Management (APM) in the UK.  As part of the on-going partnership between APM and the video based training and development content provider The PM Channel, free access to otherwise subscription only videos has been made available to APM website visitors.

130928-pmwl-apm-IMAGEEvery month new videos will be published on APM’s website by The PM Channel which will include topical APM content and selected footage from other major partners and individual contributors.

Dr. Andrew Delo, founder of The PM Channel said: “We are very pleased to have developed our working relationship with APM to this extent.  It is a fantastic opportunity for the wider project management community visiting the APM website to get access to more video based content about the profession.”

View the video magazine for APM from The PM Channel today.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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

The PM Channel is a comprehensive training and development tool allowing project manager (junior or senior) to find a solution by watching the online videos. The PM Channel offers interactive online qualification courses such as APM IC, APMP, PRINCE2, PMP, APM Risk Management as well as video presentations from project management conferences from IPMA, APM, PMI, and others. Best practice interviews from experts in project management for qualified project managers who wish to continue their professional development are also available. The PM Channel is owned and operated by Provek Ltd, an accredited project management training organisation owned by an educational charity.  Visit The PM Channel at http://www.thepmchannel.com

President of Croatia calls for Peace, Security, Rule of Law, Human Rights & Education to Drive UN Development Agenda


28 September 2013 – New York, USA – Sustainable development is not possible without peace and security, the President of Croatia today told the United Nations on 26 September, stressing also the importance of the rule of law, human rights and education in post-conflict nations. In addition, Mr. Josipovic also noted the importance of good governance, efforts against corruption, and human rights, particularly for women and minority groups.

130928-pmwj15-croatia-IMAGEIn his address to the 68th General Assembly high-level debate, President Ivo Josipovic stressed “the critical importance that the rule of law has in post-conflict peacebuilding, thus achieving lasting peace and sustainable development.”

He noted that Croatia is currently the chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace. Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone are currently on its agenda.

Recalling his country’s own historical role in the Balkans, he highlighted that reconciliation and cooperation “are becoming a new standard” for the region.

Mr. Josipovic is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.  He noted that Croatia had become the 28th member of the European Union this July “to secure the safe, democratic and stable future for ourselves and forthcoming generations.”

Turning to the wider theme of this year’s General Assembly debate – which is setting the stage for a sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – Mr. Josipovic noted the role democratic ideals play in linkages with economic, social and cultural rights.

A sustainable future needs “a concurrent basis in strong institutions, in solidarity, justice and social development, with a more targeted approach to marginalized groups, including women’s empowerment, as well as a strong respect for the environment and innovative growth,” he said.

In response to his own question of how a transformative shift towards more sustainable development can be accomplished, Mr. Josipovic noted the importance of education.

The United Nations is an international organization established in 1945 to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and world peace. Currently with 193 members states, the UN and its specialized agencies meet regularly throughout the year. The UN Headquarters is in New York City, with other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. More information can be found at http://www.un.org/en/

Source: United Nations

3RD International Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States to be in Latvia in April 2014


27 September 2013 – Riga, Latvia – The Third International Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 10-11 April 2014.  Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia.  More information at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/130927-pmwj15-riga-3rd-IMAGE

The aim of the conference is 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. Conference language is English.  The work of the conference will be organized on the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funds project management (implementation)
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management
  4. Investment project management
  5. Culture project management
  6. IT project management
  7. Construction project management
  8. Renewable Energy Projects
  9. Social project management
  10. Standards on project management
  11. Professional education and science in project management
  12. Capacity of organization in project management
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory
  15. Project controlling
  16. Project Risk Management.

Sections will be designed according to themes of submitted abstracts.

The work of the conference will be organized in opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed.  Key dates:

September 1, 2013 – Call for papers

November 17, 2013 – Applications for participation at the conference and submission of abstract (see requirements on conference webpage)

November 30, 2013 – Notification of acceptance and invitation to prepare report

Until January 31, 2014 – Payment of reduced conference fee

February 15, 2014 – Submission of paper for conference proceedings

February 28, 2014 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers

March 17, 2014 – Deadline for revised papers.

Conference Programme Committee:

  • Prof. Dr.oec. Žaneta Ilmete, University of Latvia, President of Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia, Chair
  • Dr.oec. Juris Binde, President of “Latvian Mobile Telephone ” Ltd., Latvia
  • Prof.Dr. Juris Borzovs, Dean of Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. Edgar Bellow, Reims Management School, France
  • Prof.Dr. Florian E.Dorrenberg, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • M. Eng, CPP, MPD. Adesh Jain, First Assessor IPMA, Director of Centre for Excellence in Project Management, India
  • Prof. Dr. Jerzy Kisielnicki, Warsaw University, Poland
  • Prof. Dr. Michael J. Littman, Buffalo State University of New York, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Löhr, Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts, Germany,
  • Prof. Dr. Arvi Kuura, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Prof. Dr. Inta Brūna, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. Petlenko Yulia, Economics Faculty of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine
  • Prof. Dr. Biruta Sloka, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Tysiak, Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolff, Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Inese Vorončuka, University of Latvia, Latvia

Conference Organization Committee

  • Žaneta Ilmete (University of Latvia)
  • Silvija Bruņa (University of Latvia, Professional Association of Project Managers)
  • Emīls Pūlmanis (University of Latvia, Professional Association of Project Managers)
  • Daiga Āboltiņa (University of Latvia)
  • Kaspars Čikste (University of Latvia)
  • Džineta Dimante (University of Latvia)
  • Anete Mandeika (Professional Association of Project Managers)
  • Lauris Liepiņš (Professional Association of Project Managers)
  • Marija Simonova (Professional Association of Project Managers)
  • Biruta Sloka (University of Latvia)
  • Rita Žuka (University of Latvia)

Conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers and Baltic Controlling Institute. The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/
For more information, contact conference coordinators: PhD.cand.MSc.proj.mgmt. Silvija Bruna – [email protected]  or PhD.cand. MSc.proj.mgmt Emils Pulmanis – [email protected]

Second National Hydromet System Modernization Project in Russia receives financial boost from World Bank


26 September 2013 – Washington, DC, USA and Moscow, Russia – The World Bank announced on 17 September the approval of a US$60 million loan to co-finance with the Russian Federation a US$139.50 million Second National Hydromet System Modernization Project (Roshydromet-2) in Russia.

130926-pmwj15-roshydromet-IMAGEThe project will assist the Russian Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental  Monitoring to further enhance the national capacity to deliver reliable and timely weather, hydrological and climate information to the Russian citizens, regional and municipal governments, and economic sectors dependent on weather, water, and climate. It will also foster country’s capacity to integrate into the global system of meteorological services.

“The project supports two strategic themes of the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for the Russian Federation: increasing growth and diversification, and deepening Russia’s global and regional role,” said Michal Rutkowski, World Bank Country Director for Russia.  “The project will contribute to sustainable development and effective protection of the national economy and human lives from extreme weather and climate related disasters. It will also help to strengthen Russia’s contribution to global public goods and further its role in the World Meteorological Organization and as a regional leader.”

Notwithstanding the recent progress in improving the quality of weather and hydrometeorological services, the impact of climate change remains a challenge and requires further strengthening of the national capacity to adapt and protect the people. Russia aims to further ensure safety of its population and economic assets by increasing the national preparedness to address weather and climate change impacts. This includes provision of reliable climate-related information and further integration of Russia’s meteorological and hydrological networks in the global meteorological community.

In Russia’s regions prone to natural disasters the project will benefit citizens, regional and municipal governments, as well as weather-, water-, and climate- dependent economic sectors such as emergency, disaster reduction/civil protection, water resources management, civil aviation and transport, agriculture, health, energy, forestry, communal services, tourism, and maritime planning.

The project will bring considerable benefits to the international hydrometeorological community by providing better access to reliable and abundant observation data from the vast territory of Russia, thus contributing to more accurate global forecasting. It will continue to play a catalytic role for strengthening hydrometeorological services in Central Asia where Roshydromet remains a recognized leader.

The project activities will focus on capacity building, infrastructure system enhancement, and quality of service delivery. Its strategic objectives will be achieved through support to the following three main areas of activity:

  • Strengthening Information Communication Technology infrastructure and systems delivering weather, climate and hydrological data and information;
  • Modernization of observation networks; and
  • Institutional and regulatory strengthening, improved service delivery to clients and better preparedness for emergencies.

The project aims to achieve the following results:

  • Improved accuracy and timeliness of basic weather forecasts. At the end of the project, the forecasts with 168 hours lead time will exceed 70 percent accuracy for the main administrative centers of Russia against a baseline of less than120 hours lead time in 2011;
  • Improved accuracy of seasonal river flow forecasts in the reservoirs in the Volga river basin whereby at the end of the project the accuracy of seasonal water inflow forecasts to reservoirs will exceed 85-90 percent against a baseline of  75-80 percent in 2011;
  • Increased number of sectoral users of Roshydromet’s data withy anticipated annual growth of 5 percent; and
  • Improved client satisfaction, which is expected to reach 65 percent in 2015 and 75 percent at the end of the project.

The project complements the results of the first National Roshydromet Modernization Project and will further support climate change monitoring as an emerging national priority. The new project will assist Roshydromet in achieving its mid-term modernization goals set up by the Russian Government in The Strategy for Activities in Hydrometeorology and Related Areas until 2030 (with consideration of climate change). The project will help to further strengthen the hydrological networks and services, as less than 7 percent of network has been modernized in the course of the first project, and enhance information systems for weather, climate and hydrological forecasting.

“Despite considerable accomplishments under the first Hydromet project, the Russian Government recognized that one, relatively modest project could not possibly address the entire gamut of shortcomings resulting of two decades of disinvestments,” said Adriana J. Damianova, World Bank Lead Environmental Specialist and Team Leader for the Project. “In Russia, according to the most conservative estimates priority investment needs in the meteorological and hydrological observations infrastructure amount to more than US$0.5 billion.”

The project will be financed by a Specific Investment Loan implemented on IBRD terms of a final maturity of 18 years including a grace period of 5 years, with project implementation over a five-year period.  Russia joined the World Bank (IBRD-member and IDA-donor country) in 1992. Today, IBRD is committed to finance 10 investment projects in Russia for the total amount of US$646 million.

Given Russia’s size and strong financial position, engagement with the World Bank Group has been selective and strategic. Over the last 20 years, the Bank has worked with Russia on maintaining prudent macroeconomic policies, making public administration more efficient, restructuring the health sector and educating children starting from kindergarten age.  IFC’s strategy in Russia is to support private sector development and encourage economic growth.

For more about World Bank projects in Russia, visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/russia

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries.  For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org. To learn more about World Bank projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html

Source: The World Bank

Business Leadership for IT Projects – New Book by Gary Lloyd published by Gower


25 September 2013 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Gary Lloyd, Business Leadership for IT Projects.  Gary Lloyd is a programme and project management specialist who helps organisations and individuals deliver value from their projects and programmes through consultancy, mentoring, coaching, training and project assurance.

130925-pmwj15-lloyd-IMAGEAccording to the Gower notice, the track record of IT projects is poor. Less than a third of IT projects deliver what they said they would, on schedule and on budget. The major cause of IT project failure is not, as you might expect, poor IT leadership or difficult technology but poor business leadership.

One of the reasons for this is that, unlike their IT peers, business managers often get little training or education in project delivery, let alone the special case represented by an IT project. Business Leadership for IT Projects addresses the gap by providing tools and ideas that are applicable to all sizes of IT projects, from those in large multinational corporations, down to small growing businesses. It sets out the key project touchpoints where business leadership can have a major impact on project success.

The book combines psychological research and project best practice to create a practical toolbox that can be dipped into, as needs arise, or followed as an overall approach to IT project leadership.

The toolbox weaves together three key strands of thought. First, that the concept of value should be at the forefront of project design and delivery. Second, that business managers need to take active leadership of IT projects to secure value. Third, that project teams need tools to slow down their thinking and ensure that actions and decisions are well thought through.

Gary Lloyd works with clients to both lower project risk and to develop organisational and individual delivery capability. He has been helping businesses to deliver IT enabled change for over 20 years. His roles have ranged from being the business leader who drives the change, through to being a trusted advisor to CEO’s and COO’s, helping them to get value from their projects, programmes and ventures.  Gary has worked across a variety of countries and cultures that include various European countries, Japan, India, Hong Kong and the USA.

Business Leadership for IT Project, by Gary Lloyd, published by GOWER; September 2013, 188 pages, hard cover, ISBN 978-1-409456902; List price = £44.55; more at http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409456902

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected].  

Finalists Announced for IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year Award


Reported by Natalia Majcher in Warsaw, Poland

25 September 2013 – Warsaw, Poland and Dubrovnik, Croatia – The IPMA Young Crew have announced finalists for the IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced during the IPMA Young Crew Workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 29 September 2013, immediately prior to the 27th IPMA World Congress.

130925-pmwj15-award-IMAGEDignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them,” said Aristotle.

The IPMA and IPMA Young Crew believe that there are many young people who deserve the highest honours. For this reason, they organize the Young Project Manager of the Year awards (previously known as the Young Project Manager Award). This prestigious title goes each year to a different person, the most promising rising talents from the project management industry. The award was introduced in 2006 and each year it receives more and more applicants. From this year it is a part of the new awards category under IPMA umbrella – IPMA Achievement Awards. Being now a part of a specialized and bigger portfolio, the Young Project Manager of the Year title moves to the next level of maturity and it will evolve with a faster speed.

The first step was to integrate the assessment of the award with other award committees. Thus, the Jury was not only selected by the IPMA Young Crew, but the Jury body included also members of other awards. The awarding process is as before, based on the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB). The Jury includes always experienced and prominent names from the IPMA Family. This year the Jury consisted of 5 members:

  • Subas Subedi (Nepal) – 2013 Young Project Manager Award Winner
  • Carla Ferreira (Portugal) – 2012 Young Project Manager Award Finalist
  • Edward Logan (USA) – Former Young Crew Chairman
  • Maria Simek (Austria) – Former Young Crew Management Board Member (2010-2012)
  • Alan Tupicoff (Australia) – IPMA Award Committee

In round 1 of the award, the Jury evaluated the application forms sent by candidates from all over the world. The Jury examined each of them thoroughly and they reach the decision about names, the ones who get to the Award Final:

  • Mukunda Adhikari, from Nepal
  • Kamil Mroz, from Belgium
  • Cristian Soto, from Bolivia

Their assessment has been based on the presentation of a project and individual skills: they have been required to present a project description, applicant self-evaluation, responsible and customer evaluation. These honorees have demonstrated invaluable impact to both their profession and their companies, and are on the fast track to becoming influential project leaders on an international scale.

To ease their participation to the event in Croatia, the finalists are entitled for a pre-paid ticket, including access to the Global Young Crew Workshop, relevant social program and entrance to the IPMA World Congress. The winner will also attend all the social events and the awarding ceremony during IPMA World Congress. In addition, each of the three finalists will receive a sponsorship package that will reimburse their individual travel and accommodation expenses of up to 1000 Euro/each.

And who will be this time the Young Project Manager of the Year?  We will learn on September 29th, during the official Award Ceremony taking place during the Gala Dinner of Global Young Crew Workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Whoever from those three it will be, we know already, that it will be an inspiring and extraordinary person.

For more information about the Finalists and a report from the Award Ceremony, take a look in the November issue of PM World Journal.  For more information about the 27th IPMA World Congress, go to http://www.ipma2013.hr/

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. We are an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew strives to provide experiential learning through interaction and information exchange with young project managers. For more information about IPMA Young Crew, visit www.ipma.ch/young-crew/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the 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. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2013 – 2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. The Chair of the IPMA Council of Delegates is Mr. Roberto Mori.  For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff, VP Marketing & Events, [email protected]

Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya to be Africa’s largest


23 September 2013 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire  and Nairobi, Kenya – The African Development Bank (AfDB) is supporting the Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which will add 300MW to power generation capacity and will provide clean and affordable energy that will reduce the overall energy cost to end consumers. Furthermore, the project will allow the landlocked Great Rift Valley region to be connected to the rest of the country through the improved infrastructure linked to the wind farm, including a road, fibre-optic cable and electrification.

130923-pmwj15-kenya-IMAGEThis zero-emission project will contribute in filling the energy gap in the country, enhancing energy diversification and saving 16 million tons of CO2 emission compared to a fossil fuel fired power plant.

The total project cost is €585 million. This will be financed with equity (25%), mezzanine debt (5%) and senior debt (70%). The senior debt will be made up of a Development Finance Institutions tranche arranged by the AfDB Group for €309 million and a commercial debt tranche of €100 million.

Turkana Wind Farm will be the largest wind power project in Africa. The AfDB Group, which provided a €115-million loan to the project, has taken a lead role in developing this project, having worked with the project developer since 2009, and is the Mandated Lead Arranger for the transaction. Spearheading the project’s transactions, the AfDB Group built the confidence of potential investors on mitigation of environmental and governance risks, ultimately attracting additional investors in the project such as commercial banks. As the Mandated Lead Arranger for the project, the AfDB Group will raise over €127 million in senior debt and a further €58 million of subordinated debt.

In addition, the AfDB Group is processing an ADF Partial Risk Guarantee for €20 million to cover the risk related to the completion of the transmission line, which is crucial for the project.  For more abut AfDB projects in Kenya, visit http://www.afdb.org/en/countries/east-africa/kenya/

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent.  For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

Tourism Development Program in Brazil’s Sergipe State receives IDB Financing


22 September 2013 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that Sergipe, a state in northeastern Brazil, will receive a $60 million loan from IDB to develop its tourism industry in order to increase employment and household income. The project, structured as a multiple works loan under the country’s PRODETUR Program, will help the state develop sun-and-sand tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism along the coastline in Costa dos Coqueiros and the Sao Francisco river.

130922-pmwj15-sergipe-IMAGEThe IDB loan will finance the development, recovery and/or modernization of historical-cultural circuits, museums, interpretation centers, scenic overlooks, and traditional handicraft markets, among others. The program will also support the upgrading of tourism facilities in beaches, as well as support measures to restore, demarcate and protect their dunes and estuaries’ ecosystems.

Besides infrastructure, the program will include capacity building to improve the quality of services provided by companies and environmental and social responsibility among communities and tourism operators. It will also finance the development of a tourism marketing and promotion strategy, studies to expand the state’s main airport, environmental management plan to reduce erosion in the state’s coastline, and institutional strengthening activities.

The project is expected to create more than 3,600 new (direct and indirect) jobs in the tourism industry and increase tourist daily spending in the state by 7 percent, tourist length of stay by 6 percent, and the proportion of tourists visiting Sergipe for leisure by 5 percent.  The IDB loan has a 25-year maturity and a 66-month grace period. Local counterpart financing from Sergipe totals $40 million.

To learn more about this program, visit website: http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=BR-L1256#.UjyyNz9j1Ts

To learn more about IDB financed projects in Brazil, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/brazil/brazil-and-the-idb,1002.html#.UjyyAz9j1Ts.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Luca Cavone joins PM World Correspondents Network in Italy


IPMA Young Crew leader to represent PM World Journal, report Project Management news from Milan

22 September 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Milan – PM World has announced that Mr. Luca Cavone has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Italy.  Luca is a well-known and active leader of IPMA Young Crew, at both the Italian national level and worldwide.

luca-cavoneLuca Cavone is a Consultant at JMAC Europe, the Consulting firm of the Japan Management Association. He is mainly focused to support companies in Innovation Management and Product Development Projects typical of R&D and Marketing areas, with an interdisciplinary background of the business processes. In JMAC Luca follows also the study and development of project management methodologies based on the application of Lean Thinking approach. Before joining JMAC he worked several years in the Aerospace industry.

Since 2009 Luca has been actively involved with the International Project Management Association (IPMA); at that time he was between the founders of the Young Crew Italy and was appointed as first chairman. In 2011 he left the position to join the Young Crew Management Board, where he’s currently Head of Membership and Responsible for the Young Project Manager of the Year award. Since 2010 Luca is also a member of the Executive Board of IPMA Italy.

According to Wikipedia, Milan, Milan (Milano) is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The city proper has a population of about 1.35 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in the EU and the largest in Italy with an estimated population of about 5.2 million.  The Milan metropolitan region contains a population of over 8 million people.


Milan (skyline pictured, courtesy of Wikipedia) is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy’s main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital. Thanks to its important museums, theatres and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Milan attracts more than two million annual visitors.

Milan hosts numerous cultural institutions and universities, with 185,000 enrolled students in 2011, i.e. 11 percent of the national total. The city is also well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, and will host the 2015 Universal Exposition. Milan is home to two of the world’s major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. [1]

130923-pmwj15-cavone-IMAGE3 250X238Italy, officially the Republic of Italy, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and is approximately delimited by the Alpine watershed, enclosing the Po Valley and the Venetian Plain. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, in addition to many smaller islands. The sovereign states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate climate. With 60 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous country in Europe. Italy is also the fourth economic power of the European continent and the eighth of the world.

Italy’s capital and largest city, Rome, has for centuries been the leading political and religious centre of Western civilisation, as the capital of the Roman Empire and of Christianity. In the Dark Ages, Italy suffered continual invasions by Germanic tribes, while the Roman heritage was preserved by Christian monks. Beginning from the 11th century, Italian cities rose to great prosperity through shipping, commerce and banking (modern capitalism, indeed, has its roots in Medieval Italy), while culture flourished especially during the Renaissance, with scholars, artists and polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli.

Italy was a founding member of the European Community in 1957, which became the EU in 1993. It is part of the Schengen Area, and has been a member of the Eurozone since 1999. Italy is considered a middle, regional power and is a member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the G8, G20, NATO, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Italy currently maintains the world’s tenth-largest nominal defence budget and is a participant in the NATO nuclear sharing policy. [2]

According to PMWJ Managing Editor David Pells, “We are very happy to have Luca join our international correspondents team. His views as a young project manager will help us be more responsive to the needs and interests of other young professionals.  He also brings a direct link to the IPMA Young Crew network of other young professional leaders, which will be great.”

Luca Cavone stated, “I have followed the PM World Journal for many months and am now excited to join their international team.  I see this as a positive career opportunity and look forward to contributing to the journal, meeting the other correspondents and continuing my professional growth. It should also be fun.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  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 www.pmworldjournal.net.


[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan

[2]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy

International Space Exploration Coordination Group publishes white paper on benefits of space exploration


21 September 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced the release of a white paper outlining benefits of human exploration of space. The paper was jointly announced by NASA and the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) on Friday, 20 September 2013.

130921-pmwj15-isecg- IMAGEThe document, titled “Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration,” is the culmination of a dialog between space agencies participating in the ISECG. The goal was to share their views and lessons learned on the nature and significance of benefits resulting from space exploration. The paper describes the fundamental benefits that are expected to flow from continued investment in the missions and activities described in the Global Exploration Roadmap, which was released on Aug. 20.

Although not intended to be a definitive statement on exploration’s relevance to society, the paper reflects the strong commitment by space agencies to deliver benefits to everyone on Earth.

The paper outlines the collective benefits of space exploration, including expanding our scientific knowledge, inspiring people around the world, and forging agreements and cooperation between the countries engaged in the peaceful exploration of space. The paper stresses human exploration’s effects on enhancing our quality of life by improving economic prosperity, health, environmental quality, safety and security. The paper also highlights the equally important ability for exploration to provide a better understanding and new perspectives on our individual and collective place in the universe.

The International Space Station is demonstrating many of these benefits today. The orbiting laboratory is the first step in the future exploration framework described in the Global Exploration Roadmap. The benefits described in this paper provide some of the rationale for the nations wishing to pursue the activities highlighted in the roadmap.

The ISECG members include NASA, the European Space Agency, and national space agencies from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Russia, UK and Ukraine.

To view ISECG’s “Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration” and the Global Exploration Roadmap, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1d0cShx or http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Benefits-Stemming-from-Space-Exploration-2013-TAGGED.pdf.

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Source: NASA 

Images: courtesy of NASA

Gower steps up support of IPMA, to give away books at IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik


20 September 2013 – London, UK and Zagreb, Croatia – Gower Publishing in UK have announced a major participation in the 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management being held from 30 September to 3 October 2013 at the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Gower will host a major display of current and new project management books at this year’s congress where a number of Gower authors will be speaking.  They are also providing books to be given away during the event.

130920-pmwl-gower-steps-IMAGEAccording to Gower Managing Editor Jonathan Norman, “We will be displaying 45 project management titles at the IPMA Conference in Dubrovnik. These will include the latest addition to the Gower Handbook range: Gower Handbook of People in Project Management as well as the 10th Edition of Dennis Lock’s seminal textbook Project Management, both published in 2013.”

“The IPMA have organised a free draw involving £1,500.00 worth of Gower books for attendees at the conference,” he added. “With over 800 delegates booked for this year’s conference it should be a significant event.”

The 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is being organized by IPMA and CAPM (the Croatian Association for Project Management – www.capm.hr), with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb  www.grad.unizg.hr,  the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) – www.icoste.org and the “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” College of Business and Management (www.vspu.hr ) as co-organizers.  The congress director is Mladen Vukomanovic.  Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the 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. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. For more information visit www.ipma.ch

Sources: Gower & IPMA

Gower Handbook of People in Project Management – New Book Edited by Dennis Lock & Lindsay Scott


20 September 2013 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of Gower Handbook of People in Project Management, a new book edited by Dennis Lock and Lindsay Scott.

Modern projects are all about one group of people delivering benefits to others, so it’s no surprise that the human element is fundamental to project management. The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management is a complete guide to the human dimensions involved in projects.

130920-pmwj15-people-IMAGEThe book is a unique and rich compilation of over 60 chapters about project management roles and the people who sponsor, manage, deliver, work in or are otherwise important to project success. It looks at the people-issues that are specific to different sectors of organization (public, private and third sector); the organization of people in projects, both real and virtual; the relationship between people, their roles and the project environment; and the human behaviours and skills associated with working collaboratively. Thus this comprehensive and innovative handbook discusses all the important topics associated with employing, developing and managing people for successful projects.

The contributors have been drawn from around the world and include experts ranging from practising managers to academics and advanced researchers. The Handbook is divided into six parts, which begin with management and project organization and progress through to more advanced and emerging practices. It benefits hugely from Lindsay Scott’s expert knowledge and experience in this field and from Dennis Lock’s contributions and meticulous editing to ensure that the text and illustrations are always lucid and informative.

Dennis Lock is a freelance writer who specializes in project management. His exceptionally wide industrial experience has included sub-miniature electronics, defence systems, heavy engineering and international mining, with a progression of successful management positions in all of those industries. He has fulfilled consultancy assignments in Britain and overseas and in recent years has taught project management to masters degree students as an external lecturer at two British universities. Of well over 50 books that he has written or edited, almost all have been published by Gower. Among his current work he is co-editing the first edition of a new Gower Handbook, The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management.

After working for a UK division of Hewlett-Packard, Lindsay Scott established PM recruitment specialists Arras People in 2002. She is careers column expert for PMI, contributes regularly to journals and broadsheets and is a frequent speaker. She is top project management social influencer in the social media and is a keen promoter of project and programme management offices. She markets the APM’s PMO specific interest group. 

More information & free chapters on the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409437857 

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above links.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected]

Fluor-Led Team Selected as Finalist for PMI’s International Project of the Year Award


19 September 2013 – Irving, Texas, USA – Fluor Corporation has announced that the Project Management Institute (PMI) has selected Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS), a Fluor-led partnership and Department of Energy (DOE) contractor, as one of three finalists for PMI’s International Project of the Year award. PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, and the project of the year award is the organization’s highest honor for organizations.

130919-pmwj15-project-IMAGEFluor-led SRNS was nominated for $1.4 billion in work completed under Savannah River Site’s (SRS) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) cleanup from April 2009 through December 2012, one of the largest scopes of work authorized under ARRA. The ARRA mission required that the project accelerate the reduction of the DOE’s site liability, which included reducing the legacy waste at the site while simultaneously creating jobs and stimulating the struggling economy.

Photo: Explosive implosion of a large, concrete cooling tower at the Savannah River site. The tower was originally built to support the Site’s K Reactor, which is no longer operational. Photo courtesy of Fluor.

SRNS’s cleanup effort’s major accomplishments included the following:

  • Bringing 85 percent of the site’s total 310 square miles up to footprint reduction cleanup standards, thereby exceeding the baseline goal of 75 percent;
  • Remediating the site’s legacy inventory of 5,000 cubic meters of transuranic radioactive waste; and
  • Creating or retaining more than 4,600 local jobs.

“We are honored by this prestigious nomination and are incredibly proud of all of the hardworking and dedicated SRNS employees responsible for making this project a resounding success,” said Bruce Stanski, president of Fluor’s Government Group.

“Nearly eight years of work were successfully compressed into a 45-month period of performance as part of this tremendous undertaking. We’re proud of the positive impact that this project has had on the site, the local region and the national economy, and congratulate the entire team for a job well done,” he said.

Nomination packages for each of the three finalists are currently under review by a PMI-approved volunteer panel of experienced practitioners from across the globe. The PMI 2013 Project of the Year award will be presented at the PMI Global Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana later this year. To learn more about the awards ceremony and the PMI Global Congress visit http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2013/.

Fluor has been nominated for three PMI Projects of the Year in the past seven years. In 2009, the company was recognized for the Newmont Mining Power Plant in Nevada. In 2007, Fluor won for its work at the DOE’s Fernald Site near Cincinnati, Ohio. Finally, in 2011, Fluor was a finalist for Luminant’s Oak Grove coal-fired power plant in Central Texas.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a Fluor-led company responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory, located near Aiken, South Carolina. Member companies include Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell. More information at http://www.savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com/.

For more than 100 years, Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has partnered with its clients to design, build and maintain many of the world’s most challenging and complex capital projects. Through its global network of offices on six continents, more than 40,000 employees provide comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management. Today, the company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations & maintenance, manufacturing & life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 110 on the FORTUNE 500 list and had revenue of $27.6 billion in 2012. For more information, visit www.fluor.com and follow us on Twitter at @FluorCorp.

Source: Fluor Corporation

Four African Nations Agree to Improve Use of ancient Nubian Aquifer


19 September 2013 – Vienna, Austria – The United Nations (UN) has announced that four African nations have agreed to a UN-backed plan to optimize the use of a key underground aquifer system and improve the management of water resources. The Strategic Action Programme, signed at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), commits Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan to ensure the equitable use of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System, a huge water resource that lies beneath the four nations.

130919-pmwj15-nubian-IMAGEIt also commits the countries to strengthen and build on a previously existing regional coordination mechanism, in part by establishing a new Joint Authority for the Nubian Aquifer System, according to a news release issued by the IAEA.

“I congratulate all involved on this significant achievement,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. “Water is a key resource, and effective management and use of such water resources is essential for the future.”

The Programme lays the groundwork for improving cooperation among the four arid nations and for strengthening their capacity to monitor and manage the aquifer effectively, noted the Agency.  With growing populations and decreasing water availability from other sources in the region, the aquifer is under mounting pressure.

“Removing water without a clear understanding of trans-boundary and other implications threatens water quality and has the potential to harm biodiversity and accelerate land degradation,” the IAEA pointed out.

The Programme resulted from a joint technical cooperation project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the IAEA.

“UNDP would like to congratulate the Governments of Egypt, Libya, Chad and Sudan for achieving this important milestone towards the cooperative management of their shared sub-surface waters which will help to ensure maintenance of livelihoods and ecosystems dependent upon the aquifer,” said its Administrator, Helen Clark.

The Nubian aquifer is the world’s largest known ‘fossil’ water aquifer system, meaning that the water is ancient and non-renewable, according to the IAEA.

The joint technical cooperation project began in 2006 and has already completed a sophisticated model of the aquifer to assist the four countries in optimizing use of the aquifer to meet human needs, avoid trans-boundary conflict, and protect ecosystems dependent upon the resource.

The IAEA contributes to the project in part by employing isotopic hydrology techniques to monitor the quantity and quality of groundwater and how it moves underground.

The United Nations is an international organization established in 1945 to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and world peace. Currently with 193 members states, the UN and its specialized agencies meet regularly throughout the year. The UN Headquarters is in New York City, with other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. More information can be found at http://www.un.org/en/

Source: United Nations

New PMI Report Identifies Steps for Successfully Navigating Complex Projects


Average budgets and risks are bigger—but successful organizations manage complex and general projects using the same practices and techniques, study says

18 September 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the release of Pulse of the Profession™ In-Depth Report: Navigating Complexity. Expanding on findings from the 2013 Pulse of the Profession, which revealed that companies risk $135 million for every $1 billion spent on a project, the new complexity report reveals that average budgets for projects that are highly complex are nearly twice as large than those with lower levels of complexity—using significantly more resources and putting even more dollars at risk for the organizations managing them. 

130918-pmwj15-navigating-IMAGEAlthough there may be a perception that navigating complex projects requires a different set of skills or capabilities, PMI’s research proves otherwise. Regardless of the number of highly complex projects, organizations are managing projects with relatively the same set of project management techniques, methods and practices, and have about the same level of project management maturity.

Further, PMI’s research confirms that a project’s success or failure is not determined by the degree of complexity, but by the mix of capabilities applied.

While the new report finds several commonly reported attributes of complex projects, including ambiguity and divergent stakeholder agendas, there are no universal parameters for defining complexity. Engaging in debate about a definition may only serve to distract organizations from implementing practices that will improve the outcomes of all projects and programs.

As reported in the 2013 Pulse of the Profession, high-performing organizations have mature project management practices, align their talent management with organizational strategy, and are significantly more likely to be highly effective communicators. High-performing organizations achieve an average project success rate of 80 percent, and risk 14 times fewer dollars than low performers. Considering that average budgets for highly complex projects are nearly double those with less complexity, success in this area translates into a big boost to the bottom line — and requires more attention from organizations.

Additionally, the complexity in-depth research finds that high performers are focusing on specific capabilities within these three broad areas to manage highly complex projects:

  • Create a culture of project and program management with engaged project sponsors. Organizations with mature project management practices average a significantly higher percentage of projects meeting original goals and business intent compared to organizations with less mature practices. Pulse research reveals that 79 percent of projects undertaken by high performers have active project sponsors, compared to less than half (43 percent) at low-performing organizations. 
  • Assess and develop talent with a focus on fostering leadership skills. Among successful organizations, leadership development is most aligned to organizational strategy. PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: Talent Management revealed that 70 percent of organizations have aligned their leadership development program to organizational strategy. 
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholder groups. As revealed in PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: The Essential Role of Communications, one out of two failed projects can be attributed to poor communications. High performers report that effective communications to all stakeholders—more than any other factor—has the greatest impact on highly complex projects, and place more importance on effective communications than low performers do. 

Consistent success of projects, regardless of the level of complexity, stems from mature project management practice that is rooted in sound fundamentals, including effective stakeholder management, transparent communications, engaged project sponsors, and strong alignment of projects and talent development to high-level strategy. With a solid project infrastructure in place, organizations can achieve success by adapting to and addressing the myriad factors that contribute to project complexity. 

The 2013 Pulse of the Profession™ In-Depth Report: Navigating Complexity is the latest follow-up study to PMI’s benchmark 2013 Pulse of the Profession™ report, which charts the major trends for project management.  To access PMI’s Pulse of the Profession™ please visit www.PMI.org/Pulse.

Conducted since 2006, PMI’s Pulse of the Profession™ is the annual global survey of project management professionals. The Pulse of the Profession charts the major trends for project management now and in the future. It features original market research that reports feedback and insights from project, program and portfolio managers, along with an analysis of third-party data. The newest edition of the Pulse features statistically reliable feedback and insights from project management leaders and practitioners across North America; Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Latin America and Caribbean regions

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. PMI’s professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations’ success and further mature the profession. PMI’s worldwide advocacy for project management is reinforced by globally recognized standards and certifications, extensive academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of practice, and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute. 

Media contact: Megan Maguire Kelly at [email protected]. 

Source: PMI

PM World Journal awarded ISSN by Library of Congress


Assignment of ISSN Journal number completes registration process for global project management eJournal

18 September – Dallas, London, Sydney, Washington – PM World has announced that the PM World Journal has been awarded ISSN 2330-4480 by the Library of Congress in the United States, completing formal recognition of the online publication as a registered journal.  An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique eight-digit number used to identify a print or electronic periodical publication.

130918-pmwj15-issn-IMAGEISSN codes are assigned by a network of ISSN National Centres, usually located at national libraries and coordinated by the ISSN International Centre based in Paris. The International Centre is an intergovernmental organization created in 1974 through an agreement between UNESCO and the French government. The International Centre maintains a database of all ISSNs assigned worldwide, the ISDS Register (International Serials Data System) otherwise known as the ISSN Register.

The ISSN International Centre (CIEPS) has the mission to establish and maintain an international system for the identification of serial publications and other continuing resources. Located in Paris (France), the ISSN International Centre manages and implements new features to this international system, leads a network of 88 member countries responsible for assigning ISSN to their nations’ serial publications, and maintains, markets, and disseminates the corresponding database of ISSN and related bibliographic data. More information can be found at http://www.issn.org/.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “The ISSN can be used as a reference by academic leaders, libraries and database providers, and should attract more serious authors and content providers.  This is the final registration process for the PMWJ, which is now officially recognized as a serious online publication serving the global program and project management community.”

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  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 www.pmworldjournal.net.

IPMA chooses Projectplace for global collaboration and project management


17 September 2013 – Nijerk, The Netherlands – IPMA, the International Project Management Association, has announced the selection of Projectplace as global collaboration and web-based project management tool for the next two years. The main reasons behind the decision were Projectplace’s usability and communication attributes and its ability to allow IPMA to communicate effectively across all 55 member associations.

130917-pmwj15-projectplace-IMAGE 1Projectplace, a European leader in online collaboration tools, was chosen by IPMA to enable better collaboration and communication within IPMA’s Boards, project teams, and virtual activities. Given that Projectplace received ISO 27001 certification for information security last year, the tool is not only easy to learn and use, it also meets IPMA’s security requirements.

IPMA is recognised as a leading authority on competent project, programme and portfolio management (PPPM). IPMA ensures that project and programme management best practice are widely known and appropriately applied at all levels of both public and private sector organisations.

Areas covered in IPMA’s evaluation of the tool included features and capabilities, general user satisfaction, convenience and responsiveness, professionalism of the support hotline, comparison with other tools, and the possibility to provide recommendations regarding Projectplace’s further tool development.

130917-pmwj15-projectplace-IMAGE 2From Projectplace’s perspective, “We are proud to have IPMA as our customer and look forward to strengthening our relationship with them globally. Given that IPMA users have different languages and varying levels of computer skills, working with the organisation is a testament to the usability and communication support provided by our platform,” said Johan Zetterström, CEO for Projectplace (pictured at left).

The agreement results from positive feedback regarding the new and improved features Projectplace has launched over the past year to strengthen the company’s commitment to Social Project Management. The completely re-designed planning tool and several new social features improve collaboration, efficiency, engagement and project success in both enterprise-wide implementations and cross-organisational project teams.

130917-pmwj15-projectplace-IMAGE 3Amin Saidoun, Executive Director of IPMA (pictured at right), said: “IPMA has looked at the various tools in place among the best performing national member associations of IPMA. We found the best solution to enable easier and more efficient ways of collaborating across all members associations. After evaluating Projectplace it was obvious that this tool could best fulfill our needs in document and project management.”

Projectplace will participate and present in keynote sessions during the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia 30 Sept. – 2 Oct., 2013. For information, visit http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Projectplace International is Europe’s leading provider of project collaboration tools in the cloud. Since 1998, Projectplace has been at the forefront of online collaboration development, driven by a people-centric approach as key to successful project management. The company’s collaboration tools have helped over 850,000 users on some 130,000 projects to motivate and engage their teams. A staff of 170 is based at Stockholm headquarters and in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, and Oslo. The service is available in seven languages. Learn more about Projectplace at: www.projectplace.com. To Contact Projectplace: Johan Zetterström, CEO;
E-mail: johan.zetterstrom(at)projectplace.com

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA’s prior name was INTERNET, for over 20 year, before we gave up that name for the benefit of the WorldWideWeb. IPMA is an international federation of 55 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, a unique Project Excellence Awards programme, expert seminars and global knowledge. IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2013 is Professor Dr. Mladen Radujkovic, of Croatia. Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch  To Contact IPMA: Amin Saidoun, Executive Director; E-mail: amin.saidoun(at)ipma.ch

Source: IPMA

Russian and American Space Station Crew members return safely to Earth


Expedition 36 Crew Lands in Kazakhstan, Wrapping Up 166 Days in Space

16 September 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 8:58 a.m. on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 (10:58 p.m. Sept. 10 EDT in the USA).

130916-pmwj15-expedition-IMAGECassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March 29, spent 166 days in space. They completed 2,656 orbits of Earth and traveled more than 70 million miles. Vinogradov conducted one spacewalk, bringing his career total to seven spacewalks with an accumulated time of 38 hours, 25 minutes. Misurkin conducted three spacewalks for a total of 20 hours, 1 minute. Cassidy conducted three spacewalks, bringing his career total to six with an accumulated time of 31 hours, 14 minutes.

(Photo: The Expedition 35 crew members are assisted by recovery teams and medical personnel shortly after landing in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. Credit: NASA TV)

During their time aboard the orbiting laboratory, the crew members saw the arrival of the European ATV-4cargo spacecraft, the Japanese HTV-4 cargo spacecraft and two Russian Progress resupply spacecraft. The trio also worked on hundreds of research experiments and science investigations that will have benefits for future human spaceflight and life on Earth.

Vinogradov now has logged 547 days in space on three spaceflights. This puts him 10th on the all-time endurance list. Cassidy has accumulated 182 days in space on his two spaceflights. This was Misurkin’s first flight, for a total of 166 days.

For more on the landing, go to http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition35/e35_051313_departs.html

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

For information on the International Space Station, visit:


Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA