DYNAMICS 2015 Project Management Conference in Istanbul in April



“Dynamics 2015” International Project Management Congress of Turkey will be held on the 16th and 17th of April in İstanbul

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

31 March 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD) will hold their 16th annual “Dynamics” project management conference this year in İstanbul’s Kozyatagi Hilton Hotel in April. CEO’s from distinguished Turkish companies and Beşiktaş Mayor Murat Hazinedar will be attending the congress as keynotes.

150331-pmwj33-dynamics-IMAGEThe Dynamics Project Management Congress is organized by IPYD, (http://www.ipyd.org/) with the goal of bringing project managers and those who are interested in project management together to share their knowledge and experiences and to showcase project management successes in their fields.

“Dynamics 2015/16th International Project Management Congress”, Turkey’s first and biggest project management congress, will take place on 16-17 April, 2015, at the Kozyatağı Hilton Hotel.  The goal is to create an environment where national and international attendees from different sectors, such as telecommunications, construction, IT, finance, healthcare, the public sector, sciences and NGOs, can come together to exchange information.

Technology is moving fast and we need to keep up with the speed in order to stay afoot in our sectors. We need to be aware of the blessings that progress brings and to use them wisely. As we serve our customers, we need to compete with our rivals and use all the channels available to us to reach potential customers. We have a lot of work to do, but our time and resources are limited. It is necessary to track the changes in the world and the global economic crisis and to take precautions when necessary.

The Istanbul Project Management Association invites you to the Dynamics 2015 Congress, where attendees from leading organizations in our country from different sectors come together. Present yourself and your company at this congress that is organized annually and is the preferred venue for project managers.

Visit http://dinamikler.org/ for details.

The Istanbul Project Management Association was formed in 1997. Today, IPYD continues to pursue its founding goals of enabling project management to be accepted as a career across all disciplines, advance and expand project management theory and application, encourage professionalism and quality in project management, and develop and protect ethical rules, professional standards and accreditation conditions.


PM World Library introduces FREE Basic Memberships



Free access to all authors, articles and works in PM World Collection now available to all

29 March 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced a new free membership category for the PM World Library. Free access is now available to all articles, papers and other works by all 500+ authors in the PM World Collection, and to most other current content in the library. Free access will still require registration, but registration is free under the new category called “Free Basic Membership.” To register go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ and click on Free Basic Membership.

150329-pmwj33-Free-PMWL LOGOThe PM World Collection contains all works originally published in the PM World Journal since August 2012 plus some older papers and now includes over 1300 original works by 560 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors. All works in the PMWL can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/pm-world-collection/. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/. All now FREE to access.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “Although library traffic is well over 10,000 unique visitors per month, we realized that too few people were accessing the PM World Collection where works are tagged to a variety of useful categories and terms. We also want our authors to share their works more freely with others without requiring payment. This is a new model more in line with global internet protocol, the next step in making the PMWL a truly global resource for continuous education in program and project management.”

In addition to free access to the original papers in the PM World Collection, the new Free Basic Access will provide access to the PMWJ archives, P/PM news section; public P/PM information, P/PM education section, P/PM profession section and other information. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

“Another highlight of this change,” Pells adds, “is that all members registering in the new category will be included in the monthly drawings for free books. Those registering for the current Free Trial Memberships will also automatically be converted to Free Basic Membership at the end of their trial memberships. Some fantastic new services will soon be added to make the Free Trials of more interest again.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Real Project Management by Peter Taylor



Latest book by the UK’s ‘Lazy Project Manager’ from Kogan Page hits bookshelves in the USA

25 March 2015 – London, UK and Philadelphia, PA, USA – Real Project Management: The Skills and Capabilities You Will Need for Successful Project Delivery is the title of the newest book by Peter Taylor. Peter is also the author the popular books The Lazy Project Manager and Leading Successful PMOs. This newest book is published by Kogan Page International.

150325-pmwj33-Taylor-BOOKAccording to the publisher: Real Project Management takes an in-depth look at the challenges we face in running projects in today’s complex and global environment. In this groundbreaking work, leading specialist Peter Taylor examines issues such as the complexity of projects, the virtual nature of projects, executive sponsoring, benefits management and international dilemmas integral to completing a project or programme on time and within budget.

Supported by the experiences of project managers around the world and relevant insights from a series of surveys commissioned by the author, with examples and case studies covering the strategies they are using to future-proof their projects, and tips to help you achieve and maintain success, Real Project Management will provide you with the tools you need to boost your skills portfolio and tackle head-on the challenges that projects and programmes present. These include: making effective use of new communication tools; managing projects with virtual teams; time management and how to do more with less; finding and connecting with effective project sponsors; connecting projects with business strategy; managing a multi-generational project team, and staying in control.

Real Project Management is a fast-moving, practical read that will help the reader become a real project manager- and enjoy real project success. More about the book can be found at http://www.koganpage.com/product/real-project-management-9780749471217

150325-pmwj33-Taylor-PHOTOPeter Taylor is one of the world’s most popular project management speakers with more than 200 speaking engagements in the past three years, in over 20 countries. A member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management, he regularly runs workshops through the International Project Management Association, PMI and other project management communities around the world. With over 25 years of project management-related experience, Peter also acts as an independent consultant and coach to executive sponsors, PMO leaders and project managers.

Kogan Page has been a major presence in international business publishing since 1967. Their publications range from technical business on subjects such as logistics, risk analysis, marketing and finance, to books to help business leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, managers and students develop their personal and business skills. Kogan Page books are available throughout the world with distribution in the Asia, Australia, India, UK and USA, with e-editions available from various e-book resellers. Kogan Page – Innovative Ideas for Business Success – see their project management titles here.

Source: Kogan Page International


Project success: five things to get right



Five-step formula for project success revealed at 2015 APM Project Management Conference

24 March 2015 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the results of research into the Conditions for Project Success in a report revealed at their 2015 Project Management Conference in London on 19 March. Their new reports highlights that nearly 80% of projects fail to meet their planned objectives as a result of gaps in good practice. Most alarmingly, only 4% rated project planning and review as excellent; while 14% said it was either poor or absent from their last project.

150324-pmwj33-project-success-IMAGEIn response APM is targeting senior project executives and influencers with five critical success factors:

  1. Project planning and review
  2. Effective governance
  3. Goals and objectives
  4. Competent project teams
  5. Commitment to project success

The five factors form part of APM’s project success framework, which was endorsed and enhanced by more than 850 project professionals, academics and thoughts leaders who took part in the original study.

In each case over 85% of survey respondents rated the five factors as either ‘critical or very important’ to the success of a project.

Commenting on the findings Daniel Nicholls, APM research manager, said: “The 12 success factors were overwhelmingly endorsed by respondents. However, when asked how successful their last completed project had been and the status of each of the success factors in that same project, the findings revealed gaps between accepted good practice and the application.

“The five key factors for success – or those factors with the strongest and most consistent relationship with the traditional measures of project success: time, cost and quality – can be viewed as a formula for success; get this right and the rest should follow.”

The Conditions for Project Success report  reveals that the cost of ongoing failure could have a catastrophic effect on the economy, environment, and society. It concludes the environment in which the projects, programmes and portfolios operate, the conditions for project success, are at the heart of improving project outcomes. Download the full report for free here.

Senior business leaders in the UK will discuss the price of project failure at an APM breakfast meeting on April 15. The findings will be published online and in June’s issue of Project.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than over 21,150 individual and 547 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management


Former Irish Prime Minister to Address IPMA Council in Dublin



The Institute of Project Management Ireland is honoured to have John Bruton deliver welcome address at the IPMA Council of Delegates in Dublin

Reported by Ed Naughton in Dublin

23 March 2015 – Dublin, Ireland – The Institute of Project Management Ireland has announced that former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton will welcome national project management association delegates to Dublin on 28 March 2015. The project management leaders from approximately 57 countries will be attending an IPMA Council of Delegates meeting over the weekend.

150323-pmwj32-former-BRUTONJohn Bruton was first elected to the Irish Parliament in 1969 at the age of 22, and became leader of his Party in 1990. He served as Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Minister for Industry & Energy, and Minister for Trade, Commerce & Tourism. During his time as Prime Minister (1994-1997), the Irish economy grew at an annual average rate of 8.7%.

He was deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process, leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, under whose terms a conflict of allegiances dating back to the seventeenth century was resolved.  While Prime Minister, he presided over a successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact, which governs the management of the single European currency, the Euro.

Mr. Bruton addressed a joint session of the US Congress on September 11, 1996, as only the 30th head of state or government of an EU country to do so since 1945. He was probably the only President in office of the European Council to have addressed a joint session of Congress. Further, he represented the EU at Summit meetings with the President of the United States and with the Prime Ministers of Canada, Japan, China and Korea.

He served as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution, which was signed in Rome on October 29, 2004.

As EU Ambassador in Washington from 2004 to 2009, he met with the President, and former Presidents, of the United States and visited with governors, mayors, business leaders and students in most US states to explain that the expanding European Union is good for the US economy and good for American jobs. In Washington, DC, he had one-to-one meetings with over 250 Members of Congress to explain major EU developments and discuss the importance of the EU-US relationship in matters of trade, counterterrorism, public health, energy, the environment and the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights around the world.

From 1999 until his appointment as Ambassador in 2004, he was one of ten Vice Presidents of the European People’s Party, which brings together the leaderships of 74 European political parties, many of whom are in Government in their countries.

Currently, since leaving his position as Ambassador in 2009, John Bruton is Chairman of IFSC – Irish Financial Services Centre – a private sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland. He is a member of the board of Ingersoll Rand plc, of Montpelier Re plc, and of the Centre for European Policy Studies. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington DC, and has been a visiting fellow at the European Institute in the London School of Economics. He is married to Finola Bruton and has 4 adult children.

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The project management leaders from 57 countries will gather in Dublin on March 28, 2015 to attend the Council of Delegates meeting of the IPMA® (International Project Management Association). The current IPMA Executive Board, seen in photo above, will participate in leadership roles during the meetings.

As a small country, Ireland must use these international networks in a strategic way to help us achieve our future targets. There are benefits to be derived from having a strong inward flow of international expertise in project management and from being well connected internationally. The IPMA council meeting determines the policies and the strategies for the organisation, and provides an opportunity for delegates from all countries to exchange ideas on today’s project challenges and emerging trends, to enjoy networking and to sample the culture of the host country.

Our international linkages are important for all aspects of project management. It is essential that companies in both the manufacturing and services sectors have access to leading-edge project management research, training and certification solutions wherever these may be located in the world. This connectivity also helps Ireland to respond strategically to developments at European level in relation to issues such as potential European Project Management Certification. A range of initiatives to encourage a coordinated approach to certification in Europe are currently being launched as EU member states aim to strengthen further the profile of project management and use it to help achieve economic and societal objectives.

For more about IPM Ireland, visit http://www.projectmanagement.ie/


IPMA Italy announces new national board for 2015-2017



Reported by Luca Cavone in Milan

Aldo Gebbia elected president by new board on 10 March

20 March 2015 – Milan, Italy – On March 10, 2015 the first meeting of the new board of IPMA Italy was held in which Aldo Gebbia (Saipem) was elected as President for the period March 2015 – March 2017.

During the meeting the following board members were confirmed:150320-pmwj33-ipma-ITALY LOGO

  • Laura Agostini, GE Oil & Gas
  • Antonio Calabrese, Politecnico di Milano
  • Franco Concari, Technip Italy
  • Peter Gauna, ANIMP
  • Giancarlo Montanari, Ansaldo Energia
  • Roberto Mori, Tenova
  • Giuseppe Pugliese, ANIMP / IPMA
  • Giancarlo Scotti, Tecnimont
  • Sandro Severoni, Telespazio
  • Luca Tonello, Bonatti

Here are some significant outlines from the welcome speech of the new president:

“The greeting of a new President always starts with a thank you for the confidence expressed by the Members of the Association: I also want to add that I strongly feel the responsibility that I took together with the renewed Board.

We intend to operate in continual respect for the past Presidents and we give thanks for the growth and value achieved by our community and for the recognition and prestige gained by the Member Association at International level.

We operate in a business environment characterized by very rapid changes that require a sophisticated ability to predict emerging scenarios and adaptive reactivity adequate to meet the need to pursue goals by identifying and managing risks earlier in the pipeline.

The challenges of the complexity and dynamism must therefore be faced and overcome in order not to regress: each balance achieved is unstable and therefore dangerous if it leads to an illusory consolidation of the status quo, or to discourage the trend.

Updating the Organization to develop the ability to work by ‘project’ is a fundamental decision, and in many cases a solution for the success of companies and organizations.

IPMA Italy will continue to engage in the promotion of the culture of Project Management in all areas, and facilitate a fruitful exchange of experiences and best practices between different businesses and with universities and other entities, including institutions.

One last word is addressed to the young and the Young Crew in particular: someone said that if after turning fifty years old we do not begin to give back what we have received until then, we are not just selfish but stupid! We should commit in this spirit to develop the Project Managers of tomorrow!”

Aldo Gebbia

President, IPMA Italy


Call for Papers: How to select the right project


PMWJ invites articles and papers on the project selection process – by individuals and organizations

20 March 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the issue of “How to select the right project.” Articles and papers that describe or discuss the project selection process for individuals to work on or organizations to fund are sought.

For organizations, both public and private, this may be the most important question affecting enterprise success. It is also the key issue in portfolio management, the selection and alignment of programs and projects with organizational strategy. The topic is also a challenge for P/PM governance. For individuals, it may involve the balancing of career opportunities with personal ethics.

Some examples of works for publication might include:

  • 150320-pmwj33-project-IMAGEFeatured Papers – new research results related to project selection and alignment in the portfolio or organizational context.
  • Advisory Articles – how to establish and implement project selection criteria; how to assess personal career opportunities
  • Personal Stories – How you or your organization selected one project over others; how organizational politics affected the project selection process
  • Case studies – stories about project portfolio management, project selection, overcoming politics or corruption during project financing, etc.
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about program, project and career choices and decision making
  • Student Papers – research papers on this subject developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that address this topic

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We have recently invited papers on the topics of project failure, project startup, and critical success factors for projects and programs. But how can projects succeed if they are wrong choices in the first place?

“I think this is an important topic for many governmental, public and non-profit organizations as well,” Pells adds. “For example, in the USA there have been many debates about government ‘pork’ projects being funding by various government agencies. Those are projects that benefit a particular constituency when they may not be as important or beneficial as other projects. Many such projects also get the green light due to corruption or incompetence. How does portfolio management work and how should projects be selected in the public sector?”

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

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: we do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal. Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider submitting an article or paper on this topic now or later to [email protected]


Free Project Management Books Announced for March Drawing



March PM World Library drawing to feature 11 project management books for some lucky winners

17 March 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Eleven project management books are being offered for the March 2015 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM World Library (PMWL). The monthly drawings for free books at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ began in February 2014 in connection with the official opening of the new online library. The drawings have proven popular and are continuing through 2015.

150317-pmwj32-books-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of project management books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of fully registered library members is held at the end of each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books offered for the March 2015 drawing include:

  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach; Author: Charles G. Cobb; Publisher: Wiley (2015); For more about the book, click here
  • Portfolio Management: A Strategic Approach (eBook); Authors: Ginger Levin, PhD, PMP, PgMP; John Wyzalek, PfMP; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • Engineering Project Management for the Global High Technology Industry (eBook); Author: Sammy Shina; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • Procurement Project Management Success: Achieving a Higher Level of Effectiveness; Author: Diana L. Lindstrom; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • Program Governance (eBook); Author: Muhammad Elsan Khan; Publisher: CRC Press (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam (eBook); Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here
  • Agile Practice for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage; Author: Barbee Davis; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here
  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald, Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here

According to David Pells, PMWL Managing Director, “With more eBooks offered this year, winners can receive their prizes much faster. So far the eBooks have proven popular for that reason.”

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

“The next drawing will be held on 28 March,” Pells adds, “so readers are encouraged to register on the library website, if not already registered. There’s still time and the selections offered this month are excellent again.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. 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.



University of Maryland Project Management Symposium to feature NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Hoffman



Second Annual Baltimore-Washington Event to Draw Project Managers from Industry, Government and Academe

17 March 2015 – College Park, MD, USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has proudly named NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Ed Hoffman, one of five keynote speakers for the second annual Project Management Symposium, taking place June 8-9, 2015, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, USA.

150317-pmwj33-hoffman-PHOTODuring his presentation, “Creating Knowledge Services for Modern Technical Project Organizations: The REAL Knowledge Approach,” Dr. Hoffman will discuss how organizations and practitioners can best leverage project knowledge and knowledge services to get things done in the modern complex project environment.

“Knowledge is the essential element for the creation of successful physical and virtual products and services,” Hoffman said. “It should be viewed as an organized set of content, skills, and capabilities gained through experience as well as through formal and informal learning that both organizations and practitioners apply to make sense of new and existing data and information.”

In addition to Dr. Hoffman, this year’s symposium will feature keynote presentations from Ms. Karen Richey (U.S. Government Accountability Office), Mr. Chip Hastie (Clark Construction), Dr. Harold Kerzner (International Institute for Learning, Inc.), and Ms. Jocelyn Davis (Nelson Hart LLC). Driven by the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications,” each speaker will draw from his or her own experiences and focus areas to tackle some of the most pressing topics in project management today.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to customize their event experience by choosing from a selection of nearly 60 sessions and featured presentations on pivotal topics in sustainability, federal programs, risk and big data, public private partnerships, education and more. All those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register before the early-bird deadline of April 1st to take advantage of reduced registration rates and to ensure a reserved seat at what is anticipated to be a sell-out event. Those attending this year’s symposium can also qualify to earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

As the Baltimore-Washington region’s premier project management symposium, this event is a high-value opportunity for project management professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience. As such, companies looking to engage area and global project managers, academics and research professionals alike will want to consider available sponsorship opportunities for this event before it is too late.


For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

This event is made possible, in part, by a media sponsorship from Project Management World Journal.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the university, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” For more information, or visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice at [email protected]

New Chernobyl Confinement enters final stage of construction



16 March 2015 – London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that the construction of the New Safe Confinement at Chernobyl is entering its final stage. The giant structure has been erected over the past four years in a secure area near the damaged reactor in two pieces which are about to be joined together.


Meanwhile, a sophisticated ventilation system which will keep the structure corrosion-free during its lifespan is being installed, a technological building as the future control centre is being constructed and the arch will also be fitted with fully-automated cranes, tools for deconstruction and other auxiliary systems. Once complete, in 2017, the structure will be slid over the Chernobyl shelter that houses the reactor damaged in the 1986 nuclear accident.

The purpose of the New Safe Confinement – which will have a height of 110 metres, length of 165 metres and an arch span of 257 metres – is to protect the environment from radiation releases and provide the infrastructure to support the deconstruction of the shelter and nuclear waste management operations. The new structure has a lifespan of at least 100 years and will provide a timeframe within which to develop and implement mitigation strategies for dealing with the long-term legacy of the Chernobyl accident.

The New Safe Confinement is the central element of the Shelter Implementation Plan which sets out a roadmap for how to transform Chernobyl into a safe and secure state. Under the programme the shelter was stabilised, the site was cleared for construction of the New Safe Confinement and facilities were created to guarantee highest health and safety standards for the protection of the workforce on site.

During the peak period of construction about 1,200 workers from more than 27 nations are working on the site. They are regularly checked and the project has an excellent track record in terms of health and safety.

The total cost of the Shelter Implementation Plan is estimated at €2.15 billion, with the New Safe Confinement alone costing €1.5 billion. At present there remains a substantial funding gap which the international community, whose contributions the EBRD is administering as manager of the Chernobyl decommissioning funds, is aiming to close. The EBRD shareholders have committed €350 million from the Bank’s reserves in anticipation of a €165 million contribution from the G7/European Commission. The €100 million balance to close the financial gap is expected to be covered by non-G7/EC donors.

The ISF2 facility is currently in the final phase of construction and will process, dry and cut more than 20,000 fuel assemblies and place them in metal casks, which will be enclosed in concrete modules on site. The spent fuel will then be stored safely and securely for a minimum period of 100 years. The LRTP received an operating license at the end of 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/what-we-do/sectors/nuclear-safety/chernobyl-new-safe-confinement.html.

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

Information and image courtesy of EBRD

This news based on an article by Axel Reiserer on 16 March 2015.


The Power of Project Leadership by Susanne Madsen



14 March 2015 – London, UK and Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader by Susanne Madsen is a new book published in late January 2015 by Kogan Page. For projects to make an impact and add lasting value, the project manager has to be able to strategize, motivate, network, calculate risk and collaborate effectively with different stakeholders.  Project managers must learn how to lead.  

150314-pmwj33-Madsen-BOOK COVERThe Power of Project Leadership helps project managers transform into proactive, accountable project leaders.  It explains what good project leadership looks like and explains how to make the transition using concrete tools and strategies.

The book teaches project managers how to feel more confident and assertive as project manager and leader, gain control of a project by delegating 50% of their workload, handle conflict and poor performance, build a highly motivated and driven team, continuously look for opportunities to innovate, be comfortable taking risks, and become a project leader.

With underlying theories to help managers understand how teams and individuals are motivated, this book ensures that project managers lead with vision, continuously improve, work with intent, get closer to stakeholders, are authentic and establish a solid foundation for their projects.

Susanne Madsen is a project leadership expert and one of the world’s leading project management coaches. She has experience managing and implementing large change programs for major corporations worldwide, and she is a regular speaker for organizations including Citigroup, Alcatel Lucent, Expedia and APM. She lectures at leading business schools, such as Warwick Business School, Cass Business School and the University of Westminster. Madsen specializes in helping project, program and change managers improve their leadership

More about the book at http://www.koganpageusa.com/product/Power-of-Project-Leadership,2567.aspx?tab=books

Kogan Page has been a major presence in international business publishing since 1967. Our publications range from technical business subjects such as logistics, risk analysis, marketing and finance, to books to help business leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, managers and students develop their personal and business skills. We bring an international perspective to our publishing with authors based in different locations throughout the world. Kogan Page books are available throughout the world with distribution in the Asia, Australia, India, UK and USA, with e-editions available from various e-book resellers. Kogan Page – Innovative Ideas for Business Success – see their project management titles here.


Earned Value Management System Standard Equivalence Agreement between NDIA (USA) and APM (UK)



13 March 2015 – London, UK – The Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) of the National Defence Industrial Association [NDIA] and Association for Project Management [APM] met earlier this year to discuss the reaffirmation and expansion of the Earned Value Equivalence Agreement. NDIA, the voice of the United States Defence Industry and the direct link to the U.S. Government for Industry, and its IPMD are custodians of the EIA 748 standard for Earned Value Management in the United States.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE1APM, the voice of Project Management in the United Kingdom, are responsible for the APM U.K. Guidelines and Handbook for Earned Value. According to the announcement from the UK, ‘in this the year of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, a document of equal significance for the P3M community has been penned.’

Carol Boser, Chair of the NDIA IPMD, and Steve Wake, Chairman of APM and long-term champion of Earned Value, agreed to create a Memorandum of Understanding to foster closer collaboration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Steve will be presenting at the April 14-15 NDIA IPMD meeting in Washington, D.C., and outlining the EV landscape in the U.K.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE2NDIA IPMD will be attending the Putting down the roots for good governance #eVa20 conference, June 16 -17 in London with an update on the U.S. position.

These meetings will allow the foundational plans for collaborative work to be laid.

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE32“More and more U.S. industries are conducting business in the U.K. on both U.S. and U.K. contracts, and they want to use EVM to manage best performance on their programmes,” said Carol Boser (pictured left).

“The EVM equivalence agreement allows companies working projects for both U.S. government agencies and for the U.K. MoD, to have a single EVM process for their business. This means underlying EVM Information Technology systems, training and certification programs, and the overall program operations can be common regardless of the customer. Overall, this leads to more efficient and affordable operations and savings for customers.”

150313-pmwj33-evm-IMAGE4“This important document reaffirms our joint commitment to Earned Value as the best way to structure and control the largest most important projects on the planet,” said Steve Wake. “It also means that anyone taking APM’s approved EV qualifications, via APMG, is making a strong investment in their own career against an internationally recognised standard. Qualifications which facilitate entry into the major project delivery communities of our generation”

NDIA, an association with a membership base of approximately 1,600 corporate members and 90,000 individual members across the spectrum of the defence and national industrial base, provides the opportunity to network effectively with the government-industry team, to keep abreast of the latest in technology developments, and to address and influence issues as well as government policies critical to the health of the defense industry and the preservation of the U.S. national security. NDIA promotes a vigorous and ethical forum of information exchange between the government and the defence industry and provides members with a voice in the shaping of national security issues. Information at http://www.ndia.org/

The NDIA IPMD is the primary forum for maintaining strong industry and government working relationships on the topic of program management. It promotes disciplined program performance management methodologies for planning and executing programs to optimize outcomes. Disciplined program performance management methodologies include earned value management (EVM), as defined in the EIA-748 Standard for Earned Value Management Systems, which the IPMD authored and maintains. The IPMD actively works to foster the mutual understanding and the effective development, implementation and use of disciplined program performance management methodologies. The IPMD initiates and leads program management improvement initiatives with the DOD and other federal agencies for the mutual benefit of the industrial base and the government to understand and adapt to changes in the procurement environment. For more info, click here.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than over 21,150 individual and 547 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management


Zimbabwe Telecomm Company in $150m expansion Project



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

12 March 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) would like to share the news that Liquid Telecommunications (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of ECONET Wireless Global is embarking on a US$150 million project to further expand their fibre network in Africa.

150312-pmwj32-liquid-IMAGEThe network currently spans over 18 000km and includes fibre rings around a multitude of towns and cities. Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe Managing Director Mr Wellington Makamure broke the news in a statement issued and published in a local daily newspaper on 12 March 2015 in Harare. Mr Makamure said such infrastructure development will continue as part of their pan-African programme.

“The new investment will be used to extend Liquid Telecoms fibre network into additional countries part of the company’s continuous expansion strategy. In Zimbabwe, the US$150million project will cover the ongoing Fibre-to-the-Home builds in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and recently Victoria Falls, which will provide homes and businesses with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Africa,” he said.

Mr Makamure said Liquid Telecoms has an open access network policy where it works with other independent IAPs, ISPs and telcomms in the country.

“Our customers include other wholesale carriers, mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes and homes. Apart from our retail arm ZOL (Zimbabwe Online), we also operate retail businesses in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda,” he said.

The group said it has spent more than five years building what is now called Africa’s largest independent cross-border fibre network which runs across 15 nations from Southern Africa to East and Central Africa covering Africa’s fast-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before and connecting to all the undersea cables.

Telecommunications and internet data services represent one of the fastest growth sectors in African economies largely as a result of a technology revolution that only became pronounced in the 1990s.

ZOL Zimbabwe experts to have a presence in more than 100 000 homes through the Fibre-to-the-Home programme by the end of this year. ZOL has so far covered more than 30 000 more in the next few months. By the end of the year, the company targets more households to be on its fibre optic internet.

Another Zimbabwe competitor to Liquid Telecomm, Powertel, has also registered its presence in the region by becoming the first company to have fibre connectivity via Botswana. Powertel plans to roll out a $32 million fibre company optic backbone network project set to improve the country’s connectivity. The project is expected to start this year and requires the installation of around 1850km of cable with surveys already been completed.

Powertel has upgraded its network capacity from STM16 to STM64 and also increased distribution through ZETDC and third party channels. Powertel has optimised base stations delivery high-speed broadband and has also added more back-up access to ensure reliable internet connectivity to customers.

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 http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe


Chevron’s Gary Fisher to Keynote EVM World 2015 in May



Oil and gas industry executive to highlight importance of predictability for more successful projects

9 March 2015 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced that Gary Fischer, General Manager of Chevron Corporation’s Project Resources Company (PRC) Consulting Services Group, will be a keynote speaker at EVM World 2015 in May. Mr. Fischer will speak on the topic of “Delivering Competitive and Predictable Oil & Gas Projects.” EVM World 2015, one of the largest events devoted to earned value management (EVM) will take place during 27-29 May 2015 in New Orleans, USA. For more, click here.

150309-pmwj32-fischer-PHOTOChevron Corporation’s Project Resources Company (PRC) Consulting Services Group is based in San Ramon, California. Mr. Fischer is responsible for Chevron’s project management system, providing functional expertise to projects and support across the corporation’s worldwide major capital project portfolio. He has held numerous technical and leadership positions across downstream, chemicals and upstream including: Lead Engineer for a Shale Oil Semi Works Plant; Construction Manager for a Dimersol Project; Engineering Manager for a Linear Low Density Project; Construction Manager of a High Density Polyethylene Project; Project Manager of a Clean Fuels Project; and Benchmarking Manager for PRC.

Mr. Fischer is a member of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Engineering and Construction Contracting association (ECC), contributes to other related associations such as the Project Management Institute, and serves on the Executive Board of the Association of Internal Management Consultants.

Mr. Fischer joins Mr. Gary Bliss as a keynote speaker. Gary R. Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA), Office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will speak on the topic of Maintaining IPM Discipline in an Agile Environment”

EVM World 2015 is where stakeholders from across the enterprise come to learn, network, address challenges and find opportunities with integrated program performance management. Register Now [click here] to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Members save $100 on the workshop. If you are not yet a member, join for $85 [click here] to receive discounted workshop registration and all the benefits of being a CPM member.

150309-pmwj32-fischer-LOGOThe EVM World 2015 Workshop is a chance to learn about project performance techniques, including earned value management (EVM). The three-day event will provide training, current topics from practicing professionals, access to world leaders in project performance management, networking, and the latest in software and consulting to make your program successful. If you are new to the field, gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of earned value management (EVM) and its practical applications and benefits.  If you are an experienced veteran, stay abreast of new developments and impact evolving trends.  For more or to register, visit http://evmworld.org/

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management and other performance management techniques. For decades, the CPM Community has been responsible for leading, developing, promulgating and training people on the program management techniques used by the private sector, the U.S. Federal Government and around the world for successful program performance management. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

Source: College of Performance Management


31 new works by 34 different authors added to PM World Library in March



PM World Collection grows to 1290 project management articles, papers & other works by 569 different authors in more than 50 countries

9 March 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 31 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) were added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 34 different authors in 15 countries were published in the March 2015 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

150309-pmwj32-31-PMWL LOGOThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to around 1290 original works by 569 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 34 authors in December, 7 were new to the journal and library. All works in the PMWL can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/pm-world-collection/. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “The new works by our series authors are outstanding again this month. Russ Martinelli, Tim Rahschulte and Jim Waddell wrapped up their ‘Transition to Project Management’ series this month. Alan Stretton has provided article 4 in his important six-part series on project successes and failures. Lynda Bourne has provided her third series article related to ‘Stakeholder Engagement’. And Professors Ingason and Jonasson have authored the second article in their series on the ‘Role of Academic Institutions in Educating and Training Project Managers’.”

“Our correspondents are also stepping it up,” Pells adds. “For example, Cecilia Boggi’s report from Buenos Aires this month describes ‘the Dakar Rally, an annual competition originally from Europe to the city of Dakar, in Senegal, and since 2009 moved to the Southern Cone bringing cars, trucks, motorcycles and squads from around the world to tour the sand, rock, mud and vegetation of the beautiful and varied landscapes of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.’ The reports from Luca Cavone in Milan, İpek Özgüler in Istanbul, Alfonso Bucero in Madrid, Emils Pulmanis in Riga and Miles Shepherd in Salisbury are equally interesting.”

New authors in March include Javed Azam (USA), Anil Bapat (USA), Bärbel Häckel (Germany), Ramaz Issa (UAE), Jackie Olshack (USA), Ben Rendle (UK) and Lance Van Nostrand (USA). New works from 27 authors already included in the library were also added. In addition to the original papers, 40+ news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,200 articles.

News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Project Management for Supplier Organizations



New book by Adrian Taggart from Gower harmonises the project owner to supplier relationship

6 March 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of a new book titled “Project Management for supplier Organizations: Harmonizing the Project Owner to Supplier Relationship” by Adrian Taggart.

According to Gower: Project Management for Supplier Organizations is written for those delivering projects as ‘Supplier Organisations’; it explains how to simultaneously service the needs of their clients’ projects and thrive as an ongoing business concern.

150306-pmwj32-project-BOOKAdrian Taggart offers an explanation of the key processes from the perspective of the project contractor. He tackles key issues such as: how a well thought-out procurement process seeks to maximise those interests that client and supplier have in common and diminish the consequences of those that are not; the commercial and practical importance of managing change; the risks that face supplier organizations when addressing project related work; the implications for other organizational disciplines of the Supplier when embracing project work and areas of additional expertise that may be required.

This book turns the stakeholder perspective on its head. In doing so, he offers readers, from contract organizations, a real story and urgent set of priorities when it comes to managing a project and, those from client organizations, with an understanding of how best they can work with their suppliers to mutual benefit.

Adrian Taggart is an experienced project management consultant. He has managed, and advised on, national and international projects within sectors that include defence, manufacturing, heavy engineering and utilities, requiring him to represent the interests of both clients and contractors.

Interest in the topic and its practitioners has led him to teaching project management at MSc degree level, and also tutoring numerous candidates for the professional qualifications of the APM and PMI®. This combination of experience and a detailed knowledge of the Bodies of Knowledge, has given him a strong appreciation of the distinctive differences in how each type of company (Owner and Supplier Organizations) sees project management, the techniques and strategies that work for each, and the different understanding and skills required by practitioners within each.

More information & free chapters on Project Management for Supplier Organizations at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472427885

ePUB and ePDF information available at the above links.

GpmFirst – http://www.gpmfirst.com/ (launching 31st March 2015) – Project Management for Supplier Organizations will feature on GpmFirst, Gower’s new PM community of practice.

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].

Improving Health Project in Ukraine



New US$214.73 million loan from World Bank to improve service delivery in health sector

4 March 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$214.73 million loan for the Serving People, Improving Health Project to support the implementation of reforms and improved service delivery in Ukraine’s health sector.

The new five-year project will seek to develop medical infrastructure and improve the quality of health services in eight regions across the country. The investment will focus on introducing a new funding mechanism within hospitals and enhancing primary and secondary prevention, early detection, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

It is expected to improve first aid services and bring legislative acts in line with best international practices, raising the efficiency of the healthcare system in Ukraine.

“Given that most Ukrainians consider health as one of their top life priorities, we are pleased to support a project that will help them become healthier,” said Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. “This new investment will help improve the quality and availability of health services to millions of Ukrainians in selected regions, and contribute to more efficient use of resources in the healthcare system.”

150304-pmwj32-ukraine-MAPThe project’s main component covers the following participating regions: Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattya, and Zaporizhya. Out of the project’s total budget, the Bank will fund up to US$41 million per region, plus at least 10 percent coming in co-financing from the local authorities.

Another project component to be implemented by the Ministry of Health will be dealing with health financing, capacity building, e-health/information systems, and, finally, public outreach to increase awareness of the main risk factors, helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. There will also be a small implementation component, with project management and monitoring and evaluation.

“We believe that this project will be the driving force for the reform, which will change the country’s healthcare and, in 2015, it will build the foundation for fundamental reforms and make them irreversible in the future,” Ukrainian Health Minister Alexander Kvitashvili said.

To learn about other projects in Ukraine funded by the World Bank, go to http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/ukraine

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, visit http://www.worldbank.org/. To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://www.worldbank.org/projects.

Source: The World Bank


New Career Planning Tool for Project Managers announced



New career planning tool from Axelos to help project managers pursue their professional ambitions

5 March 2015 – London, UK – AXELOS has launched a new career planning tool – Career Paths – to support project and programme managers identify and achieve their career aspirations. The first phase of this tool is available via the AXELOS website and can be used by individuals, recruiters and organizations to explore typical job roles within project management.

150305-pmwj32-career-AXELOS LOGOBuilt using AXELOS Best Practice Frameworks, Career Paths identifies the skills and qualifications needed within different roles to support career progression.

For those wanting to find out more about potential careers in project management, Career Paths is an ideal starting point to explore a wide range of roles and access guidance on how to pursue a chosen career. Individuals who have already embarked on their project management career can use the tool to understand how their current skills fit into the Best Practice and how they can position themselves in the marketplace.

This beta version is being released to the community for feedback to support future developments, including the release of an IT Service Management and Cyber Resilience version of Career Paths.

John Tomlinson, Head of Communities at AXELOS said: “The best practice community drives new developments and Career Paths is no different. We want practitioners to share their experiences and expertise to ensure that this tool is reflective of career paths in the industry and is useful for organizations offering, and individuals pursuing, career opportunities.”

“As Career Paths develops,” he added, “our aim is to map all relevant qualifications available against the different job roles in these industries, making this the ‘go to’ resource for career planning, skills development and best practice.”

Further information on the Career Path portal and details of how to register are available on the AXELOS website.

AXELOS is the Joint Venture company formed in 2013 by the Cabinet Office to deliver and commercialize the UK Government’s portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation and publishing services, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products. AXELOS owns the intellectual property of the whole Best Management Practice portfolio and is developing products in new areas. The organization has an ambitious programme of investment and growth focused on establishing an international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations. Latest news from AXELOS can be found on their website or contact [email protected].

Media contact: [email protected] 

Source: AXELOS


Results of 2014 Brazilian Project Management Maturity Research Announced



World’s leading P/PM maturity research program based in Brazil and led by Darci Prado and Russell Archibald releases 2014 results and reports

3 March 2015 – Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil – The results of the 2014 Brazil PM Maturity Research are now available on the website http://www.maturityresearch.com/. This research has been conducted in Brazil since 2005 by Russell Archibald and Darci Prado, with support of several volunteers. In 2014 they had a total of 415 participants involving 7,885 projects. The overall results obtained are:

MATURITY: 2.64 (scale from 1 to 5)


Success Index:

  • Total Success: 56.0%
  • Partial Success: 34.0%
  • Failure: 10.0%

Average Delay: 27%

Average Cost overrun: 17%

Average Scope Execution: 77%


Average number of projects: 19

Average duration of each project: 14 months

Average cost of each portfolio: US$ 0,8 billon

In the figure below, the reader will notice that the higher the maturity, the higher the level of overall success. Or, as shown in documents available on http://www.maturityresearch.com/, you may find that the higher the maturity, the higher the scope execution, the lower the delay and smaller the cost overrun. Also, the greater the maturity, the greater the perception that best practices of project management brings better results.


This year an extended number of reports are provided in order to help a reader find the report that is closest to his/her work. The reports are available free on the site http://www.maturityresearch.com/ and include:

    1. Global
    2. Government
    3. Benchmarking
    4. Minas Gerais State
    5. São Paulo State
    6. Project category: Organizational Changes and Operational Results Improvement.
    7. Project category: Construction (facilities)
    8. Project category: Information Technology (software) – Private Organizations.
    9. Project category: New Product and Service Development

The Global Report, that is divided into three parts, is contained in the following three presentations prepared by Darci Prado, Warlei Oliveira and Lara Romano:

A – Performance Indicators – click here

B – Participants – click here

C – Governance – click here

Warning: the charts show numbers that use the brazilian-portuguese standards. So, we have that 18,6% means, in English standards, 18.6% and US$1.350.000 means US$1,350,000

The researchers:

150303-pmwj32-2014-results-IMAGE2Russell D. Archibald: PhD (Hon) ESC-Lille (Fr), MSc (U of Texas) & BS (U of Missouri) Mechanical Engineering, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA (member of the Board of IPMA/INTERNET 1974-83), held engineering and executive positions in aerospace, petroleum, telecommunications, and automotive industries in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela (1948-1982). Russ also had 9 years of active duty as a pilot officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps (1943-46) and as a Senior Pilot and Project Engineer with the U. S. Air Force (1951-58.) Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents, and has taught project management principles and practices to thousands of managers and specialists around the world. He is co-author (with Shane Archibald) of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know About Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (2013); author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects (3rd Edition 2003), also published in Russian, Italian, and Chinese; other books (in English, Italian, Japanese, and Hungarian); and many papers on project management. Web-site: http://russarchibald.com/ E-mail: [email protected]

150303-pmwj32-2014-results-IMAGE3Darci Prado is a consultant and partner of FALCONI (ex-INDG) in Brazil. He is an engineer, with graduate studies in Economical Engineering at UCMG and PhD in Project Management from UNICAMP, Brazil. He has worked for IBM for 25 years and with UFMG Engineering School for 32 years. He holds the IPMA Level B Certification. He was one of the founders of Minas Gerais State and Parana State PMI chapters, and he was member of Board Directors of Minas Gerais State PMI chapter during 1998-2002 and member of the Consulting Board during 2003-2009. He was also the president of IPMA Minas Gerais State chapter of PMI during 2006-2008. He is conducting a Project Management maturity research in Brazil, Italy, Spain and Portugal together with Russell Archibald. He is author of nine books on project management and is also author of a methodology, a software application, and a maturity model for project management. Darci can be contacted at [email protected].

Darci and Russ are supported by a team of volunteers, researchers and authors in Brazil. Learn more at http://www.maturityresearch.com/.

If your organization is interested in participating in this P/PM Maturity research, no matter where located in the world, contact [email protected]


12th Annual Conference on Organization, Technology and Management in Construction



Abstracts due March 8 for September construction project management conference in Pimosten, Croatia

28 February 2015 – Zagreb, Croatia – The 12th Annual Conference: Organization, Technology and Management in Construction (OTMC) will be held in Primosten, Croatia, hosted by Croatian Association for Construction Management, University of Zagreb, Croatian Association for Project Management and International Project Management Association (IPMA).

This is the twelfth in the OTMC series which this year is proud to host the IPMA Special Interest Group on Mega Projects. Thus by attending the conference you will not only get in touch with the insights from the construction field, but also the current trends and issues in management of mega projects.

Please submit your abstract at: https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/OTMC2015/Default.aspx

150228-pmwj32-12th-otmc-IMAGEAuthor guidelines are at the following: http://www.otmc2015.com/#!instructions/c5gl

The conference will be held from the 02nd to 05th Sep 2015 in Primosten on the Croatian coast (see photo), in one of the most beautiful settings. The conference website is available at the following link: http://www.otmc2015.com/









Early registration – before 15th May 2015

Regular registration – from 16th May until 25th July 2015

Late registration – from 16th July until 30th August

On-site registration – 2nd and 3rd September 2015

Conference Themes:

  1. Construction and Project Management Issues
  2. Construction Design and Technology
  3. General Management and Economics
  4. Information Technology and Information Systems
  5. Research and Education
  6. Sustainability in the Built Environment

The Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 12th OTMC Conference is Prof. Ivica Zavrski, Vice Dean for International and Inter-institutional Cooperation, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb.