4th Mega-Projects Workshop: Theory meets Practice



Expressions of Interest invited for May conference in Rome

11 February 2016 – Rome, Italy – A 4th Mega-Projects Workshop: Theory meets Practice will be held at LUISS University in Rome, Italy, on May 19-20, 2016. This year, Innovation, Learning, and Design in Mega-projects will be the unifying theme of the workshop. For more information, please review the attached call for expressions of interest.

160211-pmwl-luiss-IMAGEThe workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to further understanding of mega-projects: it will allow established and emerging scholars to present their work, interact with other scholars studying related topics, transfer lessons learned across mega-projects and to the participating organizations, and hear the latest trends in mega-projects research.

Academic researchers and practicing professionals can submit an expression of interest in participating and presenting your work to Francesca Di Pietro ([email protected]before March 15th, 2016. Authors will be notified by April 15th, 2016.


US$ 341 million loan to upgrade Egypt’s oil and gas infrastructure



The funds will be used to construct and operate a bulk-liquids terminal

4 February 2016 – London, UK and Cairo, Egypt – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a US$ 341 million debt facility to Sonker, an Egyptian company providing hydrocarbon storage and bunkering, that will support a significant upgrade of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure and will contribute to the energy security of Egypt.

As part of a consortium, the EBRD is extending a US$ 72 million senior loan and a US$ 22 million mezzanine loan to the company, while the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a US$ 70 million senior loan along with a US$ 22 million mezzanine loan and mobilising US$52.5 million from other investors. In addition, the Commercial International Bank (CIB) of Egypt, the country’s largest private-sector bank, is availing with US$ 28 million and the equivalent of US$ 44 million in Egyptian pounds loan as well as a US$ 30 million Credit Support Instrument Facility.


Sonker operates oil and gas storage and bunkering facilities at the Ain Sokhna Port on the Red Sea. Installing the necessary infrastructure is crucial for energy security in Egypt as it will increase storage and handling capacity for imports of gasoil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The company will use the funds to construct and operate a bulk-liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG in the third basin of Ain Sokhna Port. The new infrastructure will accommodate the docking of two floating storage and regasification units and the handling of LNG imports to the nearest national gas grid.

The loan will also support Sonker in adopting the highest standards of corporate governance and business conduct through the implementation of an environmental and social action plan and the upgrading of safety standards to prevent any oil contamination.

“The Egyptian government is taking quantum leaps towards achieving a more resilient and sustainable economy. Foreseeing the growing local demand for energy, the Egyptian authorities, supported us in developing this first bulk-liquids terminal on the Red Sea, as a successful public-private partnership project,” said Ossama Al Sharif, Sonker’s Managing Director. Al Sharif added: “The Sonker Project will ensure a constant supply of energy to our burgeoning economy and will certainly transform the Red Sea area into a regional hub for trading petroleum products, not only for the Egyptian market, but also for East Africa and Europe.”

Eric Rasmussen, EBRD Director for Natural Resources, said “We are pleased to support Sonker, an independent private company in the Egyptian energy storage and bunkering industry. The investments will increase energy security by increasing capacity and introducing the highest quality and environmental standards. A more efficient operation will reduce cost and benefit the environment.”

“IFC’s financing will help create vital energy infrastructure for Egypt at a time when the demand for power is growing,” said Nada Shousha, IFC Country Manager for Egypt. “Our aim is to spur job creation and minimise infrastructure gaps by increasing private sector participation in the economy. We also hope to send a positive market signal to international and domestic private sector investors.”

Heba Abdellatif, Head of Debt Capital Markets at CIB, said: “CIB is committed to supporting Egypt’s liquid-storage capacity for petroleum products and views this project as being of strategic importance to ensure continuity of supply and minimise the cost of imported products.  We believe that the cooperation between IFC, their partner financial institutions, the EBRD and ourselves present a template for project financing, given the large foreign currency funding requirements, and signals a positive outlook for the Egyptian economy.”

The EBRD has invested more than €1.6 billion in Egypt through 31 projects (including regional ones) since it started working in the country at the end of 2012. The Bank’s investments include the natural resources sector, the financial sector, agribusiness, manufacturing and services as well as infrastructure projects such as power, municipal water and wastewater, and contributions to the upgrade of transport services.

Sonker Bunkering Company S.A.E. (Sonker) is a private storage and bunkering company incorporated in Egypt for the purpose of realising the project. It is beneficially owned by the Amiral Holding Group (Amiral), the Egyptian Ministry of Finance and the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit http://www.ifc.org/

CIB is Egypt’s premier and largest private sector bank and has a dominant market share among domestic private sector banks capturing 8.54% of total loans and 7.84% of total deposits as of end of 2014. CIB specializes in structuring and arranging large ticket project financings, syndicated debt, as well as the arrangement of corporate bonds and securitizations. CIB’s track record in arranging syndicated loans is unparalleled in the domestic market having arranged more than EGP 45 billion and USD 25 billion of syndicated loans, EGP 10 billion of corporate bonds and EGP 11.3billion of securitized notes over the last 10 years. CIB also specializes in providing Agency and Security Agency services in project financings and syndications. For more information, visit http://www.cibeg.com/

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

Source: EBRD news release; story by Nibal Zgheib


Successful Doctoral Defence – Jouko Vaskimo Awarded D.Sc (Tech)



Reported by Miles Shepherd

Mr Jouko Vaskimo, senior contributing editor for the PM World Journal, brought his post-graduate studies to a successful conclusion by performing the oral defense of his doctoral thesis on 8 January. Titled Organizational project management methodologies; Structures, contents, and use, the thesis addresses important issues in organizational project management. The oral defense, also known as the viva voce, took place at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Science, Aalto University, at Espoo, Finland, with Dr. Karlos Artto, Professor of Project Business at School of Science, Aalto University, performing the duties of custos, the chairman of the oral defense. D.Sc. (Tech.) Lauri Koskela, Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Huddersfield, England, performed the duties of academic opponent.

Having completed all set requirements, the dean of Aalto University School of Science granted Mr Vaskimo the title of Doctor of Science (Technology) on 29th January, 2016.


Jouko Vaskimo delivering his lectio praecursoria, the introductory presentation which starts the oral defenses of doctoral theses in Finnish universities (photos courtesy Jyri Kosola).

The doctoral thesis of Mr Vaskimo, who held a M.Sc. (Tech.) prior to being awarded D.Sc.(Tech.), is titled Organizational project management methodologies; Structures, contents, and use. The thesis describes a mixed-method multiple case study among ten case organizations, and identifies key structures and contents organizations use in organizational project management methodologies, and the specific reasons why organizations use such methodologies. Further information, and a pdf version of the entire thesis is available at http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/events/vaitos_vaskimo_jouko/ .

Mr Vaskimo was very happy with the oral defense, and especially Professor Koskela’s announcement at the end of the defense, that the requirements set forth by Aalto University School of Science have undoubtedly been satisfied, and that he recommends for the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) to be granted.

Mr Vaskimo commented “I am very happy with these results, having worked six years towards this goal. I would like to thank all who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me throughout this undertaking. I am especially grateful to my supervisor, Professor Karlos Artto, who has steered me through this research with his insightful, encouraging, and patient ways, and provided constructive critique to the manuscript of this thesis in several key stages of writing. I am grateful in many ways to my instructors, Dr Tuomas Ahola, who has guided me in numerous ways to find the right path during the preparation of this thesis, and Professor Kalle Kähkönen, who encouraged me in the early phases of my studies to perform this research. I would like to thank Professor Asbjørn Rolstadås and Professor Derek Walker, who examined the manuscript of this thesis, and provided excellent comments based on which the manuscript was enhanced. I would like to thank Professor Lauri Koskela, who performed the duties of academic opponent at the public defense of this thesis. I am grateful to the organizations and respondents who made this case study research possible. Finally, I would like to thank the good-hearted people, such as Mr Miles Shepherd, who inspired and encouraged for me to pursue post-graduate studies, and my parents who emphasizing the importance of proper education, and encouraged for me to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies.”

Mr Vaskimo can be contacted at [email protected] .


In the photograph (from left to right): Professor Lauri Koskela, Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Huddersfield, performing the duties of academic opponent, Professor Karlos Artto, Professor of Project Business at Aalto University School of Science, performing the duties of custos, and Jouko Vaskimo, defending his doctoral thesis.

160202-pmwj43-Vaskimo-IMAGE3Aalto University is the Finnish university established on January 1, 2010 in the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and University of Art and Design Helsinki. The university is mainly located in greater Helsinki, Finland. In addition, the university operates several units in Mikkeli, Pori and Vaasa, Finland. The university is comprises six schools (School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS), School of Chemical Technology (Aalto CHEM), School of Business (Aalto BIZ), School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto ELEC), School of Engineering (Aalto ENG), and School of Science (Aalto SCI) with over 20,000 students and 4,700 staff members, making it the third-largest university in Finland.

The main campus of Aalto University is in Otaniemi, Espoo, where the engineering schools as well as the bachelor programs of the School of Business operate. Aalto University operations showcase the Finnish experiment in higher education: Aalto establishments such as the Aalto Design Factory, AppCampus, ADD LAB and Aalto Ventures Program drive the university mission for a radical shift towards multidisciplinary learning, and contribute to the emergence of Helsinki as a hotbed for startups. Aalto University is named in honor of Alvar Aalto, one of the prominent Finnish architects, designers and alumnus of the former Helsinki University of Technology, who was also instrumental in designing a large part of the university’s main campus in Otaniemi.

For further information, please navigate to www.aalto.fi/en .


Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for February 2016



1 February 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max (pictured below right):

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOIn his paper Project Management Methodologies Explained, our latest Guest, Patrick Hankison, draws a clear distinction between the project life span and the methodology best suited to creating the product. He then discusses various methodology options available for IT and simillar type projects.

People ask: How do I get into project management? Max Wideman offers his advice, see Answer to a Visitor’s Inquiry in Musings.

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

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

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



PMWL Research Internship Program starts off strong



World’s first virtual project management research internship attracting students and professors worldwide

30 January 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that the PM World Library (PMWL) research internship for students of project management has gotten off to a strong start. Launched in late 2015, the company now has seven participating student interns, with several more in the announcement or approval stages.

150627-pmwj36-27-change-PMWL LOGOParticipating students so far include the following:

  • Alexander Ehms, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Giulia Gasparini, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Organizations, SDA Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
  • Arif ud Din, recent graduate with MS in Project Management, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Gary Mitchell, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Programme Management at the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Alok Kaushik, currently pursuing Post Graduate Program in Business at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai, India
  • Anton Setiawan, currently pursuing his Erasmus Joint-Master’s degree in Strategic Project Management European at Heriot-Watt University (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and Umeå University (Sweden)
  • Dena Crnkovic, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Risk Management at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia

To learn more about these dynamic project management students and their early research results, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

Several unpaid research internships are available for students of project management to conduct research and assist with populating the PMWL. Communications and work are performed virtually. 16 week duration; approximately 4 hours per week of work is anticipated (based on student’s schedule). An academic reference is required.

Benefits to successful candidates include opportunities to learn more about program/project management and P/PM resources available worldwide; opportunity to deep dive into a specific topic, developing expert knowledge; opportunities to interact with expert P/PM practitioners and world class academics; 5 years of free access to all contents in the library; recognition on team pages on the journal and library websites, and with each contribution; and virtual introduction to other interns and PMWL stakeholders around the world.

Interns receive Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. Internship may or may not qualify for university credit (students are responsible for applying for university credit). To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships.

Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “We’ve been very pleased with the response to our internship program from both students and the academic community. Several professors are actively promoting the internships to their graduate students. And the quality of student inquiries has been very high.”

“Internships are supposed to be learning opportunities,” Pells adds, “so that is the main focus. We suggest that student research also be related to their career interests so the results can be both personally interesting and potentially useful in the future. We’re also trying to provide high visibility to their efforts; for example, news about all new resources for the library produced by interns is also posted to our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.”

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

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



IPMA Project Excellence Training in the USA, April 10-12



28 January 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – IPMA-USA Director of Standards Meg Infiorati, announces that registration is now open for the USA’s first-ever training on the IPMA Project Excellence Model. The event, planned for Southfield, MI, near Detroit, will be three intensive days of learning, discussion, case study application, and assessment preparedness.

160128-pmwj43-ipma-project-IMAGE1The focus is the globally-in-demand IPMA Project Excellence Model, and the new release of the Project Excellence Baseline (PEB). This new update reflects the experience of IPMA and our Awards Teams over 15 years of assessing the world’s most important, and most successful projects and programs.

If you already know you are interested in participating, You Can Register Now!

In addition to this training, other offerings of this event around the world this Winter and Spring include Amsterdam, Warsaw, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, and Milan. See the schedule, locations, and sign-up links for all these IPMA Awards events.

What You Will Do In This Training

  • You will take part in a training session to get to know the IPMA Project Excellence Model. Not only will you be able to use this in your position in your organization, but this training will also prepare you to assess Global projects if you choose to participate as a Project Excellence Award Assessor.
  • You will practice how to use the model to objectively assess projects to identify excellence and areas for improvement.
  • During the workshop you will gain valuable insights as to how an acting project team would assess a project, whether within your own organization or for an IPMA PE Award applicant. You will discuss methods, plans, procedures, matters of success and problems likely encountered during project planning and delivery.
  • You will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views with experienced international colleagues during the training.
  • You will practice and develop the skills required to be able to carry out an unbiased assessment of a project. You will learn how to assess the excellence of the project management, define strong points, and areas for improvement. These skills will be useful for your organization and, potentially, for your customers as well.

160128-pmwj43-ipma-project-IMAGE2About the Presenters

The training presentation team consists of Pau Lian Staal-Ong, Grzegorz Szałajko, Meg Infiorati, and Peter Milson; they are from (respectively) The Netherlands, Poland, USA, and Canada. The reason for this large number of team members is the intensive case application and coaching in this unique, intensive training.

Entry Criteria

  1. Age: above 30
  2. Experience in working as a project manager: min 5 years or experience in working as a consultant in project management: min 7 years
  3. Member of any one of the IPMA National Member Associations
  4. All registrant applications will be cross-matched with their stated member association.

For More Information

  • See this blog post perspective on “What does it take to reach excellence in projects?”
  • To see prior years’ IPMA International Project Excellence Awards winners, click here.
  • To download the Project Excellence Baseline (when it becomes available) click here.
  • If you are ready to apply for the IPMA Project Excellence Award for 2016, click here.

Are You Ready for Project Excellence? Register Now, for April 10-12!


160128-pmwJ43-ipma-usa-LOGOFounded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises. As the USA member of the International Project Management Association, the world’s first project management professional association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed. Info at http://www.ipma-usa.org/

Contact: [email protected].

Source: IPMA-USA


University of Maryland, Aviation Week Network Team Up for 2016 Project Management Symposium



Symposium Adds Aerospace & Defense Track, Lockheed Martin Keynote

26 January 2016 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to partner with Aviation Week Network to offer a daylong Aerospace & Defense Best Practices session track during this year’s Project Management Symposium, taking place May 12-13, 2016.

To be held at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., the two-day symposium will feature a total of five keynote speakers and dozens of session speakers covering myriad project management topics ranging from risk and big data and public private partnerships, to federal programs and disaster management.

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New this year, Aviation Week Network will lead an Aerospace & Defense Best Practices track moderated by Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editorial Director for Aviation Week Network Executive Intelligence. The track will feature three session breakouts and a sought-after keynote presentation by Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Dr. Michael Hawes.

As Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin, Hawes contributes a diverse background of program management, aerospace engineering, mission operations, and leadership experience that is critical to driving one of the company’s most notable programs. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Hawes celebrated a 33-year career with NASA, where he served as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation (IPCE) and provided objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator. Hawes also served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of Space Shuttle assets following the program’s conclusion.

During his presentation, “Industry Creates the Next Generation of Space Flight,” Hawes will share firsthand experiences building a global partnership and shifting responsibilities and people into a non-NASA world.

Symposium attendees can choose to kick off their symposium experience by participating in the full slate of Aerospace & Defense Best Practices on May 12, or pick from these and nearly a dozen other topic areas spanning the two-day symposium. Even more, symposium attendees can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

With this year’s symposium projected to draw record-breaking attendance, those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline.

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.

About Penton’s Aviation Week Network

Penton’s Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries that has a database of 1.2 million professionals around the world.  Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network for analysis, marketing and intelligence.  Customers include the world’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market.  The product portfolio includes Air Transport World, Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book, Airportdata.com, Air Charter Guide, AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

About the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

151001-pmwj39-3rd-UMD LOGOThe 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.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice – (301) 405-2057 – [email protected]

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence


IPMA-USA Offers February Webinar on Engaging Talent Management to Increase Project Success



You’ve read the paper; now, see the movie! 

January 26, 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – Stacy Goff’s paper, “Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Project Talent: How the Right Talent Improves Project and Business Success, was featured in the January 2016 PM World Journal. That paper is also the basis for the February 17th IPMA-USA webinar, and registration is now open. Given that this is a webinar, not a 160126-pmwJ43-ipma-IMAGE1movie, let us slightly adjust the poetic license tagline above, “You’ve read the paper, now see the webinar!”

To register—and participate in this webinar, see the information below.

Details for the February Webinar: Engaging Talent Management to Increase Project Success

This Dialogue Series webinar event emphasizes the role of Talent Management (with insights from Knowledge Management) in helping savvy organizations to improve business success through projects.

Event Date: February 17, 2016 Time: 3:00PM EST, for one hour Cost: Free; limited seats available! Register at this GoToWebinar Link. Registration is open now!

160126-pmwJ43-ipma-IMAGE2The topics we will discuss include: 1. What Is Talent? Where do we get it? 2. Project Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention 3. Desperately Seeking Talent: The Talent Tetrahedron 4. The Stairway to Talent Development 5. Project Roles and Talent Requirements 6. Managing Talent Retention

In this session, we identify a new way of visualizing the progression from low-impact, easy to transfer talent levels, to high business impact, difficult to transfer talent levels. And, acknowledging that the talent areas we seek go beyond technical processes, most professional associations now understand that we are also seeking Leadership and interpersonal skills, plus Strategic linkage and Business Context savvy. But that’s still not enough! What is the secret sauce, the rare Talent Area, that is often missing? Where do we find it, because it seldom comes from the project or program manager?

Audience–This Dialogue Series Webinar is for:

  • Project Managers, who seek higher performance and better results from your efforts.
  • PMO (Project Management Office) Managers and Consultants, who want greater effectiveness in the initiatives you support.
  • Resource Managers, who must acquire, develop, prioritize, assign, and successfully retain Project Talent.
  • Project Sponsors, who require higher levels of project success, and increased business results.
  • Portfolio Managers, who expect increased business value from your project and program initiatives.
  • Corporate and Government Executives, who want to learn more about the business value of managing Project and Program Talent.

About the Presenter STACY A. GOFF, the PM Per4mance Coach, is CEO of ProjectExperts®, a USA-based global Project, Program & Portfolio Management (PPPM) consulting and training company. He is co-founder and past President of IPMA-USA, was 2011-2014 VP of Marketing & Events for IPMA® (the International Project Management Association), and in September 2015, was named an IPMA Honorary Fellow.

See more of the events in the IPMA-USA 2016 Dialogue Series Schedule


160128-pmwJ43-ipma-usa-LOGOFounded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a member-driven, not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises.

As the USA member of the International Project Management Association, the world’s first project management professional association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed.

Contact: [email protected]

Source: IPMA-USA      


IPMA-USA Invites You to Participate in the 2016 Study of Product Team Performance



January 26, 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – IPMA-USA Director of Marketing Stacy Goff announces the fifth year of a cross-industry study on Product (and project) Team Performance. For the last four years, IPMA-USA has participated, together with IPMA, in this Global Study of Product Team Performance, managed by ProdBok editor Greg Geracie, of Actuation Consulting. The survey, while targeted at Product Managers, also very much reflects and involves Project and Program Managers who work with new products.

160128-pmwJ43-ipma-usa-IMAGE1We also know that that the most savvy project and program managers pay close attention to the issues and innovations of adjacent professional groups, such as Product Managers, Business Development Managers, Proposal Managers, Contract Managers and Business Analysts. The 2016 survey is available, and awaiting your responses now.

Each year’s survey asks a standard set of questions that help to closely monitor industry trends including product development methodology adoption rates, how product teams perceive the effectiveness of their performance, and a wide range of other topics. This year additional questions explore what we have learned from previous studies and what we are witnessing in the marketplace in real-time.

If you are interested in seeing last year’s study – to get a sense of the output of this unique market research – you can download the 2015 Study of Product Team Performance study results here. The link to the download does require submitting your email address, name, and organization, but we have worked with Greg for five years, and he has never abused this information. For those of you who don’t care for white papers (we know you are out there!) there are six pages of infographics summarizing key data points that are very Twitter friendly. You can access them by clicking on this link.

This year’s new questions focus on product engineering and project life cycle methods, requirements prioritization methods, and User Experience. To take this survey, click the picture at above right. Note that this year, you advance or go back to the prior survey page by clicking the orange buttons at lower left and right; we missed that at first.

The survey takes approximately eight minutes to fill out and it’s very user friendly. All responses are anonymous. There is an option to self-identify if you decide you would like to participate in future studies or be the first to receive this year’s white paper.

The survey closes in late March, and we really need a nice proportion of competent and performing project and program managers in the survey results. If you provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a random drawing for a new IPad Mini! IPMA-USA strongly encourages you to participate in this study!


160128-pmwJ43-ipma-usa-LOGOFounded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a member-driven, not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises.

As the USA member of the International Project Management Association, the world’s first project management professional association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed.

Contact: [email protected].


PMI’s case against APM Royal Charter rejected



UK Court of Appeal rejects PMI claims; Privy Council free to proceed

22 January 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management professional body, has announced that the Court of Appeal has today handed down its judgement with respect to an appeal brought by the Project Management Institute (PMI) against the Government’s recommendation to the Privy Council to grant the award of a Royal Charter to the APM.

160122-pmwj42-PMI-case-IMAGEThe Appeal Court Judges have confirmed the earlier decision of the High Court to reject PMI’s appeal. The full judgement is available on the Court of Appeal website.

APM remains committed to achieving Chartered status for the benefit of both the profession as a whole and the wider community. It has reconfirmed its view that it remains for the Privy Council to decide, in the light of its published guidance and the individual circumstances of the organisation, whether a Charter ought to be granted.

APM continues to look forward to the Privy Council determining the application in due course.

Background information on APM’s application for a Royal Charter.

The Privy Council Office provides briefing on Royal Charters and the application process.

Further information to follow

Source: APM website   



Fourth Industrial Revolution to be driven by Renewable Energy



20 January 2016 – Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – From the 46th Annual World Economic Forum in Davos this week, renewables are from being a romantic dream, they are central to meeting the energy demands that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring.

160120-pmwj42-renewable-WORLD ECONOMIC FORUMClean energy now accounts for more than half of all new energy supply, said Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, Paris. The bulk of new installations – more than two-thirds – come from emerging countries, he added. “To meet climate change and growth targets, around 40% of future energy supply must come from zero-emission technologies.”

Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi, Japan; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016, said the challenge has moved from having more renewable energy to having better energy systems. There are distributional challenges that come with the distance between generation sites of wind and solar energy and the load centres. “A more systematic approach is required to integrate renewable energy sources into an overall smart grid,” he stressed.

“More renewable energy means more investments in electric grids to manage loads and demands,” outlined Ignacio Sánchez Galán, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Iberdrola, Spain. Over the next 25 years, energy demand will increase by more than 80% globally, he added. As such, huge investments are required across all energy technologies as well as electric grids and distribution systems. There is no silver-bullet solution.

China will play a leading role in this transformation towards green and renewable energy, said Eric Xin Luo, Chief Executive Officer, Shunfeng International Clean Energy, People’s Republic of China. “The country has set an ambitious target that 25% of all energy production comes from renewable sources,” he said. In the meantime, China is already a leading exporter of clean energy technology – for instance, more than 60% of the world’s solar panels are manufactured in China.

Over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society, academia, media and the arts are participating in the 46th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on 20-23 January. Under the theme, Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the programme comprises over 300 sessions, of which over 100 sessions will be webcast live.

Taking a formative role in shaping the discussion at the Annual Meeting 2016 as the Co-Chairs are: Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors, USA; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels; Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, USA; Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi, Japan; Tidjane Thiam, Chief Executive Officer, Credit Suisse, Switzerland; and Amira Yahyaoui, Founder and Chair, Al Bawsala, Tunisia.

All about the Annual Meeting 2016: http://wef.ch/davos16 Download the event app: https://toplink.weforum.org/apps Open Forum programme: http://wef.ch/openforum Live webcasts: http://wef.ch/live; on demand http://wef.ch/youtube

The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. It engages with business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is independent, impartial and not tied to any interests. It cooperates closely with all leading international organizations (www.weforum.org).

Source: World Economic Forum

Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015



20 January 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.


Image Credits: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

The 2015 temperatures continue a long-term warming trend, according to analyses by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York (GISTEMP). NOAA scientists agreed with the finding that 2015 was the warmest year on record based on separate, independent analyses of the data. Because weather station locations and measurements change over time, there is some uncertainty in the individual values in the GISTEMP index. Taking this into account, NASA analysis estimates 2015 was the warmest year with 94 percent certainty.

“Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and NASA’s vital work on this important issue affects every person on Earth,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Today’s announcement not only underscores how critical NASA’s Earth observation program is, it is a key data point that should make policy makers stand up and take notice – now is the time to act on climate.”

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1.0 degree Celsius) since the late-19th century, a change largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Last year was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average.

Phenomena such as El Niño or La Niña, which warm or cool the tropical Pacific Ocean, can contribute to short-term variations in global average temperature. A warming El Niño was in effect for most of 2015.

“2015 was remarkable even in the context of the ongoing El Niño,” said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. “Last year’s temperatures had an assist from El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we are seeing.”

Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region on Earth experienced record average temperatures last year. For example, NASA and NOAA found that the 2015 annual mean temperature for the contiguous 48 United States was the second warmest on record.

NASA’s analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations. These raw measurements are analyzed using an algorithm that considers the varied spacing of temperature stations around the globe and urban heating effects that could skew the conclusions if left unaccounted for. The result is an estimate of the global average temperature difference from a baseline period of 1951 to 1980.

NOAA scientists used much of the same raw temperature data, but a different baseline period, and different methods to analyze Earth’s polar regions and global temperatures.

GISS is a NASA laboratory managed by the Earth Sciences Division of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The laboratory is affiliated with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York.

NASA monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites, as well as airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. The agency develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. NASA shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

The full 2015 surface temperature data set and the complete methodology used to make the temperature calculation are available at: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/.

For more information about NASA’s Earth science activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/earth

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 http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA      


APM ‘delighted’ to be finalist for four Association Excellence Awards in UK



18 January 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it is a finalist in four award categories for the second year running by the Association Excellence Awards 2016. APM will be looking to retain the title of Overall Best UK Association at the ceremony on 26 February in London.

160118-pmwj42-apm-IMAGE1The award-winning association collected the accolade along with Best Association Conference in London at last year’s ceremony (pictured right).

Along with the Overall Best UK Association award, APM has also been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Development of an Existing Association Event – over 300 attendees for the APM Project Management Conference 2015, Best Association Awards Event for the APM Project Management Awards 2015 and Best Use of Social Media for the ‘What is project management?’ campaign.

This caps what has been an outstanding year for APM as it announced a record-breaking performance for the third year running.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted again this year in so many categories,” said APM chief executive Sara Drake. “This is great recognition of the continuing success of APM in delivering its ambitious strategy and a testament to the collaborative efforts of staff, members and volunteers who make this possible.”

This will be the fourth time the APM Project Management Conference has been recognised for its excellence by being shortlisted for an industry award. The association’s annual event won Best Association Conference in London for the 2015 themed New Frontiers conference.

The record-breaking APM Project Management Awards has been named as a finalist for the Best Association Awards for the second time. APM also features in the Best Use of Social Media category again for a second year running. Following its launch in August the ‘What is project management?’ video has already attracted over 13,600 views making it one of APM’s most watched videos ever.

160118-pmwj42-apm-LOGOFounded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,650 individual and 570 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


Dehydration Plant in Wheatfield raises stakeholder concerns



National Fuel waits for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

15 January 2016 – Buffalo, NY, USA – In the town of Wheatfield, residents are skeptical of a new dehydration plant. National Fuel has proposed a new natural gas dehydration facility, costing $8 million to be located in the Wheatfield area. This new facility is a part of a $455 million dollar upgrade to the company’s pipelines throughout the Western New York region.

160115-pmwj42-Ehms-national-IMAGE1The new $8 million dollar facility would be used to meet government regulations for export of natural gas into Canada. The gas, obtained from hydraulic fracturing would need to meet the Canadian standard of 4 pounds of water per million cubic feet (opposed to US standards of 7 pounds per million). The company is currently awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington.

Although the dehydration plant will serve no role in the delivery of natural gas to the local region (Wheatfield), residents are concerned about the health risks of living near the facility. Because natural gas contains trace chemicals, National Fuel utilizes thermal oxidizers to remove this waste. However, these oxidizers are only 99% effective, meaning that a fraction of these chemicals would be released into the surrounding environment. With 36,000 dehydration systems in active use today, the EPA has indicated that several of the byproducts of this system include Methane, VOCs, and HAPs.

Although residents have expressed their concerns, National Fuel has only volunteered information regarding the facilities combustor unit. Additional information has not been released regarding the technologies used.

160115-pmwj42-Ehms-national-IMAGE2A flash tank separator unit for example, would reduce the amount VOCs released into the environment. These flash tanks are sometimes used in what is known as a Zero Emission Dehydrator. This term describes a system that utilizes multiple technologies to completely eliminate emissions and improve the amount of useable gas recovered during the process. These zero emissions systems tend to incorporate electric pumps, desiccant dehydration units, and vapor recovery units.

As Wheatfield residents await approval, employees of National Fuel continue to vouch for the safety of the plant.

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Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino



$130 million dollar project comes to an end

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

14 January 2016 – Buffalo, NY, USA – What started as a temporary slots-only casino is now an impressive $130 million dollar facility complete with Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker and much more. Located in downtown Buffalo at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Perry Street the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is a local favorite. Started in 2007, this facility attracts more than 3 million guests each year and has created 500 jobs as a result of its success.

“The economic turnaround of Buffalo is something that many people didn’t think would happen, but look around – it’s happening,” said Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John Sr.

160114-pmwj42-Ehms-Senaca-CASINOWith a new interest and revitalization of the downtown Buffalo area, the Seneca Nation intends to embark on another expansion project. The project was approved this past August 2015 and is estimated to finish work by 2017. An ambitious goal that will ultimately add more than 1,100 slot machines and about 30 table games, while creating 300 new casino jobs. The project will also expand both restaurant and retail space within the facility.

“Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino’s $40 million expansion project is another indication of the strength of Buffalo’s prospering economy,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “Buffalo’s landscape is changing before our eyes.”

With the redevelopment of the Fairmont Creamery building on Scott Street by Carl and Bill Paladino, the expansion of First Amherst Development’s Elk Terminal Lofts with 23 more units, and the rise of Canal side, Buffalo is certainly on the upswing.

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Call for Industry Presentations for April KwaZulu Natal Regional Conference in Durban



14 January 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) cordially invites practitioners and enthusiasts to submit a high-quality, original abstract followed later by a final presentation to be delivered at the PMSA KZN Regional Conference 2016.

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The following deadlines have been extended:

  • Submission of themes and summaries: Thursday, 28th January

  • Notification of acceptance: Thursday, 4th February

CONFERENCE THEME: Project Managing your Success

The 2016 KwaZulu Natal Regional Conference is about enhancing your own success as a project manager, and sharing how you have achieved success, or learned from failure in your strategic projects. The public and private sectors are increasingly delivering on their mandate and strategic objectives through projects. It’s an exciting time for project managers as notable transformation and infrastructure projects roll out across the country and the continent.

South Africa has a wealth of knowledge in successfully delivering projects and this conference is an opportunity to learn from that success. Delegates will be exposed to thought leadership, best practices, case studies and insight into projects that are shaping the region.

Presentations are invited that fall into one of the categories below:

  • Best practices: Proven methodologies and success stories on projects grown and / or delivered in South Africa and Africa
  • Research and Innovation: What we’ve learned and what we know about overcoming challenges that prohibit project success
  • Insights into the nature of project management as it applies to the region and the country
  • Technology: How IT and telecoms are enabling better project management
  • PM for the greater good: Applying project management to social causes. Including people, planet and profit in our project practices and realising some of the socioeconomic imperatives on the continent.
  • Applying ethical practice as project practitioners
  • Updating the project toolkit: Tips, tools and techniques that pave the way for effective project management.
  • Project People: Individual characteristics and traits that serve companies and individual practitioners when rolling out projects in the region and in South Africa.

For further details and submission requirements please click here

Should you wish to attend the conference as a delegate kindly follow the link below for further information:

PMSA KwaZulu Regional Conference 

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact: Dilshaan Duearte at [email protected] or 011 257 8048     

160114-pmwj42-pmsa-LOGO.jpgProject Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa. PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis. For more information, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

Source: PMSA       


Registration Open for May 2016 University of Maryland Project Management Symposium



Two-Day Event Highlights Include New Session Tracks, National Nuclear Security Administration Keynote

12 January 2016 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has announced that early-bird registration is now open for the third annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 12-13, 2016, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

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UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence has proudly named the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Kenneth Sheely one of this year’s highly anticipated keynote speakers. As Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure at the NNSA, Sheely is responsible for leading efforts to maintain, operate, and modernize NNSA’s general purpose infrastructure. This includes 6,000 facilities located in seven states comprising more than $50 billion in real property assets.

In the past year, NNSA has deployed innovative, revolutionary management tools to facilitate a data-driven process that leads to risk-informed investment decisions. Having experienced this transition firsthand, Sheely will share how the NNSA has adapted best practices of agile development and applied them to improving management of its infrastructure portfolio at an enterprise level.

Each year, UMD’s Project Management Symposium draws capacity crowds made up of both project management professionals and academics from throughout the Washington-Baltimore region and from areas around the world. New this year, attendees will not only hear from many of the leading minds in project management, but they will also have the opportunity to choose sessions from a brand-new list of tracks, which includes aerospace and defense best practices, Building Information Modeling (BIM), construction management, and people in projects.

Additionally, symposium participants will rub elbows with project managers from a host of backgrounds and career levels during a special networking reception taking place on May 12th.

In the coming weeks, UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence will announce four additional in-demand keynote speakers, dozens of session speakers, and brand-new partnerships geared to make this year’s symposium experience unlike any other.

This event is a high-value opportunity for project management professionals seeking insights on topics including federal programs, risk and big data, sustainability, public private partnerships, disaster management, and more. Attendees can either cherry-pick from each of these topic areas or craft their own experience by choosing a session track that meets their specific interests. Even more, attendees can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

This year’s event is on track to shatter previous attendance records, so those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline to gain the most value.

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.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



Sea of Change with Project Management



April 2016 Cruise from Galveston to feature 4 days of project management seminars while sailing the Caribbean

10 January 2016 – Clear Lake, TX, USA – The PMI Clear Lake Galveston Chapter has announced that registration is open for [email protected] PMI Seminar XI; Sea of Change with Project Management. Participating PMI members can earn 16 + PDU credits, travel with family and friends, meet other PMI members from several chapters and have a great time sailing!

160110-pmwj42-pmi-CRUISEParticipants will be sailing on Carnival’s new ship The Liberty from Galveston, Texas to the Caribbean. Book early for best cabin selections!

High profile speakers confirmed are: Frank Saladis PMP, PMI Fellow; Walter Viali, PMP; Brian Munroe PMP; Kevin Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP; Jim Snyder, PMI Founder and Fellow; and Bill Stewart PMLG. You will enjoy a new schedule format and an exceptional program that includes professional development, networking and fun.

New guests are always welcome on this seminar cruise. All guests will be part of the on-board group activities, gifts and cocktail parties. Only seminar attendees pay an additional fee as shown below.

Where else can you join your family, PMI friends and professional colleagues on a luxury cruise liner, where you will have choice speakers with informative seminar topics, great food and entertainment on-board? All of that and more is included. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean as our port of call includes Cozumel, Mexico. Reserve your space now and be a part of this fun group. Send in your reservation form to book your space for this PMI event.

Rates Begin @: $565 Inside cabins; $605 Ocean view; $705 Balcony

Rates are per person (pp) costs and are based on double occupancy; Single rates and Suites can be quoted

PMI Seminar Fee is $50.00 per attendee in addition to the cruise cost. Earn up to 16 PDU credits. More information and reservation form can be found at http://pmiclg.org/images/downloads/Announcement_Attachments/2016_pmi_s_s_flyer.pdf or on: http://www.pmiclg.org/ or contact [email protected]


IPMA-USA Launches 2016 Dialogue Webinar Series


January 9, 2016, Colorado Springs, Colorado. IPMA-USA Vice President Tim Jaques announces the 2016 Dialogue Webinar Series. This series, highly popular in years past, continues the tradition of compelling and useful topics, great speakers, and high levels of participant interest.

160110-pmwj42-ipma-usa-IMAGE1Based on our recent Member Survey, our webinars are one of our most-preferred activities. This year’s webinar series, planned for one each month, includes the following sessions:

Jan. 20, Introducing the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline; Meg E. Infiorati, PhD. Feb. 17, Engaging Talent Management to Increase Project Success; Stacy Goff. Mar. 16, Meet the New Individual Competence Baseline; Tim Jaques. Apr. 20, Get IPMA-Certified. Why You Need an Advanced Certification; Bill Duncan

Details for the January Webinar: Introducing the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline

Presenter: Meg E. Infiorati, PhD.

Dr. Meg Infiorati, Director of Standards for IPMA-USA. will be leading this webinar on IPMA’s new Project Excellence Baseline (PEB), recently released alongside the new ICB4 (Individual Competence Baseline). The PEB has several purposes in the IPMA world. For example, as an individual guide to delivering project excellence, the PEB supports an individual’s ability to assess themselves and implement “excellence” processes and develop new innovative ideas and approaches.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Time: 3:00PM EDT Cost: No charge; limited seats available; book fast! To Register: GoToWebinar Link; registration is open now!

The PEB has evolved along with the IPMA award program as well. Individuals who take the 3-day Awards Assessor program, planned for April 2015, use the PEB to assess projects submitted as candidates for the IPMA Excellence Awards program. Individuals participate in teams of five as volunteers assessing a very interesting range of projects.

These projects (and programs) include some of the world’s largest, all the way to some of the smallest, including humanitarian programs, all assessed for evidence of project excellence in performing and completing their objectives.

Finally, a number of organizations use PEB as one for PMO groups to assess excellent project delivery.

Get your introduction to the Project Excellence Baseline in this January webinar; learn more about the PEB and the IPMA Award programs at http://www.ipma.world/.

Audience–This Dialogue Series Webinar is for:

* Project Managers who want to know what Project Excellence is all about–and how to develop it. * PMO (Project Management Office) Managers who want smarter ways to evaluate projects and programs you support. * Project Sponsors who know what Project Excellence should “feel like,” but have difficulty achieving it. * Portfolio Managers who expect increased business value–even Excellence, from all your project and program initiatives. * Corporate Executives who need to learn more about the strengths of organizations that deliver Project Excellence.


160110-pmwj42-ipma-usa-IMAGE2 LOGOFounded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a member-driven, not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises.

As the USA member of the International Project Management Association, the world’s first project management professional association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed. Contact: [email protected].


IPMA-USA Says, Save The Date!



Globalized PM Competence conference set for April 13-14, 2016 in Southfield, MI (near Detroit)

9 January 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – IPMA-USA Director of Education Thomas Baumann asks all interested parties to Save the Date for our next major event, April 13-14. Educators, Industry Experts, Executives and Professional Association members will once again join in knowledge exchange. The last time we engaged in this way, in 2011, it was exciting and tremendous learning for all involved. The theme this time is, Managing the Challenges of Synchronizing Global Projects. The agenda for this two-day event is nearly complete, and here are the speakers:

Nation Speaker / Topic
China Dr. Anbang Qi, Nankai University of China: how projects must adapt to underlying cultures of stakeholders, focusing on global companies in China
India Dr. Rajat K. Baisya, international project management expert: the challenges and constraints in developing the right project management expertise within the company with emphasis on global companies in India
Germany Dr. Gerhard Roth, University of Bremen: stress and burn out in a global project world – mechanisms, indicators and management hints – transfer from neuroscience (via Skype)
UK Dr. Mary McKinley, ICCPM: global requirements and comments to establish successful global teams
UK Dr. Miles Shepherd, globally-recognized project and program manager, Vice President of the Association for Project Management: ensuring excellent quality in global project and portfolio management in a global project world
USA David Clements, Brose: global project management career and competencies – how Brose is successful mastering this challenge
USA Kurt Meador, Hella: mastering several cultures and nations in a global project portfolio – the Hella experience in harmonizing intercultural aspects and project needs
USA Dr. Eric Svaan, University of Michigan Ross School of Business: helping industry by providing PM certificates as part of the university education
USA Chris Svensson, Ford Motor Company: global car design projects – the Ford perspective
USA Bruno Welch, CEO and president of Dürr North America:   globalization trends and Dürr’s responses in the project management field
USA Dr. Daw Al-Werfalli Professor of Mechanical Engineering,, Lawrence Technological University:   how educational providers are cooperating with industry to deliver requested project management competences
USA Dr. Joel Carboni – President of IPMA-USA, Founder and President – Green Project Management
USA Dr. Thomas Baumann, CEO and president of Orbitak International LLC:   to lead a panel discussion about successful industry initiatives to manage the complexity and demands of the global project business world

The Venue

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is situated on a campus of over 100 acres, approximately 20 miles from Detroit. It is considered one of the foremost private technological universities, consistently listed among the Top Tier for “Universities–Master’s (Midwest)” by U.S. News & World Report


Lodging Information:

There are several hotels in close proximity to LTU in Southfield, Michigan: Westin Southfield Detroit, Comfort Suites Southfield, SpringHill Suites Detroit Southfield, and Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Southfield.


We are inviting experts, managers, and project managers who –

  • Are responsible or involved in managing and leading their organizations to master the increasing numbers of parallel and international or global projects
  • Are involved in the automotive, manufacturing, IT, health care fields and others who manage multiple sets of cultures within their job scope

Sponsors include: International Project Management Association (IPMA), IPMA-USA, Lawrence Technological University, Engineering Society of Detroit, The Detroit Society of HR Management, Oakland County Development & Community Affairs, German Engineering Society, KM-FEST Platform.


IPMA-USA is a not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises. our Vision: A World where all projects succeed. Contact: [email protected].

Watch the www.IPMA-USA.org website for opening of Registration.