AACE International launches new website



3 November 2016 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE International has announced a newly designed AACE International website. Their new, dynamic, and responsive website will work effectively on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. They have also made the new website faster, more user-friendly, and easier to navigate.

161103-pmwj52-aace-logoof the most noticeable changes in the new website is the navigation, which is separated into five main categories: Membership, Certification, Professional and Technical Resources, Meetings & Events, and About AACE.

The Membership area includes information for potential members on AACE membership options and member benefits.  Members will find information on awards, Sections, and volunteer opportunities. Certifications will guide you through information on all 8 of AACE’s certifications and how to recertify. Professional and Technical Resources includes all of AACE’s technical and educational resources, including access to the technical products and virtual communities. Meetings and Events provides information on the Annual Meeting, other events and information for sponsors and exhibitors. About AACE is where you will find detailed information about the Association including volunteer leaders and staff, and our governing documents.

If you previously bookmarked AACE’s website, you will need to update your bookmarks as the URL has changed for nearly all of the pages. Logging in for the first time will require you to select “forgot password,” which will prompt the system to email your username and password. Once you receive the login credentials, you will be taken to your profile to ensure we have the most up to date information. If you do not have an AACE profile you will be directed to create one.

If you have previously purchased items, you can easily access those products after you login.  First go to “My Products”, then select “your name” in the top right-hand corner. This is AACE’s brand new platform (PATH) where their products and training modules are now hosted. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email AACE Headquarters.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections. AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits. For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

Source: AACE International


Wideman Project Management Website updates announced



1 November 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com. According to Max:

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOLast month we were not able to find a satisfactory definition of the term “project” in our paper “project” in the context of project management. However, more analysis in our latest paper a final conclusion discloses a definition of “project” that clearly disinguishes project work from BaU work.

For our Musings this month, titled: More on Project Management Hierarchies, we are introducing several “ladders” evident within the project management domain itself. These are: Project Management Maturity Levels, Project Management Discipline Levels, and a Purpose Hierarchy of Values. We feel that the relationships between these ladders will help us to understand and develop Project management practice still further in the future.

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.



Jacobs Relocates Global Headquarters to Dallas



24 October 2016 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group, one of America’s largest and best known project services companies, announced today it has moved its headquarters from Pasadena, California to Dallas, expanding its current footprint in downtown Dallas’ Harwood Center (pictured below right). Pasadena served as Jacobs’ headquarters since it was founded by Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs in 1947.

161024-pmwj51-jacobs-hq-imageJacobs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Demetriou recently moved to Dallas along with several other key executives. With the new headquarters, the company employs more than 700 people in its Dallas and Fort Worth offices.

Demetriou said, “Jacobs had a long and successful history in Pasadena and will continue to employ more than 1,500 people in Southern California. Although our headquarters has relocated, we will maintain a strong workforce and office footprint across the state of California where we see ongoing expansion opportunities.

“As we continue to focus on transforming our business in terms of efficiency and high-growth in the engineering and construction industry, our new headquarters location ensures access to top talent and positions Jacobs for convenient access to our clients. In Dallas, we will also benefit from a business friendly economic and cultural environment.”

Throughout the State of Texas, Jacobs employs nearly 4,500 employees working in the Aerospace, Transportation, Water, Aviation, Buildings, Defense, Oil and Gas and Power and Energy industries.

“Texas is already home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, and I am proud to announce today it will be home to one more,” said Governor Abbott. “Because of our robust economic environment, more businesses are choosing to call Texas home. I would like to welcome Jacobs Engineering Group as the latest business to relocate its headquarters from California to the Lone Star State.”

Jacobs has had a presence in Dallas since 1987. The company currently occupies nearly 100,000 square feet at the Harwood Center in downtown.

“This is a remarkable day for the City of Dallas, as we are thrilled to land a headquarters of this stature,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I have no doubt this relocation will help attract a number of smart, young individuals to live and work in our city. On behalf of our City Council, we welcome Jacobs to Dallas.”

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Now based in Dallas, Texas, USA, with offices in 30 countries, Jacobs employs more than 50,000 people around the world. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering



Call for Papers for April 2017 Project Management Conference in Riga



6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States set for 27-28 April 2017 in Riga, Latvia

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

20 October 2016 – Riga, Lavia – The 6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 27-28 April 2017. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia.

The Call for Papers is now open, with abstracts due by 10 December. Authors will be notified by 20 December with papers accepted through 8 March 2017. If you are interested to present or publish your paper you can contact conference coordinators by e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected] By the end of March 2017 registration for listeners and those who wish to present their reports without publication will remain open. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.


The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers.

In 2017 we will have 6th anniversary that the Economics and Management Faculty of the University of Latvia together with the Professional Association of Project managers organize an international conference on project management, gathering professionals from a number of countries.

In 2016 eighteen countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Iran, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Palestine, Iceland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania), and this year several others are expected to join in. The conference aims to host a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

To see list of suggested paper topics and other information about this conference, view the conference brochure here.

This conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers and the Baltic Controlling Institute. The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

For more information, visit the conference website or contact conference coordinators at mailto:[email protected]or [email protected]


ACT-IAC Releases 2016 Presidential Transition Recommendations



Transforming Government Through Technology – A Report for the Next Administration

20 October 2016 – Fairfax, VA, USA – The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), a U.S.-based public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, has announced the release of their transition report containing recommendations for the next administration.

161020-pmwj52-act-iac-logoEffective, innovative use of information technology has revolutionized many private sector business models over the last 20 years. But government has largely failed to keep pace with industry’s business transformation and information technology revolution. The ACT-IAC transition papers, created by teams of private and public sector experts, outline a strategy for change in government based on the skills, practices, and culture that drive success in private sector companies.

“These papers provide a roadmap of actions for the next administration to begin to address the huge gap in effectiveness between public and private sector use of technology to transform business processes,” said Mark Forman and Roger Baker, co-chairs of the ACT-IAC transition effort. “From skilled people to effective management, from cybersecurity to citizen engagement, and from budget to innovation; these papers summarize the challenges government faces, and present considered recommendations for the next administration.”

To download the transition report, click here.

The American Council for Technology (ACT) and Industry Advisory Council (IAC) began in the 1970’s and continues to play a unique and important role in helping government to understand and take advantage of new technologies. Today, ACT-IAC provides an objective and vendor-neutral forum that is trusted by both government and industry.  ACT-IAC remains committed to creating a more effective and efficient government by providing a forum where those who share this vision can work together. More at https://www.actiac.org/



Global Fund and USAID distribute insect nets in Zimbabwe



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

18 October 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The United States government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) supported distribution of 1,785,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to communities in Zimbabwe at risk for malaria in August and September of this year.  This effort, which is coordinated and led by the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), was timed to precede the annual seasonal malaria transmission peaks witnessed during the rainy season.  Correct and consistent use of LLINs is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent malaria.


In picture: A young woman holds long-lasting insecticidal net from a USAID-supported distribution in Mbire District.

As part of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) distributed 938,000 LLINs, which were combined with 847,000 Global Fund-procured nets, to maximize coverage and protection of Zimbabweans while sleeping during peak mosquito biting time.  As a result, 1,785,085 sleeping spaces and even more people are now protected.

USAID Mission Director Stephanie Funk stated, “Ensuring that communities have access to long lasting insecticides is a critical component of USAID’s work to reduce malaria prevalence in Zimbabwe.  The nets we distributed will reduce malaria transmission by protecting the people sleeping under them as well as reducing the number of mosquitoes.”

Malaria is the third leading cause of illness and death in Zimbabwe, with over half of the population living in high risk areas.  However, the coordinated efforts of USAID, the Global Fund, and the NMCP have contributed to substantial progress in Zimbabwe.  The reported cases of malaria decreased from 1.8 million in 2006 to less than 392,000 in 2015 – a 73 percent reduction.

Since 2008, USAID has provided approximately $90 million to prevent and treat malaria in Zimbabwe.  USAID support ensures provision of vital commodities such as LLINs, rapid diagnostic tests, and life-saving medications, while also supporting Zimbabwe’s NMCP to strengthen the health system, conduct operational research, train health care workers, and provide social and behavior change communications support.  USAID also provides technical assistance to the NMCP to implement indoor residual spraying of homes in high burden areas with organophosphate insecticide to protect over 350,000 people from malaria each year.


For more than 30 years, the American people, through USAID, have contributed over $3 billion in assistance to Zimbabwe.  Current projects include initiatives to increase food security, support economic resilience, improve health systems and services, and promote a more democratic system of governance.

About PM Zimbabwe

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

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe



Project Management in Extreme Situations



New CRC book highlights lessons from polar expeditions and other extreme projects

15 October 2016 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of Project Management in Extreme Situations: Lessons from Polar Expeditions, Military and Rescue Operations, and Wilderness ExplorationThe new book from CRC Press in the United States is edited by Monique Aubry and Pascal Lievre.  Monique Aubry is a professor at the School of Management at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada. Pascal Lièvre is an Associate Professor at Clermont University in France.

161015-pmwj51-crc-bookAccording to Routledge, The growing complexity of projects and the uncertainty that reigns in today’s global economy are rendering ineffective traditional project practices and processes. These outdated techniques are based on the premise that knowledge about a project is complete before it ever starts—this is nearly impossible in today’s ever-changing world. New methods are needed to allow projects to adapt to changing conditions. Simply said, project management has to evolve! This book presents the latest steps in this evolution.

To reach the book’s web page, click here.

Monique Aubry, PhD teaches in the master’s programs in project management and executive MBA at UQAM. Her principal research interest bears on Organizing for Projects and its relation to the organizational performance. The results of her work have been published in major academic journals and presented to several international conferences, both research and professional. She is a member of the UQAM Project Management Research Chair and Institute of Health and Society. She is an editor for the Project Management Journal. In 2012, she received the IPMA Research Award for the whole contribution of her research on Project Management Offices. Before joining UQAM, Monique was a project manager in a major Canadian financial group for more than 20 years.

Pascal Lièvre is an Associate Professor in Management Science and has been awarded a research supervision credential from the University of Auvergne in France with the Clermontois Management Research Center, in addition to serving as Research Director of the CRET-LOG Laboratory at the University of Aix-Marseille II. Since 2000, Pascal has been directing a research program dedicated to the Management of Extreme Situations, with a field of investigation that encompasses polar expeditions, fire & rescue services, and the exploration of high mountainous areas. He has already published 5 books and written articles on this topic. In June 2009, Pascal organized a symposium at the UQAM University in Montreal, which served as the basis for a special issue in the Project Management Journal.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of formats.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm. Project management titles available from CRC and other Routledge publishers can be found here.



APM Royal Charter moves forward in UK



Privy Council decision represents significant step towards charter status

14 October 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced a significant step towards achieving Chartered status. The Privy Council considered the application at its meeting on 12 October 2016 and has now issued an Order of Grant. This has triggered a process which will see the association awarded a Royal Charter, which will be printed on vellum and sealed.

161014-pmwj51-apm-logoOnce the Charter has been sealed APM will implement the procedural, legal and accounting transition to re-constitute itself as a Chartered body during 2017.

At the association’s AGM on 21 November 2016, members will consider a resolution to transfer the assets and liabilities of the existing charity to a new Chartered Body Corporate. Once constituted the new body will conduct a public consultation on the criteria for admission to its planned register of Chartered project professionals.

APM has maintained a commitment to achieving Chartered status to raise standards of project delivery, enhance the status of the profession to improve our economy and society, and facilitate collaboration and research to develop the practice and theory of delivering beneficial change.

Background information on APM’s application for a Royal Charter

Briefing update on APM’s Charter application

Road to Professionalism: the timeline of APM’s application for a Royal Charter

Visit the Privy Council website for more information about Chartered status

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 500 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


AfDB approves 570 million rand for affordable housing in South Africa



12 October 2016 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Pretoria, South Africa – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced  approval of a Senior Loan of ZAR 570 million to South Africa’s Housing Investment Partners Trust 2 -HIP2), also known as Vulumnyango Trust, to help finance affordable housing programmes in the country. The loan will help improve access to long-term affordable housing finance to South Africa’s lower-middle income earners currently with limited opportunities to access affordable mortgages.


It will also consolidate the growth of a strong affordable housing sector within South Africa. The project provides a demonstration effect of tapping local currency capital from Africa’s premier development bank, local asset managers and a State Owned Enterprise to foster South Africa’s economic growth through affordable housing. The project also reduces fiscal pressures on the South African government in respect of housing for a specific market segment and enables HIP2 to mobilize funding from other sources, including eventual access to South Africa’s capital markets.

Although South Africa is one of the more developed economies in Africa, the country still faces acute shortage of affordable housing in its main urban areas, estimated at 3 million units in 2014. This has resulted in more than 2,600 informal settlements springing up around 70 of South Africa’s major urban areas, making it very difficult for the government to reduce inequality and achieve inclusive growth targets.

Despite several government direct interventions in the sector, especially through the Reconstruction and Development (RDP) program which between 1994 and 2015 delivered over 2.9 million low cost houses for vulnerable and low income households, the housing needs of the lower-middle income earning households (otherwise referred to as the Gap Market) remain huge and unaddressed. HIP 2, which has now raised ZAR1.82 billion from National Housing Finance Company, Old Mutual Group, Futuregrowth and AfDB is targeting at offering more than 4,000 affordable mortgages to South Africa’s lower-middle income earners.

The intervention will generate other significant benefits including moving 2,500 – 6,500 out of informal settlements and create about 3,250 permanent jobs mainly for the youth. Overall, financing 4,386 affordable housing units is expected to generate over 10,000 jobs, including 950 – 1,296 direct jobs for women.

For more information about this story, click here.

For more about AfDB funded projects in South Africa, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/south-africa/

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

Source: African Development Bank



27 new works by 33 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 1852 project management articles, papers & other works by 813 different authors in more than 60 countries

10 October 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 27 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 33 different authors in 11 different countries were published in the October 2016 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 over 1850 original works by more than 810 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 33 authors this month, 13 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This month’s journal contains some outstanding featured papers by serious researchers in Kenya, Latvia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Alan Stretton has authored another serious work, also included as a featured paper this month. And Mario and Joseph Kossmann have contributed an interesting paper on the application of game theory to project design.

New authors in September include Joachim Adebayo Adenusi (Nigeria/UK), Abiola Adeyemo (Nigeria), Alejandro Arroyo (Nigeria), Schenita Floyd (USA), Charlie Green (USA), Thomas Grisham (USA/Switzerland), Joseph Kossmann (UK), Suzanne Mallette (USA), Tatenda Goodman Nhapi (Zimbabwe), Raphael Ondeko Nyonje (Kenya), Paul Amollo Odundo (Kenya), Christian Azuka Olele (Nigeria) and Charles Mallans Rambo (Kenya). New works from 20 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The series articles this month are also very interesting,” Pells adds. “The advisory and commentary articles should be of interest to some readers, as I’m sure the reports will be. The interview provided by Ipek Ozguler in Turkey was great to see, since I know Murat Erkan from our meetings years ago at conferences in Istanbul. Finally, I refer all readers to the second editions this month, all three on relatively hot or new topics in the PM field – agile, lean and smart machines. This month’s journal was fun to produce!”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,000 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 digital 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 or LinkedIn.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free although registration may be required. See the Scholar Membership for access to major databases of business books, magazines, journals and other resources. If you have any comments or questions, contact [email protected].



Multilateral Bank chiefs renew pledge to deliver ambitious new development agenda



10 October 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – The Heads of the world’s leading Multilateral Development Banks underscored their commitment to delivering on their ambitious goals for the Development Agenda to 2030.


In a statement issued in Washington, D.C. on 9 October on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) they pledged to redouble their efforts to scale-up financing for development and their capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in 2015 by leveraging, mobilizing, and catalysing resources at all levels. Noting that official assistance flows would not suffice to finance the “trillion dollar” 2030 Agenda, the MDBs reaffirmed their commitment to deepen and widen their partnerships with both the private and public sectors.

“We will individually and collectively bring in emerging and existing global, regional, sub-regional and national partner institutions and, together, contribute to the success of the 2030 Agenda, helping countries to leverage the financing and knowledge of the MDBs and the IMF to address their most pressing development challenges and, as such, contribute to achieving the transformative outcomes that the SDGs entail,” the MDB Heads’ statement concluded.

Link to the full statement

Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development



IT Project Management: A Geek’s Guide to Leadership



New book from CRC Press addresses leadership in the IT industry

4 October 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled IT Project Management: A Geek’s Guide to Leadership, by Byron A. Love. This book addresses leadership issues in the IT industry to help IT practitioners lead from the lowest level. Unlike other leadership books that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership, this book focuses on the unique challenges that IT practitioners face.

161004-pmwj51-crc-bookIT project managers may manage processes and technologies, but people must be led. The IT industry attracts people who think in logical ways—analytical types who have a propensity to place more emphasis on tasks and technology than on people. This has led to leadership challenges such as poor communication, poor relationship management, and poor stakeholder engagement. Critical IT projects and programs have failed because IT leaders neglect the people component of “people, process, and technology.”

Communications skills are key to leadership. This book features an in-depth discussion of the communications cycle and emotional intelligence, providing geek leaders with tools to improve their understanding of others and to help others understand them. To transform a geek into a geek leader, this book also discusses:

  • Self-leadership skills so geek leaders know how to lead others by leading themselves first
  • Followership and how to cultivate it among team members
  • How a geek leader’s ability to navigate disparate social styles leads to greater credibility and influence
  • Integrating leadership into project management processes

The book concludes with a case study to show how to put leadership principles and practices into action and how an IT geek can transform into an effective IT geek leader.

Byron A. Love has more than 31 years of experience in information technology, working in positions ranging from systems administrator, to applications and database developer, to project and program manager. He retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves as a Communications and Information Systems Officer after 21 years of service. Mr. Love holds an MBA from Averett University, a BA in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College. He holds Program Management Professional (PgMP®), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), CompTIA Project+, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation certificates. He is employed as the Senior Director of IT Programs for Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. and serves as chairman of the Unity Economic Development Corporation

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/IT-Project-Management-A-Geeks-Guide-to-Leadership/Love/p/book/9781498736503

crc-pressCRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

Source: CRC Press



Fluor and ABB Form Alliance to Deliver Large EPC Substation Projects Globally



Alliance combines ABB’s leading market position in power technologies with Fluor’s expertise in delivering large EPC projects

4 October 2016 – Irving, Texas, USA – Fluor Corporation has announced that it has formed a global strategic alliance with ABB for the execution of large turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) electrical substation projects. By combining ABB’s world leading technology and its market leadership position in power transmission and distribution with Fluor’s expertise and experience in delivering large EPC projects, the alliance will help to meet the evolving needs of power grids across the world for safe, reliable and state-of-the-art electrical substations.

“Fluor’s new global strategic alliance with ABB targeting the substation market will bring unique synergies to our Power clients,” said David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor. “This approach exemplifies our focus on addressing client needs with our unique integrated solutions offering.”

“We are proud to partner with Fluor to tap the vast opportunities of the ongoing energy revolution and the related power infrastructure investments. Together, we will grow our businesses by complementing each other’s strengths for unique customer services for large substation projects,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “Strategic alliances like this are a core pillar of our Next Level strategy and help us to drive growth while mitigating risk.”

Substations are key elements in power grid infrastructure that facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They control and protect power flows, connect power stations to the grid, and link transmission and distribution networks as well as end consumers.

ABB is a world leader in air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,200 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

“This global alliance with Fluor reinforces our strategic focus on developing new business models as part of the ongoing transformation of our business for enhanced customer value,” said Claudio Facchin, ABB president, Power Grids division.

Both parties will work together to formalize the partnership before year end.

About Fluor

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. For more than a century, Fluor has served our clients by delivering innovative and integrated solutions across the globe. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 155 on the FORTUNE 500 list with revenue of $18.1 billion in 2015 and has more than 60,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.fluor.com

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. For more than four decades, ABB is writing the future of industrial digitalization. With more than 70 million devices connected through its installed base of more than 70,000 control systems across all customer segments, ABB is ideally positioned to benefit from the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a heritage of more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. More at www.abb.com

Source: Fluor Corporation


Wideman Website updates announced for October 2016



1 October 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOThis month our Musings looks at green project management and questions just exactly what does the “green” part of the label mean, and to what extent is it really relevant to managing a project?

You would think that Defining the term “project” in the context of project management would be fundamental to understanding the workings of the PM discipline. Unfortunately, such is not the case. A recent blog by Dr. Lynda Bourne describes the history, the problem and how that could be solved.

So our Paper this month picks up on Lynda’s work and tries to take it a step further by analyzing the pronouncements of 34 different sources extracted from the Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms. The findings are instructive but a final recommendation still eludes us.

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.


PMSA Biennial Conference in Johannesburg approaches



PMSA 2016 national project management conference set for 9-11 November

1 October 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will hold their 2016 biennial national conference under the theme of “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg, Gauteng during 9-11 November 2016. To access the conference website, click here.


The speed of change is increasing exponentially, often to the detriment of organisations who struggle to determine which change is applicable and how to manage it to their benefit. Many see “innovation” as the solution. The call is often for creativity and a shift in culture which will enable leaders and employees to optimise change. But how to achieve this is the question.

Project management provides the ideal environment in which to harness innovation. It requires project managers’ skills sets to include the ability and know-how to encourage and develop creative thinking to achieve results within the parameters set by the project. It’s about developing the ability to marry the traditionally structured, output-driven project management approach with “out-of-the-box thinking. The PMSA 2016 Conference aims to aid project managers in developing their own innovative skills which they can apply to their teams, as well as to intrinsically innovative projects that they have to manage.

This year’s PMSA National Conference features its popular, traditional programme format on Day 1 and 2 offering delegates hard hitting keynote addresses, thought provoking plenary sessions and breakaway streams looking at case studies, industry best practices and research papers exploring the overarching theme. On Day 3 of the conference PMSA brings its own fresh, innovative take on the programme and introduces a highly interactive expo bringing together representatives of stakeholders in the professional development of project managers at various career stages. Short, punchy, focussed talks every hour will put across the need-to-know best practice information that can guide your journey. Take a look at the Programme at a Glance for more information here.

Project 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 over 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis.  For more information, visit www.projectmanagement.org.za or contact [email protected].

Source: Project Management South Africa


City of Bulawayo launches $37m water, sewerage project



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

1 October 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s second largest urban local authority, Bulawayo City Council has launched a $37 million water and sewerage services project aimed at improving service delivery and curbing environmental pollution from raw sewage.


The programme, co-funded by the government and the African Development Bank (AfDB), is expected to run until 2019.

Speaking at the launch of the programme at a local city hotel on 27 September 2016, AfDB representative Eskendir Demise said they chipped in with funding following a request from Zimbabwe. “These are lofty, big, desirable outcomes, but achieving them requires a sustained effort by municipal authorities through overhauling the service provision and this project will be a catalyst for that to happen,” Demise said.

Bulawayo Mayor Martin Moyo said the injection of $37 075 000 would help the local authority reduce non-revenue water, frequent burst pipes, environmental pollution and sewer bursts.

“The City of Bulawayo, like many local authorities in the country, was affected by many years of under-investment in maintaining its water and sewerage infrastructure due to economic challenges,” he said. “The city is also further affected by limited water resources as a result of drought and despite these factors, the revenue collected by the local authority is not at 100%, as the rest is lost through leaks and burst pipes.”

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Eunice Sandi-Moyo, in a speech read on her behalf, said the AfDB grant was “one of the biggest channelled towards water and sanitation infrastructure in Zimbabwe”. “The partnership highlights the Government’s commitment towards sustainable infrastructure in line with Government’s economic blue print, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation (ZimAsset),” she said.

“Sustainable water and sewerage infrastructure is key in ensuring economic growth and repositioning Zimbabwe in the region and African continent. Water and sewerage infrastructure depletion has become a major challenge for our urban areas, leading to pollution of water bodies and contaminated drinking water.” Sandi-Moyo said pipe bursts had led to untreated sewage being deposited into water bodies on a daily basis. “Addressing this problem is also a key component in ensuring that we have industry that is viable and able to grow,” she said. “Damages to the environment, through poor sewage systems in some cases across the world, have been catastrophic. Cleaning up the environment is a costly exercise, as toxins are very difficult to clean up.”

According to the official Zimbabwe Government National statistics from the population census carried out in 2012, the City of Bulawayo has a population of slightly over 650 000 and about 96% of the households in this population currently have access to clean water.

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

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


PRINCE2 Agile ® Certification now Easier to Obtain



PRINCE2 Agile® prerequisite updated to open certification up to millions of project managers worldwide

30 September 2016 – London, UK – Based on community feedback and the results of a successful pilot, AXELOS has taken the decision to lower the prerequisite for PRINCE2 Agile to PRINCE2® Foundation level in addition to a number of other recognized project management certifications. This means the door has been opened to millions of business professionals who are now eligible to take the PRINCE2 Agile qualification.

160930-pmwj51-axelos-logoPRINCE2 Agile combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of the world’s most recognized project management method, PRINCE2. It is supported by a manual, training, an examination and a globally recognized qualification.

Until today PRINCE2 Agile was only available to project managers with a current PRINCE2 Practitioner certification. Following a successful pilot in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, AXELOS is extending the trial globally, meaning PRINCE2 Agile training is now open to anyone with the PRINCE2 Foundation certification. This expansion will commence from the 1st October and is initially set to run until the end of 2017.

AXELOS has also opened PRINCE2 Agile up to other project management professionals who hold qualifications awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA), in recognition of the level of competence and understanding demonstrated by the candidates who hold these certifications.

Therefore in order to take PRINCE2 Agile, a candidate must hold only one of the below qualifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)

Nikos Paxos, AXELOS head of product experience, said: “The challenges faced by professionals today are becoming more varied and adopting Agile techniques is a perfect fit to help address these new demands. People appreciate the flexibility and the potential to deliver results sooner, which working in an agile way brings. That is why we have seen an increasing number of PRINCE2 Practitioners apply agile concepts to their project delivery.

“We believe that the update to the prerequisite will enable more organizations and end learners to benefit from adopting a more Agile approach to their business.”

The official PRINCE2 Agile publication is available via the AXELOS Store and training courses and exams, which can be taken either in a classroom or online, can be booked now with an Accredited Training Organization via the AXELOS Training Partner Finder. To celebrate this announcement, throughout October AXELOS is running PRINCE2 Agile Month, which involves a range of activities and offers. Until the 3rd November AXELOS’ official publisher TSO, is offering one month’s free subscription to the online version of PRINCE2 Agile as well as 25% of the hard copy of the official guidance. To find out more about the month, please visit www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2-Agile-Month from the 3rd October.

For more information on PRINCE2 Agile please go to: www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2agile


AXELOS is a joint venture company co-owned by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Capita plc. It is responsible for developing, enhancing and promoting a number of best practice methodologies used globally by professionals working primarily in project, programme and portfolio management, IT service management and cyber resilience.  The methodologies, including ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP® and the new collection of cyber resilience best practice products, RESILIA™, are adopted in more than 150 countries to improve employees’ skills, knowledge and competence in order to make both individuals and organizations work more effectively.  Visit www.AXELOS.com or contact [email protected].

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Source: AXELOS



Managing and Working in Project Society wins PMI 2016 Literature Award



Book by European researchers wins coveted PMI David I Cleland Project Management Literature Award as PMI book of the year

28 September 2016 – Philadelphia, USA and Cambridge, UK – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the book Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations has won the prestigious PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award for 2016.  The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

160928-pmwj51-2016-bookManaging and Working in Project Society is co-authored by professors Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden; Tim Brady, CENTRIM, University of Brighton, UK; Eskil Ekstedt, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Christophe Midler, CRG, École Polytechnique in Paris, France; and Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

In this book, leading authorities on project organizing explore the growing deployment of projects and other types of temporary organizations, with a focus on the challenges created by projectification. The way projects are coordinated and handled influences the success of innovation and change within organizations and is critical for strategic development in our societies, yet it is often at odds with the institutions of traditional industrial society.

Drawing on both theoretical perspectives and real-world cases, this book sheds light on the transformation toward a project society and explores the effects, opportunities, and conflicts it has created. As change continues, the authors make a case for renewing institutions and mind-sets and provide a foundation from which to discuss societal changes for the future. This is an invaluable book for researchers and students in project management and organizational theory programs, as well as professionals involved in the management of projects.

More about this book can be found at http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107077652

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, the world’s oldest publishing house (est. 1534) and the second-largest university press in the world (after Oxford University Press). With publishing hubs and offices in more than 40 countries, it publishes over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries. Its publishing includes academic journals, monographs, reference works, textbooks, and English-language teaching and learning publications.  For more, visit http://www.cambridge.org/

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.



PMI announces new Officers and Board of Directors



27 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) announced its 2017 Officers and Board of Directors at the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America this past weekend in San Diego, California. This governing body of PMI is elected by PMI’s membership to serve three-year terms. Four directors are then elected by their colleagues to serve as PMI’s Officers.

160927-pmwj51-pmi-logoThe following individuals have been elected as Officers and Governance Committee for the 2017 PMI Board of Directors:

  • Chair: Mark Dickson, MBA, PMP, FAICD
  • Vice Chair: Caterina La Tona, BCS, PMP, PfMP
  • Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Performance Oversight Committee (APOC): Jennifer Tharp, PMP
  • Chair of the Strategy Development Oversight Committee: Cecil White, MBA, EdD, PMP

The following directors have been elected for the 2017-2019 term of service:

  • Margareth Carniero, MBA, MSc, PMP
  • Tony Appleby, MBA, GRCA, PMP
  • Teresa Knudson, MBA, CPA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
  • Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP
  • Thomas Walenta, PMP, PMI Fellow

The following directors will continue to serve in 2017:

  • Randy Black, P. Eng., PMP
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Wagner Maxsen, PMP, PMI-RMP
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, MBA, PMP – Immediate Past Chair
  • Kathleen Romero, MBA, PMP, CSM, and SAFePM/PO
  • W. Stephen Sawle, PE, CMC, PgMP, PMP, PgMP

About PMI

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute



DOE’s National Synchrotron Light Source II wins PMI Project of the Year Award



26 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) project has been awarded the profession’s highest accolade — the 2016 PMI Project of the Year Award.

The ten-year, US$912 million project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York has resulted in creation of the world’s most powerful photon microscope. The microscope creates X-rays that allow scientists to see how materials in systems — such as batteries or fuel cells — behave at the nano-level while operating in real-world conditions.


Image: NSLS-II from above, courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

PMI’s Project of the Year Award recognizes the large (budgets of US$100 million or more) and complex project that best delivers superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society. This year’s award was presented in San Diego, California as part of PMI’s annual Professional Awards Gala the PMI® Global Congress 2016 — North America.

The ambitious design for NSLS-II centered around a light source that would be 10,000 times brighter and five times larger than the lab’s original facility. When the project began in 2005, the specifications were state-of-the-art, and the project team soon discovered that vendors had difficulty meeting the lab’s demanding requirements. The microscope’s electron beam, for example, must vibrate no more than 25 nanometers in any direction — 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

The team worked with the advisory committees to identify which requirements could be relaxed without compromising performance and held regular workshops with global scientific stakeholders throughout the project cycle to ensure the facility would achieve best-in-class status. By the time the project was completed in March 2015, it was six months ahead of schedule and under budget. An additional $US68 million in scope enhancements was made possible through careful planning and cost management across the ten-year span.

“The NSLS-II project gives researchers worldwide an incubator for the development of knowledge in science and technology that addresses pressing problems facing humanity today, and will continue to drive innovation,” said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of PMI.  “By honoring this project as the 2016 Project of the Year recipient, we honor sound project management practices at their finest, and we provide an example of project and program success that other project managers can use in their own organizations and industries.  Congratulations to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the Brookhaven National Laboratory on this achievement.”

The nature of the project made it critical to mitigate the risks that come with innovation, noted Dr. Steven Dierker, PhD, former project director for the NSLS-II project and now a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Collaboration with industry experts produced a comprehensive risk registry that could be managed proactively throughout the process.

The Department of Energy expects the NSLS-II to drive innovation for the next 30 years, a result of the project’s team close collaboration with facility end users and its commitment to long-range planning throughout the project cycle.  To learn more about the NSLS-II project and facility, go to https://www.bnl.gov/ps/nsls2/about-NSLS-II.php

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, go to www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute