Leading and Managing Innovation by Russ & Shane Archibald published by CRC Press



Late Breaking News

Second edition explains what every executive team must know about project, program, and portfolio management

10 March 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has published the second edition of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management by Russel and Shane Archibald.

160310-pmwj44-archibald-BOOKPublished in December, this new edition of this short but important book describes how effective project management can substantially improve innovation and strategic execution in an enterprise. The book also explains how to use a project management office to lead effective innovation and presents a list of 31 demands that senior executives must place on their staff members to ensure excellent project management.

A primary cause of many project failures is that responsible executives, because of their lack of knowledge about project management, fail to demand that their managers and staff properly utilize well-proven best practices, processes, systems, and tools that are now available in this field. This book remedies this situation by providing executives at all levels with the understanding and knowledge needed to best take advantage of the power of effective project management and thereby lead and manage innovations within their enterprise.

Russell Archibald is a globally recognized author, consultant, and lecturer on project management with a career spanning more than 65 years. He has broad international experience in engineering, operations, program and project management as Management Consultant (Archibald Associates, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, CPM Systems, Inc.), Corporate Executive (Bendix, ITT), and Military/Aerospace leader (USAF Senior Pilot, Hughes Aircraft, Aerojet-General.) He has consulted to a wide variety of large and small organizations in many industries worldwide.

Russ is a Fellow and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) (member No. 6, one of the five original members) and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM) in the UK. He holds Bachelor of Science (University of Missouri, 1948) and Master of Science (University of Texas, Austin, 1956) degrees in Mechanical Engineering. As a pioneer in the field, Russ received an honorary PhD in strategy, program, and project management from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lille (ESC-Lille), France, in 2005, and earned the Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling in 2006.

Shane Archibald has 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of advanced, integrated project management processes and systems on large, complex projects and programs in several industries and governmental agencies. Most recently, he implemented the first phase of Project Controls applications and procedures for a large, international, heavy equipment design-manufacture-installation corporation, including advanced planning, scheduling, cost management, contract management, change management, and risk management processes

For more about this book, click here or go to https://www.crcpress.com/Leading-and-Managing-Innovation-What-Every-Executive-Team-Must-Know-about/Archibald-Archibald/9781498751209

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 accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

Source: CRC Press



Final Call for Papers for 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in USA



Presenters can attend 2-day conference free and receive up to 16 PDUs

29 February 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – Abstracts for proposed papers to be presented at the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium are due by Monday, 14 March 2016. The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in the Naveen Jindal School of Management in Richardson, Texas, USA. Theme of 2016 conference is ‘Project Management: A Key to Business Success’

150624-pmwj36-early-UTD IMAGEThe two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

Abstracts are requested for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues project managers face today, including the following:

  • Innovative Program/Project Management
  • Project Management’s Impact on the Bottom Line
  • Team Collaboration and Virtual Teams
  • Portfolio Management and Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Project Management
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Program/Project Management Offices (PMOs)
  • Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management
  • Solving Project Complexity
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Topics should be aimed at industries and areas of interest relevant to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, New Product Development, Oil and Gas, Sports, and Public Projects and Programs. Those whose abstracts are selected will be expected to complete the paper, attend the symposium and make a formal presentation as identified in the final program schedule. Note that presenters can attend for free (a $450 value) and can receive up to 16 PDUs for PMP recertification.

Abstracts with bio and photo are due by Monday, March 14, 2015

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Speaker Application form are available online at http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/ or for more information, contact [email protected] or +1-972-883-2656.

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

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

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


Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for March 2016



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

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOThis month our Book Review looks at Bridging the Business-Project Divide: Techniques for Reconciling Business-as-Usual and Project Cultures by John Brinkworth. John provides a thorough description of the two cultures, that of the Business-as-Usual cohort and likewise that of the project management people. At the same time, this book explains how to connect the two, and thereby ensure a successful project outcome.

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.



5th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States



Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

29 February 2016 – Riga, Latvia – The 5th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 14-15 April 2016. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia.

160229-pmwj44-5th-RIGAThe Professional Project Managers Association (PVPA) together with the University of Latvia are organizing already the fifth international conference on project management, giving practical and theoretical specialists from various countries the opportunity to exchange their opinions on practical and theoretical aspects of project management. Such exchange of knowledge and opinions enables us to develop project management as a professional activity not only within an individual country, but on an international level as well.

The Call for Papers remains open, with papers accepted through 8 March 2016. However if you are interested to present or publish your paper you can contact conference coordinators by e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

By the end of March registration for listeners and those who wish to present their reports without publication still remain. 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.

Conference language is English. Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

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

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts. The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed.

Benefits and reasons for joining the conference:

  1. Meet the professionals, scientists and Ph.D. students in Project Management and listen to their experience from different countries all over the world
  2. As PMP, PMI-ACP or other PMI certified professionals you could earn PDU’s to be claim for maintaining your certification
  3. Publish your research paper in conference proceeding book with ISBN number and direct indexing with EBSCO.
  4. Selected papers will be considered to publish on Project Management World Journal (PMWJ). The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries. Contents of the PMWJ will be included in EBSCO’s Business Source Complete databases.
  5. Enlarge your network with new professional peers
  6. Widen your knowledge from European top Project Management speakers
  7. Stand up from the crowd and make your voice heard in interactive discussions
  8. Increase your sociability by gaining new friends who share the same ideas as yours
  9. Get the latest information about growing your professional career
  10. Help the Project Management community to grow and to have a stronger voice

This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large-scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization.

To see full news announcement, click 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 [email protected] or [email protected]


Dr. Timur Narbaev in Kazakhstan named International Academic Advisor for PM World



Head of MS Program in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University joins academic advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

20 February 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan– PM World has announced that Dr. Timur Narbaev has joined the organization’s academic advisory council for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Dr Narbaev (PhD, PMP®, Aff.M.ASCE) is an Associate Professor with the International School of Economics (an affiliate center of the London School of Economics, UK) and Business School at Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU), Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is a director of the KBTU MS Program in Supply Chain and Project Management.

160218 - Narbaev PHOTO 150xDr. Narbaev lectures on project management related courses, research methods, and statistics. His research interests are in the area of project management (earned value management, PM maturity, risk management, public-private partnerships) and decision science tools (AHP/ANP, system dynamics, growth models) applied to various social, economic, managerial and engineering systems. In 2014, he was nominated and finalist for the IPMA 2014 Young Researcher Award.

He also provides consultancy services in market forecasting and risk management for oil & gas and construction industries and is the British Council trainer. He reviews for Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management, International Journal of Project Management, Construction Management and Economics, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.

Prior to joining KBTU, Timur worked as a research fellow at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), project manager for the EU Tempus programme and a construction manager for building industry. He received his BSc and MSc in Construction Management from the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction (Uzbekistan) and PhD in Production Systems (with focus on Project management) from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

Kazakh-British Technical University

Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) is a research and educational institution located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Founded in 2001, KBTU is one of the most prestigious research and education institutions in the CIS region. Within such a short period of time, KBTU has become the #1 ranked Technical University and a vigorous leader in Kazakhstani Higher Technical Education. KBTU’s research in the main sectors of the Kazakhstani economy – oil & gas, information technologies & telecommunications, economics, banking & finance – positions the institution to be an integral part of the engine that drives Kazakhstan.

KBTU is a 100% English-language based Technical University in Kazakhstan with 1,800 undergraduates, 270 master and 70 PhD students. KBTU is the first and only Kazakhstani university with internationally accredited IT programs by the US agency Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, USA). It is also the first and only Kazakhstani university to receive an international accreditation for its Oil & Gas and Chemical Engineering programs in the UK by the Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST, UK). KBTU Business School programs are recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Its International School of Economics is the only affiliate center of the London School of Economics (UK) in the region.

KBTU’s MSc in Supply Chain and Project Management program provides a state-of-the-art education that enhances students’ knowledge and experience and prepares them for successful careers in the fields of supply chain and project management.

The program emphasizes the application of theory into practice, helping students develop key competencies and transferable skills to respond to current and emerging challenges in the field. Participants critically engage with standards, principles, and best practices and learn through real-life projects and case studies drawn from various industries.

Sectors represented include but are not limited to oil & gas, construction & infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, government & public, information technology & services where the project management profession has traditionally played a pivotal role. The program is designed for graduates entering industry, professionals currently working but desiring to enhance their skills and qualifications, and people looking to move into these fields. The program is multi-disciplinary covering a mix of principal and advanced facets of supply chain and project management across all industry sectors.

According to David Pells, managing editor of the PM World Journal, “We are honored to have Dr. Narbaev join our academic advisory team. He authored an important paper last year on the maturity of project management in Kazakhstan and is very knowledgeable on the status of the PM profession there. We have communicated numerous times in recent months, he has referred students to our internship program, and I am impressed with efforts at his university to teach international project management standards and best practices to young Kazakh professionals.“

According to Dr. Narbaev, “I am happy to join PM World’s academic advisory team. Their journal and library are great resources for our students; closer cooperation will bring more visibility to our MS program and help improve project management education in Kazakhstan. This should also be useful for organizations and industries in our country.”

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


NNSA’s G2 Program Management Information System wins Excellence in Enterprise Information Award



Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) award represents first such recognition for NNSA and DOE

17 February 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has received the 2015 Association for Enterprise Information’s (AFEI) Excellence in Enterprise Information Award for the agency’s state-of-the-art program management information system, known as G2. An awards ceremony was held February 16, at which Dave Chesebrough, the president of AFEI, presented the award to NNSA leadership.

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The G2 team and the 2015 Association for Enterprise Information’s (AFEI) Excellence in Enterprise Information Award

NNSA’s innovative system is designed to optimize investments of taxpayer funded infrastructure recapitalization, maintenance, and safety, and support nuclear nonproliferation activities in the most cost-effective manner. NNSA uses Agile IT development practices to deploy G2 enhancements every seven weeks. G2 has given NNSA the ability to analyze key data in a holistic manner on the scale of $2 billion in annual investment decisions.

“The enterprise contribution is impressive,” said James McConnell, Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety, Infrastructure & Operations. “From congressional leaders who set budgets to facility operators, NNSA’s G2 system drives risk-based decisions at the enterprise level. Defensibility, traceability, and risk-based decision-making are now the norm at NNSA. We are proud to receive the AFEI excellence award.”

The 900-plus current users of the system track 19,000 actions per month in scope, schedule, and financial data including geo-spatial information (maps, diagrams, photos, inventory and condition) with process automated change control, business rules and notifications. Mobile phone and tablet applications are used to complement on-line desk top services so that customers from NNSA Headquarters, Field Offices and DOE sites can have access to enterprise information in real-time 24/7.

160217-pmwJ43-G2-LOGOcollects data used to manage infrastructure risks at NNSA sites, including information on the condition of infrastructure and the consequence of potential loss of assets to the NNSA mission. This information is used to perform network analysis to evaluate the interconnection of dependent assets and provide visualization for data-driven, risk-informed decision-making.

AFEI is a not-for-profit organization under the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Formed in 1919, NDIA has over 50 chapters across the United States dedicated to connecting defense professionals from private industry, government, military, and first responders to share policy, logistics, acquisition, manufacturing, program management, and work force best practices. NDIA also publishes the magazine, the National Defense. AFEI is an affiliation of NDIA that specializes in issues associated with the generation, use, and protection of enterprise information. AFEI focuses on understanding the complex issues created by rapidly changing technology. Each year AFEI recognizes the contributions made by government and business organizations towards achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in the application of technology to improve business and operational performance.

In 2010 the G2 project received the Distinguished Project Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is the world’s largest professional membership organization for project managers.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.

Source: National Nuclear Security Administration          

Cuba and USA restore scheduled Air Service



16 February 2016 – Havana, Cuba – Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin, Cuban Minister of Transportation Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez and President of the Cuban Civil Aviation Institute (IACC), Ministry of Transportation Colonel Alfredo Cordero Puig signed an arrangement that provides for the re-establishment of scheduled air services between the United States and Cuba.

160216-pmwj43-cuba-IMAGEImmediately following the signing, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) invited U.S. air carriers to apply for an allocation of the new opportunities to provide scheduled passenger and cargo flights.

“We are excited to announce the availability of new scheduled air service opportunities to Cuba for U.S. carriers, shippers, and the traveling public, and we will conduct this proceeding in a manner designed to maximize public benefits,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

In 2014, the Obama Administration announced its intention to re-establish diplomatic relations and embark on a process of normalization with Cuba.  Less than one year later, in December 2015, after several months of negotiations, the governments of the United States and Cuba concluded negotiations on a non-legally binding arrangement to re-establish scheduled air services between the two countries.  This new arrangement will facilitate visits for travelers that fall under one of 12 categories authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  It also represents a major step forward in President Obama’s policy of engagement with Cuba.  There have been no scheduled flights between the United States and Cuba for over half a century.

The new arrangement provides each country with the opportunity to operate up to 20 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and Havana.  The arrangement also provides each country with the opportunity to operate up to 10 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and each of Cuba’s nine other international airports, providing U.S. carriers with the opportunity to operate up to a total of 110 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and Cuba.  The arrangement does not limit charter services, meaning that no DOT allocation procedures are needed and charter flights can continue as before.

Today’s order invites applications from U.S. carriers and initiates a proceeding for DOT to select which U.S. carriers will be able to offer scheduled flights to Cuba, and from which U.S. points.  In making its selection, the Department will consider which proposals will offer and maintain the best service to the traveling and shipping public.  The Department recognizes the eagerness of U.S. carriers to take advantage of these new Cuba opportunities, and intends to reach a final decision as expeditiously as possible.

DOT’s order states that applications are due March 2, 2016; answers to applications are due March 14, 2016; and replies to those answers are due March 21, 2016.  Interested parties may track the progress of the case and view the publicly available documents at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2016-0021.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/.

Source: US Department of Transportation

Project Management ToolBox by Martinelli and Milosevic



Updated book from Wiley addresses tools and techniques for practicing project managers

15 February 2015 – New York, USA – John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of America’s largest publishers of technical, educational and management books, has announced the publication of Project Management ToolBox: Tools and Techniques for the Practicing Project Manager, Second Edition by Russ Martinelli and Dragan Z. Milosevic.

160215-pmwj43-pm-toolbox-BOOKProject Management ToolBox: Tools and Techniques for the Practicing Project Manager, Second Edition offers a succinct explanation of when, where, and how to use project management resources to enhance your work. With updated content that reflects key advances in the project management field, including planning, implementation, control, cost, and scheduling, this revised text offers added material that covers relevant topics, such as agility, change management, governance, reporting, and risk management.

This comprehensive resource provides a contemporary set of tools, explaining each tool’s purpose and intention, development, customization and variations, and benefits and disadvantages. Additionally, examples, tips, and milestone checks guide you through the application of these tools, helping you practically apply the information you learn.

Effective project management can support a company in increasing market share, improving the quality of products, and enhancing customer service. With so many aspects of project management changing as the business world continues to evolve, it is critical that you stay up to date on the latest topics in this field.

Russ J. Martinelli has served as a program manager at Intel, Loral, and Lockheed Martin, and is a founder of the Program Management Academy. He also provides training and consulting services to companies in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Dragan Z. Milosevic, PhD, PMP has been an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology Management at Portland State University (Oregon), a consultant and trainer, and has conducted seminars in many parts of the world. He is the author of multiple books and dozens of papers on the subject of project management

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. To see their recent project management books, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html




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.


Joint RICS and APM Project Leadership Conference 2016



APM and RICS will be jointly hosting a project leadership conference in London on Tuesday 23rd February.

12 February 2015 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that APM and RICS will jointly host a project leadership conference in London on Tuesday 23rd February. The all-day event will be looking at outlining the solutions to people investment, talent and leadership in order for you to operate effectively and efficiently.

160212-pmwj43-apm-RICS LOGOIndustry leading speakers from RICS and APM will come together to ensure you have the relevant information, strategies, case studies, models and tools for your daily practice.

The conference will be jointly chaired by project director at Moorfields Eye Hospital Tim Fry and director of JJL Consultancy, Joseph Lee. Trans4m’s director and APM People Special Interest Group committee member Eleri Evans, will be amongst those presenting on the day.  Eleri’s presentation titled ‘Emotional intelligence (EI): new leadership approaches for moving people to embrace the project’s tasks’ will cover:

  • A spotlight on the people dimension of projects
  • The emotional challenge
  • Increasing performance through focusing on EI behaviours
  • A guide for the project organisation to take advantage of the collective result of growth

Links to further information:

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 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



UMD Project Management Center for Excellence Announces Keynotes



Two-Day Symposium to Feature Speakers from Lockheed Martin, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and More

11 February 2016 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to name five in-demand keynote speakers to headline its third annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 12-13 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

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Bob McGannon of Mindavation, Catriona M. C. Winter of Clark Construction Group, Dr. W. Michael Hawes of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Kenneth B. Sheely of the National Nuclear Security Administration, and Laura Barnard of PMO Strategies will provide symposium participants with a big-picture view of how project managers play an integral role in government, industry, and academe.

To kick things off on May 12, McGannon will pull from more than 25 years of IT, project management, and project analysis experience during his presentation, “Intelligent Disobedience.” With Mindavation, McGannon specializes in strategic program and portfolio management, and has helped set up project management offices on three different continents.

During lunch, Winter will share her expertise on the world of construction management as she presents, “The Wharf at Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C.” As co-leader of one of Clark’s MidAtlantic business units, Winter is uniquely positioned to discuss the challenges of managing commercial, residential, and higher educational projects.

Hawes will wrap up Day 1 of the Symposium with a spellbinding presentation titled, “New Space and Human Space Rely on International Partnerships.” As Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed, Hawes will offer a fascinating look at what it’s like to lead the way in developing the first “next generation” of flight for space exploration.

The next morning, Sheely will present, “Applying Agile Development Techniques to Improve Program, Portfolio, and Enterprise Management,” and give a firsthand look at leading efforts to maintain, operate, and modernize the National Nuclear Security Administration’s general purpose infrastructure.

Rounding out the keynote presentation list, Barnard will share lessons learned from her 20 years of experience implementing change for a broad range of organizations. In line with her calling to “help those that help themselves,” Barnard has spent over a decade serving the Project Management community as a board member of PMI chapters, currently in the role of Vice President, Marketing for PMI, Washington, D.C.

Symposium attendees can customize their event experience by choosing from a dozen session tracks on topics including agile/IT, risk and big data, construction management, public private partnerships, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and sustainability. New this year, attendees can also participate in an Aerospace & Defense Best Practices track, led by Aviation Week Network.

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 Symposium website.

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

160211-pmwj43-speakers-UMD LOGOUniversity 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 www.pm.umd.edu.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence


23 new works by 27 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 1588 project management articles, papers & other works by 732 different authors in more than 60 countries

11 February 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 23 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 27 different authors in 14 countries were published in the February 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/.

150825-pmwj38-50-PMWL LogoThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 1588 original works by 732 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 27 authors this month,6 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, “We had fewer works added this month, primarily due to fewer reports and book reviews. On the other hand, we added another new series this month on communications by Ann Pilkington in the UK based on her Gower book titled ‘Communicating Projects’.”

New authors in October included Will Armistead (USA), Wayne McPhee (Canada), Subhashini Rao (India), Amela Torkic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Magda Stepanyan (Netherlands) and Sertug Yilmaz (Turkey). New works from 21 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The featured papers and original articles this month are outstanding,” Pells adds. “And readers should not miss reading the case study, a story about a wedding project in India that avoided disaster partially due to the fact that the bride’s father is an experienced project management expert.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,500 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Unveils $98.1 billion FY 2017 Budget Proposal



Proposed budget to Expand Safe, Clean Transportation Options for More Communities Across the Country

9 February 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced President Obama’s $98.1 billion Fiscal Year 2017 Budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Budget reflects Secretary Foxx’s ambitious 30-year vision for the Department to take the United States “Beyond Traffic”, towards a transportation network that matches the changing geography of where people live and work; fosters innovation and adapts to evolving technology; and provides cleaner options and access to opportunity for people and communities across America.

160209-pmwj43-fy2017-FOXXTomorrow, Secretary Foxx (pictured right) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMillian will host a press call to highlight key priorities in the President’s budget, including the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program, competitively funded projects that would create thousands of construction and operations-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for residents.

Beyond Traffic demonstrated that the population of the United States is expected to grow by 70 million over the next three decades, creating pressures that cut across modes and infrastructure – roads, rails, airspace, ports, and pipelines.

“Meeting future challenges will require a long-term vision for the transportation sector that includes more and cleaner options, and expands those options to communities across the country,” stated Secretary Foxx. “This budget brings us closer to that vision.”

The Budget addresses the Department’s top priority, safety, with high impact investments in the safe integration of emerging technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which have the potential to transform transportation systems, save lives and reduce carbon emissions. Importantly, this Budget charts a path towards fundamental changes in the way the government balances and integrates surface transportation options.

This Budget fully supports the authorized funding levels in the recent surface transportation authorization, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act , but also moves to a regionally-focused approach to transportation funding that reflects the changing shape of the Nation’s communities, and prioritizes spending on projects that will have the most benefits.

FY 2017 Budget Focus Areas:

Invests in Clean, 21st Century Surface Transportation Options that Reflect America’s Changing Geography and Provide Access to Opportunity

Enhances clean transportation options for American families: Over a 10-year period, the Budget invests an average of nearly $20 billion per year in new investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide new ways for families to get to work, to school, and to the store.  The Budget would expand transit systems in cities, fast-growing suburbs, and rural areas; make high-speed rail a viable alternative to flying in major regional corridors; modernize our freight system; and expand the successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to support high-impact, innovative local projects.

Supports investment decisions towards a “21st Century Regions” approach that reflects a changing demographics and economy:  Increasingly, Americans are choosing to live in metropolitan areas and megaregions that often cross State lines, yet the majority of Federal transportation funding flows via formula, through the States.  This Budget balances that funding stream, by directing billions of dollars through regional governments, such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations, empowering them to play a stronger role in decision-making. Over a 10-year period, the Budget invests an average of $10 billion a year towards a series of new, innovative programs that improve the balance of funding and decision-making and will accelerate the move towards smarter, cleaner, and more integrated communities.

Fully supports FAST-authorized funding levels for surface transportation programs, aimed at keeping the system safe and in a state of good repair. In addition to the proposed increases for surface programs, the Budget fully funds FAST Act levels for FY 2017, which include:  $44 billion to invest in the nation’s critical highway and bridge systems; nearly $10 billion to support operations of public transit systems across the Nation; roughly $730 million for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to research and develop new, life-saving technologies and programs; and over $640 million to support nationwide motor carrier safety through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Advances Public and Private Sector Collaboration to Accelerate Cost-Competitive, Low-Carbon Technologies and Intelligent Transportation Systems

Funds pilot deployments of safe and climate-smart autonomous vehicles to create better, faster, cleaner urban and corridor transportation networks: To accelerate the development and adoption of autonomous vehicles, the Budget includes $3.9 billion over ten years for large-scale deployment pilots to develop a common multistate interoperability framework for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Continues the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen): The Budget requests a total of $1 billion to support NextGen. This includes $877 million for NextGen Capital investments, an increase of $22 million above FY 2016, to advance modernization efforts; enhance automation; implement satellite-based surveillance capabilities; improve data communication practices and technology; and maximize traffic flow.

Ensures Transportation Safety Keeps Pace with Changing Technology and Organizational Needs

Integrates surface transportation technologies safely into the transportation system: High impact investments will support activities like NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), to test vehicle safety through state-of-the-art equipment such as human-like crash dummies. The Budget invests an $35 million in FY 2017 for this integration.

Strengthens regulatory enforcement agencies across the Department through resources and organizational changes: Across the Department, agencies are taking action to strengthen the regulatory and enforcement capabilities that are key to protecting the safety of travelers and movement of goods. Investments would provide over $47 million for  NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation to improve its effectiveness in identifying safety defects quickly, ensuring remedies are implemented promptly, and notifying the public of critical defects.  The Budget’s $295 million request for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) also includes proposed organizational changes to elevate the role of research and analysis in support of regulatory development and enforcement.

Supports rail safety through research and development and implementation of positive train control (PTC): The Budget includes $213 million to support the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) rail safety and development programs, including implementation and enforcement of PTC, as well as related track and bridge safety activities, and another $53 million for additional safety research. This includes $12.5 million to analyze and demonstrate the safety and environmental benefits of Electronically Con­trolled Pneumatic brakes.

Protects our maritime interests: The Budget provides over $428 million for the Maritime Administration to implement programs that promote the economic competitiveness, efficiency, and productivity of U.S. Maritime transportation.

Investing in 21st Century Government and Project Delivery

Modernizes permitting and project delivery: The Budget supports investments that ensure we are making 21st century investments through 21st century delivery mechanisms.  The Budget expands the Administration’s progress to expedite permitting and approval processes while protecting safety and the environment.

Supports ongoing establishment of a National Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau: Building on the Administration’s successful Build America Investment Initiative, the FAST Act created a new office to streamline and improve the application processes for credit programs, expedite project delivery, and promote innovative financing best practices. The Budget requests resources for implementation, as well as $275 million for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program, along with flexibility to also use resources from a range of new multi-modal programs to cover credit subsidy costs.

Protects cybersecurity and data integrity: The Budget includes $15 million to continue improvements to the Department’s cybersecurity. In addition, the Budget includes $4 million to assist the Department in meeting the requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.

Click here for the highlights from the budget or here for the budget fact sheet.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.” DOT provides financing for hundreds of transportation-related programs and projects around the United States each year. For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/.


Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016



8 February 2016 – Greater Manchester, UK – Arras People, the project management recruitment and career specialists, have released their latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain. The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016.

160208-pmwJ43-arras-IMAGEThe Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) 2016 shows how the UK’s economic turbulence is affecting project management practitioners’ earnings, aspirations and professional life.

Having entered 2015 with some green shoots of recovery after ‘the great recession’; further global impacts appear to have stunted some of the optimism and growth as issues in China, the EU and the impact of the war in Syria all played their part. On the upside low inflation and falling oil prices meant that even with low pay rises most of the respondent’s maintained their standard of living.

Against this backdrop, Arras People have once again taken the opportunity to take the temperature of the Project Management domain in the eleventh annual Benchmark Report.

Some of the highlights of the PMBR include;

  • Employee remuneration did not show any significant inflation busting rises in 2015, with 29% seeing no increase and 38% seeing 2% or less. The only practitioners who saw significant increases were those who moved jobs, in this group 45% achieved increase >2% and 26% achieved >8% to get ahead in the pay rise stakes.
  • Demographics of the profession continue to see a worrying trend as the practitioner group continues to age. The numbers of practitioners under 34 years of age has consistently fallen since the 2008 recession. At the same time “age discrimination” is still seen as an issue for older practitioners looking for a new role.
  • Organisations looking to hire are seeing more “availability” issues as they seek to fill open positions. It is difficult to say if this is a ‘skills shortage’ as practitioner churn remains low as they still lack confidence in the UK economy moving into 2016.
  • Contractors see Government legislation as biggest threat in to their livelihood as they move into 2016. Contractors see the ongoing attacks as negative, with some looking to remove themselves from the flexible workforce. Others suggest that their day rates will have to rise further to compensate for the changes in order to maintain their standards of living

John Thorpe, Managing Director of Arras People commented, “Once again we have had great support from the Global Project Management community which has enabled us to create this highly respected report on the project management profession.”

“The current report underlines the fact that programme and project management is still evolving and facing more challenges as new techniques and technologies are introduced and championed in the workplace. Agile approaches are very much in the news, though it too does not appear to be the ‘silver bullet’ which will guarantee project success. People, the most important ingredient in the successful delivery of projects are also offering a challenge as we look to integrate the Millennial’s in the workplace alongside the Baby Boomers and those of GenX and Y. Different outlooks, character traits and expectations all add to the challenges of integration as does the desire of the younger generations to move away from ‘command and control’ to one of empowerment. The perceived lack of a return on investment from the millions of pounds spent on the old ways certainly leaves the door open to the new ways of thinking. All of which makes PPM a great melting pot of ideas and initiatives, a great place to be”

The full version of the report can be downloaded from the Arras People Website.

About Arras People

Arras People are the Project Management Recruitment and Careers Specialists provides programme and project management professionals and professional PMO personnel across all industry sectors, for either permanent, contract or interim positions. Arras People began trading in February 2002, and now provides its services to many of UK’s leading blue chip organisations in the UK, as well as public sector (central and local government), IT, engineering, marketing and media organizations, not for profit and charities. Visit Arras People at http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/.




Prof. Antonio Calabrese elected new President of IPMA Italy



Reported by Luca Cavone in Milan

7 February 2016 – Milan, Italy – During the first monthly meeting of the Executive Board of IPMA Italy, Aldo Gebbia has resigned as president and Antonio Calabrese was elected unanimously as the new President. Antonio Calabrese is Professor at Politecnico di Milano and member of the Executive Board of IPMA Italy.

160207-pmwj43-calabrese-PHOTOPAldo Gebbia leaves after having brought a valuable contribution in the course of its mandate and will continue to support IPMA Italy as a member of the Board. (Photo: Aldo Gebbia on left with Prof Antonio Calabrese)

In his letter of greeting, Prof. Calabrese expresses his gratitude to the previous President for the work done during these months.

One of the first tasks facing the new president is the definition of the events for the new year, starting from the National Conference to be held in October.

In addition, a renewed effort will be invested in the following areas: to define and implement effectively a membership development strategy, to continue to support the growth of the Journal of Applied Project Management, to consolidate international cooperation with IPMA and positively exploit all possible synergies with ANIMP as well as leverage on the support from Young Crew initiatives.

IPMA Italy is the reference point for companies, government, non-profit organizations and non-governmental, for all aspects related to project management and the development of efficiency. IPMA Italy aims to promote the development and standardization of a modern project management in all sectors interested in the development of projects, following the IPMA methodology, applied nationally and internationally.

IPMA Italy was born from the evolution of the Project Management section of ANIMP (National Association of Industrial Plant), which is for Italy the Member Association of IPMA® (International Project Management Association). Since 2000 ANIMP has exclusive nationwide for professional certification of project managers according to IPMA methodology, and represents IPMA in Italy. http://www.ipma.it/

In Italian: www.ipma.it/ipma/index.php/news-eventi/news-eventi-2/1677-antonio-calabrese-nuovo-presidente-ipma-Italy



Organizations Waste an Average of US$122 Million per US$1 Billion Spent on Projects



2016 Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance Demonstrates Need for Stronger Worldwide Implementation of Project, Program and Portfolio Management

4 February 2015 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – Project Management Institute’s (PMI) has released their 2016 Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance; research reveals that organizations around the world waste an average of US$122 million for every US$1 billion spent on projects as a result of poor project management practices. This represents an increase of 12 percent over last year. Amid worsening project outcomes, increased competition, an uncertain economy and other disruptive global trends, the report identifies a number of ways organizations can improve their performance.

160204-pmwj43-pmi-PULSEThe 2016 Pulse of the Profession findings show that organizations that effectively use formal project, program and portfolio management practices waste 13 times less than organizations that don’t; however, the report also demonstrates that few organizations are successfully embracing these proven capabilities. The report concludes that organizations should place a greater emphasis on project management training and development, strategic alignment and benefits realization. Further, more organizations should utilize executive sponsors who can lend project support from the C-suite.

“Again this year, our Pulse of the Profession findings demonstrate that organizations aren’t paying enough attention to their ability to execute against their strategy. Projects, even those identified as an organization’s strategic initiatives, are failing, which results in wasted money, resources and time. That is not a sustainable business practice, and it is time to focus on what matters,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. ”Organizations must take another look at project management as the strategic competency that drives success.”

The 2016 Pulse of the Profession features feedback and insights from 2,428 project management practitioners, 192 senior executives and 282 Project Management Office (PMO) directors from a range of industries including government, financial services, information technology, telecom, energy, manufacturing, healthcare and construction. It also includes insights from eight corporate leaders and 10 PMO directors and directors of project management. The global totals in the report represent feedback from North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.

Of the geographic regions covered in the report, the Middle East reported the lowest average monetary waste on spending projects: US$99 million per US$1 billion spent. Conversely, Brazil reported the highest average waste on project spending: US$202 million for every US$1 billion spent. North America came in under the global average, wasting on average US$119 million for every US$1 billion spent.

Of the industries included in the study, government agencies had the lowest average monetary waste on spending projects: US$108 per US$1 billion spent. Financial services reported the highest average waste on project spending: US$149 million per US$1 billion spent.


Look beyond technical skills. Effective project and program management relies on blending technical skills with broader leadership and business qualities. The most successful organizations empower well-rounded professionals capable of overseeing long-range strategic objectives. Organizations that expand their focus in this way see 40 percent more of their projects meet goals and original business intent.

Recognize the strategic role of an enterprise-wide project management office (EPMO) and get it aligned to strategy. Project Management Offices are essential to overseeing strategic initiatives throughout an organization.  This dedicated group can lead to significantly improved business outcomes.  Organizations that align their EPMO to strategy report 27 percent more projects completed successfully and 42 percent fewer projects with scope creep.

Drive success with executive sponsors. Executive sponsors are uniquely positioned to overcome barriers to successful project outcomes. They are able to secure funding, champion strategies and objectives and foster collaboration within an organization. As a result, when more than 80 percent of projects have an actively engaged executive sponsor, 65 percent more projects are successful.

In addition to tracking trends in project management, this year’s Pulse of the Profession incorporates insights from executive leaders and PMO directors to report their perspectives on why higher project success rates aren’t being achieved. Among the chief findings:

Executive and PMO heads perceive project management differently. Executive leaders and PMO directors do not view organizational success and the benefits of project management in the same way. They have significantly disparate views about their organization’s performance when it comes to formulating strategy, prioritizing and funding projects, executing strategic projects, and recognizing lessons learned. Additional gaps in perception exist between the benefits of using formal project management and improving risk identification and management, success with complex projects, customer satisfaction, and success with organizational change.

Executives and PMO leaders are optimistic about the future. Executive leaders and PMO directors agree on the importance of improving their competitiveness over the next three years. Eight in 10 executive leaders and PMO directors agree they will achieve that by formulating strategies appropriate for changing market conditions, prioritizing and funding the correct initiatives and/or projects, executing initiatives and/or projects in a way that delivers strategic results, and using lessons learned from failed projects to inform strategic planning.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute 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. Visit PMI at http://www.pmi.org/www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

PMI media contacts: Megan Maguire Kelly at [email protected] or Karen Flanagan at [email protected]

Source: Project Management Institute


World’s largest concentrated solar plant opened in Morocco



4 February 2016 – Rabat, Morocco – Morocco has launched the first phase of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. When fully operational, the plant will produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccan households. Inaugurated officially on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by His Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco, the solar plant underlines the country’s determination to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, use more renewable energy, and move towards low carbon development.


The three-plant Noor-Ouarzazate CSP complex called NOORo expects to achieve over 500 megawatts (MW) installed capacity, ultimately supplying power to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018. It is estimated that the plant will reduce the country’s energy dependence by about two and half million tons of oil, while also lowering carbon emissions by 760,000 tons per year.

Concentrated solar power is such a promising technology that the International Energy Agency estimates that up to 11 percent of the world’s electricity generation in 2050 could come from CSP. This is especially true in the Middle East and North Africa, a region with abundant solar resources and high hopes of eventually helping to meet the EU’s demand for energy.

“With this bold step toward a clean energy future, Morocco is pioneering a greener development and developing a cutting edge solar technology,” said Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb. “The returns on this investment will be significant for the country and its people, by enhancing energy security, creating a cleaner environment, and encouraging new industries and job creation.”

Despite the potential of CSP, relatively high technology costs, when compared to fossil fuel alternatives, deter utilities from investing. Concessional and public financing were key to lift this project off the ground. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, the government agency focused on the country’s solar ambitions, secured over US $3 billion needed for the Noor-Ouarzazate complex from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), European financing institutions and the World Bank.

“This launch shows that the low-cost, long-term financing provided by the CIF can serve as the spark that attracts the public and private investments needed to build massive CSP production facilities at an attractive cost for countries interested in developing solar energy,” said Mafalda Duarte, Head of the Climate Investment Funds.

Trail-blazing projects on the African continent, like the Noor solar plant, are proving the performance of CSP. As well as the environmental benefits, the plant results in new, local jobs, and can lead to a high-performing sustainable energy economic sector for Morocco.

Yacine Fal, AfDB Resident Representative in Morocco, said, “Noor solar complex is part of the innovative operations of AfDB in the energy sector in terms of financing and technology. It stands to serve as an example for Africa and the world about how to create effective pathways to greener and more inclusive economies through renewable energy.”

For more information, please visit http://www-cif.climateinvestmentfunds.org/  and http://www.afdb.org/en/

Source: African Development Bank


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


EBRD planning refugee crisis response package of €900 million



3 February 2016 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is joining international efforts to tackle the refugee crisis caused by the civil war in Syria, with a financing package that could be worth €900 million to support private sector and infrastructure projects in some of the worst affected countries.


Speaking at a conference in London on Wednesday, EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti said the Bank was building a pipeline of infrastructure and private sector investment projects in Turkey and Jordan to support refugee-hosting communities.

The EBRD would be able to finance up to €500 million in new transactions subject to mobilising an additional €400 million in grants, the President said.

“In order to contribute to the mobilisation of grant funding, management will propose to shareholders an allocation from the Bank’s net income of around €100 million over a period of three years, from 2016 to 2018, subject to appropriate governance rules and to the Bank’s continuing profitability. Management will propose to shareholders an initial allocation of €35 million in 2016,” he added.

One day ahead of the Supporting Syria and the Region conference 2016 in London on 4 February, the EBRD was staging a high-level round of discussions aimed at attracting private sector engagement to help solve the challenges of the refugee crisis.

Speaking ahead of the EBRD conference, “Enabling the Private Sector to Support Refugee-Hosting Communities”, President Chakrabarti said, “This is a serious crisis and failure to address the issue will only make matters worse. We must act now.”

Key speakers at the conference included Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan, Muhammed Murtaza Yetiş, Chief Advisor to Turkey’s Prime Minister and responsible for Refugees and Humanitarian Aid, and Elias Bou-Saab, Minister of Education of Lebanon, who were due to present their approaches to engaging with the private sector as part of their national refugee integration policies.

The EBRD strategy for responding to the refugee crisis aims to address infrastructure challenges in affected countries, support small business initiatives and seek to offer employment opportunities, especially to the young.

The EBRD’s first project in this context is a US$ 14 million loan to upgrade the strained infrastructure for wastewater in Jordan. Support for rehabilitation and upgrade of infrastructure, and improvements in public services for water, wastewater, solid waste and urban transport, are priorities in Jordan, which is under pressure from the sharply increased numbers of users.

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, based on a 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 .