Hill International to Provide Program Support Services for SFO International Airport $7.3B Capital Improvement Program



20 November 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission to provide Capital Program Support Services for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) $7.3 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The initial term will be $8.5 million for the first year of services, and can be renewed annually by SFO up to 4 additional years (not to exceed 5 years and $40 million).

“Hill specializes in helping our airport clients manage and control complex programs and projects like SFO’s CIP,” said Michael B. Smith, Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group. “We look forward to working on this critical CIP with SFO, and to helping SFO maintain and enhance their position as the Bay Area’s premier gateway.”

Hill’s support services will comprise program-level reporting, cost and schedule development and analysis, cost estimating, construction and logistics management, process development and training, risk mitigation and maintenance of SFO’s project management system. This support will help SFO to achieve the goals of the CIP as efficiently and effectively as possible. CIP goals include constructing new facilities, expanding infrastructure, augmenting security, developing systems functionality and performing maintenance for terminal, airfield and groundside components to accommodate increasing passenger growth.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with more than 3,000 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International


26 new works by 29 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2358 project management articles, papers & other works by 997 different authors in more than 60 countries

14 November 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 26 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 29 different authors in 17 different countries were published in the November 2017 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,358 original works by 997 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 29 authors this month, 11 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 bounced back this month with seven featured papers, including several important ones.  The papers by Bob Prieto and Alan Stretton advance knowledge on topics important to all of us.  The paper by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez and Marco Sampietro, based on their research into project management courses offered by major universities, is both enlightening and upsetting, in my opinion. The other four papers offer useful information for those working in Nigeria and Southeast Asia.”

New authors in November include Emmanuel Abah (Nigeria), Anita Dzikiwi Adamu (Nigeria), Ardiansyah (Indonesia), Jen Duenhoelter (USA), Stephen Fierbaugh (USA), Danlei Jiang (China), Neelov Kar (USA), Ronalid Meijers (Netherlands), Ron Meyers (Canada), Racha Temraoui (Lebanon) and Anil Wadhwa (USA). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We are starting to publish more student papers now,” Pells adds.  “We published three this month and now have a backlog of papers from graduate students at SKEMA in France, thanks to Prof Paul Giammalvo.  Paul has recognized both the quality of his students’ research papers as well as the potential usefulness to students of experiencing the publication process.  We are happy to share their works with our readers.”

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, Inc. 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.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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AIPM announces Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives



8 November 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced new diversity and inclusion initiatives.  AIPM is reinforcing its commitment to diversity and inclusion as a key cog of the Institute’s codes and culture by immediately committing to a number of key initiatives in the space.

The Institute has previously flagged its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion with its Diversity Statement, but it was recognised that both AIPM’s membership and its leadership demographics are currently not sufficiently representative of the multicultural community that makes up Australia and the more broadly Asia Pacific region. As a result, the AIPM has embarked on a journey in conjunction with key stakeholders to create a Diversity and Inclusion plan to deliver to our wider membership base.

During their presentation at the 2017 AIPM National Conference in Melbourne, Chair of the Board, AIPM, Mr Leh Simonelli FAIPM CPPD together with fellow Director Nicole Nader MAIPM CPPD, announced a number of key initiatives including aspirational targets of 30% female representation in our membership base as well as in leadership and office bearer roles along with a 15% representation of under 35’s in our membership by 2020.

Please click here to visit the AIPM website to read details of the initiatives in full.

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

Source: AIPM



Project management profession needs to lead on climate change



New report by UCL Professor Peter Morris in UK outlines plan of action

5 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the publication of a major new report authored by UCL Emeritus Professor Peter Morris and APM Vice-President titled Climate Change and what the project management profession should be doing about it – a UK perspective.  In the report, Professor Morris argues that project management has a significant role to play in reducing the causes and consequences of climate change.

Professor Morris reviews where society stands regarding the potential implication of climate change and what project management as a profession should be doing about it. The report reviews the dimensions of the challenge and looks at how the profession could better achieve the targets agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015.

Professor Morris proposes:

  • Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) at the UN level to define the expectations and methods to be used in working during the very early stages of projects; defining the major task elements, interdependencies, durations, risks, benefits, and organisational roles, processes and structures
  • Creating a single point of accountability (SPA) where possible
  • Project managers mitigating or adapting to climate change from business-as-usual projects to huge R&D projects
  • Applying relevant project management techniques and developing the required capabilities to develop people in owner and sponsor roles

In addition to his personal view, Professor Morris gathered responses from thought leaders in project management including: Sir John Armitt, Professor Andrew Davies, John McGlynn (APM Chairman) and Mark Thurston.

Professor Morris said: “Behaviours play a big role but unfortunately the behaviour changes required to achieve the UN targets are so major that one must doubt whether the goals are realistically attainable. Managing the institutional contexts within which projects and programs have to operate often requires a new type and level of skill. In effect, I am advocating a model of project management that involves a more probing, creative, front-end oriented approach.”

Sara Drake APM CEO said:”What is unique about this paper is that while much has been written about sustainability, this paper brings together all aspects of project management and how the profession can play an important role in shaping our future. We should engage with existing smaller groups to leverage all our knowledge and strength to help reduce the rate of carbon emissions and temperature rises. As the Chartered Body for the project profession, APM will reflect on the report’s recommendations and how the profession needs to address these challenges.”

Professor Andrew Edkins, Professor in the Management of Projects, University of London said:” Peter Morris is Emeritus Professor of the Management of Projects at UCL. After a long and successful career as both practitioner and renowned academic, his swan-song is a paper that is written in a personal yet professional style that seeks to both engage and provoke the reader. Its topic is climate change and the role that the discipline of project management can offer.

“To achieve the paper’s objective, it provides an overview of climate change and why it’s important, then looks at the nature and types of project that have been proposed or initiated to both tackle climate change and adapt to its consequences.

“The key contribution of the paper is not to offer a solution or even a pathway to any solution. It is rather to instigate a discussion, by those who consider themselves within the discipline of project management and between this discipline and those for whom dealing with climate change is a major and increasingly important issue.”

The report is available to download here.

For further information or to arrange an interview please call Cat Finlayson on 0773 607 1158 or email [email protected]

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  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 also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management


Guide for effective Benefits Management in Major Projects



3 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the availability of “A Guide for Effective Benefits Management in Major Projects” released in October by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).  The guide, which had contributions from the APM Benefits Management Specific Interest Group (SIG), provides structure and sets expectations for major projects teams undertaking benefits management.

Sara Drake, Chief Executive of APM said: “Like the IPA, APM believes in the importance of measuring performance, including the expected benefits of major projects, so we can learn the important lessons and continue to make improvements over time.”

The new guide includes:

  • Key activities to be undertaken within the benefits management lifecycle.
  • Principles and good practice to adopt to ensure benefits are managed and realised.
  • How benefits management fits the HM Treasury Green Book Business Case process.
  • A RACI matrix for the key roles involved in benefits management.
  • A suggested benefits management cycle.

Download the free Guide here

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  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 also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management



Call for Papers announced for 12th UT Dallas PM Symposium



Premier project management conference for professionals and organizations in North Texas and central USA

25 October 2017 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that the Call for Papers is now open for the 12th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium.  The conference will be held during 17-18 May 2018 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The theme for the 2018 symposium is “Project Management: Leading Innovation!”

The symposium will focus on topics relevant to organizations, industries, and the economy in North Texas. Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

  • Innovative project/program management approaches and techniques
  • How organizational design promotes or hampers innovation
  • Planning for innovation on products
  • How does risk management factor into innovation?
  • Tools to enhance creativity and innovation
  • How Agile project management can foster innovation
  • Implementing innovation during a project
  • How does change management factor into innovation?
  • Managing innovative product development
  • Case studies and lessons learned

Abstracts are due by Monday, January 15, 2018. For instructions and template, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/

Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to prepare a full paper and deliver a presentation at the UT Dallas symposium in May.  Papers must be original, not previously published and free of commercial content. Selected papers will be republished after the symposium in the PM World Journal.

The 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.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others.  To access conference website, click here.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and academic researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free and can receive PDUs for PMP recertification. It’s also reasonably priced. You can see keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2018 symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include multiple plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers in breakout sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 15 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

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 www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly digital publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. Registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), 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, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/.