14 Greek Airports receive funding for modernization projects



€968.4 million to Fraport Greece for infrastructure upgrades

27 March 2017 – London, UK and Athens, Greece – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that, together with a consortium of lenders, it is supporting the modernisation of 14 regional airports in Greece. The EBRD is providing €186.73 million in long-term funds to Fraport Greece, the holder of a 40-year operating concession for the facilities.

The 14 airports include Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki (Greece’s second largest city) and Zakynthos. Combined, these airports served a total of about 25.2 million passengers in 2016.

Total financing provided by the EBRD, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Alpha Bank amounts to €968.4 million. €280.4 million will be used for the financing of development works at the 14 airports. The modernisation and upgrading of the airport infrastructure will support the growth of Greece’s regions. The investments will promote the development of the tourism industry, a key driver of the Greek economy.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the loan will be used as part of the upfront concession payment of €1.234 billion to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) paid by Fraport Greece as the concessionaire. Fraport Greece is a joint venture formed by Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its partner Copelouzos Group.

Fraport AG is one of the leading companies in the international airport business, active on four continents through investments and subsidiaries. With Frankfurt Airport its home base, the company operates one of the world’s most important air transportation hubs. In total, Fraport employs around 21,000 people worldwide.

Copelouzos Group is a leading Greek industrial conglomerate with a wide range of portfolio activities, with core sectors being energy, airports and real estate.

Phil Bennett, EBRD First Vice President and Head of Client Services Group, said: “We are delighted to participate in this landmark transaction, which we expect to provide a much-needed boost to the Greek economy and to Greece’s regional development. The modernisation of this key infrastructure, supporting tourism in particular, will improve access, exchange and integration. The EBRD is especially pleased to support strategic partners who will bring private funding and expertise to regional airports in Greece and could provide an important model for future infrastructure development projects.”

Integration is one of the six transition qualities the EBRD sees as key elements of well-functioning market economies, with the remaining being competitiveness, inclusion, good-governance, green and resilience. These qualities are implicit in the EBRD’s founding articles.

The EBRD started investing in Greece on a temporary basis in 2015 to support the country’s economic recovery. The Bank’s priorities there include strengthening private companies and the financial sector, support for privatisation, infrastructure development and regional integration of the Greek economy. To date, the EBRD has invested almost €850 million in 17 projects in Greece. For more about EBRD projects in Greece, go to http://www.ebrd.com/greece.html

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

Source: EBRD



Zuma calls on Africans to prioritize water and sanitation projects



24 March 2017 – Durban, South Africa – South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma has called on his fellow African and world leaders “to prioritize access to water and sanitation.” Speaking in Durban, South Africa during a joint event to commemorate World Water Day and launch the 2017 World Water Development Report, Zuma said: “the bleak global picture presented in the 2017 World Water Development Report requires world leaders to urgently prioritize the improvement of access to essential water and sanitation services.”

Hundreds of local and international delegates including the African Development Bank (AfDB) gathered at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Center in Durban on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to commemorate World Water Day and launch the 2017 World Water Development Report.

Produced yearly since 2014, the World Water Development Report presents an exhaustive review of the state of global water resources and provide additional evidence for decision making. This year, the report focused on “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource.”

While acknowledging the distressing state of world water resources, Zuma said “we have the potential to create a new and more positive economic and social developmental pathway through water infrastructure investments, valuing water, catalyzing change, building partnerships and international cooperation, as well as creating better human settlements and data.”

The African Development has been at the forefront of financing water and sanitation programs in regional member countries since 1968. As a leader in water and sanitation services in Africa, the Bank was invited to provide its perspectives on how to accelerate the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on water and sanitation.

“The momentum generated by the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Change Agreement combined with the high-level political commitment presents an opportunity to re-invigorate development,” said Oswald Chanda, Officer-In-Charge of the Water Development and Sanitation Department of the AfDB.

Rapid urbanization, population growth, dwindling freshwater resources, climate change, weak institutions, and sector capacity, Chanda said, are some of the challenges in achieving SDG 6.

In addition to fostering greater collaboration with partners, and adopting a new business model that takes the Bank closer to regional member countries, the AfDB has also approved a new set of focused strategic priorities (High 5s) to ensure pressing challenges on the continent are addressed. The AfDB’s High 5s include Light Up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life of Africans.

Highlights of this year’s World Development Report include:

  • 80% of the wastewater is disposed of without treatment with potentially negative impact on the environment and people;
  • Affordable treatment options are available;
  • Wastewater is a reliable and sustainable source of water; energy, nutrient, and other recoverable by-products.

The Durban event ended with the adoption of a political declaration. The declaration signals a global commitment to: (a) continue to support and strengthen implementation of the SDG 6; (b) support and share best practices; (c) request the African Union Commission to prioritize water and sanitation; (d) increase budgetary allocations to match central role of water security for agenda 2030; (e) and strengthen transboundary cooperation and collaboration.

For more information about the AfDBs activities related to water and sanitation projects, go to https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/water-supply-sanitation/

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

Source: African Development Bank       



Keynote Speakers announced for EVM World 2017



22 March 2017 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced keynote speakers for its 3-day EVM World 2017 event in June. The event being held during May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency hotle in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA has the theme “EVM at 50: Our Past, Present and Future”.

Keynote speakers this year will include the following:

Steve A. Shinn, CFO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Steve is responsible for overseeing the entire range of budget planning and execution, financial management, and financial system activities at the Center. He manages GSFC’s budget and financial operations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.

Before accepting this position in 2016, Mr. Shinn served as Deputy Director for Planning & Business Management for the Flight Projects Directorate at GSFC, a position he held beginning May 2011. He managed all matters related to business, project planning and control, resource management, organizational staffing, workforce development, diversity and equal opportunity, and physical assets.

Prior to beginning his career in the federal government, Mr. Shinn worked in industry where he developed integrated cost and schedule control systems for over 30 programs. He worked in the capacity of Group Supervisor for the Space Operations Management Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, managing individuals in financial management, parametric modeling, hardware production engineering, pricing, project control, cost engineering, earned value management, scheduling, and capital planning.

Mr. Shinn has held various management positions in pricing, cost management, estimating, operations management, software management, earned value management, and scheduling. In those positions, he was responsible for planning, managing, and controlling complex systems development, system integration, and infrastructure engineering programs.

He is also an instructor in Project Planning and Control at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Mr. Shinn earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in Technical Management from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.

Gary Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. PARCA carries out performance assessments of Major Defense Acquisitions Programs (MDAPs) and conducts root cause analyses for MDAPs with Nunn-McCurdy breach status or when requested by senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials.  Mr. Bliss previously held the position of Deputy Director, Enterprise Information and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Studies in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). His responsibilities included oversight of the five OSD-funded Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, the OSD’s university research program, as well as review and development of innovations to overhaul the AT&L enterprise management systems.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bliss served 13 years as the Director of Office of the Director, Program Analysis & Evaluation Weapon System Cost Analysis Division (WSCAD). WSCAD’s ten staff members constitute one of the two offices dedicated to OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) functions, and is responsible for the preparation of independent development and procurement cost estimates for major systems that range from munitions (e.g. tactical missiles) through platforms (e.g. helicopters, submarines, fighter aircraft, tanks, etc.). As such, Mr. Bliss has been a key player in DoD’s most important system decisions by the Services, OSD and the Congress.

Generally recognized in both industry and government as a leading authority on the economics of defense procurement, Mr. Bliss has an established track record in institutional reform and enterprise reengineering. He is an experienced lecturer, often speaking to varied audiences on such topics as: Management information system governance and reengineering; Manufacturing enterprise reengineering; and Acquisition institutional reform. Owing to this expertise, Mr. Bliss has been hosted by the governments of Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and the United Kingdom to lecture their staffs on matters of defense acquisition. Mr. Bliss has a BA, Mathematics and Economics (Highest Honors in Economics) from College of William and Mary.

Sandra Fairchild, Project Services Support Director, Savannah River Remediation (SRR), is responsible for all aspects of Financial, Supply Chain Management, Contract Management, Information Technology, Cyber Security, Project Controls, and Budget management affecting SRR, the Liquid Waste Contractor located at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The current contract value is $4.1 billion.

Ms. Fairchild has over 31 years of diversified financial experience in the fields of technical planning and controls management, procurement, contracts administration, accounting, earned value management, pension and benefits administration, information technology including cyber security and governmental negotiations. She is certified by the state of South Carolina as a certified public accountant.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Fairchild was chief financial officer for Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) Liquid Waste contract and Management and Operations organizations. In these positions, her responsibilities involved the oversight of $1 billion annual operating programs with highly diverse missions. During her career, she has held positions of increasing financial management responsibilities, including WSRC Operations Business Unit controller, with responsibilities for financial oversight of $500 million construction projects, and WSRC Closure Business Unit controller, where she had responsibilities for financial oversight of Environmental Management and National Nuclear Security Administration programs.

Prior to working at SRS, Ms. Fairchild was senior auditor for the South Carolina State Auditor’s Office. In that capacity, she had responsibility for oversight of companies receiving federal or state funding. Ms. Fairchild is an honorary lifetime member of the Aiken Junior Women’s Club and serves as Treasurer for the Aiken Technical College Foundation. She, and her husband, Pete, have two children and live in Aiken, South Carolina.

The EVM World 2017 Workshop is a chance to learn about project performance techniques, including earned value management (EVM). The workshop provides training, current topics from practicing professionals, access to world leaders in project performance management, networking, and the latest in software and consulting to make your program successful.

If you are new to the field, these sessions will help you gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of earned value management (EVM) and its practical applications and benefits.  If you are an experienced veteran, the conference will help you stay abreast of new developments and give you a chance to impact evolving trends–your input just might make the difference.  Join us to …

  • Update your skills with the latest earned value management (EVM) trends, tools, and techniques
  • Learn through training, practice symposia, as well as workshops
  • Earn PDUs (for PMPs)
  • Network with earned value professionals from around the world

For more or to register, visit http://evmworld.org/

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

Source: College of Performance Management




World TB Day in Zimbabwe



USAID announces continuing support for programs fighting Tuberculosis

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

22 March 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The United States Government stands with the people of Zimbabwe in commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (March 24).  Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has contributed long-term and substantial investments to the fight against TB in Zimbabwe, reaching hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans with life-saving health services.

USAID started its TB program in Zimbabwe in 2008, partnering with Zimbabwe’s National TB Control Programme and a non-governmental organization called The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to increase the availability of TB services and strengthen TB case detection and management.  USAID provides hospital laboratories with Gene Xpert equipment for fast and accurate diagnosis of TB, particularly drug-resistant TB, as well as training for health care workers to properly use the equipment.

USAID supports 45 integrated TB-HIV care sites to improve TB diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV.  USAID also supports a motorbike specimen transport system called Riders for Health that carries approximately 150,000 specimens per year, 40,000 of which are sputa for TB diagnosis.  This transport system has dramatically reduced the time it takes for patients to receive TB test results – from weeks or even months, down to one week in rural areas and one day in urban areas.

In addition, through USAID support, The Union has developed and distributed a TB screening tool that reaches over 500,000 patients per year, provided training and supervision assistance for health care workers on TB prevention and care information, and supported the National TB Reference Laboratory to process TB cultures from specimens from all provinces in the country.

“The United States is proud to stand with the people of Zimbabwe to address the issue of TB,” stated USAID Mission Director Stephanie Funk.  “Together with our partners, USAID is working hard to ensure that TB patients can start treatment earlier, recover more quickly, and not spread the disease to others.”

CDC also provides financial and technical support for TB through HealthCare Associated Tuberculosis Infection Prevention Project – Zimbabwe (HATIPP-Zim), which will develop a TB screening policy for health care workers and standardize implementation at health facilities.  Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HATIPP-Zim is implemented by a consortium comprised of the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI); Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe (ICAZ); and The Union.

“CDC’s efforts to fight TB will ultimately help Zimbabwe meet critical AIDS treatment targets, as this program will ensure that health care workers are protected from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis,” stated CDC Zimbabwe Country Director Dr. Beth Barr.

USAID and PEPFAR have partnered with Discovery Learning Alliance, Quizzical Pictures, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to produce a new feature-length film, The Lucky Specials, which premiered in Zimbabwe on March 9 at Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatre in Harare.  In this “edutainment” film, both plot twists and scientific video animations tell individuals what they need to know about TB disease, treatment, and prevention.  Audiences walked away enchanted by the music and storyline, simultaneously armed with facts to replace long held myths and misinformation about TB.

Last year alone approximately 30,000 Zimbabweans were diagnosed with TB.  TB continues to be the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, and approximately 70 percent of Zimbabweans suffering from TB are co-infected with HIV.  Zimbabwe is one of only 14 countries around the world designated as ‘high burden’ by the World Health Organization for TB, multi-drug-resistant TB, and TB/HIV co-infection.

To learn more about the U.S. Government’s contribution to fighting TB in Zimbabwe, please visit: https://youtube/QTNTz7Gzc0o

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

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

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe, based on press release from U.S. Embassy in Harare



AACE Launches eLearning



Pricing and Costing Model Now Available

22 March 2017 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE has announced the launch of its new eLearning series. The first module, Pricing and Costing, was released in February 2017.

This module explains the difference between pricing and costing. It is important to distinguish between the terms “price” and “cost”. There is a very fine line separating them which is why people often use the terms interchangeably. This module highlights the concepts of pricing and costing of a project, illustrates the variances, and helps the learner identify the inputs, transforming mechanisms (tools and techniques), and outputs related to the cost and pricing process.

The module can be utilized as a study aid for the CCP Certification Exam. It is interactive with questions posed intermittently to assess knowledge gained by the viewer.  There is also a test at the end requiring a 70% score to earn 0.1 CEUs.

Go here to purchase.

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

Source: AACE International



32 new works by 43 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2056 project management articles, papers & other works by 900 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 March 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 32 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 43 different authors in 21 different countries were published in the March 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 http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 2050 original works by 900 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works from many different authors; of the 43 authors this month, 13 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “The range of topics addressed in articles and papers this month was fascinating. We seem to be attracting more research-based papers by academic researchers, while the articles are by very knowledgeable project management professionals and leaders. It’s becoming a good mix each month.”

New authors in February include Ibrahim Abdlrashid (Egypt), Priti Asthana (USA), Khlood Elsayed (Egypt/USA), Eric Gitta (Uganda), Ngaire Hunt (Australia/New Zealand), Prof Douglas Long (Australia), Jyoti Madabhushi (India), Prof Peter Neema-Abooki (Uganda), Art Pratt (USA), Rex B. Reagan (USA), Alan Shefveland (USA), Prof Jörg Sydow (Germany) and Zeta Yarwood (UAE). New works from 30 authors already included in the library were also added.

“I appreciated Russ Archibald’s letter to the editor in response to my February editorial about ‘the big revers’, the apparent lack of ethics in the Trump administration,” Pells adds. “We will have two more next month on the same topic, as it seems to have struck a chord. Of course, not everyone agrees with me so that too is interesting, and raises more important questions for the PM profession.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,200 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, 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, the world’s largest provider 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.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications. Comments or questions can be emailed to info@pmworldlibrary.net



Tomorrow will be Better



New book by Alfonso Bucero promotes a positive attitude for project success

12 March 2017 – Madrid, Spain – A new book has been published by Alfonso Bucero, a well-known project management leader based in Madrid who has long been an advocate of a positive attitude. His new book is titled “Tomorrow will be Better: Maintaining a Positive Attitude for Project Success”.

Several authors have written about positive attitude as a key ingredient for personal and professional success but few have described, suggested and detailed some best practices for how to maintain and sustain a positive attitude. This book is about maintaining and sustaining a positive attitude so you will build a better tomorrow. You are great but you can be EXECELLENT. You have a lot of possibilities to improve, to use your enthusiasm, to use your courage, to coach people on their positive attitude for personal and professional success.

According to Alfonso, “I always try to have a positive attitude but I am a human being who makes a lot of mistakes, so from time to time I need an attitude check. My book has plenty of real case studies as a person and as a project manager, which is my profession, that illustrates practical things that I learned and I’d like to share with my readers. By the end of every chapter I’m proposing a form, template or exercise to apply, to put into practice what you read or learn. Do not lose your time, be positive because every day is a good day but tomorrow will be even better if you are focused on how to improve your attitude.”

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting. Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group). He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011. To see articles and papers by Mr. Bucero, go to  http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

To see the book on Amazon, click here.



Diversity in Project Management Conference in The Netherlands



First ever conference on diversity scheduled for 10-11 April 2017 in Hertogenbosch

2 March 2017 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) and CKC Seminars introduce the first International Conference on Diversity in Project Management, (DiPM) on April 10 and 11 in the Netherlands. The conference will be held in Conference Centre 1931 at Oude Engelenseweg 1, 5222 AA ‘s-Hertogenbosch,The Netherlands.

This conference aims to be the first in a long series of DiPM Conferences initiated by IPMA. For 2017 the focus will be on Gender, being the biggest challenge in the male dominated profession of PM.

Projects are everywhere; in all industries, in private and public companies, in organizations and institutions, in all countries and for all types of products to be produced. This means that project conditions and frameworks are very different. Therefore the world also needs multiple diverse skills and personality profiles to manage projects. Diversity in project teams is key for improving project results and achieving increase in project success as many studies and best practices show. It is also crucial for the future of the profession to broaden and improve the project management recruitment pool. Finally diversity should be part of the social responsibility policy of every organization.

For information about the program, sponsors, registration and more, go to http://dipm.ipma.world/



Call for Papers for 30th Anniversary IPMA World Congress in Astana


IPMA WC2017 congress program committee issues call for papers on breakthrough competencies for managing change

22 February 2015 – Zurich, Switzerland and Astana, Kazakhstan – The call for papers for the 30th IPMA World Congress has been issued and is open through 30 April 2017. IPMA’s 30th Anniversary World Congress under the theme of “Breakthrough Competencies for Managing Change” will be held on the campus of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan during 5-7 September 2017. Visit the IPMA World Congress website here for more information.

The IPMA World Congress has for several decades been one of the world’s leading conferences on project, program and portfolio management, bringing together business professionals, practitioners, managers and representatives of global companies, leading scientists, educators, professors and students, representatives of various sectors and occupations, NGOs and the media. The congress includes three inspiring days with a comprehensive program of best practices, new insights and academic findings combined with world class awards, book launches, networking opportunities, site visits, the renowned IPMA Awards Gala, social events and more.

Kazakhstan Project Management Association and Nursultan Nazarbayev Educational Foundation act as organizers of this Congress. Nazarbayev University acts as a General partner of the Congress. The Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Akimat of Astana serve as Coordinators for the Congress organization.

About 1,000 national and foreign participants from over 60 countries plan to take part in the Congress. In the light of the future work the Kazakhstan is given a unique opportunity to obtain and study the world’s best practices of project management application in various fields of human activity and submit the best Kazakh projects to the world project management community.

Project management researchers, professors, students and teachers, as well as executives, practicing professionals and professional leaders are now invited to submit abstracts for scientific papers, professional presentations, panel discussions, workshops and special sessions for the congress. Program topics are expected to be as follows:

Block 1 (Academic):

  • Methodologies for the development of personnel competence in PM
  • Global challenges, trends and models for the development of organizational competence in PM
  • Development of knowledge systems and formation of competences in PM
  • Cognitive modeling in organizations’ competence development in PM
  • Development of competences in PM based on scientific research and educational programs

Block 2 (Practitioners):

  • Innovative development of PM competences in the real economy sectors: I. Energy II. Mechanical engineering III. Information and communication technologies IV. Space research V. Environmental and natural studies
  • Breakthrough technologies for creation and migration of values in PM of organization
  • Development Breakthrough technologies and competence development of high-tech Companies

Block 3 (Government bodies):

  • Competence development of public sector (public administration) in program management
  • Europe-China “Silk Way” stream
  • Green Technologies (EXPO 2017)

Those papers with the best rating will be selected to present at the WC2017. Conference language is English. For more information, contact aliya.myrzaliyeva@nu.edu.kz

See full Congress Call for Papers here.

Plan to visit beautiful Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan and host city for EXPO2017 to attend the 30th Anniversary IPMA World Congress.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest international project management professional organization. IPMA is a federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit http://www.ipma.world/.

Source: IPMA



4th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium



Full program agenda now available online for May 2017 conference

25 January 2017 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has unveiled the full agenda for their 4th Annual Project Management Symposium, scheduled for 4-5 May 2017. To see the full agenda and to register, go to Project Management Symposium.

When the event kicks off in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Thursday, May 4, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over 50 sessions and panel discussions focused on people in projects, construction management, federal programs, agile/IT, integrated project management, risk and big data, education, and stakeholders.

These eight tracks will feature, among other topics:

  • Insights into motivation, change management, and conflict resolution
  • Lessons learned from case study research into federal, state, and local program and project management offices
  • Tips for avoiding common procurement process problems
  • A discussion of signs that a software intensive project is under stress
  • Strategies for reducing IoT cyber risk
  • An overview of the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification
  • Information on seven psychological factors that play a role in the success of every project

The event features five esteemed keynotes: Lisa Blumerman from the U.S. Census Bureau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Stephen Shinn, Jeff Gravatte from CADD Microsystems, Patricia Carper with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Noblis’ Karl Wunderlich.

Make the most of your trip to College Park by attending the network session on May 4, which will provide a unique opportunity for project managers to make new connections and share experiences with academics and professionals from the Baltimore-Washington metro area.

For more information and to register, visit the Project Management Symposium website. Regular and one-day early registration rates are available until April 2, 2017. Government, military, non-profit, and Project Management Institute personnel are eligible for a discount.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence provides high quality, challenging education in project management prepares graduates to be proficient members of project teams and excellent project managers, maintains a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and provides project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Their academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



11th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium – August 2017



Plan to attend 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August 2017 – theme: Disruptive Leadership in the Turbulent Global Economy

1 January 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-18 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. 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. To access conference website, click here. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Disruptive leadership in a turbulent global economy”.

150624-pmwj36-early-UTD IMAGEThe 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others. 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.

The call for papers has been issued, with abstracts due by 13 March 2017. For more information or to view past keynote presentations or papers, visit the symposium website at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The event will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 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 if you have any questions contact pmsymposium@utdallas.edu or 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.