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Hill International to Support Major Expansion Program at the Port of Piraeus in Greece

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

7 July 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Athens, Greece – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract to provide construction supervision services in support of a €350 million ($399 million) Capital Expenditure Program for the Piraeus Port Authority in Greece.  The four-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately €2.4 million ($2.7 million).

The Port of Piraeus is the largest port in Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and the third busiest port in the world.  Spanning more than 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) along the coast, it has an aggregate area exceeding 5 million square meters (53.8 million square feet).  The Capital Expenditure Program entails upgrading and expanding the port’s infrastructure, including a new cruise terminal, dredging projects and facilities improvements.

The Program, expected to be complete by August 2021, will elevate the Port’s status as a key transportation hub in Europe, triggering further investments into other sectors of the economy. Hill was appointed as the Port Authority’s Independent Engineer, monitoring all aspects of the implementation of the Capital Expenditure Program.

“This is a major foreign direct investment and a project of national significance for Greece,” said Emmanouil Sigalas, Vice President with Hill International. “We are honored by this appointment and we look forward to supporting its delivery,” added Sigalas.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 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, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International

 

 

Wideman Website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 July 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

As promised last month, we have followed up with a Paper on the challenge and justification for the structure we have chosen to represent the large array of project management Areas of Application in Product Development management.

We have made a minor update to Issacon iac1432c to offer advice on structuring project Emails for efficiency and clarity, and hence more effective communications leading to a more successful project.

Our Guest author this month is Sarah Jones advocating for Sound Sleep as an Essential Habit for PMs.

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.

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.

 

 

Project to power Manu River Union countries

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project to support regional economic and social development

29 June 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with her counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea, broke ground for the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project, on the sideline of the high-level ECOWAS Heads of State summit in Liberia, held Sunday 4 June 2017.

Photo: Liberian President Sirleaf and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara after launching the AfDB funded power grid project. Courtesy AfDB

The launch kick-started physical construction activities of the 1,303 km transmission line and substations in the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries that constitute the CLSG. The CLSG interconnection is part of the backbone of the MRU countries and a priority project of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Master Plan.

“As ECOWAS proceeds for transformation of our economies, power has been identified as one of our major constraints. Power supports education, security, health, industry, and the comfort of life. The project will enable our nations move at a faster pace in the achievement of our Sustainable development Goals. We, the Heads of state of the beneficiary countries commit our full support to the success of this project,” President Sirleaf underscored.

Speaking on the occasion, the Bank’s Chief Power Engineer, Amadou Diallo Bassirou explained that the project was in line with the New Deal on Energy for Africa as implementation of the transmission line will support the development of the hydroelectric power potential of the MRU countries in pooling the different energy sources.

“The project will allow the exchange of electricity among West African countries and beyond. It will help establish a dynamic electric power market in the West African sub-region and secure power supply for participating countries which have a comparative advantage in importing power rather than producing it at high costs using their national systems”, he added

About the CLSG Project

The project consists of three components: (i) the construction of the 225 kV transmission line of 1303 km in length; (ii) the strengthening of the capacities of the secretariat of the WAPP and national electricity utilities of the beneficiary countries; and (iii) the electrification of rural communities located along the line. Feasibility studies of a few hydroelectric power plants intended to develop the hydroelectric potential are also planned.

The project will cost 331.51 million UA, and is co-financed by the African Development Bank Group (128.15 MUA), World Bank (88.57 MUA), the European Investment Bank (61.98 MUA), KfW (26.27 MUA), the EU/Africa (8.55 MUA) and Governments (17.99 MUA). The works are expected to be completed in December 2019.

Governance and operations

Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea agreed to establish, a Special Purpose Company (SPC) for the financing, construction, operation, development and ownership of the electric interconnection line (CLSG). The SPC, TRANSCO CLSG was established and has been operational since end of 2015. The share capital is owned equally by the national power corporations of the four countries.

About the AfDB’s New Deal of Energy for Africa

The New Deal on Energy for Africa, together with the inter-connected flagship programs is a top initiative of The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Sector Complex (PEVP). The New Deal on Energy for Africa aims to light up and power Africa. Launched in 2016, the New Deal has the aspirational objective of achieving universal energy access in Africa by 2025.

The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Sector Complex (PEVP), was created to fulfill the objectives of “Light Up and Power Africa” – principally achieving universal access to electricity by 2025. The Complex will accomplish this by building Africa’s energy systems while ensuring green growth. The entire development ecosystem for operational effectiveness, scale, socio- economic, and environmental impact will be taken into account.

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

 

 

U.S. notes Zimbabwe progress in combatting trafficking in persons

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

29 June 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared news from a United States government report that says Zimbabwe made notable progress to strengthen its capacity and to respond to cases of trafficking in persons in the past year.  This is positive news about an important regional programme.

“The (Zimbabwe) government made key achievements during the reporting period (2016- 17)… these achievements included increased efforts to investigate and prosecute alleged trafficking crimes,” according to the State Department Trafficking in Persons Report (June 2017). “The government coordinated with Kuwait to repatriate and refer to care 121 female trafficking victims, and also repatriated five victims from Sudan.”

The report commends Zimbabwe for launching its first national action plan and implementing several key activities in the plan. Among these was the Anti-Trafficking Inter-Ministerial committee which developed terms of reference to guide front-line responders in a victim-centered approach and established two provincial taskforces to implement the national action plan at the provincial level. It also conducted training-of-trainers for police on victim identification interview procedures.

Briefing journalists, government officials and representatives of nongovernmental organisations on Wednesday morning, an official from the United States Embassy said as a result of these actions, Zimbabwe was upgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.

“Any country determined to be a country of origin, transit, or destination for at least two victims of trafficking in persons must be included in the TIP Report and assigned to one of four tiers,” said Embassy Political Officer Krista Fisher (pictured right). “Countries assessed as fully meeting the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking are classified as Tier 1 and countries assessed as not fully meeting the minimum standards, but making significant efforts to meet them, are classified as Tier 2.”

Previously Zimbabwe was ranked Tier 3, among countries assessed as not meeting the minimum standards nor making significant efforts to meet them.

“This is definitely an achievement and we hope that it will motivate the government and others involved in combating trafficking in persons in Zimbabwe to continue to make strides in protecting vulnerable people from trafficking,” said Fisher.

The report acknowledges that Zimbabwe is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor—as is the United States.  Women and girls from Zimbabwean towns bordering South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia are subjected to forced labor, including domestic servitude, and sex trafficking in brothels catering to long-distance truck drivers on both sides of the borders. Reports indicate that adults have recruited girls for child sex trafficking in Victoria Falls. Children are subjected to forced labor in the agricultural and mining sectors and are forced to carry out illegal activities, including drug smuggling. There were increased reports of children from Mozambique being subjected to forced labor in street vending in Zimbabwe, including in Mbare.

Each year, since 2001, the U.S. government has produced the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to encourage global efforts to end human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.

The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage foreign governments in dialogues to advance anti-trafficking reforms and to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs. “The introduction of this year’s report focuses on the responsibility of governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders accountable,” noted Secretary Rex Tillerson in the foreword to the report. “To that end, this report is intended to assist governments in identifying threats so law enforcement agencies around the world can respond effectively and gain insight into where human trafficking remains most severe. The Report will also equip local and sub-national law enforcement agencies to better assist in efforts to target and prosecute those who commit these terrible crimes.”

Worldwide, the report is used by international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations alike as a tool to examine where resources are most needed. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government’s anti-human trafficking policy.

The full report is available on https://www.state.gov/j/tip/

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. PMZ  is registered and accredited by the Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education Zimbabwe. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

NASA Completes Milestone toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

26 June 2017 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced the achievement of a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

Senior experts and engineers from across the agency and the Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded Friday that the QueSST design is capable of fulfilling the LBFD aircraft’s mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft “thump” instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with supersonic flight today. The LBFD X-plane will be flown over communities to collect data necessary for regulators to enable supersonic flight over land in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Illustration of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft as outlined during the project’s Preliminary Design Review last week. Image courtesy of NASA and Lockheed Martin.

NASA partnered with lead contractor, Lockheed Martin, in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design. Last month, a scale model of the QueSST design completed testing in the 8-by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

“Managing a project like this is all about moving from one milestone to the next,” said David Richwine, manager for the preliminary design effort under NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project. “Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin helped get us to this point. We’re now one step closer to building an actual X-plane.”

After the success of completing the PDR, NASA’s project team can start the process of soliciting proposals later this year and awarding a contract early next year to build the piloted, single-engine X-plane. The acquisition for the LBFD X-plane contract will be fully open and competitive, with the QueSST preliminary design data being made available to qualified bidders. Flight testing of an LBFD X-plane could begin as early as 2021.

Over the next few months, NASA will work with Lockheed on finalizing the QueSST preliminary design effort. This includes a static inlet performance test and a low-speed wind tunnel test at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

For more information about QueSST and LBFD, visit: https://go.nasa.gov/2tdiNif

For more information about NASA’s aeronautics work, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/aeronautics

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

 

 

Robinson wins PMI 2017 Student Paper of the Year Award

 

P/PM PEOPLE NEWS

Salford postgraduate student Neil Robinson to receive 2017 Student Paper of the Year award from PMI Education Foundation

25 June 2017 – Philadelphia, USA and London, UK – The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation (PMIEF) has selected Neil C. Robinson, a postgraduate student at the Salford Business School, to receive its 2017 James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award for the EMEA Region.

The award is for Neil’s research paper titled Life is a Project: Project Management as an Enabling Life Skill in Cross-Cultural Transition. The 2017 award will be formally presented to Neil on stage at the annual PMI Awards Gala, which will take place during the annual PMI Global Conference, North America, scheduled for 27- 30 October, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The winning paper was inspired by the outcomes of the Life is a Project (LIAP) education initiative, teaching project management life skills to a group of ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in London. The LIAP programme framework, curriculum and lesson plans introduced learners to a visually-rich, practical, language-graded subset of basic project management concepts, tools and techniques which they could apply to their everyday life project objectives. During the course of five volunteer-led workshops, participants were assisted to articulate and develop plans for personal life projects as well as collaborating as a project team in the planning and delivery of a practical community-based project initiative – a fund-raising event in support of the British Refugee Council.

The LIAP programme was a completely voluntary initiative, conceived and implemented by the author as a proof-of-concept endeavor. His research paper explores theories of cross-cultural transition and the potential benefits to be realized by “at-risk” communities through the acquisition and application of basic project management skills for everyday life. Neil’s LIAP programme was recently featured in a local UK news article at http://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/learning-the-language-of-success/

The award recipient, Neil C Robinson, is a London based Project Management practitioner with a special interest in Global Projects and cross-cultural communications. Neil’s award winning paper was originally presented at the 6th Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States at the University of Latvia in April 2017; it was republished in the June 2017 edition of the PM World Journal. His profile can be viewed in the PM World Library author showcase.

Commencing his career as an IT Practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, Neil found himself drawn to the cultural diversity of the EMEA region, choosing London as the hub in which to base himself almost 20 years ago. Having subsequently relished the opportunity to develop a project management career spanning five continents, he developed a deep appreciation of the challenges of cross-cultural communications in both the business and social domains. A recent sabbatical, due to parental health issues, presented the opportunity and motivation to act on the LIAP education concept.

Says Neil “It was time to give back. I wanted to prove the concept that the art of project management could, to a degree, be demystified and taught to anyone as an enabling everyday life skill. I wanted to prove that this concept could demonstrably open doors and potentially change lives for others.”

On receiving this award, Neil said “It’s a great honour and validation of the effort expended to have this work recognised by PMIEF. The case studies of ‘social good’ endeavours shared in PMIEF publications were undeniably a source of inspiration.” More pertinently, he shared that it was a chance 2015 meeting and conversation with PMI Founder, Jim Snyder, the award’s namesake, which provided impetus to act on his LIAP idea. “I’d shared the LIAP concept with Jim and was bemoaning the logistical complexity and dead-ends I’d encountered in seeking support for the idea. Jim replied “Just do it.” I did.”

Of the future of LIAP, Neil says “The 2016 LIAP London endeavour was in effect a proof-of-concept. I was unable to garner any organizational, logistical, or financial support for the concept from business, professional, government, charitable or social orgnasitaions so I took Jim’s advice and just did it. Now the concept’s proven, I need help. The dream is to see this concept, or a variant, spread far and wide as a vehicle of social good, with the aid of one or more of these bodies. I’ve taken the idea as far as I can as an individual volunteer. I hope that this PMIEF award will help to raise the visibility of the LIAP concept and trigger interest and support from within these groups. Moreover I hope that it inspires other practitioners to take the plunge and follow through on their thoughts and ideas for helping others.”

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award (ISPA) is an annual research paper award which recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Winning papers are selected by an independent panel of project management experts based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. Awards are assessed and bestowed by region.

The PMI Educational Foundation is a non-profit, public charitable organization and the philanthropic arm of PMI.  PMIEF views project management as a critical skill for everyone, especially the 7 billion people around the world who are unfamiliar with it.  While PMI focuses on making project management indispensable for business results, PMIEF focuses on bringing the power of project management to the rest of society. More at https://pmief.org/

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for millions of professionals worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

 

 

$1bln Zimbabwe Road Rehabilitation project Launched

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare
Project Management Zimbabwe

21 June 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Works on the US$1billion rehabilitation and dualisation of the 580 km Beitbridge-Harare Road has started. Zimbabwe President His Excellency Robert Mugabe officially commissioned the start of the project at the beginning of May 2017 with a ground breaking ceremony that was attended by key stakeholders from the public and private sector. Work on the Beitbridge-Harare Rd is a sub-project and phase 1 of the major project to rehabilitate the entire Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Road (see map image below) which has an estimated total project cost of $2,3billion according to reports from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.

The Zimbabwe government has awarded the tender for the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) project to Austrian contractor Geiger International and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and agreements were signed in November 2016.

The project is expected to take up to three years and will be carried out in two phases. The first section will be from Beitbridge to Harare, which will be done under a Public Private Partnership/ Build Operate and Transfer model. The second phase covering Harare-Chirundu section will be done through a loan facility.

The Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway is Zimbabwe’s busiest and most economically significant, and is part of the North-South Corridor that directly links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia with access to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa.

Speaking at the May 2017 ground breaking ceremony, Zimbabwe Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said Government signed a memorandum of understanding for the contract with Geiger International (GI) in 2012 but the absence of a legal framework until 2016 delayed the deal.

This is despite the deal being officially announced in June last year, when Government named GI and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) as the tender winners for the Harare-Beitbridge and Harare-Chirundu roads. GI Vice-President Eric Geiger said the negotiations for the deal had taken six years, ‘punctuated by tenders and legal issues.’

“Geiger International has mobilised resources for the design and construction of the road and will be responsible for collecting and maintaining the toll plazas during the concession period, through a company in which Government will have shares,” said Geiger.

“Proceeds from toll operations will be used to meet operating costs, loan repayments, interest, dividend payments to investors, and shareholders including the government. At the end of the concession period, Geiger will hand over the road to government, which would have to be responsible for its maintenance.”

Actual work on the road will start after three months if the designs are approved, he said.

Local companies will participate in the construction project to the tune of 40 percent of contract value. Geiger said the government had guaranteed the safety of its investment. The road was the beginning of more business deals with government, with more to follow, he added.

Gumbo said more toll plazas will be added on the route as Geiger seeks to recoup their investment.

The Beitbridge highway has been in use for over 56 years, way beyond its design life of 20 years. Efforts to rehabilitate the highway, whose state of disrepair has cost many lives in traffic accidents, have been held back by claims of corruption and bribery. Government initially awarded the contract to ZimHighways, a consortium of 14 firms that included Murray & Roberts, Costain Africa, Kuchi Building Construction, Tarcon, Bitcon, Joina Development Company and Southland Engineers back in 2003. However, the project never took off as bickering erupted between the government and the consortium. Government accused the contractors of failing to put up the money for the project, while ZimHighways accused government officials of demanding bribes.

In 2013, after government announced plans to hand the project to a new contractor, citing ZimHighways’ failure to start the project, the consortium took the government to court. It only dropped its lawsuit in 2015, on condition that the consortium members would be sub-contracted for the project, allowing government to float a new tender.

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, membership services and programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Tech Entrepreneur Channels Empathy

 

Projekt202 Co-Founder Peter Eckert to keynote 11th UT Dallas PM Symposium with presentation on “The Empathetic Project Manager”

20 June 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Peter Eckert, co-founder of the successful tech company Projekt202 will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. Eckert is the Chief Experience Officer for projekt202, a software design and development company that provides digital transformation solutions for some of America’s top corporations. Named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc., projekt202’s revenue has grown 214% over the past three years. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Seattle, projekt202 harnesses the strengths and talents of more than 160 researchers, designers, developers and digital marketing strategists.

How can empathy help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? What is empathy and how can it be leveraged to make sense of project teams, motivate members of your teams, deliver better results and disrupt the way how things are done today? Peter will discuss how you can successfully leverage already well-established techniques out of the cognitive science toolbox to develop empathy and have teams perform at a higher level.

Peter Eckert is a UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world. As Chief Experience Officer and Co‐Founder of projekt202, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. Under Peter’s guidance, projekt202 builds emotionally rich and intuitive solutions that enable customers and end‐users to access the full potential of technology in today’s connected world.

Peter has helped Fortune 500 companies implement user experience strategies, changing the way products are envisioned, designed and built. He has directed projekt202’s efforts for SAP, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Sabre, Motorola, Dell, Samsung, Crossmark, Microsoft, Agresso, Thomson Financials, The Tribune Company, LeGrand, Logitech, Deloitte, Mercedes, Capital One, Amazon, Expedia, AT&T, Cognizant, eBay, Southwest Airlines, Kronos, Teleflora, TicketNetwork and more. A graduate of Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany, Peter also studied design at Arizona State University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He has authored articles featured in Fast Company, UX Magazine, E‐Commerce Times and other publications.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-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. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available. To access conference website, click here.

Other keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA.

The 2.5-day project management conference will focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications, local government and others. This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a 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. 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 registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. 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 http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

 

Call for Papers for PM World Journal 60th Edition

 

Articles and papers for 5th year anniversary edition invited

18 June 2017 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The July 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) will be the 60th consecutive monthly edition, marking the five year anniversary of the digital publication. Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PMWJ related to any aspect of program or project management.   Questions or original works can be emailed to [email protected]

Since August 2012, more than 2200 original works by 939 different authors in 65+ countries have been published in the PMWJ. Those works are now contained in the “PM World Collection” in the PM World Library (PMWL) at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. All authors whose work appears in the PMWJ receive an author page in the PMWL Author Showcase where their works can be found and easily accessed. Each month’s new works are featured on the PMWL home page.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “July represents a significant milestone for the journal, our five year anniversary. We’ve tried to publish articles and papers in formats that can be useful for people and organizations in many industries and locations around the world. Based on feedback from authors and readers, it seems to be working.”

“Just as importantly, we offer professionals and experts a vehicle for sharing knowledge and receiving recognition,” Pells adds. “Too many websites publish good content but don’t identify the authors, which I don’t think is right. The creators of new knowledge should be duly recognized for their contributions. I also don’t think content should be separated from the authors, whose backgrounds and experience often provide important context for whatever is written.”

Researchers and practicing professionals are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. For author guidelines, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Team Serbia wins IPMA Young Crew 2017 PM Championship

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Young Crew teams from Spain and Italy also recognized

Reported by Gundars Strazdins, Marketing & PR Manager for IPMA Young Crew Project Management Championships 2017

16 June 2017 – Brijuni, Croatia – In the 2016/2017 academic year 209 teams, 750 students from 7 countries – Spain, Finland, Serbia, Lithuania, Germany, Croatia, and Italy – competed in the Project Management Championship. The International Final of Project Management Championship final took place in Brijuni, Croatia on June 10, 2017, and gathered the best student teams from all participating countries. The assessment tool was a project simulation KINSHASA provided by OMEC, and teams needed to plan and execute a project in Africa in challenging and changing conditions.

The winners – Team Serbia (Anja Spasojević, Miloš Milosavljević, Velizar Stefanović and Nemanja Jevtić)

Piotr Bogobowicz, Member of the Board, OMEC, shares his insights: “The simulation game KINSHASA, performed during the International Final of the PMC, is usually organized to be executed within two days. Yet, the requirements of the Final made it even challenging as the full game should have been done in just six hours. Needless to say – this is a huge task for young project managers to do it. I noticed that the main issues for the young project managers this year are the level of detail in communication with the sponsor, difficulties to have a general overall view of the project and transfer of project priorities to teamwork priorities. However, the team spirit and the attention and the quality of the reporting were a huge advantage to all of the teams. The simulation providers and assessors were astonished to see the results teams delivered.”

For the first time since the International Finals have been organized, it was decided to award the 2nd and the 3rd place as well.

The 2nd Place was awarded to the Team Spain (Raico Álvarez Feijoo, Ivan Adrio Muñiz, Patricia Fernández Fernández, Joaquín Abadín Mayo).

The 3rd Place was awarded to the Team Italy (Veronica Bertolotti, Barbara Bianchi, Marta Bindi).

The Project Management Championship is organized by International Project Management Association (IPMA) Young Crew. The PMC is kindly supported by STS – the project management training company. Main sponsor – OMEC. Supporting Sponsor – Opera Opus.

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew provides experiential learning through interaction and information exchange among young project managers. For more information visit http://www.ipma.ch/young-crew/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of 60+ national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For further information navigate to http://www.ipma.world/

 

 

34 new works by 42 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2223 project management articles, papers & other works by 939 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 June 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 34 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 42 different authors in 19 different countries were published in the June 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 2200 original works by 939 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by 30-40 new works from many different authors; of the 42 authors this month, 16 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 again had some outstanding new contributions this month. Everyone needs to read the featured paper titled ‘Gender Issues in Project Planning and Management’ from four researchers in Uganda. I’ve never seen the issue of gender equality addressed in this way before; it’s outstanding and breaks important new ground.”

New authors in June include Ksige Abdu (Uganda), Tony Bendell (UK), Alma Contreras (USA), Britta Eremit (Germany), Rizwan Hasnie (Pakistan/USA), Rick Kimball (USA), Nabunya Kulthum (Uganda), Jessica Kunkle (USA), Jim Miller (USA), Massimo Pirozzi (Italy), Mikal Raczka (Poland), Neil Robinson (UK/Australia), Rudy Rodriguez (USA), Ujeyo Margaret Stella (Uganda), Priti Vaid (India) and Timothy Wilson (USA/Sweden). New works from 26 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The papers by Stretton, Pirozzi, Olugboyega and Abu Dief are also excellent and on important topics,” Pells adds. “The other articles, reports and second edition papers are all worth reading, in my opinion. I also want to welcome our new authors this month. I hope more readers will share their experience, research and knowledge.”

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, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://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 [email protected]

 

 

Study reveals main causes of project management issues in UK

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Nation-wide study of 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors, shows rate of overrunning projects.

13 June 2017 – London, UK – A new study of 500 professionals companies in the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors conducted for software provider Access Group, reveals that more than 75% of projects overrun due to ‘a lack of resource’ and ‘poor time management.’

Access Group commissioned One Poll to survey 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors who manage projects on a daily basis. The online survey was completed during 5-9 May 2017.

Among the key findings:

  • Only 25 respondents were able to say that less than 10% of their projects stayed on schedule
  • 15% of respondents claimed that a lack of tools was the main reason for projects overrunning
  • The East of England was found to be the least efficient amongst the regions, with their projects overrunning between 91%-100% of the time

Steve Berridge, Director, Access Group commented: “Utilisation is a key metric within any project based company. It’s important to understand the individuals within the organisation and where they’re spending their time to make sure their time is focussed on fee related activity rather than non-fee related activity, such as internal meetings and proposal writing. Too many organisations can recruit more than they need, therefore bringing in more cost to a business without considering utilisation first.”

Access Group is a business software provider headquartered in London with over 900 staff across 14 offices in the UK. Learn more at http://www.theaccessgroup.com/

For further information contact [email protected]

 

 

AIPM announces changes to RegPM Certification

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

9 June 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced process improvements to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program intended to streamline the recertification process for RegPMs. As a result of feedback received during their annual Member Satisfaction Survey, they looked for ways to make it easier for certified project professionals to log and maintain their CPD points.

As of 1 July 2017 certified members will be self-managing their own CPDs through a personal CPD log. Random audits will take place to ensure the profession continues to enjoy the reputation from which all Members benefit. RegPMs will still be required to attain 70 CPD points over the course of three years to maintain their certification.

Attendance at any AIPM events (such as Chapter Events, PM Webinars or the National Conference) will still have the allocated CDP points automatically credited to your MyAIPM profile on the AIPM website.

Benefits of AIPM Certification include:

For more information on becoming a certified project manager today, please visit the certification page on the AIPM website, or contact the AIPM Certification team at mailto:[email protected]or on (02) 8288 8700.

Since 1976 AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia. 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 http://www.aipm.com.au/.

Source: AIPM

 

 

Six New Project Management Research Interns

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Graduate students at three universities begin research internships with PM World Library

8 June 2017 – Almaty, Dallas, Milan, Rome – PM World has announced that six new university graduate students have recently begun research internships through the PM World Library. The students are currently studying in Italy and in Kazakhstan and include the following:

Domenico Moccia, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, began his internship in late April 2017. Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. To learn more about Domenico and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and advanced program in Finance. She began her internship in early May 2017. To learn more about Aizhan and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Rome) in Rome, Lazio, Italy, began his internship in late May 2017. Venkata holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. To learn more about Srikanth and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

Faith Onwunalu, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University in Rome, Lazio, ITALY, already holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Nigeria. She began her internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Faith and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/faith-onwunalu/

Livinus O. Nweke is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and a MicroMasters in Cybersecurity at EDx/RITx. Livinus holds a BS degree in Computer Science from University of the People, Pasadena, CA, USA and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria. He began his internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Livinus and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/livinus-nweke/

Vishwanath Prasad Guduguntla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University (The State University of Rome) In Italy. Vishwanath, who already holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, began his internship in early June. To learn more about Vishwanath and to follow his research, visit is intern page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/vishwanath-guduguntla/

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We welcome these dynamic graduate students to our research internship program. Each student was referred to us by a sponsoring professor; they already understand the likelihood of encountering project work during their careers and the need for more project management knowledge. I think they will gain some useful information during their internships.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying project management at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain significant visibility and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to program and project management around the world. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

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

 

 

New NASA Experiments, Research Headed to International Space Station

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PRORAMS & PROJECTS

3 June 2017 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that major experiments that will look into the human body and out into the galaxy are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following its 5:07 p.m. EDT launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the cargo craft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the station.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:07 p.m. June 3. About 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the cargo craft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA TV

Research materials flying inside the Dragon’s pressurized area include an experiment studying fruit flies to better understand the effects on the heart of prolonged exposure to microgravity. Because they’re small, age rapidly, and have a well-known genetic make-up, they are good models for heart function studies. This experiment could significantly advance understanding of how spaceflight affects the cardiovascular system and could aid in the development of countermeasures to help astronauts.

The Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for osteoporosis investigation tests a new drug that can rebuild bone and block further bone loss, improving crew health. When people and animals spend extended periods of time in space, they experience bone density loss, or osteoporosis. In-flight countermeasures, such as exercise, prevent it from getting worse, but there isn’t a therapy on Earth or in space that can restore bone. The results from this ISS National Laboratory-sponsored investigation build on previous research also supported by the National Institutes for Health and could lead to new drugs for treating bone density loss in millions of people on Earth.

Three payloads inside Dragon’s unpressurized area will demonstrate new solar panel technologies, study the physics of neutron stars, and host an array of Earth-viewing instruments.

This mission is SpaceX’s eleventh cargo flight to the station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon’s cargo will support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations during the station’s Expeditions 52 and 53.

The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to depart the space station in early July, returning with more than 3,400 pounds of science, hardware and crew supplies.

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Keep up with the International Space Station, and its research and crews, at http://www.nasa.gov/station

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For nearly 60 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates for June 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 June 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

Good news about the Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms! After several years of dedicated effort, we have finally assembled a new collection of project management and product development terms, presented in a number of distinct domains. For more information, see our latest Paper titled: What’s new in Glossary v6.1? This is an exciting change in direction.

In Part 6 of his Guest paper, Mark Seely concludes with three further valuable appendices. In Appx B: The Performance Dashboard designed to fully inform both decision-makers as well as the project team; Appx C: Human Characteristics provides a 5-step ladder of characteristics suited to each of his five organizational levels; and Appx D: Contracting Considerations appropriate to each of the five levels.

Visitors to this web site should note that Mark Seely’s whole series provides bold insights into project management, and valuable guidance on how to confront different levels of maturity or complexity in the whole domain of project management activity.

This month, Darya Duma contributes to our Musings with her “Daydreams” on Sustainability in Project Management.

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://pmworldjournal.net/beating-odds-tips-jump-starting-developing-countries/.

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.

 

 

AfDB scales up to a record US $11 billion for projects & programs

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Growth propelled by the High 5s and New Development and Business Delivery Model

24 May 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Ahmedabad, India – With the roll-out of its High 5s priorities and a new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) in 2016, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), delivered a record US $11 billion worth of projects and programs during the year, targeting creation of 630,000 jobs mainly for youths and women, according to the Bank Group’s 2016 Annual Report released at its Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

In real terms, the 305 operations approved during the year will bring electricity to some of the darkest parts of the continent, unlock growth potential for small businesses, nourish thousands of children, empower young entrepreneurs, and strengthen connectivity between African regions and cities. These are located in the realm of the Bank’s High 5 priorities (Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa) and the Bank’s agenda to “transform the Bank to transform Africa.”

According to the Report, actual disbursements on these approvals reached US $6.3 billion, a 55% increase over the figures for 2015 when approvals and disbursements stood at US $8.78 billion and US $4.20 billion, respectively.

“The mixed economic performance among African countries underscores the urgency for structural economic transformation on the continent – to build resilience and drive sustainable, inclusive growth. Fulfilling its role and mandate, the Bank stepped up its support to Regional Member Countries (RMCs) through higher levels of lending and more policy-relevant knowledge,” said AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina.

The Bank’s “High 5s” serve as vehicles for the delivery of its Ten Year Strategy 2013–2022, which aims to foster inclusive growth, and transition to green growth.

Approvals for Light up and power Africa increased 72.8% to US $ 2.0 billion; operations in the Feed Africa priority rose by 66% to US $1.2 billion; approvals for Industrialize Africa were up 43.5% to US $1.3 billion. The highest approval of US $5.6 billion went to Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa, representing a 52.3% of the total approvals for Integrate Africa fell 18% to US $661.9 million.

Viewed from the sectoral angle, approvals to infrastructure (comprising water and sanitation, energy, communication, and transport), went up by 43.7% to US $4.72 billion in 2016. The financial sector came second with 23.3%, while projects grouped under multisector activities received 17% of the investments. Agriculture and rural development and the social sector received 9.3% and 6.7% of the total investments, respectively.

In terms of financing windows, loans and grants were the key financing instruments, accounting for 92.1% of total approvals in 2016, followed by guarantees (3.3%), equity participation (2.6%), and special funds (2%). The substantial (55%) increase in disbursements are attributable to a range of systemic changes and institutional reforms launched in late 2015, which effectively slashed the time between approval and first disbursement by 96 days.

“Strong impacts, both from projects completed during the year and ongoing ones, have been registered in all areas of the High 5s, confirming that the Ten Year Strategy, the strategic priorities, and the new business model, are all delivering for Africa’s transformation,” the report says.

The Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Bank’s operations in its 54 Regional Member Countries during financial year (1 January to 31 December 2016). It describes various reforms of the Bank Group to improve its business delivery, effectiveness, corporate management, and highlights the Group’s financial performance.

Read the full report

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/.

Photo: Courtesy of the African Development Bank

Source: African Development Bank

 

 

Beating the odds – tips for jump-starting developing countries

 

PUBLISHING NEWS

Important new book for project sponsors in developing economies launched at AfDB annual meeting in India

22 May 2017 – Ahmedabad, India – A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Titled “Beating the Odds : Jump-Starting Developing Countries”, the book is co-authored by two development economists – AfDB’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Célestin Monga and the Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin.

According to the AfDB release, the book will undoubtedly contribute to the history of Africa’s development. It is a detailed strategy that comes as “tips for jump-starting developing countries”, at a time think-tanks from around the globe and key policy-makers, businesses, academia, civil society as well as media representatives are reflecting on a new paradigm that will effectively help create wealth in the continent, through agricultural transformation. The book demonstrates how African countries would aptly move their development agenda “out of the low-income trap regardless of their circumstances.”

Why was the book written? The authors affirmed that poverty is not predestined: it can be changed, provided the right policy is implemented. For them, there is a good window of opportunity for African countries to transform. There is a for countries to be pragmatic in the choice of policies, the authors argued, adding that growth always starts from a poor business environment.

Building on the successful experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the authors said, “By attracting foreign investments, poor countries would improve their trade logistics and increase the knowledge and skills of local entrepreneurs. That would also help gain the confidence of international buyers, and gradually make local firms competitive.” They also underscored that the strategy needs not be limited to traditional manufacturing, but can also include agriculture, the service sector, and other activities.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, congratulated the authors for producing a comprehensive and pragmatic book that encourages less privileged nations “to swiftly jump directly into the global economy.” She also said she was attracted by the content and the fundamental lessons learned from the book. However, she pointed out that institutions are the missing links in Africa’s development. “Our countries need strong institutions,” she said.

The book is published by Princeton University Press in the United States. For more about the book, go to http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10931.html

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

Photo courtesy of AfDB

 

 

Commercial Project Management

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge aimed at companies selling project services

21 May 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Commercial Project Management: A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services, by Robin Hornby. Officially published in early May 2017, this new book is available in hard cover, paperback and eBook versions – see more on the book’s webpage.

According to Routledge: Selling and delivering a project to a satisfied client, and making a profit, is a complex task. Project manager and author Robin Hornby believes this has been neglected by current standards and is poorly understood by professionals in the field. Commercial Project Management aims to rectify this deficiency. As a unique ‘how-to’ guide for project and business managers, it offers practical guidance, and a wealth of explanatory illustrations, useful techniques, proven checklists, real life examples, and case stories. It will give project managers a needed confidence boost and a head start in their demanding role as they go ‘on contract’.

At the heart of Robin’s approach is a vendor sales and delivery lifecycle that provides a framework for business control of projects. Unique elements include the integration of buyer and vendor project lifecycles, the recasting of project management as a cyclic set of functions to lead the work of the project, and the elevation of risk assessment from a project toolkit to a fundamental control process.

Beyond project management, the book proposes a comprehensive template for the firm whose business is delivering projects. This is a how-to book for project and business managers working in a commercial environment looking for practical guidance on conducting their projects and organizing their firm.

Robin Hornby worked in the information technology industry for over 35 years, migrating from systems engineering to project and then delivery management. He taught project management at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, for 10 years and currently writes, consults, and conducts seminars. He pioneered many of the delivery practices described in this book.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Commercial-Project-Management-A-Guide-for-Selling-and-Delivering-Professional/Hornby/p/book/9781138237681

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

 

Early Registration Open for August UT Dallas PM Symposium

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Early bird discount pricing now available – don’t wait!

20 May 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that early registration is now open for the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium. The 2017 symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is organized 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 conference is “Disruptive Leadership”. Abstracts were received, keynote speakers have been identified and the full program is now set. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202, on the topic of “The Empathetic PM”
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, on the topic of “PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession®”
  • Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company, on the topic of “Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Reflections of an Expatriate Program Manager”
  • Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas, on the topic of “Defeating the Status Quo…Why Leaders Matter”
  • Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA, on the topic of “Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are you Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters?”

This annual project management conference focuses 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 researchers to share their experience and knowledge with their peers. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs, with plenty of networking opportunities. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click 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 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 registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. 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 http://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.