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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/.

 

 

Aerospace Project Management Handbook

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from CRC Press describes project management for complex air and space programs

18 May 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Aerospace Project Management Handbook, edited by author name. Just published in May, this new 423-page book covers aerospace project development topics; project management processes and control topics; project technical implementation aspects; project communications, leadership and other special topics; and emerging project management topics, including agile. For more, visit the book’s webpage here.

According to the CRC release: The Aerospace Project Management Handbook focuses on space systems, exploring intricacies rarely seen in land-based projects. These range from additional compliance requirements from Earned Value Management requirements and regulations (ESA, NASA, FAA), to criticality and risk factors for systems where repair is impossible. Aerospace project management has become a pathway for success in harsh space environments, as the Handbook demonstrates. With chapters written by experts, this comprehensive book offers a step-by-step approach emphasizing the applied techniques and tools, and is a prime resource for program managers, technical leads, systems engineers, and principle payload leads.

Ann Garrison Darrin has an extensive background in technology and engineering management in government (NASA and DOD), academia and industry, and has worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for more than 17 years. She is the Managing Executive of the Space Exploration Sector at the Laboratory. Ann is a member of the principal staff and previously was in the research center and manufacturing areas. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Ann worked at NASA Goddard Space Center in aerospace engineering and was the Division Chief for Assurance Technologies which includes electronic components and packaging and material science. She is the author/co-author of over 60 papers, and an author and editor of the three books published by CRC Press. As a technologist, Ann has participated in numerous exciting technology “firsts” in space. Ann is the founder and co-chair of the MEMS Alliance Mid-Atlantic and holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, University College. Ann sits on the board of the Maryland Space Business Round Table and the Science Council of the Maryland Science Center. Ms. Darrin is the 2005 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award the Johns Hopkins University Women’s Network.

Dr. Patrick A. Stadter has more than twenty-five years of system engineering and program management experience in space, air, and undersea domains. He has successfully led staff in expanding The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s cross-enterprise ability to contribute in new technical areas, providing opportunities to apply and improve staff cross-domain knowledge, developing new program focus areas, and effectively engaging complex sponsor organizations. He is recognized for leadership and development of line and program organizations, including complex, multidisciplinary teams established across APL sectors, government, laboratory, and industry contributors. Dr. Stadter’s technical focus includes system engineering, distributed, autonomous systems control, data fusion, and information theory. He has over 50 publications, two patents, has held a review panel appointment to the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council and is an active member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Stadter’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering and include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Aerospace-Project-Management-Handbook/Darrin-Stadter/p/book/9781498776523

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

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Participants needed for Survey on Project Management Software

 

P/PM RESEARCH NEWS

17 May 2017 – Palermo, Italy – PM World has received a request from a managerial engineer who is working on an experimental thesis to achieve a master’s degree at the University of Palermo (Italy) as part of project management. His study is related to the classification of project management software.

The study will end in the next two months, and it aims to evaluate project management software. To do this, a decision-making method will be applied to classify the major software on the market. The classification will be based on how each software tool addresses the features identified. The objective of the survey is to determine the weights for these functions (in order to determine which are most important for project management software).

For any further clarification, please contact Massimo Castiglione at castiglione.massimo@yahoo.it

Access the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCdB_FPvunV0DLvEdbEf4AkAUkRl2nmSpMNkFlj7QgJYxYNA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Jacobs as Project and Construction Manager

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Role to support multi-billion dollar construction program at Los Angeles International Airport

10 May 2017 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Jacobs has announced that it has been awarded a seven-year professional services prime contract for project and construction management by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to support its Landside Access Modernization Program, Airline/Tenant Improvement Program and Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The City of Los Angeles anticipates an increase in travel into the Southern California region resulting from the addition of new entertainment facilities, a sports stadium and a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In anticipation of this growth, and with the intent of improving the overall guest experience, LAWA has initiated the planning and development of more than $14 billion in capital improvements at LAX.

Jacobs’ role includes a broad range of project and construction support services to deliver programs from definition to construction and final closeout. Services include planning; project, construction and design management; construction logistics and impact analysis; staff training and development; change management; and environmental reporting. Jacobs is supporting LAWA as the operator guides and approves major improvement plans by its airline tenants at LAX including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines.

“Jacobs has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports for the past 15 years, delivering both airside and landside projects,” said Bob Pragada, Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure and Industrial. “Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help implement this program and solidify LAX as one of the great airports of the world.”

Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as LAX, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, LaGuardia, Heathrow, Brisbane, Melbourne, Manchester and Dubai. Jacobs’ services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to planning, design, program, construction and asset management.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

 

11th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium – August 2017

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

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.