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APM Announces Charter Consultation

 

PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

3 August 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the launch of charter consultation to develop the “standard” required of all chartered bodies in the United Kingdom.

In October 2016, the Privy Council, the body that advises HM The Queen on variety of constitutional matters, announced that the Association for Project Management (APM) would receive a Royal Charter. The Charter became effective in April 2017 when APM joined the unique group of professional bodies, learned societies and world-class institutions that represent the values of trust, respect and reliability by becoming the Chartered body for the project profession.

Becoming a Chartered body is not simply a matter of receiving a formal Charter (see picture). APM is required to develop a Standard that governs conditions of entry. It is not sufficient to use existing entry requirements as Chartered bodies are required to comply with a number of conditions set by the Privy Council.

Work on the Standard could only begin once the formal award had been made so APM have been hard at work since April developing the standards and values that will become the benchmark for professional project management through a Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

The proposed Chartered standard presents what APM considers the public and industry will need and expect in the future from project professionals.

This reflects the technical knowledge and professional experience that project professionals must demonstrate along with a commitment to continued professional development and ethical behaviour to achieve the internationally recognised standard of a chartered professional.

APM is now consulting on its proposed Chartered standard and is seeking informed feedback from interested parties, employers and stakeholders. Note that you do not need to be a member of APM to comment.

The consultation document is available from APM at:

https://www.apm.org.uk/media/6340/chartered_consultation_2017_final.pdf

You can access the consultation from the website or use the YouGov link:.

https://start.yougov.com/refer/vSG8D8hgWgpBQY

For any technical queries, or if you have a need to respond by email or letter, please contact: [email protected]

Consultation deadline

Responses must be received by 22 September 2017.

Response to the consultation 

Please note APM does not intend to respond individually to responses received. We will publish a summary of consultation responses. Unattributed excerpts from some responses may be used as examples.

APM’s overall timeline for the Charter process is illustrated below.

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

 

 

How does the Platinum Rule apply?

 

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, to share lessons on large scale change leadership at 11th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

2 August 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium during 17-18 August. Anne Guevara is also presently the Director of the Maritime & Littoral Systems portfolio in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems where she manages ~$300M of development, production, and sustainment & support activities. To visit the symposium website, click here.

Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa and an American Program Manager in Paris all walk into a bistro… What could they possibly have in common? What strategies might they discuss for shaking things up in ways never before heard of … with laser light focus on a noble purpose? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a change leader at one of America’s leading defense technology companies.

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon, will share her reflections regarding large scale change leadership: How does the Platinum Rule apply when influencing outcomes, large and small, in the Global Economy? What does Cultural Intelligence look like? What do you do if your plan does not work? Disruption is the easy part. Leading thru the chaos of uncertainty to achieve a noble purpose is the rewarding challenge!

A 20+ year veteran of Raytheon, Anne has managed a variety of large complex manufacturing & program leadership challenges ‐ including two assignments as an expatriate as part of an international joint venture where she managed a large complex software development initiative (14M lines of code!). She is a Raytheon Certified Program Manager as well as a Raytheon Six Sigma Expert (Black Belt) and was awarded the distinction of Program Manager of the Year in 2015. In addition to her Raytheon career, Anne is a retired Colonel from the US Army with over 25 years of experience leading tactical and domestic health care operations, at home and abroad.

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 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. Special pricing and group discounts are still 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; Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management; 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 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

AfDB to invest US$24 billion in agriculture in next 10 years

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Announcement to stimulate investment in food and agriculture programmes and projects in multiple African countries

28 July 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will invest US $24 billion dollars in agriculture as part of its Feed Africa programme- a strategy for agricultural development in Africa.

President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Adesina emphasized that the goal of the Bank is to “ensure that Africa feeds itself within ten years, and unlocks the full potential of its agriculture.”

The IITA hosted a series of events to celebrate 50 years of excellence in research. Dignitaries attended the event from across the continent.

The Institute recognized Adesina’s immense contributions to improving agriculture and named a newly constructed building after him. The US $700,000 Akinwumi Adesina Youth Agripreneurs Building is a new Training Facility for Capacity Development for Youth Agripreneurs funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and IITA. The training facility comprises two major training rooms that can conveniently accommodate 50 trainees each, two big offices for 30 interns each, and 20 standard sized offices.

“I am humbled, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to lend my name to this well-equipped building which will be used by young Agripreneurs to learn, set up and launch their own businesses, and create a prosperous living for themselves, their families and those they will employ,” Adesina said.

Adesina re-affirmed his conviction that the future millionaires and billionaires of Africa will emerge from the agriculture sector. “Africa is today spending $35 billion a year importing food. That is US$35 billion that should be kept on the continent. This is a US$35 billion market that young people can tap into to create new wealth each year. To do that requires totally changing the lenses with which we look at agriculture. Agriculture should no longer be seen as a way of life or a development sector, but rather as a business for wealth creation,” he emphasized.

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

 

 

Next Gen Project Management: Agile and Beyond

 

Interactive Saturday workshops added to August UT Dallas PM Symposium

27 July 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is offering a unique opportunity to learn a more about Agile project management and to share experiences about partnering with, coaching and developing young professionals. The two sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, following the two-day 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas in Richardson, Texas during August 17th-18th. Lunch and networking opportunities are included.

Product Release Story Mapping Workshop, to be presented by Sogeti USA – 10-12:00 on Saturday, August 19, 2017

This will be an interactive presentation and hands-on workshop focused on building on the vision of a product or idea. Ensure a shared understanding of the product’s vision and develop the product’s roadmap that will serve as the basis for development as you progressively solve the problems for the users of the product. Identify what is needed by the users of your product. Develop its backlog in the form of a story map. Define and plan the initial and subsequent releases of your product. Participants will gain valuable insight into a product’s story mapping and release planning using an example.

Sogeti USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capgemini, operates in over 20 cities across the country. Sogeti’s business model is built on providing customers with local accountability and vast, flexible delivery capabilities. Sogeti is a leader in helping clients develop, implement and manage practical IT and engineering services to help run their business better. With 50 years of experience, Sogeti offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including Applications & New Technologies, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Cloud, Digital Assurance & Testing, Digital Manufacturing, and Digital Transformation.

Partnering with the Next Generation, to be presented by Sherry James, PMP – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Join Sherry James, PMP for a discussion about how to partner with, coach, and develop the next generation of project managers. It will be an interactive and fun engagement.

Sherry James, PMP is currently building an EMPO at HollyFrontier Corp. in Dallas, Texas. She has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of industries, which include: retail, telecommunications, business intelligence/big data, software development, and healthcare. Since 2000, she has worked as an executive coach and consultant creating leadership curriculum for organizations, large and small. Her passion for mentoring Millennials has taken her around the country in the last few years, speaking on topics that bring together multiple generations around projects and programs that are beneficial to all involved.

Registration for the Saturday workshops is separate from the UT Dallas Symposium. For more info or to register for the August 19 workshops, click here.

11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium – Thursday/Friday, August 17-18, 2017

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 UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The annual 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.

Keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202; 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. In addition, approximately 40 high quality paper presentations will be delivered via six streams over two days by program/project management experts and experienced professionals.

The UT Dallas PM Symposium is the premier project management conference serving organizations and professionals in North Texas and beyond. This is a traditional 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. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management event. 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 https://pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Law for Project Managers

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge provides guidance on many legal matters confronting projects and project managers

27 July 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Law for Project Managers, Second Edition, by David Wright. Published in July, this updated book provides an easily understandable and practical guide to the laws of contract, liability, intellectual property and so on, all from the perspective of the project manager.

According to the Routledge release, the book covers everything from intellectual property disputes with the client organisation about who actually ‘owns’ the outcome, to confusion arising during an international project from the different legal systems and their approach to contracts and health and safety problems in the management of contractors. Most importantly, it explains everything in very straightforward terms; legal jargon is either avoided altogether or defined with its relevance to the project manager explained.

Law for Project Managers is a clear, readable and expert guide on this and many other important legal matters for the practising project manager as well as a supplementary text for post- or undergraduate students studying the commercial aspects of law, contracting and project management.

David Wright is an independent consultant, specialising in project management and engineering. He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in the process industry and has authored and contributed to a number of books, including The Purple Book, the standard guide to the ICHEME conditions of contract.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Law-for-Project-Managers/Wright/p/book/9781138063907

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

 

Two major conferences about management simulations

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Reported by Rüdiger Geist in Zurich

24 July 2017 – Zurich, Switzerland – Two major conferences have occurred in Europe related to management simulations, including many project management simulations, which might be of interest to those involved with management training services and technologies.

48th ISAGA world conference July 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands

ISAGA is the International Simulation and Gaming Association, founded in 1970. The primary mission of ISAGA is to establish a serious and fruitful scientific discussion and to prove that gaming simulation is effective. Later, several additional associations were founded that cooperate closely with ISAGA (e.g. Japan-based JASAG; SAGANET in the Netherlands; SAGSAGA in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, etc.).


Five days
full of keynotes, workshops, gaming sessions and social activities, where participants from all over the world gave insight to their work, also related to project management topics.

 




31st European Simulation and Gaming Forum in June 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on “Simulation Games – Designing Interaction”

This forum is the largest manufacturers’ independent conference for Simulation and Gaming. Taking place every two years, this forum wants to show the variety of simulation games methodology and future developments. Also, the forum wants to get gamers an opportunity to meet and talk about possible further applications.

Together with the conference, the “German Simulation And Gaming Award” is presented for outstanding final theses on the subject of simulation games. This year a thesis about project management simulations won the second price. Bettina Schedler from the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria developed a criteria catalogue for the selection of project management simulations.

 

 

Jacobs to manage wind farm project in Australia


P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

20 July 2017 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering has announced that it has been appointed by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) to carry out the project management and owners engineers’ roles for a proposed 200 Megawatt wind farm in Western New South Wales, Australia.

The AUD$450 million (US$356 million) Silverton Wind Farm will produce approximately 780,000 Megawatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to power more than 137,000 average Australian homes. The energy produced from the wind farm’s 58 turbines is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by 655,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.

PARF is a partnership created by Australian energy company AGL Energy Limited (AGL) to develop, own and manage approximately 1,000 Megawatts of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure assets and projects. The PARF’s equity partners include AGL and QIC, on behalf of its clients the Future Fund and those invested in the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund. The Future Fund is a sovereign wealth fund which aims to invest in projects that benefit future generations of Australians.

“Jacobs has a proven history in successfully delivering all types of renewable power generation projects,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Patrick Hill. “In wind, we have completed hundreds of projects globally and we have an extensive history in this market in Australia, especially working with AGL.

“This project builds on the support we have provided AGL in the renewables market, delivering two of Australia’s largest solar power plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill. Jacobs will provide leading edge project management capabilities combined with our engineering skills to help AGL deliver this landmark project,” added Hill.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit http://www.jacobs.com

Source: Jacobs Engineering Group

 

 

The Growing Significance of Continuing Professional Development

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Road to Chartered: APM announces 4th Thought Leadership paper

13 July 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has launched its fourth thought leadership paper as part of its Road to Chartered series.

Focusing on continuing professional development (CPD), the paper provides insight into how your professional body will develop, what this means for you and how you can be involved in this evolution.

Written by Professor Andrew Friedman of the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN), this paper sets the context for APM and the profession’s future journey, concluding with initial thoughts of how APM as a Chartered body needs to adapt and support members – both corporate and individual – in their journey to professionalism using CPD. As the foreword by Dr Paul Chapman states:

Professional bodies have a crucial role to play in enabling and supporting CPD. This relates to the vital role that professional bodies play in underpinning and justifying public confidence and ensuring when the public deals with a professional that they can trust and have confidence in the skills of the professional, and that their organisation/firm is at the cutting edge of their profession in terms of the latest knowledge. Commitment to CPD is not only the best way to maintain professional standards but also to signal a commitment to them too. 

“In ensuring professional standards, the role of a professional body is vital for a number of different reasons, and first and foremost is in supporting the individual professional’s own self–development. It is also important as a component for organisations and firms ensuring their people are aware of developments both relevant to their specific work but also wider training needs and ensuring their organisation or firm is investing in the skills of its people.

“APM, like other professional bodies, is keen to benchmark the journey we need to take to ensure our CPD content and systems are fit for purpose for our future plans as the Chartered body for the project profession. This paper on best practice and developments in other professional bodies is therefore of great help to us, as I am sure it is for others”.

In April 2017 APM became a Chartered body. As part of becoming the Chartered body for the project profession, APM is publishing a series of thought-leadership papers over the next 12 months until April 2018. To access this and previous papers in this series, visit the Road to Chartered resource page

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

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/.

 

 

 

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]

 

 

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

 

 

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/.