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Project Management Journal (PMJ) Call for Submissions

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

28 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is now accepting submissions for upcoming Special Editions of the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ) and a new section on Cases.

Process Studies of Project Organizing

PMJ seeks submissions inspired by the premises of process ontology that apply process thinking to documents and reveal the intricacies of project management and organizing as they unfold over time—editors are not looking for models reducing processes to sequences of stable stages. Inspiration for this special issue can be found in organization studies, where process ontology has, in recent years, gained prominence, turning upside down how phenomena are conceived. The submission deadline is 31 August 2017.

Exploratory Projects

With this special issue, PMJ welcomes contributions in the following areas: 1) research that sheds new light on the actor’s practices in exploratory projects, 2) the validity of the management principles proposed in the literature, 3) the functions and roles of the actors in teams involved in exploratory projects, 4) the relationship between the project and its parent organization, 5) the role of exploratory projects in creation of the ecosystem, 6) the type of cognitive process used during these types of projects. Deadline for paper submissions: 28 February 2018

Teaching Cases

PMJ is also now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. PMJ invites submissions of cases designed for classroom use. Cases from all business disciplines related to projects will be considered. Submit your case now. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

Free project management library access in Afghanistan

 

Free PM World Library memberships available to residents of Afghanistan and other low income countries

25 August 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Kabul, Afghanistan – Residents of Afghanistan are offered free memberships in the PM World Library. Residents of all low income countries, as listed in the World Bank’s listing of low and low middle income countries, can gain free full access to the PM World Library (PMWL).

See the list of countries for Free Library Access at https://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free memberships for residents of several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America hoping to offer a resource for project managers in countries under stress or in transition. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Afghanistan and many other countries.”

The PM World Library contains all original articles, papers and other works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, along with profiles of all authors of those works. The library also contains access to professional information, books, journals, websites, public information and many other resources related to projects and project management. Access to several major EBSCO databases of business books and publications is also provided, which will be of interest to students and researchers in low income countries where access to those databases is either expensive or unavailable. Visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ to learn more.

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to global knowledge transfer and have established a policy of offering free memberships to residents of low income countries. We hope the library can provide a useful resource for those working on projects, teaching or learning project management, or growing the PM profession in those countries.”

Those working or living in Afghanistan can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/. Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries. If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected].

 

 

U.S. brings Hollywood gaffer to Zim film festival

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

25 August 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared the news that the United States Embassy has announced the participation of Hollywood lighting designer, gaffer and cinematographer Christian Epps at this year’s Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) and the International Images Film Festival. Epps will conduct workshops in line with the Festival’s theme, “The Business of Film.”  The Embassy will showcase the film Hidden Figures on Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00 pm at ZIFFHUB as part of the festival.  The ZIFF is a major arts programme in Zimbabwe each year, with many associated projects.

“We are delighted to have Christian Epps visit Zimbabwe,” said David McGuire, Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy.  “We hope the interaction with local film makers and producers will bring to the fore new trends and tools in lighting design and film making as well as provide a spark to the great relationship the United States has with the local arts industry.”  McGuire said Epps will reach out to film makers in Harare and Chitungwiza, and is eager to witness the work of amazing Zimbabwean film makers.

Epps has worked as a lighting designer for more than 20 years, covering everything from major motion pictures and broadcast television to live theater, dance, music videos and special events. He has worked with notable directors such as Spike Lee, Hype Williams, and Nick Castle.  In addition, Epps has contributed his design work to notable artists including Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, Biggy Smalls, R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Branford Marsalis, Me’Shell N’degeocello, TLC, The Indigo Girls, and Boyz II Men, among others.  His recent projects include Selma and the award winning Sundance movie, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  Epps’ work has been seen across the United States and in the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and of late has become a regular fixture in Africa – especially Nigeria (Nollywood, TV & concert), South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

During the festivals Epps will present seminars covering technical presentations on lighting and a variety of other film-making skills while establishing links and co-productions as he has with other African countries and organizations.  He will give a project management workshop including a session on practical film production process management, and conduct a basic film making workshop at Young Africa Skills Center in Chitungwiza.

The award winning American film Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.  The film garnered various awards and nominations following its release earlier this year including three Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer. The film earned four awards at the African-American Film Critics Association.

This year’s Festival is jointly coordinated by the ZIFF and the International Film Festival for Women and runs from August 26th to September 2nd.

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

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Agile Business Consortium appoints new Chair

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

21 August 2017 – Ashford, Kent, UK – The Agile Business Consortium, the not-for-profit body that champions Agile business thinking, has appointed Geof (correct spelling) Ellingham as its new Chair. He takes over from Steve Messenger who, alongside Chief Executive Mary Henson and the board, has overseen the growth of the Consortium, and the birth of the Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) training course and qualification.

Commenting on his appointment, Geof Ellingham said: “Businesses face an unparalleled period of change, so this is the right time for us to bring business agility to more organisations. This means both developing innovative new products and services, and building new relationships with like-minded individuals and groups in the business agility arena.

“Organisations, whether in the private or public sector, need to have access to a comprehensive toolkit of Agile products and guidance that can help them transform how they operate, and respond to the day-to-day changes they are experiencing.

“A huge thank you must go to Steve Messenger whose stewardship and guidance has helped lay such solid foundations for the Agile Business Consortium, and who was instrumental in the creation of AgilePM, the world’s most popular Agile project management framework. His legacy to the Agile community is enormous, and it’s a privilege for me to follow him and champion the take-up of business agility globally.”

Geof is currently leading the development of a new Agile and Digital Services qualification, which integrates the world-leading AgilePM approach with Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance and will shortly move to its beta phase to be tested more widely.

Based in Newcastle, Geof has spent 30 years in technology and education, and now runs his own Agile business consultancy. Prior to this he was Head of IT at Your Homes Newcastle, who are responsible for managing council homes for Newcastle City Council. An early convert to Agile as a developer in the 1990s, he rediscovered this enthusiasm acting as Agile coach for the Council’s digital transformation programme.

One of Geof’s first official engagements in his new role will be to lead workshops at the Agile Business Conference, 4 & 5 October in London, and spaces can be booked via http://www.agileconference.org/.

Agile Business Consortium is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to provide global leadership in promoting, supporting and enabling the adoption of Agile at all levels. It focuses on enabling effective business change and transformation, and in particular on improving culture, structure and leadership to deliver strategic goals. Based in Ashford, Kent, the Agile Business Consortium offers advice, guidance and accredited products and services across a wide range of industries, government organisations and charities through an international network of Agile practitioners and partners. For more information, visit http://www.agilebusiness.org/

 

 

Project Management Journal (PMJ) Updates Announced

 

PM PROFESSION & PUBLISHING NEWS

15 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that during the past year PMI has implemented two significant changes that directly affected the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ). In April 2016, the Institute began to self-publish PMJ. Then in July, PMI moved its website, http://www.pmi.org/; to a new platform. These changes temporarily hampered the effectiveness of the academic search functionality and access to PMJ content. Everyone’s patience as they addressed the situation—and as they continued to make improvements — was greatly appreciated.

Individual contributions to advance the project management profession are invaluable and PMJ continues to have a strong following. Thomson Reuters’ recently published 2016 Journal Citation Report showed an increase in PMJ’s Impact Factors from 1.765 to 2.714. This notable improvement reflects the collective efforts of our authors and editors with whom PMI Academic Resources and PMI Publications are honored to collaborate.

PMI has also announced that all visitors to http://www.pmi.org/ now have access to both current and archive editions of the Journal, whether or not they have an account. On the PMJ homepage, visitors may access current articles in HTML format or download each issue as a single PDF. They will also find an “Access back issues” link at the bottom of the page. In addition, “Early View” articles are now being posted as downloadable PDFs on the PMJ Early View page.

PMI is also announcing an important content change in the Journal. The PMJ is now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

27 new works by 33 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2285 project management articles, papers & other works by 968 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 August 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 27 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 33 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the August 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 2285 original works by 968 different authors in 65+ countries. The collection is growing each month by around 30 new works from many different authors; of the 33 authors this month, 18 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, “I think this was the first month that we published more works by new authors than by those whose works we have published previously. We want to continue attracting articles and papers by new authors around the world, while still receiving new articles and papers by colleagues and well known experts.”

New authors in August include Lillian Agu (Nigeria), Abeer Al Nuaimi (UAE), Joanna Cewinska (Poland), Jesus Flores (USA), Wade Hawkins (Canada), Ndidi Blessing Iheama (Nigeria), Darryl John (USA), John Johnson (USA), Anna Krasnova (Poland), Olga Mikhieieva (Ukraine), Shahab Moeini (Canada), Yolanda Morgan-Davis (USA), Azzeddine Oudjehane (Canada), Stephen J.C. Paterson (Thailand), Martin Samphire (UK), Susan Slawson (USA) and Matthias Waidmann (Germany). New works from 15 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We’re also excited to launch another new series this month, on the topic of Project Business Management by Oliver Lehmann in Germany,” Pells added. “The series articles are important content each month. This month Prof Darren Dalcher again facilitated another great contribution by another Routledge author, Martin Samphire; articles by both Darren and Martin are included. And Neil Robinson contributed another interesting article in his Life is a Project series, based on his teaching program for people undergoing serious life changes.”

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]

 

 

 

Law school student tackles project management

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Graduate student at Bocconi University joins PM World Library project management research internship program

13 August 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a graduate student at Bocconi University in Italy, has joined the PM World Library’s project management research internship program. Stefano is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Law and Business Administration (CLELI) at Bocconi University in Milan. He is also a candidate to the LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “I’m very happy to welcome Stefano to the internship program. There are two important aspects of project management that are related to laws and the legal profession. First are the legal issues that many projects and project managers must worry about, such as contracts, claims, litigation, copyrights, joint venture agreements, regulatory compliance and others. If a project crosses borders in any way, those legal issues become more complicated.”

“The second area of interest to attorneys and law firms,” Pells continues, “is related to the planning and management of major legal ‘projects’. For example, international litigation or arbitration cases, multi-party joint ventures, public-private partnerships, international regulatory compliance, etc. Stefano understands the relevance of project management to his professional plans in the legal field. Based on his research, we will be adding access to legal resources in the PMWL over the next few months.”

According to Stefano, “I was in Vienna in July representing the American Society of International Law as a delegate to the 50th meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. My participation reinforced my interest in the library internship, since the Commission has crafted several tools that at least in part deal with project management aspects in international trade. My current interests are related to contract negotiation and commercial litigation/arbitration in an international setting, and it will be quite interesting to see how these topics interact with project management.”

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

Follow Stefano’s research at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

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

 

 

Nigerian oil projects get big boost

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

NNPC, Shell, Chevron Sign Agreements to Boost FG Revenues by $16 billion

10 August 2017 – London, UK and Port Harcourt, Nigeria – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the signing of two sets of alternative financing agreements on Joint Venture (JV) projects to boost reserves and production in line with government’s aspirations. The agreements were executed in London on Monday between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and two of its JV partners: NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) JV and NNPC/Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) JV.

The two projects are expected to generate incremental revenues of about $16 billion within the assets’ life cycle including a flurry of exploratory activities that would generate employment opportunities in the industry, boost gas supply to power and rejuvenate Nigeria’s industrial capacity utilization.

The agreement with Chevron would see the development of the NNPC/CNL JV Sonam Project (Project Falcon), hitherto financed through cash calls, to incremental proven and probable oil/liquids reserves of 211 million barrels and proven and probable gas reserves of 1.9 trillion cubic feet within in Oil Mining Licences (OMLs) 90 and 91.

The project is expected to begin to bear fruits in next three and six months.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the project is envisaged to achieve an incremental peak production of about 39,000 barrels per day of liquids and 283 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d) of gas respectively over the life cycle of the asset.   (Photo courtesy of NNPC)

The Joint Venture partner, he said, had already expended $1.5 billion representing 97 per cent of project completion costs, adding that the agreement would cover the remaining $780 million to complete the project’s scope.

Providing a breakdown of the expected funding requirements of the Sonam Project, Dr. Baru said $400 million is to fund the development of seven wells in the Sonam field (OML 91), the Okan 30E Non-Associated Gas (NAG) well (OML 90), and associated facilities including completion of Sonam NAG Well Platform.

The GMD added that $380 million would also be required to reimburse the JV partners for the 2016 portion of the funds committed to lenders that had been cashed and paid for.

He stated that the Sonam Project alone, on fruition, would net the Federal Government cumulative incremental earnings of $7.3 billion over the project’s life.

The agreement with SPDC, on the other hand, would facilitate the development of the NNPC/SPDC JV Project Santolina which comprised of 156 development activities across 12 OMLs and 30 different fields in the Niger Delta.

For more on this important development, click here.

 

 

Full Program for 2017 UT Dallas PM Symposium revealed

 

Five keynotes, 33 professional presentations, 3 panels and networking to highlight 11th annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

9 August 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The full program can now be viewed for the 11th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Project Management Symposium taking place during 17-18 August. The two and half day event will feature five keynote presentations, 33 paper presentations, three panels, a half day of Agile discussions and multiple networking opportunities. Attendance this year is expected to exceed 400. To visit the symposium website, click here.

Keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include:

Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Projekt 202, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. A UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. His presentation is titled “The Empathetic Project Manager.” He will show how empathy can help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? 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.

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon and 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. A 20+ year veteran of Raytheon, Anne has managed a variety of large complex manufacturing & program leadership challenges ‐ including two assignments as an expatriate on an international joint venture where she managed a large complex software development initiative (14M lines of code!). Ms. Guevara will share her reflections regarding large scale change leadership: How does the Platinum Rule apply? What does Cultural Intelligence look like? What to 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!

Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, on “Defeating the Status quo…Why leaders matter!” As the speed of business accelerates, organizations must be agile, adaptable and actively engaged in disruptive innovation, and that type of innovation is driven by disruptive leadership. Dr. Thurgood brings a unique perspective on healthcare, operations management and leadership having served at senior level leadership positions in for‐profit and not‐for‐profit organizations. Most recently Dr. Thurgood was President, Spend and Clinical Management, MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club. He previously served as CEO of The Exchange (formerly the Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for‐profit retail enterprise and he has also held executive positions with Frito‐Lay and PepsiCo. In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve. Major General Thurgood served as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C. His last assignment prior to his retirement was the Deputy, Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, is academic dean and chief academic officer at the 6,000‐student University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Virginia, USA. He will present PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession® research that reveals for the first time in five years, more projects are meeting original goals and business intent and being completed within budget. Organizations are becoming “champions” of project management by investing in talent, benefits realization management, PMOs and EPMOs, executive sponsors, and agile approaches. He will discuss two case studies, one providing an overview of why a project went wrong and the second illustrating how an organization did a project right.

Dr. Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA – Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are You Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters? Meg E. Infiorati is an organizational psychologist with a private practice aiding individuals and organizations as they navigate through choppy waters of their own. With more than 30 years managing projects, programs, portfolios, and product lines, she has always focused on the human consequences for success or failure. Dr. Infiorati introduces the human assessments necessary for ‘what if’’ conversations for individuals and teams as they maneuver though today’s problems and tomorrow’s likely outcomes. Dr. Infiorati is a founding member of the Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN‐2008) and has designed project planning approaches for international NGOs devoid of project knowledge as well as non‐profit organizations and charitable/volunteer programs in the USA. Dr. Infiorati holds degrees in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Management and Business Management and currently is a professor at Saint Leo University in Florida.

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.

The 2.5-day project management conference will include 33 presentations on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications 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. 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/.

 

 

The Business of Portfolio Management

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Boosting Organizational Value through Portfolio Management – New book by Iain Fraser published by PMI

7 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has a new book, The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value Through Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser. Iain Fraser, Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ is a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and a well-known international project management expert and professional leader.

According to the PMI summary:

Today there is a gap between organizational strategy and day-to-day management activities. To capitalize on new opportunities, or “getting ahead” rather than just “staying in business,” most workplaces need a radical transformation. This transformation can begin with how organizations devise and manage their portfolios. Long underutilized as a mechanism to provide value, portfolio management is now being recognized as an effective approach to bridging these critical business elements.

The Business of Portfolio Management offers keys to adopting a new approach to portfolio management that boosts organizational value. A veteran in the field, author Iain Fraser proposes a solution that lies in using the value management framework to link organizational strategy to portfolio content and to delivery mechanisms.

In this expansive guide, case study examples illuminate in-depth discussions explaining the value management framework, implementation and delivery techniques, portfolio leadership qualities, key roles and professional development, and change management. Also included is an overview of organizational maturity models to evaluate project, program, and portfolio performance as well as tools and techniques to implement, execute, and measure their benefits and value contribution.

The Business of Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser, published by PMI in the USA; ©2017, 166 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781628253726; List price = US$44.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101599501

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing a million practitioners in more than 200 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

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/

 

 

Jacobs to Acquire CH2M

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Merger will create giant $15 Billion engineering, construction and project management solutions provider

2 August 2017 – Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.

The combination unites two industry-leading, innovative companies with complementary capabilities, cultures and relationships, resulting in a differentiated, end-to-end value proposition for clients and an enhanced platform for sustainable, profitable growth.

With trailing twelve month (TTM) revenues of $4.4 billion and a team of 20,000 employees, CH2M is a world-renowned design, engineering and program management firm, and is a leader in key infrastructure and government service sectors that Jacobs has previously targeted for growth, including water, transportation, environmental and nuclear. Applying CH2M’s advanced design, technical and program management expertise across Jacobs’ global footprint will enable the combined company to deliver more solutions to more clients in both the government and private sector.

“By increasing our industry reach and adding to our already extensive skills, this transaction enhances our value to our clients and bolsters Jacobs’ position as a premier consulting, design, engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance technical services firm. CH2M brings to Jacobs a talented, engaged team with capabilities and values that are very complementary to our own. Together, we will bring more solutions to our clients, give more opportunity to our employees and create increased value for Jacobs’ shareholders. In addition, this transaction is consistent with our M&A criteria, accelerating our ability to achieve our financial growth targets and propelling Jacobs toward our vision of providing innovative solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs’ Chairman and CEO.

“We are delighted about the prospects of combining CH2M with Jacobs,” said CH2M Chairman and CEO Jacqueline Hinman.  “Since late 2014, we’ve been transparent about our plans to pursue an ownership transition, providing sustained access to capital for growth. Considering all of the options, we focused on securing greater opportunities for our employees, delivering superior value to our clients and enhanced value for our stockholders, all while continuing to serve the higher purpose our company is known for, providing sustainable solutions for a better world.” (photo of Demetriou and Hinman courtesy of CH2M)

“Throughout this time, we strengthened our business portfolio and performance, which put us in a position to deliver the best possible value and outcome for the future of the company. This was the unanimous choice of our Board, and the value Jacobs will provide to our stockholders, reflects genuine appreciation for our employees and the world-class work we deliver to our clients.”

Jacobs has formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) to oversee the integration of the two companies. The IMO will be jointly led by senior executives from both companies on a dedicated, full-time basis, including, as announced separately today, Gary Mandel, most recently Jacobs President of Petroleum & Chemicals, who has been appointed Executive Vice President of Integration for Jacobs, and Lisa Glatch, Executive Vice President for Growth and Sales at CH2M.

In addition, Jacobs has hired a leading independent consulting firm to support the integration. Rigorous integration processes and protocols are being established to ensure transparency and accountability for synergy capture. Jacobs’ executive leadership team will be actively involved in integration planning with the Company’s Board of Directors engaged in oversight. At the close of the transaction, Jacobs’ Board will be expanded to include an additional director from CH2M.

In connection with integration planning, Demetriou continued, “Jacobs is leveraging lessons learned from past experiences and is focused on critical success factors, including retaining talent, building on the strong culture foundations of both companies, ensuring base business performance, and developing and delivering cost and growth synergies.

Jacobs and CH2M have complementary cultures and shared values that put people at the heart of the business. With this foundation and the clear integration plan we have developed, we expect to successfully bring our companies together. We admire CH2M’s engaging culture and look forward to coming together as we work to realize the full benefits of a united team.”

The transaction, which is expected to close in Jacobs’ fiscal 2018 first quarter, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by CH2M stockholders. Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), which has an approximate 18% voting interest in CH2M, has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction.

To read the full press release, click here.

Additional information about the transaction can be found at www.Jacobs.com/CH2M.

About Jacobs

Jacobs 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.

About CH2M

More than 20,000 employees strong, CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions to promote positive societal, environmental and economic outcomes through the delivery of infrastructure. CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering, operations and maintenance, and program management services for clients needing world-class solutions in environmental; industrial and advanced facilities; transportation; and water, from iconic infrastructure like the Panama Canal to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies and top firms in environmental consulting and program management, CH2M is the only firm in the engineering and construction industry to receive several prestigious awards, such as the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership in potable water reuse, and the Catalyst Award for our success in recruiting, developing and advancing women in the workplace. Connect with CH2M at www.ch2m.com; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Facebook.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

 

 

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.

 

 

Wideman Website updates for August 2017

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

According to Max this month:

Does Project Risk Management receive the attention it should in your organization? This Paper explains when it doesn’t need to, but also how to develop a thorough project risk management strategy for a large infrastructure development when it is really important to manage big risks well.

Our second Paper reiews the book Delivering Successful PMOs by Peter Taylor and Ray Mead who provide a very thorough and easy-to-follow journey towards designing and succeeding in establishing a PMO. In particular they point out: “Success needs to be planned up front” and “There must be a strong and clear business case“.

This month, our Guest is Sharon Schweitzer who draws our attention to an aspect of the project management environment that we don’t often think about. That is The Essentials of Business Etiquette. Poor etiquette in the rough and tumble of a project is one thing, but if your aim is to climb up the organizational ladder, then you’d better mind your manners.

We regularly read Best Group for Project Management on LinkedIn and pick out insightful comments. In Going from Public to Private Project Management, Keri Z. has observed: “[The] lesson I’ve learned is that in the private sector the direction is to meet goals, make things happen and produce results. … [However] In the government sector … whether you actually produce anything significant is immaterial!” Read the rest in Musings to learn why.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

AfDB 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