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SKA appoints new Director General for world’s largest telescope project

5th September 2012, Manchester UK – The SKA Organisation Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Professor Philip Diamond as Director General of the SKA Organisation.  Professor Diamond will provide overall leadership for the SKA Organisation, the international coordinating body for the SKA telescope. The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built; it will enable astronomers to glimpse the formation and evolution of the very first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang, investigate the nature of gravity, and possibly even discover life beyond Earth.

“The SKA telescope is now moving from technology concept to the final detailed design. I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead the SKA Organisation during this exciting time and to work with colleagues around the world to realise the science vision of the SKA.” said Professor Diamond, commenting on his appointment.

Professor Diamond (pictured) will lead the pre-construction phase of the SKA, with the goal of realising construction readiness by the end of 2015, and preparing for the construction phase to follow. He will develop and maintain strategic relationships with national agencies, partners, governments, industry and other private sector entities, along with all other project stakeholders.

Professor John Womersley, Chair of the board of the SKA Organisation welcomed Professor Diamond to the project. “I am confident that Phil’s experience, energy and vision will drive the project forward and, working with the international partners, enable us to design and deliver the largest science facility on Earth. The SKA Board welcomes Phil to the SKA Organisation and wishes him every success as the project enters this crucial detailed design phase.”

Professor Diamond has 30 years of experience in the field of radio astronomy and a long standing involvement in the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project. Professor Diamond will move from his current position as Chief of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), Australia in October 2012 to lead the SKA Organisation from the new headquarters at Jodrell Bank near Manchester, UK.

Professor Diamond has worked as a professional astronomer in five countries (UK, Sweden, Germany, USA and Australia) and has been the Director of two leading radio astronomy organisations: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). In his current role, as Chief of CASS, Professor Diamond directs the operation of two major facilities: the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF: comprising Parkes Observatory, the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Mopra telescope) and the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. In addition, he is responsible for the team designing and constructing ASKAP, the Australian SKA Pathfinder, currently being built in Western Australia.

He first became involved in the SKA in 2000, shortly after his return to the UK from 12 years at the NRAO in the USA, when he organised one of the early meetings of the International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC). Since that time, he has been heavily involved in various SKA activities. He was one of the longest-serving members of the ISSC, which later became the SSEC, and chaired the committee in 2005/6.

Professor Diamond will succeed Dr Michiel van Haarlem, the interim Director General, who has been in the position since the establishment of the SKA Organisation as a UK company limited by guarantee in December 2011.

The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The total collecting area will be approximately one square kilometre giving 50 times the sensitivity, and 10 000 times the survey speed, of the best current-day telescopes. The SKA will be built in Southern Africa and in Australia. Thousands of receptors will extend to distances of up to 3 000 km from the central regions. The SKA will address fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the big bang, how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the Universe, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth. The target construction cost is €1,500 million and construction of phase one of the SKA is scheduled to start in 2016. The SKA Organisation, with its headquarters in Manchester UK, was established in December 2011 as a not-for-profit company in order to formalise relationships between the international partners and centralise the leadership of the project.  More information at http://www.skatelescope.org/.

Source: SKA Organization

“Meet the Authors” achieves Special Session Status at IPMA World Congress 2012 – with Author and Publisher Endorsement

The “Meet the Authors” theme at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012 has been upgraded to a Special Session status. Various authors and key people have pledged their support; and Gower Publishing are generously sponsoring various related aspects.

“This is tremendous news” said theme coordinator Tom Taylor (pictured). “We only started this concept a few weeks ago and the interest and involvement has been fantastic. This has encouraged the Greek organisers to upgrade the “Meet the Authors” activities to be a Special Session. Conventionally such a status is only applied to established main stream topics within the project management fraternity. Clearly “Meet the Authors” has struck a chord.” Please see Special Session No.8 on the Congress website at www.ipma2012.gr.

Gower Publishing, who have established links with IPMA, have helped to push things along by providing support including a prize for a best paper and a range of their popular project management titles. A number of Gower authors are expected to be in attendance.

Informal and formal “Meet the Authors” activities are being planned including networking venues, panel discussions, round tables, workshops and presentations. They are being refined in parallel with the resolution of the final programme for the Congress overall.

Specific provisions for “Meet the Authors” are being arranged. These will include a twenty minute roster of recognised authors who are in attendance, and who can promote and sign copies of their latest volumes, answer questions on their activities, ask questions of attendees, or arrange to meet or communicate later. Names of available authors and their proposed focus will be posted at the Congress.

The events in this theme will be open to all Congress delegates and participants. This will inevitably include established authors, authors who are new to writing and publishing, editors in various media, publishers or their representatives, book sellers, website managers, knowledge managers; and then there are the customers for all this knowledge, information and wisdom – the readers, the students, the researchers in academia and in industry.

Everyone who may be interested in the IPMA World Congress generally and especially the “Meet the Authors” special session are directed to the Congress website www.ipma2012.gr

A number of personalities in the world of project management have express support including the following:

Geoff Reiss – author and co-author of Project Management Demystified, Programme Management Demystified, One Project Too Many and many other text books, articles and papers: “What a brilliant idea! To bring authors, critics, supporters and other readers all together under the Cretan sun.  Writing books is a little like being a late night DJ in a small town; you are never sure anyone is actually listening.  Oh yes, some people might buy your book but how does an author know what works and what doesn’t? What the cherished reader liked, didn’t like and hated?  So to spend a few days with other authors and readers sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait.”

Miles Shepherd – credentials as below: “I have been attending IPMA World Congresses for many years and I have always found them interesting and friendly. As a previous IPMA President and Chairman of Council of Delegates I enjoy meeting so many people from all corners of the world. I like the idea of Meet the Authors. It adds yet another dimension to the World Congress. We are all authors and readers to some extent. This has been reinforced for me through my involvement with Standards and most recently with ISO 21500 – where there have been many people from many countries and organisations contributing to a major piece of work for the common good. Many of the authors and contributors of ISO 21500 will be in Crete for the Congress I am sure. It will be good to hear their reflections on the processes and the outputs.”

Kalle Kahkonen – from Finland and long serving editor of Project Perspectives: “I will be there in Crete. I like the very good ideas in your message. I would be only too pleased to be involved.”

Martin Barnes – originator of the Iron Triangle of Time, Cost and Performance and a few other things; key note speaker at the Congress: “This is a great idea. To meet the people behind the names on the books and papers and to talk about our shared passion – project management – this will be memorable.”

Rodney Turner – original writer of many articles, papers, books, anthologies; and editor of International Project Management Journal: “It will be good to have a Meet the Authors session so we can see how diverse project management books are becoming on the bookstore shelves.  And with that diversity we can meet the people who are contributing to the developments of the subject.”

Stacy Goff – IPMA VP for Events and Marketing: “It’s original for concept and content. It sounds useful, informative, entertaining and fun. Let’s do it. There is something for everyone. It will be an experience.”

Darren Dalcher – National Centre for Project Management UK, editor-in-chief Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, editor Advances in Project Management, editor Fundamentals of Project Management:  “As Editor of Gower’s Advances in Project Management book series I am seeing a growing interest in publishing project management related titles from new and established authors; and a terrific response from readers and reviewers. This event sounds like an outstanding opportunity for readers, authors and publishers to meet and talk to one another. I hope to be able to attend in person and join the discussions.”

Other persons have remarked on the Body of Knowledge opportunities for discussion.

While others are interested on whether printed books will disappear in due course or even quite soon.

For more information visit www.ipma2012.gr
Or contact Tom Taylor at [email protected] or on 0044 7831 675484
Or [email protected]

The 26th IPMA World Congress will be held on one of the most popular islands in Greece, at an exclusive 5 star Convention and Golf resort where the dialogue for the advancement of academic and professional project management will meet 5,000 years of history, idyllic beaches and a bouquet of fascinating parallel activities.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2012 IPMA World Congress on Project Management.  For information, visit www.ipma2012.gr.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. Next to being the home of the first European civilisation – the Minoan civilization dating 5000 years ago, the island offers mountains and sandy beaches which belong among the finest in the world.  Crete has a mild Mediterranean climate and the conference participants will have the opportunity to taste one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world and to enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality.

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.  The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John – Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

UT Dallas PM Symposium successfully concludes in Texas, positioned to become International Learning Event in 2013

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas successfully concluded on 17th August 2012 after two days of outstanding speeches, presentations and discussions.  Under the theme of “Project Management in a Risky World”, the symposium attracted approximately 340 participants from around the region, with authors and speakers from around the USA and from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Mexico, Serbia and UAE.

Speaking: Hasan Pirkul, PhD, Dean of the UT Dallas School of Management, welcomed attendees on 16 August – Seated: Jim Joiner, symposium director and Dr. David Daniel, UT Dallas President (photo courtesy of PM World)

Keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; Lewis Gedansky, Vice President of the Project Management Institute (PMI®); Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA); and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

According to Jim Joiner, symposium director for UT Dallas, “This was our most successful symposium to date, with more attendees, great keynote speakers, strong papers and good track presentations.  We received very positive feedback throughout the day, so we’re very pleased this year.”

Jim Szot, director of the Project Management Program at The UT Dallas, stated: “The annual symposium has become an integral part of our project management program here.  We think it can now grow in size, attract more international participants and become one of the premier learning events in the United States.  I think it is already one of the leading project management conferences in this part of the country.

Dr. David Daniel, President of UT Dallas, revealed lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico during his keynote presentation (photo courtesy of PM World)

“I want to thank our volunteers for an outstanding job this year,” Joiner adds.  “The PMI Dallas Chapter really stepped up this year with a full slate of motivated and professional volunteers.  They helped with registration, room and speaker coordination, directing traffic to meals, and helping visitors.  And we can’t forget Debbie Samac, the symposium project manager.  She’s so good and the two days went so smoothly, she made this entire event seem easy.  Great job everyone!”

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  Information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

A highlight of the symposium each year, the drawings for door prizes at the end of the symposium keeps attendees at the event until the very end. Symposium director Jim Joiner and project manager Debbie Samac drew the names, with about 40 door prizes given away this year.  Photo courtesy of PM World.

 At the conclusion of another successful symposium;
Jim Joiner, Debbie Samac, James Szot of UT Dallas
17 August 2012 (photo courtesy of PM World)

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education area of the AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and academic experience. The Program is delivered both on campus and online and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. 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 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading 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 about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

McNulty, Fisher and Preston named Honorary Fellows of APM in UK

Deputy chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority Sir Roy McNulty CBE was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the APM Conference in June along with Dr Eddie Fisher and Richard Preston. The trio received this distinguished honour in celebration of the association’s 40th anniversary and joined a list of the profession’s most prominent figures. All three were awarded an Honorary Fellowship by APM President Dr Martin Barnes CBE for their significant contributions to developing the standards and practice of project management throughout their careers.

Photo; Dr. Martin Barnes (left) presents honorary fellowship to Sir Roy McNulty.

Sir Roy McNulty’s most notable contributions to the profession of project management were in his roles as deputy chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and as chairman of the Rail Value for Money Study, which published its report, Realising the Potential of GB Rail in May 2011. This study, commissioned jointly by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, puts forward a wide range of recommendations focused on creating an industry environment which encourages cost reduction, changes which deliver new efficiencies, and mechanisms to drive implementation. It estimates that implementing these recommendations could deliver savings between £700 million and £1 billion annually by 2019.

Dr Eddie Fisher was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition for his outstanding international contributions he has made, not only to promote the concepts and principles of project management, but also to project management as a profession. Eddie has been sharing his extensive experience and knowledge of both the theory and practice of professional project management in the Czech Republic with students and business people since 2004, with extensive references made to the APM Body of Knowledge and his own work experiences as a practitioner of project management. He has become a well-respected and recognised “guru” in project management leading to it becoming more recognised in the Czech Republic as a profession and perhaps becoming the de facto standard for managing work packages across many industries.

Starting off in engineering Richard Preston developed a passion for project management, questioning established methods. Richard spent six distinguished years with Lancaster University, developing a range of innovative short and degree level project management courses. This was followed by nine highly successful years as an executive with the Nichols Group. As a proponent of experiential learning Richard was attracted to APM’s Practitioner Qualification (PQ) becoming an advocate and champion par excellence delivering it to companies around the world. He is an assessor, facilitator and an active PQ panel member. Richard became chair of the Accreditation Panel and a member of the Knowledge and Professional Standards Committee. Richard instigated a major overhaul of the accreditation processes which now operate effectively. Richard remains the lead accreditation assessor with responsibility for training and mentoring – a role in which he takes great pride in and performs diligently.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk.

Source: Association for Project Management

Time Schedule for IPMA Project Excellence Award 2013 Announced

For 12th time the International Project Management Association will organize the assessment of projects and honor them with a title of best managed project in the world. The IPMA Project Excellence Award 2013 Applications are already available!

The aim of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award is to increase the recognition of projects from different countries, different industries and different organisations and to motivate project teams to develop and improve project management. It supports professional project management in achieving high performance and identifies projects as examples of excellent project management.

By rewarding teams that prove their success in project management, IPMA® recognizes and acknowledges excellent and innovative projects.

Meeting the expectations of the Project Excellence Award clients’ for the first time the IPMA Award Management Board organizes the special webinars dedicated to all potential applicants. The main aim of the webinar is to introduce the assessment process and the Project Excellence Model. Mark already in your calendar the date of the webinar: 19 January 2013, 16 February 2013, 23 March 2013. Choose one of the date and contact the Award Office ([email protected]).

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your project assessed by the team of professional assessors in 2013 and to celebrate the success at the 27th IPMA World Congress in Croatia The project application deadline is 8 April 2013.

The full PE Award time schedule for 2013 is shown below.

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office Manager Ms. Ewa Bednarczyk  [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch.

APM Awards 2012 Finalists announced in UK – winners to be announced at ceremony on 1 November

Reported by Dayner Proudfoot

2 August 2012 – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management professional body, has announced the finalists for 2012 awards.  The APM Awards ceremony taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London on 1st November 2012 is set to be a night to remember as it falls during APM’s 40th anniversary year.  For information or to book a place, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/AwardsBookings.

This year the awards will be hosted by TV presenter Chris Hollins. Chris, originally best known as BBC Breakfast sports correspondent and now covering the London 2012 Olympics, became a firm viewers’ favourite on Strictly Come Dancing. He is an ambassador for Gold Challenge, part of the legacy programme for London 2012. Participants of the challenge take on five or more Olympic or Paralympic sports to raise money for their own charities.

There is no getting away from the hype of London 2012. However, there is another Olympic team looking to achieve the top prize in their field – an APM Award.  For the successful 2012 Olympic Games, it was the construction of the Olympic Park that received plaudits as it was completed a year ahead of schedule and £1billon under budget. This has led to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) securing a spot as a finalist at the APM Awards ceremony on 1st November.

They will be competing for Programme of the Year, sponsored by Program Framework, alongside RSA for their Vision Programme and Royal Mail’s Transformation Programme.

This is not the only category the UK’s main letters and parcels service will be appearing in as they have achieved an impressive three finalist places in total. Two of which go to the Transformation Programme as it also being recognised in the brand new category for 2012 – the Shell HSSE (Health, safety, security and environment) award. The first year of this Shell sponsored award also sees competition from AstraZeneca Global Engineering for Managing HSSE on Construction Projects in Emerging Markets and Yorkshire Water in collaboration with Morgan Sindall Grontmij JV for the Esholt Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP).

Royal Mail’s third appearance at the APM Awards comes in Project of the Year for their Kent Processing Plant Project. The category, sponsored by Siemens, also features the PwC 7 More London Project from Turner & Townsend and Transport for London’s Green Park Step Free Access project.

Turner & Townsend, who have also secured three award nominations, will be contesting with United Utilities and last year’s fellow finalists Arup for Project Management Company of the Year. Turner & Townsend’s third chance of glory comes from Beth Alderman who will be vying for the QA Aikona sponsored Young Project Manager of the Year award along with Charlotte Godfrey from Davis Langdon (an AECOM Company) and Network Rail’s Christian Irwin.

The second set of individuals contesting for another significant accolade is in the Project Manager of the Year category sponsored by Programme Recruitment. Jots Sehmbi from UCL, Richard Walker from Network Rail and Lloyds Banking Group’s David Gutteridge are all looking to get their hands on the trophy.

Project magazine will again be sponsoring the Community Project of the Year award which sees NATS’ Mathematics mentoring at King Richard School project in Portsmouth go up against Allen Construction Consultancy’s Old Fire Station in Oxford.

BAE Systems are yet again sponsoring the entire Academic awards section as they are partnering the profession in ‘advancing project management professionalism through education’. This includes the Geoffrey Trimble award that recognises the best Masters post-graduate dissertation. This year’s shortlist includes Michael Parker from Davis Langdon (an AECOM Company), Carl Dutton from BT and Jerome Mertz who studied at Northumbria University. The Brian Willis Award will also be presented on the night for the year’s highest mark gained in an APMP exam.

Overseas Project of the Year features the Al Wahda Master Development in Abu Dhabi from EC Harris International Ltd, along with the Indian Pune Office Relocation (IT) from MWH Global and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens from Faithful+Gould.

Other awards to be presented on the night include the BNFL award and the prestigious Sir Monty Finniston Award, which is the equivalent to a ‘lifetime achievement’ award recognising those who have contributed significantly to the profession.

The applicants for the APM Awards continue to impress the judges as the quality and variety improves year on year making their job even harder. Mary McKinlay, head of awards, said: “Looking at the range of entries, it really emphasises the notion that project management is now an all encompassing discipline. The finalists have done very well to get this far, the competition was intense and I wish them the best of luck.

“I would also like to thank those who didn’t make it to the finals, it was tough with such good contestants to reach the decisions and I am grateful to the judges who have done such a good job again this year.”

The APM Awards ceremony on 1st November is set to be a night to remember as it falls during APM’s 40th anniversary year. There will be a touch of glamour to kickoff the evening’s celebrations at the stunning Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London with a drinks reception sponsored by Thales. Make sure you don’t miss out on what is set to be the most anticipated event of the year by booking your place today.

See the complete shortlist of the APM Project Management Awards 2012 finalists.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

APMP Workshop by Lucidus in Hong Kong 18-21 September

A Progressing in Project Management workshop aimed at helping project managers pass the APMP qualification will be held in Hong Kong during 18-21 September 2012.  The course will be presented by Lucidus Consulting Limited, an Association for Project Management (APM) accredited provider.  An APMP exam will be held on  22 or 29 September 2012.

According to the announcement, “Project management is an essential skill for most people, particularly those working in organisations that depend on managed change through projects and programmes to develop and deliver their business.  One foundational step on the path to becoming a great project manager is to acquire the full breadth of knowledge, and appreciate how this knowledge applies in practice.  Our Progressing in Project Management (PIPM) event is designed to embed this foundational knowledge in a completely different and memorable way, and in doing so prepare participants for the Association for Project Management (APM) APMP examination.”

PIPM is a 60 hour event, 36 hours of this is face-to-face with us in the classroom and 24 hours is self-study based on materials we provide in advance. Self study is administered via our own distance learning website.

Participants will leave the event with:

− All the knowledge needed to pass the APMP exam.
− An appreciation of how the knowledge applies to their real work.
− A memorable experience with unique and useful course materials.
− Confidence to put the knowledge into practice, and so develop their project management skills.

Participants will sit the three hour, essay-based examination after the workshop. The price includes a whole range of study materials including an APM Body of Knowledge, a copy of Starting Out in Project Management and 160 flash-cards designed to help lock the key terms and phrases into memory.

Participant requirements: This event is suitable for people who have some past experience working on projects in some capacity; the APM suggest two years experience. Participants are encouraged to do the self-study in advance otherwise they may find the face-to-face element very intensive.

This workshop is sponsored by the Hong Kong branch of APM.  For further details including how to book please click here or contact [email protected].

Source: Association for Project Management

October 2nd Portfolio Management Workshop in London to Feature Prominent PPM Experts

The APM Portfolio Management SIG will hold a half day workshop focussed on how best to achieve value from successful portfolio management application and delivery. The event will benefit portfolio management professionals, change leaders and those wishing to understand more about the portfolio management discipline.  The event will take place from on 2 October 2012 from noon until 5:30 p.m. at Trafalgar Events, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA.  Cost is £36.00 for APM members or £54.00 all others.

Good practices and principles of portfolio management will be shared, followed by speakers who will outline practical application through case studies in their organisations and sectors. Each speaker will share their insights followed by active audience participation in order to compare and contrast collective experiences through Q&A and panel discussion.  The day’s agenda will be as follows:

Introduction and welcome – Stephen Parrett ,Chairman of APM Portfolio Management SIG

Portfolio Management – Influencing the Weather? Stephen Jenner – The case for portfolio management is compelling – in theory. But on planet earth, many organisations struggle to make the theory a reality. Addressing this calls for an understanding of the personal, organisational, and psychological barriers to effective operation.

The Case for Portfolio Management – David Dunning (Corporate Project Solutions Ltd), Rebecca West and Peter Lisley (City of London Corporation) – There’s no doubt that there are compelling arguments for portfolio management but translating the theory into practice and demonstrating the value to senior management is where it gets tough. During this session David Dunning will talk about the arguments for portfolio management, the barriers to implementation and how to sell it in an organisation. To prove it is possible to convince an organisation to change its ways and adopt portfolio management, Peter Lisley and Rebecca West will speak about their experiences at the City of London Corporation where the arrangements they have introduced are starting to produce some powerful results.

The Benefits of Portfolio Management – Paul Hirst (HM Revenue & Customs) and Achilleas Mavrellis (DEFRA) – Case studies from portfolio management in action.  Paul and Achilleas will look at case studies from central government including management of change and BAU portfolios.  They will touch on how hard it is is sometimes for government to manage benefits, both for practical and fundamental reasons, but how, at least, the benefits of portfolio management make themselves evident in increased efficiency and improved value for money.

Building Portfolios to maximise value – A tough balancing act – Stuart Dixon (PMO SIG) & Stephen Parrett (Portfolio SIG and Right Change Consulting) – Stuart and Stephen will outline some of the factors that influence the creation of a project portfolio, drawing on their experiences in the financial services sector. This session will include examples of key building blocks and competing criteria that influence project/programme prioritisation, and the balance that has to be struck in the real world in order to construct a “do-able” portfolio.

Governance of Portfolios and Portfolio Management – Martin Samphire (3pmxl Ltd and Governance SIG Chairman)  – Portfolio management is growing in importance as organisations look to gain greater value from their overall investment in change and projects, and ensure that the organisational portfolio of change does deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives. But how does an organisation ensure that the culture, ways of working and capabilities are in place to support such objectives? Governance of project management is the key – and the role of the board / leadership team is crucial. He will explain the work of the APM Governance SIG, particularly as it relates to portfolio management, and draw on examples to explain why the board role and good governance is crucial to portfolio success.

For more information or to book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/portfolio-management-theory-adding-value.

Founded in 1972, the Association for Project Management (APM) is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Keynotes and program set for PMSA National Project Management Conference in Johannesburg during 17-19 September 2012

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will present its 2012 Biennial Conference at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg (Johannesburg), South Africa from 17 to 19 September 2012.  The theme of its 2012 Biennial Conference is “Next Generation Project Management”. This is a knowledge sharing, learning and networking opportunity for members of PMSA and others with an interest or investment in the project management environment in South Africa.

The body of knowledge supporting the professional practice of project management continues to evolve and 2012 sees the ‘refreshing’ of a number of new versions of tried and tested standards, as well as new standards supporting proven practices.

These are a response to new priorities born as much out of necessity as of innovation in an ever maturing profession.  Developments in technology are influencing how we manage projects, and the changing face of our multi-generation workforce is giving rise to a different kind of energy on project teams. People are becoming more mindful of their personal and professional responsibility to the planet, economic development and sustainability in all its forms.

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges and opportunity associated with financial crises, natural disasters, social and economic development, productive energy is being focused on doing things right first time and delivering tangible return on investments in projects. What we’re seeing is the next generation of project management and project managers.

These are exciting, changing times and project people have the choice to resist what is new and unknown, or to be an active role-player in what’s to come.  PMSA’s 2012 Biennial National Conference will explore Next Generation Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. It will look at the changing face of the technology, resources, practices, and principles enabling successful projects across the spectrum of industries.

Keynote speakers will include:

John Thorpe; Topic: Resourcing the Future

Founder and managing director of Arras People UK, John Thorpe, could be described as a maverick entrepreneur – if the service he needs doesn’t exist he will create a means of providing it.  Born and bred in Middleton, Manchester and staunch supporter of Manchester City FC, he came to his present position through the manufacturing industry, into the professional services sector for global blue chip organisations to where he is now.  “By 2001 I had reached a point in my career where I needed a new challenge to test myself. I decided to leave Hewlett-Packard, where I had had a fantastic period in my career, took a three month break and then set off on a new road with no product, no customers just a bag full of ideas and the determination to succeed, whatever that means!,” says John.   From amongst that bag of ideas emerged Arras Services, a company promoting project management professionalism in the UK.

Daniel Silke; Topic: Tracking the Future

Daniel Silke is an independent Political Analyst and professional keynote speaker, specialising in South African and International politics. He has a specialist interest in political parties and elections and is a renowned futurist, lecturing widely on issues surrounding globalization and the future of the world.  Daniel holds a Masters Degree in International Politics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He served six years in a publicly elected office between 1995 and 2001, having faced three elections. He served four years as a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa after being re-elected in 1999. He has held the Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Economic Affairs, which
includes the portfolios of Economic Development, Tourism, Agriculture and Transport. In addition, he served on the Committees of Finance, Health and Gambling and has been ‘Chief Whip’ for his political party.  He is also a former City Councillor in the City of Cape Town, having served on that city’s Economic Development Portfolio Committee.

Udechukwu Ojiako; Topic: The impact of national culture on the perception of project success and project failure

Udechukwu Ojiako is Associate Professor of Project Management, Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Construction Economics and Management at Wits University. The presentation seeks to examine how national culture influences  (i) perceptions of project success and failure over the project lifecycle and (ii) the importance project management practitioners assign to project success and failure factors. Data is gathered from 41 interviews and 815 questionnaire surveys of project managers from China, UK, US, Brazil, UAE, Nigeria and Thailand.

Udi holds a number of degrees including a PhD in Project Management from the University of Northumbria (United Kingdom) and MSc. degree in Construction Management from South Bank University (United Kingdom).  He has published several papers in the Project Management Journal and the International Journal of Project Management. He received a Project Management Institute Research Grant for his study into cultural imperatives in perception of project failure.

Lindsay Scott; Topic: Professional Development and Social Media for Project Managers

Lindsay co-founded Arras People in 2001 with John Thorpe following a career in project management and project office. Before joining, Lindsay worked within the Consulting Division of Hewlett-Packard, first as a Project Co-ordinator and latterly as the Project Office Manager for the UK. During this time, Lindsay had exposure to a variety of programmes and projects across numerous vertical markets including, e-commerce, retail, telecoms, public sector and defence. Having performed the role of an all-round project co-ordinator for a number of years, Lindsay became the Project Office Manager – defining and establishing the Project Office for the UK operations as well as providing guidance and support to the implementation of project office functions in the European regions.

Since starting Arras People, Lindsay has developed the programme office and project support recruitment services offering; building a successful team of knowledgeable practitioners in this niche recruitment area. Today Lindsay is responsible for the marketing of Arras People’s brand and services.  Lindsay is an active member of the project management community in the UK and is the careers column expert for PMI. She is also a regular contributor to PM journals and broadsheets on the UK project management marketplace. She is also the number one social influencer in project management through her active social media presence.

Peter Taylor; Topic: The Lazy Project Manager

Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in business. His background is in project management and marketing across three major business areas over the last 28 years and with the last 8 years building and leading PMOs. He is an accomplished communicator, a professional speaker, workshop trainer and PM/PMO consultant.  Peter is the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell’ (Infinite Ideas), as well as ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower).

More about the keynote speakers can be found at http://www.cvent.com/events/pmsa-national-conference-2012/custom-21-adf9a0dc4ccb4582bbdbf78c6cd1943a.aspx.

If you live in southern Africa, don’t miss this opportunity to attend a major international project management conference, and the chance to learn, network and advance your career.  If you are a project management professional anywhere in the world and have been waiting for the right time to visit South Africa, this is it.  Plan to attend the PMSA 2012 Project Management Symposium in Johannesburg in September.

For more information, visit the conference website at http://www.cvent.com/events/pmsa-national-conference-2012/event-summary-adf9a0dc4ccb4582bbdbf78c6cd1943a.aspx.

To download the conference brochure, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/images/brochure.pdf.

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa.  PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. The association’s biennial National Conference is a notable event on the project management calendar, featuring invited local and international experts as keynote speakers as well as topic- and industry-specific presentations by academic researchers and industry thought leaders.  For more information, visit www.projectmanagement.org.za or contact [email protected].

More than 3,000 expected at PMI® Global Congress 2012—North America in Vancouver

31 August 2012 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) expects more than 3,000 to attend the PMI Global Congress 2012 – North America in Vancouver, BC, Canada in October.  In July, PMI announced the keynote speaker will be Mr. Marcus Buckingham, well known American author.  He will provide attendees with insight on how they can harness and apply their unique workplace strengths, and how those strengths can translate into long-term success for them and for their organizations.

Marcus Buckingham’s presentation will draw on his career as a senior researcher for Gallup Organization, where he has spent two decades collecting and analyzing data and delivering results that redefine the true drivers of achievement. It will also highlight the findings of his latest project, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller StandOut.  StandOut delivers practical innovations that fit individual strengths and provides managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team.  In addition to StandOut, Buckingham’s work includes four best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton; The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005); and Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007).

The congress will feature more than 100 educational presentations in 17 Area of Focus categories, with each a 75-minute session for learning and discussing a wide range of aspects of project and program management.  To learn about individual presentations, visit http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2012/TheCongress/AOF/.

The PMI Global Congress 2012 North America will also include numerous networking opportunities, as well as several major social events, including the PMI Awards Ceremony & Reception on Saturday, 20 October; a Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, 21 October; and the Monday Evening Reception – “A Taste of Vancouver” on 22 October.

PMI’s Global Congress is one of the world’s premier project management educational and networking events, providing a forum in which practitioners and professionals can network, further their skills and learn how their projects fit within the context of world and economic affairs. The PMI Global Congress 2012—North America will be held from 20––23 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  To register, visit http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2012/.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

AIPM 2012 National Project Management Conference set for Melbourne in October

The 2012 national conference of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) will be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne, Australia during 7-10 October 2012.  The conference theme is “People, Places, Projects – A New Frontier.”

According to Trevor Alex, 2012 Convenor and AIPM National Director, “ People, places, projects – it’s all interrelated; we cannot afford to do one without considering the other.”

The AIPM 2012 Conference will have a focus on each of these key areas and its importance for the successful delivery of any project.

People

  • What is expected of a project manager today and in the future?
  • Managing people within the project and wider workplace can be a challenge for projects, programmes and across the portfolio
  • Delivering projects in an organisation where the culture is not open to change
  • Managing project teams that are not centrally located
  • Awareness and management of outside issues that may affect the workforce, how do we manage this?
  • In today’s technological environment, do we have a work / life balance in a 24/7 world?

Places

  • Being aware of the project management environment
  • Project Management and cultural awareness
  • Project Management and environmental risk
  • Globalisation Projects
  • Do we really understand project portfolio management?
  • When to call a project a programme?
  • What guidance is there to move a project to a programme?
  • Does project portfolio management really do the role it’s meant to,  if yes then what makes it successful and if not why not?
  • What methodology or framework do we apply?

Attendance at the conference will provide opportunities to further develop skills, share knowledge, and network with peers and experts.
It will provide the opportunity to hear key speakers share their practical knowledge and project management approaches when working in such a diverse and demanding project environment.

The conference venue is Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank 3006, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action – Melbourne’s vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct. Directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex by airbridge, Crown Promenade Hotel is also close to the CBD, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and many of the city’s most famous arts and sporting facilities.

For more information including full program and keynote speakers, or to register, visit the conference website at http://www.aipm2012.com.au/


Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  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.  The President of AIPM for 2012 is David Hudson.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

Chief Constable Nick Gargan to discuss how the NPIA governed their transformation at APM Governance SIG event in London

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

27 July 2012 – London, UK – The Governance Specific Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK have announced an evening meeting in London on the topic of “Governance of major change – an orderly transition.”  The speaker will be Nick Gargan, Chief Constable at the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA); the event will take place  on 12 September 2012 at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park, Carburton Street, with registration beginning at 5:30 and presentation ending at 7:30 p.m.

The lack of success of change programmes in most organisations is woeful – and the majority of the reasons for failure is traceable to poor change governance. However, we know what good governance of change looks like and some organisations do apply it.   Nick Gargan (pictured) will present on how the NPIA established effective governance for their ultimate transformation – bringing the organisation to an orderly conclusion toward the end of 2012.

This is one in the series of events that the Governance SIG is running in order to share real practices in governance of project management / change.  Nick will explain the background to the NPIA transformation, the organisational and people challenges, and how they established good governance to ensure an orderly transition of services and people. Nick will refer to the elements of the Directing Change guide that they have actually applied to their situation and how it has worked in practice.

Nick Gargan joined the NPIA in January 2010 and was previously the Assistant Chief Constable for Crime and Criminal Justice at Thames Valley Police where he worked since 2006.  Prior to this, he was a Chief Superintendent with Leicestershire Constabulary where he had served since joining the police service in 1988. During his time at Leicestershire Constabulary, he worked as a Basic Command Unit Commander for Leicestershire’s East Area. Before that, he was a Detective Superintendent in charge of the constabulary’s specialist crime squads.

In the mid 1990s he was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, based initially in London and subsequently in Paris. He has in his career fulfilled a variety of roles involving intelligence and investigation, carrying out detective roles in every rank with the exception of Chief Superintendent and being trained in the management of serious crime and the strategic management of critical incidents.

Nick has been a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) since April 2006 and has been involved, on behalf of ACPO, with work in relation to covert investigation since 2003.  From 2007 to 2010 he was the ACPO Lead for Intelligence and is a member of ACPO Crime Business Area.

For information about the NPIA, visit http://www.npia.police.uk/en/5151.htm.

The event is FREE to APM members, or £10 for others. For more information or to register, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/governance-major-change-orderly-transformation.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond.  With branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, APM is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

4th Annual Scottish Project Management Conference Announced for April 2013

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

13 August 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The Scotland Branch of the Association for Project Management has announced the date, theme and preliminary information about their 4th annual Scottish Project Management Conference.  The event, with the theme Delivering the vision – Clarity of purpose and successful delivery of projects will be held Wednesday 17th of April 2013 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland.  Early booking rate of £132 for APM members before 31 January 2013.  For other rates and information, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/scottish-conference-2013-delivering-vision.

The 4th Annual Scottish Conference in 2013 will focus on how projects and project teams ensure clarity of what they are setting out to do and clearly communicate what they will deliver. This is a fundamental for all projects.  The conference will therefore focus on how diverse teams maintain their vision of delivery and how that is practically translated into reality.

The first confirmed speaker is Richard Noble of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project.

Creating a jet and rocket powered car that can hit 1,000mph in a matter of seconds isn’t just about Britain retaining the land speed record, Bloodhound SSC provides a stimulating topic for schools with the aim to produce the next generation of engineers, scientists and project managers.

Richard Noble OBE will underline the importance for his engineers having a full understanding of project management, as it ultimately impacts project cost. Richard said: “In our project we don’t have managers, so everybody is doing their own project management. The problem is some are very good at it and some of them aren’t.”

“We have a very high level of fixed costs and all the time I drum into them the fact that if you make a mistake and we are delayed by one day then that is £12,000 gone.” Richard stressed that in order to avoid this then everybody should be given the required project management skills.

In late 2011, APM announced their vision of a world where all projects succeed. APM Chairman Mike Nichols said at the time that “The strategy sets an agenda that is uncompromisingly ambitious, creative and radical. Yet it can be encapsulated in just three words: all projects succeed – that is to create a world in which this is taken for granted.”

The conference will be an opportunity to hear Andrew Bragg, APM CEO explain how APM are translating this vision into practice to achieve the target of delivery.

The conference will feature;

  • Influential speakers – sharing their experience of how they have translated their ideas into reality.
  • Interactive workshops – with experienced practitioners from a range of industries. Delegates will be encouraged to contribute to the debate, ask questions and give their views based on personal experience.
  • A rich choice of sessions, ensuring the event relevant to all industries.
  • Networking – making contact with other project professionals and organisations to enhance your professional standing.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available and details can be obtained by contacting Merry Wadlow ([email protected])

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

IPMA Vice President Stacy Goff educates and entertains at UT Dallas PM Symposium, introduces Periodic Table for Project Management Competence

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and current president of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm), delivered one of two keynotes presentations on Friday morning, 17 August 2012, at the 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas.  He delivered a powerful, educational and entertaining speech to around 300 attendees to kick off the second day of the UT Dallas symposium.

Stacy’s presentation was entitled “Tomorrow’s Five Greatest PM Challenges… That We Must Solve Today.”  According to Stacy, “Project, Program and Portfolio Managers are all too familiar with a wide range of challenges; they come with our business, and we live with them constantly.  But what are the greatest project challenges that face project managers, teams, our organizations, and nations? Are they the same at each of those levels, or do they vary? Are they similar across application areas, nations, regions, cultures? And, what are we doing about them?”

Stacy Goff during keynote presentation, photo courtesy of PM World.

“These challenges drastically affect project and enterprise success,” he added.  “They slow the rate at which developed countries recover from recession, and developing countries move their people forward. The challenges affect the credibility of our profession when we are slow to resolve them, and hinder our ability to do so. Finally, they amplify the acclaim when we are successful.”

In his keynote presentation, Stacy presented five key challenges, and discussed insights from IPMA, the International Project Management Association, in succeeding with them.  To see Stacy’s keynote presentation, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/Goff_Slides2.pdf.

Stacy also presented a paper entitled “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects.” Key topics included the following:

  1. Project management as a competitive advantage;
  2. The role of contextual competencies in complex projects;
  3. The role of interpersonal skills in risk management;
  4. Clarifying risk management roles in complex projects and programs; and
  5. Managing threats and maximizing opportunities: rising success rates

The room for Stacy’s Tuesday paper presentation was full, attesting to how well received his earlier keynote talk had been.

During his keynote presentation, Stacy introduced the audience to the Periodic Table of Project Management Competence Elements (see below).  The table was explained as he discussed the “Contextual Competence Elements” and the “Behavioral Competence Elements.”

According to one person overheard in the room, “this is pretty interesting stuff!”

(Editor’s note: Stacy Goff’s paper on “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects” will be republished in the October edition of the PM World Journal)

Stacy A. Goff is Vice President of Marketing and Events for IPMA, the International Project Management Association.  A Project Management practitioner since 1970 and consultant since 1982, he helps improve enterprise, department or project team PM competence, effectiveness and performance.

In addition to years of service to PMI, he is also co-founder and President of asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, and President of ProjectExperts®, a Program and Project Management consulting, tools and training company based in Colorado. He presents at major industry congresses and conferences, and offers workshops to executives, managers, program and project managers and leaders, technical staff, and individual contributors worldwide. Mr. Goff brings many years of experience and a results-oriented approach to Project Management coaching, consulting, and training.


The second day of the conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by Lew Gedansky, vice president of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  He was followed on the plenary stage by Stacy Goff, IPMA VP.  For the sixth year in a row, symposium attendees had the rare occasion to meet and listen to senior leaders from the world’s two largest project management professional organizations.

Other keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  Information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education area of the AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and academic experience. The Program is delivered both on campus and online and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. 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 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading 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 about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

One Last Time for PMI – Gedansky Keynotes UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, announces Retirement

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Lewis Gedansky, PhD, Vice President of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) delivered one of two keynotes presentations on Friday morning, 17 August 2012, at the 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas.  At the conclusion of his talk, Dr. Gedansky confirmed that he is retiring from PMI at the end of the month.

Dr. Gedansky delivered a presentation on the topic of “Project Management for Distributed Teams: Building Success Across Borders.”  According to Lew, “Distributed or ‘virtual’ project teams, with members who may be separated by oceans and time zones, are becoming more common and interacting more intensively. They exploit 24/7 mobile communications, Internet-based project management tools, and social networking software to execute projects that would have been difficult or impossible until recently.”

This presentation looked at how project managers can make the most of these trends. As barriers of distance and data sharing are eliminated, others can pose problems: linguistic and cultural differences, leadership styles, even the role of body language and informal ‘hallway conferences’. The audience gained a better understanding of both the promise and the pitfalls of our fast-changing environment.  To see Lew’s presentation, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/Gedansky_Slides.pdf.

As PMI VP, Governance and Executive Programs and PMIEF Executive Director, Lew Gedansky has been working in recent years with the PMI Board of Directors, the PMI Educational Foundation Board of Directors, executive management, other personnel, other volunteers, and external groups on a variety of programs pertaining to organizational governance, executive operations, and philanthropic endeavors.

His previous roles during his 14 years at PMI have included Director of Governance and Executive Programs; Director of the Center for Operational Excellence; PMI Research Manager, PMI Standards Manager, PMI Educational Foundation Manager, and the primary information resource for the PMI Knowledge & Wisdom Center. Prior to joining PMI, Lew spent 27 years in the paper industry, mostly involved with project and program management after earning academic degrees in chemistry. Lew is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership, where he served as chair of the Strategic Research Committee.

The second day of the conference kicked off with Lew Gedansky’s presentation at 8:00 a.m.  He was followed on the plenary stage by Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and current president of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm – IPMA USA.  For the sixth year in a row, symposium attendees had the rare occasion to meet and listen to senior leaders from the world’s two largest project management professional organizations.

Other keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  If you live in North Texas, don’t miss this annual opportunity to attend a world class symposium at a very reasonable cost.  More information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at The University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education area of the AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and academic experience. The Program is delivered both on campus and online and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. 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 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading 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 about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Prof Stephen Carver to tell The Battle of Hastings in Basingstoke on 10 September

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

The Wessex Branch of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK have announced that Stephen Carver, HonFAPM, professor of project management at Cranfield Business School, will retell the story of the Battle of Hastings with lessons for today’s project managers.  The APM Wessex Branch meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn on Grove Road in Basingstoke, England on Monday, 10 September 2012, with registration starting at 6:30 p.m.  The event is FREE to APM members, or £10 for others.

This will be a special opportunity to benefit from a unique telling of the ‘Battle of Hastings’ story. A vital contribution to your CPD portfolio – and a thoroughly entertaining evening.

Almost a thousand years have passed since this battle changed the course of England’s history. Recent research has uncovered a wealth of new data which shows that the battle was won not by the best warrior or even the best leader but rather by the best project manager!

This lively and highly entertaining case study included in Channel 5’s Battlefield Detectives series shows not only how a risk manager from 1066 can still teach present day practitioners a few tricks, but also raises the topical subject of how “company cultures” often find it difficult to manage their project managers after the project is over!

  • Risk leadership styles
  • Risk appetite
  • Project vs. business risk
  • Learning from the past
  • Management of luck!

Learn about these and other critical project management topics in this invaluable presentation steeped with the knowledge and experience of experts – from the present and the past!

Stephen Carver is one of the top three lecturers at one of Europe’s top Business Schools – Cranfield. He has a reputation for taking complex project risk management concepts and distilling them into informative and fun lectures – often using “storytelling” techniques.

His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

For more information or to register for this event, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/risk-1066-battle-hastings-4

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond.  With branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, APM is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Connecting the Olympics – BT Project Manager to share his Olympic project experiences at APM event in Belfast

The APM Northern Ireland Branch will host Mr. Jon Osbiston, BT project manager, at an evening event on 20 September 2012.  Mr. Osbiston will discuss his experiences developing and delivering communications systems and services for facilities at the London 2012 Olympics.  The meeting will be at The Mount Business and Conference Centre, 2 Woodstock Link, Belfast, BT6 8DD, with registration starting at 6:oo p.m. The event is Free to APM members or £10 for others.

Billed as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ – the 2012 Olympic Games was the ultimate ‘right first time project’. BT was the official communications provider for the 2012 Games, responsible for providing IT networks, IP telephony and broadcast networks to over 90 separate locations.

This presentation will tell the story of the planning for the Games, from supporting the bid in 2005, through to preparing for and managing the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The presentation will explain how the programme was broken down into planning, design, test and delivery phases in readiness for the Games. It will also cover management of risk, and some of the mitigations used, as well as the challenges of delivery and lessons learnt to ensure that the world enjoyed ‘the most connected games ever’. Jon will also reflect on the lessons learnt directly after the completion of the games.

Jon Osbiston was responsible for delivery of BT’s IT and communications services at one of the Olympic venues for 2012. Having worked at BT for over 30 years, he has been responsible for the delivery of a number of complex projects to BT’s major customers.

Jon is experienced in network operations, global service management and delivery of change programmes within BT.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Learn how the BBC successfully produced and broadcast the Olympics on 27 September in London

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

31 August 2012 – London, UK – The London Branch of the Association for Project Management (APM London Branch) will host a not-to-be-missed evening talk by Jamie Hindhaugh, BBC Head of Production for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The event will be on Thursday evening, 27th September 2012 at Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London, WC2N 5HX – free to APM members, £10 for others.

According to the APM advert, It is not often that a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity of being responsible for the production of a world staged event such as the Olympics comes along. The challenges, organisation and coordination to make such an event the success it was turns a project into a mammoth programme of structured professionalism. ‘L2012’ was established by the BBC to deliver multi-platform coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with certain earlier major events during the year, including the Proms season and the Olympic torch relay.

Jamie Hindhaugh was responsible for preparing all related BBC production plans, securing resources and managing the production teams (a team of over 1000 for the pan BBC Olympic coverage). He designed and project-managed the broadcast infrastructure, including building semi-permanent TV and radio studios and broadcast positions together with connectivity for delivery across all platforms.

The platforms included network television (in HD, 3D), local regional television, radio (linear and digital), the L2012 Portal, 24 IP streams/simultaneous channel options and Super Hi Vision (SHV). In addition Jamie was responsible for preparing the L2012 budget and designed the approvals process and associated project management templates which underpin the governance of the editorial project and identify the audience targets.

On 27 September, Jamie will provide an insight into some of the background preparation and organisation that produced “The Greatest Show on Earth” and some of the initiatives introduced to enhance it beyond a first class production.

Jamie Hindhaugh joined the BBC in May 1994 after a brief period in the Royal Air Force and a short career with United Carriers and Horace Battin. His career with the BBC has had a multitude of disciplines including transport services, Head of Logistics, Head of Sourcing and most recently Head of Production L2012. He is a motivated leader with an extensive track-record in both global procurement and multimedia production management and has substantial experience in change and project management, strategic planning and logistics.

In addition Jamie is volunteer chairman of the Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) which is a not-for-profit association which represents buyers, suppliers and intermediaries within the UK travel market. In response to the Icelandic volcano incident in 2010 he launched an off-shoot for ITM which provided crisis management capability and supports ‘business as usual’ operations during such major incidents.

Please note: This event will be photographed using flash photography. The event will also be filmed with the audio being captured for an event podcast, all of which will be published on APM’s website. If this activity creates a concern around your attendance please email [email protected].  To book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/how-british-broadcasting-corporate-successfully-produced-and-broadcast-olympics

This event is suitable for all levels of discipline within the project management profession.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Project Management Update from Argentina

By Ana María Rodríguez, MSE, PMP

Senior Contributing Editor

 Rosario, Argentina

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Main Events to be offered by the Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter:

September 6th– PM Day in Rosario. Speakers:

  • Eduardo Fleischer, PMI Mentor for Region 13. Topic:  Estimates: Method or Magic
  • Jose Esterkin, PMI Buenos Aires Chapter President. Topic: Change Management
  • Victor Orellana: Subject Matter Expert for PMI. Topic: Disaster Recovery Project Management
  • Marcelo Ginestar, PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter. Topic: The Dakar Logistics Project

September 19th– Open Meeting in Buenos Aires

  • Lecture: The Business Analyst, a required role in Project Management. Speaker: Sergio Conte, Ph.D, PMP, PMI-ACP, CBAP

September 20th, PM Day in Salta.

September 26th– Open Meeting in La Plata

  • Lecture: Agile vs PMI? Speaker: Alejandro Gabay, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM

September 27th- Members Breakfast in Buenos Aires

  • Lecture: What do you understand by Agile? Speaker: Sergio Conte, Ph.D, PMP, PMI-ACP, CBAP

More…

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About the Author

ANA MARIA RODRIGUEZ

Senior Contributing Editor

Rosario, Argentina

Ana Maria Rodriguez  is founder and manager of ERA Project Management, offering consulting services to the Engineering and Construction Industry in Rosario, Argentina. She is also an adjunct professor of project management at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Colombian by birth, Ms. Rodriguez graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia and from the University of Texas at Austin, USA with a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management (MSE).  She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Ms Rodriguez has implemented Project Management best practices and managed projects both in the government sector and in the engineering and construction private sector. Ms. Rodriguez is Vice President of PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter (PMIBA) and founding member of PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter. Ms. Rodriguez welcomes contact at [email protected], also at www.erapm.com.ar.

Strategic Lean Mapping

Book Title: Strategic Lean Mapping

Authors:  Steven Borris
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill

Format: hard cover, 208 pages
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-07-178855-7

List Price: US$ 50.00
Reviewer: Eran Shpigelman

Review Date: May 2012

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Introduction to the Book

This book is about methods to build and improve existing processes in your business environment.

It starts from general lean principles and goes deeper into advanced process mapping techniques that help you better understand the source of your inefficiency/waste.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book starts with general definitions of lean, including the 7 wastes for lean manufacturing.

It then explains how to find opportunities to find waste and how to map existing business processes in order to better understand the big picture.

The last part discusses various process mapping, capacity mapping, value stream mapping and practical problem solving techniques.

Highlights: What I liked!

The book is very well organized, can be read even by people without any previous knowledge of lean methodology. It is arranged in a logical way – from the explanation of the basics to the detailed mapping techniques and how to implement them in the real world.

More…

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About the Reviewer

Eran Shpigelman

Eran Shpigelman has over 13 years of being part of and managing IT projects. He is a passionate about project management and loves to read about it and other leadership topics. Eran can be reached at: [email protected] and can also be found in LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/eranshpigelman

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World Inc and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter where they are given to chapter members who commit to providing a book review in a standard format; the reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Since PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, they represent the intended audience for most PM books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].