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Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

7 November 2012 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to a second four-year term in a hotly-contest election in the United States on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  As of 9:00 a.m. on 7 November, President Obama had received 50% of the popular vote (59,659,966) against 48% (57,038,997) for challenger former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  In electoral college votes, which determine the presidency in the USA, Obama had 303 vs. Romney’s 206, with 270 needed to win the election.  President Obama was announced the winner just after midnight this morning.

Photo: Jeff Haynes, Reuters, courtesy of CSMonitor.com

In his victory speech, President Obama stated: “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward… Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come…” Click here for the complete text of his speech.

In other election results, the Democrats gained several seats in the US Senate for a total of 51 seats vs. 45 for the Republican party.  In the US House of Representatives, the Republicans retained control with a total of 232 seats vs. 191 for the Democratic party.  Whether President Obama can make progress with the still divided US congress is now the big question for the next four years.  The looming “Fiscal Cliff” budget issue is the next big challenge for the US government, requiring resolution within the next two months.

For more information on the US elections, just perform a web search on the subject.  Results have been widely reported by the media around the world.

Editor’s note: While this news is not directly related to program or project management, it falls under the category of “other news affecting projects and project management”. Political leadership in the United States can have a significant impact on national and global political and economic issues, including many programs and projects.  In the United States, the impact of a presidential re-election is generally much less than when a new president is elected.  Some stability should also be seen in international markets and relations, with many programs continuing (although others may be disrupted or cancelled). This article was aimed at non-US readers, as most Americans will have followed the election results closely in real-time.

IPMA adds Three National Associations

 6 November 2012 – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates (CoD) convened in Baku, Azerbaijan, and added Colombia, Estonia and Nigeria to the IPMA Family. The official meeting of IPMA CoD, the highest decision-making body of the first global project management association, took place on September 29th … 30th 2012. The meeting was hosted by the Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA), the IPMA Member Association of Azerbaijan.

A highlight of the meeting was the approval of Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) of Colombia, Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) and Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) as transitional members of IPMA. Of course, another highlight was the hospitality, culture, entertainment, and great food, provided by our hosts, Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA),

Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) case for joining the IPMA Family was deftly made by German Bernate (at left). In applying to represent Columbia, ACGePro is seeking to position itself as an integrating platform among different sectors of the nation’s economy, offering, through Project Management, a space for knowledge generation and experience interchange.

Columbia’s move into the IPMA Family is an outcome of the efforts of its leadership team, including Mr. Fredy Vanegas and Mr.David Romero, Board Chairman and Board Secretariat.  and the IPMA Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LACC) programme. LACC is supported by Dr Jesús Martínez-Almela, the Chairman of Asociación Española de Ingeniería de Proyectos (AEIPRO) Certification Body. The ACGePro website is at Sites.google.com/site/acgepro.

Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) was represented by Marika Katarina Arendia Elita von Wolsky, Chairman of the Board of Estonian Project Managers Association. Among the key points of EPMA’s application is that the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has authorised EPMA as the organisation rewarding professional qualification to the project managers in Estonia.

The goals of EPMA are:
1) to join the project managers offering project management service into a joint professional organisation;
2) to represent its members’ interests on the behalf of the professional organisation before the public, legal bodies and physical persons;
3) to give project managers further education in the frames of life-long learning;
4) to organise the professional standard of project managers and on the basis of them, evaluation of project managers;
5) to preserve and support the best customs of Europe.

Ms. von Wolsky, pictured at right, points out that EPMA feels that the IPMA membership can give good possibilities to Estonian project managers in increasing their qualification through training and international team-work. They also hope to succeed in the EU LLP Leonardo da Vinci Innovation transfer programme with the project “Project Excellence Innovation Transfer to Estonia”, bringing to Estonia the knowhow of the IPMA Project Excellence Model, for improving the Estonian project managers qualification through work process. EPMA’s website is at www.epma.ee/.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) reached closure for many years of careful development with their application to represent Nigeria in the IPMA Family. Represented in Baku by Dr. Chinwi Mgbere, at left, PMDAN has as its objectives, to:

1)    Raise national awareness of applications of project management as a powerful tool for the management of non-routine activities;

2)    Support members in the implementation of project management knowledge and encourage prospective members;

3)    Stimulate the development of project management and the knowledge on which it is based;

4)    Produce material through its members, to assist the youth and students in the idea of project management.

PMDAN activities include

  • Promotion of communication and networking between all members of the association and IPMA;
  • Offering conferences and other forums for the exchange of knowledge and experience;
  • The promotion of welfare (well-being) of Project Managers, rendering assistance to less-privileged, to acquire project management ski8lls; and
  • Research and development in project management.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria’s website is at: http://www.pmdan.org/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff (USA), IPMA VP Marketing & Events. [email protected]

Photos by Jouko Vaskimo (Finland), IPMA Correspondent

IPMA recognizes Dr. Rodney Turner as Honourary Fellow at the 26th IPMA World Congress

6 November 2012 – International Project Management Association (IPMA) recognizes, as IPMA Honourary Fellows, those persons who over a period of many years render exceptional service for IPMA and/or to the practice and theory of Project Management. Candidates for honourary fellowship are nominated by IPMA Member Associations, evaluated and recommended by the IPMA Executive Board, and elected by the Council of Delegates.

During the IPMA World Congress Gala Awards on 30 October 2012, the selection of Professor Rodney Turner as an IPMA Honourary Fellow was announced by IPMA President Roberto Mori in recognition of Professor Turner’s contribution to IPMA and our profession over many years.

IPMA President Roberto Mori, left, announces the award to Professor Turner, right.

 A summary of achievements

Professor Turner is well-known as the executive editor of the International Journal of Project Management. Having served as IPMA President 1999 – 2000 and Chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates 2001 – 2002, Professor Turner continues to serve IPMA and the profession of project management. He has also held numerous positions through which he has contributed to the further development of project management nationally as well as internationally. Professor Turner is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK Association for Project Management (APM).

Professor Turner was nominated by APM, who followed a stringent set of IPMA criteria in making a complete and exemplary nomination. Highlights of Professor Turner’s cited contributions include the following.

Activity as researcher and author

Professor Turner’s extensive research has a particularly strong recent focus on leadership styles appropriate to project management. Rodney Turner is the author or editor of some fifteen books, including The Handbook of Project-based Management, the best selling book published by McGraw-Hill, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management. He has written many articles for journals and conferences, including IPMA Congresses.

His magazine contributions include Project Management Today which has recently benefited from an extended series of introductory articles to the profession, for example. He lectures on and teaches project management worldwide, from China to Canada, from Australia to Austria. He serves as International Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal

International contributions

From 1999 to 2002, Professor Turner was President and then Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the global federation of national associations in project management, of which APM remains the largest member. He has helped to establish the Benelux Region of the European Construction Institute as foundation Operations Director. He was amongst the early project managers who recognized the emerging potential of the Chinese economy, and has lectured extensively in China, as well as published in that market.

Contribution to the profession

It is perhaps Professor Turner’s Editorship since May 1993 of the International Journal of Project Management (IJoPM), the leading academic research journal in the field, which best defines his contribution to the profession, both nationally and internationally. The publisher Elsevier is the world’s leading publisher of academic research journals, publishing some 40% of all those published.

It is highly appropriate that during 2009, IJoPM received a unique accolade by being admitted to the Thompson World of Science Social Science Citation Index (formerly known as ISI).

Up until that point, none of the now four research journals in project management had been in ISI-listed, which meant that academics in the field of project management had to publish their work elsewhere. Detractors in other academic disciplines could observe that no project management journals were in ISI. This could be used as a reason for saying that project management was not a proper academic discipline.

IJoPM’s admission into ISI now gives recognition of project management as a proper academic discipline and provides academics in the field of project management with an outlet for their research papers which will be recognized in the achievement of their annual performance objectives and their career progression. This is a defining moment for the profession, as it is universally recognized that a strong academic community is important to the development of project management as a profession, As Dr Young Hoon Kwak, Associate Professor of Project Management at The George Washington University’s School of Business put it: “This is one small step for IJoPM; one giant step for project management”. The achievement of admission into ISI was compounded in July 2012 by IJoPM’s Impact Factor being confirmed as 1.532, a highly creditable outcome.

A salute

The International Project Management Association salutes Honourary Fellow Professor Rodney Turner for his contributions to our profession, and to society.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

News Item with contributions by Jouko Vaskimo, Miles Shepherd and Stacy Goff

Photographs by Jouko Vaskimo

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff, VP Marketing & Events, [email protected]

Project Management Institute Honors Nuevo Cuyo, Argentina Chapter with a 2012 PMI Chapter of the Year Award and Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations

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Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Argentina

5 November 2012, Mendoza, Argentina – The Nuevo Cuyo Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has been honored with a 2012 Chapter of the Year Award in Chapter Category I (1-300 members).  The Chapter also won a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations. The awards were presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

PMI’s Chapter of the Year Award recognizes chapters that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.  PMI’s Nuevo Cuyo, Argentina Chapter was specifically recognized for exceeding Chapter Target Objectives of membership by 24 percent, volunteer participation by 200 percent, as well as number of events by 250 percent.

PMI’s Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations recognizes chapters that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.

The Chapter was cited for the following accomplishments:

  • Supported the expansion of PMI in four different provinces throughout Argentina: Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis, and La Rioja.
  • Coordinated the PMI Tour Cono Sur Mendoza 2011 Congress with 400 attendees.
  • As the Chapter spanned an area of 404,900 square kilometers, electronic communications (newsletters, webinars, e-mails) were extensively used to communicate to the members
  • Chapter leadership received support from the Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Washington, DC Chapters to enhance value to members.
  • Had Chapter booth at 6 events including Expomatica with 10,000 visitors
  • Supported educational outreach to 5 universities: Univeridad Nacional de Cuyo, de Mendoza, Tecnologica Nacional, de Champagnat, and de la Punta
  • Developed 22 press releases on PMI activities
  • Participated in 14 appearances on local media: radio, TV and local online and published newspapers

Pablo Lledó, Past President for PMI Nuevo Cuyo, said during the award ceremony: it is very exciting to receive such a wonderful award in name of our Chapter for the outstanding work that our volunteers made during 2011. We have a strongly committed team of volunteers and this award belongs to them. Thanks to PMI for the great organization and recognition; and specially thank you for the team of volunteers, leading by Mrs Victoria Ferro, who invest their precious time to complete the documentation to apply for this award. We are so proud to deliver value to our members as the best Chapter in our category!

Photo: PMI Chapter Award winners in Vancouver; Pablo Lledo second from right; Cecilia Boggi (PMI Buenos Aires Chapter President, 3rd from right; Mark Langley, PMI CEO (far left); Peter Monkhouse, PMI Chair (far right). Photo courtesy of PMI

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.

Source: Project Management Institute

EBRD provides €10 million for energy efficiency projects in Moldova

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5 November 2012 – London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced two EBRD loans of €10 million in total to Moldova-Agroindbank for on-lending to homeowners and private enterprises for energy efficiency projects.  The loans are extended under the Moldovan Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (MoREEFF) and Moldovan Sustainable Energy Efficiency Financing Facility II (MoSEEFF II) and will enable Moldova-Agroindbank to provide long-term funding to industrial and residential clients implementing energy saving projects.

Moldova relies heavily on imports to satisfy its energy needs. High energy costs and energy losses, coupled with outdated equipment and obsolete energy infrastructure make Moldova one of the most carbon intensive countries in Europe. This is harmful to the environment and results in high energy bills for individuals and businesses. With the EBRD financing, clients in Moldova will be able to invest in energy efficient appliances and materials for their properties and industries. This will help to significantly reduce energy consumption. Lower costs for enterprises will lead to increased competitiveness and benefit economic development.

Announcing the new loans, Henry Russell, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions in Western Balkans, Croatia, Belarus and Moldova, said: “By providing Moldova-Agroindbank with two credit lines the EBRD is helping citizens, families, housing associations and businesses in Moldova to invest in energy efficiency projects. In challenging economic times, when energy prices are rising and people and private companies are struggling to pay their bills, energy efficient solutions are becoming more attractive and, with EBRD funding, more accessible.”

“We are pleased to be expanding our long-term cooperation with the EBRD and continue to drive our clients towards the most cost-effective solutions. The EBRD’s credit lines will ease the burden of the immediate costs of energy saving investments, which in the long run will allow our clients to considerably decrease energy expenses thanks to efficiency gains.

Our participation in this project demonstrates once again our responsiveness and expertise in providing the most relevant and useful financial solutions for our clients.” said the President of Moldova-Agroindbank, Natalia Vrabie.

With 21 years of experience, Moldova-Agroindbank is the leading bank in Moldova, with a strong commitment to financing energy efficiency projects for both industrial and residential clients, from its own and third party sources. The two new credit lines build on the successful implementation by Moldova-Agroindbank of numerous EBRD credit lines since 1995.

The EBRD will also provide technical assistance funded by the European Union and Sweden to help Moldova-Agroindbank to further build up its expertise and marketing strategies in financing energy efficiency investments.

Since the beginning of its operations in Moldova, the EBRD has signed 88 investment projects in the country, covering energy, transport, agribusiness, general industry and banking sectors, for a cumulative amount of almost €711 million. The EBRD’s energy efficiency activities in Moldova are part of a greater effort to help Moldova increase its energy security.

For more information about EBRD projects in Moldova, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/country/moldova.shtml


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries. Today the EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

Gower offers FREE Project Management Books and 40% Discount to Celebrate PMWJ Launch

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Gower offers FREE Project Management Books and 40% Discount to Celebrate PMWJ Launch

4 November 2012 – PM World and Gower Publishing in UK have announced a drawing for five free project management books in celebration of the launch of the new PM World Journal (PMWJ).  The random number drawing will be held on 30 November 2012.  In addition, Gower is offering an across-the-catalogue 40% discount to all PMWJ subscribers during November.  If interested, contact [email protected] for special discount code.

Participants in the drawing will be those who subscribe to the PMWJ during November 2012 and those who submitted business cards at the PMWJ booth during the just concluded 26th IPMA World Congress in Crete.  If not yet a subscriber, do so now at http://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=204 to have your name included in the November 30 drawing.  Contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Five luck winners will receive a project management book of her or his choice from the GOWER 2013 Project Management Catalogue, any book with list price up to £65. See the new Gower 2013 PM books catalogue (http://www.gowerpublishing.com/pdf/catalogues/Project-Management-2013-ROW.pdf.)  Books will be shipped free of charge to the five lucky winners.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “This is an extraordinary offer by Gower for five valuable free books from their extensive catalogue for new subscribers to our eJournal.  The 40 percent discount is also a major service, as the Gower 2013 catalogue contains some outstanding new books. Anyone serious about adding to a project management library must absolutely participate.”

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PM World Journal features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition or to subscribe, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Olympic Delivery Authority team wins three APM awards in UK

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 Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

2 November 2012 – London, UK – The body responsible for building the London 2012 Olympic Park won three times at the APM Project Management Awards show on 1 November 2012. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) won two awards for their construction programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and also walked away with a special recognition award.  See full coverage of the APM Project Management Awards at http://www.apm.org.uk/Awards.

After winning Programme of the Year, sponsored by Program Framework, and the prestigious BNFL Award, ODA chief executive Dennis Hone collected the special recognition award from the ceremony’s host, TV presenter Chris Hollins. Dennis was joined on stage with colleagues from the construction and transport departments who were all involved in one of the biggest and most successful projects this country has ever seen and the learning legacy it left behind. (http://www.apm.org.uk/learninglegacy).

ODA chairman Sir John Armitt CBE also won the ‘lifetime achievement’ award for his outstanding contribution to the project management profession. APM president Dr Martin Barnes CBE was filmed presenting Sir John, an Honorary Fellow of APM, with his Sir Monty Finniston Award. Sir John, who was unable to make the ceremony on the evening, said: “For me this is a fantastic award. The fact that it is on behalf of APM means a great deal to somebody who has spent so much of his life in project management.

“I’m very conscious of the fact that I receive it on behalf of hundreds of people who have supported me over the years in the projects that we have worked on together and been able to deliver successfully. Thank you for this wonderful award and the recognition that it brings.”

 Celebrating at the ODA table after winning three APM Project Management Awards on 1 November 2012, London; photo courtesy of APM.

 Network Rail wins two awards

Network Rail did the project manager double at the Microsoft Project sponsored event of APM’s 40th anniversary year. Richard Walker won Project Manager of the Year, sponsored by Programme Recruitment, while Christian Irwin walked away with Young Project Manager of the Year sponsored by QA Aikona.

This year saw a brand new category, sponsored by Shell, celebrate health and safety in the profession. The winner of the brand new Shell HSSE (health, safety, security and environment) Award was AstraZeneca Global Engineering for managing HSSE on construction projects in India, China and Russia.

The organisation that can call itself Project Management Company of the Year is Arup. Julie Wood and Thea Oakley were presented with the award on behalf of the global company that starts 100 new projects a day and has 10,000 projects live at any one time.

Project of the Year: Green Park underground station.

The much coveted Project of the Year Award sponsored by Siemens was won by Transport for London for creating step-free access at Green Park underground station. Marking a key milestone in Transport for London’s readiness for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the project was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget in such a constrained environment.

Allen Construction Consultancy’s refurbishment of the historic Old Fire Station building in the centre of Oxford won Community Project of the Year sponsored by Project magazine. Opened in November last year the building was transformed into a community asset for the city providing a new CRISIS Skylight, an arts centre and a café.

Overseas Project of the Year went to EC Harris International Ltd for their Al Wahda Master Development in Abu Dhabi. The inner city development is made up of a 5-star hotel, shopping mall consisting of 450 retail units, commercial tower and 300 apartments.

The APM Academic Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, saw Carl Dutton from BT walk away with the Geoffrey Trimble Award for the best master’s post-graduate dissertation. While Sarah Scott from Atos won the Brain Willis Award for the year’s highest mark gained in an APMP exam.

Awarding excellence for 19 years

The APM Awards got off to a superb start with a drinks reception sponsored by Thales. It has become known as the most prestigious night in the professional calendar and has been awarding project management excellence for 19 years. Recognising the very best in the profession, winners of the most sought-after trophy in the industry have demonstrated the invaluable contribution project management and project professionals make in all sectors of society. The finalists and winners attract national publicity and a deserved career boost as a result, both at business and at individual level.

Those who have walked away with an APM Awards trophy can be proud to claim to be amongst the best projects, programmes and professionals in the country.  See the complete list of APM Project Management Awards 2012 winners at http://www.apm.org.uk/Winners2012.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 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

26th IPMA World Congress Closes in Crete, Greece

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by Jouko Vaskimo ([email protected])

1 November 2012, Greece – Professor Dr John-Paris Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress and Mr Roberto Mori, the President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) closed the 26th IPMA World Congress in the Mediterranean island of Crete on 31st October 2012. The theme of the 26th IPMA World Congress, the first one to be organized in Greece, was “Integrating Project Management Standards”. The congress, which comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by some of the most renowned experts in the profession, simultaneous parallel sessions with both practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program, took place at the Creta Maris Convention Centre, located in the Hersonissos district of Crete on 29th … 31st October 2012. The congress was organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

Professor Pantouvakis closing the 26th IPMA World Congress (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Professor Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, was pleased to see the congress proceed according to plan, and become the latest link in the long tradition of IPMA World Congresses. In his closing remarks Professor Pantouvakis sincerely thanked the congress participants, everyone involved in planning and organizing the event, and sincerely wished everyone a safe journey home.

Mr Mori thanked Professor Pantouvakis warmly for an excellent IPMA World Congress: Mr Mori was very happy with the arrangements and the number of participants under the circumstances, which were the most difficult he had seen in the history of IPMA World Congresses.

Finally Professor Pantouvakis handed the task of organizing the next IPMA World Congress to the organizing committee of the 27th IPMA World Congress.

Professor Mladen Radujkovic, the current IPMA Vice President of Research and Education / Training, President of Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), IPMA 2013 … 2014 President Elect, and Chairman of Organizing Committee for the 27th IPMA World Congress, thanked Professor Pantouvakis, and formally took on the role of the organizer of the next IPMA World Congress. He warmly invited the entire IPMA family to the 27th IPMA World Congress which will be organized in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk on September 30th … October 3rd, 2013. The theme of the 27th IPMA World Congress will be “Finding balance and moving forward”. The congress is organized by IPMA and CAPM in co-operation with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb, the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Baltazar Adam Krčelić College of Business and Management. For further information please navigate to www.ipma2013.hr .

Professor Radujkovic (pictured at right) is excited about the 27th IPMA World Congress, and comments “I thank Professor Pantouvakis sincerely for an excellent congress. At the same time I kindly invite you to take part in the IPMA World Congress 2013 and to contribute to the development of the project management profession. Come to Dubrovnik to find balance and improve your project management competences and thus push your projects forward.  We will be expecting you in the city of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still today bear witness to projects from past centuries.” Professor Radujkovic can be contacted at [email protected] .

The closing ceremony participants were also addressed by Mr Michel Ledun and Mr Pierre Parent from Thales, who delivered their keynote presentation “International Project Management within Thales”. In the previous session Professor Theodosis Tassios and Professor Hiroshi Tanaka provided keynote presentations to the congress plenary; Professor Tassios on “An introduction to the ancient Greek technology” and Professor Tanaka on “Standards in the changing landscape of project and program management”.

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

PMI® Honors Pablo Lledó, MSc, MBA, PMP, with 2012 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award

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31 October 2012 — The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has honored Pablo Lledó, MSc, MBA, PMP, with a 2012 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Pablo Lledó has guided business development projects in multinational companies, coordinated project management training programs for executives, initiated companies, sold new products, helped enterprises in the implementation of its projects and assisted in their reengineering processes to reach more efficiency.

As an entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of four running companies, one of them included in the PMI Consultant Registry (RCP). As an international project management consultant and speaker, he has trained more than 12,000 people in project management excellence.

Mr. Lledó has published eight books about project management. He served as the vice president of communications for the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter from 2009-2010 and was the founder and president of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Argentina Chapter in 2011. During the past six years, he has been selected every year as a Speaker at the PMI Global Congresses.

Photo from left: Deana Landers (PMI Chair-elect); Distinguished Contribution Award winners Pablo Lledo, Gary Hamilton, Agnieszka Maria Gasperini, and John Cable; Peter Monkhouse (PMI Chair) (photo courtesy of PMI)

Pablo Lledó, President of MasConsulting and Pablolledo.com, said: it is very exciting to become the first Argentinean to receive this international award. I am so proud to be in this outstanding ceremony as one of the few Latin American that has ever received this award. Thanks to PMI for the great organization and for this worldwide recognition; and thanks to all my lectors, students, clients and family who has been supporting my project management career, this prize is for you!

Pablo Lledó (Argentina); Agnieszka Gasperini (Poland); Mark Langley (USA, PMI President and CEO)

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.

Jose Reyes and Martin Barnes deliver keynote presentations at the 26th IPMA World Congress

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by Jouko Vaskimo

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Professor José E. Reyes G., Project Manager of the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project, Chairman of the Panamanian Association of Project Management Asociatión Panameńa de Gestion de Proyectos (APGP), and Professor of Project Management at Universidad Interamericana Panama (Laureate University), and Dr Martin Barnes, Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and the President of the Association for Project Management (APM), presented their keynote presentations in the second-day plenary session of the 26th IPMA World Congress. Professor Reyes’ presentation was titled “Key success factors to deliver large scale projects, the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project challenges”; Dr Barnes’ presentation was titled “We can and should raise the standards”.  Both attracted a full auditorium of congress participants.

Professor Reyes talked about the Panama Canal, and the challenges the current canal design is having with the trends in the global logistics requiring vessels with more and more capacity: The existing locks can handle the “Panamax” vessels with capacities up to 4400 Twentyfoot Equivalent Units (TEUs). Based on the decision to expand the locks the new Panamax vessels will have an estimated maximum capacity of 12000 TEUs. He proceeded to introduce the issues Panama Canal TSL project considers critical for TSL project success:

1)    Top management support and visibility

2)    User / customer involvement

3)    Detail project schedule and use thereof

4)    Having competent people and a competent team

5)    Appropriate risk management

6)    Effective and sufficient communication

7)    Frequent monitoring and feedback

8)    Appropriate change management

9)    Maintaining the quality of works

10) Maintaining an issue log

Professor Reyes indicated the success of the Panama Canal TSL project is dependent on successful implementation of these issues. Professor Reyes can be contacted at [email protected] .

Professor Rayes presenting his keynote presentation (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Dr Barnes talked about the fact that standards are much more than simply processes:  Standards allow us a framework for activities as well as provide a benchmark for performance. He proceeded to tell the audience the story behind the project management “iron triangle” – traditionally understood as time, cost, and quality – which he originally conjured for his keynote presentation for the 1972 IPMA World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden: Dr Barnes soon realized quality was not an appropriate component of the iron triangle – performance would make a much better component as projects are so much more about the results, and in cases with state-of-the-art project management the project might finally be useless unless the outcome fits the client needs.

Dr Barnes also described how he came up with the New Engineering Contract, a simple and straightforward contract format for project managers to use, much to the disappointment of a number of his friends in the legal profession.  Dr Barnes proceeded to describe his astonishment and pride, when Sir John Armit, the Chairman of the London Olympic Delivery Authority, indicated in a television interview that the single most important factor for being able to deliver the Olympic Game venues on time was the New Engineering Contract which was used on all construction projects for the games. Dr Barnes can be contacted through APM.

Dr Martin Barnes presenting his keynote presentation

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo

Author

Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

Buenos Aires Chapter wins 2012 PMI Chapter of the Year Award

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Rosario

30 October 2012 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has honored its PMI Buenos Aires,  Argentina Chapter with a 2012 Project Management Institute (PMI®) Chapter of the Year award in Chapter Category II. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

PMI’s Chapter of the Year Award recognizes communities that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.  PMI’s Buenos Aires Chapter was specifically recognized for their rapid increase in their members and volunteers, as well as their work with their own Chapter community outreach, including the use of magazines and websites.

The PMI Buenos Aires, Argentina Chapter was founded in October 1996 by a group of thirty-three members, most of them from the IT industry. Today, it has over 580 members (more than 240 are PMPs), and although the majority of members are in the computer industry, many members joined from other industries.

A few of their many accomplishments include:

  • Grew membership by 32% to over 500 members
  • Achieved member retention rate of 86%
  • Grew volunteer participation by 50%
  • Grew participation in Chapter LinkedIn site by 85%
  • Coordinated events to 6 locations: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santa Fe, La Plata, and Salta Santa Fe and Salta, La Plata
  • Distributed 1,000 Chapter brochures at 8 regional events

PMI also honored the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter with a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations. PMI’s Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations recognize communities that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.

According to Jose Esterkin, PMI Buenos Aires Chapter President: “This award recognizes our excellence and quality in the implementation of our vision as a Chapter and operational processes. This is a collective achievement made possible by our wonderful group of 70 volunteers, who continuously define, plan and execute a portfolio of projects aimed to deliver value to members”.

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.

PMI® Honors Cecilia Boggi, PMP with 2012 Chapter Award for Leadership Excellence

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Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Rosario

30 October 2012 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has honored Cecilia Boggi, PMP, with a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership Recognition of Excellence. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

The PMI Chapter Award for Leadership pays tribute to the vision and dedication a community leader must have to effectively guide and advance their community and to further PMI’s envisioned goal to help organizations, worldwide, embrace project management and attribute their success to it.  Ms. Boggi was specifically recognized for his limitless energy and inspirational leadership as president of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter in 2011.

Under Ms. Boggi’s leadership, the chapter achieved the following:

  • 32% membership growth
  • 80% membership retention rate
  • Five (5) regional communities across Argentina
  • Two (2) new projects with PMI Educational Foundation      

According to Ms. Boggi, “I am honored on receiving this recognition; I feel very proud of belonging and representing the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter. Our Chapter counts with the cooperation of 75 enthusiastic volunteers for Project Management. Thanks to their work all these recognitions are possible”

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.

26th IPMA World Congress opens in Crete, Greece

PM PROFESSION NEWS

by Jouko Vaskimo

[email protected]

Professor Dr John-Paris Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, Mr Miles Shepherd, the Chairman of the Congress Program, and Mr Roberto Mori, the President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) opened the 26th IPMA World Congress in the Mediterranean island of Crete on 29th October 2012. The theme of the 26th IPMA World Congress, the first one to be organized in Greece, is “Integrating Project Management Standards”. The congress, which comprises an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by some of the most renowned experts in the profession, simultaneous parallel sessions with both practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program, takes place at the Creta Maris Convention Centre, located in the Hersonissos district of Crete on 29th … 31st October 2012. The congress is organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

Professor Pantouvakis and Mr Shepherd opening the 26th IPMA World Congress (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Professor Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, was pleased to have the congress start with participants from over 40 countries. Professor Pantouvakis sincerely welcomed all congress participants, and warmly invited everyone to enjoy the official congress program, and the social program surrounding the official program. Mr Shepherd welcomed congress participants, explained the structure of conference program, and invited the congress participants to actively participate in the plenary sessions, the individual streams, the poster sessions as well as the symposia and panel sessions in the program. The conference program includes plenary sessions with seven state-of-the-art keynote presentations, ten simultaneous parallel tracks, posters sessions, symposia and panels with over 200 topics. The three-day congress is aimed for all project management practitioners from practice organizations as well as scholars from universities and the academia.

Professor Pantouvakis, the Congress Chairman, was very happy with the successful start of the congress, and commented “Organizing this congress among the challenging economic situation in Europe, and especially in Greece, has been our ‘Ithaca’ for the past year. The road to success has appeared narrow, full of bends, and lonely at times, however, this has made progressing towards the event ‘full of adventure, full of discovery’. We never encountered ‘Laestrygonians and Cyclops’ on our way, unless we brought them along inside our souls, but we visited ‘Phoenician ports and Egyptian cities’ to introduce ideas, courage and wishful thinking. Today I am pleased and honoured to welcome all participants of the 26th IPMA World Congress to the five-star Creta Maris Convention & Golf Resort at Hernissos, Crete”.  Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected] .

The opening ceremony participants were also addressed by Mr George Alexakis, the Regional Councillor of the prefecture of Crete, Mr Constantinos Filippakis, the Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Hersonissos, and Mr Stacy Goff, the Chairman of the Congress Advisory Committee, and IPMA Vice-President in charge of events and marketing. Mr Alexakis and Mr Filippakis warmly welcomed the congress participants to Crete and Hersonissos. Mr Goff welcomed everyone to the most important IPMA event in 2012, and encouraged all congress participants to collect a complementary umbrella form the IPMA stand at the congress exhibition hall. Mr Goff explained the umbrella, which is usually unnecessary at Crete at this time of the year, serves as a reminder of the umbrella status of IPMA towards the IPMA Members Associations.

The highlights of the congress opening ceremony were the keynote presentations by Professor Dr Lynn Crawford, titled “Competition, Comparison, Collaboration – Mapping a Pathway through Project Management Standards” and Professor Dr Nino Grau, titled “Standards and Excellence in Project Management – in whom do we trust?”.

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo

Author

Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects – new book released by Barbee Davis from J. Ross in the US

PUBLISHING NEWS

 29 October 2012 – J. Ross Publishing has announced the publication of Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage, a new book by Barbee Davis.   Davis is an agile project management consultant and trainer in the United States, and a special projects leader and columnist for the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

According to the book’s publicity: Projects in the near future will be managed with a hybrid of Agile and traditional waterfall processes to better address the speed to market, product innovation, and financial challenges that organizations face. The project managers who learn how to merge Agile with Waterfall methodologies first will gain a huge career advantage over those who lag behind. This engaging and highly instructive guide covers what Agile is, and how and when it is appropriate to blend it into your projects.

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects will help new and experienced project managers, stakeholders, and students of the discipline to proactively prepare for and ensure their future success. This valuable resource also contains all the terms and concepts needed for those planning to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam.

Highlights of the book include:

  • Presents a workable way to add Agile to your projects while preserving your investment of time and development in traditional waterfall processes, without changing your whole corporate structure as a prerequisite
  • Uses interactive tools to help readers understand, experience, and find practical ways to merge Agile with waterfall in the right amounts for each project
  • Provides an Agile approach that will work for more traditional departments and shows how to scale Agile from one team up to the enterprise level
  • Describes how to work with the major Agile methodology teams, and ways to merge the teams, reports, documents, metrics, tools, and meetings between Agile and waterfall teams
  • Highlights what leading corporations are doing to add Agile to their traditional waterfall projects, what they have learned, and gives examples of future trends you will need to prepare to manage
  • WAV offers a downloadable Agile Evaluator, Agile Evaluator Checklist, Agile Evaluator Sample Results, Uganda Coffee Website Team Exercise, Planning Poker Cards, Story Card Templates, and a PMI-ACP® practice exam — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com

Barbee Davis, MA, PMP, PMI-ACP, and PHR, heads Davis Consulting, a provider of project management guidance and services. Barbee also works for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). She is a R.E.P. Quality Reviewer for organizations who wish to be part of the PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) program. Ms. Davis leads special projects for PMI, such as the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) project that helps local PMI Chapters attract and educate college students about the project management field. She also created the PMI Intellectual Property Tutorial for R.E.Ps, which has been translated into eight languages. Over the past 5 years, Ms. Davis has written the semi-monthly column, Quick Quizzes, for the PMI Community Post that reached over 300,000 project managers worldwide. She also writes a similar feature, Topic Teasers, available through PMI Chapter newsletters.

Ms. Davis has designed and implemented projects in varied industries and managed large project rollouts for many large corporations. This ex-IBMer and former Wilson Learning facilitator is also proficient in online learning instructional design, having both written for and taught on Blackboard for universities and corporate clients. She has been on staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Bellevue University. As co-founder of ExecuTrain of Nebraska and Vice-President of Sales and Training, she has managed and provided technical training for solution developers and systems engineers, as well as offering end-user training on all platforms.

Besides holding the PMP certification, Barbee also has an Agile Practitioner Certification (PMI-ACP)®, a black belt in Microsoft Project, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation, and an American Society of Training and Development Training Certificate in instruction, facilitation, and instructional design. She is a popular and sought-after speaker around the world, especially on merging Agile practices with PMBOK® Guide processes to bridge the gap between the sometimes warring methodologies.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross  Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage; By Barbee Davis, PMP, PMI-ACP, PHR; published by J. Ross Publishing; Hardcover, 6×9, 352 Pages; ISBN: 978-1-60427-083-9; October 2012. Information at http://www.jrosspub.com/Engine/Shopping/catalog.asp?store=&category=&itempage=&item=14280&itemonly=1

Source: J. Ross Publishing

The Future Project Manager according to Mary McKinlay – Interactive event planned for 20 November in Durham, UK

PEOPLE NEWS

 28 October 2012, London – Where is project management going? what will a good project manager look like? These will be some of the questions that will be explored and shared with the project management community, on this interactive presentation conducted by Mary McKinlay on Tuesday 20th November 2012 at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, UK.

In recent years we have seen many changes in project management, Mary will look at these changes and examine what they mean to project managers.  If someone picks up a flat-pack box marked ‘Project Manager’, what will they get and how do they assemble it for success? How can we move towards “A world in which all projects succeed”?

Mary McKinlay is a Trustee and Board Member for both APM and the International Centre for Complex Project Management based in Australia.

Following a degree in Systems Engineering, Mary’s career has encompassed working on large multinational projects as well as internal IT projects.  She is a project management practitioner and, after 30 years in aerospace and defence , founded Mary McKinlay Projects Ltd in September 2005.

In 2005, Mary was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at Skema where she teaches at the Lille and Paris Campuses.  She also works as a Visiting Professor for the EMBA Course in Complex Project Management that is run at Queensland University of Technology, in addition to working as a teaching fellow at the National Centre for Project Management at the University of Middlesex in the past year.

Her industrial experience has been complemented by work on research programmes, involving collaboration internationally between industry and academics. She has produced many papers and is a frequent conference speaker worldwide.  The job of interesting young people in engineering careers is a passion of hers and she is also a STEM Ambassador with special responsibilities as a Bloodhound Ambassador (Bloodhound SSC project).

This event is sponsored by the APM North East Branch and is free to APM members; £10 for non-members.  For more information or to book a place, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-manager-future.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 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