Project Managing a Trip of a Lifetime – Ursula Pretsch to tell her unique story in Edinburgh on 18 October


7 September 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The APM Scotland Branch will feature a unique and fascinating project story on 18 October 2012, when Ursula Pretsch will describer her around-the-world adventure.  The theme for the evening presentation and meeting is “Colour, chaos, culture: project managing the trip of a lifetime.”  The event will be held at the Royal Scots Club, 29-30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh.

Ursula Pretsch was a senior project manager with the Scottish Courts Service when she decided to take time out and travel the world. Covering 4 continents, 4 diaries and 9,362 photographs she project managed an experience that most people put off until retirement – and then never achieve.

Starting out with a one-way ticket to India, Ursula relied on her traditional project management skills of planning, cost control and change management to realise her dream. The journey took her to a total of 17 countries and lasted 2 years.

A project is characterised as a unique and temporary organisation that requires planning, control and the delivery of products to agreed quality criteria. Why should an ‘Around The World’ trip be different?

  • The project was delivered not quite to plan – repeatedly the issue of impression overload arose given the wealth, intensity and richness of impressions that turned into a general assault on all senses
  • Cost control, budgeting and financial management were challenged by liquidity when trekking in the mountains miles from an ATM, and in constant pricing negotiations for absolutely anything, from bananas to taxi fares
  • Scope creep pushed its way past change control in month four. After all, how much control do you really need to apply before you negatively impact on the desired benefits of this kind of undertaking?

With a light-hearted approach, Ursula will explore the practical aspects of project management as applied to a trip full of colours, chaos and cultural surprises.  However, this presentation is also a demonstration of how traditional project management techniques increasingly find practical application in less traditional project management environments than construction, IT or civil engineering.

The evening’s activities begin with registration, buffet and networking at 6:00 p.m.  Ursula’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the event will end at 8:00 p.m.  The evening is free to APM members or £10 for others.  For more information or to book a seat, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/colour-chaos-culture-project-managing-trip-lifetime

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

The Global Young Crew Workshop, Just Around The Corner


With just a few weeks left until the Global Young Crew Workshop 2012, the whole IPMA Young Crew community is excited about the agenda for this year’s biggest project management event. It will take place in Chersonisos, Crete, Greece, start on October 26th and last for three days. Networking, engaging workshops, plans for new projects – that and much more has this event to offer. “It just has the right amount of fun, mixed with the experience of the trainers and speakers” says Jannis Soulos, project manager of the event. “It will not only motivate you, but also open your eyes to a new world of managing projects. You have to live it to believe the dynamics that build up during this event”.

During the first day Luca Cavone and Estuardo Calderon will host two parallel sessions for established and emerging Young Crews. They will provide guidance for all issues important for each Young Crew section as well as the tools helping them achieve their goals. “This event is the place where most Young Crew activities begin” declared Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz, Head of Innovation in the IPMA Young Crew Management Board. “It’s the major networking and career development event for young professionals in the IPMA”.

With an event theme of “Don’t panic!”, Saturday will start with an inspiring Keynote Speaker, Stacy Goff, the VP of Marketing & Events at IPMA, as well as six extraordinary workshops hosted by trainers from all over the world. Out of three streams participants will be able to choose from simulation games, workshops dealing with creativity, improvisation, communication and system thinking. This day will conclude with the Gala Dinner – not only another networking possibility, but also the time when the 2012 IPMA Young Project Manager Award winner will be announced (below).

Last day of the Young Crew part of the IPMA World Congress 2012 will be as exciting as the first two. It will start with a Keynote Speech, followed by workshops on failures, leadership and change management, and a “Meet the Authors” session in between, where a number of authors of project management books, articles and papers will attend the YC Workshop. They will talk about their planned activities during their Session at the Congress and will also be available to discuss directions of topics, content, formats and sources of project management knowledge.

The full program together with descriptions of all workshops can be found on the congress website: www.ipma2012.gr/youngcrew.html.

IPMA Young Project Manager Award At Gala

As mentioned above, at the Young Crew Gala Dinner on Saturday night, 27th October, we will announce the winner of the IPMA Young Project Manager award. This prestigious award will go to one of the just-announced finalists; as award Project Manager Jhaymee Wilson Heinlein posted in the Young Crew Facebook group: “The results are in! The finalists for the 2012 IPMA Young Project Manager Award are Miguel Mercado Campusano (Chile), Subas Subedi (Nepal), and Mukunda Adhikari (Nepal). Congrats to all of the finalists! We look forward to finding out the winner in Crete.” Thank you Jhaymee!

Join Us in Crete!

Complete your registration for the GYCW: www.ipma2012.gr/reg/regform.html.  Only until 5th October, Young Crew members can take advantage of the special price of 450€. Note that GYCW participants also receive day event tickets to the IPMA World Congress on 29-31 October, an incredible value! So don’t miss the chance, don’t panic and come meet us in Crete!

About IPMA Young Crew: IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. We are an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew strives to provide experiential learning through interaction and information exchange with young project managers.

Contact Details:

Natalia Majcher

Head of Marketing and Communication

Global Young Crew Workshop 2012

e-Mail: [email protected]

mobile: +48-600-404-693

Keynote Speakers set for 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference set for Bethesda, Maryland, USA during 29-31 October


Keynote Speakers set for 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference set for Bethesda, Maryland, USA during 29-31 October

The 24th annual Integrated Program Management (IPM) Conference will be held during 29-31 October 2012 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.  The event, annually the world’s largest gathering of earned value management (EVM) professionals,  is being co-sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), College of Performance Management (CPM) and the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) in the United States.  This year’s theme is “Setting the Baseline”.  Information at http://ipmconference.org/.

The conference will again feature training sessions, a practice symposia, workshops, and a Tools and Services track for those interested in technology solutions for EVM.

Keynote speakers will include Frank Kendall, Joseph Dyer and Paul Bosco, highly experienced and widely respected senior US government executives.

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, US Department of Defense – Mr. Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this capacity, he is responsible to the US Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise. Prior to this appointment, from March 2010 – May 2012 he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary.

Mr. Kendall has over 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Mr. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Kendall was a Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm.

Vice Admiral Joseph W. Dyer (U.S. Navy, Retired), Chief Strategy Officer, iRobot Corporation – Joe Dyer oversees strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, research and advanced technology development at iRobot. Previously, he served as COO and president of the former Government & Industrial Robots division. Dyer came to iRobot in 2003 from a career in the U.S. Navy. He last served as the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, where he was responsible for research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and logistics for naval aircraft, air launched weapons and sensors.

Dyer’s naval career also included positions as naval aviation’s chief engineer, commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division and F/A-18 program manager. Earlier in his career, he served as the Navy’s chief test pilot. Dyer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in finance from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is an elected fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the National Academy of Public Administration. Dyer chairs NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

Paul Bosco, Director, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), US Department of Energy (DOE) – Paul Bosco served as the Director of the Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM) from November 2006 until the creation of the Office of Acquisition and Project Management in June 2012. The Office of Engineering and Construction Management was the Department of Energy’s central management organization providing leadership in such mission critical areas as project and real property management. In addition, OECM validates the project performance baselines, to include cost and schedule, of all of the Department’s largest construction and environmental clean-up projects prior to Budget Request to Congress; an active project portfolio totaling over $30 billion.

Previously, Mr. Bosco served in the United States Navy nearly 28 years, as a member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) and Seabee Community. In that capacity, he held a dozen different assignments in a dozen different locations, predominately involved in real property and project management, executing construction programs and projects worldwide. His last Navy assignment was as the Deputy Commander of Operations at the Headquarters of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Washington D.C. He also served as the Strategic Business Officer. He retired as a United States Navy Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, on November 1, 2006.

For those interested in certification testing, the following will be held during the event:

  • SCEA PCEA and CCEA Exams – October 27, 2012
  • EVM Certificate testing – October 31, 2012
  • AACE testing – November 1, 2012

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement.  CPM assists the earned value professional and project manager in professional growth and promotes the application of earned value management. CPM is a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget.  More information at http://www.mycpm.org/.

CPM is a PMI Registered Education Provider, so participants can receive 18 PDUs for attending the conference. If you are involved with or interested in learning more about earned value management or integrated program management, this conference is one of the most important.  For more information or to register, visit http://ipmconference.org/.

BAE Systems Project Management Council to host Free learning event in Farnsborough


BAE Systems Project Management Council to host Free learning event in Farnsborough

29 June 2012 – London – The APM Thames Valley Branch has announced a unique learning event being held on Monday, 15 October 2012, on the subject of “Project governance for delivering successful maritime projects”.  Co-sponsored by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME), the event will feature a presentation by Ian Williams, Head of Project Management of BAE Systems Maritime Services.  The event will be held at BAE Systems, Farnborough, only 10 minutes from Junction 4 of the M3.

What do we mean when we talk about project management governance? This event, run by APM Farnborough Chapter and sponsored by BAE Systems Project Management Council, will provide a useful opportunity to consider what project management governance is and its implications for the individual project manager.

When it comes to managing a project, a project manager will naturally have a primary focus of meeting the project requirements and satisfying the customer. In the longer term though, what can often be more important is that everything the project manager is responsible for is discharged in a responsible and transparent way and meets the overarching governance requirements.  So, what do we mean when we talk about project management governance?

This briefing will help project managers understand what is expected of them from a governance perspective as they go about the task of delivering increasingly complex projects.

Ian Williams is an accomplished project manager and engineer with more than 30 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering complex electronic systems in engineering and project management roles across defence, automation and process control markets. He has delivery experience in high value projects and project portfolio management. He is a specialist in bespoke system design, systems integration and product development.

Currently Head of Project Management of BAE Systems Maritime Services business, Ian is responsible for the development of the project management capability within the business and the deployment of project management disciplines, in particular, planning, monitoring and control, risk management and project management governance, across several hundred projects.

Ian is chairman of the BAE Systems Risk Management Steering Group and a member of the BAE Systems Project Management Council. He joined GEC Marconi Radar Systems in 1991 and became part of BAE Systems following the merger of the defence arm of GEC Marconi with British Aerospace in 2000.

The evening event on 15 October will begin at 6:45 p.m. with registration and refreshments, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m.  Location is BAE Systems, Park Centre, Farnsborough Aerospace Centre, Farnsborough, Hants, UK, GU14 6XN.  The meeting is free to APM and IME members or £10 for others.  More info at http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-governance-delivering-successful-maritime-projects

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

1st Annual Project Management Consulting Forum and IPMA Festival of Knowledge in Slovenia


1st Annual Project Management Consulting Forum and IPMA Festival of Knowledge in Slovenia

26 September 2012 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – The 1st Annual Project Management Consulting Forum and IPMA Festival of Knowledge, with the theme “Knowledge Market & New Business Models”, will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia during 10-12 October 2012.  Venue will be the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia at Dimičeva 13, Ljubljana, Slovenia.  The main Organizer of the event is CCIS – Chamber of Business Services of Slovenia.  Co-organizers include AMCOS – Association of Management Consulting of Slovenia; IPMA – International Project Management Association – Research Management Board; ICEC – International Council of Cost Engineering Council; and ZPM – Project Management Association of Slovenia, Council of Experts.

Event Background

Personal and organizational excellence is the key element for business success in a modern knowledge-based business environment. In contemporary business environment organizations their competitiveness is kept not only by focusing on their key competences and optimizing their own resources, but also by regional and global outsourcing and development of authentic, network-based business models. The key elements of dynamic, innovative business models are an envision of global industrial and business trends, identification of areas of business interests and performance, decisions about specialization and sourcing, allocation of outsourcing needs, development of authentic organizational support and a good leadership.

Event Objectives

  • To explore new challenges by presenting different international business cases from different industries and regions,
  • To discuss characteristics and trends of emerging global knowledge markets and the new roles of knowledge providers (universities, research organizations etc.), knowledge sellers (management consulting companies, training companies, sellers of different high value-added services etc.),  knowledge buyers (value migration on the markets of profit and non-profit organizations from different industries) and a business-supporting environment (chambers of commerce, different business-supporting agencies, professional associations etc.),
  • A critical analysis of the present global situation and the needs for strategic transformations, of  changes in personal and corporate attitudes and organizational as well as personal competences,
  • Needs for a corporate and personal culture change,
  • What do we need to achieve, what are the required changes and how to make it happen?

Who Should Attend

–       Knowledge workers (experts)  and managers from profit and non-profit organizations from different industries,

–       Academic researchers and managers of R&D organizations (universities, research institutes etc.),

–       Management consultants,

–       Managers and experts from companies who are selling high added-value products and services,

–       Project managers,

–       Entrepreneurs and freelance experts and

–       Other interested parties.

This is the first international event organized by different business and professional associations which, connected into a network, form an integral part of the knowledge market at the local, regional and global levels.  Managers, experts, consultants and researchers are invited to participate in this excellent international event and contribute their views and practical experiences.  Visit the event website at http://event.einovainstitut.eu/slovenia2012/.

President of the Organizing Committee is Majda Dobravc, M.Sc.  President of the Programme Committee is Dr. Brane Semolic.  For more information, contact Dr Semolic at [email protected].

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.

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