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Risk Identification Barriers

in Construction Projects in MENA

 

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Mostafa H. Kotb (1) and Mohamed M. Ghattas (2)

(1) Prof of Structural Engineering – Faculty of Engineering – AZHAR University – Egypt

(2) Civil Engineer, Project Manager, PMP, PMI-RMPTM – Egypt – KSA

 



Abstract

Construction projects nowadays are facing difficulties and financial losses due to high economic and political instability, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. So they require effective project management. Risk management is one of the most important aspects of project management, as it deals with unknown events which may cause benefits or losses to the project. Risk identification process is essential to the successful implementation of risk management. You can deal with risks effectively if you identify them properly. Risks are divided into opportunities and threats. This paper focuses on risk identification barriers while applying PMI risk standards for the projects. If the organization considers those barriers while risk identification, it will enhance the risk identification process, enhance profits and reduce damages.

Keywords: Risk management, Risk identification, Construction, PMI risk standards, MENA, Risk identification barriers.

  1. Introduction

In construction projects uncertainty is everywhere. Each project contains hidden parts which may cause negative or positive events. The construction industry in the MENA region was rapidly growing before the political crisis and the drop in oil prices, which badly affected the sector. Now investors need to spend less, earn more within short durations. This is difficult because of the nature of construction projects. Project management goal is to drive the project to successful completion, to meet the pre-established targets, to avoid losses and gain customer’s satisfaction. Project management processes are initiating, planning, execution, monitor, control, and closure. These processes are cyclical and repetitive through the project. Risk management is an important part of project management which plays an important role in trying to manage all unknown events which may affect the project. So the team should identify the risk, understand its nature, plan to manage once occur, monitor and control responses effectiveness, and make enhancements and changes to plans if required.

What is the risk? There are multiple answers to this simple question, As per PMI (2), the risk is “an uncertain event that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost, and quality”. If risk is positive, it is known as opportunity, but negative ones are known as threats as per W.D. Rowe (7), Mistakenly many people focus only on managing threats and think that those only should be identified, analyzed and managed, while they missed the positive chances and the profit might be gained from those chances.

As per PMI (2), organizations and project managers should also focus on non-event risks which are divided into two main types: (1) Variability: activities are usually performed within a probable range of duration and resources, and By using Monte Carlo simulation a good confidence level can be reached through iteration. (2) Ambiguity: when there is imperfect knowledge in any area of the project, which might affect the project’s success and can be solved by defining this gap and then filling it either internally or externally. To assure the continuous development of the project resources.

Jardine C.G. (6) defined risk as the probability of unknown events to cause losses or gain on a specific time frame.

Risk management is defined as the processes of risk management, identification, analysis, planning responses, monitoring and controlling risks of the project (2). Risk management should start as soon as possible once the project starts so that the project team can properly identify and deal with risks.

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How to cite this paper: Kotb, M. H. & Ghattis, M. M. (2018). Risk Identification Barriers in Construction Projects in MENA, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue VIII – August.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pmwj73-Aug2018-Kotb-Ghattas-Risk-Identification-Barriers-in-Construction-Projects-in-MENA.pdf

 



About the Authors


Prof. Dr. Mostafa H. Kotb

Prof of Structural Engineering – Faculty of Engineering
AZHAR University – Egypt

 




Prof. Dr. Mostafa H. Kotb,
Prof of Structural Engineering from 2006 till now, Field of interests behavior of design of steel structures, strengthening and repair of reinforced concrete elements for structure interactions and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure, Vice-dean from 2011 till end of 2015, Assistant chair of Al-AZHAR International Engineering Conference from 2000 till 2014.  For more information, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-mostafa-kotb-85ab353a/?ppe=1

E-Mail: [email protected],  

Mobile: 0020-100 100 3125

 


Mohamed Metwaly Ghattas, PMP, PMI-RMP, CCP

Egypt – KSA

 

 

 


Mohamed Ghattas
, PMP, PMI-RMP, CCP, Project manager with 5 years of experience in construction projects in Saudi Arabia, is currently a Project Manager at AI Rajhi Capital. Interested in risk management and cost management .  For more information, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-ghattas-pmp-rmp-b62a5526/

E-Mail: [email protected],

Mobile: 00966-59 590 4818

 

 

 

IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop to be held in Greece prior to 26th IPMA World Congress

By Saad Hegazy from Dubai

Each year IPMA Young Crew organizes its global workshop (GYCW), the biggest IPMA Young Crew event; the Workshop will be held this year in Crete, Greece, and has the motto “Don’t Panic!”

Over 100 participants from Young Crews all around the world are going to take a part for three days; the event will offer the opportunity to network, exchange experiences and to get to know the Young Crew on an international level.

On Friday the 26.10.2012 the Global Young Crew Workshop will open its gates for registration at 1pm, followed by two parallel workshop sessions. During these sessions guidance and new tools for emerging as well as established communities of project managers will be presented.

On Saturday and Sunday keynotes and workshops will be covering a variety of project management topics in the frame of “Don’t Panic”. There will be a workshop that will teach attendees how to improvise and react correctly in difficult situations based on improvisation theater techniques. Another will show how panicking is the wrong answer when a project manager has to deal with his team when requirements as well as project environments change fast and time is not on his side, participants will also discover which project management methodologies have advantages over, in order to bring back structure to a project and calm the team as well as the stakeholders.

IPMA Young Crew Global Workshop Australia 2011 (Photo Credit to Les Squires)

Those who are already familiar with the concept of the GYCW know that the perfect mix of having fun and enjoying working in an international young group together with learning and applying new techniques characterizes our workshops.

IPMA Young Crew Global Workshop Turkey 2010 (Photo Credit to Les Squires)

Although the inspiring workshops could be the only reason one would need to attend, these are not the only activities prepared for participants, one of the strong goals of Global YC Workshops is to engage the international community of young project managers to build strong relations among the global project management community that is Young Crew. The participants will have a lot of opportunities for networking throughout the workshop. A good starting point is the workshop and the welcome reception in the evening of the first day. The greatest opportunity for networking though is the Saturday night Gala Dinner, which is the highlight of the GYCW weekend.

Past years’ workshops have shown that this event is an ideal facilitator for new projects ideas and undertakings. An excellent example is the Global e-Collaboration Competition (GeCCo), which was created during the GYCW in Istanbul, or Coaching for Development (C4D) which was created by Young Crew members after the GYCW in Helsinki. Each year participants are coming back from the Workshop with a lot of energy and motivation to their local Young Crews – or even establish new Young Crews!

As is the IPMA World Congress, the Global Young Crew Workshop is also organized each year in a different country, letting the participants explore new environments and cultures. This year it will be Greece and as usual, Young Crew is organizing a special offer for its members.

The official Young Crew hotel for the event will be the Golden Beach Hotel www.goldenhotels.gr/en/golden-beach/hotel-overview. Participants are asked to register via reservations@hotels2plan.com and mention the Global Young Crew Workshop to get the special price.

To register for the Workshop please follow the steps at www.ipma2012.gr/reg/regform.html. The registration for GYCW includes the participation at the IPMA World Congress.
Find further and up-to-date information on the Workshop’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gycw2012

 

The IPMA Young Crew international was formed more than 10 years ago by Daniel Scheifele to prepare the next generation project managers for key positions in the industry and in IPMA. The Young Crew has gone from strength to strength with its distinctive approach to learning and development, coupled with establishing professional networks among young project managers. Successful workshops have been held in Berlin, Budapest, Delhi, Shanghai, Krakow, Rome, Helsinki and Istanbul.

 

IPMA Young Crew is strengthening its offerings by engaging more members in YC initiatives; for example the reporter Saad Hegazy (Egypt) head of Egyptian Young Crew is actively engaged in public relations and reporting. The combined result: The best Young Crew collection of programs yet!

 

For more information about IPMA Young Crew, visit www.ipma.ch/young-crew/.

 

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

 

IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge. IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2012 is Mr. Roberto Mori. Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

Greece to host truly International Congress

IPMA’s Greek Member Association (PM-Greece) will host the IPMA World Congress 2012 on the island of Crete. Running from 29th to 31 October 2012, the Congress will be preceded by the annual Young Crew Workshop for professionals in the early stages of their career.

IPMA President Roberto Mori (pictured left) and Congress Chair John-Paris Pantouvakis have met, reviewed all aspects and are very pleased to confirm that all aspects are on course for a successful Congress – with a difference.  IPMA President Roberti Mori has said:  “This is good news. We always review each Congress again at this time – with about eight weeks to go.”

This year is clearly special – the world is in some economic and political uncertainty, with Greece facing some special circumstances.  However the arrangements are going according to plan with delegate bookings rising daily.  This shows the strong delegate interest in the speakers, papers and posters.

The venue, the lovely Creta Maris Beach Resort, offers a delightful location in which to bring together the IPMA Family and the wider project management community coming together for a memorable and influential gathering.

Congress Chair John-Paris Pantouvakis (pictured right) added: “This is a difficult period for Greece. That is certain – and it will continue for some time.  We have been greatly encouraged by the positive support and encouragement for the Congress from many sources.

Naturally there remains more to finalise and announce – but that is normal and natural we have been in this position before with previous national and international conferences and events.  We can assure all our visitors and participants of the very warmest welcome, great value and a memorable experience.”

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

Creta Maris Beach Resort in Crete, just 24 km from the Heraklion International Airport is close to the fishing village of Hersonissos, a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear water. Creta Maris, a small village with quaint twisting paths, small piazzas filled with the scents and colours of a wide variety of trees and flowers, is a unique combination of Aegean Architecture, Cretan hospitality, green oriented environment, and high quality All Inclusive services.

The Congress theme is Integrating Project Management Standards.  Integrate your own standards for project and program success at this 2012 IPMA World Congress.  Play a part in the design of the Congress with your proposals; interact in vibrant sessions and workshops; rejoice in the wide publication of the results.  There is a way forward in times of economic challenges. Project Management and you should be part of it.

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

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

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

31st Annual NCMA Government Contract Management Conference to be 5-6 November 2012 in Washington, DC

ASHBURN, Virginia, August 27, 2012 – More than 1,000 contracting, acquisition, and procurement professionals from both government and industry will gather in Washington, DC, USA for NCMA’s 31st Annual Government Contract Management Conference (GCMC). The event will be held November 5-6, 2012, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. This year’s conference will feature senior leader keynote presentations, executive panel discussions, breakout sessions, networking events, and much more. To see the preliminary agenda, visit www.ncmahq.org/prgcmc12/agenda.

This year’s confirmed speakers include:

  • Ted Leonsis, Founder, Majority Owner, Chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment;
  • André J. Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the US Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics;
  • The Honorable Claude M. Bolton, Executive-in-Residence, Defense Acquisition University (DAU), US Department of Defense (DoD);
  • The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler, Faculty of the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise; former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics;
  • Major General Wendy M. Masiello, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force; and
  • Timothy P. Callahan, Executive Director, Contracts, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), US DoD.

The GCMC is an annual conference that provides premier professional development and networking opportunities for those in the contracting, acquisition, and procurement fields in the United States. To learn more about this year’s event, visit www.ncmahq.org/prgcmc12.

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), founded in 1959, is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. With more than 20,000 members, NCMA is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information, visit www.ncmahq.org.

Keynote Speakers Announced for 26th IPMA World Congress

PM – Greece have announced the keynote speakers for IPMA’s 26th World Congress on Project Management.  The theme of the Congress, which opens in Crete’s Creta Maris Beach Resort on 29th October, is Integrating Project Management Standards.

The keynote Speakers in alphabetical order are:

Dr Martin Barnes CBE, President of the Association for Project Management.  Integrating Project Management Standards

The three standards of achievement in project management are the achievement of the objectives for the project for completion time, total cost and, most important, the function or performance of the finished project. Project managers have to balance these often competing standards in all their decisions – big and small. The most important skill of the project manager is integrating the three standards in all decisions taken by him or her and by all the other decision makers contributing to the project.

Martin Barnes was a speaker at the IPMA congress in Stockholm in 1972 when he announced the magical triangle – Time – Cost – Quality.  Since then, he has spoken at many congresses.  His career has been as a project manager working mainly in the engineering and construction industries but also in such diverse areas as managing business mergers and making television programmes. He has been a project management adviser to many important organisations internationally including the World Bank. He is an Honorary Fellow of IPMA and is President of the Association for Project Management in the U.K.

Dr Lynn Crawford, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia.  Competition, Comparison, Collaboration – Mapping a Pathway through Project Management Standards

For over a decade the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) has been providing an independent benchmark and a basis for transportability and mutual recognition of project management standards and qualifications. This presentation will provide background and current status of this volunteer driven initiative that offers a platform for global collaboration in advancing project management.

Dr Lynn Crawford is Professor of Project Management at Bond University, Australia and Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, School of Management (UK). As a Director of Human Systems International she works globally with corporations and government agencies interested in improving their project management capability. Ongoing research includes PM competence, business change, contextual variation and public sector project governance. She is an Honorary Member of IPMA, Life Member of AIPM, Co-Vice-Chair of PMI’s Global Accreditation Center Board, a director of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) and was recipient of the 2011 IPMA Research Achievement Award.

Prof Dr Nino Grau Vice President, IPMA Executive Board responsible for Standards and Awards.  Standards and excellence in Project Management – in whom do we trust?

Different Standards serve for different purposes. Can the use of standards guarantee the excellent performance of a project or is the result just a good and acceptable project? These questions will be answered with regard to the new ISO 21.500 guideline for project management.

Prof. Dr. Nino Grau was born in 1950 in Zagreb, Croatia. He has lived in Germany since 1966. As a professor of project and process management he has been in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Administration at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen since 1991. Professor Grau worked for nearly a decade in different companies in the private business sector, responsible for communication in different international projects. His main area of interest today is project and process management. He was a member of the board and deputy president of GPM the German Project Manager Association.

At IPMA-Level Nino was a  contributing member of the Research and Development Management Board, Trainer for Assessors for the International Project Management Award, member of the programme committee at numerous national and international congresses and author of a wide selection of lectures and publications in the field of project management. As a Vice President of IPMA he started the IPMA activities concerning the development of the new ISO 21 500 and has been Head of Delegation representing IPMA at ISO. He was responsible for the IPMA Young Crew and is now responsible for Standards and Awards within IPMA. He has been responsible for introducing the first postgraduate degree course in project management in Germany, which started in September 2002. He was Dean, Member of Senate of his University and Member of Senate of GEA College in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Mr. Michel Ledun & Mr. Pierre Parent  (France) Thales  “International Project Management within Thales”

Internationalisation of Project Management Practices in Thales started in 2008 with the implementation of a corporate improvement programme to mitigate the root causes of main project failures. Main causes were mostly related to the bids preparation, the complexity of proposed solutions and associated supply chain and  the full application of the operational processes by all. The Thales “Probasis” improvement programme related to bids and projects, includes the following domains :

  • Project management international network organisation with identification of main stakeholders within the Group
  • Organisation & Governance, with the clarification of intra-group business models, management reviews, unified reporting and implementation of PMO’s
  • Processes, with the alignment on the international standards, a seamless integration of bids and projects activities, along with their associated tools
  • Project performance improvement, with variance analysis and corrective actions plan at projects portfolio level
  • Reviews and support, with the objective to anticipate project issues and support critical projects execution

Skills and competences, with the alignment of project managers competences on ICB, associated training and the implementation of a Global Company Certification in liaison with IPMA and associated Member Associations.

Michel Ledun has been working for Thales during his entire career; he is currently in charge of Bids & projects as VP at Thales HQ. He is the Group Process Owner for “Manage Projects, Programmes and Portfolio” and of Non Quality Costs in the frame of the Probasis transformation plan.  His experience in capturing the broad picture gives him a special aptitude for handling complex and wide-ranging issues in project management at international level.

Michel was in charge, during his career, of operational management direction: design office, engineering, production and business units in a multicultural environment: Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, KSA & UAE, Russia… Michel is graduate of Arts et Métiers and certified IPMA level A.

Pierre Parent has been working with the Thales HQ Project team for the past 3 years in charge of the implementation of the project management reference system and the project managers’ certification program in the Thales Group worldwide. His experience is mainly in various fields of engineering (Systems, SW, and services), applied in industrial control systems, transport and ticketing systems, completed lately with the participation as a design authority to international bids & projects relating to ticketing systems (Singapore, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Australia).  Pierre graduated from School of Mines (Paris) and received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).

Prof Hiroshi Tanaka,  (Japan), Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration (Japan),  SKEMA Business School (France), Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture (Ukraine), National Shipbuilding University (Ukraine), Immediate Past President of Project Management Association of Japan (PMAJ)

Standards in the Changing Landscape of Project and Program Management

The standards in project and program management have contributed tremendously to the outreach of project management profession to every corner of the society. Especially, the ICB and NCBs have steadily served as framework models of approaching new business and social missions in a balanced way thanks to their three eyes of competence. The ICB and NCBs represent a multi-value approach to the project management discipline. Meanwhile, the market or more broadly the ecosystem of project and program management is changing rapidly due to profound complexity woven by the persistent worldwide economic recession, the EURO crisis, geographic shift of economic vigor, and aftermath of disasters. Here we cannot escape from asking a primary question as to how a value added project can be produced, and how a program of innovation formulated by way of structured knowledge vis-à-vis the ecosystem. An additional module of standard would be worthwhile considering.

Professor Hiroshi Tanaka is Presidential Advisor and Immediate Past President of Project Management Association of Japan (PMAJ), principal of Pacific PM Innovation, and professor of strategy, program and project management at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration, both of Japan; SKEMA Business School of France; and Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture and National Shipbuilding University, both of Ukraine. He has 42 years of professional experience in the engineering and construction industry with his former employer JGC Corporation of Japan; 13 years as president of Japanese project management association; and 10 years of teaching at graduate schools in Europe and in Japan.

Professor Tanaka has been honoured with thirteen international and three Japanese awards of project management on five state/public, three industry, five professional community and three academic levels. He co-authored two Japanese, two English (McGraw-Hill), and two Russian books on project and program management and is an author of numerous industrial research and scientific papers.  He holds Ph.D. in France and Academician – Doctor of Science Diploma of Ukraine. He is member of PMAJ, PMI, honorary member of IPMA’s UPMA of Ukraine, SOVNET of Russia and PMA of India.

Professor Theodosis Tassios (Greece) Professor (Emeritus) National Technical University of Athens, Member of the Academy of Sciences, Turin (Italy), President of the Association for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology (EMAET).  An introduction to the Ancient Greek Technology.

This invited lecture refers to a very important component of the Ancient Greek civilization. In fact , Greeks adored Technology since the very beginning of their history, i.e. the second millennium BCE. They included Engineer-gods in their Pantheon, they constructed very large land-reclamation works, together with large ship construction used in their commercial businesses across Mediterranean Sea, since the 14th cent. BCE.

During the 6th cent. BCE, a cross-fertilisation of the newly born Greek Science and existing empirical Technology took place with considerable results. Finally , the culmination of Greek Technology was reached during the Hellenistic period. All branches of engineering flourished in Alexandria, for more than four centuries-including the development of complicated machinery and automats . Invention and construction of scientific instruments ( including the analog computer of the Antikythera Mechanism) were the reward of Technology to Science..

Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, he is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin, Doctor hoc of several Greek and foreign Universities, and author of 400 papers and 40 books in several languages, is President of the Association for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology (EMAET

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

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

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

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

Setting the Baseline – 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference set for Bethesda, Maryland, USA in 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.  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 and Paul Bosco, two 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.

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 is a PMI Registered Education Provider, so participants can get 18 PDU’s 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/.

APMG-International Showcase Australasia set for 14 September in Brisbane

The 3rd annual APMG-International Showcase will be held on 14 September 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia.  online registration is now open, so if you live in the Brisbane area, are involved with project/programme management, IT service management or change management, consider attending.

The theme for the day is ‘Building our Future in Changing Times’, with the following three keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Richard Pharro, Chief Executive Officer of APM Group
  • Stephen Jenner, world leading Benefits Realisation Management expert and Co-Author and Chief Examiner for MoP™
  • Keith Williams, Global Consulting Services Executive and Chief Examiner for Change Management Qualifications.

Registration for the Showcase is only $198, including GST. Participants will receive access to all keynotes, a choice of case studies, workshops and master classes. In addition, you will also get a great lunch, refreshments and a copy of the new Programme Book containing articles by leading writers on subjects including Benefits Management, Agile Project Management, CHAMPS2®, ISO/IEC20000 and Change Management.  Networking with experts from many of various APMG Accredited Training and Consulting Organisations will also occur.

The original Best Practice Showcase was designed to bring together professionals in the project and programme management sector. In the decade since its inception, the Best Practice Showcase series became useful for Best Practice advocates and practitioners around the world and was expanded to include risk, change and service management.

From 2012 the events have been renamed the APMG-International Showcase Series.
Showcases are held in several regions around the world each year, including Europe, North America, India, China, the UK and Australasia.  The events are run by APMG-International, a leading Examination Institute based in the UK which accredits training and consulting organizations worldwide, and manages certification schemes for professionals.  More information at http://www.aus.apmg-showcase.com/.