Exhibitors and Sponsors: Participate in IPMA World Congress


4 October 2012 – Athens, Greece – IPMA and the PM Greece organizing team for the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management being held in Crete in late October have announced the last call for Exhibitors and Sponsors for the event. This event is the premier meeting of project, programme, and portfolio managers, and of managers and executives in project-oriented enterprises. More information about this IPMA World Congress is available at http://www.ipma2012.gr.

Why Exhibit or Sponsor?

A logical question to ask is, “why should I exhibit or sponsor at this IPMA Congress?” Here are some answers:

  • Interact with the thought leaders of the Programme and Project Management profession – attract them to your products, services and organization
  • Increase your visibility with decision-makers in project oriented organizations – find new customers
  • Connect with professional PMs who demonstrate the Competence Difference, certified in IPMA’s 4-L-C, Four-Level advanced Certification suite – increase the credibility of your offerings
  • Participate in the Plenary and Stream sessions to maintain your edge in programmes and projects – stay abreast of latest developments so you can ‘talk the talk” with customers and stakeholders
  • Increase mindshare with our next generation of PM thought leaders, by sponsoring and participating in the Global Young Crew Workshop, which precedes the World Congress – develop relationships for future business and growth
  • Speak with Project Excellence Awards winners and candidates to compare notes and exchange experiences – sponsor an award, now or next year, for even more visibility
  • Revel in the unique social aspect of the IPMA World Congress, an unparalleled experience of the IPMA Family – and enjoy a world class resort on a beautiful Greek island!

How to Exhibit or Sponsor

Here are the sponsorship options that are available for the 26th IPMA World Congress

  • Advertisements in the Congress Program: gain excellent exposure.
  • A Bookmark placed in the Congress Program; allow participants to mark an important page for easy reference.
  • Congress Bag Insertion: Bring your advertising material to the attendees!
  • Lunch Break: This sponsorship puts your brand in full view of the attendees
  • Keynote Speaker Sponsor: Associate your brand with one of our thought-leaders

Please note: Remaining Sponsorship options are subject to prior commitment.

Exhibition space is also available. Exhibition spaces are available in either a Shell scheme or a raw space. Exhibiting at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 gives you the opportunity to present your company, cultivate the established relationships, identify new business contacts and increase your Company’s brand awareness.

Exhibition Stand Details

The minimum exhibition space that can be hired is 6sqm (3m X 2m). All stands can be either free built or shell scheme. Shell scheme can be available at an additional cost.

Exhibitor  Benefits:

  • Acknowledgement in the list of sponsors/exhibitors in the Congress Program
  • Logo acknowledgement on the Sponsors/Exhibitors’ Banner, placed next to the Congress Secretariat Area
  • Logo acknowledgement with hyperlink on the official website (www.ipma2012.gr)
  • Two (2) exhibitors badges

Download the informative Congress Sponsorship and Exhibition brochure. To directly contact the Sponsorship and Exhibition manager, email [email protected].

The theme for the 26th IPMA World Congress 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. Visit http://www.ipma2012.gr/index.php for information or to register.

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.

26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held at the spectacular Creta Maris Beach Resort, just 24 kilometres from Heraklion International Airport and close to the fishing village of Hersonissos, near a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear water.

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.

Contact Information:

Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing and Events

[email protected]

Source: IPMA

EC Harris embraces APM Higher Apprenticeship Scheme


Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

5 September 2012 – London – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that EC Harris, the global built asset consultancy, is committing to the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management developed by APM and Skills CFA by offering places to the next generation of project managers.

EC Harris has a well-established graduate development programme which has been in place for a number of years. However, in response to changes in the economic climate, including rising tuition fees, it says that it has recognised the importance of introducing new intake routes for young talent to complement the graduate scheme.

This year, EC Harris has been working with APM to support the introduction of the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management into its business. Structured training will be provided by training provider QA and apprentices will work towards a Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, which forms part of the Higher Apprenticeship. They will also be supported with on-the-job learning as they develop their capabilities in the workplace.

Louise Mitchell, graduate recruitment and development advisor at EC Harris, says: “Opening up new entry routes enables us to select from a much wider talent pool. Opportunities are now open to talented individuals from a wider range of socio-economic groups, not just those who have been able to afford to attend university.”

EC Harris will be offering around eight to ten Higher Apprenticeship places across all business disciplines during September, however, if the scheme is successful an increasing number of places will be offered year on year. This news follows the recent announcement by APM that British Airways will also offer five Higher Apprenticeship places.

The introduction of the Higher Apprenticeship complements the professional development route accredited by APM for programme and project managers within EC Harris. The Project and Programme Management Service Line, which is aligned to the APM Competence Framework and APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition, raises the bar of professionalism within EC Harris with staff achieving the APMP qualification and APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) standard.

EC Harris works with clients to provide a mixture of technical, commercial and strategic consultancy on their built assets. These assets include buildings, transport infrastructure, oil rigs, refineries, power stations and water/power networks.

EC Harris works with public and private sector organisations including BAA, HSBC, Shell and Welsh Water, and this year has been appointed to a number of high-level projects including a five-year joint venture contract for Ashghal, Qatar’s public works authority, to deliver a major programme of social infrastructure building projects across the country.

To learn more about  the APM Higher Apprenticeship programme, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/apprenticeship and http://www.apm.org.uk/news/apprenticeship-supports-higher-level-skills-across-sectors.

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

UN Report Shows Access to Broadband for 177 Countries


24 September, 2012 – New York – The United Nations (UN) has released a report that shows 177 countries ranked according to their national broadband policies and the economic impact that Internet access and use are having on their populations.  The report, the first produced by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, evaluates broadband around the world and the progress on the affordability of this service across countries.

According to Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), “Broadband networks and services are transforming our way of life. The Broadband Commission is committed to ensuring that the benefits of broadband are available to all.”

The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All, was released on 23 September at the sixth meeting of the Commission in New York, and was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called broadband a “transformative technology that has the potential to spark advances across all three pillars of sustainable development: economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.”

The report reveals that while household Internet access has grown over the past year, individual Internet use continues to lag behind. ITU analysts believe that mobile broadband could be the platform that would help boost accessibility as it is a widely used technology. At the end of 2011, there were already almost twice as many mobile broadband subscriptions as fixed broadband connections.

The report also outlines the ways in which broadband is improving the lives of people around the world in terms of health, education, and payment systems, as well as the ways in which it is promoting innovation and fostering the acquisition of new skills.  It also highlights the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors.  In addition, the report presents a list of recommendations for governments on how to accelerate broadband deployment, improve their infrastructure and implement regulation policies to be able to make progress on the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The report notes a strong linguistic shift taking place online and predicts that if current growth rates continue, the number of Internet users accessing the web, predominantly in Chinese, will overtake English language users by 2015.

A copy of the report can be viewed at http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/bb-annualreport2012.pdf

Source: United Nations

ARCADIS Logos wins Project Management contract for Expansion of Largest Airport in Brazil

September 18, 2012 – ARCADIS has announced that its Brazilian subsidiary ARCADIS Logos has signed a contract to provide project management (PM) consultancy services for 27 months, for the first phase of the expansion of the Guarulhos Airport, in São Paulo. Guarulhos is the largest airport in Brazil with 25 million passengers per year.

The expansion project is part of the infrastructure investment program launched by the Brazilian Federal Government to cope with the increasing passenger demand, now boosted by the two upcoming major sports events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The client is the private company Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos S.A. that is owned by private investors (51%) and the state-owned company Infraero (49%), which formed after the recent competition for the airport concession.

The first phase of the R$3 billion project is scheduled to be accomplished by the beginning of 2014 and comprises building a new terminal – increasing the airport’s total handling capacity from the current 30 million to 60 million passengers per year – and improving parking lots, runways, yards and access roads. During this phase, ARCADIS Logos will be responsible for Planning, Procurement, Construction Supervision, Executive Design Certification, Quality Control, Health & Safety and Environmental Control.

At the peak of activities, a team of 50 ARCADIS professionals will work at the jobsite. ARCADIS Logos will also count on the expertise of professionals from ARCADIS group company EC Harris, to support the project with its expertise on Built Asset Consultancy.

“This contract is a new milestone in the prosperous and continuous development of ARCADIS presence in Brazil, creating the opportunity for ARCADIS Logos to introduce the concept of Built Asset Consultancy in Brazil that EC Harris successfully applied at Heathrow Airport in London. Regardless of the upcoming 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, airports are crucial infrastructure investments in Brazil and ARCADIS Logos is proud to have once again an opportunity to play a major role in realizing such investments”, said Manoel Antonio Avelino da Silva, CEO of ARCADIS Logos.

ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), is a leading international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company active in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. ARCADIS enhances mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance in the built and natural environment. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 21,000 people and €2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Please visit: www.arcadis.com


ESI International Acquires Agile Project Management Training Portfolio


ESI International Acquires Agile Project Management Training Portfolio

13 September 2012 – Arlington, Virginia, USA –ESI International, a US-based project management training company, has announced the acquisition of a comprehensive library of Agile project management/development content from Agile Transformation, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

According to ESI, the content of the library is one of the most comprehensive in the industry and will be offered to ESI’s global clients in the form of seven course modules.  Those courses, all of which are available immediately, include:

  1. Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum
  2. Developing Agile Requirements
  3. Estimating and Planning Agile Projects
  4. PMI-ACP® Preparation Exam
  5. Agile Overview for Executives and Leaders
  6. Agile Practices for Product Owners
  7. Project Portfolio Management Using Agile

“While Agile development and project management have been around over 10 years, the Agile approach, especially using the Scrum method, has gained momentum and is being recognized as a legitimate and sound way to manage certain projects that could otherwise struggle to be successful,” said ESI Vice President for Global Product Strategy and an Agile expert, Nancy Y. Nee (pictured at right). “We believe that the Agile framework holds great promise for organizations that need to get products to market more quickly, reduce quality defects and increase customer satisfaction. In fact, the Project Management Institute has reported that the PMI-ACP certification had the largest pilot participation of any of its certification offerings.”

“Scrum, a popular methodology to implement the tenets of Agile, is widely used within the IT community, specifically within software development projects,” said ESI Executive Vice President, J. LeRoy Ward. “However, Scrum techniques can also be utilized for non-IT projects as well, which makes it the most versatile of the Agile methods being used today.”

“Agile Transformations is proud to partner with and enable an industry leader like ESI International,” said Sally Elatta, President, Agile Transformation, Inc. “We believe that ESI’s new Agile offerings will enable corporations, government agencies and individuals around the world to successfully incorporate Agile methods into the fabric of their projects and cultures. This will transform how they work and how they deliver predictable value to their customers.”

In addition to the course modules, ESI will continue to offer its proprietary assessments, which help clients gauge their organizational readiness for change, and determine which projects are the best candidates for an Agile approach. ESI will also continue to offer its coaching services to accelerate the introduction of Agile into its clients’ practices.

ESI, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.

Agile Transformation Inc. is a company passionate about transforming teams and organizations to succeeding with Agile methods through comprehensive offerings. Their clients range from Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 to several midsize companies and government institutions within the US and internationally. The president Sally Elatta is the Agile Expert for PMI’s Learning and Education Community of Practice, thought leader and practitioner within the Agile space.

Source: ESI International

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Association for Project Management

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

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Association for Project Management