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UN Report Shows Access to Broadband for 177 Countries

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

24 September, 2012 – New York – The United Nations (UN) has released a report that shows 177 countries ranked according to their national broadbandpolicies 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

With Reserves gone, UN Refugee Agency faces too many simultaneous Crises

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

5 October 2012 – The United Nations (UN) has announced that with its financial reserves at zero, the UN’s refugee agency is facing an “unprecedented” combination of crises.  The agency’s top official issued the warning today as he appealed to the international community to provide the necessary financial support.   The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, noted that his agency, known by the acronym UNHCR, is currently dealing with four acute crises as it tries to protect and assist 700,000 people who had fled conflicts in Syria, Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“As a matter of fact, UNHCR is presently overstretched,” the UN refugee chief told reporters in Geneva, stressing that all the current problems come on top of dealing with long-standing chronic problems, such as one million Somali refugees who have fled conflict and drought in their homeland to Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.

Mr. Guterres was addressing a news briefing, following a meeting of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee, which meets in Geneva annually to review and approve the agency’s programmes and budget, advise on international protection and discuss a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

“At the present moment,” Mr. Guterres, “we deal with four simultaneous acute crises with the impact of last year’s very dramatic refugee situation and then with all the protracted problems that unfortunately are not yet able to find a solution from Afghans to Eritreans to the Colombia situation and Myanmar.”

To confront “these very dramatic circumstances,” the UN official called on all countries to keep borders open to provide adequate protection, and issued “a very strong appeal” for financial support for UNHCR’s operations worldwide.

“At this moment our reserves came to zero,” he said. “We have been able until to now to respond to all the emergencies, but this dramatic combination of new crises and chronic ones that do not end creates an enormous pressure over our resources, and we are badly needing international solidarity.”

Asked whether this was the worst crisis in UNHCR’s history, Mr. Guterres said what made it different this time is the number of simultaneous crises, noting that there were millions of refugees from Afghanistan and massive outflows from the DRC but these were taking place one crisis at a time.

“What I don’t remember in the recent history of the UNHCR is four simultaneous acute crises as measured out for the refugees and other dramatic humanitarian problems together with the strong impact of unresolved problems that occurred in the near past, and this combination is indeed unprecedented in our recent history,” he added.

On the issue of the agency’s reserves, the UN refugee chief noted that current programmes were all funded.

“Of course if new things are needed that’s where we are now in great difficulties to respond and so when a pot is empty the only way to solve the problem is to fill it,” he stressed. “We are talking about contingencies for the future, so it’s not of any fixed amount; it’s the need to have marginal manoeuvre to respond to the new emergencies or the aggravation of present situations.”

One such situation, he noted, is that of Syria, where the 19-month long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to neighbouring countries while hundreds of thousands of others have been displaced internally, in addition to more than 18,000 people, mainly civilians, killed.

Photo: UNHCR is supporting Syrian refugees in several countries. Photo courtesy of UNHCR

“We are gearing up to be prepared for an escalation of conflict if that happens and an increase in the number of people going out,” Mr. Guterres said. “So this is indeed very much in the centre of our concerns, at the centre of the work we are doing with our partners to get ready for whatever happens.”

As possible contingency measures for financing, the UNHCR is considering cutbacks on non-core activities, such as training and travel, as well as potentially slowing down some processes like the return of refugees so that “in those acute situations when you have core needs and basic lifesaving requirements you do not fail,” he stressed.

Giving the latest breakdown of the current crises, Mr. Guterres noted that there 320,000 registered refugees from Syria as well as large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs), over 200,000 refugees from Mali as well as 300,000 IDPs, “an acute outflow” of some 200,000 Sudanese from South Kordofan and Blue Nile states into South Sudan and Ethiopia, and 60,000 people who have fled DRC into Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.  More information at http://www.unhcr.org.

Editor’s note: This is a humanitarian assistance area where modern program and project management can have dramatic impact on human lives; it also represents a field of growth for the PM profession in the future.  Consider project management opportunities and needs related to helping refugees and others affected by conflict, famine or natural disasters.

Source: United Nations

Student Experiments to International Space Station aboard SpaceX Dragon Commercial Spacecraft

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

3 October 2012 – Washington, DC – According to NASA, twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) will become part of space history on October 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a cargo resupply mission to the station.

Each experiment will study the effects of microgravity on physical, chemical and biological systems. The students have been immersed in every facet of research, from defining investigations to designing experiments, writing proposals, and submitting to a formal NASA review for selection of flight experiments. The 23 experiments represent more than 7,000 students and almost 2,000 proposals.

“SSEP offers a unique flight opportunity that allows students to experience both the excitement and the challenges inherent in conducting research in a microgravity environment,” said Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “It really is STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] in action, using the International Space Station — which has America’s only orbiting National Laboratory — to host these students’ science experiments.”

SSEP began in June 2010 as a cooperative venture by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and NanoRacks LLC, a national STEM education initiative. The organizations work together to give hundreds of students the opportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit. Teams submit formal flight experiment proposals, and a formal proposal review process selects the flight experiment for the community. A suite of programs leverages the flight experiment design competition to engage the entire community, including a mission patch art and design competition.

SSEP payloads were flown in 2011 aboard space shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis on their respective STS-134 and STS-135 missions. The third round of experiments in May was the first to be conducted in orbit by space station astronauts. Next week’s Dragon launch is the fourth flight opportunity. A fifth suite of experiments is scheduled for spring 2013.

More than 100 SSEP students, teachers, and family members will travel to Florida to attend the SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SSEP is one of many programs that use NASA’s science and exploration missions to encourage students to pursue a STEM-centric school curriculum. NASA’s Office of Education is committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of scientists and engineers through experiential, hands-on learning.

To learn more about the SSEP, including future opportunities for student participation, visit: http://ssep.ncesse.org. To learn more about NASA’s education program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education. To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Source: NASA


Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Port Terminal Project to Increase Grain Export Capacity in Vancouver, British Columbia

PROJECT NEWS

1 October 2012 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Richardson International Limited has announced plans to invest approximately $120 million in its port terminal facility in Vancouver to increase storage capacity for grains and oilseeds to meet growing global demand. Richardson has applied to Port Metro Vancouver for a permit approval for the project, which would take two years to complete.

One of the most efficient port terminal facilities in the world, Richardson’s Vancouver terminal is currently operating at maximum capacity, handling approximately 3 million metric tonnes (MMT) of grains and oilseeds each year. With growing global demand, Richardson expects to handle in excess of 5 MMT of grains and oilseeds annually with additional storage capacity in Vancouver.

“Increasing storage capacity at our Vancouver terminal is critical to our business,” said Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s Vice President, Agribusiness Operations. “By increasing storage capacity and enhancing our operation, we will be better positioned to serve our farmer customers and meet increasing demand for Canadian grains and oilseeds from end-use markets worldwide.”

Richardson plans to build an additional concrete grain storage annex with a total capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes at its Vancouver terminal. The project includes the installation of distribution equipment and an upgraded dust filtration system. By eliminating existing steel storage bins, Richardson would net an additional 70,000 tonnes of storage, bringing total storage capacity at its Vancouver terminal to 178,000 metric tonnes.

Richardson recently invested $20 million to improve rail receiving capacity and increase operating efficiencies at its Vancouver terminal. By reconfiguring the rail yard and adding a second, fully-functional rail unload pit and railcar indexer, Richardson can double the number of railcars it unloads from 150 cars a day on a single track to 300 cars a day on a double track.

“Vancouver is the major port for exports of Canadian grains and oilseeds and this project is a significant investment in the Pacific Gateway,” says Curt Vossen, President of Richardson International. “It supports Port Metro Vancouver’s vision to grow the port and increase Canadian trade and it is an investment in the local economy through the creation of hundreds of jobs during construction and another 40 to 50 permanent positions at our facility.”

As part of Port Metro Vancouver’s permitting process, Richardson is conducting a stakeholder engagement program from October 1 to 19 to provide community members and other stakeholders with information and an opportunity to provide feedback on the project.

Richardson International is Canada’s largest, privately owned agribusiness and has served farmers across the country for more than 150 years. Based in Winnipeg, Richardson has over 1,700 employees across Canada and is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds. Richardson is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and is recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing.  Information at http://www.richardson.ca/.

Source: Richardson International

Construction of Multi-Purpose Dams in Zambia to improve Lives and Livelihoods – receives planning funds

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS

26 September 2012 – The African Development Bank announced the approval of an African Water Facility (AWF) grant of €950,000 to support a project to help the Government of Zambia develop, test and adopt updated guidelines, which will be used as framework for programming as well as designing the financing, construction and operations of multi-purpose small dams. The dams are expected to directly improve the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 90,000 people, and indirectly benefit about a million people living in rural areas, thus enhancing water security in more vulnerable parts of the country.

Specifically, the AWF funding will be used to modernize and update the guidelines that govern and promote investments in multi-purpose small dams, with the aim to give greater relevance to the selection of potential dams using criteria based on community interest and environmental protection, as well as to build confidence of potential development partners. This project should ultimately result in attracting the massive investments required to proceed.

The urgent need for building additional small-purpose dams in the country comes as increasing hydro-climatic variability due to climate change has intensified water stress, particularly in the drought-prone areas of the Eastern, Central and Southern provinces.

The small dams would help sustain the lives and livelihoods of local communities through multiple uses, by securing access to water:

  • for domestic use;
  • for agriculture, with the aim of increasing the agriculture yields of smallholder farming;
  • for fish farming;
  • for livestock; and
  • for various water-dependent activities such as mini hydropower systems, brick-making, tree growing, and food processing .

The small dams will also be beneficial instruments for climate change adaptation by attenuating the impact of flooding.

“The AWF is fully committed to supporting projects such as this one that propose water solutions poised to build resilience to climate change, increase food security and support socio-economic development,” said Dr. Akissa Bahri, Coordinator of the African Water Facility. “Heavily hit by climate change, Zambia will greatly benefit from improving its water storage capacity as a way to adapt to increasingly unpredictable rainfalls – one of the main sources of water for people living in the regions targeted by this project.”

In addition to the delivery and testing of the guidelines, another important attribute of the project is its contribution to design planning and mobilisation of funds to serve as a springboard to scale up water development program, such as the national Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Implementation Plan (2007-30).

The project will be implemented over a period of 36 months from the date of grant signature. The Zambia Ministry of Lands, Energy and Water Development and the Department of Water Affairs will be the Executing Agency.

For more information about the African Water Facility, visit http://www.africanwaterfacility.org/en/.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries (RMCs). It is headquartered in

Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Since beginning operation in 1966, the Bank has become a key player in promoting economic and social development in African states.  The African Development Fund established in 1972 and the Nigeria Trust Fund established in 1976, constitute with the AfDB as the flagship, the African Development Bank Group. For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

NASA Selects Advanced Robotics Projects for Development

PROGRAM & PROJECT NEWS

14 September 2012, Washington, DC — NASA has announced the selection of eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative. The projects range from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems and will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in the United States.

Robots can work beside, or cooperatively, with people to enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety in space as well as here on Earth. Co-robotics, where robots work cooperatively with people to enhance their individual human capabilities, performance and safety, is a valuable tool for maintaining American leadership in aerospace technology and advanced manufacturing.

Image at right: NASA astronaut with two Robonauts in NASA’s Dextrous Robotics Laboratory; photo courtesy of NASA.

“Robonaut, NASA’s robotic crewmember aboard the International Space Station, is being tested to perform tasks to assist our astronauts and free them up to do the important scientific research and complex engineering taking place each day on our orbiting national lab,” said NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Selected through our participation in the National Robotics Initiative, these new projects will support NASA as we plan for our asteroid mission in 2025 and the human exploration of Mars around 2035.”

The proposals NASA has selected for development are:

  1. “Toward Human Avatar Robots for Co-Exploration of Hazardous Environments,” J. Pratt, principal investigator, Florida Institute of Human Machine Cognition, Pensacola
  2. “A Novel Powered Leg Prosthesis Simulator for Sensing and Control Development,” H. Herr, principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  3. “Long-range Prediction of Non-Geometric Terrain Hazards for Reliable Planetary Rover Traverse,” R. Whittaker, principal investigator, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  4. “Active Skins for Simplified Tactile Feedback in Robotics,” S. Bergbreiter, principal investigator, University of Maryland, College Park
  5. “Actuators for Safe, Strong and Efficient Humanoid Robots,” S. Pekarek, principal investigator, Purdue University
  6. “Whole-body Telemanipulation of the Dreamer Humanoid Robot on Rough Terrains Using Hand Exoskeleton (EXODREAM),” L. Sentis, principal investigator, University of Texas at Austin
  7. “Long, Thin Continuum Robots for Space Applications,” I. Walker, principal investigator, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  8. “Manipulating Flexible Materials Using Sparse Coding,” R. Platt, principal investigator, State University of New York, Buffalo

The National Science Foundation (NSF) managed the solicitation and peer review selection process for these NASA awards. Awards range from $150,000 to $1 million, with a total NASA investment of $2.7 million.

NASA has a long history of developing cutting-edge robotic systems for use in space exploration. NASA also partners with American businesses, universities and other federal agencies to transfer those technologies back into the nation’s industrial base, improving manufacturing capabilities and economic competitiveness.  Recently, tremendous advances in robotics technology have enabled a new generation of assistive systems and devices in industries as diverse as manufacturing, logistics, medicine, health care, military, agriculture, and consumer products.

As part of the National Robotics Initiative, NSF, NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have managed a joint solicitation, seeking to engage our next generation of roboticists for the new global technology economy. All participating federal agencies are working with partners to foster the exchange of ideas and technologies that will directly benefit American today and well into the future.

The purpose of the initiative is to encourage innovative collaborative research that combines computer and systems science with mechanical, electrical and materials engineering and social, behavioral and economic sciences. The resulting research will tackle the most important and challenging problems in producing this class of human-assisting co-robotics.

NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program lead the agency’s participation in the National Robotics Initiative. NASA’s Space Technology Program is dedicated to innovating, developing, testing, and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future science and exploration missions. NASA’s technology investments provide cutting-edge solutions for our nation’s future.  For more information about NASA’s participation in the National Robotics Initiative, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/robotics

For more information about NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

Source: NASA

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Participate in IPMA World Congress

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

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

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

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

ICCPM partners with APMG

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by Jouko Vaskimo
[email protected]

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and APMG – International announced on 2.10.2012 they have entered a partnership agreement in their drive to strengthen the project management profession. According to the partnership agreement, APMG and ICCPM distribute research and knowledge-based assets, encourage the use of standard methodologies in early project manager formation, share management consulting tools and products, and support collaboration on complex project management.

ICCPM recognizes many people working in project management start their careers by taking a qualification like PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, P3O®, MoV®, and M_o_R®, or other project management qualifications. ICCPM also recognizes the values of the Cabinet Office Maturity Model P3M3® and the additional value of APMG consultancy products – the APMG Maturity Index and the APMG Change Track tools – in working to improve the management of complex projects.

Mr Stephen Hayes, ICCPM MD & CEO comments “APMG and ICCPM share the ideals of each other’s organisations and will be working together for mutual benefit to improve the delivery of projects and programs and in particular complex projects and programs.” Mr Hayes can be contacted at [email protected] .

Mr Alan Harpham, APMG Chairman comments “APMG recognizes the values ICCPM brings to the field of complex projects through its global collaborations, Associate Partner Network capabilities and CPM Research Center, KD2. We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the ICCPM in order to help project managers running complex projects get the recognition they deserve.” Mr Harpham can be contacted at [email protected] .

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) is a not-for-profit organisation with objectives related to facilitating the management and delivery of complex projects around the world, acting as a peak body for complex project management, advancing complex project management knowledge and practice through its research centre KD2, and providing education, support services and emerging CPM tools to allow organizations to more effectively deal with complex projects. Please contact Mrs Deborah Hein ([email protected]) or navigate to www.iccpm.com for further information.

The APM Group Limited (APMG) is a private company specialising in the accreditation and certification of organisations, processes and people.  It is a leading Examination Institute which accredits training and consulting organizations, and manages certification schemes for professionals.  It is accredited to the highest international standards by UKAS for its work with IP belonging to The UK Cabinet Office as the Official Accreditor for PPPM and ITIL®.  APMG accredited training and consulting organizations have undergone a meticulous assessment process.  APMG-International examinations are rigorous, challenging and consistent, so its candidates can be proud of their achievement. Please contact Mrs Kate Winter ([email protected]) or navigate to www.apmgroup.co.uk for further information.


About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo

Author

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

NASA’s Knowledge Strategy Described in ASK magazine

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

30 August 2012, Washington, DC – The September issue of NASA’s ASK magazine featured an important article on the value of project and program management (P/PM) knowledge by Dr Ed Hoffman, NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer.  Dr. Hoffman is also director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) and one of the best known P/PM authorities in the world.  Ed was recently a keynote speaker at the Association for Project Management (APM) national conference in London and a panelist at the PMI Education and Research Conference in Ireland.

According to Dr. Hoffman, “Knowledge is all around us at NASA. So why do we need a knowledge strategy? The successful landing of the Curiosity rover represented a signal triumph for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The entry, descent, and landing (EDL) challenge for this car-sized vehicle required a different approach than had been used for previous Mars missions… If you want to know how to land a vehicle the size of Curiosity on the surface of Mars successfully, these are the only people who have done it. As this team moves on to other projects, its knowledge will disperse, as surely as the knowledge that went into the Viking program did.”

“As NASA faces constrained budgets for the foreseeable future, the opportunities to put this knowledge into action are likely to be few and far between,” he continued.  “A knowledge strategy is important. NASA practitioners need access to critical knowledge that can help them achieve mission success—now and in the future. That requires planning. The gaps in knowledge available from the Viking program didn’t threaten mission success for the highly seasoned Curiosity team. But it is possible to imagine a different outcome.”

In his ASK magazine article, Ed goes on to announce the creation of a new knowledge capture and sharing strategy for NASA, working with program teams and departments across the agency.

Other featured stories in ASK Magazine this month include an Interview with Kevin Stube, program manager for the Exploration Technology Directorate at Ames Research Center; a review of the recent Aviation Week Young Professionals Workforce Study; a video of the Masters with Masters roundtable discussion with NASA veterans Jack Boyd and Hans Mark; a look back in history by Jack Boyd, senior advisor to the Ames Research Center director; and a look back at the Lunar Orbiter program from the 1960s.

For more about APPEL, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/home/index.html   To see the latest edition of ASK Magazine, go to http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask-academy/issues/volume5/5-8.html

Exhibitors and Sponsors: Participate in IPMA World Congress

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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

Program Management, A Life-Cycle Approach – new book published by CRC Press

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CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Program Management, A Life-Cycle Approach, edited by Dr. Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP. This major new book contains 22 chapters covering the program life cycle, each one authored by an experienced program manager holding the PgMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). For info about the book, visit http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466516878.

According to the CRC release: Program management is a rapidly emerging offshoot of project management. So much so that AT&T, IBM, and other organizations, both large and small in all sectors, have initiated a push to certify program managers. And, although universities offer courses in program management, there are few books available to guide program managers through this field that requires a broad level of knowledge and experience.

Program Management: A Life Cycle Approach provides this much needed guidance. Edited by Dr. Ginger Levin, the second person to become a PMI® certified program manager (PgMP®), this handbook presents a cohesive compilation of program management knowledge from more than 20 certified PgMPs. It considers the entire program life cycle and its phases—from initiation to sustainability.

Each chapter is written by an experienced PgMP from a wide range of industries and countries. Combining the rigor of an academic reference with easy-to-read language, the book covers the themes in the PMI Standard for Program Management and ties them to program managers’ work. The chapters reference PMI’s standards, complement the concepts in the standards, and expand on the concepts and issues that the standard mentions in passing. The book also addresses a few issues that the standard does not touch on at all.

The book can be read in its entirety, or specific chapters of interest can be read separately. Overall, the book provides practitioners with a reliable source of information on the key themes and issues in program management. It is useful for individuals desiring to attain the PgMP credential and suitable for colleges and universities offering courses in program management.

Dr. Ginger Levin is a Senior Consultant and Educator in project management.  Her specialty areas are portfolio management, program management, the Project Management Office, metrics, and maturity assessments.  She is certified as a PMP, PgMP and as an OPM3 Certified Professional.  She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP.  As an OPM3 Certified Professional, she has conducted over 20 maturity assessments using the OPM3 Product Suite tool.

In addition, Dr. Levin is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she teaches in its M.S. in Project Management Program, for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) University, France, and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia in their doctoral programs in project management.

In consulting, she has served as Project Manager in numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients, including Genentech, Cargill, Abbott Vascular, UPS, Citibank, the Food and Drug Administration, General Electric, SAP, EADS, John Deere, Schreiber Foods, TRW, New York City Transit Authority, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Prior to her work in consulting, she held positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Government, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Personnel Management, and the General Accounting Office.

Dr. Levin is the author or co-author of a number of books on Portfolio, Program, and Project Management, including Program Management Complexity:  A Competency Model (2011), Implementing Program  Management: Forms and Templates Aligned with the Standard for Program  Management Second Edition (2008), and the PgMP Study Guide.  Dr. Levin received her doctorate in Information Systems Technology and Public Administration from The George Washington University, and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on large organizations.


CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  Click to see their project management titles.

Program Management – A Life Cycle Approach;  edited by Ginger Levin; published by CRC Press, © 2012, 541 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781466516878; List price = $79.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466516878

Source: CRC Press

The Facilitator’s Fieldbook by Tom Justice and David W. Jamieson, PhD published by AMACOM

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

AMACOM in the United States has published a new book of potential interest to project management practitioners and professionals – The Facilitator’s Fieldbook, 2nd Edition, by Tom Justice and David W. Jamieson, PhD.   Tom Justice is president of Justice & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in organizational capacity.   David W. Jamieson, PhD, is department chair, Organization Learning & Development, University of St. Thomas and co-author of Managing Workforce 2000.

According to AMACOM: The Facilitator’s Fieldbook has long been the go-to resource for novice and experienced facilitators alike. The book gives managers, trainers, and group leaders in any industry the step-by-step procedures, checklists, guidelines, samples, and templates they need to make any group work like a well-oiled machine.

Comprehensive and practical, The Facilitator’s Fieldbook covers all the key areas including establishing ground rules; planning meetings and agendas; brain storming; resolving conflict; making decisions; and helping groups optimize their time. The completely revised third edition also provides new team-building exercises, as well as updated information on virtual meetings, mediation, strategic planning, and much more. Readers will find tips on maintaining the tone and flow of meetings, and guidelines for determining when to delegate projects to individuals rather than assembling a group.

Getting people to function together productively can be a challenge. The Facilitator’s Fieldbook provides tools and information to help project managers and other facilitators be more successful.

Thomas Justice is President of Justice & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in process facilitation, building high-performance teams, and the management of organizational change. He has served as a process facilitator for more than 30 organizations in 16 states. He lives in Santa Monica, California, USA.

David W. Jamieson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Organization, Learning & Development department at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also President of Jamieson Consulting Group, which specializes in organizational strategy, design, change, and human resources issues. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM’s broad range of offerings spans not only the critical business topics and leadership challenges of today and tomorrow, but also the issues that affect our lives, our work, and our world.  AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance.  AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists.  Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

The Facilitator’s Fieldbook, by Tom Justice and David W. Jamieson, PhD; published by AMACOM; October 2012; ISBN: 9780814420089; soft cover; List price = $45.00; for more information, visit http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814420089

Source: AMACOM

Program Management, A Life-Cycle Approach – new book published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Program Management, A Life-Cycle Approach, edited by Dr. Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP. This major new book contains 22 chapters covering the program life cycle, each one authored by an experienced program manager holding the PgMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). For info about the book, visit http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466516878.

According to the CRC release: Program management is a rapidly emerging offshoot of project management. So much so that AT&T, IBM, and other organizations, both large and small in all sectors, have initiated a push to certify program managers. And, although universities offer courses in program management, there are few books available to guide program managers through this field that requires a broad level of knowledge and experience.

Program Management: A Life Cycle Approach provides this much needed guidance. Edited by Dr. Ginger Levin, the second person to become a PMI® certified program manager (PgMP®), this handbook presents a cohesive compilation of program management knowledge from more than 20 certified PgMPs. It considers the entire program life cycle and its phases—from initiation to sustainability.

Each chapter is written by an experienced PgMP from a wide range of industries and countries. Combining the rigor of an academic reference with easy-to-read language, the book covers the themes in the PMI Standard for Program Management and ties them to program managers’ work. The chapters reference PMI’s standards, complement the concepts in the standards, and expand on the concepts and issues that the standard mentions in passing. The book also addresses a few issues that the standard does not touch on at all.

The book can be read in its entirety, or specific chapters of interest can be read separately. Overall, the book provides practitioners with a reliable source of information on the key themes and issues in program management. It is useful for individuals desiring to attain the PgMP credential and suitable for colleges and universities offering courses in program management.

Dr. Ginger Levin is a Senior Consultant and Educator in project management.  Her specialty areas are portfolio management, program management, the Project Management Office, metrics, and maturity assessments.  She is certified as a PMP, PgMP and as an OPM3 Certified Professional.  She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP.  As an OPM3 Certified Professional, she has conducted over 20 maturity assessments using the OPM3 Product Suite tool.

In addition, Dr. Levin is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she teaches in its M.S. in Project Management Program, for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) University, France, and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia in their doctoral programs in project management.

In consulting, she has served as Project Manager in numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients, including Genentech, Cargill, Abbott Vascular, UPS, Citibank, the Food and Drug Administration, General Electric, SAP, EADS, John Deere, Schreiber Foods, TRW, New York City Transit Authority, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Prior to her work in consulting, she held positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Government, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Personnel Management, and the General Accounting Office.

Dr. Levin is the author or co-author of a number of books on Portfolio, Program, and Project Management, including Program Management Complexity:  A Competency Model (2011), Implementing Program  Management: Forms and Templates Aligned with the Standard for Program  Management Second Edition (2008), and the PgMP Study Guide.  Dr. Levin received her doctorate in Information Systems Technology and Public Administration from The George Washington University, and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on large organizations.


CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  Click to see their project management titles.

Program Management – A Life Cycle Approach;  edited by Ginger Levin; published by CRC Press, © 2012, 541 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781466516878; List price = $79.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466516878

Source: CRC Press

Customer-Centric Project Management — New book published by Gower

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of Customer-Centric Project Management, a new book authored by Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow.  Harrin is an experienced IT project manager, has authored the popular blog “A Girl’s Guide to Project Management” for many years, and is a popular speaker at PMI congresses and other events.  Peplow is head of IT service delivery at Spire Healthcare in the UK.

According to the Gower news release: Customer-Centric Project Management provides a straightforward implementation guide to moving your own business to a customer-centric way of working, using a model called Exceed, and provides guidance for ensuring that customer-centricity is sustainable and supported in your organization, even on the most difficult projects. Customer-Centric Project Management is both a practical guide and a rigorous, well-researched text that draws on established models and uses the example of project implementation in a healthcare environment to demonstrate the impact of this significant way of thinking about value.

Elizabeth Harrin has huge experience managing IT and business change projects. As Head of Applications and Programme Delivery for Spire Healthcare, she manages a multi-disciplinary team and a varied portfolio of projects.  Publications include Project Management in the Real World (BCS Books) and Social Media for Project Managers (PMI). She writes for a number of industry websites and manages the award-winning blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. She has addressed international conferences.

Phil Peplow, Head of IT Service Delivery at Spire Healthcare, has held Senior or Director level positions at Land Rover, AT&T, ItNet, Azlan, UBS, Thomas Cook, and Travelex, leading global IT organizations with operations across EMEA, North America, Australia and India.   His speciality is creating IT organizations which are rated by their customers as Good, Very Good or Excellent, achieved through a simple methodology known as ‘Exceed’. This programme transformed Spire’s IT services, and many others.

Photo: Phil Peplow and Elizabeth Harrin, authors of Customer-Centric Project Management

More information and sample chapters of the book can be found at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409443124

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

Gower’s “Fundamentals of Project Management” Series provides practicing professionals and project students the fundamentals in definitive, shorthand guides to each of the main competencies associated with project management – www.gowerpublishing.com/pmfundamentals.  Gower’s “Advances in Project Management” Series includes books by leading thinkers in the project and programme management field. Click here to learn more: www.gowerpublishing.com/pmadvances


Customer-Centric Project Management,  by Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow, published by GOWER; October 2012, 132 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-4094-4312-4; List price = £26.50, Website price: £23.85; http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409443124

Editor’s note:  PMWJ readers can receive a discount when purchasing books from Gower.  For more information, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212

IPMA® Project Excellence Award Jury announces Award Finalists for 2012.

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Ewa Bednarczyk in Kraków

In 2012 for the 10th consecutive year the Award Jury has gone through the well-established IPMA® Award process and has selected 10 Project Finalists in the three categories – Medium-, Big- and Mega-sized projects. The outstanding performance of these excellent teams has been assessed thoroughly during Site visits, with the recommendations of the assessment teams have been used as a basis for the Jury discussions and decisions. Other important Jury assessment criteria have been customer, society and economy impact, use of Project Excellence Model, relationship between objectives and results, complexity and innovation.

The Award Jury identified Award Finalists, Prize Winners and Award Winners, and strives to reward the best projects that have achieved project excellence and top performance.  At this stage only the list of finalists is announced. No further results from the Jury decision may be released until the IPMA® Award Gala which in 2012 will take place on 30 October at the 26th IPMA® World Congress in Crete.

The following projects in all categories reached the status of Finalists:

“Two new countries submitted a project application for the first time this year: Nepal and Indonesia. We are very happy that the philosophy of project excellence spreads across Asian countries” said Mary Koutintcheva, Chairman of the Award Management Board at the IPMA Council of Delegates meeting that took place recently in Baku. “Those countries will also play an important role in a new award categories pilot program which will be introduced next year.”

“New awards will be run under the name: IPMA® Achievements Award and consist of three categories: Community Service / Development Project, Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Project, Project Manager of the Year,” she added.

The 2012 IPMA Project Excellence Award Jury Members are:

Mr. Pierfrancesco Sagramoso – Chairman of the Jury

Mrs. Constanta Bodea, Romania

Mrs. Mary McKinlay, United Kingdom

Mr. Frank Menter, Germany

Mr. Reinhard Wagner, Germany

The 2nd Jury meeting was moderated by Mrs. Mary Koutintcheva – Chairman of the IPMA Award Management Board.

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office Manager Ms. Ewa Bednarczyk 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 project management 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.  The 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held during 29-31 October 2012 in Crete, Greece.  Congress website: http://www.ipma2012.gr/index.php.

Bridging Countries Digitally: The IPMA Young Crew Completes The First Global eCollaboration Competition

PM PROFESSION NEWS

On September 15th, 2012, 44 young project managers took part in the first edition of the Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo), organized by the Young Crew of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Participants from Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, were matched live into international and distributed teams. They had 24 hours to solve a case study scenario, experiencing the internationality of the IPMA Young Crew network.

On 30th of September, 2012, the award ceremony for this competition took place. The team formed by Andrew Hansen (Australia), Sandra Mišić (Croatia), Edgars Grūbe (Latvia), Maurits – Jan Donga (Netherlands) and David Cebrián (Spain) came out in first place, receiving a price of 2000€ to be spent organizing a face-to-face reunion within the next months, sponsored by the IPMA. “It’s been an amazingly enriching experience, working so intensely and sharing those precious moments; apart from project managers, we are also people” claims David Cebrián Tarrasón, member of the winning team. “We will probably be meeting in Amsterdam soon”.

The second and third prizes were sponsored by the reputable Thunderbird School of Management, who offered a Global Mindset Test for Harriet Floyd (Australia), Rainer Svacinka (Austria) and Tamara Baniček (Slovenia) for their second place, and Matin Fenboeck (Austria), Tomáš Juříček (Czech Republic), Stefanie Helmchen (Germany), Kristīne Kazaka (Latvia), Bipin Acharya (Nepal) for their third place. All participants manifested their enjoyment in the challenging experiment, and the event has proven its value for the IPMA Young Crew community.

There are few opportunities where Young Crew members can meet and share knowledge on an international level. Only a small number of members has had the chance to participate in international events such as IPMA World Congresses, due to lack of time or funding. “This project has broken barriers on the possibilities of online communication and network-building“, stated Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz, Head of Innovation in the IPMA Young Crew Management Board, and GeCCo Project Sponsor. “Seeing GeCCo generate such a strong link between participants so far apart just shows that we are entering a new era, and that the IPMA Young Crew is in the lead“.

During the event, the participants had to prove their project management skills as well as their social skills in interacting with team mates from all over the world. During the 24 hours, they were provided with keynote speeches from prime international experts on project management: Peter N. Stearns (George Mason University), Dennis Baltzley (Thunderbird School of Global Management), Stacy A. Goff (asapm, IPMA) and Martin Stenkilde (IBM).

The results were revealed two weeks later after a keynote speech by Ali Guarneros Luna (NASA). The jury for the awards was comprised of 15 international project management experts from all around the world. All keynotes will be available online soon on the IPMA Young Crew livestream channel, at www.livestream.com/ipmayoungcrew.

After this success, the IPMA Young Crew has decided to include this project in its portfolio of yearly events. “It is the first year that this project is held, and it’s already close to matching our flagship Global Young Crew Workshop in notoriety and number of participants” pointed out Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz. “And this surely is a challenge, because the team organizing the Global Young Crew Workshop this year in Crete is not making it easy“. With a theme of “Don’t Panic!” this event is generating expectation both within the IPMA community and outside of it. Learn more about the Global Young Crew Workshop—and register—at http://www.ipma2012.gr/youngcrew.html.

In a pure spirit of coherency, the GeCCo project has been developed by a fully international team. Niklas Bein (Germany) and Alena Vejsadová (Czech Republic) constituted the core team, supported by Natalia Majcher (Poland) responsible for Keynotes, Iris Hauck-Rameis (Austria) in charge of the jury, Gordana Blazevics organizing the Award ceremony, and a national local organizer for each of the 13 countries participating. “Working on GeCCo project gave me opportunity to learn more about myself and other cultures”, expresses Alena. “And that was the reason why we did this project in the first place: to connect people. This experience literally changed my life”.

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:
Alena Vejsadová

Member of the GeCCo core team
Global eCollaboration Competition
e-Mail: [email protected]
mobile: +420-777-989-822

NASA Leadership, Team Building & Management Program — How to Build Powerful Social Infrastructures in Project Teams – New Workshop announced for IPMA World Congress in Crete

PM EDUCATION NEWS

4 October 2012 – Athens, Greece – The organizing team for the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management being held in Crete in late October have announced a major new pre-congress workshop, NASA’s Team Management and Leadership Program.  The all-day learning event will be held on Sunday, 28 October 2012 at the World Congress venue in Crete, Greece.  The instructor is Dragos Bratasanu.  More information at http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

Workshop Description

NASA’s official Team Management and Leadership Program has boosted team performance in over 1500 NASA project teams, engineering teams and management teams, including the people responsible for NASA’s most complex missions – the Space Shuttle, space telescopes, robots on Mars and space missions. Used by organizations around the world, the system has been shown to improve project and programme delivery and is especially useful for multiple projects and mission critical environments.

These tools are used by the NASA Academy of Project / Programme & Engineering Leadership to reduce the risk of failure and maximize performance in their teams. The workshop is based on the book “How NASA Builds Teams” (Wiley, 2009). It is personally endorsed by Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Director of Astrophysics, Professor of Leadership, and Leader of The Hubble Telescope Team.

Workshop Strengths

  • 5000% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Team Performance
  • 2100% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Individual Performance
  • Offers a clear diagnosis for team risk and performance
  • Uses a proven standard from NASA to measure performance against
  • Develops people from the first assessment
  • Produces assessments that are brief, clear and action able
  • Sets a clear baseline for actions
  • Uses repetition to reinforce learning
  • Justifies the investment through verified, scientifically-sound quantitative data
  • Reveals how to turn insights into immediate actions

According to Dr. Charles Pellerin, Former NASA Director of Astrophysics, “This is the most effective team building and risk reduction system in existence.”

This workshop is offered by the NASA Academy of Project / Program & Engineering Leadership to NASA teams.  It is being used by organizations such as NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Boeing, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Ernst & Young, nuclear agencies and many other organizations world-wide.  To see a short video produced by the workshop speaker, click the image at left, or navigate to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6qnedHfulg.

Workshop Benefits

According to the IPMA announcement, upon completing the workshop participants will

* Communicate decisions in a way that fosters willing reception

* Understand the deep importance of a project mindset and learn how to shift mindsets to optimize the different phases of a project

* Learn how to discover the culture of a sponsor / funding partner from RFPs and how to tailor the proposal to this culture in order to win the contract

* Understand behaviors that affect team leadership, teamwork, and organizational interfaces

* Select effective actions to improve personal behaviors and increase effectiveness and efficiency of teams

* Understand the key behavioral norms that need to be address to increase project / programme performance

* Know team’s performance value in relationship to over 300 NASA teams and the steps needed to progress

* Benefit from over 5000% ROI for the entire team


Speaker’s short biography

“Dragos Bratasanu is a highly creative and innovative personality. Being 100% committed to his vision, he always focuses on new ways to expand the quality and value of services and benefits for his clients and partners. Inherently conceptual and following new, great ideas, Dragos reveals innovative, sometimes magical solutions to challenges.

He deeply understands the forces that drive the success of a team, appreciates the value of team members, thus fostering willing and energizing collaborations. Creating social environments of high trustworthiness and efficient action, Dragos is growing into a wonderful space leader.”

— Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Former Director of Astrophysics, Leader of Hubble Telescope Team

Enrolment for this Pre-Congress Workshop: €290.  For more information, go to http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

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

Risk Management: Past, Present and Future – all day Risk Management event in Reading on 18 October

PM PROFESSION NEWS

29 June 2012 – Reading, UK – The APM Risk SIG will sponsor an all-day risk management learning event in Reading on Thursday, 18 October 2012.  The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is worth up to 7 hours for CPD credits for participants.

This big risk management event coincides with both the 40th birthday celebrations of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the release of the APM Risk SIG’s publication ‘Views from the chair’.  Some of the leading figures in risk management will look at the history of project risk management, where the project control discipline is at today and where it is perceived to be going tomorrow.

Several previous APM Risk SIG Chairmen, all internationally recognised risk management subject matter experts, have agreed to continue discussions from their contributions in the ‘Views from the chair’ publication and expand on their current thoughts on project risk management – and hopefully recount a little on their tenure at the helm of one of the APM’s largest and most popular specific interest groups.

As good risk management practice is all about forward thinking, in the afternoon the event will look to the future with contributions from the new generation of project management professionals, inviting the APM’s award winning young practitioners to suggest how they see project risk management developing further.

The event facilitator will align the discussions from the past Chairmen and the leading figures of tomorrow with actual significant events in the world of project management and discuss how these shaped project risk management as we know it and what we may expect in 2013 and beyond.  This event promises to be a thought provoking forum with inputs from the leading figures in today’s and tomorrow’s project risk management community.

Delegate objectives:

–       To gain an understanding of the origins of project risk management and if the original project control objectives are still valid across industry today

–       Develop and enhance wider perspectives in project risk management

–       Debate on where risk management is going forward in tomorrow’s project

Agenda:

Introduction: David West – APM Volunteers Manager, with responsibility for the development and operation of APM’s volunteer community and its activities, will discuss “The APM SIGs and the ‘Views from the chair’ publication”

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof. Chris Chapman – Professor of Management Science, University of Southampton; Senior Associate, The Nichols Group.  Chris was the founding chairman of the APM Risk SIG in 1986 and he remained in the chair until 1992. He is a consultant and academic focused on risk, opportunity and uncertainty management. Chris has extensive experience as a consultant with a wide range of organisations, mainly in the UK, Canada and the USA, but also in other European and South American countries. Appointed Professor of Management Science at Southampton in 1985, Emeritus Professor in 2004, he is now on a part-time university contract. Chris became a Senior Associate of The Nichols Group in 2004.

Keynote Speaker 2: Ken Newland: APM Risk SIG chairman between 1996 and 1997, Ken’s background is mainly in Defence, spending 23 years at Ferranti in electronic engineering, project management, quality assurance and business development.  A Fellow of the APM, Ken co-edited the first edition of the APM PRAM Guide and contributed to the second edition. He was also one of the authors of the “Interfacing Risk and EVM” Guide.

Keynote Speaker 3: Dr. David Hillson – Risk Doctor & Partners: Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr David Hillson is well-known internationally as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management. David is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), where he has contributed to the risk discipline over many years. He was Chairman of the APM Risk SIG from 1998-2000 and has edited three major guides for APM.  Dr Hillson is an active Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to contribute to its Risk Commission. He is also a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Group Debate : What are main lessons learnt from the last 25 years?

Keynote Speaker 4: Vicki Barlow, AgustaWestland: Reflections of a new risk manager.  A graduate in Business Management, Vicki has worked at AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer, for 10 years. During that time, she has gained experience in a variety of areas including Project Management, Commercial, Bids and Supply Chain Management.

Keynote Speaker 5: Will Sargeant, APM Young project manager of the year 2011/12 and Senior consultant at Qedis, and Simon Holden, Manager at Qedis and currently heading up a PMO team supporting the mayor IT and logistics projects at one of the nation’s largest retailers.

Topic: Turning risk management into playtime.

Conclusions: Peter Campbell – APM Risk SIG Chairman: Peter has been the longest-serving chairman of the APM Risk SIG. He was chairman from 2004-2011, and has recently resumed this role again in 2012. Peter is an active supporter of risk management in addition to his role with the Risk SIG, being a British Standards Institution Risk Management committee member and providing support to professional bodies and universities. Peter has been a contributing author for risk guides and standards such as BS31100, Integrating Risk and Earned Value Management, the Project Risk Analysis & Management Guide, Prioritising Project Risks, the APM Body of Knowledge and the Office of Government Commerce Management of Risk guidance. He will speak on how the APM Risk SIG is going to support project risk management in 2013 and beyond?

The event is priced at £72.00 for APM members and £87.00 for others.  For more about the event, to see speaker bios or to book a spot, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-risk-management-past-present-and-future.


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 PM Channel Launches in UK with innovative on-demand video information and learning resource for Project Management

PM EDUCATION NEWS

21 September 2012 – London, UK – Provek Limited ( who is an accredited project management training organisation owned by an educational charity)  has announced the launch of The PM Channel.

This innovative online, on-demand video learning and development resource, developed by project professionals for project professionals offers three unique subscription packages for PM qualifications to be studied from as little as £49 a year.

With over 400 individual resources by 100 contributors, The PM Channel provides more than 100 hours of resources.   Most resources on The PM Channel have slides synced to the video.  Further supporting information is provided as pdf attachments.

According to their news release, The PM Channel has three subscriptions package available, as follows:

The first is an Introductory package which gives access to the APM Introductory Certificate Course as well as some additional content such as Professional Information, Best Practice Series, Selected Keynote Speakers from recent major PM Conferences and Continuing Professional Development Log.

The second is a Qualifications bundle which provides APMP, PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner, and APM Risk Management courses including Remote Tutor Support as well as some additional content such as Professional Information, Best Practice Series, Selected Keynote Speakers, and CPD Certificate and Log.  This solution is intended to be a good compromise between a classic course and an e-learning method.  It is also a cost effective approach to gain a qualification, the only additional cost being the manuals and exams fees.

The final package is a Development package which includes national and International Conferences, Short Courses, Professional Information, Best Practice Series, By Topics A-Z and CPD Certificate and Log. This package provides access to top speakers from national and international conferences.  CPD Certificate is awarded at the end of each module completed.

The PM Channel is available to multiple-users within organisations as well as for the individual.  Organisations such as Virgin Media, BMW and the London Business School have already used The PM Channel within project management training solutions for their staff.  Visit The PM Channel for some resources that are freely available and for more information: http://www.thepmchannel.com

If you would like more information about The PM Channel or would like schedule an interview with Andrew Delo, founder of The PM Channel, please call Nadege Pouch on 01635 524610 or send an email to Nadege at [email protected].