Sustainability Session Featured at IPMA World Congress 2012


Sustainability in Project Management is an increasingly important topic, and it will be a highlight at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012. The stream, Project Management and Sustainable Development will include practice leaders and educators speaking to the topic. And, you will recognize them at the Congress, because the speakers will be wearing green IPMA polo shirts. How appropriate!

This very special session will be presented in a stream of speakers on Tuesday morning and afternoon, 9:00-17:15, in the Congress venue’s Minos East room. Keynote sessions, breaks and lunch will separate the three Sustainability blocks.

About the Speakers

Martina Huemann is faculty member of the PROJEKTMANAGEMENT GROUP at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at SKEMA, Business School, France. She has project management experience on research, marketing and organizational development projects.

Her research addresses Human Resource Management in the project-oriented company, competencies and capabilities in project-oriented companies, sustainable development in project management, as well as auditing of projects and programs. Martina Huemann is also a consultant at Roland Gareis Consulting and trains project personnel and consults for projects, programs and project-oriented companies internationally.

Joel Carboni, a project manager of 15 years in the private and public sectors is the President of GPM Global, a US based project management organization. GPM is dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project practices to decouple environmental degradation from economic growth.

Joel is the co-author of the PRiSM project delivery method and supports training providers, academic institutions and associations around the world as an advocate of sustainability. He has been recognized internationally for his work to promote Peace, Culture, and Education and serves on the board of directors for a regional science center as well as a tech coalition dedicated to empowering youth to engage in STEM. An active member of asapm (IPMA-USA), Joel holds the credentials of MPM, CIPM, and GPM.

Prof. Gilbert Silvius is a professor at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in the Netherlands and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld Project and Change Management. He is founder and program director of the first Master of Project Management program in the Netherlands.

This innovative program focuses on project management from an organizational change perspective. The Master of Project Management has a special focus on the integration of the concepts of sustainability in Projects and Project Management. Also in research, Gilbert focuses on sustainability in Projects and Project Management. He is lead author of the recently published book ‘Sustainability in Project Management’

Ron Schipper Msc. is project manager and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld, a leading consulting firm in project and change management in the Netherlands. He has more than 15 years of experience as a project manager in realising (organizational) change in various organizations. Next to executing projects, he is interested in developing the profession of project managers and transferring this knowledge to other people in Netherlands and developing countries. With sustainability as emerging theme for the world, it got his attention in the implications for projects and project management and the development of the professional role of project managers. He is co-author of the recently published book ‘Sustainability in Project Management’.

Since 2009, Claudia Weninger has been a junior researcher of the Project Management Group, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), and is currently writing her PhD thesis on project management. Born in 1985, Claudia holds a Magister Degree in Project Management and IT from the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna. Her research focuses on sustainable development in project management. She was a project team member of the research project “SustPM” and currently, she is the project manager of the PMI®-sponsored research project, “Rethink!PSM (Rethink project stakeholder management). She is a certified IPMA, junior project manager, and active member of PMI.

Additional presenters for this special session tentatively include Frank Anbari, Rodney Turner, Lynn Keeys, and Erwin Weitlaner. What an interesting group!

About the Programme

The crossroads of sustainable development and project management is rapidly gaining attention in both the professional and the academic community. And although for many organizations this topic is at the moment first of all a debating issue, an increasing number of publications show guidance, implications, case studies and some first theories.

Given the increasing importance of sustainable development in organizational strategies and the changes and projects needed for this, the attention for the relationship of sustainable development and project management is not surprising. However, most project management methodologies and practices still lack attention for this responsibility.

This stream will present position papers, research results, case studies as well as hands on exercises on the topic to demonstrate the benefits of integrating sustainable methods to existing competencies. The stream conveyers are all opinion leaders in this field that can mobilize their networks for high quality contributions that will provide new insights and guidance to project management professionals.

For more information visit www.ipma2012.gr

Or contact Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing & Events, at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

Andrew Bragg to share APM Vision – a world in which all projects succeed – at Annual Branch Dinner in Bristol


Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

29 June 2012 – Bristol, UK – the APM South Wales and West of England Branch has announced that Andrew Bragg, CEO of the Association for Project Management (APM), will be the featured speaker at their annual dinner meeting on 16 October 2012.  The event will be held at the The Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS.

Projects deliver beneficial change in a world of increasing pace and complexity. With scarce resources and infinite opportunity, society demands greater effectiveness, transparency, accountability and a zero tolerance of failure.  APM’s manifesto vision for the profession is ambitious, challenging and radical. Above all, it reflects what society expects: a world in which all projects succeed.

Having explored some of the research findings which underpin APM’s 2020 Strategy and its manifesto vision, the presentation will examine what it would mean to realise such a vision. It will explore the current environment for the profession in the UK and highlight how APM seeks to provide leadership to all those who share APM’s passion for improving project outcomes.

This event will provide a lively opportunity to explore and discuss the implications of this big vision for the profession, APM’s traditional stakeholder groups and, importantly, the APM’s membership and volunteer community.

Since joining APM in 2004, Andrew has taken a leading role in the extensive organisational change programme which has prepared APM to seek chartered status on behalf of the profession.  During that period, APM membership has increased from 11,000 to 19,750; the APM Body of Knowledge has undergone two major revisions; the re-designed website now attracts 350,000 unique annual visitors; APM Registered Project Professional standard has been launched; income has grown from £2.5m to over £6.0m; and APM’s engagement and influence within public and private sectors have both increased significantly, with APM championing the cause of ever-increasing professionalism.

Andrew represents APM within the International Project Management Association and has presented widely on the topic of professionalism.  His particular interest in the pan-sector nature of project management reflects the range of sectors such as print, packaging, multimedia, stationery, lighting manufacture and publishing in which he has worked – for the last 20 years as chief executive and prior to that, as marketing specialist.

As well as contributing to Re-inventing Influence, judged by the Management Consultancies’ Association as best management book of the year in 1996, he co-authored Developing New Business Ideas, published by Pearson in April 2005.

He holds an MBA from Cranfield University as well as Diplomas from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Paris Chamber of Commerce. His first degree was in Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, to which he won an entrance exhibition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

The APM SWWE Branch 2012 Annual Dinner on 16 October will begin with registration at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation by Andrew Bragg, concluding at 10:30 p.m. Cost is £35 for APM members or £45 for others.  For more information or to book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/world-which-all-projects-succeed-unreasonable-ask-or-compelling-vision-and-swwe-branch-annual-.

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

Ewa Bednarczyk joins PM World Correspondents Network in Poland

30 September 2012 – PM World Inc has announced that Ewa Bednarczyk has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Kraków, Poland.  Active in the project management profession in Poland and internationally, Ms. Bednarczyk will report about professional developments within the IPMA Excellence Awards program worldwide and around Kraków.

Ewa Bednarczyk currently works for the International Project Management Association (IPMA) where she has administered the IPMA International Project Excellence Award Office since 2007. She is responsible for the coordination of the projects’ assessment process, including organization of the assessors training, assessors’ team composition, preparation of the Jury and final reports. She is the first contact person for the current and potential applicants and those who are interested in the Project Excellence Model. Moreover she supports the establishment of national Project Excellence Awards among IPMA member associations around the world.

“Thank you very much for your nice offer. I can mainly provide articles about the Project Excellence Award and in the future about our new award categories: community and humanitarian aid projects,” Ewa stated.  “I am excited to be associated with PM World Journal, and especially about meeting other international correspondents.  I look forward to contributing to the global project management profession in this new way.”

In year 2010-2012 Ewa served as the IPMA-Pl Vice President responsible for the Polish Project Excellence Award. Additionally Ewa is the owner of the training company pm2pm located in  Poland which mainly prepares to the IPMA certification. Ewa graduated from the Kraków University of Economics and Avans Hogeschool in Breda. She is an IPMA Level-D certificate holder. In her free time she regularly plays squash and treks. Her favorite destination is Nepal. She is also a partner in a company pm2pm sp. z o.o. which offers project management trainings in Poland. Pm2pm mainly trains candidates for the IPMA certification. Ewa is based in Kraków, Poland and can be contacted at: [email protected].

Kraków (sometimes spelled Cracow) is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland.  With a population of 1.5 million in the Kraków-Tarnów region and situated on the Vistula river, the city dates to the 7th century. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918, and the capital of Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999. It is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

Kraków is one of Poland’s most important economic centres. Its population has quadrupled since the end of World War II. The private sector is growing, with offshoring of information technology (IT) work recent years becoming important to the economy of Kraków. There are about 20 large multinational companies in Kraków, including Google, IBM, General Electric, Capgemini, Motorola, and Sabre Holdings, along with other British and German-based firms.

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres, making it the 69th largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38 million people and is the world’s 33rd most populous country.  Information about Kraków and Poland is courtesy of Wikipedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland.

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Ewa Bednarczyk join our international correspondents team in Poland.  She is in a great position to provide regular news and updates related to IPMA excellence awards activities around the world.  She is also well connected in the Polish project management community, so we hope she can also send news and stories from the Krakow region on a regular basis.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

IPMA Vice President Stacy Goff educates and entertains at UT Dallas PM Symposium, introduces Periodic Table for Project Management Competence

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and current president of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm), delivered one of two keynotes presentations on Friday morning, 17 August 2012, at the 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas.  He delivered a powerful, educational and entertaining speech to around 300 attendees to kick off the second day of the UT Dallas symposium.

Stacy’s presentation was entitled “Tomorrow’s Five Greatest PM Challenges… That We Must Solve Today.”  According to Stacy, “Project, Program and Portfolio Managers are all too familiar with a wide range of challenges; they come with our business, and we live with them constantly.  But what are the greatest project challenges that face project managers, teams, our organizations, and nations? Are they the same at each of those levels, or do they vary? Are they similar across application areas, nations, regions, cultures? And, what are we doing about them?”

Stacy Goff during keynote presentation, photo courtesy of PM World.

“These challenges drastically affect project and enterprise success,” he added.  “They slow the rate at which developed countries recover from recession, and developing countries move their people forward. The challenges affect the credibility of our profession when we are slow to resolve them, and hinder our ability to do so. Finally, they amplify the acclaim when we are successful.”

In his keynote presentation, Stacy presented five key challenges, and discussed insights from IPMA, the International Project Management Association, in succeeding with them.  To see Stacy’s keynote presentation, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/Goff_Slides2.pdf.

Stacy also presented a paper entitled “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects.” Key topics included the following:

  1. Project management as a competitive advantage;
  2. The role of contextual competencies in complex projects;
  3. The role of interpersonal skills in risk management;
  4. Clarifying risk management roles in complex projects and programs; and
  5. Managing threats and maximizing opportunities: rising success rates

The room for Stacy’s Tuesday paper presentation was full, attesting to how well received his earlier keynote talk had been.

During his keynote presentation, Stacy introduced the audience to the Periodic Table of Project Management Competence Elements (see below).  The table was explained as he discussed the “Contextual Competence Elements” and the “Behavioral Competence Elements.”

According to one person overheard in the room, “this is pretty interesting stuff!”

(Editor’s note: Stacy Goff’s paper on “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects” will be republished in the October edition of the PM World Journal)

Stacy A. Goff is Vice President of Marketing and Events for IPMA, the International Project Management Association.  A Project Management practitioner since 1970 and consultant since 1982, he helps improve enterprise, department or project team PM competence, effectiveness and performance.

In addition to years of service to PMI, he is also co-founder and President of asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, and President of ProjectExperts®, a Program and Project Management consulting, tools and training company based in Colorado. He presents at major industry congresses and conferences, and offers workshops to executives, managers, program and project managers and leaders, technical staff, and individual contributors worldwide. Mr. Goff brings many years of experience and a results-oriented approach to Project Management coaching, consulting, and training.

The second day of the conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by Lew Gedansky, vice president of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  He was followed on the plenary stage by Stacy Goff, IPMA VP.  For the sixth year in a row, symposium attendees had the rare occasion to meet and listen to senior leaders from the world’s two largest project management professional organizations.

Other keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  Information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education area of the AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and academic experience. The Program is delivered both on campus and online and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.