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

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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

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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

“Meet the Authors” achieves Special Session Status at IPMA World Congress 2012 – with Author and Publisher Endorsement

The “Meet the Authors” theme at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012 has been upgraded to a Special Session status. Various authors and key people have pledged their support; and Gower Publishing are generously sponsoring various related aspects.

“This is tremendous news” said theme coordinator Tom Taylor (pictured). “We only started this concept a few weeks ago and the interest and involvement has been fantastic. This has encouraged the Greek organisers to upgrade the “Meet the Authors” activities to be a Special Session. Conventionally such a status is only applied to established main stream topics within the project management fraternity. Clearly “Meet the Authors” has struck a chord.” Please see Special Session No.8 on the Congress website at www.ipma2012.gr.

Gower Publishing, who have established links with IPMA, have helped to push things along by providing support including a prize for a best paper and a range of their popular project management titles. A number of Gower authors are expected to be in attendance.

Informal and formal “Meet the Authors” activities are being planned including networking venues, panel discussions, round tables, workshops and presentations. They are being refined in parallel with the resolution of the final programme for the Congress overall.

Specific provisions for “Meet the Authors” are being arranged. These will include a twenty minute roster of recognised authors who are in attendance, and who can promote and sign copies of their latest volumes, answer questions on their activities, ask questions of attendees, or arrange to meet or communicate later. Names of available authors and their proposed focus will be posted at the Congress.

The events in this theme will be open to all Congress delegates and participants. This will inevitably include established authors, authors who are new to writing and publishing, editors in various media, publishers or their representatives, book sellers, website managers, knowledge managers; and then there are the customers for all this knowledge, information and wisdom – the readers, the students, the researchers in academia and in industry.

Everyone who may be interested in the IPMA World Congress generally and especially the “Meet the Authors” special session are directed to the Congress website www.ipma2012.gr

A number of personalities in the world of project management have express support including the following:

Geoff Reiss – author and co-author of Project Management Demystified, Programme Management Demystified, One Project Too Many and many other text books, articles and papers: “What a brilliant idea! To bring authors, critics, supporters and other readers all together under the Cretan sun.  Writing books is a little like being a late night DJ in a small town; you are never sure anyone is actually listening.  Oh yes, some people might buy your book but how does an author know what works and what doesn’t? What the cherished reader liked, didn’t like and hated?  So to spend a few days with other authors and readers sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait.”

Miles Shepherd – credentials as below: “I have been attending IPMA World Congresses for many years and I have always found them interesting and friendly. As a previous IPMA President and Chairman of Council of Delegates I enjoy meeting so many people from all corners of the world. I like the idea of Meet the Authors. It adds yet another dimension to the World Congress. We are all authors and readers to some extent. This has been reinforced for me through my involvement with Standards and most recently with ISO 21500 – where there have been many people from many countries and organisations contributing to a major piece of work for the common good. Many of the authors and contributors of ISO 21500 will be in Crete for the Congress I am sure. It will be good to hear their reflections on the processes and the outputs.”

Kalle Kahkonen – from Finland and long serving editor of Project Perspectives: “I will be there in Crete. I like the very good ideas in your message. I would be only too pleased to be involved.”

Martin Barnes – originator of the Iron Triangle of Time, Cost and Performance and a few other things; key note speaker at the Congress: “This is a great idea. To meet the people behind the names on the books and papers and to talk about our shared passion – project management – this will be memorable.”

Rodney Turner – original writer of many articles, papers, books, anthologies; and editor of International Project Management Journal: “It will be good to have a Meet the Authors session so we can see how diverse project management books are becoming on the bookstore shelves.  And with that diversity we can meet the people who are contributing to the developments of the subject.”

Stacy Goff – IPMA VP for Events and Marketing: “It’s original for concept and content. It sounds useful, informative, entertaining and fun. Let’s do it. There is something for everyone. It will be an experience.”

Darren Dalcher – National Centre for Project Management UK, editor-in-chief Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, editor Advances in Project Management, editor Fundamentals of Project Management:  “As Editor of Gower’s Advances in Project Management book series I am seeing a growing interest in publishing project management related titles from new and established authors; and a terrific response from readers and reviewers. This event sounds like an outstanding opportunity for readers, authors and publishers to meet and talk to one another. I hope to be able to attend in person and join the discussions.”

Other persons have remarked on the Body of Knowledge opportunities for discussion.

While others are interested on whether printed books will disappear in due course or even quite soon.

For more information visit www.ipma2012.gr
Or contact Tom Taylor at [email protected] or on 0044 7831 675484
Or [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

UT Dallas PM Symposium successfully concludes in Texas, positioned to become International Learning Event in 2013

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas successfully concluded on 17th August 2012 after two days of outstanding speeches, presentations and discussions.  Under the theme of “Project Management in a Risky World”, the symposium attracted approximately 340 participants from around the region, with authors and speakers from around the USA and from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Mexico, Serbia and UAE.

Speaking: Hasan Pirkul, PhD, Dean of the UT Dallas School of Management, welcomed attendees on 16 August – Seated: Jim Joiner, symposium director and Dr. David Daniel, UT Dallas President (photo courtesy of PM World)

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; Lewis Gedansky, Vice President of the Project Management Institute (PMI®); Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA); and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

According to Jim Joiner, symposium director for UT Dallas, “This was our most successful symposium to date, with more attendees, great keynote speakers, strong papers and good track presentations.  We received very positive feedback throughout the day, so we’re very pleased this year.”

Jim Szot, director of the Project Management Program at The UT Dallas, stated: “The annual symposium has become an integral part of our project management program here.  We think it can now grow in size, attract more international participants and become one of the premier learning events in the United States.  I think it is already one of the leading project management conferences in this part of the country.

Dr. David Daniel, President of UT Dallas, revealed lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico during his keynote presentation (photo courtesy of PM World)

“I want to thank our volunteers for an outstanding job this year,” Joiner adds.  “The PMI Dallas Chapter really stepped up this year with a full slate of motivated and professional volunteers.  They helped with registration, room and speaker coordination, directing traffic to meals, and helping visitors.  And we can’t forget Debbie Samac, the symposium project manager.  She’s so good and the two days went so smoothly, she made this entire event seem easy.  Great job everyone!”

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.

A highlight of the symposium each year, the drawings for door prizes at the end of the symposium keeps attendees at the event until the very end. Symposium director Jim Joiner and project manager Debbie Samac drew the names, with about 40 door prizes given away this year.  Photo courtesy of PM World.

 At the conclusion of another successful symposium;
Jim Joiner, Debbie Samac, James Szot of UT Dallas
17 August 2012 (photo courtesy of PM World)

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.

McNulty, Fisher and Preston named Honorary Fellows of APM in UK

Deputy chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority Sir Roy McNulty CBE was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the APM Conference in June along with Dr Eddie Fisher and Richard Preston. The trio received this distinguished honour in celebration of the association’s 40th anniversary and joined a list of the profession’s most prominent figures. All three were awarded an Honorary Fellowship by APM President Dr Martin Barnes CBE for their significant contributions to developing the standards and practice of project management throughout their careers.

Photo; Dr. Martin Barnes (left) presents honorary fellowship to Sir Roy McNulty.

Sir Roy McNulty’s most notable contributions to the profession of project management were in his roles as deputy chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and as chairman of the Rail Value for Money Study, which published its report, Realising the Potential of GB Rail in May 2011. This study, commissioned jointly by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, puts forward a wide range of recommendations focused on creating an industry environment which encourages cost reduction, changes which deliver new efficiencies, and mechanisms to drive implementation. It estimates that implementing these recommendations could deliver savings between £700 million and £1 billion annually by 2019.

Dr Eddie Fisher was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition for his outstanding international contributions he has made, not only to promote the concepts and principles of project management, but also to project management as a profession. Eddie has been sharing his extensive experience and knowledge of both the theory and practice of professional project management in the Czech Republic with students and business people since 2004, with extensive references made to the APM Body of Knowledge and his own work experiences as a practitioner of project management. He has become a well-respected and recognised “guru” in project management leading to it becoming more recognised in the Czech Republic as a profession and perhaps becoming the de facto standard for managing work packages across many industries.

Starting off in engineering Richard Preston developed a passion for project management, questioning established methods. Richard spent six distinguished years with Lancaster University, developing a range of innovative short and degree level project management courses. This was followed by nine highly successful years as an executive with the Nichols Group. As a proponent of experiential learning Richard was attracted to APM’s Practitioner Qualification (PQ) becoming an advocate and champion par excellence delivering it to companies around the world. He is an assessor, facilitator and an active PQ panel member. Richard became chair of the Accreditation Panel and a member of the Knowledge and Professional Standards Committee. Richard instigated a major overhaul of the accreditation processes which now operate effectively. Richard remains the lead accreditation assessor with responsibility for training and mentoring – a role in which he takes great pride in and performs diligently.

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

Time Schedule for IPMA Project Excellence Award 2013 Announced

For 12th time the International Project Management Association will organize the assessment of projects and honor them with a title of best managed project in the world. The IPMA Project Excellence Award 2013 Applications are already available!

The aim of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award is to increase the recognition of projects from different countries, different industries and different organisations and to motivate project teams to develop and improve project management. It supports professional project management in achieving high performance and identifies projects as examples of excellent project management.

By rewarding teams that prove their success in project management, IPMA® recognizes and acknowledges excellent and innovative projects.

Meeting the expectations of the Project Excellence Award clients’ for the first time the IPMA Award Management Board organizes the special webinars dedicated to all potential applicants. The main aim of the webinar is to introduce the assessment process and the Project Excellence Model. Mark already in your calendar the date of the webinar: 19 January 2013, 16 February 2013, 23 March 2013. Choose one of the date and contact the Award Office ([email protected]).

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your project assessed by the team of professional assessors in 2013 and to celebrate the success at the 27th IPMA World Congress in Croatia The project application deadline is 8 April 2013.

The full PE Award time schedule for 2013 is shown below.

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office Manager Ms. Ewa Bednarczyk  [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.

APM Awards 2012 Finalists announced in UK – winners to be announced at ceremony on 1 November

Reported by Dayner Proudfoot

2 August 2012 – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management professional body, has announced the finalists for 2012 awards.  The APM Awards ceremony taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London on 1st November 2012 is set to be a night to remember as it falls during APM’s 40th anniversary year.  For information or to book a place, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/AwardsBookings.

This year the awards will be hosted by TV presenter Chris Hollins. Chris, originally best known as BBC Breakfast sports correspondent and now covering the London 2012 Olympics, became a firm viewers’ favourite on Strictly Come Dancing. He is an ambassador for Gold Challenge, part of the legacy programme for London 2012. Participants of the challenge take on five or more Olympic or Paralympic sports to raise money for their own charities.

There is no getting away from the hype of London 2012. However, there is another Olympic team looking to achieve the top prize in their field – an APM Award.  For the successful 2012 Olympic Games, it was the construction of the Olympic Park that received plaudits as it was completed a year ahead of schedule and £1billon under budget. This has led to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) securing a spot as a finalist at the APM Awards ceremony on 1st November.

They will be competing for Programme of the Year, sponsored by Program Framework, alongside RSA for their Vision Programme and Royal Mail’s Transformation Programme.

This is not the only category the UK’s main letters and parcels service will be appearing in as they have achieved an impressive three finalist places in total. Two of which go to the Transformation Programme as it also being recognised in the brand new category for 2012 – the Shell HSSE (Health, safety, security and environment) award. The first year of this Shell sponsored award also sees competition from AstraZeneca Global Engineering for Managing HSSE on Construction Projects in Emerging Markets and Yorkshire Water in collaboration with Morgan Sindall Grontmij JV for the Esholt Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP).

Royal Mail’s third appearance at the APM Awards comes in Project of the Year for their Kent Processing Plant Project. The category, sponsored by Siemens, also features the PwC 7 More London Project from Turner & Townsend and Transport for London’s Green Park Step Free Access project.

Turner & Townsend, who have also secured three award nominations, will be contesting with United Utilities and last year’s fellow finalists Arup for Project Management Company of the Year. Turner & Townsend’s third chance of glory comes from Beth Alderman who will be vying for the QA Aikona sponsored Young Project Manager of the Year award along with Charlotte Godfrey from Davis Langdon (an AECOM Company) and Network Rail’s Christian Irwin.

The second set of individuals contesting for another significant accolade is in the Project Manager of the Year category sponsored by Programme Recruitment. Jots Sehmbi from UCL, Richard Walker from Network Rail and Lloyds Banking Group’s David Gutteridge are all looking to get their hands on the trophy.

Project magazine will again be sponsoring the Community Project of the Year award which sees NATS’ Mathematics mentoring at King Richard School project in Portsmouth go up against Allen Construction Consultancy’s Old Fire Station in Oxford.

BAE Systems are yet again sponsoring the entire Academic awards section as they are partnering the profession in ‘advancing project management professionalism through education’. This includes the Geoffrey Trimble award that recognises the best Masters post-graduate dissertation. This year’s shortlist includes Michael Parker from Davis Langdon (an AECOM Company), Carl Dutton from BT and Jerome Mertz who studied at Northumbria University. The Brian Willis Award will also be presented on the night for the year’s highest mark gained in an APMP exam.

Overseas Project of the Year features the Al Wahda Master Development in Abu Dhabi from EC Harris International Ltd, along with the Indian Pune Office Relocation (IT) from MWH Global and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens from Faithful+Gould.

Other awards to be presented on the night include the BNFL award and the prestigious Sir Monty Finniston Award, which is the equivalent to a ‘lifetime achievement’ award recognising those who have contributed significantly to the profession.

The applicants for the APM Awards continue to impress the judges as the quality and variety improves year on year making their job even harder. Mary McKinlay, head of awards, said: “Looking at the range of entries, it really emphasises the notion that project management is now an all encompassing discipline. The finalists have done very well to get this far, the competition was intense and I wish them the best of luck.

“I would also like to thank those who didn’t make it to the finals, it was tough with such good contestants to reach the decisions and I am grateful to the judges who have done such a good job again this year.”

The APM Awards ceremony on 1st November is set to be a night to remember as it falls during APM’s 40th anniversary year. There will be a touch of glamour to kickoff the evening’s celebrations at the stunning Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London with a drinks reception sponsored by Thales. Make sure you don’t miss out on what is set to be the most anticipated event of the year by booking your place today.

See the complete shortlist of the APM Project Management Awards 2012 finalists.

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

Source: Association for Project Management

IPMA Young Crew finalizes Global Young Crew Workshop, to be held 26-28 October, in Crete, Greece

By Natalia Majcher, Head of Marketing and Communication, Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) 2012

The year’s biggest IPMA Young Crew event, the GYCW will be held this year in Crete, Chersonisos, and has the motto “Don’t Panic!” Over 100 participants from Young Crews all around the world are going to take part. For three days the event will offer the opportunity to network, exchange experiences and to get to know the Young Crew on an international level.

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

On Saturday and Sunday keynotes and workshops will be covering a variety of project management topics in the frame of “Don’t Panic.” There will be a workshop on improvisation theater techniques, teaching attendees on how to improvise and react smartly in certain challenging situations. Another workshop will show the negative effects of project managers showing panic reactions in front of their team when being faced with changing project requirements and environments as well as time constraints. The participants will learn strategies to avoid such reactions as well as get to know project management methodologies to reestablish the structure in a project and calm down the project team and the stakeholders.

Those who are already familiar with the concept of the GYCW know that the perfect mix of having fun and enjoying working in an international young group together with learning and applying new techniques characterizes our workshops. “It was inspiring to see how project managers operate world-wide and to investigate the impact of culture on teams,” declared Kimberley Pilkington, participant of last year’s GYCW in Brisbane. “Not only was it a lot of fun, I took home a lot or practical tips and tricks which has made me more effective in my projects afterwards.

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

Past years workshops have shown that this event is an ideal facilitator for new projects ideas and undertakings. “The GYCW is the key place where young project managers interact and network, and it is a well known fact that interaction drives innovation,” says Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz,(Spain), Head of IPMA Young Crew Innovation. “This event keeps us at the forefront in new activities and events to make the IPMA Young Crew more fruitful for all our members.” An excellent example is the Global e-Collaboration Competition (GeCCo), which was created during the GYCW in Istanbul, or Coaching for Development (C4D) which was created by Young Crew members after the GYCW in Helsinki. Each year participants are coming back from the Workshop with a lot of energy and motivation to their local Young Crews – or even establish new Young Crews! Saad Hegazy (Egypt) points out “I would say that because of Young Crew, I achieved extraordinary career development, and had the chance to develop and affect the PM world in my country and across the world. I wouldn’t miss any of the Young Crew Workshops.”

As is the IPMA World Congress, the Global Young Crew Workshop is also organized each year in a different country, letting the participants explore new environments and cultures. This year it will be Greece, and as usual, Young Crew is organizing a special offer for its members. The official Young Crew hotel for the event will be the Golden Beach Hotel, www.goldenhotels.gr/en/golden-beach/hotel-overview. Participants are asked to register via [email protected] and mention the Global Young Crew Workshop to get the special price. To register for the Workshop, please follow the steps at www.ipma2012.gr/reg/regform.html. The registration for GYCW includes participation in the day sessions of the 26-29 October IPMA World Congress.

To enable all the components scheduled for this three day Global Young Crew Workshop, we are looking for sponsors to support this gainful event for the new generation of young project managers. We offer sponsors visibility packages, which give you the opportunity to establish and manifest your name among the participants and the community of the International Project Manager Association (IPMA). Come be a part of our event, and help make it incomparable.

Find further YCGW information and updates on our Workshop’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/gycw2012.

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.

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

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

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Head of Marketing and Communication

Global Young Crew Workshop 2012

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The Future Project Manager according to Mary McKinlay

The Future Project Manager according to Mary McKinlay – Interactive event planned for 20 November in Durham, UK

3 September 2012, London – Where is project management going? what will a good project manager look like? These will be some of the questions that will be explored and shared with the project management community, on this interactive presentation conducted by Mary McKinlay on Tuesday 20th November 2012 at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, UK.

In recent years we have seen many changes in project management, Mary will look at these changes and examine what they mean to project managers.  If someone picks up a flat-pack box marked ‘Project Manager’, what will they get and how do they assemble it for success? How can we move towards “A world in which all projects succeed”?

Mary McKinlay is a Trustee and Board Member for both APM and the International Centre for Complex Project Management based in Australia.

Following a degree in Systems Engineering, Mary’s career has encompassed working on large multinational projects as well as internal IT projects.  She is a project management practitioner and, after 30 years in aerospace and defence , founded Mary McKinlay Projects Ltd in September 2005.

In 2005, Mary was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Project Management at Skema where she teaches at the Lille and Paris Campuses.  She also works as a Visiting Professor for the EMBA Course in Complex Project Management that is run at Queensland University of Technology, in addition to working as a teaching fellow at the National Centre for Project Management at the University of Middlesex in the past year.

Her industrial experience has been complemented by work on research programmes, involving collaboration internationally between industry and academics. She has produced many papers and is a frequent conference speaker worldwide.  The job of interesting young people in engineering careers is a passion of hers and she is also a STEM Ambassador with special responsibilities as a Bloodhound Ambassador (Bloodhound SSC project).

This event is sponsored by the APM North East Branch and is free to APM members; £10 for non-members.  For more information or to book a place, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-manager-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 is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management