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

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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]2.gr.

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

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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

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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

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for October 2012

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Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for October 2012

28 September 2012 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month we conclude our review of the first two months of the LinkedIn blog: Do you consider “Project Manager” a profession? We compiled only the most credible responses in our Paper and reached our own conclusions.

Want to peer into the future? Guest Norman KK Ng provides us with Visions of the Future, 125 or just 50 years hence.

In Musings Gary R. Heerkens helps us understand the Weighted Average Cost of Capital in projects.

In our Project Management 101 course, Lesson 7 explains the Project Manager’s Responsibility.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration?  For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.  Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for September 2012

28 September 2012 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max this month:

Do you consider ‘Project Manager’ a profession? is one of the longer blogs currently on LinkedIn. In this month’s Paper (Part 1) Contributors’ pearls of wisdom are captured for posterity. It covers general insights and those who argue against.

Our Guest, this month, recommends ways for dealing with Ten of the Toughest Conversations You’ll Ever Have, particularly suited to dealing with stakeholders. Bank robbery is not a recommend pastime, but the Project View of Bank Robbery is instructive nonetheless, see our latest Musings.

After dealing with organizing the work in Lesson 6A of our Project Management 101 course, Lesson 6B. Sequencing the Work of the Project introduces the really hard part of carrying out the work to create the required product.”

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration?  For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.  Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

Hot Chili and Cold Beer for the Project Manager’s Soul

HOT CHILI AND COLD BEER FOR THE PROJECT MANAGER’S SOUL is a new book authored by Donald A. Pillittere in the United States.

According to the book’s publicity, the book addresses unique challenges that project managers’ face as they commercialize leading edge products and the steps they take to right the project and succeed. These challenges are common obstacles that today’s cross-functional teams face in the global economy.  The 4Ps of Project Management – Process, People, Parts and Phenomena (The PMPs) which were introduced in ARE WE THERE YET? DIARY OF A PROJECT MANAGER are revisited here in practical use.   The text shows how project managers have actually applied the 4Ps of Project Management. The paperback is 140 pages in length.

According to the author, “project managers are a different breed, hardened through years of missed milestones, budget overruns, dysfunctional teams and unrealistic management edicts with the battle scars to prove it. Besides the CEO, no other person has a greater impact on the profitability of a corporation than a project manager.”

Pillittere’s newest book provides real-life experiences of project managers in the quest to succeed against all odds. Presented as a series of short stories each chapter focuses on how the project manager turns “Chaos into Cash” using the four “Ps” of project management: Processes, People, Parts and Phenomena.

So relax, pour a cold beer, grab a bowl of hot chili and enjoy The Good, the Bad and the Utterly Random concerning one of the most essential, unpredictable and unsung responsibilities in business.

HOT CHILI AND COLD BEER FOR THE PROJECT MANAGER’S SOUL author Donald A. Pillittere is a 1995 EMBA Class I Graduate of E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.  Sharing his wisdom and real-world experience as Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Mr. Pillittere has taught graduate courses in Operations/Supply Chain/Facilities Management, Manufacturing Strategy & Tactics, Managing Manufacturing Resources and Engineering Economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1999. He successfully combines his industrial experiences with the theory and principles of operations management to offer students practical, proven tools and approaches that can be applied in a wide variety of business settings.

Currently Manager of Strategic Portfolio and Supplier Quality at ITT Exelis, Mr. Pillittere manages quality performance for major procurements for highly advanced subsystems. Prior to working at ITT Exelis, he was Director of Product Engineering and Program Management at Transonic Systems Inc., where he managed the development and introduction of numerous medical flow measurement products for both clinical and research applications. Previously as Worldwide Product Manager for the Eastman Kodak Company, he launched numerous award winning scanners that significantly outperformed sales projections and exceeded profitability goals.

He also has a successful track record in the international arena, with experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Japan, as well as North America.  Donald can be contacted at [email protected].

Donald is also the author of ARE WE THERE YET? DIARY OF A PROJECT MANAGER, which can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Are-There-Diary-Project-Manager/dp/1554890292.

His newest book is available through Amazon, Apple and other distributors in hardcopy and electronic form.  Prices: hardcopy $24.95, electronic $1.99.  ISBN: 9780985194208.

Author Peter Parkes to Give Away 4 Copies of his new book NLP for Project Managers in support of PMWJ launch

Reported by Philip Smelt in Lincolnshire, England

27 July 2012 – To support the launch of the new PM World Journal (PMWJ), author Peter Parkes will hold a drawing for four free copies of his recently published book, NLP for Project Managers: Make things happen with Neurolinguistic Programming.  PMWJ readers should visit his website at www.NLP4PM.com to learn more about the book and to register for the drawing.

Once we are familiar with the tools and techniques of project management we come to realise that the fundamental challenges to effective delivery are more about managing stakeholders and resources rather than refining business processes.  As projects are temporary in nature, people interactions are more acute, as we regularly have to establish working relationships with new groups of people fast, understand the world-view of different clients, and motivate teams and suppliers that we may have had little involvement in selecting.  Also, we are often trying to persuade people to accept change on a challenging timescale.  As project professionals we need to get things done and get them done fast, and this book helps us to do that with a little more elegance and less brute force.

From the author’s own professional experience in managing project portfolios in a range of sectors, the first part of the book describes the full scope and life-cycle of project management and where so-called ‘people skills’ make the difference that makes the difference.  The second part of the book describes the underpinning concepts of NLP, before the whole is pulled together in part three, where tools and techniques are applied to various behavioural competences seen as critical to effective project management; from understanding and influencing stakeholders, through negotiation, assertiveness and delivering through a team.  Read this book and become an even more effective project professional.

NLP for Project Managers was published by BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, where author interviews and supporting reviews can be found.  The book was listed for ‘Management book of the year’ by the Chartered Management Institute on publication in 2011.  The reviewer for APM’s Project Magazine said, ‘This is the best book on Project Management that I have ever read’, while Lindsay Scott from the PMO best practice group summarises her review on Amazon with the words, ‘I would struggle to recommend a better book on PM soft skills’.

As well as being an accomplished speaker and coach, author Dr Peter Parkes has plenty of practical experience which he calls on in the book and associated training materials.  After starting his career as a scientist in the nuclear sector, including visits to most US National Laboratories, he held Programme Director roles in the public sector, public private partnerships, major management consultancies, and private sectors from oil & gas, through IT, to financial services.  He is a main board director of the APM, where he is champion for best practice groups and also sits on the steering group for the PM Body of Knowledge.  In September he will be in Canada running training and workshops based around the book.  He can be contacted directly via [email protected] or by phone on +44 7764 319 600.

Peter says, ‘When I canvassed support for the book and asked those involved in development of PM capability  what skills and behaviours they wished their PMs had, the overwhelming response was for more self awareness – for PMs to realise how they come over and to start flexing behaviour to suit the people they are delivering the message to.  This book offers a window to learn more about yourself and how to be more effective in your interactions with others’.

Peter will be giving away four signed copies of NLP for Project Managers, retailing at $40 each on Amazon, at the end of August by a random draw for those registering on the supporting website www.NLP4PM.com, where you can also download supporting resources and view training courses.  Lucky winners will be announced on the NLP4PM website as well as in PM World Journal.

Editor’s note: this article was first published in the August edition of the PM World Journal.  It is republished here due to a problem with the registration process on Dr. Parkes’ website.  If you have trouble registering, contact [email protected]