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February 2019 UK Project Management Round Up

Bad news: IT Projects, HS2, Crossrail, BREXIT, skills shortage and new nuclear; Good news: Meggett extension, Hybrid Air Vehicles, Silverton Pier, Bloodhound Project, Alton’s Hydrogen Train Plan; and Captain Flinders’ grave found

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

Last year closed with a very pessimistic review of the British railway industry and its flagship projects, focusing on Crossrail but taking a swipe at High Speed 2 (HS2) in the process.  So, for a change, I will start with the bad news before looking at some of more optimistic events of the month.

BAD NEWS

IT projects seem particularly prone to receiving a bad press and there are two currently in the firing line: the long-awaited Ministry of Defence (MOD) modernisation programme and the Law Courts programme.  The former, run by Fujitsu is reputed to be about 2 years behind schedule and £210 million over budget which is pretty good going considering the contract was only signed in 2015.  The systems are also said to be mission critical, handling top secret data.  The Law Courts IT programme is a complicated one involving multiple systems and is linked to the £1 billon courts modernisation programme.

According to press reports, the court system failure has resulted in delay to cases coming to court, trials adjourned and even cases abandoned.  Now lawyers are claiming that this, and other “transformational” projects such as the probation service contract and private prisons, were initiated under Chris Grayling who was Lord Chancellor for 3 years up to 2015.  The chairman of the Criminal Bar Association claims that these are all part of Grayling’s “destructive nihilistic legacy in all areas of legal aid and the courts”.  Some may find this an interesting take on the owner’s responsibilities in major programmes where the role of sponsor is often poorly defined.  In this case, the Lord Chancellor cannot have had a detailed knowledge of the system requirements but most certainly did have an informed but political view of the outcomes required – do we have a case of outcomes vs outputs here?  It also throws an interesting light on the legal occupation who are clearly interested in any potential work from possible penalty clauses in the contracts – more work for the boys.

High Speed 2 continues to hog the headlines.  Recruitment continues apace with the search for the construction team that will take the new Curzon Street station from concept to reality closing 2018.  The first tower crane came on site as part of the preparation to demolish Euston Towers and opportunities opening for trainee archaeologists.  However, less welcome news comes in the form of renewed speculation on HS2’s ability to meet its business case predictions.  Initially predicated on its speed, then on capacity and currently on improved connectivity between north and south of England, the business case has always been controversial.

HS2 route (courtesy HS2.org.uk)

Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, whose constituency is transected by the new rail line, challenged the value of the business case as it emerged that HS2 is investigating reducing the capacity of the line by 4 trains an hour.  This effectively lowers capacity by 8,800 per hour at peak times.  Original capacity claims were 18 trains per hour, higher than any other high-speed line world-wide.  This reduction in capacity was first discussed late last year in response to claims that the programme is late and over budget.  This month’s announcements seem to be aimed at reducing short term costs.

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2019).  February 2019 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue II (February).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/pmwj79-Feb2019-Shepherd-UK-project-management-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

 

 

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.

 

 

January 2019 PM Update from Buenos Aires

Analysis of 2018 and outlook for 2019 in Argentina

 

REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


 

It’s just finished a very difficult year for the Argentine Republic.

According to the preliminary balance of 2018 done by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Argentina’s economy contracts by 2.6% in 2018.

A strong devaluation of the currency, an increase in interest rates and an inflation of almost 48% per year generating a diminution in family income, are indicators of this declining in the economy according to ECLAC.

The recession is not uniform for all industries; some sectors have maintained their growth, according to the Minister of Production and Labor, Dante Sica, who clarifies that some industries representing around 25% of employment in Argentina are still growing, such as fishing, knowledge-based services, energy, livestock, telecommunications and tourism.

Instead, the agricultural sector has had a bad year due to the great drought that had a strong impact on harvests. The domestic market, the textile industry, footwear and leather goods and food also fell. Construction is an industry that was growing at a good pace, but has slowed down after the devaluation.

In contrast, the energy sector, and in particular the oil and gas industry, had a great year, with a record production of unconventional hydrocarbons in the Vaca Muerta formation, of 30 thousand square kilometers located in the Neuquén Basin, in the Argentine Patagonia.

The boom in Vaca Muerta and the change in energy policy have generated other benefits, such as the fact that Argentina was able to suspend the contracting of a re-gasifier ship that was 10 years in the country receiving liquefied gas to supply the domestic market and that cost millions of dollars to the country.

Additionally, the executive director of the Chamber of the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry (CIQYP), Jorge de Zavaleta, affirms that the petrochemical industry, a sector that employs 110,000 employees in the value chain, sells US $ 25,000 million annually and represents a 12 % of the GDP, is the indistry that can add more added value in the coming years to the growing production of gas from the Neuquén formation of Vaca Muerta.

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To cite this article: Boggi, C. (2019). Analysis of 2018 and outlook for 2019 in Argentina; Project Management Report from Argentina, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January). Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj78-Jan2019-Boggi-argentina-regional-report-english.pdf

 



About the Author


CECILIA BOGGI

International Correspondent
Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

 

Cecilia Boggi, PMP is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 20 years both in the government and private sector. Cecilia has an Executive Master in Business Administration from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain and also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths©, is a Professional Executive Coach accredited by Association for Coaching, UK, and alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012.  Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter. She was PMI’s Mentor for Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia participated in the development of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team; she is professor of Project Management and Leadership in some Universities and Institutes in Latin America.

She can be contacted at [email protected] and www.activepmo.com

To view other works by Cecilia Boggi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/cecilia-boggi/.

 

 

January 2019 UK Project Management Round Up

Good News, BREXIT, Professionalism in the UK PM, Project Management Standards

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

I had hoped that much of BREXIT would be behind us by now but it seems that, like many commentators, I was fooled by the vote possibilities.  More of this shortly.  The main topic this month is the state of project management professionalisation in UK.  There is not much to report on major projects over the holiday period and this is, in fact, good news so I will say a few words on the topic.

GOOD NEWS

Most of UK is back at work today, after the Christmas and New Year holiday.  Weather has been kind, holiday traffic has flowed despite the much anticipated “chaos” where long term road works were not lifted and although there was the odd local problem, most of us managed pretty well, thank you.  Similarly, I have not yet heard of any significant issues the nation’s railway system, although we are not out of the danger period for a few more days.  This all goes to show that we can have confidence in the project management teams scheduling complex engineering work on road and rail systems.

One area where we did experience major delay was due to entirely unexpected issues.  This is not a significant project issue but does indicate that the role of the planner spreads into unexpected zones.  Just before Christmas, the UK’s second largest airport was shut down because of the presence of unathorised Drones.  The incident ran for 3 days and has nothing to do with any projects; what it does show is that the unexpected is lurking everywhere and the use of risk analysis techniques can help manage difficult situations.  It is a pity they were not used on this occasion.

BREXIT

Like most people in UK, I fully expected our Parliament to have voted on the proposed plan for the UK exit from the European Community.  So I was surprised, and disappointed that the Government killed the vote, shifting it to this month.  Some will see this as simply delaying the inevitable rejection of the heads of terms and a return to political crisis.  As I write this report, I note that the European Union has again rejected any possibility of re-negotiation of terms.  More follows next month, if you can bear it!

PROFESSIONALISM IN UK PM

Many readers will know that the Association for Project Management set out to achieve the award of a Royal Charter.  Investigations and consultations began in 2002, work was progressed under two Chairmen and a formal submission made that resulted in the award of the Charter in 2016.  Since then, a great deal of behind the scenes work has taken place to get in place the mechanisms to support the revised individual qualification system, set out the ground rules for the Register of Chartered Project Professionals and a large number of other underpinning structure.

The first fruits of all this work was the release of the first List of Chartered Members in the summer of 2018.  Just under 300 Chartered Project Professionals (ChPP) had qualified and many more are on the road to formal professional recognition.  The personal requirements and application process can be seen here https://www.apm.org.uk/chartered-standard/

Other APM activities in 2018 include a new corporate partner programme with new corporate events and planned future leaders forums.  The new marketing campaign has further raised APM’s profile and is set to continue into 2019.

Considerable progress has been made in the educational field where APM has developed a new MOOC (massive open online course) with the Open University and has extended its academic outreach programme.  As far as qualification are concerned, the new Project Management Degree Apprenticeship launched successfully and APM’s new suite of individual qualifications has been aligned with IPMA’s 4 level qualification.

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2019).  January 2019 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj68-Jan2019-Shepherd-UK-Regional-Report.pdf

 



About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

 


Miles Shepherd
is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.

 

 

January 2019 PM Update from Spain

Interview with Elisabeth Matt and Ana Briseño, PMI Madrid Chapter Volunteer Leaders

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

 


 

PMI Madrid Chapter – the importance of volunteering

At the end of the month of November took place the PMI Madrid Chapter’s annual Conference, which also celebrated its 15th anniversary of existence. The most important for me, as a project management practitioner and volunteer over the years, was the recognition for the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter volunteers.

This year’s event was something special, because the Organization and presentation was run by volunteers who are let see, and therefore we want to bring to this space Elisabeth Matt and Ana Briseño, who were responsible for several weeks of the planning and control of all matters relating to the Congress.

Susana (S) Welcome

Elisabeth (E) Hi all,

Ana (A) Hello Susana, a salute to all those who read this interview

S We’d like to know a bit more about you professionally?

E I am a lawyer’s training and work of office manager at a telecommunications company, whose main objective is the submarine optical fiber and now we are starting with the ground-laying.

Too I am Director of consulting and projects, and work as a consultant, implementing and providing coaching in practice mainly focusing in the area of project management and PMOs; I also give training on the different processes of PMBOK, for certification PMP and soft skills for the PMs.

S Elisabeth you’re a lawyer, but are you certified or have specific training in Project Management? Increasingly also in less technical careers such as law seeks to acquire knowledge of project management, but until now it was less common.

E At the moment I am not certified but I have it on my to-do list. A couple of years ago I was standing work, and wanted to return to study, to learn new things and read about project management and their areas of reach. I did a master’s degree in Project Management, I signed the VRMS (Virtual Relationship Management system) from PMI to continue to learn and am now a mentor to launch me to fly alone. Project Management is also revolutionizing the world of law and is a train that we cannot pass.

Ana, you are working on training services. Would you say that currently is there a growing interest in learning and developing soft skills?

A yes, there is a lot of interest, and it has been growing up, mainly to adopt agile methodologies, where I think these skills are more relevant. Not because they are not necessary for the traditional ones, but there is more interaction working with self-managed teams. I think that this type of skills is not only necessary for the PM but for all team members.

S Did you have participated previously at any PMI Congress, or at any other Association as volunteers?

E it is the first time I have worked as a PMI volunteer but I’m sure it will not be the last one.

A yes, I had participated previously at other events as a volunteer, either for professional and personal interests.

S Why to be a PMI volunteer? Was there any particular reason that would push you to make that decision?

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How to cite this report:  Bucero, A. (2019). Title, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January). Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj78-Jan2019-Bucero-Regional-Report-Spain-English.pdf

 



About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain

 

 



Alfonso Bucero
, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by Alfonso Bucero, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for January 2019

 

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 


 

INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, and some key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with 4000 individual and over 600 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en, https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for further information on PMAF and its main events.

 

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as place where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. In 2019 the conference takes place on May 23rd, with an overarching theme “Inspire”. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for further information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its main events.

 

OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, will be connected to the Finnish national power grid in October 2019, and will commence commercial power generation in January 2020. The previous plan was for the unit to start commercial operations in September 2019, however, the unexpected challenges encountered during the final testing procedures forced the commissioning to be postponed up until January 2020.

The delivery of Olkiluoto 3 power plant has been subject to a substantial number of challenges. In March 2018 an agreement was reached between TVO and Areva regarding the overruns in project budget and time schedule. According to TVO, Areva has agreed to compensate 450 M€ assuming the power plant is fully operational by the end of 2019. If the plant is not fully operational at that time, Areva will compensate a further 400 M€. As part of the agreement, both contractual parties have agreed to dispend any further judicial acts.

Once completed, Olkiluoto 3 will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world. TVO has been understandably disappointed about the fact that the plant is well over 100 % over original budget and 10 years behind the original time schedule.

The contract for building the Olkiluoto 3 power plant was signed in 2003 for 3 000 M€, and construction began in 2005, targeting completion in June 2009. Due to numerous challenges during the planning and construction phases, the target date has been pushed forward several times, finally to January 2020 – nearly eleven years in total. The delays have pushed the total cost up to 8 500 M€.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). Finland Project Management Roundup for January 2019, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj78-jan2019-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

Report from Melbourne

IRNOP XIV conference in Melbourne, Australia

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 



IRNOP (International Research Network on Organizing by Projects) XIV
conference was held in Melbourne, Australia on December 9 … 12, 2018. The conference, a biennial series started in Sweden in 1994, took place at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University Swanston Academic Building, and was organized by Professor Dr Derek Walker. The conference theme was A skilled hand and cultivated mind. RMIT University provided an excellent venue for the event, which the participants found appropriately informal and collegial, encouraging active exchange and networking. Please navigate to www.irnop2018.org for further information, including the papers and posters presented at the conference.

RMIT University Swanston Academic Building (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference program included plenary sessions with state-of-the-art keynotes, and several parallel tracks with a total of over 80 keynote and paper presentations. The conference was attended by over 120 participants from more than 30 countries, and by some of the most renowned scholars in the field of project management. The conference was organized for faculty and students from universities from all over the world having an interest in projects, temporary organizations, project organizing and project-based organizations. In addition to the official program, the conference offered a social program of dinners and receptions, and a doctoral workshop for PhD students.

The conference was sponsored by Project Management Institute (PMI), International Project Management Association (IPMA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University.

The conference participants were warmly welcomed by Professor Dr Ron Wakefield, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Dean of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. In his welcome, Professor Wakefield stated that the RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the University stands, and that the University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

The conference was opened by Professor Dr Derek Walker, who was very happy to welcome the conference participants to Melbourne, and to the RMIT University. Professor Walker was pleased to see such a group of internationally renowned project management scholars and researchers at the RMIT, and to become a member of the league of leading project management researchers who have organized the leading global conference on the subject.

Professor Dr Walker opening the conference

Subsequent to the four-day event Professor Walker was very happy with the way that the conference progressed.  He thanked the participants, the presenters, the keynote speakers, and the RMIT University organizing committee – especially the volunteers who made the conference possible. He concluded: “This has been an excellent opportunity to host IRNOP 2018 and to have so many friends and colleagues attending the conference and to benefit from their insights and knowledge.” Professor Walker can be contacted at [email protected] .

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). IRNOP XIV conference in Melbourne, Australia, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj78-Jan2019-Vaskimo-IRNOP-XIV-Melbourne-2018-report.pdf

 



About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

December 2018 PM Update from Istanbul

AFTER 2018: PMI Turkey Chapter, Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD), Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (TPYME)

 

REPORT

By İpek Sahra Özgüler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey

 


PMI TURKEY CHAPTER

When I look back on the year that is about to finish, I see that PMI Turkey has organized many events for our members, volunteers and project management professionals.  This was a good year; next year will be better.

Let’s go back and see what we did this year:

  • By the PMI 2.0 journey; we have determined our mission, vision, strategy, brand, and
  • We organized monthly activities in Ankara, Izmir, and
  • We organized a 2-day summit with the theme “Learning Organizations” in Ankara;
  • We organized a 2-day summit with the theme “Project Management in Industry 4.0” in Istanbul;
  • We organized workshops for only our members.
  • We organized Networking Activities.
  • We organized IPM Day celebrations with other project management associations in four cities.
  • We have translated PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) 6th Edition and Agile Practice Guide into Turkish under the sponsorship of Türk Telekom.
  • We have created a book-reading club to come together with our members on non-business matters.
  • We created a Project Knowledge blog.
  • This year, we had a C-Level meeting with Murat Bıçak, Senior Vice President of PMI Global, who was our keynote speaker at Istanbul PMSummit.
  • For the first time, we applied to two European Union projects, one in cooperation with 3 European PMI Chapter (Bulgaria, France, Slovenia).
  • We had the opportunity to be introduced at CNN Turk screens as PMI TR. We were the guest of Cem Seymen’ s program “Another World is ”
  • We have published the Project Management World magazine four
  • We went to universities and made PMI TR presentations.
  • We gave CAPM training to senior students.
  • We provided the PMIEF (PMI Education Foundation) training for primary and secondary school teachers. This education is about how to explain project management to children.
  • We represented our country in global PMI congresses and made presentations.
  • We held meetings with the sponsors and found sponsors to do items above.
  • While doing all this, we have ensured the fiscal discipline of our Chapter in a crisis environment.

We carried out all of the above items with PMI TR volunteers.

Reported By Suleyman Cavusoglu,
PMI TR Chapter President

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How to cite this report: Özgüler, I. S. (2018). Title, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December).  Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Ozguler-Turkey-report.pdf



About the Author


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT.  Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”.  She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by İpek Sahra Özgüler, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/

 

 

December 2018 PM Update from Spain

Annual Congress of Project Management: Project management and new technologies

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

 


PMI Madrid Chapter – Madrid, November 15, 2018

On November 15 it had place the ANNUAL EVENT of the PMI Madrid Chapter, which also celebrated its 15th anniversary of existence.

Evis Rosales, as chapter president, was responsible for the opening of the event. In her message, she shared the evolution and genesis of the “PMI Madrid Spain Chapter”, giving recognition to all the people who have collaborated to the development of the chapter over the past fifteen years, in its different participations, and who have made of this chapter, one that has highest number of volunteers as well as workshops and initiatives worldwide.

This year, we analyze the impact that new technologies, such as Blockchain, IoT, Big Data, among others, as well as innovation and the agile methodologies in project management. It was a busy day, 8 lectures and a panel discussion held to close the event with great conclusions.

We count with the participation of the Group of volunteers of “Toastmasters”, with Mario Villarejo as master of ceremonies, as well as Agustín Millán and Joaquín Azcárraga, and other volunteers who volunteered to participate in the event, nymph Muñoz, Zigor Lizuaín and Pedro Balsa, as presenters of the speakers. These presentations were made from a point of view more personal and not so formal, which helped to have lively introductions and generate a good dynamic in Congress.

Rafael Gerardo Weisz was the first of the speakers that the presentation “A change of perspective to understand the why of new technologies” and through various, video demonstrations, helped us to highlight new challenges and opportunities that are organizations face, and how these new technologies will help solve them.

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How to cite this report:  Bucero, A. (2018). Title, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December). Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Bucero-Regional-Report-Spain-English.pdf



About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain

 

 

 


Alfonso Bucero
, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by Alfonso Bucero, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

December 2018 PM Report from São Paulo

PMI São Paulo Chapter celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary

 

REPORT

By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

 



It was held on November 10th the celebration of the twenty years after the founding of the PMI São Paulo Chapter.

In the 1980s, Brazil had a project management movement called GEGE (Study Group of Project Management) and even a PMI chapter, for a few years.

The history starts In the mid-1990s, through the combination of several initiatives such as São Paulo University.with Professor Guilherme Ary Plonsky, CENGEP with Prof. João Carlos Boyadjian, Engineering Institute with Engineer Mauricio Lopes, and the leadership of Marcio Prieto and other professionals from different areas was officially constituted in 1998, the PMI São Paulo Chapter.

Counting professionals and entity from several areas, such as Engineering and Construction, IT, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, consulting, the PMI chapter of São Paulo was established in 1998.

Since its foundation the events and seminars have aroused great interest and the number of members has grown exponentially. Already in its second year of existence it received a PMI award as the Chapter that had grown the most during the period.

Current president Alex Urbano and former presidents Paulo Afonso, Paulo Sabbag and Guilherme Ary Plonski

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How to cite this report: Lopes, M. (2018). Project Management Report from São Paulo, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XI – November.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-dec2018-Lopes-brazil-regional-report.pdf



About the Author


Maurício Lopes

São Paulo, Brazil

 

 

 Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area.

Currently, Mauricio is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways.

Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World in Brazil and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Mauricio Lopes, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/mauricio-lopes/

 

 

December 2018 PM Update from Buenos Aires

International Congress PMI Tour Cono Sur 2018 (Project Management in Argentina)

 

REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 



Since 2005, every November it has place into southern Latin America Region the already famous PMI Tour Cono Sur (PMI Southern Cone Tour).

This international Congress, organized by Project Management Institute Chapters from the Southern Countries in Latina America, is the largest meeting on leadership and project management in the region and brings together international experts who share the latest international trends in leadership, project management and the impact of projects on business and organizational strategies.

This important event arose in 2005, due to the need to boost the interest of the Project Management in the region and the collaboration between the chapters. The First PMI Tour Cono Sur was organized by PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, PMI Santiago Chile Chapter and PMI Montevideo Uruguay Chapter, holding coordinated conferences in the three cities, with the participation of representatives from each chapter of the three countries. This experience was so successful that the event expanded to Peru in 2008, Paraguay and Bolivia in 2009.

The 2018 edition of the PMI Tour Cono Sur included events in 15 locations, under the theme “Manage, adapt and reinvent the world through projects“.

With respect to the PMI Argentine Chapters, the Tour Cono Sur is held in the cities of Buenos Aires since 2005, in Mendoza since 2008 and the cities of Cordoba and Rosario were added in 2016.

This year the Tour began in Mendoza, organized by the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter on November 2nd and 3rd. Being the province of Mendoza internationally recognized for the quality of its wine, especially the Malbec variety, the place chosen for the PMI Tour Cono Sur 2018 was “La Enoteca”, former School of Vitiviniculture turned into a museum, considered as cultural heritage and emblem of the world of wine, theme which was central to the event.

Exhibitors of great experience, such as Victor Villar, Leonor Viturro, Jorge Moreno, Gustavo Albera, Fernando Bolado, among others, have provided to the audience their theoretical and practical knowledge of current issues in project management.

Additionally, exhibitors from different wineries were invited to share their experience in the management of wine industry projects, very much in keeping with the theme of the Congress.

Photo: Volunteers and Speakers of the PMI Tour Cono Sur Mendoza 2018

Traditionally, the PMI Tour Cono Sur in Mendoza combines the conferences with an Outdoor workshop that, on this occasion, was held at Espacio Lares, which stands out as a place surrounded by nature. The workshop was facilitated by Adriana Cibelli, PMP, vice president of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, who developed a very interesting dynamic combining leadership with wine.

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To cite this article: Boggi, C. (2018). December 2018 Project Management Update from Argentina, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December). Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Boggi-argentina-regional-report-english.pdf



About the Author


CECILIA BOGGI

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

Cecilia Boggi, PMP is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 20 years both in the government and private sector. Cecilia has an Executive Master in Business Administration from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain and also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths©, is a Professional Executive Coach accredited by Association for Coaching, UK, and alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012.  Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter. She was PMI’s Mentor for Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia participated in the development of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team; she is professor of Project Management and Leadership in some Universities and Institutes in Latin America.

She can be contacted at [email protected] and www.activepmo.com

To view other works by Cecilia Boggi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/cecilia-boggi/.

 

 

December 2018 PM Report from Italy

Project Management in Italy: PM Expo 2018

 

REPORT

By Massimo Pirozzi

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

 


INTRODUCTION

This third Regional Report focuses on PM Expo® 2018, the major Event in Italy dedicated to Project Management, which has been organized, in Rome, by the major Italian Association of Project Management, the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management” (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short).

 PM EXPO 2018

Istituto Italiano di Project Management (ISIPM) successfully organized, this year too, on October 26, in Rome, the main National Event in Italy dedicated to Project Management, which is PM Expo® 2018  https://www.pmexpo.it/ .

PM Expo® 2018, which focused on main theme “Innovation”, was a National record in terms of 1700 people who registered for the Event, and it had a very significant success, which was proven also by very high rates of Participant Satisfaction, and by many hundreds of congratulations that have been issued both directly, and via social networks. PM World Journal was the most welcome Media Partner of the Event.

PM Expo® 2018 was located in Auditorium del Massimo in Rome: available structures included the main hall with 800 seating capacity, plus three rooms, each one with an average of almost 100 seating capacity, plus spaces for several Sponsors and Exhibitors, plus spaces available for one of the most important issues of our Project Management Community, i.e. networking, plus spaces in the courtyard outside … for street food, pizza, and sandwich vans. Since the Public of PM Expo® is very diverse, including both professionals and students, employees and freelancers, civil servants and private employees, seniors and juniors, above location was important to support the “mixed formula” that ISIPM studied and applies to its major Events.  PM Expo® integrates, in a peculiar innovative way, Speeches by International and National Speakers, Round Tables, Workshops, Awarding of Prizes, Sponsors’ Speeches and Exhibitions, and even a Lottery for Participants and ISIPM’s Members. Nevertheless, let us go now into a summary of PM Expo 2018 Program.

The main theme of Innovation was directly addressed by three speeches in the International Session, and, further, by a Round Table: all of these events took place in the Auditorium Main Hall. In the International Session, Special Guests David Pells, Managing Editor of PM World Journal, and Darren Dalcher, Professor of Strategic Project Management at Lancaster University Management School, had two speeches that were appreciated a lot by the numerous audience, which were, respectively, “Innovation 360! Views from a PM Globalist”, and “Who killed innovation? … and what we can do about it”.

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How to cite this report: Pirozzi, M. (2018). Title, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December). Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Pirozzi-3rd-Report-from-Italy-English.pdf



About the Author


Massimo Pirozzi

Rome, Italy

 

 

Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Principal Consultant, Project Manager, and Educator. He is a Member and the Secretary of the Executive Board, a Member of the Scientific Committee, and an accredited Master Teacher, of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management). He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a Researcher, a Lecturer, and an Author about Stakeholder Identification and Management, Relationship Management, Complex Projects Management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has a wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

Massimo Pirozzi serves as an international Correspondent in Italy for the PM World Journal. He can be contacted at [email protected]

To see other works by Massimo Pirozzi, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/massimo-pirozzi/

 

 

December 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

BREXIT, Problem Projects, Rail Programmes, New Nuclear, Other Projects, APM Awards

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 


INTRODUCTION

It has been a long time since I did a round up of UK Project Management News and for that I apologise.  To make up the gap in coverage, this month we will look at rail industry projects, the energy scene including nuclear, some project politics and professional society news.  I suppose it is inevitable that we need to mention the topic on everyone’s mind these days – BREXIT, but this will be short and I’ll get it out of the way first.

BREXIT

The subject of UK leaving the European Union has occupied untold column inches in the press and almost interminable coverage in the broadcast media.  It is startling how little information has been imparted but we are not short of speculation, overwrought opinion and obfuscation.  At long last, we have what Project Managers would recognise as heads of terms, the first stage in long and complex negotiations.  This is currently the subject of much debate but almost no one seems to have read the 600 page document, nor is there much evidence of logical analysis.  Our political masters will vote in about 10 days-time on this and if, as seems likely, the “deal” is rejected by Parliament, it is difficult to see where we go next.  It will give us something to report next month!

One practical outcome of BREXIT is the exclusion of UK from some key joint projects.  The most prominent casualty from the EU perspective is UK’s withdrawal from the Galileo programme.  The EU have excluded UK from some key contracts and denied access to military signal traffic essential for missile guidance systems post BREXIT.  While this was all obvious well before the negotiations began, as it is the only position that could be adopted under EU law when UK becomes a “Third Party”, it is irritating as UK have funded large parts of the programme.  The UK line was “…they will realise they have made a mistake and shouldn’t push it”.  Recent comments in Brussels seem to have goaded Mrs May into reviewing the situation.  The Prime Minister has decided UK will develop its own satellite navigation system.  The strategic implications are significant both militarily and economically.

Other BREXIT news concerns fears over inward investment as several key manufacturers have delayed major investment decisions.  For instance, SMURFIT KAPPA, the largest cardboard box and packaging manufacturer in Europe has shelved plans to build a £50 million plant in UK.  Weatherspoons, the pub chain has threatened to axe EU beers and replace them with UK brewed alternatives.  This seems likely to have a significant impact on European supply chain firms such as Lavazza who currently sell in excess of 50 million cups annually through Weatherspoons pubs.  Clearly there will be casualties on all sides no matter how amicable the split becomes.

PROBLEM PROJECTS

Three long term projects have caused ripples in the UK project world in the past few months.  First, the troubled IT system at TSB, reported in the early summer, has again failed.  The number of customers affected was much smaller than the original failure but the reputational damage continues to impact the bank.  The Financial Conduct Authority has been involved but the bank continues to operate and there have been no further occurrences.

Some projects just never die!  You will probably recall the so-called Garden Bridge project, supported by our lately resigned Foreign Minister when he was Mayor of London.  The latest dispute revolves around a requested £9 million payment to the project which was abandoned in August last year.  If paid, the taxpayer will have spent £46.4 million.  Legal opinion is divided but there is some concern that the Trustees may be called to account for agreeing a construction contract before substantial planning hurdles had been cleared and funding secured.

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2018).  July 2018 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Shepherd-UK-project-management-roundup-Report.pdf



About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for December 2018

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 


INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, and the key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with over 4000 individual and 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for further information on PMAF and its main events.

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as place where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. In 2019 the conference takes place on May 23rd, with an overarching theme “Inspire”. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for further information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its main events.

OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, appears to be facing a continuum of challenges in the testing which must be completed prior to proceeding with the reactor fueling. These challenges may require that the start of commercial operation is postponed further – from late 2019 to early 2020.

The delivery of Olkiluoto 3 power plant has been subject to a substantial number of challenges. In March 2018 an agreement was reached between TVO and Areva regarding the overruns in project budget and time schedule. According to TVO, Areva has agreed to compensate 450 M€ assuming the power plant is fully operational by the end of 2019. If the plant is not fully operational at that time, Areva will compensate a further 400 M€. As part of the agreement, both contractual parties have agreed to dispend any further judicial acts.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2018). Finland Project Management Roundup for November 2018, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-dec2018-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for November 2018

Updates about Project Management Association Finland (including Project Days 2018); PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 



INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, and some major projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with over 4000 individual and 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June.

This year the Project Days conference took place on 30 … 31.10.2018 in the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre with an overarching theme Lessons Learned? The conference program included plenary sessions with state-of-the-art keynotes, and several parallel tracks with a total of over 70 keynote and paper presentations. The conference was attended by over 930 participants, including many of the best-known Finnish project management practitioners.

On the morning of the first conference day Mr Vesa Ilama, the Chairman of PMAF Board of Directors, opened the conference and welcomed the participants to the event.

Mr Vesa Ilama opening the conference and welcoming participants

Mr Timo Saros, the General Manager of PMAF, welcomed the participants, and explained the practicalities of the conference to the participants.

Mr Timo Saros explaining the practicalities of the conference.

Mr Mikko Kosonen delivered the first keynote presentation of the conference, titled Project management under complexity, in the morning of the first conference day.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2018). Finland Project Management Roundup for November 2018, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XI – November.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/pmwj76-Nov2018-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.


To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at
http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

Project Management Report from São Paulo

The Brazilian elections and its reflection on project management

 

REPORT

By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

 


 

Last month, the second round of the Brazilian presidential election was held and surprisingly the winner was a candidate who only a few years ago gained notoriety among the Brazilian population.

This is Jair Messias Bolsonaro, a 64-year-old who was born in Sao Paulo, but whose political base is located in Rio de Janeiro. He is a former military man and has been acting as a federal congressman for the last 24 years, politically projecting himself, strongly advocating the fight against violence and corruption in the country.

His character emerged concomitantly with the impeachment process of former President Dilma Rousseff two years ago and with the progress of the ‘Lava Jato Operation’ (the translation in English is ‘Car Wash Operation’).

The government of former President Dilma Rousseff was noted for its extremely low economic growth, increased public deficit, unemployment and many cases of corruption. In Brazil, between 2015 and 2016, the GDP declined by 3.5% respectively.

The Lava Jato Operation began in 2014 and it led to the arrestment of presidents of large Brazilian companies, politicians of many political parties, including former president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva. The success and magnitude of this operation was compared to the Clean Hands Operation in Italy in the 1970s.

Whoever would be the winner of this year’s election would have to face a country with a GDP in 2017 of 1.0% and projection to 2018 of 1.3%, 14 million unemployed citizens, serious problems of infrastructure, lack of internal and external investment (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch), large-scale violence led by well-organized criminal organizations, etc.

The successful trajectory of Jair Bolsonaro

Given this scenario, Jair Bolsonaro presented himself as a side-runner who strongly represented the right-wing, in a country where the election for president was absolutely polarized between left and right.

A Captain of the Brazilian Army, he began his political trajectory as a city councilor in Rio de Janeiro and was elected federal congressman for six times. Later he became the third most voted congressman in the history of Brazil.

The idea of his candidacy for president began after the election of Dilma Rousseff in 2014 as an expression against the continuity of the left in power. His position, which is clearly adverse to the situation prevailing in the country, resulted in an exponential increase in the numbers of his followers.

His campaign had minimum financial resources, with little support from other politicians and the joining of a small right-wing party (PSL). He used social networks such as Whatsapp and Facebook as the main tool to become known to the population.

During his presidential campaign he suffered an attempt on his life in a city called Juiz de Fora, when he was stabbed by a person in the crowd. Due to this attempt, which almost killed him, his popularity increased even more, and it allowed him to win the first round of the elections. He later won the second round with more than 57 million votes – almost 11 million more votes than his opponent.

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How to cite this report: Lopes, M. (2018). Project Management Report from São Paulo, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XI – November.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/pmwj76-Nov2018-Lopes-brazil-regional-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Maurício Lopes

São Paulo, Brazil

 

 

Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area.

Currently, Mauricio is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways.

Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World in Brazil and can be contacted at [email protected].

 

 

November 2018 PM Update from Buenos Aires

“Social Project Management Day” and “PMI Tour Cono Sur 2018” (Report from Argentina)

 

REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 



Focused on disseminating project management practices in organizations with social purposes, such as foundations and NGOs, the event called “Social Project Management Day” (SPMD) has taken place recently both in the city of Cordoba, and in Buenos Aires.

This event, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and organized jointly with local PMI Chapters and Universities, aims to bring organizations closer to project management through presentations, introduction to project management practices and coaching provided by PMI Chapter volunteers with PMP credentials.

The SPMD was held in Cordoba on October 16th and was attended by about 20 organizations, while in Buenos Aires, it was held on Friday, October 19th, at the Universidad Catolica Argentina, and had an audience of more than 40 organizations.

In the case of Buenos Aires, this interesting event began with the welcome of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences of the Universidad Catolica Argentina, Eng. Norma Ciatti, followed by the Vice President of PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, Eng. Adriana Cibelli, PMP, who gave an brief introduction to project management, to PMI and to the Buenos Aires Chapter, and then continued with the presentation of Verónica Sala, PMP, PMI Educational Foundation Liason, to conclude with the presentation of the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, and sponsor of the SPMD, Mr. Ernesto Mondelo, PMP.

Photo: Ernesto Mondelo (BID), Verónica Sala (PMIEF), Adriana Cibelli (PMI Buenos Aires)

The Director of the Emmanuel Foundation, Ms. Monica Perahuer accompanied by a group of volunteers from the foundation, presented the project of the Social, Cultural and Sports Club, which they are developing following good project management practices, through training and guidance received in 2016 from volunteers from the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter and the PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Project Management Institute.

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To cite this article: Boggi, C. (2018). November 2018 Project Management Update from Argentina, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XI – November. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/pmwj76-Nov2018-Boggi-argentina-regional-report-english.pdf

 



About the Author


CECILIA BOGGI

International Correspondent
Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

 

Cecilia Boggi, PMP is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 20 years both in the government and private sector. Cecilia has an Executive Master in Business Administration from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain and also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths©, is a Professional Executive Coach accredited by Association for Coaching, UK, and alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012.  Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter. She was PMI’s Mentor for Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia participated in the development of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team; she is professor of Project Management and Leadership in some Universities and Institutes in Latin America.

She can be contacted at [email protected] and www.activepmo.com

To view other works by Cecilia Boggi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/cecilia-boggi/.

 

 

ISO TC 258 Meeting in Peru

ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and      Portfolio Management, convenes in Lima

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 



ISO/TC 258
, the Technical Committee (TC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set up to work with standards in the field of project, program, and portfolio management, convened for the ninth plenary meeting at Lima, Peru, on September 10th … 11th 2018. The plenary participants – 45 representing 18 national standardization bodies – were warmly welcomed to Lima and to Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú by Dr Rosario Uría, the Director of National Standards at Instituto Nacional de Calidad (INACAL), the national standardization body of Peru, and by Mr Juan Verástegui, Head of the Peruvian Delegation, hosting the ISO/TC 258 plenary meeting in Lima. Subsequent to the TC plenary, the ISO/TC 258 active working groups convened in Lima on September 12th … 14th.

ISO/TC 258 Lima plenary meeting participants (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

ISO/TC 258 main initiatives include Working Group WG3 working towards a harmonized vocabulary for project, program and portfolio management, WG9 working towards a revision of ISO 21500 (which will be called – as per ISO/TC 258 decision – ISO 21502 in the future), WG10, working towards an overarching ISO standard explaining context and concepts for project, program and portfolio management (which will be called – as per ISO/TC 258 decision – ISO 21500 in the future), and Ad-Hoc Group AHG8 investigating the development of ISO standard on project management competences.

At the time of the Lima plenary meeting ISO/TC 258 had 39 participating (P) members, 16 observing (O) members, and 14 liaisons.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States are current ISO/TC 258 P – members.

Belarus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lithuania, Mauritania, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Uganda and Uzbekistan are current ISO/TC 258 O – members.

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering international (AACEi), College of Performance Management (CPM), Global Alliance for the Project ProfessionS (GAPPS), International Project Management Association (IPMA), and Project Management Institute (PMI) are ISO/TC 258 liaison organizations.

ISO/IEC JTC1, Information Technology, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, Software and systems engineering, ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles, ISO/TC176/SC2, Quality systems and ISO/TC309, Governance of Organizations are the current liaison committees to ISO/TC 258.

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, Software and systems engineering, ISO/TC20, Aircraft and space vehicles, ISO/TC176/SC1, Concepts and terminology and ISO/TC176/SC2, Quality systems are the current liaison committees from ISO/TC 258.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2018). ISO/TC 258, ISO Technical Committee for Project, Program, and      Portfolio Management, convenes in Lima, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue X – October. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/pmwj75-Oct2018-Vaskimo-ISO-TC258-report-from-Lima.pdf

 



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for October 2018

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 



INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, and the key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with over 4000 individual and 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. This year Project Days takes place on 30 … 31.10. with an overarching theme Lessons Learned? Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for further information on PMAF and its main events.

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as place where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference took place on May 17th, in Otaniemi, Espoo, with an overarching theme “Grow!”. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for further information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its main events.


OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, is expected to commence commercial operation in September 2019.

The delivery of Olkiluoto 3 power plant has been subject to a substantial number of challenges. In March 2018 an agreement was reached between TVO and Areva regarding the overruns in project budget and time schedule. According to TVO, Areva has agreed to compensate 450 M€ assuming the power plant is fully operational by the end of 2019. If the plant is not fully operational at that time, Areva will compensate a further 400 M€. As part of the agreement, both contractual parties have agreed to dispend any further judicial acts.

Once completed, Olkiluoto 3 will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world. TVO has been understandably disappointed about the fact that the plant is well over 100 % over original budget and 10 years behind the original time schedule.

The contract for building the Olkiluoto 3 power plant was signed in 2003 for 3 000 M€, and construction began in 2005, targeting completion in June 2009. Due to numerous challenges during the planning and construction phases, the target date has been pushed forward several times, finally to September 2019 – over ten years in total. The delays have pushed the total cost up to 8 500 M€.

While the Olkiluoto 3 plant is nearing commercial operation, the Finnish Council of State has approved the extension of Olkiluoto 1 and Olkiluoto 2 power plant operation until 2038. Olkiluoto 1 and 2 are each rated at 900 MW electrical power, and annually produce a combined 15 TWh of electrical power to the Finnish power grid. This is approximately 23 % of electrical power annually produced, and approximately 18 % of electrical power annually consumed in Finland.

Olkiluoto 3 power plant at left, and existing plants 1 and 2 at right. (photo courtesy TVO)

 

HANHIKIVI 1

The preliminary construction works of the 1 200 MW Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant, contracted to be built by Rosatom for Fennovoima at Pyhäjoki, are proceeding despite the lack of the main nuclear power station building permit. Säteilyturvakeskus (STUK), the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland, announced late last year it will demand enhancements in the Hanhikivi nuclear power plant project. Most importantly, STUK says the safety culture of the Russian plant supplier Raos Project and main contractor Titan 2 are not at the appropriate level. Previously STUK had instructed for Fennovoima to take a stronger position towards Rosatom when demanding the safety documents required for the main building permit. In mid-February STUK estimated that most of the material – even as far as to 90 % – required for processing the main nuclear power station building permit is missing. STUK had estimated earlier that the main building permit cannot be granted before 2019 due to the inaccuracies in the Rosatom technical documentation. Now even this time schedule appears unrealistic.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2018). Finland Project Management Roundup for October 2018, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue IX – October. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/pmwj75-oct2018-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for September 2018

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 



INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, and the key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with over 4000 individual and 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. This year Project Days takes place on 30 … 31.10. with an overarching theme Lessons Learned? Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for further information on PMAF and its main events.

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as place where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference took place on May 17th, in Otaniemi, Espoo, with an overarching theme “Grow!”. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for further information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its main events.

OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, is expected to commence commercial operation in September 2019. According to the previous plans, the plant was expected to go online in May 2019.

The delivery of Olkiluoto 3 has been subject to a substantial number of challenges. In March an agreement was reached between TVO and Areva regarding the overruns in project budget and time schedule. According to TVO, Areva has agreed to compensate 450 M€ assuming the power plant is fully operational by the end of 2019. If the plant is not fully operational at that time, Areva will compensate a further 400 M€. As part of the agreement, both contractual parties have agreed to dispend any further judicial acts.

Once completed – ten years behind original time schedule and over 5 500 M€ over budget – Olkiluoto 3 will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world. TVO has been understandably disappointed about the fact that the plant is well over 100 % over original budget and 10 years behind the original time schedule.

The contract for building the Olkiluoto 3 power plant was signed in 2003 for 3 000 M€, and construction began in 2005, targeting completion in June 2009. Due to numerous challenges during the planning and construction phases, the target date has been pushed forward several times, finally to September 2019 – ten years in total. The delays have pushed the total cost up to 8 500 M€.

More…

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2018). Finland Project Management Roundup for September 2018, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue IX – September.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/pmwj74-sep2018-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 



About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

August 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

Old Projects, Ethical Issues, New Projects, Professional Societies & What can we do about Global Warming?

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

It’s not only the height of the Silly Season but also high summer so this is a pretty lightweight edition of what is happening in the Project World in UK.  The usual suspects, BREXIT, new nuclear and the like are still with us, but I see no reason to spoil what has turned out to be a splendid summer with gloomy tales so instead we will look at what the professional societies are up to.  Before that, we can take a quick view of some new projects in the pipeline and reflect on some older ones

OLD PROJECTS

First up is Stonehenge – as the earliest British project is just a few miles up the road from me, I always take a close interest in developments.  The current post project report indicates that we should be looking at a post program review (note spelling, we always used to use this form in the old days) as the Henge was apparently developed in a series of projects over a very long period.  Enough of the hair splitting, the big news is that shortly after completion of the final phase (well, a few hundred years or so) there was a major population change.  Despite the evidence in this picture (right) the Henge was not built in the 1920’s, this particular project conserved the Henge in the mid-1950s and resolved some the unanswered questions arising from Colonel Hawley’s excavations some 30 years earlier.  (Photo courtesy of English Heritage)

Latest reports on the ‘original’ project team inform us that they were Celts, or at least some were, as DNA analysis of cremated burials on the site indicate that some were from the region where the stones were quarried – some 200 miles away on the Pembroke, South Wales.  The first major population shift in Britain happened very quickly, for reasons unconnected with BREXIT but no doubt was one of the factors that caused the resentment behind the vote to leave.  The in-comers were lighter skinned and blue of eye, clearly identifiable as foreign!

Another ‘old’ project but not quite so ancient is the TSB IT failure that continues to attract adverse comment.  Perhaps this is just a last grab before the summer break, but Members of Parliament have had a pop at TSB over the length of time its report into the cut over breakdown will take.  TSB hired a law firm, one of the so—called “magic circle” to investigate.  Not unnaturally, this firm will take some time, probably another year, to complete its investigation and compile a report, by which time many MPs will have forgotten the whole affair.  Some might dismiss MP’s criticism as a case of the pot calling the kettle black given the poor progress and lack of decision making over the revamp of the Houses of Parliament but others may think that despite the need for an independent inquiry, it might have been sensible to call in professional project managers – and the Association for Project Management and British Computer Society could certainly help here.  Losses attributed to the fiasco run to £176 million – so far, and that does not take account of reputation damage.

New Nuclear is never far from the headlines and the latest press reports centre on financial issues.  The latest points to abandoning the project unless a buyer can be found.  All this is a result of the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and the reluctance of South Korean firm Kepco to buy into the project.  Like the Chinese, Kepco see the UK nuclear build as a way of validating their reactor design and thus improving the sales opportunities.  Toshiba, the current project owners, have reputedly spent several hundred million £ on preliminary work.

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2018).  August 2018 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue VIII – August.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/pmwj73-Aug2018-Shepherd-UK-Project-Management-Roundup.pdf

 



About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

 


Miles Shepherd
is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.