2017 Brazil’s PM Maturity Research Results

 

REPORT

By Darci Prado, Russell Archibald, Manuel Carvalho, Warlei Oliveira and Lara Romano

Brazil and Mexico

 



The results of the 2017 Brazil PM Maturity Research are now available online at www.maturityresearch.com. This research has been conducted in Brazil since 2005 by Russell Archibald and Darci Prado, with support of several volunteers. In 2017 we had a total of 301 participants involving 6,260 projects. The overall results obtained are:

MATURITY

Maturity: 2.59 (scale from 1 to 5)


RESULTS INDICATORS

Success Index:

  • Total Success: 52%
  • Partial Success: 34%
  • Failure: 14%

Average Delay: 24%

Average Cost overrun: 14%

Average Scope Execution: 74%


AVERAGE PROJECTS PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION:

Average number of projects: 21

Average duration of each project: 12 months


Among the information presented, some are fundamental to organizations that wish to improve their performance: high performance organizations have almost twice as much total success compared to low performance organizations (see chart below).

And, especially, high performance organizations have a failure rate almost 11 times lower than low performance organizations. So, a strategy that looks at the high performance will allow huge benefits.  Going from a low performance to a high-performance level an organization increases the success rate (or decreases the failure rate). This high performance permit to achieve benefits and reduce overruns and delays, easier and more frequently. Failure rates are equal to more costs, fewer benefits and less clients and stakeholders satisfaction.

Here Brazilian organizations (which answer or not this research), whose indicators pointed to a low performance (56% of the sample), have a significant opportunity to improve their results.

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About the Authors



Darci Prado, PhD

 

 

Darci Prado, PhD, is a Partner-Consultant at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado. Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UFMG, postgraduate degree in Economic Engineering from FDC and PhD from UNICAMP. He participated in the establishment of the PMI chapter in Minas Gerais and Paraná, and was a Board member of PMI-MG between1998-2002. He was the president of IPMA-BH Club between 2006 and 2008. Darci is author of 10 project management books. Contact: [email protected]

To see other works by this Darci Prado, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/darci-prado-phd/

 



Russell D. Archibald

 

 



Russell D. Archibald
, PhD (Hon), MScME, BSME, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA, held engineering and executive positions in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela. Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents. He is co-author of Leading and Managing Innovation, 2013, and author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects, 3rd Edition 2003, Web site: www.russarchibald.com

To see other works by Russ Archibald, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/russell-d-archibald/

 


Warlei Oliveira

 

 


Warlei Agnelo de Oliveira,
MsC, is currently Commercial Operations Analyst at Gasmig – Cia. de Gas de Minas Gerais. In recent years he has served as advisor to the Department of Transport and Public Works of Minas Gerais State and Manager of the “Belo Horizonte Metrô” Project. Graduated in Civil Engineering with MBA in Project Management by FGV and Master in Administration. He holds the ILL Orange Belt certification and is currently professor of Engineering Courses at UNA University Center in Belo Horizonte. Email: [email protected]

 



Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

 

 


Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto
is Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral and Consultant in the areas of Project Management and Process Management. He holds a MSc degree in Administration from CEPEAD – UFMG and is PMP. He is specialist in Economic Engineering (INEA / EEUFMG) and Financial Administration (FJP) and graduated in Mechanical Engineering (UFMG). He has 49 years of market experience, 43 of which in Projects. He has participated or directed more than 400 large and medium-sized projects in private and state-owned companies and public agencies.

To see other works by Manuel, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/manuel-carvalho-da-silva-neto/

 



Lara Mendonça Romano

 


Lara Mendonça Romano
is a Consultant at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado. Bachelor degree in Food Engineering from UFLA, postgraduate degree in Project Management, holds a MBA degree in Business Management from IETEC and specialization in Finance by INSPER. She is PMP certified and takes part of many projects at public sector and private organizations from different areas at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado.

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for April 2018

Updates on Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Finland Centennial; 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 the #PMO is taking place on June 12th 2018 in Tampere. 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 has a tradition of organizing an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference will take 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 of Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, is in the final stages of completion. TVO announced in mid-March, that an agreement has been reached between TVO and Areva. According to TVO, Areva has agreed to compensate 450 M€ if the power plant is fully operational by the end of the year 2019. If the plant is not fully operational by the end of 2019, Areva will compensate a further 400 M€. Following 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.

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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/

 

 

March 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

Brexit, The Battle for GKN, Professional News and Salisbury

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

Well, as our friends say, we live in interesting times.  As winter creeps slowly into Spring, the news has been dominated by three themes.  First, the seeming ever-present BREXIT looms over us, then we have just had a knock-down, drag out fight for control of a major engineering contractor and to cap it all, we have had a major incident in my home city.  While all this has been happening, the PM associations have been active – so there is something for everyone this month.

BREXIT

At the end of March, the 29th to be precise, BREXIT is exactly one year away.  We are told that negotiations are progressing well, and even the BBC seems to swallow that.  So we can all be happy that someone knows what the result is likely to mean even if they are not letting the rest of us know.

The Infrastructure Projects Authority have issued a report (NAO 24 Nov 17) on how they are supporting the Government major projects portfolio and stated that there are no new projects to implement EU Exit on the GMPP, but the Authority has identified that EU Exit will affect at least 10 existing projects.”  The report then explains how IPA supports early planning of EU Exit projects.  IPA is adapting its approach to assurance to meet the specific challenges of EU Exit and supporting project and programme management capability.  It closes with an assessment of the impact of EU Exit on the Authority’s organisation and resources.

This gives a clear indication that the Government’s major projects are well aware of the potential problems, but many will be concerned with the lack a formal Exit Project.  According to the Times, Lord Adonis claimed that industry infrastructure in the form of power stations, landing capacity at airports, and high speed broad band availability all indicate a failure of Ministerial planning and strategy in hos evidence  to the House of Commons Business Select Committee  Personally, I’m more concerned that there is no BREXIT Programme as that seems to me that there is no co-ordination across the whole of Government or indeed any notion that industry more broadly needs some support.  We just have to hope that the APM briefings are on point.

Some will also ask, what will there to be to report this time next year when the Great Escape has happened – although will be a two year transition period.

THE BATTLE FOR GKN

GKN is an engineering conglomerate with annual sales of around £10 billion employing more than 60,000 staff world-wide and has 160 operating plants in 33 countries so it is an important player in the UK economy.  With the weak £ and GKN’s sluggish performance in recent years, a battle to take over the company was not unexpected.  The take over battle began last year with several bidders in the running but resistance was effective at first, but events moved quickly.

In February GKN announced a transformation plan that was expected to be part funded by the sale of its highly profitable powder metallurgy business, reputedly worth £2 billion with the rest going into the Pension Fund.  By this stage, Melrose was offering about £7.4 billion and 57% of the enlarged firm which GKN said was the equivalent of buying them on the cheap and using GKN’s money to do it!  Needless to say Melrose attached the GKN sell off plan.  Experts noted that any sale would need to make a major contribution to the pension fund which as a £1.1 billion deficit.

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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/ 

 

 

April 2018 Update from Spain

The PMI Madrid Spain Chapter has a new President

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

 



The PMI Madrid Spain Chapter celebrated its General Annual Assembly on last March 13th, 2018 at Rafael Hotel in Madrid (Spain). There a new PMI Chapter President was chosen. In our case, Mrs. Evis Rosales, PMP was elected. Evis, has been participating at PMI Chapter Board of Directors as a volunteer for several years and, then she was a Chapter Officer for two years.

The combination among Board of Directors’ members and the new President contribute to generate energy, together with the professionalism and the continuity of the efforts when the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter started on 2002. Different Boards of Directors have contributed to the PMI Madrid Chapter growth; and, in general, to the professional development for the profession in Spain.  Evis Rosales is an IT Project manager and adds her experience managing projects in this field. Her positive attitude and her commitment with the profession make this new president a great asset for the PMI Madrid Chapter and for all Spanish professionals.

We must underline her collaboration during several years, and her contribution as a Chapter volunteer. Evis always has a smile for every professional who meets her. Go ahead Evis! You can count with our full support…

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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/

 

 

 

Beginning the Year 2018

March 2018 Update from Buenos Aires

 

REPORT FROM ARGENTINA

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 



“Beginning of year 2018 activities in the PMI Chapters in Argentina”

As it happens every year, during the summer the activities of the PMI Chapters in Argentina diminish strongly and are resumed at this time.

However, the chapters continue working behind the scenes, both in the consolidation of the new authorities of their Board of Directors, which are renewed year after year, as well as in the strategic and annual planning and the development of their leaders.

In this sense, representatives of all the PMI Chapters of Argentina have participated in the PMI Regional Meeting and PMI Leadership Institute Meeting 2018 in Latin America that this year took place the first days of March in Cartagena, Colombia. Experiences and ideas have been shared and valuable networking with colleagues from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of the region took place there.

Regarding PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, the launch of this year activities will take place on Thursday, April 12 with the so-called “PMI Open House 2018” which aims to bring together volunteers and chapter members to communicate the results of the annual planning developed during the first months of the year and present the three strategic objectives on which this year the chapter will focus. These three objectives are focused on the growth and retention of members and the satisfaction of chapter volunteers.

In addition, the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter is organizing the first Regional Meeting of Argentina “REMA 2018“, towards the middle of the year, where it is intended to hold a meeting with the communities of the chapter and with the other PMI Chapters in Argentina: PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Cordoba Potential Chapter.

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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 has been designated by PMI in the role of Mentor of Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia has participated in the development of PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team and 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/.

 

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for March 2018

Updates on 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.

Project Management Association Finland turned 40 years at end of January, and organized a gala dinner to celebrate the occasion. The gala dinner program comprised musical performances, presentations, celebratory speeches, and a four-course culinary dinner by Chef Hans Välimäki, one of the best-known Finnish contemporary chefs. During the event the Honorary Fellows of Project Management Association Finland got together for a group photograph.

In the photograph: The Honorary Fellows of Project Management Association Finland (from left to right): Mr Matti Ahvenharju, Mr Jyry Louhisto, Professor Dr Kalle Kähkönen, Mr Pekka Mäkelä, Mr Juhani Silvasti, Mr Veikko Välilä, Mr Esa Koskelainen, and Mr Risto Pelin. Mr Tom Taylor, the first International Honorary Member of PMAF, is missing from the photograph (photo courtesy PMAF)

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. Last year the Project Days conference took place on 31.10. – 1.11.2017 in the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Please navigate to www.3pmo.fi , www.projektipaivat.fi and www.pry.fi/en 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 has a tradition of organizing an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference will take 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.

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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/

 

 

March 2018 Report from Italy

The People of Project Management in Italy; The Istituto Italiano di Project Management (ISIPM)

 

By Massimo Pirozzi

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

 



INTRODUCTION

This first Regional Report includes an overview about the people of Project Management in Italy, which has been derived from the analysis of the relevant certifications, and, in its second part, a description of the major Italian Association of Project Management, the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management” (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short) by its President, Enrico Mastrofini.

THE PEOPLE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN ITALY: AN OVERVIEW

The major Project Management Associations that operate in Italy are the Italian independent Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short), the International Project Management Institute, which is structured in three Chapters (PMI Northern Italy Chapter, PMI Central Italy Chapter, PMI Southern Italy Chapter), and the International Project Management Association (IPMA), through its Member Association IPMA Italy. Each of these three organizations offers its own certification path in Project management, both at Basic and Advanced Levels: it can be interesting to notice that, in all Europe, in terms of Advanced Certifications, ISIPM, together with the largest National Association, the British APM – Association for Project Management, are the only National Project Management Associations that provide a “National Certification Path”, just as much as, in terms of National Basic Certifications, only the German GPM – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement, and the Austrian PMA – Projekt Management Austria, are in addition to the above two Associations.

The total number of Project Management certifications, including both basic and advanced, that have been issued in Italy by the three above-mentioned organizations until 31 December 2017, is more than 18000¹: about 48% of these certifications have been released by ISIPM, 42% by PMI, and 10% by IPMA, respectively. From the historical point of view, we can assume that Project Management, in Italy, started twenty years ago: in fact, first PMI certifications were in 1998, while IPMA and ISIPM certifications started in 2001 and 2008, respectively. In Italy, we are witnessing a steadily increasing positive trend in the dissemination of Project Management discipline, which follows a somewhat slow start: in fact, almost 2/3 of total PM certifications have been issued in the last five years, and about 17% in 2017 only; in this last year, ISIPM released about 63% of certificates, PMI 31%, and IPMA 5%, respectively. Basic Certifications (ISIPM-Base, IPMA D, and CAPM) represent about the 55% of the total, while Advanced Certifications (PMP, IPMA A-B-C, ISIPM-Av) represent about the 45%, but the two contexts are actually very different.

The framework of Basic Certifications, which, in Italy, are more than 10000, is dominated by the ISIPM–Base Certification, which represents about 85% of the total, versus about the 10% of IPMA D, and the 5% of PMI’s CAPM: last year percentages were about 90%, 4%, and 6%, respectively. One of the main reasons of the success of ISIPM–Base Certification is that it is very well acknowledged, and it is considered beneficial, also outside the project manager community, in particular by students, and by professionals of different sectors (e.g. small entrepreneurs, consultants, business development and marketing specialists, accountants, doctors, dentists, lawyers, criminologists, principals, officials in cultural heritage, etc.) who do not necessarily want to proceed towards an advanced certification, but who do consider both project management a useful support to their work, and ISIPM-Base Certification a good reference for themselves.

On the other hand, the framework of Advanced Certifications, which, in Italy, are more than 8000, is dominated by the PMI’s PMP Certification, which represents about 86% of the total, versus about the 11% of IPMA A-B-C, and the 3% of the recent ISIPM-Av (Av stands for “Avanzata”, which means “advanced” in Italian): last year percentages were about 79%, 8%, and 13%, respectively. It is then remarkable that national ISIPM–Av Certification, although it was born less than three years ago, already gained a very good position, and it has a still increasing trend.

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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/

 

 

March 2018 Report from Spain

New PMI Andalusian Chapter holds first meeting in Seville

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

 



The PMI Andalusian Chapter was chartered by PMI and delivered its first Chapter meeting in Seville

On February 23rd, 2018 the PMI Andalusian Chapter made happen its first Chapter event in Seville. More than one hundred professionals attended that event, demonstrating their courage and commitment with the profession. The event atmosphere was plenty of enthusiasm and energy betting for the project management development in the Andalusian Spanish Community. All the speakers delivered their presentations with energy and enthusiasm.

We must remark the well-organized event by a great volunteer professional team, all of them Chapter volunteers that have been working on creating the Chapter for six years.

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About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor
International Correspondent
Madrid, Spain

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, 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 now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 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 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011. 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 http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for February 2018

Updates on Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Finland Centennial; 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. Last year the Project Days conference took place on 31.10. – 1.11.2017 in the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Please navigate to www.3pmo.fi , www.projektipaivat.fi and www.pry.fi/en 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 has a tradition of organizing an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference will take 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 of Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, announced a further delay from the previously agreed time schedule in last October.  The previously agreed time schedule estimated for the plant to be on line at the end of 2018 – nine years behind original time schedule. Due to the latest delay, the plant will not be on line before May 2019 – full ten years behind the original time schedule. 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 is understandably very disappointed about the latest delay – and 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 2018 – nine years in total. According to Areva, the delays have pushed the total cost up to 8 500 M€. Areva and TVO have conducted negotiations regarding the delay and related penalties, with TVO demanding 2 300 M€ from Areva, and Areva 3 500 M€ from TVO: Areva claims TVO has not carried out its contractual duties, and is therefore accountable for the costs of the string of delays. TVO claims Areva has failed to construct the plant according to contractual schedule.

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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/

 

 

February 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

Carillion Collapse, Classic Cars, Research Projects Abandoned, Speculative Engineering, Oil and Gas Looking Up, Short Reports and Changing of the Guard

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

Some years start slowly as befits the weather and people’s mood after the holiday period but 2018 has come in with a bang!  The major news this month has been the collapse of a major company with consequent job losses, contract implications and concerns about the validity of its auditing.  Other newsworthy items include takeover battles for a major UK defence contractor, an upswing for off-shore oil and gas, disappointing news on the drugs research front and a changing of the guard at the major PM research journals.  Needless to say, all this and more will be covered in this month’s report.  On with the show!

CARILLION COLLAPSE

Readers may know that Carillion plc was a major facilities management and construction company.  It was listed on the London Stoc Exchange (LSE) and is the second largest UK construction company with some 43.000 employees world-wide including about 20,000 in UK.  Reports of financial problems emerged last year (see my report of August 2017) and the firm has rarely been out of the financial news since autumn 2017.  On 15 January, Carillion went into compulsory liquidation.

Carillion has government contracts to supply services ranging from catering in hospitals and prisons, managing the Ministry of Defence housing estate, and a wide range of Private Finance Initiative schemes.  It also has HS2 contracts and is involved with the revamp of Battersea Power Station.  The impact on the day to day businesses has varied with some work continuing after local and national government support but many projects, including a newly awarded contract for High Speed 2 (HS2) have been affected.

The collapse also hits many suppliers as many of the 30,000 firms affected will not have any insurance cover to off-set defaulting payments.  The position of individuals is also dramatic as the 28,500 pensioners may have problems being paid in both the long and short term.  Nor are these problems confined to UK as four Canadian subsidiaries have also been forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

Warning bells were sounded in July last year when Carillion warned of a £845 million impairment charge in its construction services division.  At this stage, many observers felt that the firm was too big to fail and It’s relationship with successive Governments through PFI schemes made it seem unlikely to default.  Then in September, the acting CEO Keith Cochrane, claimed that the firm had accepted too many projects which had turned out unprofitable and income did not reflect the work done.

Needless to say, the politicos are having a field day with Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition blaming the current Government for the collapse and the BBC reminding these doom-sayers that it was their party that introduced PFI and similar contracts during the reign of the sainted Tony Blair.  MPS and other politicos are good at criticizing others, ignoring their own responsibilities and being wise after the event.  It will be project managers who will have to sort out this mess.  What s quite clear is the need to learn many lessons from this debacle.  For many observers, the main issue is one of governance, or rather, lack of it.

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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 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/.

 

 

February 2018 Report from Spain

The PMI Madrid Chapter is still growing and is now launching a Chapter Branch in Asturias (Cantabria)

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

 


 

The PMI Madrid Chapter never stops. They never end promoting the profession, they have been working very hard more than two years to achieve a new Branch launching in the North of Spain, in Cantabria.

On February 1st, 2018 the first PMI Asturias Branch event will happen in Gijon (Asturias). PMI (Project Management Institute) is the biggest Project Management worldwide organization with Headquarters offices in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania – USA) and it is counting more than 430.000 members in 207 countries and more than 800.000 PMP® (Project Management Professional) certified. Through that PMI Branch in Asturias they want to offer closer and closer volunteer services to add Project management value to local firms and foster project management best practices among them.

At this first event we will count on the following keynote speakers:

  • Mr. Fernando Milla
  • Mr. Zaqueo Azcona
  • Mr. José Moro.

The event agenda is as follows:

  • 18:15 a 18:30 Welcome and reception
  • 18:30 a 18:45 Introdución of PMI Asturias
  • 18:45 a 19:15 Innovating projects in a uncertain environment by Mr. Milla
  • 19:15 a 19:45 Interim Management, a PM opportunity by Mr. Azcona
  • 19:45 a 20:15 Binomium Project – Contract Management by Mr. Moro

Mr. Moro, will do a brief introduction about PMI Asturias Branch and the scheduled activities for 2018. Mr. Milla will talk about how to use new tools and methodologies to manage Project uncertainty in innovation projects, where business hypothesis can be validated in a faster way, more agile and with lowest possible investment. Mr. Azcona will talk about the opportunities that Interim Management can offer to Project Managers, because those profiles are the most demanded to execute Interim Management at the current organizations.

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About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor
International Correspondent – Spain

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, 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 now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 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 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011.  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 http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

January 2018 Update from Buenos Aires

Learning by projects, the goal of the reform of high school education in Argentina

REGIONAL REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 



A great opportunity arises for the Project Management in Argentina: recently it has been approved a program for the reform of the educational system of high schools, implementing, among other changes, the education by projects.

Education in Argentina has had a significant deterioration in recent years, which is evidenced by the poor results of the “Aprender” (Learn) tests, which evaluate students in public and private schools across the country, and by the school dropout rate of almost 50% in high school.

Added to that, in the coming years, 50% of current jobs will disappear and new ones will be created, with different demands of knowledge and skills, the Minister of Education of Argentina, Alejandro Finocchiaro, highlights that “At the high school it is still taught and learned as it was 100 years ago, the school did not adapt to the great changes in the world.” Finocchiaro added that “We have to rescue the values from the past, but we want to create a high school for the future”.

To reverse this situation, the Ministry of Education of the Nation developed a plan that aims to “support the planning and implementation processes of the transformation of high education in Argentina.” This program called “Secundaria 2030” (High School 2030) expects to reach 100% of graduates in secondary schools across the country by the year 2030 and has recently been approved by the Federal Educational Council, composed of the Education Ministers from all Argentine Provinces.

Among the interesting changes proposed by the program that seeks to achieve a high school that prepares young people for personal, social, cultural, labor, and productive development, teaching by projects stands out.

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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 has been designated by PMI in the role of Mentor of Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia has participated in the development of PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team and 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/.

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for January 2018

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

REGIONAL 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. Last year the Project Days conference took place on 31.10. – 1.11.2017 in the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Please navigate to www.3pmo.fi , www.projektipaivat.fi and www.pry.fi/en 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 has a tradition of organizing an annual conference in the spring. In 2017 the conference took place on May 10th, in Helsinki, with an overarching theme “Change!”. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org for further information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its main events.

FINLAND CENTENNIAL ON 6.2.2017

Republic of Finland declared independence on 6.2.1917, and centennial celebrations were planned for, and implemented on 6.12.2017. In addition to the celebrations in Finland, the centennial was noted in a number of international contexts, including renowned buildings in Rome, New York and Reykjavik:

 In the photographs: Colosseum in Rome, and Empire State Building in New York illuminated on 6.12.2017 (photos – respectively – courtesy www.reijosfood.com and www.kaleva.fi ).

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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/

 

 

January 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

Looking Back and Looking Forward at Projects and Project Management in UK

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

Picture courtesy of Creative

Because it is January, and January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates, I thought we would look forward to what is coming in 2018 and back at 2017.   As you know, Janus looks forward and back but what you might not know is that in ancient Roman times, the year began in March.

I’ve missed a couple of reports recently, not because nothing has happened in the project world in UK, but because I have been wrapped up in two personal projects, the first is in its closing phase as I have just handed in my M Res dissertation and the second, for which I am only the sponsor is at a critical stage.  Both have taught me a great deal, the first about Bodies of Knowledge and the second about what a difficult job the sponsor faces.  In my case, the PM requires support but not direct interference.  It’s a good thing we don’t have any other house remodeling tasks lined up – it is very wearing when your wife is the PM!

And so on with the report.  The one constant theme from last year and the next is BREXIT.  We have been through all the hoo-ha of allowing ourselves to trigger the exit notification and much of the negotiations but there is still a lot of work to do and not much time to do it in.  We still have some people demanding another referendum on the exit notion and other wanting to vote on the exit terms.  There are times when it seems that people do not stop and think.  And that is all I will say about BREXIT for this report.

ANNUAL REVIEW

Normally I’d start my review in January but as I did not report this time last year, I will skip a month except to say that January saw the only Leap Second (we added a second to our year by retiming Big Ben) I have ever known.  Details were in the February PMWJ report.

February was notable for reports on corruption involving UK firms and government departments.  Reports came thick and fast despite the Anti-Corruption Summit in London in Dev 2016.  This was a topic that did not go away – see April’s report.

One of the other major topics to emerge was problems with contract management for major projects.  There have been several embarrassing incidents, typically involving the nuclear clean-up work.  The example examined this month was the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency’s handling of the Cavandish Flour Partnership contracts.  This problem reemerged later in the year – see October’s report.

March saw good news about Stonehenge, the tunnel routes were announced.  Our leaders had a taste of project management as Members of Parliament started to think about a new home while Palace of Westminster undergoes a £multi-billion renovation.

On the less good news front, doubts about the proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames were emerging – the project was eventually canceled in August.

April brings my only mention of BREXIT in this report but I could not omit the announcement that Article 50 of the Treaty of Rome was approved by Parliament and the Prime Minister formally notified the European Union that we would be leaving.  The clock began ticking – is this a programme?

Mixed reports emerged about corruption in UK – one paper claiming UK to be the most corrupt country in world but another – back in January we were reported to be the least corrupt country in the world.

But the big news was that APM became the Chartered Body for PM in UK.  I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the Royal Charter and to hear about the exciting work ahead.  This was particularly gratifying as I had started work on the feasibility of the project back in 2003 while was Chairman.

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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 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/.

 

 

AFTER 2017

International Project Management Institute (UPYE) in 2017; Turkish Professional Project Managers Institute (TPYME) (Project Management Update from Istanbul)

REPORT

By İpek Sahra Özgüler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey

 


INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (UPYE) in 2017

At the end of 2016, International Project Management Institute (UPYE) organized 6th Project Management Summit together with Bogazici University. Project management processes, ERP in construction, BIM implementation, the effects of Industry 4.0 revolution on construction industry and the contractual issues were discussed by professionals and academicians in the Summit.

UPYE elected its new Chairman and Board in 2017, and Dr. Levent Sumer became the new Chairman of UPYE. Dr.Levent Sumer attended to Real Estate in Emerging Markets: Turkey Case panel at Oxford University Said Business School together with Dr. Andrew Baum, the Chair of Oxford University Real Estate Program and Dr. Emre Camlibel, the Chairman of Re-Pie Real Estate Portfolio Management Company in March 2017. Dr. Levent Sumer was also one of the speakers at Bogazici University 2nd Construction Economy Summit organized by Bogazici University Center for Applied Research in Finance in October 2017. Dr. Sumer also made a presentation about the new investment and financing model he developed at Bogazici University in Global Participation Finance Summit in November 2017. UPYE is planning to extend its organizations in 2018, mostly focusing on universities and professional affiliates.

TURKISH PROFESSIONAL PROJECT MANAGERS’ INSTITUTE (TPYME)

TPYME (www.tpyme.com) was founded in 2010 as occupational solidarity platform. It is also a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (www.norm.org.tr).

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About the Author


İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

 


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She  became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected].  Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

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

 

 

December 2017 Report from Spain

The PMI Madrid Chapter celebrated its second professional Congress on November 23rd 2017

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

 



Around two hundred professionals joined the second PMI Madrid annual Congress in Madrid. Antonio Rodriguez Nieto (past PMI Global Chair) delivered a presentation about the value of Project management that was very well accepted by all the attendees. Other Keynote speaker was Ms. Milagros Mostaza from PMI Global. After those presentations, the attendees participated in a “cocktail” where they had the opportunity of “networking” among their professional colleagues. The PMI Madrid Chapter has been organizing two annual congresses since the last five years, and they are obtaining an exponential growth in attendance.

 

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About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor
International Correspondent – Spain

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, 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 now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 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 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011.  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 http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for December 2017

Updates on 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 transit 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 the Project Days conference took place on 31.10. – 1.11.2017 in the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Please navigate to www.3pmo.fi , www.projektipaivat.fi and www.pry.fi/en 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 has a tradition of organizing an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference took place on May 10th, in Helsinki, with an overarching theme “Change!”. 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 of Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, announced a further delay from the previously agreed time schedule in October.  The previously agreed time schedule estimated for the plant to be on line at the end of 2018 – nine years behind original time schedule. Due to the latest delay, the plant will not be on line before May 2019 – full ten years behind the original time schedule. 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 is understandably very disappointed about the latest delay – and 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 2018 – nine years in total. According to Areva, the delays have pushed the total cost up to 8 500 M€. Areva and TVO have conducted negotiations regarding the delay and related penalties, with TVO demanding 2 300 M€ from Areva, and Areva 3 500 M€ from TVO: Areva claims TVO has not carried out its contractual duties, and is therefore accountable for the costs of the string of delays. TVO claims Areva has failed to construct the plant according to contractual schedule.

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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.

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November 2017 Report from Spain

Spain represented at PMI LIM in Chicago; Alfonso Bucero wins PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

 



Spain was represented at the PMI LIM in Chicago

This year ten Spanish project professionals attended the PMI LIM sessions. It has been a pleasure to see how the Spanish presence has been increased over the last years. The PMI Madrid Chapter was one of the three finalists of the PMI Chapter of the year Award. Unfortunately, it was not the winner, but the Chapter was honored to be so close to win. The PMI Madrid Chapter, founded in 2003, is counting more than 1800 active members.

Alfonso Bucero was awarded with the PMI Eric Jenett Escellence Award

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMp, PfMp, PMI Fellow was recognized with the 2017 PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award at the PMI Gala Dinner in Chicago on October 28th 2017. That award recognizes project professionals worldwide who contributed over the years to project management excellence. It was great to have 10 Spanish colleagues attending the Award ceremony.

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About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor

International Correspondent – Spain

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, 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 now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 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 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011.  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 http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

November 2017 Update from Buenos Aires

PMI Tour Cono Sur 2017 in 4 Argentine Cities in November (Project Management Report from Argentina)

REGIONAL REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 



The most important local news during the month of November for the project management community in Argentina, is undoubtedly the realization of the International Congress called PMI Tour Cono Sur 2017, which this year will be held in four important Argentine cities: Mendoza, Rosario, Buenos Aires and Cordoba.

Arriving from Paraguay and Uruguay, the PMI Tour Cono Sur 2017 begins in Argentina in the beautiful city of Mendoza, organized by the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter, on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th, November.

The welcome to the congress, held at the National University of Cuyo, is made by the Project Management of the event, Juan Ignacio Haudet, and then, Lorena Lemos, current President of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter, gives the opening remarks.

The day has the participation of important exhibitors of recognized experience, among which are José Martín, Iris Gastañaga, Fernando Bolado, Jorge Estrella, Leonardo Vázquez, Belén Povedano, Guillermo Navarro Sanz, Germán Martínez and Javier Ferreyra, with the closure of the Day in charge of Eduardo Noello, President-elect of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter for year 2018.

On Saturday, November 4th, an outdoor activity is carried out, as is customary in this congress, which takes place in Solo Contigo Winery, including the visit to the winery and a workshop about Stakeholders Management, facilitated by Gustavo Albera and Mauricio Garay. PMI Tour Cono Sur Mendoza 2017 closes with a toast in the same winery.

Continuing with the PMI Cono Sur Tour 2017, on Wednesday, November 8th, it will take place in the Argentine Catholic University of the City of Rosario, organized by the Rosario Community of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, and Chapter in Formation, again with renowned international exhibitors, such as Víctor Villar, from Peru, Enrique Aparicio from Bolivia, Jorge Gadze and Gustavo Albera from Argentina.

Then, the Tour will continue, organized by PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, in the city of Buenos Aires, on Thursday, November 9th

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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 has been designated by PMI in the role of Mentor of Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016.  Cecilia has participated in the development of PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team and 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/.

 

 

November 2017 UK Project Management Round Up

Project Successes, New Trains, Heathrow Third Runway Inquiry, Bloodhound SSC Low Speed Trial

REGIONAL REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 



INTRODUCTION

This month’s report comes to you from sunny Helsinki where I am attending the Finnish Project Management Association’s Annual Conference.  You can read Jouko Vaskimo’s report on this elsewhere in this issue, so I will just say that it is being held in the same venue that IPMA used in 2007 for its World Congress and the weather is wonderful (today at least – more snow forecast but not till after I return to UK).  It is with some pride that I can report that report is my 60th for PM World Journal.  I have missed several months over the 6 years since we launched but hope some of you are still reading these notes – and so to business, reporting on the project world from UK.

Brexit still dominates press headlines, conversations in pubs and at the school gate.  Like so many things in life, the impact of Brexit is all a matter of conjecture and everyone will be wise after the event, so I will not waste any more space on it until we are much further along in the negotiations.  All I will say is that ‘they’ need a Project Manager to run the whole programme.

This month sees a series of transport related projects and programmes ranging from the re-opening of the Heathrow Third Runway Inquiry, the first public outing for Bloodhound SSC and something I would have commented on last month, the successful project delivery by Network Rail over the August Bank Holiday.

RAIL SUCCESSES

Network Rail has a very large portfolio of rail projects that cover everything from track improvements through updating signaling, replacing road bridges over tracks to replacing stations.  Carrying out work on and around the tracks is a critical safety related activity so the opportunities are few and always require closure of the lines so Network Rail usually take the reduction of travel at Public Holiday weekends to carry out major upgrades.  The August Bank Holiday weekend was no exception with work taking place on London Bridge, Bolton and London Waterloo Stations as well as further High Speed 2 work related to Euston Station.

Work at London Bridge Photo: PA Images

As Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Major Programme Director said during the platform work in 2016, “we try our best to minimise the impact on passengers and do most of the work behind the scenes, but there are big pieces of work that can only be completed when the railway is clear of trains and people”.

London Bridge is the oldest major station in the capital. And has 54 million passengers travelling through it each year.  Platform 6 is reckoned to be the busiest in Europe, with 18 trains an hour.  London Bridge’s new concourse covers an area greater than Wembley’s pitch.  Further work is expected at Christmas when major signalling upgrades are scheduled.

Elsewhere, HS2 preparation works at Euston station saw a new power supply installed as well as trackside and station clean-up and general maintenance.  While further north, critical signalling, track, civils and electrification works were completed in the Bolton station area as part of North West Electrification programme.  All this amounts to the largest programme of August bank holiday works ever undertaken and was delivered on time and as planned over the bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August), thanks to more than 17,000 members of the Orange Army working throughout the long weekend.

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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 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/.