IPMA Education and Training Series: Designing a Resource Kit for Instructors and Practitioners “To Manage the Implementation of Development Projects”


Robert Youker

(Formerly of the World Bank Institute)

Maryland, USA

Project management is the science and art of implementing projects according to pre-determined schedule, cost, and performance criteria. When these implementation criteria are not met projects are unlikely to succeed. There is growing evidence of serious project implementation problems in the developing world resulting in part from a shortage of well-trained project managers.

Addressing those problems requires that project managers be better prepared in all aspects of project implementation. The IPMA – International Project Management Association report a worldwide demand for training and education of project managers fueled by their certification programs and the establishment of the ISO 21500 for Project Management.

For many years The World Bank had been developing and presenting Project Management courses in Washington and overseas for the newly appointed Project Managers of World Bank financed projects from member countries.

Over time the approach shifted from Washington based courses to helping local training institutions in many different countries to offer courses themselves. In some cases this included training trainers and using satellite communication to offer distance learning courses.

As the strategy of the World Bank shifted from training to strategy seminars, the technology of the CD-ROM provided the means of quickly transporting hundreds of pages of written material all around the world.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.

About the Author

robert-youker-bioRobert Youkerflag-usa

World Bank (retired)

Robert Youker is an independent trainer and consultant in Project Management with more than forty years of experience in the field. He is retired from the World Bank where he developed and presented six week project management training courses for the managers of major projects in many different countries. He served as the technical author for the bank on the Instructors Resource Kit on CD ROM for a five week training course on Managing the Implementation of Development Projects. He has written and presented more than a dozen papers at the Project Management Institute and the International Project Management Association (Europe) conferences many of which have been reprinted in the Project Management Institute publications and the International Journal of Project Management (UK). Mr. Youker is a graduate of Colgate University, the Harvard Business School and studied for a doctorate in behavioral science at George Washington University. His project management experience includes new product development at Xerox Corporation and project management consulting for many companies as President of Planalog Management Systems from 1968 to 1975. He has taught in Project Management Courses for AMA, AMR, AED, ILI, ILO, UCLA, University of Wisconsin, George Washington University, the Asian Development Bank and many other organizations. He developed and presented the first Project Management courses in Pakistan, Turkey, China and Africa for the World Bank. A few years ago Mr. Youker conducted Project Management training in Amman, Jordan financed by the European Union for 75 high level civil servants from Iraq who implemented the first four World Bank projects in Iraq. He is a former Director of PMI, IPMA and asapm, the USA member organization of IPMA. Most recently he has been consulting for the US Government Millennium Challenge Corporation on project management training in Africa. Bob can be contacted at [email protected]

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