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90 Percent of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Removed

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 
25 April 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland – More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.
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International Financial Institutions Commit Billions to Eastern and Central Europe

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

13 October 2013 – London – The European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have announced during the World Bank / International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings that they are well on their way to meeting targets for investment to stimulate economic growth in Central and South Eastern Europe.  According to the three institutions, this is making a difference for entrepreneurs, exporters, and small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs), and serves as a signal to financial markets that international financial institutions (IFIs) are leaning forward to help these countries face the challenges set off by the crisis.

The three IFIs launched their ‘Joint IFI Action Plan for Growth Central and South Eastern Europe’ in November 2012, pledging to invest a total of €30 billion in the region over the two years 2013/14. According to their new First Report on the Joint IFI Action Plan for Growth in Central and South Eastern Europe, by the end of July 2013, the three IFIs had already made €16 billion available in new lending. Results of the joint efforts have been encouraging, a reflection of the determination to share priorities and to cooperate closely on projects and initiatives.

The funding package was delivered in the context of the “Vienna Initiative”, the platform for coordination, which was launched at the height of the global economic crisis in 2008/09, and which successfully retained the engagement of international banks in emerging Europe.

So far under the 2013/14 Action Plan, the EIB has provided €10.5 billion out of a total commitment of €20 billion, the World Bank has provided €3.1 billion from its total of €6 billion and the EBRD has delivered €2.5 billion, against a commitment of €4 billion.

Werner Hoyer, the President of the EIB, commented: “The EIB is strongly committed to support sustainable growth in Central and South Eastern European Countries, by providing them with continued access to finance in the current challenging economic environment and by constantly developing its range of more targeted products. Our goal is to keep momentum to sustain the convergence process, also counteracting the effects of the crisis and the negative spillovers arising from the disintegration of the Euro area financial sector.”

Laura Tuck, Vice President for the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, emphasized: “For the World Bank Group, by teaming up, we aim to support economic recovery and growth in Central and South Eastern Europe.  Economic growth is crucial in the World Bank Group’s two goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. I am delighted with the cooperation between our three institutions, which has strengthened our combined ability to advise clients in the region.  In fact, it is fair to say that the result of our joint action is greater than the sum of what our separate efforts would have achieved.”

EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti said: “The EBRD is fully committed to continuing this important joint initiative – providing credit, especially to small- and medium-sized enterprises, to support the recovery and helping to forge policies that will pave the way for more sustainable growth and jobs in the future.  Reforms are crucial to keep the region attractive to investors in the global marketplace.”

Looking forward, the IFIs will aim to keep up the momentum into 2014 and maintain their strong focus on supporting the still-fragile recovery and helping to pave the way for more sustainable future growth in the region.  In particular, the three IFIs will make sure that small- and medium-sized enterprises will have access to credit. They will also provide financing for infrastructure, energy investments, and structural reforms to make Central and South Eastern Europe more competitive.

For more details, please see the First Report on the Joint IFI Action Plan for Growth in Central and South Eastern Europe.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and throughout Central Asia, uses investment to help build market economies and democracies. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  The EBRD invested €8.7 billion in 388 individual projects in 2012.  For more information about the bank, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

 

 

 

One month remains to submit applications for the IPMA® Project Excellence Award

PM PROFESSION NEW 

Reported by Ewa Bednarczyk in Kraków

7 March 2013 – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that only 30 days remain for nominations for their 12th annual project excellence awards, the most advanced competition among best managed projects in the world.

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

Approximately 60 international assessors are currently undergoing refreshment trainings on the Project Excellence Model and award process, and getting prepared to assess projects all over the world.

“In our opinion this is probably the biggest exchange of best project management practices,” said Ewa Bednarczyk, IPMA Award Office Manager. “Many of our assessors have been involved in the assessment processes since the beginning; that means they’re spreading the knowledge gathered from 88 successfully completed projects, coming from different sectors, cultures and part of the world.”

All applicants have the unique opportunity to have their projects assessed by a team of 5 professional assessors and benefit from their rich experience.

Mr. Dan Donciulesku from SIVECO Romania SA, award finalists added: “There are rare possibilities for a project to be audited or evaluated from outside by PM professionals. The IPMA Project Excellence Award is such a possibility, providing international recognition. If you are tough enough, apply for the Award!”

Most previous award finalists have indicated that already the 1st phase of the assessment process is valuable. Choosing the proper project for the competition and writing an application report gives an opportunity for auto-reflections and first improvements are immediately implemented in the organization.

But what the applicants appreciate the most is a final 35 pages benchmark report which includes project strengths and areas for improvement discovered by the assessors in the application report and at the site visit.

Last year’s Award Prize Winner Widjaja S Sumarjadi from PT Tripatra Engineers and Constructors commented: “We are very proud of our achievement as the IPMA Prize Winner for Project Excellence in the Mega Size Project. This award is an international recognition of our project through our participation in the award assessment process; it provides the benchmark to the other international companies. This achievement is not an end result; it will be the starting point of our continuous improvement process so that we can complete the project with better quality in the future.”

Now it’s your time to have your project assessed according to the Project Excellence Model.  Do not miss the application deadline: 8 April 2013.

For all companies interested in the Project Excellence Award and Model IPMA offers individual, introduction webinars.

More Award benefits can be seen in the Award Marketing presentation under the link:

http://ipma.ch/assets/aw_Award_marketing_presentation_2013-01-04.ppsx.

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office Manager at [email protected].

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The Chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr Roberto Mori. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.   For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Book on Step-by-Step Guide to Set-up and Managing the PMO by Waffa Karkukly

PUBLISHING NEWS

6 March 2013 – Managing the PMO Lifecycle: A Step-by-Step Guide to PMO Set-up, Build-out and Sutatinabiliety, authored by Waffa Karkukly, was published in November 2012.  Dr Karkukly is a PMO Expert who has authored articles for the PM World Journal.

– Managing the PMO Lifecycle A Step-by-Step Guide to PMO Set-up Build-out and SutatinabilietyAccording to the book’s publicity, What goes into the set-up, build-out, and sustainability of PMOs, the drivers, the benefits, and the know-how? Managing the PMO Lifecycle talks through the PMOLC (PMO Lifecycle) and steps to help set-up, build-out, and sustain PMOs.

The book’s main purpose is to be a guide for all those wishing to know about PMO. Alongside practical advice and ideas the author includes elements of her research from a survey conducted through PMO leaders to provide results on PMOLC complexity and flow. The text also takes on controversial topics such as virtual PMO’s, PPM practices, and outsourcing along with case studies from well-known organizations that shed light on existing and emerging practices.

This book is a small contribution to years of collective effort to highlight what goes into the set-up, build-out, and sustainability of PMOs, the drivers, the benefits, and the know-how. The book’s main purpose is to serve as a guide for all those wishing to know more about PMO build and support. Whether you are an executive in an organization looking to build a new PMO or revitalize an existing one.

If you are a recently appointed PMO head and in charge of building a PMO, or are a functional (Business unit) head who is asked to work with a PMO in your organization and want to understand how to interact with this function this book will help you and your organization maximize the benefits of your interactions. If you are a student looking to become part of PMO organization and wanting to know the roles, responsibilities and how this function works with other functions, then this is a must read for you.

Waffa Karkukly is the owner and Managing Director for Global PMO Solutions, Inc. During her career, she has been involved in leading strategic change programs, quality and delivery improvement for projects, programs and portfolios and every aspect of PMO design, implementation and ongoing development for fortune 100 and startups. Dr Karkukly has a PhD in Strategic Program and Project Management and Masters’ Degree in Information Technology. She is a regular speaker on the project management circuit. Waffa is the Certificate Lead Developer for the Business Information Technology Management (BITM) certificate course at School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto. She teaches courses ranging from foundations of project management to advanced program and portfolio management.  Waffa Brings wealth of industry experience in addition to her academic accreditations and experience.   She can be contacted at [email protected].

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Managing the PMO Lifecycle: A Step-by-Step Guide to PMO Set-up, Build-out and Sutatinabiliety, by Waffa Karkukly, published by Trafford Publishing, November 2012, hard or soft cover, 219 pages; ISBN 978- 1466968486; list price = $33.99, info at http://www.amazon.com/Managing-Lifecycle-Step-Step-ebook/dp/B00AHCUME0/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Spectacular and historic site selected for 2013 IPMA World Congress on Project Management

FUTURE PM EVENT

5 March 2013 – Zagreb, Croatia – The 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held in one of the most beautiful venues on the Adriatic Sea, the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  The 27th IPMA World Congress,  under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward” will be held from 30 September to 03 October 2013. The Call for Papers for this conference was announced in February.

Set in Dubrovnik’s green oasis of Babin kuk peninsula, hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik (pictured below) is renowned for its intelligent fusion of nature and modern services. With largest conference facilities in the area, expert staff, memorable and soulful gastronomic experiences in its fine dining Langusto restaurant, and abundance of activities. The hotel has capacity of 1,200 delegates, with interchangeable congress and meeting rooms with natural light.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is currently one of Europe’s most fashionable destinations. Steeped in history and virtually unchanged since the 13th Century, the city is a living museum and a live stage with an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and preserved in their original form. Since 1979 the town has been under UNESCO protection.  Plan to visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still bear witness to projects from past centuries.  More about Dubrovnik at http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/eng/.

The 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is being organized by IPMA and CAPM (the Croatian Association for Project Management – www.capm.hr), with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb  www.grad.unizg.hr,  the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) – www.icoste.org and the “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” College of Business and Management (www.vspu.hr ) as co-organizers.  The Chair of the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is Mladen Radujković. The congress program director is Mladen Vukomanovic.  Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. The president-elect for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.

For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Source: IPMA

PM World Journal reflects Globalization of Project Management

PUBLISHING NEWS

February edition includes works by 39 authors from 18 countries, offers new knowledge related to programme and project management around the world

14 February 2013 – Beijing, Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has published the February edition of its increasingly popular PM World Journal, with a wide range of authors and articles from around the world.  Reflecting the increasing globalization of the project management profession, the February PMWJ includes contributions from authors in 18 different countries. See the February edition at www.pmworldjournal.net.

david-pellsAccording to PMWJ managing editor David Pells,  “We are attracting more authors and contributions from more countries every month now.  Since we are trying to create a truly global resource for continuous learning, and to encourage knowledge sharing worldwide, this trend is perfect.”

“Our readers are also arriving from many places,” he adds.  “Average daily visits to the PMWJ website are up above 2,000 now, with visitors from more than 60 countries in recent weeks. I think the language translator on the website is helpful to many.”

The Feb PMWJ includes featured papers, significant contributions to the literature on modern project management, by Pavel Barseghyan, PhD (Armenia/USA); Anil Seth (India); Bob Prieto (USA); Alan Stretton, PhD (Australia); Satya Narayan Dash (India); and Paul D. Giammalvo (Indonesia).  Series articles are included by Prof Darren Dalcher (UK); Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez (Belgium/Spain); Dr David Hillson (UK); Bill Young, PhD (Australia/China); Paul Dinsmore and Luiz Rocha (Brazil); and Keith Pickavance (UK).

Advisory articles in February are authored by Alfonso Bucero (Spain); Raju Rao (India); Dianne Durkin (USA); Sujit Mishra (India); and Marge Combe (USA).  Commentaries are included by Dirk Jungnickel and Mustafa Abis (UAE); and Ed Fern (USA).  Second Edition papers, republication of previously published works, are included by Mehmood Alam, PhD, Prof Andrew Gale, and Mike Brown (UK); Ingemund Jordanger, PhD and Prof Ole Jonny Klakegg (Norway); and Prof Gilbert Silvius, Ron Schipper and Snezana Nedeski, PhD (The Netherlands).  Professional Reports in February are by Taopheek Babayeju (Nigeria); Theofanis Giotis (Greece); Ed Naughton (Ireland); Ana Maria Rodriguez (Argentina); and Alfonso Bucero (Spain).

The February PMWJ also includes eight reviews of new project management books, and 42 news articles from or about projects and project management in another 21 countries.  The PMWJ also features a language translator allows translation of website contents into 57 different languages.

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles and papers, and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Cecilia Boggi joins PM World Correspondents Network in Argentina

PEOPLE NEWS

6 February 2013 – PM World has announced that Cecilia Boggi, PMP has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Ms. Boggi has been an active leader in the project management profession in Argentina for the last ten years and was winner of the Chapter Leader of the Year Award in 2012 from the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  She will report about professional developments in Argentina for the PM World Journal (PMWJ).

Cecilia BoggiCecilia 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 also has also 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© and is 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 honored by PMI in 2012 with a Distinguished Contribution Award and Chapter Leader of the Year Aware.  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 in some Universities and Institutes in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.  She can be contacted at [email protected]  and www.activepmo.com.ar

According to Wikipedia, Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos AiresProvince districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around thirteen million. [1]

Buenos AiresThe city of Buenos Aires is not a part of Buenos AiresProvince, nor is it the Province’s capital, but an autonomous district. In 1880, after decades of political infighting, Buenos Aires was federalised and removed from Buenos AiresProvince. The city limits were enlarged to include the towns of Belgrano and Flores (both are currently neighborhoods of the city). A 1994 constitutional amendment granted the city autonomy, hence its formal name: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).

Buenos Aires is rated one of the 20 largest cities in the world. Along with São Paulo and Mexico City, it has been ranked as the most important global city and competitive marketplace of Latin America. Buenos Aires has a high quality of life, ranked 61st in the world and its per capita income is among the three highest in the region. It is the most visited city in South America (ahead of Rio de Janeiro) as well as the second most visited city across Latin America (behind Mexico City), and most important, largest and most populous of South American capitals.  Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, and is known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, with the highest concentration of theatres in the world. [1]

ArgentinaArgentina, officially the ArgentineRepublic, is a country in South America, bordered by Chile to the west and south, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The country is a federation of 23 provinces and the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, its capital and largest city. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations. Argentina is a founding member of the United Nations, Mercosur, the Union of South American Nations, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, and is one of the G-15 and G-20 major economies.

Argentina is Latin America’s third-largest economy, with a “very high” rating on the Human development index. Within Latin America, Argentina has the fifth highest nominal GDP per capita and the highest in purchasing power terms. Analysts have argued that the country has a “foundation for future growth due to its market size, levels of foreign direct investment, and percentage of high-tech exports as share of total manufactured goods”, and it is classed by investors as middle emerging economy. [2]

According to PM World President and PMWJ Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Cecilia Boggi join our international correspondents team in Buenos Aires.  She joins Ana Maria Rodriguez, contributing editor based in Rosario, to form an outstanding tandem in Argentina.  Together they can help us fine tune our contents and value for those in Latin America, which is important to our mission.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Sources:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buenos_Aires

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina

USP Attracts 300 students to project management curricula

PM EDUCATION NEWS

5 February 2013 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – PM World has learned that the project management education program in the FIA- Fundacao Instituto de Administracao at the University of Sao Paulo is off to a robust start in 2013.  According to Prof Roberto Sbragia, FIA Program Coordinator, “we have about 300 students enrolled in different courses, that are also performed in-company.”

Fundacao Instituto de AdministracaoFIA was created more than10 years ago with a set of PM courses that had been re-organized, consolidated, and integrated in an educational program based on one of the most recognized models of competence in Project Management (ICB-IPMA Competence Baseline).

The program presents the following advantages:

  • As an approach based on ascendant competencies, it respects the professional maturity of each student, since from the more basic aspects to the more strategic ones;
  • The  modular program allows participants to plan their studies in an integrated way. So, it offers the possibility for one to plan a career in a medium and large run, accumulating knowledge from one stage to another;
  • Flexibility, once the professionals can choose the course that better fits their needs at a given moment.

“The domain of knowledgement of our educational model is founded on the career plan of each potential participant”, says Prof. Sbragia.

Differently from other existing courses, education on PM at FIA, due to its roots  at the Management Department of FEA/USP- Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Accountancy of University of São Paulo and its strong linkage with corporations, has an objective of contributing to the capacity  and development of high level managers, with an excellent background and able to deal with projects successfully, from initiating to conclusion phases, at different levels and perspectives in their organizations.

For details, visit: http://www.fia.com.br/ConhecaFIA/programas/pgt/gestaoProjetos/Paginas/gestaoProjetos.aspx

 

Or contact Prof Sbragia at [email protected]

ESI announces free white paper of User Stories & Cases for Agile Requirements Gathering

PM INDUSTRY NEWS 

5 February 2013 – Arlington, Virginia, USA – ESI International, a US-based project management training company, has announced the release of a new paper titled, “Developing Effective Agile Requirements Relies on Both User Stories and Use Cases.” The paper which is free for download outlines how to leverage use cases with user stories to develop effective Agile requirements.

With a goal of providing knowledge and techniques to those who are tasked with gathering project requirements—the key building blocks of successful projects—the paper describes how to utilize use cases within an Agile project and defines clear opportunities to use both elicitation methods to gather the best requirements possible. Most often used in Waterfall projects, use cases are diagrams that demonstrate the actors and their goals. Classically used within Agile projects, user stories are short scenarios that the business user/stakeholder “tells” to concentrate on features that users value and interact with directly.

Nancy Y. Nee“Many shy away from utilizing use cases toward gathering requirements within an Agile project because the term ‘use cases’ is associated with the Waterfall methodology,” said Nancy Y. Nee (pictured at right), ESI VP of Global Product Strategy. “We believe that this is short sighted, however. With an end goal of identifying needs and translating them into requirements, we believe that both techniques can be used to get to the best business solution.”

“As companies evaluate Agile methods and begin to take steps toward managing projects in an Agile fashion, we believe that best practices can be found by utilizing pieces of the Waterfall methodology combined with Agile principles, particularly as they relates to requirements gathering,” said Nee. “While there are no prescribed guidelines on when to employ use cases or user stories, Agile practitioners would be wise to assess the benefits of each to ensure that product backlog—the list of requirements—is prioritized appropriately and that customer needs are clearly understood and met.”

Download the paper at http://www.esi-intl.com/resources/industry-research/viewpoints/developing-effective-agile-requirements

The release of the paper coincides with the scheduling of ESI’s eight course Agile Practitioner curriculum.

ESI International, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.

Source: ESI International

Invitation for 2014 PMI Research Proposals
to open 1 February

PM RESEARCH NEWS

23 January 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA –  The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it’s call for proposals for 2014 academic research grants will open on 1 February 2013.

pmi-logoPMI annually solicits for research proposals on topics related to project, program, or portfolio management, with funding provided to selected recipients. The Call for Proposals for 2014 funding will be open between 1 February and 25 April 2013. Proposal submission guidelines will be posted on 1 February 2013 at http://www.pmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Research-Submit-Sponsored-Research-Proposal.aspx.

PMI seek proposals from scholars, both within and outside the field of project management, including management, organizational psychology, sociology, education, linguistics and others. Proposed research must have a direct application to some aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice. In addition, PMI encourages proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners, who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 650,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Project Management Institute Announces 2013 Academic Research Grant Recipients

PM RESEARCH NEWS

22 January 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced, the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, announced that it will fund four new academic research projects as part of its 2013 PMI Sponsored Research Program.

pmi-logoAccording to PMI’s news release on 18 January, organizations’ increased demands for skilled project management talent and programs have created a critical need for related research and education programs. This year’s grantees were selected from a pool of more than 120 applications based on their ability to provide new knowledge that will help project managers and organizations improve performance, drive innovation and increase competitive advantage for long-term success. They are:

Ann Ledwith, PhD, University of Limerick (Ireland) – A Typology Framework for Virtual Project Teams – Dr. Ledwith’s study seeks to develop a typology framework for virtual project teams that will help future researchers classify the phenomena of virtual teams into distinct types. It will explore possible empirical evidence of patterns in virtual teams and whether there are existing correlations and trends between virtual team demographics, such as company type and size, industry size, location and various team typologies. The study will also look into the impact that identified team typologies may have on the performance of virtual project teams.

Antonie Jetter, PhD, Portland State University (United States) – Project Management for Ambidexterity: Process Choices in the Fuzzy Front End of New Project Development – Dr. Jetter’s study explores organizational ambidexterity of new product development on the project level. The project aims at developing a general model for selecting alternative project process models in the early stages of new product development and providing recommendations for how to implement these explorative project processes along traditional linear project management practices within the same organizations.

Liselore Havermans, MSc, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Development Paths of Project Managers – Ms. Havermans’ research investigates distinct types of learning experiences that drive the development of project managers. The study aims to extend and improve current theory on the professional development of project managers and highlight opportunities to improve the development of project management practitioners.

Ralf Müller, MBA, DBA, PMP, BI Norwegian Business School (Norway) – Organizational Enablers for Project Governance – Dr. Müller’s project is focused on developing a framework for project governance in organizations of varying sizes, industries and geographies. The results will allow practitioners to adapt successful enablers and governance practices to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations. Moreover, the results will enable the expansion of the existing PMI foundational standards by adding organizational enablers for best practices in project governance.

The call for proposals for 2014 funding opens 1 February and closes 25 April 2013. Visit http://www.pmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Research-Submit-Sponsored-Research-Proposal.aspx for more information.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 650,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Media contacts: Carey Leamard, PMI at [email protected] or Megan Maguire Kelly, PMI at [email protected].

Source: PMI

German Association for Project Management elects Reinhard Wagner as new chairman of Executive Board

PROFESSION NEWS

22 January 2013 – Munich, Germany – The GPM German Association for Project Management has announced the election of the Executive Board by members of the association.  Reinhard Wagner (46) has been chosen as new Chairman of the Executive Board of GPM

The eight new members of the Executive Board of the GPM German Association for Project Management, who will develop the association further on, include the following persons with their remits noted:

Reinhard Wagner: Chairman of the Executive Board and IPMA Vice President

Andreas Frick: Development of Products and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board

Stefan Derwort: GPM Regions

Dr. Claus Hüsselmann: Project Business

Wilhelm Mikulaschek: Certification and IPMA Delegate

Prof. Dr. Steffen Rietz: Development of Project Management

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Schoper: Research and IPMA Substitute

Prof. Dr. Harald Wehnes: Education

)- Reinhard Wagner, Prof Dr. Harlad Wehnes, Prof Dr. Yvonne Schoper, Stefan derwort, Prof. Dr. Steffen Rietz, Andreas Frick, Wilhelm Mikulaschek, Dr. Claus Hüsselmann

Photo: new GPM Executive Board (left to right): Reinhard Wagner, Prof Dr. Harald Wehnes, Prof Dr. Yvonne Schoper, Stefan derwort, Prof. Dr. Steffen Rietz, Andreas Frick, Wilhelm Mikulaschek, Dr. Claus Hüsselmann

The central goal of the new Chairman of the Executive Board of GPM is to promote the strengthening of project management skills and the use of professional project management practices in business and society. He also represents the GPM and the German interests in the global International Project Management Association as Vice President, R&D/Awards.

Reinhard Wagner stated: ”Germany is an export nation, building on the competitiveness of its companies. Our Automotive manufacturers and suppliers for example are well known for their great products and “German Engineering”.  But this is not enough in an increasingly complex world. The integrative competence of project and program managers is a success factor getting more and more attention. Thus, the strengthening of PM competence on all levels, starting from the team level up to the top management level is a decisive factor which GPM is dedicated to.”

GPM is the leading professional association for project management in Germany. With currently nearly 6,000 members from all areas of business, academia and public institutions, GPM is the largest network of project management experts on the European continent.

GPM was founded in 1979 with the primary goal to promote, develop, systematize, standardize and disseminate the application of project management in Germany. It is the German member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), which includes over 55 Member Associations.

GPM constantly releases new products on the PM market, strengthening its business and professional work. It offers over 250 regional events annually and numerous of special events. All events are open to members and non-members. For example GPM organizes the annual PM Forum in Nuremberg with over 850 project managers. Several keynote speakers present visionary topics and projects.

Practitioners from leading German companies present their experience in project management in many topic streams and discuss them with the participants.  The promotion of project management in business, politics and society is a major concern of GPM. Numerous professional events, different studies on project management, the various GPM Awards, the qualification and certification of persons and organizations as well as the publications help to reach that aim and lead to the high reputation of GPM, even beyond the country’s borders.

GPM is involved in PM standards, e.g. DIN and ISO.  More information can be found at www.gpm-ipma.de

Call for Papers for PM World Journal

16 January 2013 – The Call for Papers for the February and March editions of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) has been announced.  Project management researchers, experts, professional leaders, practicing project managers and executives of project-oriented organizations are invited to submit an article, paper or story for publication in the monthly PMWJ.  This is an opportunity to share knowledge, get published or gain visibility for yourself and your organization in the global project management community.

The PMWJ seeks articles and papers in the following categories:

  • Featured Paper – professionally researched and referenced paper similar to those presented at professional conferences
  • Case Study – Description of an actual project or program, or how some aspect of program or project management was implemented in an organization
  • Advisory – advice on how to solve a problem or address specific issues related to program or project management
  • Commentary – short article expressing an opinion or point of view about a program or project management-related topic, either general or specific
  • Student Paper – well written research paper by graduate or undergraduate students of project management, often recommended by a professor or teacher
  • Personal Story – short description of a personal experience on a project or related to project management
  • Report – update about PM professional activities, events or developments in a city or region of the world; these can provide information from national societies or local branches and chapters of international bodies
  • Book Review – professionally written review of a project management book (a template can be provided for book reviews)
  • News Stories – articles about actual programs and projects, and P/PM-related research, education, publications, professional activities, events, organizations or people

A separate Category – Second Editions – allows authors to republish papers that have been previously published, presented at a project management conference or event, or originally published in a language other than English.

The PMWJ is a non-refereed eJournal.  For more information, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/.

david-pellsAccording to Managing Editor David Pells, “Our mission is to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management.  We welcome articles and papers from anywhere in the world, especially those that could be useful for managing projects in difficult conditions, emerging economies or challenging environments.”

“The publishing process is easy,” he adds.  “Just email an article or paper to me; we review for appropriateness and grammar, then reformat to a standard layout and return to the author for approval.  Authors don’t wait long for approval or to see their paper published.”

Launched in August 2012, the PMWJ is published at the beginning of each month, so submittals should be received by the 20th of the month to make it into the next edition.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition or to subscribe, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.  Archives of past editions can be found at https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=3160.

2nd Call for Papers for 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

16 January 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The Call for Papers was issued in December 2012 for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, scheduled for August 15-16, 2013 in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 2013 symposium will be “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders!”.  The conference is again being sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World.  Abstracts are due by 15 March 2013.

jindal-buildingAbstracts are welcome in the following program and project management (P/PM) subject areas:

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Identifying and engaging end-users
  • Working with stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Accessibility
  • How to deal with negative stakeholders
  • Value for project stakeholders – definition and delivery

The 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries and in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, public programs, energy, transportation and others.  Such aspects of P/PM as international and virtual teams, agile, new product development and PMBOK changes can also be covered.  This symposium has established a reputation as one of the best small regional project management conferences in the United States.

Abstracts should be 150 – 250 words, in 12pt Times New Roman font, in MS Word file, and must have a lead author to serve as primary contact.  Abstracts with bio and photo are due March 15, 2013.  Paper selections will be announced by April 12, 2013.  Paper proposals, abstract, bio and photo should be emailed to [email protected] before 15 March.  Papers should not have been previously published, must be free of commercial sales content, should focus on the subject of the title, and should provide new contributions on the topic.  Presenters attend at no cost and can receive PDUs for both authoring a paper and for attending the symposium.

The2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium will include an Opening Ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Attendees can receive 16 PDUs for attending.

If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, submit an abstract and plan to attend this world class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World is a publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  PM World publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ) that features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  Visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Registration for PMI Global Congress 2013 – EMEA in Istanbul to open 15 January

FUTURE PM EVENT

26 December 2012 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that registration will open on 15 January 2013 for the PMI Global Congress EMEA.  PMI’s big European congress will take place during 22-24 April 2013 at the Istanbul Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

PMI Global Congress 2013 EMEA

Approximately 1,000 project management professionals from around the world are expected to attend.  This is a major opportunity to network, attend PMI Seminars, learn from keynote speakers and paper presenters, and enjoy one of PMI’s spectacular global events.  Of course, participants receive PDUs for PMP recertification.  More information at http://congresses.pmi.org/EMEA2013/?WT.mc_id=EMEA2013Eblast#1BMidpage.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Prof Ivica Zavrski in Croatia named International Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal

Academic leader and construction project management expert from the University of Zagreb joins PM World’s Global Advisory Team

PEOPLE NEWS

26 December 2012 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that Ivica Zavrski, PhD, professor of construction project management at the University of Zagreb, has joined the Editorial Advisory Board for the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  The PMWJ is a monthly eJournal devoted to knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

Prof Ivica ZavrskiIvica Zavrski, Ph.D. is a Professor of Construction Project Management in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He teaches  masters and doctoral level courses, as well as the MBA course in Construction. For more than ten years he has been responsible for the program of lifelong learning at his institution, dealing with project and construction project management.

Professor  Zavrski’s experience spans more than twenty years, including numerous research projects related to project and construction project management, nationally within Croatia and internationally. His research areas of interest include productivity and knowledge management in projects and project-oriented companies. The results of his research has been published in more than fifty journal papers and conference proceedings worldwide. He is an active member of the Croatian Project Management Association, and in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).   He is a member of the project team that is organizing the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik in 2013.

Ivica  Zavrski is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Organisation, Technology and Management in construction – OTMC, and a reviewer for several international journals dealing with project management and construction project management. He was a member of scientific and organizing committees, and the editor or editorial board member of proceedings for more than ten international conferences related to project and construction project management. Parallel and in conjunction with his academic carrier he has been an active project manager and professional consultant in many different projects, primarily in construction and infrastructure development. His recent activities are related to energy and renewable energy projects.

The University of Zagreb, founded in 1669, is the oldest and largest university in South-Eastern Europe. With a long history of continuous growth, the University now consists of 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies.

With its comprehensive programmes and over 50,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University of Zagreb is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia.  It offers a wide range of academic programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the following fields: Arts, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences.  It is also a strong research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50 percent to the total research output of the country.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “I had the honor of meeting professor Zavrski in Crete this year, at the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management.  After learning of his academic background and professional involvement, it was clear that he could be a great addition to the international editorial team for the journal.  We are honored to welcome him as a global academic advisor, and to having the University of Zagreb represented as well.”

“I look forward to contributing to the new journal, and to spreading the information within my academic and professional environment,” Dr. Zavrski said.  “I use this opportunity to offer my congratulations for the engagement of the very excellent team of academic colleagues, and I look forward to being part of next journal activities.”

The PM World Journal is a global online publication published by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Managing Quality in Projects – New Book by Ron Basu announced by Gower

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

25 December 2012 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Ron Basu, Managing Quality in Projects.  The book is featured in Gower’s Advances in Project Management Series.

managing-quality-in-projectsAccording to the Gower news release: Managing Quality in Projects shines the spotlight on an aspect of project management that can often be overshadowed by the pressure to deliver on time and on budget. Ron Basu’s investigation focuses initially on defining the dimensions of quality in project management and identifying sources of measurement for project excellence. He expands to discuss which tools can be used in the quest for project excellence; and the factors and processes critical to project success and maturity. The text also explores how the successes of supply chain management, Lean Thinking and Six Sigma may be gainfully deployed and offers case study examples.

A shared understanding and implementation of project quality, by those directly involved in project delivery and the project stakeholders will go a long way to ensuring a stable platform for delivering projects of excellence. It is also a fundamental building block in any organization’s strategy for improving consistency and achieving sustainable performance.

Dr Ron Basu is the founder of the consulting company, Performance Excellence Limited and a Visiting Professor at SKEMA Business School in France and a Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School, UK.  Ron is the author or co-author of ten management books including Managing Project Supply Chains (2011) also published by Gower.

The book is available in e-Book and extracts of the book are available for download from the Gower website.


Managing Quality in Projects,  by Ron Basu, published by GOWER; December 2012, 266 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978- 1-4094-4092-5; List price = £35.55; more at http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409440925.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Gower’s “Fundamentals of Project Management” Series provides practicing professionals and project students the fundamentals in definitive, shorthand guides to each of the main competencies associated with project management – www.gowerpublishing.com/pmfundamentals.

Gower’s “Advances in Project Management” Series includes books by leading thinkers in the project and programme management field. Click here to learn more: www.gowerpublishing.com/pmadvances

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected].

Call for Papers for 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

CALL FOR PAPERS

24 December 2012 – The Call for Papers has been issued for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, scheduled for August 15-16, 2013 in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 2013 symposium will be “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders!”.  The conference is again being sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World.

JSOM-buildingAbstracts are welcome in the following program and project management (P/PM) subject areas:

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Identifying and engaging end-users
  • Working with stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Accessibility
  • How to deal with negative stakeholders
  • Value for project stakeholders – definition and delivery

The 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries and in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, public programs, energy, transportation and others.  Such aspects of P/PM as international and virtual teams, agile, new product development and PMBOK changes can also be covered.

Abstracts should be 150 – 250 words, in 12pt Times New Roman font, in MS Word file, and must have a lead author who will serve as primary contact.  Abstracts with bio and photo are due March 15, 2013.  Paper selections will be announced by April 12, 2013.  Paper proposals, abstract, bio and photo should be emailed to [email protected] before 15 March.  Papers should not have been previously published, must be free of commercial sales content, should focus on the subject of the title, and should provide new contributions on the topic.

The2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium will include an Opening Ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending.

If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, submit an abstract and plan to attend this world-class symposium.  Presenters attend at no cost.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World is a publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  PM World publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ) that features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  www.pmworldjournal.net.

PM World Journal available in Spanish and 50 other languages

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

23 December 2012 – The PM World Journal can now be read in the Spanish language by project managers and professionals worldwide.  Spanish is one of 58 languages for which an automated translator application is included on the www.pmworldjournal.net website.

david pellsAccording to Managing Editor David Pells (pictured at right), “We have a lot of contributors and readers in Spain and throughout Latin America, so Spanish is one of the main languages we wanted to accommodate.  The language translator seems to work pretty well, but we would be interested in hearing from Spanish-speakers as to how good the translation of specific articles actually is.”

“Our first language is English,” Pells adds.  “However, we welcome articles and papers in multiple languages.  We will actually publish dual versions of some articles.  If the translator works ok though, that might not be necessary in the future.”

The language translator can be found in the upper left of the website, just above the banner.  Just click on the button beside the words “Select Language”.   The language translator is intended to help more people around the world read the articles, papers and news stories featured on the PMWJ website.  If anyone has useful feedback on this feature, please contact [email protected].

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition or to subscribe, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.