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Dr. Ginger Levin: 1948 – 2018

 

7 December 2018 – Florida, USA – Well known and widely respected project management author, mentor, scholar and teacher Dr. Ginger Levin passed away in Florida on November 15, 2018.  Dr. Levin was the author of many books, papers and presentations on various aspects of program and project management, delivered presentations and courses for PMI chapters, professional associations and organizations around the world, and was associated with universities in Australia, France, South Africa and the United States.

Dr. Ginger Levin was a senior consultant and educator in portfolio, program, and project management.  Her specialty areas included business development, maturity assessments, metrics, organizational change, program evaluation, portfolio management, knowledge management, and the Project Management Office. (photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

She was also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its M.S. in Project Management program, and at the doctoral levels, she was an Adjunct Professor for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) in France and at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  She taught online courses for the University of Texas at Dallas and other schools.

She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP® credential from PMI.  As an OPM3 certified Professional, she has conducted over 25 assessments in the past three years using Product Suite.  She was a member of the Project Management Institute’s Registered Consulting Program and an active volunteer for the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dr. Levin’s 50-year career revolved around project management, beginning long before it was a recognized profession of choice.  She served as project manager for numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients.  Representative clients included: MARTA, Medtronic, CHEP, Abbott Vascular, Beckman Coulter, EADS, TRW, UPS, Citibank, Cargill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), General Electric, The Timken Company, L3, BAE Systems, Sony Ericsson, Genentech, John Deere, New York City Transit Authority, Pearson Educational Measurement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For General Electric, she assisted in project management support for major radar programs.  At the New York City Transit Authority, she conducted an evaluation of project management processes, conducted an organizational assessment of its Information Services Department and implemented a configuration management system.  At Citibank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she was responsible for project management assessments as these organizations worked to achieve Level 2 certification by the Software Engineering Institute.  For Citibank, she also supported software quality assurance efforts.

At the Department of Agriculture, she prepared a project management methodology and a handbook about this methodology for use throughout the National Finance Center.  She facilitated a two-day session of project managers on the methodology.  For the FDA, she was responsible, as project manager, for its national milk drug residue data base system (project under way since 1992), served as a mentor and executive coach, and conducted numerous facilitation and organizational development efforts.

As one of the first to be certified as an Assessor and Consultant in OPM3, she conducted over 25 assessments for organizations such as Cincinnati Bell Telephone Service in conjunction with its work for General Electric, for the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Abbott Vascular, and CHEP. As a volunteer, she contributed toward the development of the Project Management Institute’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model as an industry standard.

To learn more about her many accomplishments and contributions to the project management field, click here.

To read the tribute to Dr. Levin by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, visit  https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education-announcements/remembering-dr-ginger-levin

To offer a memorial or remembrance for Ginger, go to https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pompano-beach-fl/virginia-levin-8064175.

Dr. Levin was admired and respected throughout the project management world, where she befriended, mentored and supported many past, present and future leaders in the PM field.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

May you rest in peace, Dr. Ginger Levin!

 

 

Nokia’s 5G research and development programme receives financial boost

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

Nordic Investment Bank loans EUR 250 million to Finnish telecom

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helsinki

3 December 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has announced that NIB and the Finnish multinational telecom company Nokia have signed a loan agreement totaling EUR 250 million to finance research and development activities related to 5G mobile technology.

The loan, which has an average maturity of approximately 5 years after disbursement, will finance Nokia’s extensive research and development programme focused on fifth-generation (5G) activities in Europe in 2018–2020. The investment will especially concentrate on developing new 5G-related end-to-end product offerings for different business areas.

5G is the next generation of wireless systems beyond the current 4G standards, providing a substantial increase in network capacity, reducing latency delays and enabling network slicing. Network slicing gives network operators greater ability to differentiate their services to match clients’ needs.

Nokia’s 5G research and development program also focuses on the implementation of the “Internet of Things”, machine-type communication between the things humans have invented. In practice, this means a network of different devices, such as home appliances, vehicles and other electronics, being able to exchange data wirelessly.

“The business opportunities of 5G are numerous, as it will be the first mobile generation designed from the beginning for machine-type communication. Nokia’s research and development is likely to benefit not just the telecom sector, but also several high-technology operators in our member countries,” says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

“We are pleased to receive this financing commitment from the NIB, which shares our view of the revolutionary nature of 5G. This financing will further support 5G research and development in Europe and it bolsters the momentum we have already seen this year as the era of 5G begins,” says Kristian Pullola, CFO, Nokia.

Nokia is a Finnish multinational telecommunications and information technology company founded in 1865. In 2017, Nokia employed approximately 102,000 people across over 100 countries, did business in more than 130 countries, and reported annual revenues of around EUR 23 billion.

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. Learn more about NIB at https://www.nib.int/

Source: Nordic Investment Bank

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for December 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 December 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month we have the following additions:

PapersProject Management Body of Knowledge Revisited, 2018. This Paper is essentially a repeat of what I wrote over 30 years ago when PMI was “inventing” the “PMBOK” (1986-7). It sets out our project management expectations of those days. Read it in conjunction with this month’s Musings – A Look Back – where I make the comparison with where we are today. 12/18

Musings — It is typically a valuable exercise to look back over the years to examine how you got to where you are today. So this month I Look Back at the Original PMBOK document and draw some comparisons between our project management expectations of over 30 years ago, and compare that with where we are today. Best to read this Musings in conjunction with our paper: PMBOK Revisited – December 2018

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

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

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

Editor’s note: At the age of 92, Max is still contributing to the project management world.  Thank you, Max!

 

 

New Research Scholar Program Announced

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

PhD and post-doctoral researchers worldwide invited to become PM World Library Research Scholars

23 November 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the launch of a project management research scholar program through the PM World Library (PMWL).  Free access to the PMWL is offered to qualified scholars who are conducting research on P/PM topics, especially research aimed at solving regional or global problems.

Candidates are expected to be PhD level graduate students, those recently granted PhD or doctoral degrees and engaged in post-graduate research, or professors of project management.  Participating scholars will be encouraged to post their research results in the PMWJ or PMWL and to help expand and enhance the resources in the library related to her or his research topic.  This program is intended to provide project management researchers with additional visibility, resources and support.

Each Research Scholar will have a scholar showcase webpage posted on the PMWL and PMWJ websites where the scholar’s profile, research interests/activities, and access to publications will be posted. Each scholar will also receive unlimited free access to everything in the PM World Library; recognition with research results posted in the library; publishing opportunities in the PM World Journal; ongoing visibility; a certificate; and other benefits. To learn more and to see participating scholars, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/research-scholars/

According to David Pells, PMWL Director, “We’ve had a successful research internship program for graduate students running now for about two years.  We thought it might be useful to offer a similar program for PhD and post-doctoral researchers, to help stimulate and support PM research at the highest levels.”

For more information, contact David at [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, a small private company based in the United States but owned and managed by stakeholders in Australia, Europe and North America.  PM World also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  Contents of the PMWJ and PMWL are created by authors, experts, practitioners and scholars worldwide.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net and www.pmworldjournal.net.

 

 

Using Earned Value Management in Nigeria

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

Research into the potential impact of EVM on Project Delivery in Nigeria underway – survey participants sought

11 November 2018 – Lille, France and Warri, Nigeria – Mr. Lucky Edjenekpo, a PhD candidate at the SKEMA Business School in France, is researching the use of earned value management (EVM) in Nigeria.  His research project is titled “Project Delivery in Nigeria: Using Earned Value Management to Improve Project Performance.”

Research objectives include the following:

  • To understand the relationship between elements of EVM and dimensions of project performance in Nigeria
  • To determine how value systems of practitioners influence the relationship between elements of EVM, analyzing the observed characteristics of project performance in Nigeria
  • To contribute to the scholarly debate exploring untapped evidence from with Nigeria

How does EVM look in Nigeria by industry, sector and type of project?  How do practitioners rate EVM? Does EVM usage related to practitioners’ project achievement levels?

A survey is underway.  If you live or work in Nigeria, have experience with EVM on projects there, and are willing to participate in a short survey, go to https://www.esurveycreator.co.uk/s/838940a.

Lucky Enajite Edjenekpo, CCP, PMP is an oil and gas professional with over 25 years’ experience in project management and operations management.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria, an MBA in leadership and sustainability from the University of Cumbria, UK.  He is currently undertaking study of project and program management at the doctoral level at SKEMA Business School, Lille, France. To learn more, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/lucky-edjenekpo/

SKEMA Business School is a private establishment of higher education and research with the legal status of a non-profit association under French law. SKEMA was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger between the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC), Lille and CERAM Business School, Sophia Antipolis. The Lille school had been ​founded in 1892 and CERAM in 1963. Learn more at https://www.skema.edu/

 

 

Project Managers urge Government to go Agile in Opening Zimbabwe for New Business

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

9 November 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The country’s largest Association of Project Managers, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ), has fully thrown their weight behind the Government’s mission of opening up the country for business investment and the vision of uplifting citizens to a middle income economy by 2030. The Project Managers have gone further and urged the Government to adopt an Agile approach in tackling the country’s economic challenges and to enact legislation that augments the proposed 2030 middle income economy vision.

This position was one of the major resolutions that came out last week (1 November 2018) at the annual INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY (IPM Day) CONFERENCE hosted by PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE (PMZ) in Bulawayo that attracted over 100 project management practitioners from all major sectors of the national economy.

The conference was hosted to mark Zimbabwe’s endorsement of the annual global International Project Management Day recognized in over 100 countries in early November every year. The objective of IPM Day is to honor the contribution of project Managers in the development of products and services in all sectors of industry the world over.

The Zimbabwe project management practitioners came up with a five-point plan (noted below) centered on an Agile approach to tackling government programs and projects, having unanimously noted that it can only be project management that can drive the country towards the desired 2030 vision and beyond, not politicking.

  • The Office of the President must fast track the conclusion of the “Ease of doing business Project” that has dragged on for many years now and swiftly publish the newly simplified business start-up procedures for new investors.
  • Each Ministry must announce those programs and projects under their portfolio which they will be pre-occupied with for the next 5years in line with the 2030 Government vision. Project Management has been a critical success factor for the private sector for many years globally and it is now time for Government to seriously tap into the same and replace the politicking mantras with project management.
  • There must be deployment of adequately trained portfolio, program and project management practitioners to lead high level public mega infrastructure development projects such as the pending dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway. Political meddling, trial and error will reap disastrous or no deliverables at all.
  • Enact statutory instruments that enable the project management profession and lock out incompetent local and foreign bidders for public infrastructure development tenders. The Public Procurement and Disposal of public assets Act of 2017 is an example of such enabling instruments.
  • Roll out the long overdue Zimbabwe National Development Plan that must go beyond 2040. The NDP will motivate subsequent planning at portfolio and programme levels. A culture of intensive project planning within each government portfolios starting with the 40-year national development plan will translate the intentions of Government work from fuzzy to clear.

What is Agile?

Agile is a new approach to management of programs and projects that is now imbedded in the Project Management Body of knowledge (PMBOK) which requires practitioners to use adaptive tools and techniques of managing change, breaking away from predictive and pre-emptive approaches because the environment and needs of citizens are highly dynamic. Leading Silicon Valley software development companies like Microsoft are known to have largely gone Agile in their business processes. Business and Project Plans must never remain fixed during implementation but must be open for incremental changes in response to environmental demands and the evolution of consumer needs. Sectors like Agricultural which have seen erratic weather conditions in recent years were cited as requiring Farmers to go Agile and diversify into new crops and water supply management plans. Remaining loyal to traditional pre-emptive agronomy practices could spell disaster for farmers. Other sectors that could benefit from the Agile business manifesto include mining and ICTs.

The Project Managers also took a swipe at the authorities of the City of Bulawayo for hoping that the city’s once booming Belmont industry could be resuscitated back to the glory days of the 1990s. “Industrialists in Bulawayo must forget about the past glory of the 1990s and go Agile and think of completely new business lines consistent with present global demands”, said one of the IPM Day conference organiser Mr Peter Banda of PMZ.

“The same Belmont factory shells and buildings that appear idle and dilapidated today can be rekindled with new paint and used for housing new industries such as car assembly, bottled water, mobile phones assemble and repairs, recycling of rubber and scrap metals to name but a few,” said Mr Banda. “Agile is all about breaking away from a rigid historical business mentality and responding to arising business opportunities and threats overnight without going via rigid strategic change processes that will be overtaken by the new opportunities.”

Chinese entrepreneurs have gone Agile and come all the way from Beijing to Bulawayo to cash in on scrap metal processing business; they have set up small factory shells in the Kelvin North this year and are now producing various handy products for the local and export markets from the molten recycled steel on a small scale.

Who is PMZ?

Established in 2009, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) is Zimbabwe’ largest Association of Project Managers and Project Management practitioners. PMZ is a membership based organisation operating as a non-profit adult vocational education and training Trust. There are over 3500 members to date on the PMZ database. Besides providing various project management mentorship programmes for its members, PMZ is also licenced locally by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to train and examine the Certificate and Diploma courses in Project Management (CPM/DPM) including the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDPM).  PMZ is also able to mentor its members in the world’s top 2 project management certification programmes, i.e. the PRINCE2 and the PMP credentials.

Through their Harare based National Secretariat Office and the Bulawayo Regional office, PMZ has a mandate of registering membership, setting up, monitoring and evaluation of standards in project management training and certification nationally. From 2009 up to 2013 PMZ was known as Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe before rebranding to PMZ in line with identities of similar institutions world-wide and the recommendations of the parent Project Management Institute based in USA. Considered to be best practice organisation in project management standards, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s largest Association of Project Managers.

In Zimbabwe and, as in most Sub-Saharan African countries, the level of project management training and certification is nascent, albeit ominously low, given that these countries undertake massive infrastructural development projects. Hence projects fail due to incompetency in project management and the lack of appropriate project governance thereof, giving rise to opportunistic corruption.

For More Information, contact

BANDA P. J. (Mr.)
Secretary General & CEO
PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE [PMZ]
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OFFICE
NO. 8 BUCKINGHAM Rd
EASTLEA, HARARE, ZIMBABWE
TEL. +263 4 776000   OR   +263 8644075061  *Cell:  +263 773 432 610
www.pmiz.org.zw/index.html
Email: [email protected]

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

IPMA Reference Guide ICB4 in an Agile World

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

3 November 2018 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the publication of a new reference guide – IPMA Reference Guide ICB4 in an Agile World. It is now available to download HERE

The 50-page document describes how the different competence elements need to be interpreted in an agile environment. Each element describes the agile mindset and how this is translated into observable competent behaviour.

As the authors claim: “Because the world is rapidly transforming, a new breed of leader is required. Individuals that are competent of responding swiftly to technological innovation, changing social relations, new divisions of labour and new ways of working that are developed. The challenges we face are more complex than ever before; organisations need to absorb and adapt to change quickly. The tried and tested application of best practices is therefore no longer the way forward and a more agile approach is required. Not as a goal in itself, but as a means to an end. It is about focusing on what is valuable to customers.

The complexity and uncertainty also call for a different form of control. Responsibilities will now be found on lower levels within the organisation. The decision-makers increasingly entrust the responsibility to the experts and we see a shift from pure management to leadership at all levels of the organisation.”

The publication was prepared by an international team of editors: Dr. Sandra Bartsch-Beuerlein (Germany), Carlos Gouveira Reis (Portugal), John Hermarij (The Netherlands) – the leading editor, Sauli Kosonen (Finland), Hrvoje Meštrović (Croatia), Sandra Mišić (Croatia), Dietmar Prudix (Germany), Hansjürg Rhyner (Switzerland), Per-Olof G Sandberg (Sweden).

To download a copy, visit: http://products.ipma.world/ipma-product/ipma-reference-guide-icb4-agile-world/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, IPMA is one of the world’s oldest international project management professional organizations. IPMA is a federation of more than 60 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, a world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit www.ipma.world.

Source: IPMA

 

 

The Art and Science of PhD Research

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book for PhD students and researchers by Waffa Karkukly published by Friesen Press

2 November 2018 – Ontario, Canada – The Art and Science of PhD Research: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving a Doctorate Degree and Conducting Academic Research, a new book authored by Waffa Karkukly has been released by Friesen Press.  This book aims to increase the success rate of academic research in general and PhD research specifically.

The book provides scholars, researchers, and students with the knowledge pertaining to planning and executing the art and the science of academic research, and PhD research in particular, to successfully deliver the expected outcome. It provides insight into motivations and the challenges associated with academic research and illustrates these motivations and challenges by sharing the results of a survey that expresses the views of PhD students.

By leveraging project management techniques to help the researchers to break down and structure dissertation work, the book provides a ready-to-use toolkit for the required research deliverables. In addition to templates, it offers sample work from the author’s dissertation as practical guidance.

The book offers tips on how to write the dissertation and prepare for the defense as well as providing an insightful summary into the evaluation criteria used by the defense jury. It takes the reader, step-by-step, through all the stages and aspects of the PhD research journey. It will thus serve as a useful and insightful manual or guidebook.

For more about the book, click here.

 

Dr. Waffa Karkukly is the President and Managing Director for Global PMO Solutions. During her career, she has been involved in managing technology and project management offices for fortune 100 as well as small size organizations. She is a strategist and change agent transforming organizations through alignment between strategy and operation and delivering through projects, programs and portfolios.

Waffa is the author of three books on project management office (PMO), and contributor to a chapter in a fourth book. One of her books is used as a reference for the PMO course by the University of Toronto (U of T). She is a coach, a frequent speaker and panelist at the various conferences, and a guest lecturer at project events globally. Waffa launched a “self- tech” online courses pertaining to PMO, PPM, Agile, OCM, and many other courses; in addition, to be an academic supervisor to PhD and Masters’ students at Skema business schools, overseeing thesis pertain- ing to Project management, PMO, Agile and strategy implementation. Through the “Art and Science of PhD Research,” Waffa looks forward to providing her students, and other students with valuable insights to execute and deliver academic research successfully.

Waffa has a BSC in Information Systems from DePaul University and an MIT from Northwestern University, and a PhD from SKEMA School of Business. She is a (PMP) and (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), as well as a Change Management Practitioner (CMP).

 

Editor’s note: Ms. Karkukly has previously contributed articles for the PM World Journal, which you can find on her author showcase page in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-waffa-karkukly/

 

8th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

FUTURE EVENT & CALL FOR PAPERS

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

2 November 2018 – Riga, Latvia – The 8th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 25-26 April 2019. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will again be held at the University of Latvia.

The Call for Papers remains open, with abstract submission until December 1st and full paper subnmission accepted through 10 February 2019. However if you are interested to present or publish your paper you can contact conference coordinators by e-mail [email protected]  or [email protected].

By the end of March 2019 registration for listeners and those who wish to present their reports without publication still remain. More information is at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.

The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers.

In 2019 we will have 8th anniversary that the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers organize an international conference on project management, gathering professionals from a number of countries.

So far more than twenty countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Iran, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Palestine, Iceland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Norway, Singapore, China, France, Finland, Romania, Ukraine, USA, Portugal, Hungary, Bulgaria and others ), and this year several others have joined in. The conference aims to host a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

8th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries

Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives

Conference language is English. Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration,
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funds project management (implementation),
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management,
  4. Investment project management,
  5. Culture project management,
  6. IT project management,
  7. Construction project management,
  8. Renewable Energy Projects,
  9. Social project management,
  10. Standards on project management,
  11. Professional education and science in project management,
  12. Capacity of organization in project management,
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing,
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory,
  15. Project controlling,
  16. Project Risk Management,
  17. Project finance,
  18. Social aspects in Project management,
  19. Marketing, innovation, creativity in project management.

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts. The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed.

To read full Call for Papers brochure, click here.

Important dates

December 1, 2018 – Applications for participation at the conference and submission of paper abstract (see requirements)

December 20, 2018 – Notification of acceptance

Until December 30, 2018 – Payment of reduced conference fee

February 10, 2019 – Submission of full paper for the conference proceedings

February 28, 2019 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers

March 17, 2019 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference programme

Benefits and reasons for joining the conference:

  1. Meet the professionals, scientists and Ph.D. students in Project Management and listen to their experience from different countries all over the world
  2. As PMP, PMI-ACP or other PMI certified professionals you could earn PDU’s to be claim for maintaining your certification
  3. Publish your research paper in conference proceeding book with ISBN number and direct indexing with EBSCO.
  4. Selected papers will be considered to publish on Project Management World Journal (PMWJ). The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries. Contents of the PMWJ will be included in EBSCO’s Business Source Complete databases.
  5. Enlarge your network with new professional peers
  6. Widen your knowledge from European top Project Management speakers
  7. Stand up from the crowd and make your voice heard in interactive discussions
  8. Increase your sociability by gaining new friends who share the same ideas as yours
  9. Get the latest information about growing your professional career
  10. Help the Project Management community to grow and to have a stronger voice

This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large-scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization.

Project management is currently one of the most topical forms of task organization. The necessity for its application is dictated by several factors. The most important among them are the ever increasing complexity of products and services, and market competition. The complexity of products and services causes higher requirements for interdisciplinary knowledge, and the growing competition in markets forces businesses to make better use of their resources, become better and quicker than their competitors, and make swifter changes in their organizations, pursuing their clients’ interests. In such conditions, project management opens new opportunities for businesses.

The Professional Project Managers Association (PVPA) together with the University of Latvia are organizing already the eighth international conference on project management, giving practical and theoretical specialists from various countries the opportunity to exchange their opinions on practical and theoretical aspects of project management. Such exchange of knowledge and opinions enables us to develop project management as a professional activity not only within an individual country, but on an international level as well.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. If you have an interest in advancing professional project management or learning about the latest in project management applications and ideas, don’t miss this major regional conference.

Conference is organized by the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers.

The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

For more information, visit the conference website or contact conference coordinators at [email protected]  or [email protected]

 

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for November 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 November 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month we have the following additions:

In Guests — In Aspiring to Leadership by Guest Contributors, Project Managers who aspire to effective leadership are encouraged to get essential advice towards honing their persona.

In Musings — In Accurate Forecasting of the Future, today’s working environment was accurately forecast nearly half a century ago. If they could do it, then so can you today.

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

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

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

Call for Papers for UMD’s 2019 PM Symposium ends 11 November

 

Share your knowledge and experience at the University of Maryland’s 6th Annual Project Management Symposium – Abstract Deadline extended to November 11th

31 October 2018 – College Park, Md. USA – Due to numerous requests, the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has issued their call for papers and presentations for the 6th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium has been extended to November 11th.  The conference will take place 9-10 May 2019 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park.


Share your project management experiences with your peers; participate in the University of Maryland’s Fifth Annual Project Management Symposium as a speaker.

Supporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington area and abroad will come together to share best practices and lessons learned, plus discover the latest advances in project management.  The 2018 Symposium welcomed its largest-ever audience with more than 400 experts from industry, government, and academe. The 2019 event should be larger yet.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts of papers or presentations to be featured in program sessions for the 2019 symposium. These papers and presentations can be case studies, lessons learned, best practices, research findings or the latest advances in project management. Abstracts are due by 4 November 2018, so act now.

Requested topics include:

  • Agile/IT
  • Construction Management / BIM
  • Disaster Management
  • Enterprise Project Management Offices
  • Federal Programs
  • Integrated Program Management
  • Risk & Big Data
  • Stakeholder Management

People in Projects

  • Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Motivation
  • Strength Based Management
  • Negotiation

All project management practitioners and professionals are invited to attend this world class conference.  Registration for the event is now open.  For more information, visit the University of Maryland’s Project Management Symposium website.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Their academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center. Visit www.pm.umd.edu.

Editor’s note: The UMD campus can be reached by Metro from Washington, DC.  This is a good conference with world-class presentations, educational content and networking opportunities.  The PM World Journal endorses and acts as media partner for this event.

 

 

APM announces first Chartered Project Professionals

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

31 October 2018 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that nearly 300 individuals have been awarded with Chartered Project Professional status (ChPP) making them the first of their kind in the world. Project professionals from across the UK and nearly 50 different sectors including, defence, education, finance, healthcare, IT, consulting, manufacturing, infrastructure, Government and more, have been awarded.

Speaking about this historic milestone Debbie Dore, chief executive of APM, said: “As of today, project management takes its rightful place at the table alongside other professions including accountancy, engineering and medicine. It is our belief that chartership will help to raise standards and employability while addressing a growing demand for project professionals. Chartership will enable project professionals to have an increasingly positive impact on society and the economy by helping to ensure a world in which all projects succeed.”

The Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard is a professional benchmark that demonstrates attainment of a defined level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour. Learn more about the Chartered Project Professional standard here.

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge offers new insights on people in projects and strategy in a volatile world

30 October 2018 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change, by edited by Darren Dalcher. Published in late August 2018, this book brings together some of the best writing by leading authorities on such topics as trust, ethics, people, psychology, requirements, project performance, audits, uncertainty, anti-fragility, strategic initiatives, governance, change management and commercial management.

According to the CRC release: Project management is at a crossroads: There is a pressing need to rethink the approaches used in initiating, managing and governing projects, programmes and change initiatives. The aim of this book is to progress the dialogue around project practice by shifting the focus from instrumental methods and prescriptive techniques towards a context-sensitive consideration of people, strategy and change.

Projects are initiated to deliver agreed outputs that can be translated into meaningful outcomes capable of satisfying the wishes and expectations for improvement and development. Yet, people, strategy and change, which are largely ignored by the conventional bodies of knowledge, are clearly central to the sustainable and enduring success of projects, efforts and initiatives.

The collection offers an invaluable new resource for informed managers looking to engage with the latest thinking and research. For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Projects-in-a-World-of-People-Strategy-and-Change/Dalcher/p/book/9781138326637

Darren Dalcher is Professor in Strategic Project Management at Lancaster University Management School. He is the Founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management. He has written over 200 refereed papers and book chapters and published over 30 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process and Editor of two established book series focused on managing projects and change initiatives, published by Routledge. He is an Honorary Fellow of the APM.  To learn more about Darren Dalcher, click here.

Routledge is the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  See their books and other resources at https://www.routledge.com/

 

 

David Pells honored by ISIPM in Rome

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

PM World Journal editor presented International Award, named Honorary Fellow of Instituto Italiano di Project Management

29 October 2018 – Rome, Italy – At the recently completed PM Expo 2018 https://www.pmexpo.it/, the major Italian event dedicated to project management and organized by Istituto Italiano di Project management (ISIPM), David L. Pells was introduced as the winner of the ISIPM 2018 International Award.  Pells, the managing editor of the PM World Journal and a keynote speaker at the PM Expo conference on 26 October in Rome, was also installed as an Honorary International Fellow of ISIPM.

According to Massimo Pirozzi, ISIPM Director who introduced the award presentation, “The 2018 ISIPM International Award is presented to David Pells, the creator and editor of the PM World Journal, the leading digital publication serving the global project management community.  Like ISIPM, the PM World Journal is independent and supports all project management standards and professionals worldwide.  We are really happy to have him here with us, to have his contribution to PM Expo this year.”

After receiving the award, Pells briefly introduced the audience to both the PM World Journal (www.pmworldjournal.net) and PM World Library (www.pmworldlibrary.net) websites.  He stated, “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, and very gratifying to have the PM World Journal recognized so positively.  We are happy to partner with ISIPM to advance the project management profession in Italy and worldwide.  I am also very impressed with the professional organization of this event, the large turnout and the quality of the presentations.” (photo: David Pells receiving award from Claudia Spagnuolo, ISIPM’s project manager of PM Expo 2018)

The PM Expo event takes place on a yearly basis in late October in Rome. International Seminars this year focused on Innovation: David Pells spoke about “Innovation 360! Views from a PM Globalist”, while Professor Darren Dalcher, Lancaster University in UK, spoke on “Who killed innovation? … and what we can do about it”.  Massimo Pirozzi presented “Stakeholder Perspective in Project Management: the effective innovativeness of people centrality”. Workshops covered different practical issues, including Agile. Registration this year was 1,700.

Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short) is the major Italian Association of Project Management. ISIPM is a non-profit independent cultural association which promotes both the knowledge and the diffusion of the Project Management discipline. ISIPM offers several PM certifications based on national requirements, activities and services around the country, and big annual PM Expo each October.  Over the last five years, in which ISIPM invested deeply in increasing quality of its delivered contents, services, and events, the Association became a center of competence and reference for Project Management in Italy. Membership across Italy is approximately 10,000.  For more, visit https://www.isipm.org/

 

 

Call for Participation for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

 

PM EVENT NEWS

Opportunities for both paper and poster presentations offered for 2019 project management conference in north Texas

20 October 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has issued a call for participation for their 2019 Project Management Symposium. The 13th UT Dallas PM Symposium, under the theme “Project Management in a VUCA World”, will be held during 21-22 May 2019 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA (just north of Dallas).  This is the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, so mark your calendars.

The term VUCA was coined by the U.S. Army War College to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the world after the Cold War. VUCA has taken root in the corporate world to express emerging ideas in strategy, leadership and vision. The relevance of VUCA today relates to how people view the conditions under which they make decisions, manage risks, plan for the future and solve problems.

Important Dates

Proposals due January 14, 2019
Selections will be announced by February 15, 2019

Proposal Formats

Proposals are sought for presentation in the following formats:

Research Papers

  • Paper submitted
  • 45-minute presentation with 15-minute Q&A

Poster Session

  • Poster submitted
  • One-hour presentation

Topics

Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following topics:

  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Change Management
  • Project management during crisis
  • Agility
  • Opportunities during disruption
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams
  • Cyber security
  • Project management’s impact on the bottom line
  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Digital transformation of PM processes
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Entrepreneurial project management
  • VUCA impact on stakeholders
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value

To see full Call for Participation, click here.

For more information or to submit a proposal, click here.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, telecommunications, local government and others.  The 2019 UT PM Symposium is expected to attract 400+ participants.  More information on the conference website.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind-review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free. It’s also reasonably priced. See keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2019 symposium will be held in world-class facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include keynote speakers, professional paper and poster presentations, interactive sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, and a networking reception.   Attendees can receive up to 13 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive far more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

The Project Management Program at The 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 can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  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.). 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 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest 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, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management.  To read the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for October 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 October 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month we have the following additions:

Papers — A review of Barbara A. Davis’s book Mastering Organizational Change and the inevitable challenges involved.

Guests — In Humanizing Work Through Projects, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez theorizes that “projects” will take the place of “work”.

Musings — In The meaning of project success, the reason why the issue of sustainability should not be included in the project manager’s remit.

Max also noted, “Our home page format has been revised to better suit small screens.”

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

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

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

 

University of Southampton graduate student completes PM Research Internship

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Ismail Can Kürtük completes PM World Library research internship program

20 September 2018 – Southampton, UK and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced that Ismail Can Kürtük, a graduate student at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has completed a PM World Library project management research internship. Mr Kürtük completed the program on 19th September 2018.

İsmail Kürtük is currently pursuing his MSc degree in Project Management at the Southampton University Business School in Southampton, England for the academic years 2017-2018 with a scholarship from the Turkish Government.

İsmail Kürtük graduated from the political science and public administration department of the University of Kocaeli in Turkey with a Bachelor’s degree. After that graduation, he worked in the family textile company in the position of crisis and risk manager for a year (2012-2013) and also in the position of project supervisor the subsequent year (2013-2014).

Ismail’s major field of study includes project management, political science and public administration. Research interests include leadership in project management, decision making in project management, management of public projects, cultural differences in project management, ethics and teamwork.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Ismail Kürtük contributed a number of articles and papers on intuition and project management, a very interesting new topic for the library.  He researched some other useful topics as well, but the resources he found on intuition and improvisation in managing projects were really interesting.”

According to Ismail, “This internship was very useful for me.  In addition to researching some new and interesting topics, I learned more about researching project management on the internet.  I highly recommend this program to other students.”

Pells added, “Ismail was our second intern from the University of Southampton.  Like Ömer Dağlı before him, Ismail conducted useful research and contributed interesting resources to the library; we look forward to working with more Southampton students in the future.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain visibility and enhance their CVs. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Mr. Kürtük’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/ismail-can-kurtuk/

To learn more about the PM World research internship, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to “internships” or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is administered by PM World, which also produces the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

PMI Dallas 2018 Vendor Showcase on 8 November

 

PM EVENT & INDUSTRY NEWS

Annual vendor showcase offers marketing opportunities for project management product and service companies with thousands of PMI members and stakeholders

15 September 2018 – Dallas, Texas, USA – The PMI Dallas Chapter has announced that the 2018 Annual Vendor Showcase will be held during their monthly chapter dinner meeting on Thursday, November 8th 2018, at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmer’s Branch, Texas. The showcase will feature leading Project Portfolio Management (PPM) product and services organizations, education and training providers, recruiting companies and others.

If you live in or are visiting the Dallas area, don’t miss out – network with other project management professionals who can help you with your career and business needs.

Member and Non-Member Benefits:

  • FREE for Chapter Members (non-members pay a nominal $15 early bird registration)
  • Relax and network with like-minded Project Portfolio Management (PPM) professionals
  • Network with leading project management vendors and business partners
  • Keep abreast with the latest project management products and services
  • Get Career Networking tips from local recruiting companies
  • Network with education providers for your learning and professional development needs
  • Earn PDUs!

Register Now to attend the Vendor Showcase!

Vendor Benefits:

  • Position your brand with the PMI Dallas Chapter, the recognized leader in project management in Dallas
  • Early vendors will receive exposure to 13,000 subscribers to PMI Dallas Chapter newsletter
  • Reach influencers and key decision makers in local, national and global companies
  • Expand your network of potential clients
  • Market your brand and gain attention with door prizes
  • Grow your business!

Vendor space is available at competitive prices starting at $200. To reserve your space, email Huma Sohrwardy, VP Marketing at [email protected]

Showcase Details:

  • Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Dr, Farmers Branch, TX, USA, 75234

This event normally attracts several hundred PMI members.

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 organizational success. With more than 500,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest professional 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

 

 

Fluor Uses IBM Watson to Deliver Predictive Analytics for Megaprojects

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Fluor drives digital transformation with AI solutions to monitor status of global projects and drive project cost savings

13 September 2018 – Irving, Texas and Armonk, New York, USA – Fluor Corporation and IBM have announced today the use of artificial intelligence-based systems to predict, monitor and measure the status of engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) megaprojects from inception to completion.

Fluor’s extensive engineering, fabrication, construction and deep supply chain expertise, coupled with artificial intelligence and analytic technologies from IBM Watson, forms the foundation for big data analytics and diagnostic systems that help predict critical project outcomes and provide early insights into the health of projects.

Large capital projects, especially in the energy and chemicals, and mining and metals markets, are incredibly complex with enormous amounts of data, people and moving parts that are constantly changing and need to be understood to keep a project on schedule and budget. To gain insights from project data in nearly real-time and to understand the implications of changing factors, Fluor is introducing the EPC Project Health Diagnostics (EPHDsm) and the Market Dynamics/Spend Analytics (MD/SAsm) systems. Developed with IBM Research and IBM Services, working collaboratively with Fluor, these innovative tools help to identify dependencies and provide actionable insights by fusing thousands of data points across the entire life cycle of capital projects.

Fluor selected IBM Research and IBM Services to assist in the development of these advanced systems as part of its global data-centric transformation strategy. Fluor can now leverage a wealth of experience from across its entire historical data store and global workforce to quickly understand markets and monitor project factors impacting cost and schedule to drive improved certainty and cost efficiency across the entire project scope.

“Harnessing the power of data to make meaningful insights will alter how megaprojects around the world are designed, built and maintained,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “Together with IBM, Fluor is embracing artificial intelligence as an engine for transformation in data-driven industries that are ripe for innovation including energy and chemicals, and mining and metals construction projects.”

“The ability to rapidly analyze and comprehend big data that drives decisions at any point throughout the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of today’s megaprojects is an imperative for the success of our company and the protection of our clients’ capital investments,” said Ray Barnard, Fluor’s senior executive vice president of Systems and Supply Chain. “And to be the best at predictive analytics and project execution in our industry, we teamed with IBM to create EPHD and MD/SA, an advanced and effective set of diagnostic tools and capabilities that rapidly predict best-in-class pricing globally, project status and outcomes, and improves the quality of services and decision-making as we serve our clients around the globe.”

The EPHD and MD/SA systems are designed to transform complex data into actionable business insights using domain-driven semantic models to guide artificial intelligence-based predictive and diagnostics modeling. A unique feature of the systems is the blending of data with domain expertise to learn models that are operationally insightful. An advanced cognitive user interface provides seamless access to the data, reports and results of the analysis, using EPC domain-sensitive natural language conversational interface. The underlying domain understanding is used to guide project diagnostics and provide natural language summaries based on the reports, with data visualization techniques to ease its quick consumption and understanding.

These tools assess the status of a project by:

  • Predicting issues such as rising costs or schedule delays based on historical trends and patterns.
  • Gaining earlier insights from many sets of complex factors across project execution.
  • Identifying the root causes of issues and the potential impacts of changes as input to the decision-making process including estimate analysis, forecast evaluation, project risk assessment and critical path analysis.

“Besides the work Fluor was already doing on predictive maintenance and construction sequencing, five years ago we began investing in predictive analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities to further evaluate performance and determine critical project outcomes as a part of our data-centric journey,” said Leslie Lindgren, Fluor’s vice president of Information Management. “We will be using these innovations on select large and megaprojects to quickly discover trends, patterns and meaning in our structured and unstructured data that deliver competitive advantage through the digital transformation of data into critical information with significant benefits to our clients, other stakeholders and our company.”

As Fluor continues on its global data-centric transformation journey, the company plans to further develop and expand EPHD and MD/SA using analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities from IBM Watson and integrate them into Fluor’s processes.

Founded in 1912, Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that transforms the world by building prosperity and empowering progress. Fluor serves its clients by designing, building and maintaining safe, well executed, capital-efficient projects around the world. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 153 on the Fortune 500 list with revenue of $19.5 billion in 2017 and has more than 56,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.

For information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

Source: Fluor Corporation

 

 

PMI CEO Mark A. Langley to retire

 

PM PEOPLE & PROFESSION NEWS

PMI Board of Directors to launch executive search for replacement; Cahill to lead during transition

11 September 2018 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI) today announced that Mark A. Langley, President & CEO, will be retiring from PMI effective 30 November 2018.

“I am honored to have led PMI through the last several years of significant growth as we approach the Institute’s 50th anniversary,” said Langley (pictured right). “As PMI continues through its digital transformation, this is a good time to begin transitioning to leadership that will drive the Institute to even greater heights in its next half century.”

PMI currently has members in nearly every country who are served by 300 chapters around the world. There are 1.4 million professionals who have been certified by PMI. Poised to become the association of the future, PMI has launched a digital transformation.

PMI’s Board of Directors and Langley would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire organization and volunteer community for their hard work, continued support and ongoing commitment that have advanced the profession and PMI.

“Mark has helped PMI become the strong global organization it is today, and we would like to express our gratitude for his many years of dedicated service,” said Caterina La Tona, Chair of the 2018 Board of Directors. “Mark’s leadership team, the entire staff and the army of dedicated global volunteers have worked to solidify PMI as the most influential and authoritative project management association in the world.”

To ensure continuity between now and when the new CEO begins, the PMI Board of Directors has asked Joe Cahill, Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration, to take on day-to-day operations of the Institute during the transition period.

The PMI Board of Directors will initiate a search for Langley’s replacement. During the search process, PMI will continue its mission to delivery strong value for its entire membership and the project management profession. Langley will participate in development of a smooth transition plan during the search process

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 3 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through globally recognized standards, certifications, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute