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Call for Papers for UMD’s 2019 PM Symposium

 

Share your knowledge and experience at the University of Maryland’s 6th Annual Project Management Symposium – Abstract Deadline November 4th

4 October 2018 – College Park, Md. USA – 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.  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

If speaking at the event is not of interest, you are encouraged to attend the Symposium instead.  Registration for the event is now open.  For more information on the 2018 event, please 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.

 

 

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

 

 

PM Summit Istanbul 2018

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Annual conference of PMI Turkey Chapter takes place during 14-15 September

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

3 September 2018 – Istanbul, Turkey – PM Summit Istanbul 2018 held by PMI Turkey Chapter will take place on 14-15 September 2018 at Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall.

The theme is “Project Management in Industry 4.0”

Last week to register is now at: https://www.pmi.org.tr/summit/istanbul2018/

 

 

Project Management Praxis

 

New PM book by Dr. Kenneth Smith published in Philippines

2 September 2018 – Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – Central Book Supply, a Philippine publisher, has released a new book by Dr. Kenneth Smith titled “Project Management Praxis: A ‘Treasure Trove’ of Practical Innovations to Classic Tools and Techniques for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Projects, Programs and Portfolios, for ‘Quick and Easy’ application by Project Management Practitioners.”

Dr. Kenneth F. Smith has been a project management consultant for ADB, the World Bank, and USAID for decades. He earned his DPA (Doctor of Public Administration) from the George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia and his MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology/MIT (Systems Analysis Fellow, Center for Advanced Engineering Study). A long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Dr. Smith is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of PMI®-Honolulu Chapter.

To learn more or to order the book, click here.

Central Book Supply, Inc. has been in the publishing business since 1945. It is one of the most established publishers and distributors of law books and other professional books in the Philippines. CentralBooks is also at the forefront of Print On Demand technology, On Demand Book Publishing and Electronic Publishing. It is marrying its long experience in book publishing and printing with the most innovative technologies to bring true next generation publishing today. Visit http://central.com.ph/centralbooks/

 

 

 

Wideman website updates announced for September 2018

 

1 September 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

This month in Papers, we have reviewed a new book by Gina Abudi on the subject of Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach. The book contains good advice on managing a significant re-working and re-staffing within a private sector organization. We are hoping that she will come out with a corresponding book for the public sector

In Musings we have another update on our case study of A Simple Park Stairway. Behold a magnificent entrance (and cost!

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.

 

AI could boost Latin American and Caribbean Economies

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

IDB Study also urges governments to anticipate consequences of artificial intelligence in labor markets

29 August 2018 – Artificial intelligence (AI) can facilitate trade negotiations and add one additional percentage point of growth to Latin American and the Caribbean economies, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The study by the IDB’s Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) predicts that AI could boost regional GDP in the mid-term to 4 percent from current 3 percent projections.

Brazil, for instance, could grow 4.1 percent a year instead of 3.2 percent. Colombia’s economy could hit 4.5 percent growth instead of 3.7 percent. Overall, economic growth of countries that embrace artificial intelligence is expected to be 25 percent higher, on average, than those that do not, the report finds.

Almost half of this increase comes from improvements in productivity, as workers spend more time on tasks that add more value, according to Algorithmlandia: Artificial Intelligence for Predictive and Inclusive form of Integration in Latin America .

The report, which contains inputs from 40 experts in artificial intelligence, also warns that artificial intelligence will bring difficult ethical considerations and labor market challenges.

“Artificial intelligence is much more than a new technological fad,” said Gustavo Beliz, the director of INTAL. “It is a unique hybrid of work and capital. It is an entirely new productive force, capable of teaching itself. These new technologies need to be inserted into our productive processes and in our exports. Failure to do so means falling behind more developed economies.”

Better trade negotiations

The report predicts the emergence of a “new trade techno-diplomacy,” where complex trade negotiations are simplified, and supply chains become more productive. Artificial intelligence can bring this about by analyzing vast amounts of data relating to trade flows, tariffs, rules of origin, and sanitary regulations, among others. Artificial intelligence can help find consensus areas in tough multilateral trade negotiations. With the help of anticipatory analytical tools, artificial intelligence can also construct sophisticated predictive regional trade scenarios. Artificial intelligence models have a 300 percent greater predictive capacity than traditional econometric models.

In finance and capital markets, algorithms can be 95% more effective in predicting investor risk profile. Artificial intelligence can help the region narrow physical infrastructure connectivity gaps. By using sensors and the internet of things, artificial intelligence can assign port container slots in real time to optimize inventory management. Electricity consumption can be lowered by up to 10 percent by using smart networks that can better match supply with demand.

In health, diagnosing illnesses with image recognition has a 96 percent accuracy rate. Personalizing education plans with the help of artificial intelligence reduces remediation costs by 40 percent and increases exam passing rates by 15 percent.

Labor market consequences

AI also brings important political and ethical challenges. The risk of job losses due to automatization varies between 10 percent and 65 percent of the work force. Algorithmlandia offers a new way of measuring that risk, by factoring in education levels, the economy’s productive structures, and the ratio of robots per industrial worker, among others.

Between 36 percent and 43 percent of jobs could be lost due to artificial intelligence in Latin America – putting the region in the middle of the more optimistic and more pessimistic forecasts. Countries with lower GDP per capita and greater inequality are at a greater risk of suffering jobs losses, the report says.

“To better manage the transition for displaced workers, governments must put in place policies and strategic plans that are designed for artificial intelligence,” says INTAL’s Gustavo Beliz. “And an artificial intelligence ‘rebellion’ can sound a bit farfetched, but we need to anticipate the ethical risks around the data management, production and analysis. Artificial intelligence can bring us prosperity, but we need to ensure we do it in a way that secure and inclusive.”

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of long-term financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the IDB is at http://www.iadb.org/. For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

 

Dr. David Cleland, 1926-2018

 

IN MEMORIAM

Globally recognized project management author, educator and researcher, most respected mentor to generations of PMI leaders

3 August 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has learned that Dr. David Cleland has passed away at the age of 92. According to his obituary, Dr. David Ira Cleland, age 92, of Harmony, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 while under the care of Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. David was born on March 21, 1926, in Harmony, PA, the son of the late Ira Lamont Cleland and Florence Martha Stickel Cleland, and the youngest of nine children.

Dr. Cleland was one of the most published authors of project management books in the world, one of the most respected members of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and a legendary figure in the academic world of project management researchers and teachers. He was widely respected, even adored by many generations of PMI leaders. He received PMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Project Management in 2010.

According to PMI, Dr. Cleland contributed to PMI in countless ways, including moderating the PMI Body of Knowledge Workshop in 1985, finalizing the development of the PMI Student Paper Award Program, and attending and presenting at many PMI Seminars & Symposia and Congresses since 1972. A charter member and advisor to the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, Dr. Cleland received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award from PMI three times. He was an author and editor of 44 books and of many articles published in technological, management and educational periodicals. He was considered to be the most published author of project management textbooks in the world.

He received the PMI Fellow Award in 1987. In 1999, PMI honored Dr. Cleland by establishing the annual David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award to recognize authors of published books that significantly advance project management knowledge, concepts and practice.

After working from 1954 as a project manager in the U.S. Air Force, retiring eventually as a lieutenant colonel, Dr. Cleland began his academic career in 1967, teaching project management for 35 years at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cleland served as global consultant to many organizations. He was also co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center, which provides manufacturing systems technology assistance to small and mid-sized manufacturers in Western Pennsylvania.

According to Wikipedia, Dr. Cleland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Business in 1958, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He started working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio as a project manager in the development of weapon systems. He was also very active in Project Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He eventually retired as Lieutenant Colonel. In 1967 he started his academic career, teaching Project Management for 35 years at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

PMI is expected to publish a memorial to Dr. Cleland in the October issue of PM Today, their internal newsletter for PMI members.

To read his full obituary or to pay tribute, click here.

Photo courtesy of Boylan Funeral Home

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for August 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 August 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max this month:

When you think about it, our publications last month were all about failure of communication in one form or another. This month we thought we should level the playing field, so to speak, by giving advice on how to be impressive without giving away anything vital. So here’s our Musings – The art of Bafflegab for speech makers.

At the same time, you want to be influential. So here’s a Review of Stacey Hanke‘s book Influence Redefined. In it, Stacey first explains what she means by “influence” and then poses the rhetorical question: “Are you as influential as you think you are?”

Read the book to find out, and then what you can do about it.

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.

 

PM Expo 2018: Great Event dedicated to Project Management in Rome on October 26th

 

Highlights to include presentations by Dalcher, Pells, Pirozzi and other well known international experts

30 July 2018 – Rome, Italy – PM Expo is a major Italian Event dedicated to Project Management sponsored and organized by Istituto Italiano di Project management (ISIPM) https://www.isipm.org/.  The event takes place, on a yearly basis, in late October in Rome.

The participation to PM Expo is completely free of charge, is open to everybody, including professionals and followers, and requires only a preliminary registration on the website of the Event. Both English and Italian Languages will be used, and a real time translation service will be provided. Last year there were more than 1000 participants.

The Program of PM Expo 2018 https://www.pmexpo.it/ is particularly rich, and integrates, in a peculiar innovative formula, Seminars by International Speakers, Workshops, Awarding of Prizes, Speeches by National Authors, Sponsors’ Exhibitions, and even a Lottery for ISIPM’s Members.

International Seminars will focus on Innovation: David Pells will speak about “Innovation 360! Views from a PM Globalist”, while Professor Darren Dalcher will speak about “Who killed innovation? … and what we can do about it”.  Massimo Pirozzi will speak about “Stakeholder Perspective in Project Management: the effective innovativeness of people centrality”.

Workshops will cover different practical issues, including Agile. Different Prizes will be awarded: International ISIPM Award 2018 will be given to David Pells, for his extraordinary contribution to the dissemination of Project Management Discipline; there will be Prizes for best Dissertations in Universities on Project Management issues; and there will be special Prizes for Projects submitted by Schools, too.

For more about this event, visit https://www.pmexpo.it/

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/

PM World Journal is a Media Partner for the 2018 PM Expo in Rome.

 

 

Project Management Review Celebrates Third Anniversary

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Strategic partnership launched, international award winners announced and symposium conducted

Reported by Yu Yanjuan in Beijing

27 July 2018 – Beijing, China – On July 26th, 2018, Project Management Review (PMR) held a special event to celebrate its third birthday. The half-day event included three parts: signing of strategic cooperation agreement with Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) in China; Awards Presentations; and a Project Management Symposium.

During the signing of strategic cooperation agreement between PMR and EPPEI, the two sides agreed to maximize their own strengths to upgrade project management competencies in the electric power industry and to promote the development of best practices in China.

In the second part, five categories of awards were presented to experts, authors and translators for their support of PMR in the past three years. For the international side, “PMR Craftsman Award” goes to David Pells and Rodney Turner for their companionship and help. “PMR Excellent Partner Award” goes to the PM World Journal (PMWJ). As an international cooperative partner, PMWJ has offered tremendous assistance to us. On the 3rd Birthday, we present PMWJ “PMR Excellent Partner Award” in hope of further productive cooperation.

“PMR Outstanding Contribution Award” goes to Stacy Goff, Reinhard Wagner, Darren Dalcher, Oliver F. Lehmann and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez for their selfless contributions. All the awards winners will receive the digital certificates soon.

In the third part, a small project management symposium was held. Four keynote speakers shared their views on excellence and management. During the event, we also play the collection of video congratulations across the globe. The speakers in the video expressed good wishes for the future of PMR. View the video at: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzc1MzkwMTM1Mg==.html?spm=a2h3j.8428770.3416059.1  See further details of the anniversary celebration and symposium at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/Home/article/detail/id/205.html

Background:

On July 26th, 2015, the first issue of PMR magazine was launched. For three years, we have been devoted to providing all-dimensional multi-perspective introduction of latest domestic and international project management research advances and application cases. We are committed to promoting project management theory research and application and enhancing the competitiveness of companies. Our columns include Cover Articles, Top Interview, Foresight, Chief Viewpoint, International Perspective, Special Research, Career Pulse, PM+, etc.

Project Management Review (PMR) Magazine, sponsored by State Grid Yingda Media Investment Group, is a leading source of project management news, knowledge and information in China. The magazine provides an all-dimensional multi-perspective introduction to the latest domestic and international project management research advances and application cases. PMR pays special attention to project management accomplishments, experience and lessons learned from companies’ going international, with a focus on globalization, specialization of project management and professionalization of project managers. For more about PMR and to see the latest edition, visit http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

Source: PMR

 

 

APM in UK appoints new Chief Executive

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Chief Operating Officer Debbie Dore selected to succeed Sara Drake

26 July 2018 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that the board of APM has unanimously selected Debbie Dore (pictured below) as the new APM chief executive.

Chairman John McGlynn confirmed: “We are delighted to make this appointment. Debbie was selected as our preferred candidate following a very thorough recruitment exercise. It’s very pleasing to be able to recognise an exceptional internal candidate and appoint from within. The board are confident that Debbie is the right candidate to successfully lead APM through its next stage of development. APM continues to progress as a professional chartered body and this is an exciting time for us. I’d like to reiterate the board’s thanks to Sara Drake for her sterling work.”

Debbie Dore will take up her appointment on 1st August following the planned departure of Sara Drake. Debbie has worked at APM since 2015, initially as chief commercial officer and latterly as chief operating officer. Prior to joining APM, Debbie served as a senior executive on the board of a multi-national subscription organisation delivering global transformation projects across sales, IT and customer service.

With responsibility for teams in 25 countries she also has huge international experience which will prove invaluable as APM seeks to grow its international presence. Debbie has also served as a non-executive director for a member association connecting the knowledge community.

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

 

 

Call for Papers & Presentations for 30th Annual IPMW in November

 

CALL FOR PAPERS & FUTURE EVENT NEWS

25 May 2018 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced that the 30th Annual Integrated Program Management Workshop (IPMW) will be held at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC, USA during November 13-15, 2018. The theme of this year’s event is “Providing Intelligent Pathways for Management and Leadership”.

Call for Papers is now open – Abstract Submission Deadline: September 6, 2018

CPM is seeking innovative topics to be considered in the development of the education program.  IPMW participants hail from all levels of government and industry in the broad field of Integrated Program Performance Management.

Submit your abstract here to be considered for this prestigious event.

All materials must be in the format as described in the Speaker Requirements.

Abstracts should be submitted for the following session types:

  • Practice Symposia
  • Topical Workshop

Detailed information about the Workshop and Practice Symposia Category topics can be found in the Speaker Requirements. For more information contact: Beatrice Barry at [email protected] or 703-234-4147

Registration is now open

The 30th Annual Integrated Program Performance Management Workshop – IPMW 2018 is the leading event for sharing information, obtaining training, and building partnerships among government, industry, academia and vendors in the practice of Integrated Program Performance Measurement (IPPM). IPPM provides a structured management methodology and a common language for all program stakeholders to better ensure the health and successful outcome of projects.

The innovative and collaborative environment of IPMW 2018 will spotlight pioneering programs and practices through industry and government-leading keynotes, training, workshops and practice symposia.

Registration is open – Early Bird Rates last until October 14th.

REGISTER NOW

Exhibit / Sponsor at IPMW 2018

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management (EVM) and other performance management techniques. For more information, visit www.mycpm.org.

Source: College of Performance Management

 

 

 

Preparing Decision Makers for the Real Projectified World

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

Southampton Graduate Student seeks participants for dissertation research

23 July 2018 – Southampton, the UK – Ismail Kürtük, a graduate student at the University of Southampton in the UK and a research intern for the PM World Library, needs participants for a research project he is conducting in support of his dissertation.  Below is information provided by Ismail.  If you are a project manager with at least a year’ experience in any industry in the UK, please consider helping him out. The copy of the research result will be given, ıf the participants will require. There is no time limit to join this research however it would be really helpful for the researcher if you can attend as soon as possible.

Study Title: Preparing Decision Makers for the Real Projectified World

Researcher Name: Ismail Can Kürtük

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research.  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What is the research about?

Managing a project is a complex process, so the person who wants to manage projects successfully needs soft skills that are interpersonal ability, technical competencies and cognitive ability, along with understanding the conditions and people and then dynamically combining with suitable leadership behaviours (Baroudi and Pant, 2008). Moreover, Brown and Bowen said that organizations are increasingly anticipating from the delegates who are studying project management education to cogitate developments of their soft skills (2009).

Accordingly, making decisions is one of the necessary soft skills for project managers. Virine and Trumper (2008) described that decision making is a necessary skill for project management that can be enhanced by training. Therefore, it can be provided to improve the quality of project management thanks to giving more importance to the education of decision making. In this context, the aimed research is to explore the current state of decision making in project management education and the expectations of the business world about the decision making. The researcher aims to provide proper study for improving decision making education in the PM context regarding explored necessities for improving decision making quality thanks to interviews.

Why have I been asked to participate?

The main component of this research is your experience. Because the researcher will determine potential business needs of decision making regarding your comments and insights.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you accept to take a part in the research, the researcher will carry out an online interview with you. I will ask several questions about the decision-making process that you have been facing in the business world to discover your comments and insights. In case of need, a second round of the interview will be also carried out.

Are there any benefits to my taking part?

This research doesn’t offer any individual benefit. However, a potential benefit of this study is that the results of the research will contribute knowledge about decision making.

Are there any risks involved?

The only risk of this research is the slight possibility of psychological discomfort or distress you can feel. Please immediately inform the researcher if you feel any kind of discomfort, to avoid or to arrange relevant precaution.

Will my participation be confidential? 

First, this research will comply with the Data Protection Act/University policy. Accordingly, data from interviews will be stored in an encrypted cloud account provided by the university until the end of the study. Also, only the researcher will be able to access these data. That should be said that there will be no any identifiable and private information collected within this study. Please be aware that this research would result linked anonymity due to the transaction period and so, participants can be identified through the coded data.

What should I do if I want to take part?

Please immediately contact the researcher via email (Ismail Can Kurtuk – [email protected] )

What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to withdraw at any time. However, please note that fully anonymous data (e.g. anonymous questionnaires) cannot be withdrawn after they have been submitted. Please also be aware that the data collected up to the point of withdrawal will be destroyed.

What will happen to the results of the research?

The researcher will use the obtained data in his dissertation. Furthermore, it could be used in the further studies.

Where can I get more information?

Ismail Can Kurtuk – [email protected]

What happens if something goes wrong?

In case of concern or complaint, please immediately contact with Research Integrity and Governance Manager via 023 8059 5058 or [email protected].

 

 

Sapienza University graduate student in Rome completes PM Research Internship

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Srikanth Varma Datla completes PM World Library research internship program

21 July 2018 – Rome, Italy and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced that Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, a graduate student at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy has completed a PM World Library project management research internship. Mr Srikanth Varma completed the program on 20th July 2018.

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Italy) in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Srikanth Varma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. During a year of professional experience as a volunteer, Srikanth Varma has worked as a supervisor, organizer, and a volunteer manager. Major Field of Study: Computer Science. Research interests: Information Systems, Project Management

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Srikanth Varma focused on the human computer interface during the software and IT system design process.  He contributed a number of articles and papers that should be highly useful to many people involved in planning and implementing information and communication technology projects.”

According to Srikanth, “This internship provided good stimulus for me to determine serious research interests, then to conduct some interesting research.  I think human-computer interface issues are critical for IT project success, especially when user-friendly solutions are required. So this internship was pretty useful.”

Pells added, “Srikanth was one of several Sapienza University students introduced to us by Professor Federico Minelli in Rome, for which we are grateful.  They’ve done good work and conducted useful research; we look forward to working with more Sapienza 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. Datla’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

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.

 

 

Hill International to Provide Project Management Services for $511 Million Brazilian Resort

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

20 July 2018 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Baia Formosa, Brazil – Hill International has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Gremi International to provide project and construction management services for the $511 million Eco Estrela Resort in northeastern Brazil. This investment is the first phase of a total project estimated at $2 billion.

The project, in support of Brazil’s growing tourism industry, features 4 miles of beachfront property with 191 villas operated by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, a hospitality real estate company specializing in resort destinations incorporating natural surroundings.

During this three-year contract, Hill will provide project and construction management support for pre-construction and construction with a focus on minimizing risk, addressing challenges, and coordinating budgets and schedules.

Luis Lugo, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Southeast America/Caribbean/Latin America, for Hill’s Project Management Group, said, “Gremi International and Six Senses are creating a resort that will offer tourists a one-of-a-kind experience, and Hill’s expert project and construction management services will help realize their unique vision as-planned.”

For more about the project, visit http://ecoestrela.ceti.pl/#welcome

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,000 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

 

NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data

 

OTHER NEWS RELATED TO PROJECTS & PM

18 July 2018 – Washington, DC, USA – While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization. NASA’s Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote commercial use of this data and the software tools needed to work with it.

With the Remote Sensing Toolkit, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The toolkit provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. The toolkit will help users search for data, as well as ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools.

Through its constellation of Earth observation satellites, NASA collects petabytes of data each year, including this image of the Chukchi Sea acquired on June 18, 2018, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. Thanks to a new Remote Sensing Toolkit created by NASA’s Technology Transfer program, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant remote sensing data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. Credits: NASA/U. S. Geological Survey/Norman Kuring/Kathryn Hansen

“This new tool makes finding and using NASA satellite data easier than ever before, and we hope it sparks innovation among the entrepreneurial community and leads to further commercialization of NASA technology and benefits people across the world,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive. “Our mission to bring NASA technology down to Earth is expanding with the release of this remote sensing toolkit.” 

Through its constellation of Earth observation satellites, NASA collects petabytes of data each year. The variety of open source tools created to access, analyze and utilize the data from these satellites is familiar to millions of science users, but accessing and utilizing this data remains daunting for many potential commercial users.

For example, NASA’s remote-sensing data and tools are spread out across dozens of sites. The NASA Technology Transfer program reviewed more than 50 websites and found that no source provided a comprehensive collection of information or a single access point to begin a search.

While the Remote Sensing Toolkit is new, using NASA satellite data to create commercial products isn’t.

“Over the years, many organizations around the world have found innovative ways to turn NASA satellite data into beneficial information products here on Earth,” said Kevin Murphy of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “Remote Sensing Toolkit will help grow the number of users who put NASA’s free and open data archive to work for people.”

The Technology Transfer program will host a tutorial of Remote Sensing Toolkit. To participate, potential users should sign up to be notified of future webinars.

NASA’s Technology Transfer program, managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, ensures technologies developed for missions in exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximizing the benefit to the nation.

For more information about the Remote Sensing Toolkit and NASA’s Technology Transfer program, visit: https://technology.nasa.gov/

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA