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Prof Pieter Steyn featured in Leadership magazine

 

EDUCATION & PEOPLE NEWS

In depth interview with Cranefield College founder in latest edition of leading South African management publication

19 February 2019 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Prof Pieter Steyn, head of the Cranefield College in South Africa, is featured in the latest edition of South Africa’s Leadership magazine.  An in-depth interview with Prof Steyn is included. The interview focuses on The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0, a topic Dr. Steyn has written extensively about (including papers published in the PM World Journal) and on Pieter’s career and experiences in higher education.

The interview delves into Prof. Steyn’s background, the history of Cranefield College, educational needs associated with Industry 4.0, and the impact of various technology trends on both workers and industry leaders. To read the interview, click here.

Pieter Steyn is founder, principal and professor of Cranefield College, an accredited institution of higher learning based in South Africa with main campus in Midrand and Johannesburg and administrative offices in Pretoria. Professor Steyn holds an engineering degree (BSc Eng), MBA and Doctorate in business management and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Pieter founded the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management in 1998. Pieter is co-author of the “International Handbook of Production and Operations Management,” (Cassell, London, 1989, ed. Ray Wild) and author of many articles and papers on leadership and management. Pieter is a founder Fellow of the Production Management Institute of South Africa, and a member of the Association of Business Leadership, Industrial Engineering Institute, Engineering Association of South Africa and Project Management South Africa (PMSA). He is founder and past President of the Association of Project Management, South Africa (APMSA) and South Africa’s former representative on the Council of Delegates of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), 2000-2005. He is currently a member of IPMA’s Research Management Board (since 2007).

Leadership magazine, published by Cape Media in South Africa, is a business publication aimed at middle and senior business managers directors, entrepreneurs, the political class and those who aspire to leadership roles, across all sectors of the economy. One-on-one with leaders within South Africa and around the word, we learn from them what it takes to be a leader and their personal stories of what it means to be leader. Visit http://www.leadershiponline.co.za/.

Cape Media Corporation is a leading business-to-business linkage specialist that utilises multi-platform marketing and networking programmes to facilitate B2B trade. Their publications and events are geared to achieve measurable results for clients; over the years Cape Media has provided a balance between the interests of private and public entities that drive the Southern African economic development agenda.

Cranefield College, an accredited education institution in South Africa with a focus on programme and project management, offers an Advanced Certificate, Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree, and Doctor of Philosophy through Blended Learning. Live streaming of classes on the internet forms part of the Blended Learning mode.  Cranefield also offers a range of web-based short courses. For more information, visit http://www.cranefield.ac.za/.

Source: Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management

 

 

Historic Zimbabwe Jumbo Relocation Project Executed with Success

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

18 February 2019 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Wildlife Conservation group Hemmersbach Rhino Force have recently sponsored the delivery of an incredible project to relocate over 100 elephants across a 700km journey in Zimbabwe. Between August and October 2018, one hundred elephants were relocated from the Sango Wildlife Conservancy in the south-east of Zimbabwe, to the Rifa Concession in the Zambezi Valley more than 700 km away.

The project that left many local and international stakeholders ecstatic was one of the largest wildlife relocations in the country’s history. The project was conducted in co-operation with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority together with the Sango Wildlife Conservancy.

Photo: One of the images of the tusk of a doused elephant during the relocation project.

“As too many elephants live in the Sango Wildlife Conservancy, we have decided to save their lives and protect them from culling,” says Ralph Koczwara, CEO of the Hemmersbach Rhino Force. “This Rhino Force funded and organized relocation project covers a distance of almost 700 km. The elephants have been relocated, in their family groups, in twelve separate operations.”

Their new home is the Rifa Concession, an 850 square km national park, located in the Zambezi Valley in northern Zimbabwe and operated by Hemmersbach Rhino Force. Ralph Koczwara welcomes the action as clear evidence of the success of direct action in nature conservation: “Hemmersbach Rhino Force is very happy to enable the relocation of the elephants. The move is only the first step. Our direct-action mission in Zimbabwe is to return the black rhino to their natural habitat in the Zambezi Valley. This place is considered as the origin of the black rhino but almost all of the 2,000 that were living there in the past, were killed.”

To this end, the Rifa Concession was leased by Hemmersbach Rhino Force with an anti-poaching mandate for the entire Hurungwe Area. Now the few survivors can return together with many younger conspecifics to their homeland. All these returnees will be guarded by the Rhino Force special unit at all times.

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes.  For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected].

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

40 new works added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2,971 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,318 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 February 2019 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 40 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 44 different authors representing 18 countries were published in the February 2019 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,971 original works by 1,318 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 30+ new works from many different authors; of the 44 authors this month, 25 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We published 13 featured papers this month, a very large number. Five started as student papers but seemed interesting and relevant enough to be included among the conference-quality papers in the featured papers category.  I hope readers appreciate these authors and their works, which are outstanding.”

New authors in February included Prof Mukhtar Al-Hashimi (Bahrain), Victoire Berger (France), Bastien Bonneau (France), Danny Boswell (USA), Pranab Das (USA), Liz Dewing (South Africa), Nancy Everett (USA), Quentin Duchaussoy (France), Steve Ford (USA), Kathy Frankle (USA), Celeste Gonnon (France), Ugo Grahek (France), Hazem Hasan (Bahrain), Ed Haskin (USA), Tzuyu Lai (Taiwan), Yasmine Laraki (Morocco), Ying Li (China), Stephen Lisse (USA), Claire Lopez (France), Sarra Messai (France), Oludolapo Olanrewaju (Nigeria), Ellie Sundstrom (USA), Tanner Trigg (USA), Charlotte Zago (France) and Shuoting Zheng (China). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The publishing momentum has continued from last year,” Pells adds.  “Our series authors are continuing to produce tremendous articles, we have a pipeline of student papers coming from Skema in France, various authors are contributing useful advisory and commentary articles, reports and books reviews are coming in each month, and we’ve been able to republish some good works. 2019 has gotten off to a great start.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for February 2019

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 February 2019 – 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:

Breaking News: For the last several months we have been working on a project that we have had in mind for several years now. It is to resurrect the original Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed “PMBOK” by me) which was published by the Project Management Institute in 1987. The idea is to make it available as a PDF document.

Remember this publication was before personal computers were readily available, and the PDF file format was not yet invented. The original document has required considerable editorial work to correct grammar, spelling errors and repetitions. It is of interest because it is a statement of project management and not a Guide. As such it contains advice still of value today. Any day now, so stay tuned . . .

Guests — Our Guest this month is Miroslav Anicin who offers Five Indispensable Qualities of Top Project Managers as valuable advice. This should be of interest to those aspiring to manage a significant Intellect type project, such as in the Manufacturing, Information, or High Tech. industries, and do do as a “top project manager”.

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.

 

 

April Dynamics 2019 PM Conference in Istanbul

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

20th PM Congress organized by the Istanbul Project Management Association scheduled for 11-12 April

22 January 2019 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Dynamics Project Management Congress is organized annually by the Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD, www.ipyd.org) with the goal of bringing project managers and those who are interested in project management together to share their knowledge and experiences and to showcase project management successes in their fields.

“Dynamics 2019/20th International Project Management Congress”, Turkey’s first and biggest project management congress, will take place on 11-12 April, 2019, at the Kozyatağı Hilton Hotel.  The goal is to create an environment where national and international attendees from different sectors, such as telecommunications, construction, IT, finance, healthcare, the public sector, sciences and NGOs, can come together to exchange information.

Technology is moving fast and we need to keep up with the speed in order to stay afoot in our sectors. We need to be aware of the blessings that progress brings and to use them wisely. As we serve our customers, we need to compete with our rivals and use all the channels available to us to reach potential customers. We have a lot of work to do, but our time and resources are limited. It is necessary to track the changes in the world and the global economic crisis and to take precautions when necessary.

The Istanbul Project Management Association invites you to the Dynamics 2019 Congress, where attendees from leading organizations in our country from different sectors come together. Present yourself and your company at this congress that is organized annually and is the preferred venue for project managers.

Meet people that you have been trying to reach through social media and other marketing channels. Let’s include your stand at our congress.

Be our sponsor. Come and tell about your project management successes to our local and foreign guests. Support professionals who want to benefit from your experiences. Let us mention you in all our congress announcements, whether it be on our website or our press releases. Let’s work together to give you exposure in the written and visual press. Click here for brochure.

Attend our international project management congress, which was established as a recognizable brand long ago. Increase your knowledge through your attendance. Turn your professional connections into collaboration. The success stories that tell about how to be more productive and effective will benefit your projects, too.  Click here for conference website.

The Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD) was formed in 1997. Today, IPYD continues to pursue its founding goals of enabling project management to be accepted as a career across all disciplines, advance and expand project management theory and application, encourage professionalism and quality in project management, and develop and protect ethical rules, professional standards and accreditation conditions. IPYD sponsors various networking and educational activities, with the Dynamics project management congress its largest event.  For more, go to www.ipyd.org.

 

 

Passion, Persistence, and Patience

PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Alfonso Bucero focuses on key personal skills for achieving project management success

20 January 2019 – Business Expert Press (BEP) in the United States has published a new book by Alfonso Bucero titled Passion, Persistence, and Patience: Key Skills for Achieving Project Success.  The aim of this book is to inspire and encourage project practitioners, executives, and beginners in the project management field to develop passion, persistence, and patience. To see more about the book, click here.

The author tells his personal stories and experiences managing projects in organizations by practicing his three Ps–passion, persistence, and patience. Several examples and some tools are included at every chapter. The reader will discover how to assess his/her passion, persistence, and patience and will discover suggestions and methods to prepare an improvement plan.

This book is the fruit of several years of different author experiences lived as a project manager and as a professional worldwide. Cultivating his passion, persistence, and patience over the years, he has achieved many of his professional goals. Read this book carefully and reflect upon your personal behaviors, then you will achieve your excellence as a professional.

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI fellow, is the founder and managing partner of Bucero PM Consulting. He was a senior project manager at Hewlett- Packard Spain for more than thirteen years. Previously he worked as a project team member, team leader, and project manager for Secoinsa, Digital Equipment Corporation, and ICL. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2010, the PMI Fellow Award in 2011, and the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award on October 2017. Alfonso authored and coauthored several books in the project management field. He has also contributed to professional magazines internationally. You can reach him at: [email protected]

Established in 2008, Business Expert Press is now used by hundreds of thousands of faculty, students and practitioners around the world. BEP is dedicated to developing collections of complementary titles within specific business disciplines and across topics of interest. BEP provides applied and concise books, eBooks and digital collections written by experts, partnering with dozens of course pack companies, digital platform providers, and eBook readers. More information at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/

Source: Business Expert Press

Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New BRM guide joins PMI family of program and project management standards

16 January 2019 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the publication of Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide. As with all PMI standards and publications, this practice guide aligns with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® – Sixth Edition; The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition; and The Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition.

According to the PMI summary:  Benefits realization is the common thread that runs from organizational strategy through project deliverables that contribute benefits. Yet, according to PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession Report: Success in Disruptive Times, only one in three organizations reports high benefits realization maturity.

This practice guide provides a comprehensive look at the topic of benefits realization in portfolio, program, and project management and will help you tackle this important topic and drive more successful outcomes and better strategic alignment in your organization.  Inside this practice guide you will find:

  • Standardized definitions for benefits realization, benefits realization management and associated benefits realization terms.
  • The core principles of benefits realization.
  • The benefits realization management life cycle from organizational mission, vision, and strategy through project deliverables and success measurement, and how it contributes to the expected benefits and value that the organization intends to realize.
  • A framework and guidance to help practitioners manage benefits realization in organizational project management and portfolio, program, and project management.

To learn more about this book, click here.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than one million practitioners in more than 200 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books and standards from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org.

PMI members receive discounted pricing on all PMI products.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

Turning Knowledge into Practice at UMD in May

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Registration Open for University of Maryland’s 6th Annual Project Management Symposium in May 2019 – The Washington DC area’s major PM conference

11 January 2019 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence will hold its 6th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium during 9-10 May 2019.  Held at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, this is THE major project management conference in the Washington, DC area and one of the largest in the Eastern United States.  Registration is open at https://pmsymposium.umd.edu/pm2019/

Supporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington, DC 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 an audience of more than 400 experts from industry, government, and academe. The 2019 event should be larger yet.

2019 Keynote Presentations


Eric Letvin
, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mitigation Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Presentation Title: Opportunities for Resiliency in the Pre- and Post-Disaster Environment

 


Jack Moran,
Manager, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Services.

Presentation Title: National Air and Space Museum BIM

 

 


Wanda Peters
, Deputy Director for Planning and Business Management in the Flight Projects Directorate (FPD).

Presentation Title: Performance Management – Should We Manage to a Single Data Point? A NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Perspective

 


Karen Richey
, Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School; previously: Assistant Director, Applied Research and Methods, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Presentation Title: U.S. Government Accountability Office Best Practice Guides.

 


Elyse Roeser
, Senior Project Manager, Clark Construction Group, LLC. (pictured left)

Presentation Title: Building the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on a National Historic Landmark.

 

Session Topics for 2019

  • Agile / IT Project Management
  • Construction Management (including BIM)
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Enterprise Project Management Offices
  • Federal Programs
  • Integrated Program Management
  • People in Projects
  • Change Management
  • Risks and Big Data
  • Stakeholder Management

Project management practitioners and professionals in the Washington, DC area are encouraged to attend this world class symposium.  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.

 

 

Why Attend the UT Dallas PM Symposium?

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Premier project management event in North Texas scheduled for May 2019

1 January 2019 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 13th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) PM Symposium 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 annual symposium has become the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, a world-class event held  in May on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.

The annual UT Dallas PM Symposium is a traditional project management conference with outstanding keynote speakers, excellent professional paper presentations, stimulating panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, and a networking reception.  The two-day conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, local government and others – and it’s priced lower than most other project management conference.

Benefits for Presenters

  • Earn Many PDUs – Earn 20+ PDUs for preparing a paper, making a presentation and attending the full symposium (at no cost)
  • Recognition/Visibility – Paper presenters are featured in the symposium brochure, on posters outside session rooms and on the website
  • Authorship – Add a paper or poster presentation to your resume; authoring papers is a common and significant addition to one’s professional qualifications
  • Reputation – Share knowledge or experience; gain or add to your reputation as an expert in your industry or area of PM application
  • Experience – Gain valuable speaking and presentation experience in a friendly but professional environment, on stage at a world class university
  • Attend Free – Paper presenters attend free; gain all of the benefits for attendees and employers (see below) at no out-of-pockets costs

To see the official call for papers and presentation guidelines, click here

Note: the call for papers ends 14 January 2019; if you missed the deadline, plan to participate next year.

Benefits for Attendees

  • Earn PDUs – Earn up to 13 PDUs to help maintain your PMP© or other PMI certification; presenters can earn even more (see the call for papers).
  • Learn – Gain valuable new skills from experienced industry professionals and experts; every presentation includes learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Grow – Be challenged to think outside the box, learn about new topics and trends, discuss issues with peers, take your skills to the next level.
  • Network – Meet authors, mentors, recruiters, teachers and others who can help advance your career.
  • Find Inspiration – Keynote speakers are chosen for their expertise, experience, passion and ability to inspire; learn, get excited, have fun!

Benefits for Employers

  • Value – For a small investment, employees can acquire a wealth of project management information and knowledge that can be applied on the job immediately.
  • Employee Development – Arm your project managers with the latest methods for managing projects of various sizes and complexity.
  • Skill Enhancement – Employees can share lessons learned with colleagues, learn new skills; multiple employees can split up, attend different sessions and maximize organizational learning.
  • Competitive Advantage – Ensure that your project managers and teams can deliver new products and services to customers and stakeholders as well as or better than your competitors – through excellent project management
  • Community Involvement – Attendance can provide your employees and the company the chance to engage with the university and local PMI chapter.
  • Enhanced reputation – Be perceived as an innovative and forward thinking organization by learning and implementing the latest PM best practices.

If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, plan to attend this world class symposium. If you employ project and program management leaders, send them to this world-class event.  It’s local and a fraction of the cost of attending or sending staff to distant events.

See this year’s conference agenda and speakers on the conference website.

To visit the UT Dallas PM Symposium website, click here.

For additional information, contact [email protected].

The annual UT Dallas PM Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The UT Dallas, in partnership with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

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, go to www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for January 2019

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 January 2019 – 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 – Part 2. Having established the structure of a PMBOK, the next challenge was to describe the typical social environment in which projects take place, whatever the area of PM application may be. Hence this Paper covers topics such as: PMBOK Standards, Basic functional divisions, the project life cycle, and other essential functional capabilities, as seen back in 1986-7.

Musings — In this Musings I dig a little deeper in A Look Back at the Original (PMBOK) Framework – Part 2 to examine the impact and dangers of trying to represent the art of project management solely in terms of processes. The current PMBOK Guide describes in some detail around forty to fifty project management processes that may, or may not, all be useful in successfully managing a project. As a result, I have also identified some serious short comings, ripe for correction.

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.

 

Project Management in a VUCA World

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Final Call for Papers for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

25 December 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 13th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) PM Symposium 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 consider presenting a paper and mark your calendars to attend.

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 12th UT Project management Symposium attracted 400+ participants and was successfully concluded during May 17-18, 2018.  More information on the conference website.

The theme of the 2019 symposium is “Project Management in a VUCA World”.  The call for papers ends on 14th January, so now is the time to submit a proposal and abstract for a paper or poster presentation.  Potential topics include:

  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Project management during crisis
  • Opportunities during disruption
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams
  • Agility, dealing with change, flexibility
  • Cyber security for project managers and teams
  • Digital transformation of project management processes
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • VUCA impact on stakeholders
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value

To see the official call for papers and presentation guidelines, click here

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, papers and photos 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 presentations, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 13 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive 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 annual UT Dallas PM Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The UT Dallas, in partnership with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

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, go to www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

SKEMA doctoral student appointed first PMWL Research Scholar

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Lucky Edjenekpo researches the use of EVM in Nigerian and African projects

19 December 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that Lucky Edjenekpo has become the first participant in the PM World Library’s research scholar program.  Lucky is currently residing in Warri, Nigeria while pursuing a doctoral degree through SKEMA Business School in France.

Lucky Enajite Edjenekpo, CCP, PMP is an oil and gas professional with over 25 years’ experience in project management and operations management. He is currently serving as a volunteer project manager with Project Managers without Borders (PMWB), working out of Nigeria, when the opportunity arises. He engages in independent research work, pro bono consulting and volunteering.

Lucky 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, and is currently undertaking study of project and program management at the doctoral level at Skema Business School, Lille, France.

Lucky is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), and Project Management Professional (PMP) driven by passion to advance project management practice delivery. He currently lives in Warri, Nigeria. The subject of his research is “Project Delivery in Nigeria: Using Earned Value Management to Improve Project Performance.”  To learn more about his research and to follow his progress, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/lucky-edjenekpo/

Announced in November 2018, the research scholar program offers free access to the PMWL to qualified scholars who are conducting research on important P/PM topics. Candidates are expected to be PhD or doctoral level students, those recently granted PhD or doctoral degrees, or professors of project management. Participating scholars will be encouraged to post their research results in the PMWL and to help expand the resources in the library related to her or his research topic.  This program will provide project management researchers with additional visibility, resources and support. To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/research-scholars/

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 in the United States which 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 experts, practitioners and scholars worldwide.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net and www.pmworldjournal.net.

 

 

Hill wins big PM contract renewal in Ohio

 

Hill Reselected to Provide Program Management and Inspection Services for the City of Cleveland on Dominion Energy’s $4 Billion-Dollar Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement Program

18 December 2018 – Philadelphia, PA and Cleveland, OH, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a new three-year contract to continue providing program management and inspection services to the City of Cleveland for Dominion Energy Ohio’s (DEO) Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) Program.

DEO’s PIR initiative is an overall $4 billion, 25-year program. PIR, launched in 2008, will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of DEO’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.

Having served the City of Cleveland since 2015, Hill will continue providing program management and inspection expertise for Dominion Energy’s distribution line replacement work within the City of Cleveland. Hill’s role includes design review, permitting, and overseeing ancillary restoration work for roadways, curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping.

Said Vic Spinabelli, PE, LEED AP, Hill’s Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, “For the last three years, Hill has provided specialized services to the City of Cleveland to help manage and control this complex and aggressive pipeline infrastructure replacement. Hill is committed to continuing to provide the City of Cleveland with attentive and thorough services as it navigates through this critical 25-year program that has wide-ranging impacts.”

To learn more about the DEO pipeline replacement program, click here.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 2,800 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

 

 

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