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MISB Bocconi graduate student completes PMWL Research Internship

 

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Rajamahender Rapelly in Mumbai completes project management research internship program in just two months

20 March 2018 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mumbai, India – PM World has announced that Rajamahender Rapelly, a graduate student at the Mumbai International School of Business (MISB) Bocconi, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Rajamahender completed the 16-week program in just 10 weeks.

Rajamahender is currently pursuing his post graduate degree in Business at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai, India. Rajamahender holds a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and has 2.6 years of work experience in the field of Railway Signalling. During his professional experience, Rajamahender has coordinated with different clients assisting in the design, installation, integration and maintenance of Indian Railway projects.

His major fields of study are Operations and Business Administration. His research interests include project management, projects execution and control, PM in global and multinational contexts, PM in the railway industry, supply chain and International logistics, and operations management.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Rajamahender was an outstanding intern for us.  Based on his prior work experience, he focused his research on project management in rail transport industries. This was another new topic for the PMWL; if you visit that section of the library you will find many new resources that he found.”

According to Rajamahender, “Thank you very much for providing this wonderful opportunity. This internship was very interesting and very useful. It helped me to learn about various projects and project management practices in the Railway Industry and in other industries as well. During my research I was able to clearly relate my past experience with the topics I was researching and it helped me to understand more clearly how things will be in real time projects. This experience will surely help me in my professional career.”

Pells added, “Rajamahender would frequently deliver multiple research results at a time, and ended up contributing more than the internship commitment required.  He was motivated and active, and we really appreciated his unique contributions.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s mission to advance knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Rajamahender Rapelly’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/rajamahender-rapelly/

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.

 

 

Former Editorial Director of Il Project Manager in Italy named PMWJ Editorial Advisor

 

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Federico Minelle joins international editorial team for PM World Journal in Rome

28 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced that Mr. Federico Minelle has been appointed an International Editorial Advisor for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and by extension for the PM World Library.  Mr. Minelle recently retired from the position of Editorial Director of the popular Italian professional publication Il Project Manager.  Based in Rome, Italy, he remains Scientific Director for that publication.

Federico Minelle graduated in Physics at “Sapienza” – Rome University, presenting a Master’s degree thesis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, he immediately joined the Operations Research group in Olivetti & Co, Ivrea, Italy. Afterwards, for more than 40 years he consulted in Business Organization, Information Systems and Project Management.

Previously as a partner at Accenture and then as senior partner of Italian consultancy firm PRS – Planning, Ricerche e Studi, he managed and monitored significant projects in several industries, mainly in Engineering and Construction (e.g. manufacturing and nuclear power plants, transportation infrastructures) and in Government (ICT and process innovation).

He taught for more than 20 years Business Information Systems in the Computer Science Dept. of “Sapienza” – Rome University, where he currently teaches Project Management & ICT for the academic Master Degree in ICT Governance and Audit. At the same time he taught similar topics to Government officers attending SNA (National Public Administration School) courses.

For the last 4 years he was Editorial Director of the Italian journal “Il Project Manager”, developing a fruitful cooperation with the PM World Journal. Just after retiring at the end of 2017, he was appointed as Scientific Director of the same Italian journal, where he writes editorial notes, papers and book reviews.

In the late ’70 he was co-founder of AICE (Italian Association for Economic Engineering), member of ICEC (International Cost Engineering Council). He is an honorary member of ISIPM (Italian Institute for Project Management).

In the early 1990s he co-authored 2 books on strategies and management of Engineering & Construction business, edited by the relevant Industry Associations, while more recently he contributed to the “Guidelines for Quality ICT Procurement”, edited by the Italian Government Agency for ICT, and to the book “Project Life Cycle Economics”, edited by M. Pica (Gower, 2015).

Federico has authored several papers and seminars on Cost/Benefit analysis for ICT Government projects and on PMO functions in ICT organizations. He is a Certified Project Manager according to the UNI 11648:2016 standard, in accordance with the ISO 21500:2013 international standard (Guidance on project management).

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We are honored to have Prof Minelle join our editorial team.  He brings both deep understanding of project management in the Italian context as well as knowledge of the publishing industry.  As a member of our executive team, he will be welcome to offer advice and feedback on an active basis.”

Mr. Minelle stated, “Over the last four years, I have become familiar with the PM World Journal and with their editorial goals, which I fully support.  I was happy to see my colleague Massimo Pirozzi named an international correspondent for PM World in January. The PMWJ is already quite popular in Italy; perhaps we can now make it even more so.”

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

 

 

Southampton graduate student completes PMWL internship in record time

 

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Ömer Dağli completes project management research internship in just one month

17 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Southampton, UK – PM World has announced that Ömer Berkay Dağli, a graduate student in the business school at the University of Southampton in the UK, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Ömer completed the 16-week program in just four weeks, a new record.

Ömer Berkay Dağlı is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes all round the world where he served Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. Major Field of Study: Project Management, Stakeholders Management, Logistics and Inter-Modal Transportation

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Ömer came to us highly recommended by his supervising professor at the University of Southampton. He was motivated to contribute and very interested in the research involved. He primarily contributed resources related to project management in marine industries, the field where he’s already had experience. This was an entire new topic for the PM World Library and quite welcome.”

According to Ömer, “I thought this internship might be very interesting and useful, and it was true. I learned more about project management research, how it can be useful in so many industries and types of projects. This experience will help me during my studies of project management and on future researches. I advise all project management students and project-interested people to live this experience. I hope I can continue to contribute to the library and to PM World.”

Pells added, “Omer did a great job for us. He started in early January and finished at the end of the month, delivering four research results at a time; I could not keep up with him. We still have several of his research results to post in the library. But it was great and impressive. It’s nice to see such interest in project management by young professionals and students.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Ömer Dağli’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/omer-berkay-dagli/

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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Ronald Waller, PMI Fellow: 1941 – 2018

 

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15 February 2018 – Wisconsin, USA – Ronald P. C. Waller, PMP, PMI Fellow, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ronald was born on March 27, 1941 and was a resident of Eagle River, Wisconsin, USA at the time of passing. Ronald served in the US Navy during Vietnam. He was employed by Johnson Controls for over 25 years.

According to the Project Management Institute, Ron Waller was a past president of the PMI Midwest Chapter (now the PMI Chicagoland Chapter), Mr. Waller was on the PMI Board of Directors for six years, initiating formal strategic and financial planning processes and serving as its president in 1996, its chair in 1997 and its ex-officio chair in 1998. A PMI member since 1978, he earned the 78th Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. He was awarded PMI’s Fellow Award in 1999. (Photo: Ron Waller at PMI Awards ceremony, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1999, Courtesy of David Pells)

Ron helped develop the role definition for PMP certification, and assisted in the development of PMI Chapter-supported PMP credential exam training and guidance. In addition to originating and expanding PMI’s online presence and being an honorary PMI India Fellow, he was Chair of the PMI PMP board, a member of the original PMI OPM3 development team, and member of the original development team for the PMI Risk Management credential.

For many years, he served as a judge for PMI’s Project of the Year award. He proposed and then coordinated the joining of the Performance Management Association and PMI, forming the former PMI College of Performance Management, PMI’s first college.

Mr. Waller spent more than four years helping develop the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management’s (asapm’s) project manager competency programs, served as chair of their certification board. He also worked on the development team of the IPMA USA National Competency Baseline.

Condolences for the Waller family can be posted at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ronald-P.-C.-Waller-105826669

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. For more about PMI, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Editor’s note: I was saddened by the news of Ron Waller’s death. He and I served on the PMI Board of Directors together and received the PMI Fellow award together in 1999. We worked on many PMI matters together, had some adventures and remained friends. He had a lot of influence on PMI during the 1990s, was a good person with strong convictions, and will be missed by those who knew him. David L. Pells, PMI Fellow

 

Massimo Pirozzi named International Correspondent in Italy

 

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Seasoned project executive and ISIPM official to represent PM World in Rome and throughout the region

22 January 2018 – Dallas, TX, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced the appointment of Massimo Pirozzi as an International Correspondent for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and PM World Library (PMWL) in Italy.  Based in Rome, Mr. Pirozzi is Secretary of the Executive Board, Member of the Scientific Committee, and accredited Master Teacher of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM). ISIPM is the largest project management society in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, is a principal consultant, project manager, and educator. He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a researcher, lecturer, and author about stakeholder identification and management, relationships management, complex projects management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

According to David Pells, PMWJ managing editor, “We are honored to have Massimo Pirozzi join our team of global correspondents in Rome.  I am also excited to start following the Italian context about Project Management more closely, as well as to learn more about ISIPM and to start receiving news about their activities, not only in Rome but also across Italy.  Massimo is very experienced and well connected, and has chaired various meetings and events himself.   I look forward to working with him, and sharing his news from Italy with our readers.”

Massimo Pirozzi stated, “I am happy to represent the PM World Journal in Italy. I believe that PM World is a high-quality example of those Project Management values, such as knowledge sharing and networking, which are foundational to promote and develop our discipline in today’s world.  I have been a regular reader of PMWJ for many years: I love the journal’s approach, I appreciate the state-of-the-art range of its publications, I have been honored to have several papers published in the PMWJ in the last year, and I am pleased to contribute further.  Definitively, I am pretty sure this will be a very good partnership.”

PM World offers opportunities for professional leaders to report news from their cities and countries as international correspondents for the PMWJ.  Share information, gain visibility and join the global correspondents network; contact [email protected] for more information.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly electronic publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and other works about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases for libraries and schools. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

Renee Škulić named 2017 best young PM researcher in Croatia

 

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Young researcher from University of Rijeka wins coveted recognition

10 January 2018 – IPMA Young Crew Croatia has announced the winners of their annual Project Management Awards for 2017.  The award for Best young researcher in the field of project management went to Renee Škulić, a 24 year old young woman from Rijeka, Croatia. She graduated in July 2017 from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of tourism and hospitality Management in the top 10% of her graduating class. The award was announced at a ceremony in Zagreb on 9 December 2017.

Since October 2017 Renee works as the expert associate in the Centre for EU projects on the same Faculty. Her bachelor’s thesis (The importance of Goals Setting for a successful project realization) and master’s thesis (Virtual Project Teams as a Feature of Contemporary Business) were both related to project management and with her master’s thesis she won the prize of the best young researcher in the field of project management under the Project Management Awards by the IPMA Young Crew Croatia. She is a project management enthusiast and will stream to develop her career in the field of project management.

Renee Škulić (on right) with friend Tina Gojak; photo courtesy of Young Crew Croatia

Award winning research

With the increasing globalization and development of communication technologies, more and more people work in multifunctional, geographically distributed teams. The challenges of virtual project teams’ operations are to create trust among members and to choose the right information communication technology. Based on the aforementioned, a survey was conducted with the aim of obtaining specific data. Research questions that were being explored and verified are: Are virtual project teams a feature of contemporary business, is it more difficult to gain trust in virtual teams than in traditional ones, and can, once that the high level of trust is achieved within the team, a virtual project team be as efficient as the traditional one.

The above mentioned research questions have been empirically proven in the research part of the paper. The research was conducted through an online survey that contained 23 questions and covered 5 research areas. Most questions contained statements with which the respondents had to agree with according the Likert scale of five degrees. The sample consists of business consultants for projects and 90% of them usually work in virtual teams within which most of them carry out the duties of project managers. The research has shown that virtual teams require a significant level of trust between virtual team members and that the impossibility to read nonverbal signs is one of the greatest challenges for this type of team. In exploring the effectiveness of virtual teams, the respondents believe there are no significant differences in the issue compared to traditional teams.

Furthermore, the research has shown that sophisticated communication technology improves collaboration within virtual teams, and that the defined communication plan contributes to the success of virtual teams. The respondents for everyday communication with team members mostly use e-mail and phone. The conducted research has resulted in project management contributions through understanding of the general features of virtual project teams, understanding the importance of trust and collaboration for virtual and traditional teams, and through various findings related to ICT and effectiveness in virtual project teams. Contributions to this paper can also be found in defining the methodological approach to researching this interesting issue within the project management. The application of defined methodologies in other researches and other samples of respondents would increase the comparability of results and their generalization.

Practical contribution to the work relates to the fact that the research results point to project managers on which elements to pay more attention and invest more effort while leading virtual project teams (and partly traditional ones). The conducted research and the obtained results represent a foundation for future research regarding the virtual project teams. It can be concluded that the virtual project teams have more room for improvement, and after realizing the potential of improving virtual team operations, and after implementing them in practice, high quality virtual project teams could become the key competitive advantage of each organization.

Young Crew Croatia (YCC) is a part of IPMA Young Crew, the global network for young professionals enthusiastic about project management. It is a platform for young project management professionals and students up to the age of 35 and it is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is a part of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew provides experiential learning through interaction and information exchange among young project managers. For more information visit www.ipma.ch/young-crew/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the IPMA is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of 60+ national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For further information navigate to www.ipma.world

 

 

Bocconi University graduate student completes PMWL internship

 

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Domenico Moccia in Milan completes project management research internship with December contributions

26 December 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Domenico Moccia, a graduate student in the business school at Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Domenico is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan.

Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. During his studies and work abroad, Domenico has operated with international teams and faced a wide range of managerial issues: this led him to discover his passion for Project Management and Business Process Analysis and Improvement. His major fields of study are marketing and business administration.  His research interests have included strategy, supply chain, marketing project management and entrepreneurship.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Domenico researched a variety of project management topics for the library, most recently discovering Susanne Madsen’s leadership website in UK.  We really appreciated his diligence and contributions, even while completing an important on-the-ground internship on the island of Majorca in recent months.”

According to Domenico, “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the PM World Library this year. This virtual internship forced me to conduct research that I would not have done otherwise. That has already been helpful to me, both in school and during my current work.”

Pells added, “I want to also thank Professor Marco Sampietro at Bocconi University who referred Domenico to us.  Mr. Moccia was great; he helped populate several section of the library with very useful resources.  The interns from Bocconi have all proven both intellectually stimulated and reliable, which we greatly appreciate.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Domenico’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

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.

 

 

Aizhan Aliakbarova completes project management research internship

 

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Graduate student at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty completes 16-week PMWL project management research internship

20 October 2017 – Dallas, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan – PM World has announced that Aizhan Aliakbarova, a graduate student at Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) in Kazakhstan, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship program.

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at KBTU in Almaty. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and an advanced program in Finance.

During her professional experience, Aizhan has cooperated with international organisations and foreign TNC’s in different sectors of economy and engaged in investment attraction and innovation development directions. Her major fields of study include project management and supply chain.  Her research interests include project management maturity, portfolio management, strategy, project finance, supply chain, International logistics, project execution and project control.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Aizhan was very efficient and professional, providing useful research results on a regular basis. She found useful resources for both new and experienced project managers ranging across multiple industries and topics. She helped populate a number of sections of the library so you will see her name on 16 useful resources on multiple webpages.”

According to Aizhan, “The internship for the PM World Library was pretty interesting and not too time consuming. I learned a lot and I’m very glad that I did it. I was also happy to deliver the 16th research result. Now I’m looking forward to completing my thesis, receiving my next degree and working with more knowledge about project management.”

Pells added, “Aizhan was referred to us by her professor at KBTU who indicated that she was a good student with high expectations.  She proved his assessment correct, as she produced a lot of good content for us in a short amount of time.  We are very grateful.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Aizhan’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

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. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

 

Law school student completes PMWL internship in record time

 

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Stefano Castagna completes 16 week project management research internship in under 12 weeks

14 October 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a law school graduate of Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship program in less than 12 weeks. Stefano is currently pursuing his LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Our library intern program is designed to require 16 weekly submissions of research results. Stefano completed the program in four sprints, delivering four research results together every two or three weeks. He mastered the template and process quickly, focused on project management for attorneys and law firms, and delivered great new resources for the library.”

According to Stefano, “I started the internship program in Milano, but have been in New York for the last eight weeks.  I really liked researching project management related to the legal field, found some interesting resources online, and delivered them as quickly as possible. Some legal cases are big projects and need more formal project management. I now feel better prepared to discuss this topic with other attorneys and potential employers.”

Pells added, “Stefano helped us create an entirely new section in the PMWL devoted to project management in the legal profession, an industry that has recently been embracing professional PM.  I hope our readers will visit the library and find PM in Law in the Industries and Organizations section. Or you can visit Stefano’s intern page in the library to see all his work for us.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Stefano’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

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

 

Agile Business Consortium appoints new Chair

 

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21 August 2017 – Ashford, Kent, UK – The Agile Business Consortium, the not-for-profit body that champions Agile business thinking, has appointed Geof (correct spelling) Ellingham as its new Chair. He takes over from Steve Messenger who, alongside Chief Executive Mary Henson and the board, has overseen the growth of the Consortium, and the birth of the Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) training course and qualification.

Commenting on his appointment, Geof Ellingham said: “Businesses face an unparalleled period of change, so this is the right time for us to bring business agility to more organisations. This means both developing innovative new products and services, and building new relationships with like-minded individuals and groups in the business agility arena.

“Organisations, whether in the private or public sector, need to have access to a comprehensive toolkit of Agile products and guidance that can help them transform how they operate, and respond to the day-to-day changes they are experiencing.

“A huge thank you must go to Steve Messenger whose stewardship and guidance has helped lay such solid foundations for the Agile Business Consortium, and who was instrumental in the creation of AgilePM, the world’s most popular Agile project management framework. His legacy to the Agile community is enormous, and it’s a privilege for me to follow him and champion the take-up of business agility globally.”

Geof is currently leading the development of a new Agile and Digital Services qualification, which integrates the world-leading AgilePM approach with Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance and will shortly move to its beta phase to be tested more widely.

Based in Newcastle, Geof has spent 30 years in technology and education, and now runs his own Agile business consultancy. Prior to this he was Head of IT at Your Homes Newcastle, who are responsible for managing council homes for Newcastle City Council. An early convert to Agile as a developer in the 1990s, he rediscovered this enthusiasm acting as Agile coach for the Council’s digital transformation programme.

One of Geof’s first official engagements in his new role will be to lead workshops at the Agile Business Conference, 4 & 5 October in London, and spaces can be booked via http://www.agileconference.org/.

Agile Business Consortium is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to provide global leadership in promoting, supporting and enabling the adoption of Agile at all levels. It focuses on enabling effective business change and transformation, and in particular on improving culture, structure and leadership to deliver strategic goals. Based in Ashford, Kent, the Agile Business Consortium offers advice, guidance and accredited products and services across a wide range of industries, government organisations and charities through an international network of Agile practitioners and partners. For more information, visit http://www.agilebusiness.org/

 

 

Law school student tackles project management

 

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Graduate student at Bocconi University joins PM World Library project management research internship program

13 August 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Stefano Castagna, a graduate student at Bocconi University in Italy, has joined the PM World Library’s project management research internship program. Stefano is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Law and Business Administration (CLELI) at Bocconi University in Milan. He is also a candidate to the LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York, USA.

Stefano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University. During his studies and work abroad, he has worked in the field of transfer pricing and international transactions, and has written in international arbitration and tax. His studies during his MSc degree led him to gain an interest in project management and valuation connected to law-related issues, such as optimisation of time and resources in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and project management of international law and treaty making.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “I’m very happy to welcome Stefano to the internship program. There are two important aspects of project management that are related to laws and the legal profession. First are the legal issues that many projects and project managers must worry about, such as contracts, claims, litigation, copyrights, joint venture agreements, regulatory compliance and others. If a project crosses borders in any way, those legal issues become more complicated.”

“The second area of interest to attorneys and law firms,” Pells continues, “is related to the planning and management of major legal ‘projects’. For example, international litigation or arbitration cases, multi-party joint ventures, public-private partnerships, international regulatory compliance, etc. Stefano understands the relevance of project management to his professional plans in the legal field. Based on his research, we will be adding access to legal resources in the PMWL over the next few months.”

According to Stefano, “I was in Vienna in July representing the American Society of International Law as a delegate to the 50th meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. My participation reinforced my interest in the library internship, since the Commission has crafted several tools that at least in part deal with project management aspects in international trade. My current interests are related to contract negotiation and commercial litigation/arbitration in an international setting, and it will be quite interesting to see how these topics interact with project management.”

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, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

Follow Stefano’s research at https://pmworldlibrary.net/stefano-castagna/

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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Robinson wins PMI 2017 Student Paper of the Year Award

 

P/PM PEOPLE NEWS

Salford postgraduate student Neil Robinson to receive 2017 Student Paper of the Year award from PMI Education Foundation

25 June 2017 – Philadelphia, USA and London, UK – The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation (PMIEF) has selected Neil C. Robinson, a postgraduate student at the Salford Business School, to receive its 2017 James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award for the EMEA Region.

The award is for Neil’s research paper titled Life is a Project: Project Management as an Enabling Life Skill in Cross-Cultural Transition. The 2017 award will be formally presented to Neil on stage at the annual PMI Awards Gala, which will take place during the annual PMI Global Conference, North America, scheduled for 27- 30 October, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The winning paper was inspired by the outcomes of the Life is a Project (LIAP) education initiative, teaching project management life skills to a group of ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in London. The LIAP programme framework, curriculum and lesson plans introduced learners to a visually-rich, practical, language-graded subset of basic project management concepts, tools and techniques which they could apply to their everyday life project objectives. During the course of five volunteer-led workshops, participants were assisted to articulate and develop plans for personal life projects as well as collaborating as a project team in the planning and delivery of a practical community-based project initiative – a fund-raising event in support of the British Refugee Council.

The LIAP programme was a completely voluntary initiative, conceived and implemented by the author as a proof-of-concept endeavor. His research paper explores theories of cross-cultural transition and the potential benefits to be realized by “at-risk” communities through the acquisition and application of basic project management skills for everyday life. Neil’s LIAP programme was recently featured in a local UK news article at http://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/learning-the-language-of-success/

The award recipient, Neil C Robinson, is a London based Project Management practitioner with a special interest in Global Projects and cross-cultural communications. Neil’s award winning paper was originally presented at the 6th Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States at the University of Latvia in April 2017; it was republished in the June 2017 edition of the PM World Journal. His profile can be viewed in the PM World Library author showcase.

Commencing his career as an IT Practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, Neil found himself drawn to the cultural diversity of the EMEA region, choosing London as the hub in which to base himself almost 20 years ago. Having subsequently relished the opportunity to develop a project management career spanning five continents, he developed a deep appreciation of the challenges of cross-cultural communications in both the business and social domains. A recent sabbatical, due to parental health issues, presented the opportunity and motivation to act on the LIAP education concept.

Says Neil “It was time to give back. I wanted to prove the concept that the art of project management could, to a degree, be demystified and taught to anyone as an enabling everyday life skill. I wanted to prove that this concept could demonstrably open doors and potentially change lives for others.”

On receiving this award, Neil said “It’s a great honour and validation of the effort expended to have this work recognised by PMIEF. The case studies of ‘social good’ endeavours shared in PMIEF publications were undeniably a source of inspiration.” More pertinently, he shared that it was a chance 2015 meeting and conversation with PMI Founder, Jim Snyder, the award’s namesake, which provided impetus to act on his LIAP idea. “I’d shared the LIAP concept with Jim and was bemoaning the logistical complexity and dead-ends I’d encountered in seeking support for the idea. Jim replied “Just do it.” I did.”

Of the future of LIAP, Neil says “The 2016 LIAP London endeavour was in effect a proof-of-concept. I was unable to garner any organizational, logistical, or financial support for the concept from business, professional, government, charitable or social orgnasitaions so I took Jim’s advice and just did it. Now the concept’s proven, I need help. The dream is to see this concept, or a variant, spread far and wide as a vehicle of social good, with the aid of one or more of these bodies. I’ve taken the idea as far as I can as an individual volunteer. I hope that this PMIEF award will help to raise the visibility of the LIAP concept and trigger interest and support from within these groups. Moreover I hope that it inspires other practitioners to take the plunge and follow through on their thoughts and ideas for helping others.”

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award (ISPA) is an annual research paper award which recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Winning papers are selected by an independent panel of project management experts based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. Awards are assessed and bestowed by region.

The PMI Educational Foundation is a non-profit, public charitable organization and the philanthropic arm of PMI.  PMIEF views project management as a critical skill for everyone, especially the 7 billion people around the world who are unfamiliar with it.  While PMI focuses on making project management indispensable for business results, PMIEF focuses on bringing the power of project management to the rest of society. More at https://pmief.org/

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for millions of professionals worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

 

 

Tech Entrepreneur Channels Empathy

 

Projekt202 Co-Founder Peter Eckert to keynote 11th UT Dallas PM Symposium with presentation on “The Empathetic Project Manager”

20 June 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Peter Eckert, co-founder of the successful tech company Projekt202 will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. Eckert is the Chief Experience Officer for projekt202, a software design and development company that provides digital transformation solutions for some of America’s top corporations. Named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc., projekt202’s revenue has grown 214% over the past three years. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Seattle, projekt202 harnesses the strengths and talents of more than 160 researchers, designers, developers and digital marketing strategists.

How can empathy help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? What is empathy and how can it be leveraged to make sense of project teams, motivate members of your teams, deliver better results and disrupt the way how things are done today? Peter will discuss how you can successfully leverage already well-established techniques out of the cognitive science toolbox to develop empathy and have teams perform at a higher level.

Peter Eckert is a UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world. As Chief Experience Officer and Co‐Founder of projekt202, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. Under Peter’s guidance, projekt202 builds emotionally rich and intuitive solutions that enable customers and end‐users to access the full potential of technology in today’s connected world.

Peter has helped Fortune 500 companies implement user experience strategies, changing the way products are envisioned, designed and built. He has directed projekt202’s efforts for SAP, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Sabre, Motorola, Dell, Samsung, Crossmark, Microsoft, Agresso, Thomson Financials, The Tribune Company, LeGrand, Logitech, Deloitte, Mercedes, Capital One, Amazon, Expedia, AT&T, Cognizant, eBay, Southwest Airlines, Kronos, Teleflora, TicketNetwork and more. A graduate of Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany, Peter also studied design at Arizona State University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He has authored articles featured in Fast Company, UX Magazine, E‐Commerce Times and other publications.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-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. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available. To access conference website, click here.

Other keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA.

The 2.5-day project management conference will focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications, local government and others. 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 for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a 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. 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 http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. 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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

 

Six New Project Management Research Interns

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Graduate students at three universities begin research internships with PM World Library

8 June 2017 – Almaty, Dallas, Milan, Rome – PM World has announced that six new university graduate students have recently begun research internships through the PM World Library. The students are currently studying in Italy and in Kazakhstan and include the following:

Domenico Moccia, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, began his internship in late April 2017. Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. To learn more about Domenico and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

Aizhan Aliakbarova is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Project Management and Supply Chain at Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Aizhan holds a Bachelor’s in Philology and advanced program in Finance. She began her internship in early May 2017. To learn more about Aizhan and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/aizhan-aliakbarova/

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Rome) in Rome, Lazio, Italy, began his internship in late May 2017. Venkata holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. To learn more about Srikanth and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

Faith Onwunalu, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University in Rome, Lazio, ITALY, already holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Nigeria. She began her internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Faith and to follow her research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/faith-onwunalu/

Livinus O. Nweke is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and a MicroMasters in Cybersecurity at EDx/RITx. Livinus holds a BS degree in Computer Science from University of the People, Pasadena, CA, USA and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria. He began his internship in late May 2017. To learn more about Livinus and to follow his research, visit http://pmworldlibrary.net/livinus-nweke/

Vishwanath Prasad Guduguntla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University (The State University of Rome) In Italy. Vishwanath, who already holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, began his internship in early June. To learn more about Vishwanath and to follow his research, visit is intern page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/vishwanath-guduguntla/

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We welcome these dynamic graduate students to our research internship program. Each student was referred to us by a sponsoring professor; they already understand the likelihood of encountering project work during their careers and the need for more project management knowledge. I think they will gain some useful information during their internships.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying project management at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain significant visibility and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of knowledge sharing and continuous learning related to program and project management around the world. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership. To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is grown and maintained by PM World, which also produced 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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

 

PM Solutions’ CEO and Founder J. Kent Crawford Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

4 April 2017 – Chadds Ford, PA, USA — PM Solutions, a project management consulting and training firm dedicated to helping organizations drive performance and operational efficiency, has announced that its president and founder, J. Kent Crawford, is the recipient of the 2017 PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors those who have made significant and continuous contributions over the entirety of their career to the field of project management.

This year’s award will be presented at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at JACK Casino in Cincinnati as part of the 2017 Mega Event: Navigating Projects in Turbulent Times. As the 2017 recipient, Kent Crawford will be presenting a session titled, “Four Keys for Life, Love, and Profession,” focusing on combining his passion for project management with helping organizations achieve their own strategic goals.

“I’m flattered to be recognized by PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Crawford. “It has been wonderful to help organizations implement project management in a way that has significantly impacted their bottom line and changed the way they do business. Being a part of this PM community for more than 35 years has been invaluable in so many ways, but none more important than the relationships I have been fortunate enough to develop and cherish along the way.”

With a well-established career of notable successes and accomplishments, Crawford has been a consistently influential member of the project management community and highly respected as a thought leader. He is the former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, an honored PMI Fellow. He was also a founding officer of PMI’s Southwest Ohio Chapter and led the chapter during one of its fastest growing and most innovative times. As a business leader, Crawford established PM Solutions in 1996 and has sustained the successful consultancy, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. PM Solutions continues to deliver expert project management services to help organizations and their people perform to maximum potential. He is also an award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office, as well as many other book publications, and a sought-after speaker at business conferences worldwide.

To register for the full two-day mega event, visit the event page. To contact Kent Crawford for speaking engagements, email PM Solutions at [email protected].

About PM Solutions
For more than 20 years, PM Solutions has been helping clients drive business value through improved project management capability. Comprehensive offerings provided by PM Solutions include PPM process improvement, PMO transformation, program and project management resources, and corporate training and competency development delivered through its training division, PM College®. PM Solutions serves a diverse client base that includes some of the world’s leading organizations in industries such as manufacturing, IT, energy, insurance and financial services. For more information, visit www.pmsolutions.com.

 

 

Andrew Osayande in Nigeria completes research internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Project management student at the Federal University of Technology Akure completes research internship for PM World Library

23 February 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria – PM World has announced that Mr Andrew Shadrach Osayande has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Andrew began his internship in September 2016 and completed the program on January 9, 2017. See his intern profile and research results at https://pmworldjournal.net/andrew-shadrach-osayande/.

 Andrew Shadrach Osayande is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. Shadrach is an active member of the International Project Management Association Young Crew (IPMA YC Nigeria) and is currently the education and training officer of IPMA YC FUTA. During four years of his academic pursuit, Shadrach has held titles such as Judge of the FUTA Students’ Union (FUTASU). His primary subject of research interest is ICT project management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the everything in the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Andrew did excellent work for us, identifying interesting and useful project management resources for the library. His identification of professional bodies in Nigeria was especially helpful, as well as his links to useful project management tools and solutions.”

Andrew stated, “The internship was interesting and useful for my studies. Finding good project management resources online helped reinforce some of the topics we studied in PM courses. I appreciated this opportunity and have recommended the library to some of my friends.”

Pells added, “Andrew delivered his final research results on 9 January, so we are a little late in recognizing his achievement. Nevertheless, we really appreciate his efforts and very useful research. We now wish him every success as he continues his studies and begins his project management career.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected]

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc., which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global platform for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Alok Kaushik in India completes research internship

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Recent master’s level graduate from Mumbai International School of Business Bocconi completes research internship for PM World Library

20 January 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mumbai, India – PM World has announced that Mr Alok Kaushik has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Alok began his internship in late January and completed the program in November 2016. See his intern profile and research results at http://pmworldlibrary.net/alok-kaushik/.

170120-pmwj54-Alok-PHOTOAlok Kaushik is pursuing a post graduate program in business at MISB Bocconi. Alok holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science, and has five years of work experience in ERP systems.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Alok was an outstanding research intern. He identified and provided information related to some very useful project management resources. His recent research results related to NASA led to our creating a very robust section in the library where everyone can access many useful resources.”

Alok stated, “The internship for PM World Library was really interesting and useful. I had to take a few breaks during my final semester, but returned with enthusiasm to finish. I hope my research will be helpful to others and I thank Professor Marco Sampietro of SDA Bocconi for recommending me.”

Pells added, “Alok actually completed his internship in November, but some of the results were so full of information that we converted them into several. It then took some time to catch up, with his last results posted in January. His total exceeded the internship requirement, for which we are grateful.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected]

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global platform for sharing P/PM knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Alan Garvey to Provek in UK

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

17 January 2017 – London, UK – Provek has just announced that Alan Garvey (pictured below), previously managing director EMEA for the project management training company, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution (formerly ESI International), will join Provek on 1 February as Business & Operations Director.

170117-pmwj54-provek-GARVEYChris Bevan, chairman, commented “This is a real coup for Provek. Alan brings with him experience of growing similar businesses to Provek, especially internationally, and we look forward to working with him. Alan’s arrival will enable Andrew Delo, managing director, to focus on further developing The PM Channel and the assessment products which are unique to Provek.”

Alan will be responsible for developing and executing the overall business strategy including both training and consultancy.

After nearly 10 years employed by Provek, Neil Mooney will transition to supporting the company as an associate from 1 February. This will enable him to pursue other personal interests.  Neil will continue on the Provek board as a non-executive director.

Andrew Delo, said “Neil’s contribution to building the business has been immense and Provek’s reputation and its DNA is a mirror of Neil’s outstanding character.  We anticipate a long and continuing relationship with Neil as an associate to the benefit of Provek and our many clients.”

Established in 1994 and based in the UK, Provek is an assessment-led programme and project management specialist organisation working extensively in both the public and private sectors with large numbers of clients. The company provides consultancy, training and other services for some of Britain’s leading organizations. Provek is also the parent of The PM Channel. For more, visit http://www.provek.co.uk/Provek/

Source: Provek

 

 

Marina Plećaš in Croatia completes research internship for PM World Library

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Recent master’s level graduate from the University of Zagreb completes research internship for PM World Library

27 November 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Ms Marina Plećaš has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Marina began her internship in late February and completed the program on 31 October 2016.  See her intern profile and research results at https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/marina-plecas/.

160202-marina-plecas-150xMarina Plećaš has recently received her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia. Her major fields of study were BIM, project management and risk management. Marina also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Risk Management in Construction Projects. She is a member of IPMA Young Crew and Croatian Association for Construction Management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Marina was an outstanding research intern.  Based on her graduate studies, she identified and provided resources for the library related to building information modeling, known as BIM, including guides, templates and other information.  BIM is one of the newest technologies with tremendous implications for projects and project management in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.  ”

Marina stated, “I found the internship experience with PM World Library very useful, and it was fun to provide information and resources related to BIM, one of my major subjects in graduate school.  I was also happy to complete the program, since I have now graduated and started working full time.”

Pells added, “Ms. Plećaš came to us through Professor Mladen Vukomanović at the University of Zagreb.  Dr. Vukomanović leads the BIM program at the university, is actively involved with project management and local IPMA activities, and has become a strong supporter of the PM World Library.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

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

 

 

Saif Ul Amin appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Pakistan

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

Recent graduate from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad joins global team of correspondents for PM World Journal

18 November 2016 – Dallas, USA and Nowshera, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr. Saif Ul Amin has been appointed an international correspondent for PM World in Pakistan.   He will join a global network of correspondents to report on project management activities and developments in Pakistan for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

161118-saif-ul-amin-150xSaif Ul Amin is a project management specialist and research scholar who works in the public sector of Pakistan. Saif graduated from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan with the MS degree in Project Management. He is interested in conducting research in project performance, project human resource management, leadership style and behaviors, new technologies, project team performance, engagement and team building.

Mr. Amin lives in Nowshera, a major city on the banks of the Kabul River about 45 km east of Peshawar. Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan is known as the city of peace, knowledge and flowers. On December 15, the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects was opened at Hattar, with hopes that it will lead to Rs300bn of investment inflows over the next five years. But Hattar has already been an industrial area for decades and is located next to the vast Taxila industrial complex.

And so are Nowshera and D.I. Khan, where two other special economic zones (SEZs) have been proposed, says it’s CEO Mohsin M. Syed. As per details, the Hattar Phase 7 SEZ will be developed over 424 acres of land and target sectors like food, pharmaceuticals and engineering projects. Mohsin says 30 projects in Nowshera zone will be completed by the end of 2016, while the auctioning of plots will commence from March. The company estimates that the SEZ will generate 30,000 jobs. The zone will require 100MW of electricity and also need a vocation center to train 5,000 youngsters. The cost of the project is Rs2.138bn and it is expected to be fully completed by 2017.

The second SEZ will be developed over 1,000 acres along the M-1 Motorway in Nowshera near Rashakai. It aims to attract foreign investment in auto, fruit/food packaging (for export purposes) and textile value-addition (stitching/knitting) sectors. The company estimates an investment of Rs1000bn in the zone. It will provide employment to 50,000 people. The zone will need 225MW of power and vocational training centers to train 10,000 youths.

The Nowshera expansion/Jalazai Marble and Mineral Economic Zone will cover 287 acres of land and is expected to house marble-cutting and polishing industry, as well as mosaic furniture and construction material vendors. For more, visit http://www.nowshera.com/.

According to PM World Journal Managing Editor David Pells, “We have published several papers co-authored and coordinated by Mr. Amin this year through which I became familiar with his background and interest in project management. We have had numerous email exchanges during which his interest in advancing project management in his country became very clear. I am happy to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Amin stated, “I look forward to contributing to the global project management profession through the PM World Journal and to promoting the PM World Library in Pakistan. Many of my fellow graduates and former professors will be interested in publishing their research in the journal, and I know many people here will want to visit the library. It will be good for Pakistan.”

To view papers authored or co-authored by Saif ul Amin, visit his author profile in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/saif-ul-amin/.

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