Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide



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.

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IPMA Reference Guide ICB4 in an Agile World



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.

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The Art and Science of PhD Research



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

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

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

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

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

For more about the book, click here.


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

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

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


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


Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Project Management Praxis


New PM book by Dr. Kenneth Smith published in Philippines

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

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

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

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




Project Management Review Celebrates Third Anniversary



Strategic partnership launched, international award winners announced and symposium conducted

Reported by Yu Yanjuan in Beijing

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Project Management Lessons Learned



New book from CRC Press offers process feedback and improvement framework for project management

7 July 2018 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Project Management Lessons Learned: A Continuous Process Improvement Framework, by Mel Bost. Published in June 2018, this new book is intended for project managers, PMO professionals and students of project management who wish to apply performance-based feedback to their process and project improvements.

According to the CRC release: Special focus is given to technology development in projects and sustainability implications of process design. The book emphasizes rationale for a robust project risk management program which capitalizes on lessons learned. PMO leaders can use the organizational dynamics and systems archetype applications presented in the book to define project policy standards and procedures to align PMO behaviors with performance objectives.

Mel Bost is a project management consultant specializing in project lessons learned and best practices. He is currently teaching “project management for research” to digital humanities research students at Arizona State University. Previously he was a PMO Practice Leader with BOT International. He has conducted lessons learned training in Dubai and in Panama for the Canal Expansion Project. For over 35 years, Mr. Bost managed major projects for Ford Motor Company, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), UNOCAL and ConocoPhillips.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Project-Management-Lessons-Learned-A-Continuous-Process-Improvement-Framework/Bost/p/book/9781498747776

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  To learn more about CRC and their books, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

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English Website of China’s PMR Magazine Launched



English version of popular Chinese publication offers new window to the world of project management in China

24 April 2018 – Beijing, China and Dallas, TX, USA – The English website of Project Management Review (PMR) magazine in China has been launched. The goals of the website are as follows: to promote the development of project management; to bring project management professionals closer; to spread China’s voice in project management. By adhering to the principle “In Step with Projects, In Pace with Progress”, they are making tremendous efforts to make the website useful and interesting to readers.

For more information, click the website: http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

Here is a brief introduction to different columns of PMR English website:

China Wisdom. The column will draw project management wisdom from traditional Chinese culture and make China’s voice in PM heard across the globe. Viewpoints, academic research, case study, etc. by Chinese experts are the focus of this column.

International Perspective. In this column, the latest international observations about the profession will be presented. Articles about PM trends, tools and methods, case studies will be included. Authors share their enlightening and thought-provoking observations about the profession from different angles.

Interview. As the name indicates, this column covers interviews with influential experts in PM who share their experiences, stories and thoughts.

Experts. This is a gathering of experts with their photos and short bios. By this means, respect and admiration will be shown to those who are “watchmen, cultivators and forerunners” of this profession.

Magazines. Printed magazines published by PMR multi-media platform are presented. So far, there are two magazines: Project Management Review (PMR) and Project Management Watch (PMW). The brief introduction to every issue may provide you with some insights into project management.

Books.  A collection of books published, translated, promoted, or advertised by PMR multi-media platform. 

Besides, Wechat and LinkedIn pages are introduced on the website in hopes of building an interaction platform for readers.

Upon the launch of the English website of PMR magazine, many congratulatory notes from experts around the world have been received. Here are some:

Congratulations on the launch of the English website of PMR. This is very good and important news, as so few PM professionals outside of China read Chinese. Now we will have an opportunity to learn more about developments in the Chinese project management profession and about major Chinese projects and programs. We will help spread the news through our journal and library. Hopefully we can all work together to create a better world with more knowledgeable and professional project management. Good luck with this important new initiative.                                        

——David L. Pells, Managing editor of PM World Journal

Congratulations to PMR Magazine’s editors, journalists, and sponsors for the new English website! I have used the Chinese version before, and have benefited from finding some pages to be available in English. With your update, you will add even broader global impact, and will increase benefits for the practice of project management. I already see some of my favorite friends in your new draft release: Xue Yan, Ding Ronggui, and Ou Lixiong, in your list of Experts, and the mention of your interviews with Rodney Turner and David Pells. May your new English website carry on the great traditions of PMR!        

——Stacy Goff, PM expert, author, past President of IPMA-USA

Congratulations on the launch of the English website of PMR. There is so much happening in projects and project management in China that we are not aware of in Europe. My colleagues in project management who are more often in China than me are really always excited about the Chinese achievements. While we are struggling with our comparatively small new Berlin Airport, we can learn from the planned new Beijing Airport. China will also be a leading market for a variety of frugal innovations; thus we can also learn how to manage innovation projects from China. A leading market is a market in which a new innovative design will first become a mass product and this design will later on also diffuse in many other lag markets. Wish PMR all the best!

   —— Hans Georg Gemünden, professor, Ex editor-in-chief of Project Management Journal

Congratulations! Project management develops very fast. Aspects such as psychology, leadership, culture, agile organizations and many others are being addressed in modern project management, highlights what´s going on in China as well as on a global level. Through this, it shapes the future of our profession and the society at large. Get involved, share your opinions, your experience and get into a dialogue with the international community. At least that´s what IPMA is doing since 1965 in order to enable a world in which all projects succeed.

—— Reinhard Wagner, Chairman of the IPMA Council

I warmly congratulate the opening of PMR website, since it will provide a window of exchanging information on the progress of project management between China and the rest of the world.                                               Especially when we are in the transition stage from industrial economy to knowledge economy, different countries will have their different experiences in exploring project management techniques under Internet+AI era. I hope PMR website every success in the cause of promoting PM prosperity in the future!                                

——Lin Shaopei, Professor of Shanghai Joaotong University, Chairman of PMI-GAC China Committee.

Project management is the best method for managing projects and Project Management Review should also be the best medium for reviewing project management. Congratulations on the launch of English Website of PMR. 

——Dr. Wang Shouqing, Professor of Tsinghua University; Chief Expert at Center for Public-Private Partnership, Tsinghua University

Congratulations on the launch of the PMR English Website. The global development of project management requires global communications in the global community of project management practitioners. I believe the website will play an indispensable role in promoting the global communications.

              ——Wang Xiaojin, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of Yunnan University

For more information, please click the website: http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

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Managing Project Ending



18 April 2018 – New York, NY, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book by Virpi Havila and Asta Salmi titled Managing Project Ending. Virpi Havila is Professor of Business Studies at Uppsala University. Asta Salmi is Professor of International Business at Helsinki School of Economics. The book was published in April 2018.

According to the Routledge release: Understanding project endings is a significant part of project management, yet there is relatively little work published in this important area. This book addresses the gap, focusing on the successful management of project endings, showing how to plan for the ending of a project, how to create ending competencies, and in particular, how to successfully manage relations with different stakeholders of a project as it is coming to an end

Havila and Salmi use a real-life case in the airline industry to show how the successful ending project was achieved and in doing so portray ideas and experiences not typically considered in the field. Through the case discussion, the complexity of the process is unveiled and the achievement of success for all parties is explained.

The book portrays three key success factors: ending competencies, to be developed both at the organizational and individual levels; efficient management of the business network around the ending project; and involvement at the strategic managerial level. It concludes that project endings are often complex and have far-reaching effects, and therefore, call for close managerial attention.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Project-Ending/Havila-Salmi/p/book/9781138980334

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/.

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Managing Complex Construction Projects



12 April 2018 – New York, USA – Routledge and CRC Press have published a new book by John K. Briesemeister titled Managing Complex Construction Projects: A Systems Approach. Published in March 2018, this new book presents a systems-based approach to construction project management that can facilitate a greater understanding of the complexity inherent in large construction projects and how that complexity can be effectively managed.

According to the Routledge release: To many program, project, or construction managers, a complex project seems to be a labyrinth with many hidden dangers. This book is a guide through that labyrinth. It explains best practices and provides insight so they cannot only identify hidden dangers but also effectively manage the construction process to either mitigate or eliminate these risks.

The problem with complex programs and projects is that many managers are only equipped with a knowledge of project management. A system for construction is a collection of many processes effectively working together to produce a specific deliverable, which is usually defined in the program or project’s contract. This system has a series of specific inputs and outputs, which are what the customer expects from the company or companies performing the work. This book develops checklists based on these inputs and outputs, which managers can use when first arriving onsite, and provides a “nuts and bolts” approach for managing a complex construction project onsite.

John Briesemeister has worked in the power industry as an engineer, construction manager, site manager, and project manager since the mid1980s. A mechanical engineer, he has holds an MBA, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Project Management. He has worked in the field on various large, complex construction projects for the past thirty years. In 2016, he was awarded the Donald S. Barrie Award in Construction Management at the PMI® Global Congress for his paper “Construction Execution Plan Alignment for Successful Construction Projects.”

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Complex-Construction-Projects-A-Systems-Approach/Briesemeister/p/book/9781498783118

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

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The Age of Agile



22 March 2018 – New York, USA – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book by Stephen Denning titled The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done.  Denning is a renowned American management innovator and popular Forbes.com columnist.

According to AMACOM:  An unstoppable business revolution is under way—and it is Agile. Companies that embrace Agile Management learn to connect everyone and everything . . . all the time. They can deliver instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale.

Agile began emerging many decades ago, but truly took off in the software development industry. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement is now spreading quickly throughout all kinds of companies. It enables a team, a unit, or an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs. And the process is applicable anywhere—companies don’t need to be born Agile, like Spotify. Even centuries-old Barclays is making the transition and reaping rewards.

Filled with examples from every sector, The Age of Agile helps readers: Master the three laws of Agile Management (team, customer, network); Embrace the new mindset; Overcome constraints; Employ meaningful metrics; Make the entire organization Agile; and more.

A former World Bank executive, Stephen Denning serves on the advisory board for the Drucker Forum and is the author of several books including The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.

More about this book can be found at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814439098

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance.  AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists.  Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

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Managing Project Competence




New book from CRC presents project management competence in new ways

25 January 2018 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop, by Rolf Medina. Published in January 2018, this new book presents practical ways to acquire new knowledge and skills. Readers of the book are given new insight into the concept of competence and how both people and organizations can be more competitive, innovative, and open to learning.

According to the CRC release: This book describes how we as individuals, as well as organizations, can be efficient in the development and utilization of competence. It takes two perspectives of competence and connects them in a project-intensive and knowledge-intensive context. The first perspective is the “Lemon,” which focuses on individual competence and the role of organizational culture. The Lemon framework takes the concept of competence based on knowledge and experience and explains how a person can apply knowledge and experience to different contexts. It changes the concept of competence from being static to being agile and dynamic.

The second perspective of competence is the “Loop,” which models how organizations can manage not only to the benefit of organizational strategies and goals but also to an individual’s future career. The Lemon and the Loop are the basic tools to make competence and performance management agile and effective.

Rolf Medina has conducted research in organizational development and innovation, in which competence and projects have been cornerstones leading to several academic publications in well-ranked journals. His previous research is one of the bases for the present book. In parallel with his professional career, Rolf is guest lecturer and supervisor at Umeå University in Sweden, SKEMA Business School in France, and University College of London in the UK. Rolf holds a PhD in Programme and Project Management from SKEMA, France; a MSc in Project Management from Karlstad University in Sweden; and a BSc in Computer Engineering and Mechatronics from University College of Halmstad in Sweden.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Project-Competence-The-Lemon-and-the-Loop/Medina/p/book/9781498784382

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/



Making Organizational Change Stick



New book from Routledge addresses the need for project managers and change managers to work together more effectively

2 January 2018 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Making Organizational Change Stick: How to create a culture of partnership between Project and Change Management, by Gabrielle O’Donovan. Published in 2018, this new book is written for change managers, project/programme managers, design thinkers, business architects and anyone concerned with the structure, process and people of business change.

According to the Routledge release: Business needs change. And it needs it in ways, at a rate and on a scale that is unprecedented. Current success rates for business change projects are dismal and are likely to remain so until organizations learn how to integrate Change Management and Project Management successfully. Gabrielle O’Donovan shows you how to how to design strategy, structures and processes to realise this integration and deliver sustainable and commercially powerful business change.

She opens the book by providing the context: describing the problem with change projects; the issues that feed the 40% – 70% failure rate; the strengths and weaknesses of the project management and change management disciplines and, crucially, the value proposition of these respective disciplines and the models and tools they employ. In the second half of the book she makes a change partners culture explicit and measurable, by articulating those cultural assumptions that will support an effective change management/project management partnership, and that relate to universal problems all organisations face regarding the macro environment, external adaptability and survival, and internal integration.

From there, she describes how project managers and change managers can divide work packages and activities throughout the end-to-end project lifecycle, offering a toolkit to enable you to bring this change partners culture to life and ensure change is not only implemented – but embedded. Learn more about the book here.

Gabrielle O’Donovan has clocked up more than 30,000 hours over 20-plus years working on transformational change projects that have cover the full spectrum – culture transformation, process reengineering, restructuring, regulatory, infrastructure, technology plus M&A. Edgar Schein, Professor Emeratis, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA has remarked on Gabrielle’s work on culture as ‘notable’. She is an accomplished Change Management and Organizational Culture practitioner, author, university lecturer and conference speaker.

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge



Project Management for Education



New book from PMI Education Foundation supports both teachers and learners

28 December 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) has announced the publication of a new book aimed at helping both teachers and students, “Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning.” The book is authored by Bernie Trilling and Walter Ginervi.

According to the PMIEF introduction to the book: Project Management for Education (“PM4Ed” for short), aims to help build indispensable bridges between project management and education, to support the evolving transformation of education to equip students with the essential skills to tackle our world’s “glocal” (global and local) problems, and to empower all learners to successfully manage their personal, social, and life challenges.

PM4Ed is two books in one: an Educator Guide and a Project Manager Guide bringing the advantages and benefits of project management’s powerful and practical principles and practices to the world of primary and secondary education. By flipping this book over, you can switch between the two guides to explore how both educators and project managers (PMs) are increasingly moving toward the same goal—to help all students become more successful 21st century learners, well prepared for future work, citizenship, family, and community life.

According to the PMIEF introduction, “after reading this book both teachers and project managers will be able to answer the critical question, How do we manage learning projects, and how can we help students be more effective designers and managers of their own learning?”

Bernie Trilling is Founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors. He is an active member in a variety of organizations dedicated to bringing 21st century deeper learning methods to students and teachers across the globe. Walter Ginervi has a long experience as a practicing project, program and portfolio manager. With PMIEF’s support, he is strongly committed to spreading the project language in the schools all over the world.

For more about the book, visit https://pmief.org/library/project-management-for-education

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Guide for effective Benefits Management in Major Projects



3 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the availability of “A Guide for Effective Benefits Management in Major Projects” released in October by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).  The guide, which had contributions from the APM Benefits Management Specific Interest Group (SIG), provides structure and sets expectations for major projects teams undertaking benefits management.

Sara Drake, Chief Executive of APM said: “Like the IPA, APM believes in the importance of measuring performance, including the expected benefits of major projects, so we can learn the important lessons and continue to make improvements over time.”

The new guide includes:

  • Key activities to be undertaken within the benefits management lifecycle.
  • Principles and good practice to adopt to ensure benefits are managed and realised.
  • How benefits management fits the HM Treasury Green Book Business Case process.
  • A RACI matrix for the key roles involved in benefits management.
  • A suggested benefits management cycle.

Download the free Guide here

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

Source: Association for Project Management



Earned Benefit Program Management



New book by Kik Piney provides new benefits-based model for program managemen

15 October 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Earned Benefit Program Management, authored by Crispin Piney. Published in October 2017, this new book describes how Earned Benefit Program Management techniques provide an innovative, all-inclusive model and set of tools developed specifically to answer critical program management questions.

The model described in this book consolidates the key concepts of project, program, and portfolio management and ensures that all program and portfolio management steps are carried out based on a single, signed-off model in a consistent, verifiable manner within a consolidated life cycle. This approach guarantees alignment with strategic goals and constraints through every stage of a program.

Case studies highlight the key features of the approach and provide important lessons and insights for managing programs. Although the ideas and concepts for each topic are fully consistent with existing standards and other published material, they are based on new thinking and go beyond current practice. They provide a set of original and powerful techniques that are applicable to both programs and portfolios in a wide range of business environments.

Crispin “Kik” Piney, PMP, PgMP, PfMP has been involved in the project world since joining the IT Group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the 1970s, working on cutting-edge development projects. He later moved to the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), initially in England, before relocating to DEC’s European technical centre in the south of France. While he was with DEC, Kik gained a deeper understanding of the importance of methodology, business alignment, and stakeholder relationship management.

After the acquisition of DEC by Compaq, Kik left in 2000 and set up as an independent consultant and trainer in project management. He invested enthusiasm, time, and effort working as a volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) on the majority of their standardization efforts, from the Organizational Project Development Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) through their standards for projects, for programs, and for portfolio management. He also contributed actively to the PMI competency development framework, the lexicon, and the Practice Guide for Scheduling. He is one of the three authors of PMI®’s Practice Guide for Project Risk Management.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Earned-Benefit-Program-Management-Aligning-Realizing-and-Sustaining/Piney/p/book/9781138033122

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge



Project Management Journal (PMJ) Updates Announced



15 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that during the past year PMI has implemented two significant changes that directly affected the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ). In April 2016, the Institute began to self-publish PMJ. Then in July, PMI moved its website, http://www.pmi.org/; to a new platform. These changes temporarily hampered the effectiveness of the academic search functionality and access to PMJ content. Everyone’s patience as they addressed the situation—and as they continued to make improvements — was greatly appreciated.

Individual contributions to advance the project management profession are invaluable and PMJ continues to have a strong following. Thomson Reuters’ recently published 2016 Journal Citation Report showed an increase in PMJ’s Impact Factors from 1.765 to 2.714. This notable improvement reflects the collective efforts of our authors and editors with whom PMI Academic Resources and PMI Publications are honored to collaborate.

PMI has also announced that all visitors to http://www.pmi.org/ now have access to both current and archive editions of the Journal, whether or not they have an account. On the PMJ homepage, visitors may access current articles in HTML format or download each issue as a single PDF. They will also find an “Access back issues” link at the bottom of the page. In addition, “Early View” articles are now being posted as downloadable PDFs on the PMJ Early View page.

PMI is also announcing an important content change in the Journal. The PMJ is now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute



The Business of Portfolio Management



Boosting Organizational Value through Portfolio Management – New book by Iain Fraser published by PMI

7 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has a new book, The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value Through Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser. Iain Fraser, Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ is a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and a well-known international project management expert and professional leader.

According to the PMI summary:

Today there is a gap between organizational strategy and day-to-day management activities. To capitalize on new opportunities, or “getting ahead” rather than just “staying in business,” most workplaces need a radical transformation. This transformation can begin with how organizations devise and manage their portfolios. Long underutilized as a mechanism to provide value, portfolio management is now being recognized as an effective approach to bridging these critical business elements.

The Business of Portfolio Management offers keys to adopting a new approach to portfolio management that boosts organizational value. A veteran in the field, author Iain Fraser proposes a solution that lies in using the value management framework to link organizational strategy to portfolio content and to delivery mechanisms.

In this expansive guide, case study examples illuminate in-depth discussions explaining the value management framework, implementation and delivery techniques, portfolio leadership qualities, key roles and professional development, and change management. Also included is an overview of organizational maturity models to evaluate project, program, and portfolio performance as well as tools and techniques to implement, execute, and measure their benefits and value contribution.

The Business of Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser, published by PMI in the USA; ©2017, 166 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781628253726; List price = US$44.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101599501

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing a 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 from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute



Law for Project Managers



New book from Routledge provides guidance on many legal matters confronting projects and project managers

27 July 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Law for Project Managers, Second Edition, by David Wright. Published in July, this updated book provides an easily understandable and practical guide to the laws of contract, liability, intellectual property and so on, all from the perspective of the project manager.

According to the Routledge release, the book covers everything from intellectual property disputes with the client organisation about who actually ‘owns’ the outcome, to confusion arising during an international project from the different legal systems and their approach to contracts and health and safety problems in the management of contractors. Most importantly, it explains everything in very straightforward terms; legal jargon is either avoided altogether or defined with its relevance to the project manager explained.

Law for Project Managers is a clear, readable and expert guide on this and many other important legal matters for the practising project manager as well as a supplementary text for post- or undergraduate students studying the commercial aspects of law, contracting and project management.

David Wright is an independent consultant, specialising in project management and engineering. He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in the process industry and has authored and contributed to a number of books, including The Purple Book, the standard guide to the ICHEME conditions of contract.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Law-for-Project-Managers/Wright/p/book/9781138063907

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge


Beating the odds – tips for jump-starting developing countries



Important new book for project sponsors in developing economies launched at AfDB annual meeting in India

22 May 2017 – Ahmedabad, India – A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Titled “Beating the Odds : Jump-Starting Developing Countries”, the book is co-authored by two development economists – AfDB’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Célestin Monga and the Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin.

According to the AfDB release, the book will undoubtedly contribute to the history of Africa’s development. It is a detailed strategy that comes as “tips for jump-starting developing countries”, at a time think-tanks from around the globe and key policy-makers, businesses, academia, civil society as well as media representatives are reflecting on a new paradigm that will effectively help create wealth in the continent, through agricultural transformation. The book demonstrates how African countries would aptly move their development agenda “out of the low-income trap regardless of their circumstances.”

Why was the book written? The authors affirmed that poverty is not predestined: it can be changed, provided the right policy is implemented. For them, there is a good window of opportunity for African countries to transform. There is a for countries to be pragmatic in the choice of policies, the authors argued, adding that growth always starts from a poor business environment.

Building on the successful experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the authors said, “By attracting foreign investments, poor countries would improve their trade logistics and increase the knowledge and skills of local entrepreneurs. That would also help gain the confidence of international buyers, and gradually make local firms competitive.” They also underscored that the strategy needs not be limited to traditional manufacturing, but can also include agriculture, the service sector, and other activities.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, congratulated the authors for producing a comprehensive and pragmatic book that encourages less privileged nations “to swiftly jump directly into the global economy.” She also said she was attracted by the content and the fundamental lessons learned from the book. However, she pointed out that institutions are the missing links in Africa’s development. “Our countries need strong institutions,” she said.

The book is published by Princeton University Press in the United States. For more about the book, go to http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10931.html

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit http://www.adbg.org/.

Source: African Development Bank

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