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27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management to be in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 2013

 10 November 2012 – Zagreb, Croatia – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that its 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 2013.  The announcement coincided with the closing of the 26th IPMA World Congress in Crete on 31 October 2012, as the torch was passed from the 26th World Congress leadership to next year’s team.

Photo: Mladen Vukomanović, Project Manager of the 27th IPMA World Congress; Andrea Zec, Globtour Event; at booth in Crete on 31 October 2012; photo courtesy of Jouko Vaskimo.

The 27th The IPMA World Congress,  under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward” will be held from 30 September to 03 October 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk (http://www.valamar.com/hr/lacroma-hotel-dubrovnik ). The congress is being organized by IPMA and CAPM (the Croatian Association for Project Management – www.capm.hr), with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb  www.grad.unizg.hr,  the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) – www.icoste.org and the “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” College of Business and Management (www.vspu.hr ) as co-organizers.

IPMA and CAPM would like to invite project management experts, leaders, practitioners and professionals worldwide to take part in the IPMA World Congress 2013 and contribute to the development of the project management profession. Come to Dubrovnik to find balance and improve your project management competences and thus push your projects forward.

You will be expected in the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808 http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr, whose cultural monuments still today bear witness to projects from past centuries.

The Chair of the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is Mladen Radujković. Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. The president-elect for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujković.

For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Source: IPMA

Moved by Hurricane Sandy – 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference rescheduled for December 10-12 in Maryland

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Due to Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast of the USA during late October, the 24th annual Integrated Program Management (IPM) Conference was rescheduled for December 10-12, 2012.  The conference will be held at the same location as previously planned, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.  The event, annually the world’s largest gathering of earned value management (EVM) professionals,  is being co-sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), College of Performance Management (CPM) and the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) in the United States.  To register or for more information, visit http://ipmconference.org/.

The conference will again feature training sessions, a practice symposia, workshops, and a Tools and Services track for those interested in technology solutions for EVM.

Keynote speakers will include David G. Ahern, Joseph W. Dyer and Paul Bosco, three very senior US government executives.

David G. Ahern, Under Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Portfolio Systems Acquisition, US Department of Defense – Mr. David Ahern is responsible for providing portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight. His office sustains Department of Defense (DoD) strategic and tactical programs in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.  Mr. Ahern was previously Professor of Program Management and Director of the Center for Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, VA. While at DAU, Mr. Ahern also served as an Executive Course Learning Team Mentor and Instructor at the Defense System Management College School of Program Management. Mr. Ahern has also held business development, program management, and business unit positions in the development of tactical information systems with General Dynamics Information Systems Company and the Northrop Grumman Electronics System Sector.  A native of Connecticut, Mr. Ahern was a career Naval Officer and is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a graduate of the Navy Postgraduate School and Defense Systems Management College.

Vice Admiral Joesph W. Dyer (U.S. Navy Ret.), iRobot Corporation – Joe Dyer oversees strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, research and advanced technology development at iRobot. Previously, he served as COO and president of the former Government & Industrial Robots division. Dyer came to iRobot in 2003 from a career in the U.S. Navy. He last served as the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, where he was responsible for research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and logistics for naval aircraft, air launched weapons and sensors. Dyer’s naval career also included positions as naval aviation’s chief engineer, commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division and F/A-18 program manager. Earlier in his career, he served as the Navy’s chief test pilot. Dyer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in finance from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is an elected fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the National Academy of Public Administration. Dyer chairs NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

Paul Bosco, Director, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), US Department of Energy (DOE) – Paul Bosco served as the Director of the Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM) from November 2006 until the creation of the Office of Acquisition and Project Management in June 2012. The Office of Engineering and Construction Management was the Department of Energy’s central management organization providing leadership in such mission critical areas as project and real property management. In addition, OECM validates the project performance baselines, to include cost and schedule, of all of the Department’s largest construction and environmental clean-up projects prior to Budget Request to Congress; an active project portfolio totaling over $30 billion.

Previously, Mr. Bosco served in the United States Navy nearly 28 years, as a member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) and Seabee Community. In that capacity, he held a dozen different assignments in a dozen different locations, predominately involved in real property and project management, executing construction programs and projects worldwide. His last Navy assignment was as the Deputy Commander of Operations at the Headquarters of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Washington D.C. He also served as the Strategic Business Officer. He retired as a United States Navy Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, on November 1, 2006.

For those interested in certification testing, the following will be held during the event:

  • SCEA PCEA and CCEA Exams
  • EVM Certificate testing
  • AACE testing

The College of Performance Management is a PMI Registered Education Provider, so participants can get 18 PDU’s for attending the conference. If you are involved with or interested in learning more about earned value management or integrated program management, this conference is one of the most important.  For more information or to register, visit http://ipmconference.org/.

Fluor’s Bob Prieto Named Fellow of Construction Management Association of America

PM PEOPLE NEWS

8 November 2012 – Irving, Texas, USA—Fluor Corporation has announced that Robert (Bob) Prieto, senior vice president, was named to the College of Fellows for the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) at the organization’s National Conference recently held in Chicago, Illinois. Prieto is one of only 58 Fellows to be so honored in CMAA’s 30-year history.

“Our entire Fluor team is proud of Bob for receiving this prestigious honor from CMAA,” said Steve Dobbs, senior group president of Fluor’s Industrial and Infrastructure business. “Bob’s commitment to the engineering and construction industry and his global recognition as a thought leader have been a great benefit to both Fluor and the industry as a whole.”

Photo at right: Bob Prieto receives CMAA Fellow Award in Chicago; photo Business Wire, courtesy of Fluor.

Prieto joined Fluor in 2004 and serves as senior vice president of the company’s Industrial & Infrastructure business group. He has been active in international and professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers for which he serves as a member on its Industry Leaders Council. Prieto has written more than 400 publications and speeches, including three books on program management, and he holds degrees from New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

“The Fellows designation is the highest honor that CMAA bestows on an individual,” said Bruce D’Agostino, CMAA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is a pleasure to recognize Bob and congratulate him on being selected a Fellow for our organization.”

According to CMAA, the Fellows designation is given to industry leaders who have made significant contributions to their organizations, the industry and their profession. The goals of the CMAA Fellows program are to represent a diverse community of thought leaders that lend their knowledge and insight to the strategic issues facing the industry and to identify and develop future leaders.

CMAA is A leading organization advancing professional construction and program management worldwide. Its membership is comprised of more than 10,000 public and private organizations, owners and individual practitioners. CMAA provides professional development, CM certification, advocacy and business opportunities to its members and the industry. More information about the organization can be found on its website at www.cmaanet.org.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) designs, builds and maintains many of the world’s most challenging and complex projects. Founded in 1912, the is celebrating its 100th anniversary during 2012. Through its global network of offices on six continents, the company provides comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA, Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company with revenue of $23.4 billion in 2011. For more information, visit www.fluor100.com and www.fluor.com

Editor’s note: Bob Prieto is a frequent contributor of thought-provoking articles and papers to this journal, including the current edition. We at PM World want to congratulate Bob on his receipt of the prestigious CMAA Fellow Award.

Source: Fluor Corporation

The Lazy Project Manager – Peter Taylor – to educate and entertain on 5 December in Exeter, UK

FUTURE PM EVENT

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

9 November 2012 – Salisbury, UK – Peter Taylor, aka The Lazy Project Manager, will explain that art of productive laziness on 5 December, 2012 in Devon to members of the APM South Wales and West of England Branch.  The two-hour event will be in conference room 1 at the Met Office, Fitzroy Road, Exeter, Devon, UK and is FREE to APM members.  Information at http://www.apm.org.uk/event/lazy-project-manager-5.

The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory and some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of “The Lazy Project Managers”.  The audience will consider three key project stages, one of which the “lazy’ project manager works very hard in; by the second they should be in the enviable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’, safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control.  Special focus will be placed on the third phase, project closure, which can be completed so much better with very little effort but with a significant value add for all ‘would be’ lazy project managers.

Peter Taylor, PMO director at Siemens in the UK, is the author of the books: “The Lazy Project Manager”, “The Lazy Winner”, “The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell”, and “Leading Successful PMOs” (Gower).  Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable successful project management.

His background is in project management and marketing across three major business areas over the last 17 years, with the last 8 years leading PMOs.  He is also an accomplished communicator and speaker, workshop trainer and consultant – specialized in PMO coaching.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 individual and 500 corporate members.  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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Marrakech Region Water Supply Project in Morocco Approved for Funding

PROJECT NEWS

8 November 2012 – The Executive Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a loan of US $120 million and US $37 million (about 122 million UA in all) to help finance the Marrakech Region Water Supply Project in Morocco. The announcement was made at the Bank Group meeting in Tunis on Wednesday, 7 November.

This project is the Bank’s 12th operation in the water supply and sanitation sector for the Kingdom of Morocco estimated at US $1.2 billion (UA 800 million). The project will meet the water needs for domestic, tourist and industrial (mining) within the framework of inclusive development and integrated management of water resources.

It will ensure the drinking water needs of about 3 million people by 2030 and meet the needs of the country’s phosphate industry (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, or OCP). The French Development Agency (AFD), the National Electricity and Drinking Water Authority (ONEE) and OCP will contribute to the funding of the project which will be implemented over a period of five years.

The Board commended the Bank’s management and the project team for the project’s relevance and the quality of the evaluation report.  To see the Project Appraisal Report, go to http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Project-and-Operations/Morocco%20-%20Marrakech%20Region%20Water%20Supply%20Project%20-%20Appraisal%20Report.pdf

For more information about AfDB projects in the Kingdom of Morocco, visit http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/morocco/.

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 (RMCs). It is headquartered in

Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Since beginning operation in 1966, the Bank has become a key player in promoting economic and social development in African states.  The African Development Fund established in 1972 and the Nigeria Trust Fund established in 1976, constitute with the AfDB as the flagship, the African Development Bank Group. For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

Project-Driven Technology Strategy – New book by Dr Robert McGrath published by PMI

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

8 November 2012 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the publication of Project-Driven Technology Strategy, a new book by Dr Robert McGrath.  According to the PMI summary:  Forget what you think you know. In today’s enterprise, technology isn’t about software or hardware. It’s about knowledge and competence. And it’s the key to creating a sustained competitive advantage for your organization. Dr. Robert McGrath’s new book not only redefines technology but reshapes how to approach the age-old challenges of fostering innovation, growing entrepreneurship and creating value.

Described as a combination of “a master class taught by your most thought-provoking professor” and “a troubleshooting session with your most trusted mentor”, this new work uses classic economic theory from luminaries such as Adam Smith and Joseph Schumpeter to force a new perspective on the art and science of strategy and project management.

Written with practicing executives and project managers in mind, readers will discover:

  • How everyone can learn the art of entrepreneurship
  • How to make innovation processes routine
  • How to create, manage and measure sustainable competitive advantage
  • How to ensure that project management is a capability, not a rigidity
  • Why a PKMO (Project Knowledge Management Office) may be a key success factor

While the material is, by its nature, complex, Dr. McGrath uses his decades of teaching experience to make the subject matter surprisingly accessible by distilling the content down into clearly called-out “remember points” and illustrating its key concepts with more than 50 figures, tables and exhibits.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Robert McGrath is an accomplished author and full-time academic. He holds several Master’s Degrees and completed a PhD in Business Administration at Louisiana State University.  He has worked in project-driven aerospace environments as a logistician, engineer and manager for Texas Instruments, General Electric Aircraft Engines, and the Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company.

Dr. McGrath’s academic work has focused mainly in the areas of Strategic Management, Project Management, Technology and Innovation Management, Operations Management and Logistics. He has published over 75 scholarly, pedagogical, and practitioner items in the attempt to bridge the gap between the fields that must function together in highly competitive organizations. In 2007 he became certificated as a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), and now works at home teaching online and consulting as owner of M&A Management Trainers, www.drbobprojects.com.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, 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.

For more information about PMI, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.


Project-Driven Technology Strategy, by Robert McGrath, PhD;, published by PMI in the USA; ©2012, 500 pages, soft cover, ISBN 9781935589570; List price = US$39.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101350601.

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

7 November 2012 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to a second four-year term in a hotly-contest election in the United States on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  As of 9:00 a.m. on 7 November, President Obama had received 50% of the popular vote (59,659,966) against 48% (57,038,997) for challenger former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  In electoral college votes, which determine the presidency in the USA, Obama had 303 vs. Romney’s 206, with 270 needed to win the election.  President Obama was announced the winner just after midnight this morning.

Photo: Jeff Haynes, Reuters, courtesy of CSMonitor.com

In his victory speech, President Obama stated: “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward… Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come…” Click here for the complete text of his speech.

In other election results, the Democrats gained several seats in the US Senate for a total of 51 seats vs. 45 for the Republican party.  In the US House of Representatives, the Republicans retained control with a total of 232 seats vs. 191 for the Democratic party.  Whether President Obama can make progress with the still divided US congress is now the big question for the next four years.  The looming “Fiscal Cliff” budget issue is the next big challenge for the US government, requiring resolution within the next two months.

For more information on the US elections, just perform a web search on the subject.  Results have been widely reported by the media around the world.

Editor’s note: While this news is not directly related to program or project management, it falls under the category of “other news affecting projects and project management”. Political leadership in the United States can have a significant impact on national and global political and economic issues, including many programs and projects.  In the United States, the impact of a presidential re-election is generally much less than when a new president is elected.  Some stability should also be seen in international markets and relations, with many programs continuing (although others may be disrupted or cancelled). This article was aimed at non-US readers, as most Americans will have followed the election results closely in real-time.

IPMA adds Three National Associations

 6 November 2012 – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates (CoD) convened in Baku, Azerbaijan, and added Colombia, Estonia and Nigeria to the IPMA Family. The official meeting of IPMA CoD, the highest decision-making body of the first global project management association, took place on September 29th … 30th 2012. The meeting was hosted by the Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA), the IPMA Member Association of Azerbaijan.

A highlight of the meeting was the approval of Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) of Colombia, Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) and Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) as transitional members of IPMA. Of course, another highlight was the hospitality, culture, entertainment, and great food, provided by our hosts, Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA),

Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) case for joining the IPMA Family was deftly made by German Bernate (at left). In applying to represent Columbia, ACGePro is seeking to position itself as an integrating platform among different sectors of the nation’s economy, offering, through Project Management, a space for knowledge generation and experience interchange.

Columbia’s move into the IPMA Family is an outcome of the efforts of its leadership team, including Mr. Fredy Vanegas and Mr.David Romero, Board Chairman and Board Secretariat.  and the IPMA Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LACC) programme. LACC is supported by Dr Jesús Martínez-Almela, the Chairman of Asociación Española de Ingeniería de Proyectos (AEIPRO) Certification Body. The ACGePro website is at Sites.google.com/site/acgepro.

Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) was represented by Marika Katarina Arendia Elita von Wolsky, Chairman of the Board of Estonian Project Managers Association. Among the key points of EPMA’s application is that the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has authorised EPMA as the organisation rewarding professional qualification to the project managers in Estonia.

The goals of EPMA are:
1) to join the project managers offering project management service into a joint professional organisation;
2) to represent its members’ interests on the behalf of the professional organisation before the public, legal bodies and physical persons;
3) to give project managers further education in the frames of life-long learning;
4) to organise the professional standard of project managers and on the basis of them, evaluation of project managers;
5) to preserve and support the best customs of Europe.

Ms. von Wolsky, pictured at right, points out that EPMA feels that the IPMA membership can give good possibilities to Estonian project managers in increasing their qualification through training and international team-work. They also hope to succeed in the EU LLP Leonardo da Vinci Innovation transfer programme with the project “Project Excellence Innovation Transfer to Estonia”, bringing to Estonia the knowhow of the IPMA Project Excellence Model, for improving the Estonian project managers qualification through work process. EPMA’s website is at www.epma.ee/.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) reached closure for many years of careful development with their application to represent Nigeria in the IPMA Family. Represented in Baku by Dr. Chinwi Mgbere, at left, PMDAN has as its objectives, to:

1)    Raise national awareness of applications of project management as a powerful tool for the management of non-routine activities;

2)    Support members in the implementation of project management knowledge and encourage prospective members;

3)    Stimulate the development of project management and the knowledge on which it is based;

4)    Produce material through its members, to assist the youth and students in the idea of project management.

PMDAN activities include

  • Promotion of communication and networking between all members of the association and IPMA;
  • Offering conferences and other forums for the exchange of knowledge and experience;
  • The promotion of welfare (well-being) of Project Managers, rendering assistance to less-privileged, to acquire project management ski8lls; and
  • Research and development in project management.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria’s website is at: http://www.pmdan.org/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff (USA), IPMA VP Marketing & Events. [email protected]

Photos by Jouko Vaskimo (Finland), IPMA Correspondent

IPMA recognizes Dr. Rodney Turner as Honourary Fellow at the 26th IPMA World Congress

6 November 2012 – International Project Management Association (IPMA) recognizes, as IPMA Honourary Fellows, those persons who over a period of many years render exceptional service for IPMA and/or to the practice and theory of Project Management. Candidates for honourary fellowship are nominated by IPMA Member Associations, evaluated and recommended by the IPMA Executive Board, and elected by the Council of Delegates.

During the IPMA World Congress Gala Awards on 30 October 2012, the selection of Professor Rodney Turner as an IPMA Honourary Fellow was announced by IPMA President Roberto Mori in recognition of Professor Turner’s contribution to IPMA and our profession over many years.

IPMA President Roberto Mori, left, announces the award to Professor Turner, right.

 A summary of achievements

Professor Turner is well-known as the executive editor of the International Journal of Project Management. Having served as IPMA President 1999 – 2000 and Chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates 2001 – 2002, Professor Turner continues to serve IPMA and the profession of project management. He has also held numerous positions through which he has contributed to the further development of project management nationally as well as internationally. Professor Turner is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK Association for Project Management (APM).

Professor Turner was nominated by APM, who followed a stringent set of IPMA criteria in making a complete and exemplary nomination. Highlights of Professor Turner’s cited contributions include the following.

Activity as researcher and author

Professor Turner’s extensive research has a particularly strong recent focus on leadership styles appropriate to project management. Rodney Turner is the author or editor of some fifteen books, including The Handbook of Project-based Management, the best selling book published by McGraw-Hill, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management. He has written many articles for journals and conferences, including IPMA Congresses.

His magazine contributions include Project Management Today which has recently benefited from an extended series of introductory articles to the profession, for example. He lectures on and teaches project management worldwide, from China to Canada, from Australia to Austria. He serves as International Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal

International contributions

From 1999 to 2002, Professor Turner was President and then Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the global federation of national associations in project management, of which APM remains the largest member. He has helped to establish the Benelux Region of the European Construction Institute as foundation Operations Director. He was amongst the early project managers who recognized the emerging potential of the Chinese economy, and has lectured extensively in China, as well as published in that market.

Contribution to the profession

It is perhaps Professor Turner’s Editorship since May 1993 of the International Journal of Project Management (IJoPM), the leading academic research journal in the field, which best defines his contribution to the profession, both nationally and internationally. The publisher Elsevier is the world’s leading publisher of academic research journals, publishing some 40% of all those published.

It is highly appropriate that during 2009, IJoPM received a unique accolade by being admitted to the Thompson World of Science Social Science Citation Index (formerly known as ISI).

Up until that point, none of the now four research journals in project management had been in ISI-listed, which meant that academics in the field of project management had to publish their work elsewhere. Detractors in other academic disciplines could observe that no project management journals were in ISI. This could be used as a reason for saying that project management was not a proper academic discipline.

IJoPM’s admission into ISI now gives recognition of project management as a proper academic discipline and provides academics in the field of project management with an outlet for their research papers which will be recognized in the achievement of their annual performance objectives and their career progression. This is a defining moment for the profession, as it is universally recognized that a strong academic community is important to the development of project management as a profession, As Dr Young Hoon Kwak, Associate Professor of Project Management at The George Washington University’s School of Business put it: “This is one small step for IJoPM; one giant step for project management”. The achievement of admission into ISI was compounded in July 2012 by IJoPM’s Impact Factor being confirmed as 1.532, a highly creditable outcome.

A salute

The International Project Management Association salutes Honourary Fellow Professor Rodney Turner for his contributions to our profession, and to society.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

News Item with contributions by Jouko Vaskimo, Miles Shepherd and Stacy Goff

Photographs by Jouko Vaskimo

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff, VP Marketing & Events, [email protected]

Project Management Institute Honors Nuevo Cuyo, Argentina Chapter with a 2012 PMI Chapter of the Year Award and Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Argentina

5 November 2012, Mendoza, Argentina – The Nuevo Cuyo Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has been honored with a 2012 Chapter of the Year Award in Chapter Category I (1-300 members).  The Chapter also won a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations. The awards were presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

PMI’s Chapter of the Year Award recognizes chapters that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.  PMI’s Nuevo Cuyo, Argentina Chapter was specifically recognized for exceeding Chapter Target Objectives of membership by 24 percent, volunteer participation by 200 percent, as well as number of events by 250 percent.

PMI’s Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations recognizes chapters that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.

The Chapter was cited for the following accomplishments:

  • Supported the expansion of PMI in four different provinces throughout Argentina: Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis, and La Rioja.
  • Coordinated the PMI Tour Cono Sur Mendoza 2011 Congress with 400 attendees.
  • As the Chapter spanned an area of 404,900 square kilometers, electronic communications (newsletters, webinars, e-mails) were extensively used to communicate to the members
  • Chapter leadership received support from the Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Washington, DC Chapters to enhance value to members.
  • Had Chapter booth at 6 events including Expomatica with 10,000 visitors
  • Supported educational outreach to 5 universities: Univeridad Nacional de Cuyo, de Mendoza, Tecnologica Nacional, de Champagnat, and de la Punta
  • Developed 22 press releases on PMI activities
  • Participated in 14 appearances on local media: radio, TV and local online and published newspapers

Pablo Lledó, Past President for PMI Nuevo Cuyo, said during the award ceremony: it is very exciting to receive such a wonderful award in name of our Chapter for the outstanding work that our volunteers made during 2011. We have a strongly committed team of volunteers and this award belongs to them. Thanks to PMI for the great organization and recognition; and specially thank you for the team of volunteers, leading by Mrs Victoria Ferro, who invest their precious time to complete the documentation to apply for this award. We are so proud to deliver value to our members as the best Chapter in our category!

Photo: PMI Chapter Award winners in Vancouver; Pablo Lledo second from right; Cecilia Boggi (PMI Buenos Aires Chapter President, 3rd from right; Mark Langley, PMI CEO (far left); Peter Monkhouse, PMI Chair (far right). Photo courtesy of PMI

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: Project Management Institute

EBRD provides €10 million for energy efficiency projects in Moldova

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

5 November 2012 – London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced two EBRD loans of €10 million in total to Moldova-Agroindbank for on-lending to homeowners and private enterprises for energy efficiency projects.  The loans are extended under the Moldovan Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (MoREEFF) and Moldovan Sustainable Energy Efficiency Financing Facility II (MoSEEFF II) and will enable Moldova-Agroindbank to provide long-term funding to industrial and residential clients implementing energy saving projects.

Moldova relies heavily on imports to satisfy its energy needs. High energy costs and energy losses, coupled with outdated equipment and obsolete energy infrastructure make Moldova one of the most carbon intensive countries in Europe. This is harmful to the environment and results in high energy bills for individuals and businesses. With the EBRD financing, clients in Moldova will be able to invest in energy efficient appliances and materials for their properties and industries. This will help to significantly reduce energy consumption. Lower costs for enterprises will lead to increased competitiveness and benefit economic development.

Announcing the new loans, Henry Russell, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions in Western Balkans, Croatia, Belarus and Moldova, said: “By providing Moldova-Agroindbank with two credit lines the EBRD is helping citizens, families, housing associations and businesses in Moldova to invest in energy efficiency projects. In challenging economic times, when energy prices are rising and people and private companies are struggling to pay their bills, energy efficient solutions are becoming more attractive and, with EBRD funding, more accessible.”

“We are pleased to be expanding our long-term cooperation with the EBRD and continue to drive our clients towards the most cost-effective solutions. The EBRD’s credit lines will ease the burden of the immediate costs of energy saving investments, which in the long run will allow our clients to considerably decrease energy expenses thanks to efficiency gains.

Our participation in this project demonstrates once again our responsiveness and expertise in providing the most relevant and useful financial solutions for our clients.” said the President of Moldova-Agroindbank, Natalia Vrabie.

With 21 years of experience, Moldova-Agroindbank is the leading bank in Moldova, with a strong commitment to financing energy efficiency projects for both industrial and residential clients, from its own and third party sources. The two new credit lines build on the successful implementation by Moldova-Agroindbank of numerous EBRD credit lines since 1995.

The EBRD will also provide technical assistance funded by the European Union and Sweden to help Moldova-Agroindbank to further build up its expertise and marketing strategies in financing energy efficiency investments.

Since the beginning of its operations in Moldova, the EBRD has signed 88 investment projects in the country, covering energy, transport, agribusiness, general industry and banking sectors, for a cumulative amount of almost €711 million. The EBRD’s energy efficiency activities in Moldova are part of a greater effort to help Moldova increase its energy security.

For more information about EBRD projects in Moldova, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/country/moldova.shtml


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries. Today the EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD

Call for IPMA Research Awards Applications 2013

PM RESEARCH NEWS

2 November 2012 – Vienna, Austria – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a Call for Project Management Research Awards for 2013.   Since 2007 IPMA organizes these awards to encourage excellent project management research.

IPMA distinguish several categories of prizes. The IPMA Young Researcher Award honours young researchers, for research which led to a PhD. In this category the jury in addition to a winner of the category, recognizes further excellent research contributions with the prize IPMA Outstanding Research Contribution by a Young Researcher. The IPMA Research Award honours established project management researchers for a particular research project accomplished.

Finally, the IPMA Research Achievement Award – which is per nomination only – honours an exceptional project management researcher for his or her achievements in research and contributions to the project management practice.

IPMA calls for applications for 2013 in the categories IPMA Young Researcher and IPMA Research Award. Applications may come from academia, other research institutions or industry. They may come from disciplines other than project management but must contribute to the development of project, program management, project-oriented companies or any element named in the ICB – International Competence Baseline.

Schedule for IPMA Research Awards 2013

Application forms are available at www.ipma.ch

Applications are accepted in the period from 1. January 2013 – 15. June 2013

Applicants and IPMA national association of prize winners are notified by 1. September 2013

IPMA Research Award Ceremony at the IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia:  02. – 05. October 2013

To see the news about the winners of the 2012 IPMA research awards, visit http://ipma.ch/2012/ipma-research-award-winners-2012-announced/.  To see the report about the 2012 Research Awards presentations at the 26th IPMA World Congress in Crete, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/?article=ipma-presents-research-awards-at-the-26th-ipma-world-congress.

Further information on www.ipma.ch. Looking forward to receiving your applications for the IPMA Research Awards 2013!  Dr Martina Huemann, [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 was Mr Roberto Mori.  The president elect for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.

For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Source: IPMA

Olympic Delivery Authority team wins three APM awards in UK

PM PROFESSION NEWS

 Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

2 November 2012 – London, UK – The body responsible for building the London 2012 Olympic Park won three times at the APM Project Management Awards show on 1 November 2012. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) won two awards for their construction programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and also walked away with a special recognition award.  See full coverage of the APM Project Management Awards at http://www.apm.org.uk/Awards.

After winning Programme of the Year, sponsored by Program Framework, and the prestigious BNFL Award, ODA chief executive Dennis Hone collected the special recognition award from the ceremony’s host, TV presenter Chris Hollins. Dennis was joined on stage with colleagues from the construction and transport departments who were all involved in one of the biggest and most successful projects this country has ever seen and the learning legacy it left behind. (http://www.apm.org.uk/learninglegacy).

ODA chairman Sir John Armitt CBE also won the ‘lifetime achievement’ award for his outstanding contribution to the project management profession. APM president Dr Martin Barnes CBE was filmed presenting Sir John, an Honorary Fellow of APM, with his Sir Monty Finniston Award. Sir John, who was unable to make the ceremony on the evening, said: “For me this is a fantastic award. The fact that it is on behalf of APM means a great deal to somebody who has spent so much of his life in project management.

“I’m very conscious of the fact that I receive it on behalf of hundreds of people who have supported me over the years in the projects that we have worked on together and been able to deliver successfully. Thank you for this wonderful award and the recognition that it brings.”

 Celebrating at the ODA table after winning three APM Project Management Awards on 1 November 2012, London; photo courtesy of APM.

 Network Rail wins two awards

Network Rail did the project manager double at the Microsoft Project sponsored event of APM’s 40th anniversary year. Richard Walker won Project Manager of the Year, sponsored by Programme Recruitment, while Christian Irwin walked away with Young Project Manager of the Year sponsored by QA Aikona.

This year saw a brand new category, sponsored by Shell, celebrate health and safety in the profession. The winner of the brand new Shell HSSE (health, safety, security and environment) Award was AstraZeneca Global Engineering for managing HSSE on construction projects in India, China and Russia.

The organisation that can call itself Project Management Company of the Year is Arup. Julie Wood and Thea Oakley were presented with the award on behalf of the global company that starts 100 new projects a day and has 10,000 projects live at any one time.

Project of the Year: Green Park underground station.

The much coveted Project of the Year Award sponsored by Siemens was won by Transport for London for creating step-free access at Green Park underground station. Marking a key milestone in Transport for London’s readiness for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the project was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget in such a constrained environment.

Allen Construction Consultancy’s refurbishment of the historic Old Fire Station building in the centre of Oxford won Community Project of the Year sponsored by Project magazine. Opened in November last year the building was transformed into a community asset for the city providing a new CRISIS Skylight, an arts centre and a café.

Overseas Project of the Year went to EC Harris International Ltd for their Al Wahda Master Development in Abu Dhabi. The inner city development is made up of a 5-star hotel, shopping mall consisting of 450 retail units, commercial tower and 300 apartments.

The APM Academic Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, saw Carl Dutton from BT walk away with the Geoffrey Trimble Award for the best master’s post-graduate dissertation. While Sarah Scott from Atos won the Brain Willis Award for the year’s highest mark gained in an APMP exam.

Awarding excellence for 19 years

The APM Awards got off to a superb start with a drinks reception sponsored by Thales. It has become known as the most prestigious night in the professional calendar and has been awarding project management excellence for 19 years. Recognising the very best in the profession, winners of the most sought-after trophy in the industry have demonstrated the invaluable contribution project management and project professionals make in all sectors of society. The finalists and winners attract national publicity and a deserved career boost as a result, both at business and at individual level.

Those who have walked away with an APM Awards trophy can be proud to claim to be amongst the best projects, programmes and professionals in the country.  See the complete list of APM Project Management Awards 2012 winners at http://www.apm.org.uk/Winners2012.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

Fluor to provide Shell with Engineering and Project Management Services in Europe, Africa and Middle East over next five years

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

2 November 2012 – Irving, Texas, USA—Fluor Corporation has announced that Shell has awarded the company a 5-year enterprise framework agreement for engineering and project management services for Shell’s downstream, and potentially, upstream onshore projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME). Under terms of this agreement, Fluor will provide design, project and construction management, home-office and site-based engineering services.

“This new enterprise framework agreement with Shell for the EAME region demonstrates Fluor’s alignment with Shell’s global strategy,” said Peter Oosterveer (pictured at right), president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group.

The agreement includes an option to be extended for another five years and opportunities to include Shell’s upstream projects and other geographic regions.

Fluor is currently working on Shell projects in Malaysia, the Philippines and Canada. Fluor also provides operations and maintenance services at Shell sites in Australia, Qatar, Russia and the Netherlands.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) designs, builds and maintains many of the world’s most challenging and complex projects. Founded in 1912, the is celebrating its 100th anniversary during 2012. Through its global network of offices on six continents, the company provides comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA, Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company with revenue of $23.4 billion in 2011. For more information, visit www.fluor100.com and www.fluor.com

Source: Fluor Corporation

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for November 2012

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

1 November 2012 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month Guest Mounir Ajam points to some common project management terms used in the practice of project management that are not well defined consequently damaging the practice of project management. Mounir provides examples and explains in Redefining Project Management.

In Musings Al Johnson asks: Is Max’s Scope-Pak Project Planning Serious? Of course it is – read how and when!

In Papers Anibal Miranda asks for best practices in Financial Accounting Support for Project Cost Control. Read this interesting Email exchange to find out why it does not and cannot provide satisfactory support to the project manager.

In our Project Management 101 course, Lesson 8A explains Creating a Team to Do the Work.

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

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

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

26th IPMA World Congress Closes in Crete, Greece

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by Jouko Vaskimo ([email protected])

1 November 2012, Greece – Professor Dr John-Paris Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress and Mr Roberto Mori, the President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) closed the 26th IPMA World Congress in the Mediterranean island of Crete on 31st October 2012. The theme of the 26th IPMA World Congress, the first one to be organized in Greece, was “Integrating Project Management Standards”. The congress, which comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by some of the most renowned experts in the profession, simultaneous parallel sessions with both practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program, took place at the Creta Maris Convention Centre, located in the Hersonissos district of Crete on 29th … 31st October 2012. The congress was organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

Professor Pantouvakis closing the 26th IPMA World Congress (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Professor Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, was pleased to see the congress proceed according to plan, and become the latest link in the long tradition of IPMA World Congresses. In his closing remarks Professor Pantouvakis sincerely thanked the congress participants, everyone involved in planning and organizing the event, and sincerely wished everyone a safe journey home.

Mr Mori thanked Professor Pantouvakis warmly for an excellent IPMA World Congress: Mr Mori was very happy with the arrangements and the number of participants under the circumstances, which were the most difficult he had seen in the history of IPMA World Congresses.

Finally Professor Pantouvakis handed the task of organizing the next IPMA World Congress to the organizing committee of the 27th IPMA World Congress.

Professor Mladen Radujkovic, the current IPMA Vice President of Research and Education / Training, President of Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), IPMA 2013 … 2014 President Elect, and Chairman of Organizing Committee for the 27th IPMA World Congress, thanked Professor Pantouvakis, and formally took on the role of the organizer of the next IPMA World Congress. He warmly invited the entire IPMA family to the 27th IPMA World Congress which will be organized in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk on September 30th … October 3rd, 2013. The theme of the 27th IPMA World Congress will be “Finding balance and moving forward”. The congress is organized by IPMA and CAPM in co-operation with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb, the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Baltazar Adam Krčelić College of Business and Management. For further information please navigate to www.ipma2013.hr .

Professor Radujkovic (pictured at right) is excited about the 27th IPMA World Congress, and comments “I thank Professor Pantouvakis sincerely for an excellent congress. At the same time I kindly invite you to take part in the IPMA World Congress 2013 and to contribute to the development of the project management profession. Come to Dubrovnik to find balance and improve your project management competences and thus push your projects forward.  We will be expecting you in the city of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still today bear witness to projects from past centuries.” Professor Radujkovic can be contacted at [email protected] .

The closing ceremony participants were also addressed by Mr Michel Ledun and Mr Pierre Parent from Thales, who delivered their keynote presentation “International Project Management within Thales”. In the previous session Professor Theodosis Tassios and Professor Hiroshi Tanaka provided keynote presentations to the congress plenary; Professor Tassios on “An introduction to the ancient Greek technology” and Professor Tanaka on “Standards in the changing landscape of project and program management”.

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

PMI® Honors Pablo Lledó, MSc, MBA, PMP, with 2012 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award

PEOPLE NEWS

31 October 2012 — The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has honored Pablo Lledó, MSc, MBA, PMP, with a 2012 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Pablo Lledó has guided business development projects in multinational companies, coordinated project management training programs for executives, initiated companies, sold new products, helped enterprises in the implementation of its projects and assisted in their reengineering processes to reach more efficiency.

As an entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of four running companies, one of them included in the PMI Consultant Registry (RCP). As an international project management consultant and speaker, he has trained more than 12,000 people in project management excellence.

Mr. Lledó has published eight books about project management. He served as the vice president of communications for the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter from 2009-2010 and was the founder and president of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Argentina Chapter in 2011. During the past six years, he has been selected every year as a Speaker at the PMI Global Congresses.

Photo from left: Deana Landers (PMI Chair-elect); Distinguished Contribution Award winners Pablo Lledo, Gary Hamilton, Agnieszka Maria Gasperini, and John Cable; Peter Monkhouse (PMI Chair) (photo courtesy of PMI)

Pablo Lledó, President of MasConsulting and Pablolledo.com, said: it is very exciting to become the first Argentinean to receive this international award. I am so proud to be in this outstanding ceremony as one of the few Latin American that has ever received this award. Thanks to PMI for the great organization and for this worldwide recognition; and thanks to all my lectors, students, clients and family who has been supporting my project management career, this prize is for you!

Pablo Lledó (Argentina); Agnieszka Gasperini (Poland); Mark Langley (USA, PMI President and CEO)

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Jose Reyes and Martin Barnes deliver keynote presentations at the 26th IPMA World Congress

 PM PROFESSION NEWS

by Jouko Vaskimo

[email protected]

Professor José E. Reyes G., Project Manager of the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project, Chairman of the Panamanian Association of Project Management Asociatión Panameńa de Gestion de Proyectos (APGP), and Professor of Project Management at Universidad Interamericana Panama (Laureate University), and Dr Martin Barnes, Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and the President of the Association for Project Management (APM), presented their keynote presentations in the second-day plenary session of the 26th IPMA World Congress. Professor Reyes’ presentation was titled “Key success factors to deliver large scale projects, the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project challenges”; Dr Barnes’ presentation was titled “We can and should raise the standards”.  Both attracted a full auditorium of congress participants.

Professor Reyes talked about the Panama Canal, and the challenges the current canal design is having with the trends in the global logistics requiring vessels with more and more capacity: The existing locks can handle the “Panamax” vessels with capacities up to 4400 Twentyfoot Equivalent Units (TEUs). Based on the decision to expand the locks the new Panamax vessels will have an estimated maximum capacity of 12000 TEUs. He proceeded to introduce the issues Panama Canal TSL project considers critical for TSL project success:

1)    Top management support and visibility

2)    User / customer involvement

3)    Detail project schedule and use thereof

4)    Having competent people and a competent team

5)    Appropriate risk management

6)    Effective and sufficient communication

7)    Frequent monitoring and feedback

8)    Appropriate change management

9)    Maintaining the quality of works

10) Maintaining an issue log

Professor Reyes indicated the success of the Panama Canal TSL project is dependent on successful implementation of these issues. Professor Reyes can be contacted at [email protected] .

Professor Rayes presenting his keynote presentation (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Dr Barnes talked about the fact that standards are much more than simply processes:  Standards allow us a framework for activities as well as provide a benchmark for performance. He proceeded to tell the audience the story behind the project management “iron triangle” – traditionally understood as time, cost, and quality – which he originally conjured for his keynote presentation for the 1972 IPMA World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden: Dr Barnes soon realized quality was not an appropriate component of the iron triangle – performance would make a much better component as projects are so much more about the results, and in cases with state-of-the-art project management the project might finally be useless unless the outcome fits the client needs.

Dr Barnes also described how he came up with the New Engineering Contract, a simple and straightforward contract format for project managers to use, much to the disappointment of a number of his friends in the legal profession.  Dr Barnes proceeded to describe his astonishment and pride, when Sir John Armit, the Chairman of the London Olympic Delivery Authority, indicated in a television interview that the single most important factor for being able to deliver the Olympic Game venues on time was the New Engineering Contract which was used on all construction projects for the games. Dr Barnes can be contacted through APM.

Dr Martin Barnes presenting his keynote presentation

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece) is the National Member Association of IPMA and ICEC. It originates from the PM-Greece Yahoo group established in 2001 to link together people from universities, contractors, construction management companies, and specialized software houses with an active interest in the application of project management in Greece. Since 2005 PM-Greece has been legally established in Greece as a non-profit scientific association and is a member of IPMA. PM-Greece membership is open to anyone with an active interest in Project Management who lives, works, or has an interest in Greek project affairs. For further information please navigate to www.pmgreece.gr .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo

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Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

Buenos Aires Chapter wins 2012 PMI Chapter of the Year Award

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Rosario

30 October 2012 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has honored its PMI Buenos Aires,  Argentina Chapter with a 2012 Project Management Institute (PMI®) Chapter of the Year award in Chapter Category II. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

PMI’s Chapter of the Year Award recognizes communities that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.  PMI’s Buenos Aires Chapter was specifically recognized for their rapid increase in their members and volunteers, as well as their work with their own Chapter community outreach, including the use of magazines and websites.

The PMI Buenos Aires, Argentina Chapter was founded in October 1996 by a group of thirty-three members, most of them from the IT industry. Today, it has over 580 members (more than 240 are PMPs), and although the majority of members are in the computer industry, many members joined from other industries.

A few of their many accomplishments include:

  • Grew membership by 32% to over 500 members
  • Achieved member retention rate of 86%
  • Grew volunteer participation by 50%
  • Grew participation in Chapter LinkedIn site by 85%
  • Coordinated events to 6 locations: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santa Fe, La Plata, and Salta Santa Fe and Salta, La Plata
  • Distributed 1,000 Chapter brochures at 8 regional events

PMI also honored the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter with a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations. PMI’s Chapter Award for Leadership, Planning and Operations recognize communities that have made a tremendous contribution to the development and implementation of the strategic vision and mission of the Institute through exemplary programs, products and services.

According to Jose Esterkin, PMI Buenos Aires Chapter President: “This award recognizes our excellence and quality in the implementation of our vision as a Chapter and operational processes. This is a collective achievement made possible by our wonderful group of 70 volunteers, who continuously define, plan and execute a portfolio of projects aimed to deliver value to members”.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

PMI® Honors Cecilia Boggi, PMP with 2012 Chapter Award for Leadership Excellence

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Reported by Ana Maria Rodriguez in Rosario

30 October 2012 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has honored Cecilia Boggi, PMP, with a 2012 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership Recognition of Excellence. The award was presented during PMI’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

The PMI Chapter Award for Leadership pays tribute to the vision and dedication a community leader must have to effectively guide and advance their community and to further PMI’s envisioned goal to help organizations, worldwide, embrace project management and attribute their success to it.  Ms. Boggi was specifically recognized for his limitless energy and inspirational leadership as president of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter in 2011.

Under Ms. Boggi’s leadership, the chapter achieved the following:

  • 32% membership growth
  • 80% membership retention rate
  • Five (5) regional communities across Argentina
  • Two (2) new projects with PMI Educational Foundation   

According to Ms. Boggi, “I am honored on receiving this recognition; I feel very proud of belonging and representing the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter. Our Chapter counts with the cooperation of 75 enthusiastic volunteers for Project Management. Thanks to their work all these recognitions are possible”

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.