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Mori, Schaden and Shepherd named Honorary Members of PM-Greece

PEOPLE NEWS

10 December 2012 – Athens, Greece – The Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek national member association of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), has announced that three IPMA leaders have been made honorary members of PM-Greece.  The announcement was made during the IPMA awards banquet on 30 October 2012 during the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management in Crete, and recently shared with the international media.

New honorary members of PM-Greece include the following well-respected current and former leaders of IPMA.

Roberto Mori, current IPMA President and next Chair of the IPMA Executive Board for 2013-2014.

According to Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis, President of PM-Greece: His experience helped us a lot in resolving the complex matters that arose when we tried to organize the 2012 IPMA World Congress. At the time that the whole Europe, but particularly Greece was in economic turmoil, Roberto, having experience from the 2008 Rome IPMA World Congress, guided us through a slippery road to the Congress organization and success. Special thanks are due to his advice on a number of radical proposals, some of which were implemented during the Congress in Crete”.

Brigitte Schaden, immediate past President of IPMA and IPMA chair during 2011-12.

According to Prof Pantouvakis: “Brigitte helped us develop the certification in Greece since 2008. The first people certified in Greece did that through PM Austria. At the same time, Brigitte became our First Assessor and guided us through the complex path of Certification Body development to obtaining an ISO certification and, finally, to being validated by IPMA in 2012.”

Miles Shepherd, former President and Chair of IPMA.

According to John-Paris: “Miles was one of the first persons I met in IPMA in 2004. We have had a long discussion during the 2004 IPMA World Congress in Budapest and he has managed to entertain my fears and concerns in relation to the work required to set up a Member Association. He has also been good enough to keynote our conference in 2005 in Athens. This is the time that many people heard of IPMA in Greece.”

We congratulate these globally recognized and respected professional leaders.

Source: PM-Greece

26th IPMA 2012 World Congress Video Proceedings Available

PROFESSION NEWS

9 December 2012 – The 26th IPMA World Congress Video Proceedings of selected presentations with synchronized slides (where relevant) are now available for all registered and paid congress participants for a period of three months. We received our logins the week of 3 December. And, after March, we can extend our viewing for the rest of the year at the discounted rate of €49. Those who benefited from pre-paid tickets can also obtain the special €49 rate.

The 20+ hours of videos are filmed, edited and hosted by The PM Channel; we have reviewed several hours of them, using the Congress Programme as a guide (the session numbers ending in v are available on PM Channel with videos.).

If you have not yet viewed the sessions, see the overview video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19QLs4SDTXs. You can also view the PM Greece Awards “long cut” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqJWOYJXlCo.

To see more of the publicly-available videos, go: www.video.ipma.gr. At this forwarding address you can see The PM Channel’s collection of Congress videos (and any free additions); note that the login-only videos are greyed-out in the right column; the Preview set of videos is freely available—and that set still offers 102 minutes of videos. In that first Preview set, the second item is a flyer that explains the Subscription Plans, and offers, at the bottom of the flyer a link to [email protected] to sign up for your subscription to these videos.

The 26th IPMA World 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

The PM Channel is created by Provek Limited, a UK company wholly owned by HCS Group Charity Limited (Charity Number 1069113) to which it gift aids its profits for the advancement of education. Visit http://www.thepmchannel.com/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (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.  http://ipma.ch/

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

Source: IPMA

Sustainability in Project Management Featured at the IPMA World Congress 2012

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8 December 2012 – Zurich, Switzerland – Sustainability in Project Management is an increasingly important topic, and was highlighted at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012. The stream, Project Management and Sustainable Development, had a great turnout and raised important points on the relevance and need for the integration of sustainability and project management.

The stream presenters (shown left to right) consisted of Claudia Weninger, Erwin Weitlaner, Martina Huemann, Prof Gilbert Silvius, Joel Carboni, Ron Schipper, Rodney Turner, and (not shown) Frank Anbari, Lynn Keeys, and Bert Vliex.

Presentations included:

  • The relevance of SD for project initiation and project management
  • Project Key Performance Indicators for Sustainable Development
  • Responsibilities for sustainable development in project and program management
  • Sustainability in Business Case Evaluation
  • Project Initiation & Sustainable Development Principles
  • Process approach to integrating project sustainable development strategy
  • Project Stakeholder Management for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability in Project Management: Reality Bites
  • The advent of the sustainability management plan: Practical activities that are long overdue

The presentations, some of which will be available in the near future on SCOPUS, covered research results and case studies as well as tools and methods, all of which aligned to demonstrate the need, benefits, and practical nature of integrating sustainable methods with project delivery from a social, economic, environmental, process and product/service perspective.

Joel Carboni, Director of Standards, at asapm, IPMA-USA, stated “Prior to this event, many of us in this stream had never worked directly or even met one another. What we found as each presentation was given was what we contributed as individuals, provided support for each other as a whole and we all agreed that moving forward, we will take a collaborative approach to further advance the topic. Also, we are poised to start working to expand the stream for the 27th IPMA World Congress which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 30th to October 3rd in 2013.

The 26th IPMA World 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.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (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.  http://ipma.ch/

News Item by Joel Carboni, Green Project Management.® Photo by Jouko Vaskimo
IPMA

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

Source: IPMA

APM appoint four new Board members

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

7 December 2012 – London – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the United Kingdom has announced four new members to the Board of Trustees for 2012/2013. Sarah Coleman, Steve Wake, Monica Sasso and Alan Macklin have been elected by APM membership to join the current Board members in driving forward APM’s 2020 strategy.

Announced at last night’s annual general meeting the four successful candidates were chosen from a list of 11 strong contenders by APM’s 12,201 eligible voting membership.

Adding their knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees will help to steer the direction of APM and the profession towards achieving the association’s ambitious vision of creating a world in which all projects succeed.

Sarah Coleman, former programme director at BT, has been a member of APM since 1993, is chair of the Derby Chapter and a member of the Membership Committee. She is an international and highly experienced project manager, programme manager and consultant working at board and leadership team levels across industry sectors. Sarah specialises in business transformation and organisational change.  More about Sarah can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/node/114186.

Steve Wake is chairman of the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG and a management consultant specialising in earned value project management. Steve, who was a Trustee on the APM Council previously, is seen as one of the leading experts in earned value (EV) and established reciprocity between the US ANSI EV Guideline and the UK APM Guideline. Steve is part of the SIG Steering Group, which he previously chaired, and has been an active and engaged APM volunteer for many years.  More about Steve Wake at http://www.apm.org.uk/SteveWake.

With a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering Monica Sasso is active in the APM Women in Project Management SIG (WiPM) and is a committee member of the APM Swindon Chapter. Now a consultant Monica has managed a wide range of projects and programmes in several industries including defence, IT and banking.  More about Monica can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/node/114187.

Alan Macklin was among the first few to gain the APM Registered Project Professional designation. He achieved the standard while running the Ministry of Defence’s PPM Centre of Excellence with a PjM licensing programme aligned to APM qualifications. Following 34 illustrious years in the British Army Alan now works for CH2M HILL, the world’s number one programme management company.   More about Alan can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/node/114188.

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

4th Annual Scottish Project Management Conference to in Edinburgh on 17 April 2013

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

6 December 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The Scotland Branch of the Association for Project Management will hold their 4th annual Scottish Project Management Conference, with the theme Delivering the vision – Clarity of purpose and successful delivery of projects, on Wednesday 17th of April 2013 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland.  Early booking rate is £132 for APM members before 31 January 2013.  For information, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/scottish-conference-2013-delivering-vision.

The 4th Annual Scottish Conference in 2013 will focus on how projects and project teams ensure clarity of what they are setting out to do and clearly communicate what they will deliver. This is a fundamental for all projects.  The conference will therefore focus on how diverse teams maintain their vision of delivery and how that is practically translated into reality.

The first confirmed speaker is Richard Noble of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project.

Creating a jet and rocket powered car that can hit 1,000mph in a matter of seconds isn’t just about Britain retaining the land speed record, Bloodhound SSC provides a stimulating topic for schools with the aim to produce the next generation of engineers, scientists and project managers.

Richard Noble OBE will underline the importance for his engineers having a full understanding of project management, as it ultimately impacts project cost. Richard said: “In our project we don’t have managers, so everybody is doing their own project management. The problem is some are very good at it and some of them aren’t.”

“We have a very high level of fixed costs and all the time I drum into them the fact that if you make a mistake and we are delayed by one day then that is £12,000 gone.” Richard stressed that in order to avoid this then everybody should be given the required project management skills.

In late 2011, APM announced their vision of a world where all projects succeed. APM Chairman Mike Nichols said at the time that “The strategy sets an agenda that is uncompromisingly ambitious, creative and radical. Yet it can be encapsulated in just three words: all projects succeed – that is to create a world in which this is taken for granted.”

The conference will also be an opportunity to hear Andrew Bragg, APM CEO explain how APM are translating this vision into practice to achieve the target of delivery.

The conference will feature:

  • Influential speakers – sharing their experience of how they have translated their ideas into reality.
  • Interactive workshops – with experienced practitioners from a range of industries. Delegates will be encouraged to contribute to the debate, ask questions and give their views based on personal experience.
  • A rich choice of sessions, ensuring the event relevant to all industries.
  • Networking – making contact with other project professionals and organisations to enhance your professional standing.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available and details can be obtained by contacting Merry Wadlow ([email protected])

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 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 is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; the promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  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

Martin Barnes retires; Tom Taylor named new President of APM in UK

PEOPLE NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

6 December 2012 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that vice-president and former chairman Tom Taylor is to become its new president.  The announcement was initially made by APM chairman, Mike Nichols at the APM Awards and then formally at the association’s Annual General Meeting on Monday. Tom takes over from Dr Martin Barnes CBE who steps down as APM president after nearly 10 years of service in this role.

Formerly chairman of APM’s London branch, Tom joined the APM Council in 2003 and became APM chairman from 2004 to 2006 – a period of significant change. He oversaw the appointment of chief executive Andrew Bragg, a full governance review, rebranding and the publication of the APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition. He subsequently oversaw the move of the association to its new premises at Ibis House in Princes Risborough.

He was awarded the President’s Medal for his contribution to the association in 2007 and became an Honorary Fellow in 2009, which led to him receiving the Sir Monty Finniston Award for a lifetime of achievement. He became an APM Registered Project Professional in 2011 and is an APM Certificated Project Manager.

Tom is the founder and principal of the project management consultancy dashdot and has over 30 years experience at the front line of project management. He is a popular and engaging trainer, course leader, author and speaker, and has chaired conferences in many parts of the world.

His expertise in project management has been further recognised by his appointment as a Visiting Professor to the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford.  He jointly founded project management consultancy Buro Four in 1985 and has been involved in a wide range of projects including Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Centenary Project and the National Tennis Centre for the Lawn Tennis Association.

Speaking after the AGM Tom said: “I am excited, enthused and energised by this appointment. This is a great time to be president with so much happening in APM, within project management UK and across the globe. I have been asked to be an ambassador for the profession and a critical friend for the association – it will be a pleasure.”

Going into more detail about his role, Tom said: “Particularly I want to find time to expand the opportunities to encourage new and emerging project management talent in all fields, work with the Honorary Fellows and support sustainability initiatives. It’s all good stuff.”

He thanked Dr Martin Barnes for his presidency during which time the association has grown by nearly 60% and enjoys an unprecedented influence and profile throughout the UK profession and the world.

A full interview with Tom will be featured in the January issue of Project magazine at http://www.apm.org.uk/Project.

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 at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

2nd International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries to be in Riga

FUTURE PM EVENTS

5 December 2012 – Riga, Latvia – The Second International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries will be held during 11-12 April 2013 at the University of Latvia in Riga.  The theme of the conference is “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”.  Organizers of the event include the University of Latvia and the Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia.

According to the organizers, the aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management, and to enhance the capacity of project managers.  If you live in the Baltic countries or want a good reason to visit Riga, Latvia, consider attending this project management conference.

Topics will include some of the following:

  1. Project management in public administration
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funds project management (implementation)
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management
  4. Investment project management
  5. Culture project management
  6. IT project management
  7. Construction project management
  8. Renewable Energy Projects
  9. Social project management
  10. Standards on project management
  11. Professional education and science in project management
  12. Capacity of organization in project management
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing
  14. Project risk management

Fee for participants is only105 EUR or 75 LVL if registered before January 31, 2013.  Conference language is English.  The Chair for the Programme Committee is Prof. Dr.oec. Žaneta Ilmete, University of Latvia, President of Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia.

The conference website can be found at http://www.evf.lu.lv/pmconf2013/.  For additional information, contact Silvija Bruņa at [email protected]  or Emīls Pūlmanis at [email protected]

NASA Announces Robust Multi-Year Mars Program

PROGRAM NEWS

 5 December 2012 – Washington, DC – Building on the success of Curiosity’s Red Planet
landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover to launch in 2020. This announcement affirms the agency’s commitment to an exploration program that meets America’s scientific and human exploration objectives.

“The Obama administration is committed to a robust Mars exploration program,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “With this next mission, we’re ensuring America remains the world leader in the exploration of the Red Planet, while taking another significant step toward sending humans there in the 2030s.”

The planned portfolio includes the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers; two NASA spacecraft and contributions to one European spacecraft currently orbiting Mars; the 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiter to study the Martian upper
atmosphere; the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission, which will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars; and participation in ESA’s 2016 and 2018 ExoMars missions, including providing “Electra” telecommunication radios to ESA’s 2016 mission and a critical element of the premier astrobiology instrument on the 2018 ExoMars rover.

The plan to design and build a new Mars robotic science rover with a launch in 2020 comes only months after the agency announced InSight, which will launch in 2016, bringing a total of seven NASA missions operating or being planned to study and explore Mars, our Earth-like neighbor.

The future rover development and design will be based on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) architecture that successfully carried the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface this summer. This will ensure mission costs and risks are as low as possible, while still
delivering a highly capable rover with a proven landing system. The mission will constitute a vital component of a broad portfolio of Mars exploration missions in development for the coming decade.

“The challenge to restructure the Mars Exploration Program has turned from the seven minutes of terror for the Curiosity landing to the start of seven years of innovation,” NASA’s associate administrator for science, and astronaut John Grunsfeld said. “This mission concept fits within the current and projected Mars exploration budget, builds on the exciting discoveries of Curiosity, and takes advantage of a favorable launch opportunity.”

The specific payload and science instruments for the 2020 mission will be openly competed, following the Science Mission Directorate’s established processes for instrument selection. This process will begin with the establishment of a science definition team that will be tasked to outline the scientific objectives for the mission.

This mission fits within the five-year budget plan in the president’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, and is contingent on future appropriations. Plans also will include opportunities for infusing new capabilities developed through investments by NASA’s Space Technology Program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and contributions from international partners.

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

Source: NASA

April 2013 happy projects ’13 conference in Vienna

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Reported by Claudia Weninger in Vienna

Vienna, Austria – The PROJEKTMANAGEMENT GROUP at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, in cooperation with ROLAND GAREIS CONSULTING, will host the happy projects ’13 conference in Austria.  A pre-conference international student workshop will be held during 22-23 April 2013, a PMUni research workshop on 24 April 2013, and the one-day conference on 25 April 2013.  Expert Seminars will follow the conference.

The conference theme and topics will include:

  • A new paradigm: Sustainable management
  • Corporate governance in the project-oriented company
  • Considering sustainable development principles in project & process management
  • Sustainable changes by professional change management
  • Holistic enterprise risk management
  • Management for stakeholders versus management of stakeholders

happy projects ’13 expert seminars:

  • Process management in a nutshell
  • Sustainable changes & projects
  • Sustainbale project management
  • Sustainable management of the project-oriented company
  • Business analysis & projects
  • Core competences of the project manager
  • Procuring & contracting in projects

More information will be provided at the happy projects Homepage www.happyprojects.at

Earlier information can be obtained by contacting [email protected] or visit the website http://www.wu.ac.at/pmg

16 Stories – Wonderful new book from Tom Taylor and Rob Dee offers entertaining stories about projects and project management from history, past and present

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

4 December 2012 – London, UK – Project management with a difference … and just in time for Christmas. A new book authored by Tom Taylor, former Chair, honorary Fellow and current president of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK, with illustrations by Rob Dee, is a delight. Entertaining and educational, the new book brings new light to such projects as Noah’s Ark, the Great Pyramid of Giza and many other well known ventures from the past (and not so distant past at that).

The preface contains a story of a manager who desired a book as a possible present from friends or family when asked what they would like for Christmas. Many do struggle to find suitable directions to give. This volume may be an ideal solution for Christmas or birthdays.

The book does exactly what it says on the cover; it contains sixteen stories for managers of project, programs and enterprises. It also says on the cover that it is a modern and historical selection of entertaining and informative short stories and skits from a variety of eras, cultures and locations. But it is more than a two dimensional book. It demonstrates the many mediums encountered by managers…

There are also links to informative websites and apps and many more – texting, songs, lectures, volume controls knobs. As may be seen from the authors’ many diverse contacts who have provided reviews, this book is stimulating, entertaining, short and very well illustrated. It also reflects a dry British sense of humour. You have been warned.

Copies may be obtained directly from the publishers who are dashdot (www.dashdot.co.uk) or through the usual outlets with ISBN 095541327-3.  More information at http://www.tomtaylor.info/11-the-prolific-author/58-sixteen-stories.

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for December 2012

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

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

You are keen to tackle bigger and better projects but are reluctant to put your self forward, right? Then you are probably an introvert. So read Nancy Ancowitz‘s book “Self-Promotion for Introverts(r) – The quiet guide to getting ahead” that we review in Papers.

Confused by all the talk about Theory of Constraints and Critical Chains? As our Guest, Skip Reedy explains Critical Chain Project Management in very simple and obvious terms.

In our Project Management 101 course, Lesson 8B explains “Creating a Team to Do the Work” and this involves dispensing authority and responsibility, resolving conflicts, solving problems, managing risks, and escalating thorny issues to higher authority.

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

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

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

University of Maryland’s John Cable named Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal

PEOPLE NEWS

2 December 2012– PM World has announced that Professor John Cable, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland will join the Editorial Advisory Board for the global PM World Journal.  The PMWJ is a monthly eJournal devoted to the creation of new knowledge and continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

John Cable has been an innovator in more than three different career fields.  While at the newly formed U.S. Department of Energy in 1980, he was recognized by Engineering News Record as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry” for his work in building energy conservation research developing energy standards for buildings, methods for measuring energy consumption, and managing primary research in energy conservation which has enabled the development of the energy saving products in use today.

As an architect and builder, Mr. Cable founded and led John Cable Associates in 1984, a design build firm. That work resulted in his being recognized by Remodeling Magazine as one of the top 50 remodeling contractors in the U.S. in 1992.

In 1999 he was recruited by the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to create and manage a graduate program in project management.  In his role as founder and director of the Project Management Center for Excellence at Maryland, the program has grown to offer an undergraduate minor, master’s degrees, and a doctoral program. Currently, more than1300 seats are filled annually with students from many countries, with visiting scholars coming to learn about the program, conduct their own research, and teach graduate students.

With his appointment in 2001 by the PMI Board of Directors to a task team, the team was asked to define the parameters for an accreditation program for project management education; Mr. Cable brought his innovation skills to establishing accreditation standards for post-secondary education in project management.   In 2002, PMI formed the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Educational Programs (GAC).  Mr. Cable was appointed to that inaugural board where he served as vice chair.

In 2006, he was elected as chairman, a role he will continue to hold through 2012.  In concert with an increasingly global GAC board, the growth of accredited project management educational programs has dramatically exceeded expectations:  86 programs at 40 institutions in 15 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. Currently, Cable is working to expand project management education, accreditation and representation in China, India and Brazil.  John was awarded PMI’s 2012 Distinguished Contribution Award for his leadership at the GAC.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “As chair of PMI’s Global Accreditation Center, John Cable has been one of the most active and visible leaders in the global project management academic community over the last ten years.  His recent contributions have had a broad impact on the field of project management.  We are honored to have him join our advisory team.”

“I have known David for several years now and respect the global value he is creating with the new journal,” Prof Cable said.  “I am honored to join the other academic leaders on their team, which include some of the most respected names in the project management field.  It should be rather stimulating to participate.”

The Project Management Center for Excellence in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland offers Masters and PhD level graduate degrees in project management.  The mission of the Center is threefold: 1. To provide a high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, and prepares graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers; 2. To maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in project management; and 3. To provide project management training & development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large.  For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of new articles and papers, and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

IBM and City of Lyon, France to Create Transportation Management Center of the Future

PROJECT NEWS

First-of-a-kind collaboration to create real-time response plans, better decision-making and faster response to traffic congestion and incidents

1 December 2012 – IBM and the City of Lyon, France have announced a ‘first-of-a-kind’ (http://www.research.ibm.com/FOAK/) analytics technology that brings new intelligence to a city’s transportation management center. The pilot project will give transportation engineers real-time decision support on steps to reduce traffic congestion and enable faster incident response time when an unexpected event occurs.   The announcement was made on 14 November 2012 during the  Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Proactively managing traffic congestion means travelers spend less time stuck in a traffic jam because detours can be put into place quickly and more accurate alternate route suggestions can help citizens get back on their way sooner.

IBM researchers are piloting a system with the City of Lyon to help traffic operators in its transportation management center evaluate an incident and make more informed assessments about which actions would restore traffic flow. Using real-time traffic data, the new analytics and optimization technology can help officials predict outcomes and analyze different scenarios to resolve problems.

For example, recommended actions could be adjusting traffic signals to allow cars to detour more quickly and to allow for emergency vehicles to enter, adjusting ramp metering or road closures or changing variable message signs to alert of trouble ahead.

“As the city of Lyon strives to improve mobility for its citizens and become a leader in sustainable transportation, piloting this analytics technology will help the city anticipate and avoid many traffic jams before they happen and lessen their impact on citizens,” said Gerard Collomb, Senator Mayor of Lyon. “Using the data that we are collecting to make more informed decisions will help us to promote about how to resolve unexpected traffic events and optimize public transportation that is becoming a credible alternative to the use of private cars.”

Traffic management centers have sophisticated video walls and color maps of real-time traffic that can integrate different streams of traffic data, but do not provide full situational awareness across the transportation network. Today, command center officials use predefined response plans or make decisions on the fly. Neither method allows traffic operators to factor current and future traffic patterns into their decision-making process.

Using software from IBM, actionable historical and real-time traffic data from the City of Lyon is combined with advanced analytics and algorithms to help model predicted conditions under both normal and incident conditions, and the resulting impact across the entire network of roads, buses and trams. The system can also be used to estimate drive times and traffic patterns in a region more accurately and in real-time.  Over time, the algorithms will “learn” by incorporating best practices and outcomes from successful plans to fine-tune future recommendations. Additionally, the command center can develop traffic contingency plans for major events such as large sporting events or concerts.

“Today transportation departments often capture real-time traffic data, but there is no effective way to manage and find actionable insight to act upon instantaneously for the immediate benefit of the traveller,” said Sylvie Spalmacin-Roma, vice president, Smarter Cities Europe, IBM. “With the City of Lyon, we will demonstrate how the transportation management center of the future will use analytics to improve the decision-making process, improve first responder time and get citizens moving more efficiently by better managing traffic.”

The new predictive traffic management technology, named Decision Support System Optimizer (DSSO), combines incident detection, incident impact prediction and propagation, traffic prediction and control plan optimization. It also uses the IBM Data Expansion Algorithm, which can estimate traffic data that it is not available from sensors using descriptive flow models in conjunction with the available real-time traffic data. The new technology is compatible with the IBM Intelligent Operation Center’s Intelligent Transportation solution. IBM’s software solutions for cities draw on experience gained from Smarter Cities projects with cities around the world.

IBM is building on experience gained from Smarter Cities engagements around the world. Working with IBM, city leaders can now monitor, measure and manage a wide range of city services such as water management and intelligent transportation among others. Using advanced technologies, like analytics software, IBM is helping cities of all sizes apply intelligence to their city operations to deliver better services to their citizens.  More at http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27723.wss.

Founded in 1911, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is one of the world’s largest and best known technology companies. One of largest US employers, the company was ranked the #31 largest in the world in revenues in 2011. IBM has 12 research laboratories worldwide and, as of 2012, has held the record for most patents generated by a company for 19 consecutive years.  The company initiates, sponsors and supports thousands of projects around the world each year.  More at http://www.ibm.com/us/en/

Source: IBM

Major Milestone Achieved on Chernobyl Confinement Project

PROGRAM / PROJECT NEWS

 27 November 2012 – London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that a major step towards ensuring the long-term safety at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has been achieved with the successful completion of the first lifting stage of the New Safe Confinement.

Video interview of EBRD Director for Nuclear Safety: “Major step forward”

When fully assembled the New Safe Confinement structure will have a span of 257 metres, a length of 164 metres, a height of 110 metres and a weight of 29,000 tonnes. It will then be slid over the Object Shelter covering the destroyed Unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. During the initial lifting operation around 5,000 tonnes of steel was raised to a preliminary height of up to 22 metres.

The successful implementation of the New Safe Confinement will both significantly reduce the risk of further radiological contamination, and provide equipment and facilities to address the challenges of long term deconstruction of the Object Shelter and its inventory.

EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti said: “This is a very significant milestone, which is a tribute to the ongoing commitment of the international donor community, and an important step towards overcoming the legacy of the accident for the people of Ukraine, Belarus and all other countries affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe.”

The New Safe Confinement contract is funded through contributions by over 40 donor nations to the EBRD Chernobyl Shelter Fund. The Fund is expected to disburse around €1.54 billion in support of the Shelter Implementation Plan. It is expected that the New Safe Confinement, which will cost about two-thirds of this amount, will be completed in 2015.

The EBRD acts as administrator of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, which was established in December 1997 by the G-7 and other contributing countries to help Ukraine transform the existing Chernobyl sarcophagus into a safe and environmentally stable system. Since 2009 the EBRD has been the largest contributor to the Chernobyl funds, having pledged €325 million towards key projects at the site.

For more information about EBRD projects at Chernobyl, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/news/features/ebrd-and-chernobyl.shtml.

Article based on EBRD news story by Anton Usov.

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

New Domestic Airport Terminal to be Built in Izmir, Turkey

PROGRAM / PROJECT NEWS

30 November 2012 – A new airport terminal for domestic flights will be built in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, with the help of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The terminal will be built alongside the existing international terminal by TAV Ege, a fully owned subsidiary of TAV Airports that won the lease to operate the entire airport until the end of 2032.

The biggest share of the funding for this major infrastructure project is being arranged by the EBRD. The €145 million financing package will consist of an A-loan (up to €70 million for the Bank’s own account) and a B-loan (up to €75 million syndicated to commercial banks, UniCredit and Siemens Bank). The rest of an overall €250 million debt facility to finance the project is being provided by Denizbank (€65 million) and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (€40 million).

Izmir, with a population of 3.3 million, employs about a tenth of Turkey’s workforce. The new passenger terminal will support growing traffic, both domestic and international.

The new domestic terminal is designed to have a total area of 185.000m² with eight passenger boarding bridges and planned to be connected with the International Terminal by a bridge system.

“Izmir Airport’s domestic terminal, incorporating the latest technology in its design, will excel in the level of service it provides and become a key reference point in the country for energy efficiency in the built environment, – said Sue Barrett, the EBRD Director for Transport. – Supporting this investment is very much in line with the Bank’s aim to promote sustainable transport across the region.”

“The EBRD strategy for Turkey – where the government has initiated substantial investment programs for investment in the transport sector – gives high priority to supporting private sector participation in infrastructure development,” said Mike Davey, EBRD Director for Turkey. “We will continue to support other landmark projects that will allow Turkey to meet fast-growing demand for travel, be it by land, by water or by air”.

As part of EBRD participation in the project, the Bank and TAV Ege have agreed develop and implement a gender action plan which is expected to identify targeted opportunities and practical measures to increase female access and participation in the project and supporting businesses and services.

Since the beginning of its operations in Turkey, the EBRD has invested approximately €2.5 billion in about 50 projects. For more information about EBRD projects in Turkey, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/country/turkey.shtml.

Article based on an EBRD news story by Svitlana Pyrkalo

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and eastern Europe. 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

World Bank approves $500 million to accelerate Tunisia’s economic recovery

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

29 November 2012, Washington, DC – The World Bank has approved a US$500 million loan to Tunisia, called The Governance, Opportunity, and Jobs Development Policy Loan, to support economic growth and job creation over the medium term.  In June 2011, in the immediate aftermath of the revolution, the Bank approved a loan to Tunisia to support the then-transition government as it put in place critical changes such as access to information and liberalization of the internet to signal a sharp departure from the past. This new loan builds on those achievements and supports Tunisia’s further reform efforts.

“The agreement signed today sends a clear signal about the historic changes underway in Tunisia,” said Inger Andersen, Vice President for Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. “The reforms which this financing supports will help Tunisia improve employment opportunities while ensuring better social services and more transparent government. These are the key demands of citizens across Tunisia.”

The new loan aims to accelerate Tunisia’s economic recovery by providing quick-disbursing assistance for reforms designed to encourage fair and sustained growth for every segment of society.

The reform program focuses on four important areas:

  • improving the business environment by removing red tape, reducing discretion and increasing transparency for investments;
  • strengthening financial sector stability through strategic audits and improved prudential regulations;
  • reforming key social services, including better managing job-entry programs for young people, and certification and accreditation for higher education and health sector institutions and staff; and
  • advancing transparency through improved public access to information and more transparent budget preparation and reporting.

As part its reform program, the government is simplifying regulations in partnership with the private sector. Reducing the red tape that bound Tunisia has been an important focus for World Bank support since the revolution. This is critical to reducing corruption and encouraging private sector investment, particularly for small and medium firms.

Another example of reforms launched with the support of World Bank development policy lending is in the telecommunication sector. Government moves to open the international telecommunications market to competition will shortly translate into lower prices for international calls to and from Tunisia. This is ongoing work in which the World Bank will remain engaged to ensure that this sector continues to improve its performance.

Access to information reform, too, is ongoing. To ensure better, more transparent and accountable governance, the World Bank’s first loan supported an Access to Information Law, one of the first of its kind in the region. This new loan supports government measures to implement access to information more effectively across the administration.

“The Tunisian people have clearly expressed their demand for more transparent and responsive government,” said Simon Gray, World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb. “The Government of Tunisia has adopted a number of measures to respond to these aspirations. The continuing partnership between the government and the World Bank will help expand these reforms so that they translate into real progress towards more transparent governance and more inclusive growth.”

While developing the new policy loan, the World Bank benefited from broad stakeholder consultations with the administration, civil society and the private sector. The World Bank continues to provide development assistance to Tunisia in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Union (EU), which are bringing a further US$700 million to support Tunisia’s transition.

The World Bank strategy for Tunisia, which guides this newest loan, was revisited in September. It allows for flexible measures to support Tunisia’s political and economic transition by increasing the country’s appeal to investors, while ensuring a more equitable distribution of jobs and services across the country, most especially in neglected rural areas which lag behind Tunisia’s urban centers.

The World Bank consists of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries. Together they provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.

Established in 1944, the IBRD is owned and operated for the benefit of its 185 member countries.  Established in 1960, the IDA provides interest-free credits and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities and improve people’s living conditions.  For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries.  To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html

Source: The World Bank

PM World Journal now available in Afrikaans

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

28 November 2012 – The PM World Journal can now be read in the Afrikaans language by project managers and professionals in South Africa.  Afrikaans is one of 58 languages for which an automated translator is now included on the www.pmworldjournal.net website.

According to Managing Editor David Pells (pictured at right in Crete on 30 October 2012), “The language translator was one of the most popular features that we demonstrated at the IPMA World Congress in Crete in October.  We showed the website translated into Afrikaans to two attendees from Pretoria and they were amazed, even shocked.  I’m not sure how good the translation was, but they seemed impressed – and pleased.”

“The translator application is pretty robust for most languages,” Pells adds.  “Some translations are better than others though.  We were told that in one language, we are the PM Bird Journal – not good!  And be sure that you can read the language you select or you might not find your way back to English very easily.  That was my biggest problem in Crete.”

The language translator can be found in the upper left of the website, just above the banner.  Just click on the button beside the words “Select Language”.   The language translator is intended to help more people around the world read the articles, papers and news stories featured on the PMWJ website.  If anyone has useful feedback on this feature, please contact [email protected].

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition or to subscribe, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

PRINCE2 Study Guide published by Wiley in the US

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

 27 November 2012 – New York – Wiley publishers in the United States has announced the publication of PRINCE2 Study Guide, a new book by David Hinde. The author, David Hinde, has trained hundreds of individuals from many different backgrounds to prepare for the PRINCE2 exams.

According to the Wiley PR, the book contains everything you need to be fully prepared to take the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner exam.  As an internationally recognized certification which focuses on the Foundation and Practitioner levels along with being recommended by the Project Management Institute, the PRINCE2 accreditation can give a bolster to many resumes.

The book provides explanations of all parts of the PRINCE2 approach, lots of practical examples, and a whole range of mock examination questions to test your knowledge.  The book:

  • Explains all the PRINCE2 themes, processes, principles, roles and management products for the very latest version of PRINCE2 (PRINCE2 2009 Edition)
  • Features full coverage of all Foundation and Practitioner level exam objectives
  • Presents real–world scenarios, showing how the method is used in business and the public sector
  • Includes challenging review questions and electronic flashcards to sharpen your knowledge
  • Covers tips and techniques for tackling the PRINCE2 accreditation examinations and shows you how and where to take the exams
  • Incorporates over 300 sample Foundation-level and over 100 sample Practitioner-level questions, with answers and full explanations
  • Contains a glossary of all PRINCE2 terminology and a quick reference to all the PRINCE2 management products
  • Gives a web link to a set of on-line tools with more bonus exams

David Hinde is a PRINCE2 trainer and has prepared thousands of candidates for the accreditation examination. He has managed large-scale PRINCE2 projects within organizations such as the BBC, Deloitte and Touche, and the UK Government. He writes regularly about management topics in his blog (www.orgtopia.com/management-blog) and in various journals. He also speaks at events run by organizations such as the Project Management Institute and the Best Practice User Group.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. Wiley’s Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS) business, also known as Wiley-Blackwell, serves the world’s research and scholarly communities.   Wiley’s Professional/Trade (P/T) business serves professionals and consumers with books, subscription content, and information services, in all media, in targeted categories. Wiley Higher Education serves undergraduate, graduate, and advanced placement students, lifelong learners, and, in Australia, secondary school students.  To see their project management titles, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html.

PRINCE2 Study Guide, by David Hinde, published by Wiley;  ISBN: 978-1-1199-7078-1; soft cover, 528 pages; May 2012; List price = US$49.99. Info at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119970784,descCd-DOWNLOAD.html

Reminder: 2nd International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries set for April 2013

FUTURE PM EVENTS

27 November 2012 – Riga, Latvia – The Second International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries will be held during 11-12 April 2013 at the University of Latvia in Riga.  The theme of the conference will be “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”.  Organizers of the event include the University of Latvia and the Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia.

According to the organizers, the aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management, and to enhance the capacity of project managers.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, and parallel streams of papers and presentations. All abstracts are reviewed by two reviewers and papers included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. Conference language is English.

A Call for Papers (abstracts) was issued in September, with abstracts due by November 15, 2012.  Full papers are due by February 15, 2013.  A full scientific program can be anticipated.

The Chair for the Programme Committee is Prof. Dr.oec. Žaneta Ilmete, University of Latvia, President of Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia.

The conference website can be found at http://www.evf.lu.lv/pmconf2013/.

For additional information, contact Silvija Bruņa at [email protected]  or Emīls Pūlmanis at [email protected]

Prof Kalle Kähkönen named International Editorial Advisor for PM World Journal in Finland

PEOPLE NEWS

Well known researcher and academic leader from Tampere University of Technology joins PM World’s Global Advisory Team

26 November 2012 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that Dr. Kalle Kähkönen, professor and researcher at Tampere University of Technology in Finland, has joined the Editorial Advisory Board for the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  The PMWJ is a monthly eJournal devoted to the creation of new knowledge and continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

Dr. Kalle Kähkönen, is Professor of Construction Management and Economics at Tampere University of Technology (www.tut.fi). His former employer was VTT Technical research Centre of Finland (www.vtt.fi). He holds degrees from two universities. Professor Kähkönen’s background and experience are broad. He has carried out and supervised research in numerous areas covering also the implementation of research results in companies. Such combination of several scientific disciples is seen as a specific strength in modern research where top quality results are increasingly achieved in integrative efforts.

Dr. Kähkönen is closely connected to several universities and has key roles in those with respect to academic teaching, course development and research supervising. Professor Kähkönen has acted as pre-examiner or opponent for 17 doctoral dissertations in Finland and abroad. He is also coordinator of a global research society CIB working commission W65 “ Organisation and Management of Construction”. Kalle Kähkönen is also an active member of IPMA: e.g. He is Editor-in-Chief of Project Perspectives periodical and has been chairman of  Project Management Association Finland  (1998-2000).

Presently his research interests cover new dimensions and novel tools of project management and project based business e.g. understanding complexity of projects, visual management tools, management paradigms and new organizational solutions. Dr. Kähkönen can be contacted at [email protected].

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is Finland’s second largest university in engineering sciences. Located in Hervanta, a suburb of Tampere in Southern Finland, the university was established as a subsidiary of Helsinki University of Technology in 1965.  It became the independent Tampere University of Technology in 1972.  As a part of the Finnish university reform, TUT chose to become one of the two Finnish universities operating as foundations in the beginning of 2010.

The foundation model promotes the development of education and research at TUT and gives the University good prerequisites to succeed amid growing international competition. TUT is able to make further investments in, among others, new research openings and the quality of education and in the development of more versatile internal incentive schemes. The increased autonomy brought on by the foundation brings a competitive edge when competing for good researchers, inspiring teachers and talented students. As a foundation university, TUT is an even more flexible partner in various collaboration projects.

The keys to the University’s success are competent Masters of Science in Technology and Architecture who are in demand by employers, alumni who already have an established career, capable personnel and high-quality collaborative research with industry.

The University educates Masters of Science in Technology and Architecture and Doctors of Technology and Philosophy. There are 10,400 students at TUT, 8,800 of whom are taking an undergraduate degree. There were 1,600 postgraduate students at the University in 2010. TUT coordinates seven national graduate schools and has its own graduate school.  More than 2,000 people work at the University. Over 80 percent are employed in teaching or research tasks or tasks assisting teaching or research.  More information about the Tampere University of Technology can be found at http://www.tut.fi/en/.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “Prof Kähkönen is widely published and widely respected among the world’s project management academic community.  I have known Kalle for nearly twenty years, meeting him often at international conferences where he has presented the results of serious research.  We are honored to have him join our advisory team.”

“The role of electronic-only publications continues to grow, it’s an important trend in most fields today,” Dr. Kähkönen said.  “The PM World Journal is already well respected, even though it is a non-refereed journal and aimed at practicing professionals rather than academic researchers.  I look forward to contributing.”

The PM World Journal is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.