Montevideo Urban Transportation Program II funds Urban Mobility Plan in Uruguay


6 January 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced on 19 December 2012 that it has approved a loan for $70 million to Uruguay to support a public transport system in the eastern section of Montevideo as an alternative to individual transport.   The Montevideo Urban Transportation Program II will finance the second stage of the Urban Mobility Plan, which the Municipality of Montevideo is presently carrying out with IDB support in the city’s northern and western sections.

montevideo“Our aim in this program is to provide a timely response to the continuing increase in the number of vehicles and road congestion,” said Andres Pereyra, head of the IDB project team. “As in the world’s major cities, Montevideo is committed to developing a system of quality public transport that will serve as an alternative to individual transport, and in this way support the city’s sustainable development.”

The objective of the program’s second phase is to design and implement a public transportation system based on a high quality bus service in the Avenida Italia corridor. Included is the construction of exclusive lanes and the organization needed to operate the system.   Montevideo’s Avenida Italia corridor carries 366,000 passengers daily, 69 percent of whom use public transport.

By 2017, the program aims to reduce trip times by 10 percent during peak hours, cut greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles by 30 percent, reduce operating costs of the public transport system, and improve road safety.

The program will implement a bus mass transit system using exclusive lanes along the entire Avenida Italia, connecting Parque Roosevelt in Ciudad de la Costa with downtown Montevideo. Included will be exclusive public transport lanes, stations, terminals, and intelligent management systems.

The IDB loan for $70 million term is extended for a term of 25 years, with a 5½ year grace period, and an interest rate based on LIBOR. Local counterpart funding totals $12 million.  For more about this IDB program, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=UR%2DL1079.  For more about IDB projects in Uruguay, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/uruguay/uruguay-and-the-idb,1028.html.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Citizen Monitors being trained in Nigeria to reduce corruption on projects


5 January 2013– The World Bank has announced that it has been working with the Nigerian government and local civil society to rein in corruption by supporting the training of citizen monitors to ensure accountability and effectiveness in energy sector investments.  The effort is under the World Bank’s Nigeria Procurement Monitoring Project.

nigeria-mapThe challenge: After years of scandal, Nigeria has struggled to restore public trust in the government and rid the public sector of persistent corruption. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the government procurement process, where vast sums of money – approximately 70 percent of government activity – exchange hands behind seemingly closed doors. Complicating matters, public service contracting is often highly technical, making it arcane and difficult for the average citizen to take advantage of recent laws allowing civil society organizations to observe all stages of the procurement process.  As a result, citizens are often unable to provide the civic feedback necessary to ensure effective governance.

In order to strengthen the feedback between citizens and the government, the World Bank is partnering with the Nigerian civil society organization the Public and Private Development Center and the Bureau of Public Procurement to train and certify citizen monitors. These monitors are being trained in the intricacies of Nigeria’s Freedom of Information law so that they can clearly monitor public works projects that were previously hidden from view.

In addition, the project is building on an online reporting platform a tool that facilitates real-time analysis of public procurement trends. The platform not only allows officials to identify and rectify reported circumstances that may lead to large scale graft and mismanagement, but it also provides civil society organizations and the media a platform for engaging in evidence-based advocacy efforts.

According to latest reports, the project is making important strides in creating a culture of citizen activism through promoting accountability in government procurement. Results include:

  • Over 120 citizen monitors trained by the project are now actively tracking public works across the country. The website – www.procurementmonitor.org – is online, fully functioning, and serves as an important educational tool for citizens interested in accessing reports and guidelines.
  • Citizen monitors have generated and submitted 135 reports through the online portal.
  • The project has successfully fostered a strong working relationship between CSOs and government enforcement agencies aimed at eliminating corruption. Citizen monitors file reports, while the Bureau of Public Procurement ensures that appropriate follow up action is taken.

The World Bank provided technical assistance on contract monitoring to both CSOs and government officials by drawing on lessons learned from procurement systems around the world.  The World Bank’s approach has focused on building linkages and partnerships with key civil society members and government. Within the government, the project has worked primarily with the Bureau of Public Procurement, the regulatory agency for government procurement. The project has also established a voluntary coalition of Nigerian civil society organizations that is led by the Nigerian Public and Private Development Center. Other members of the coalition include representatives from the extractive industries and members of the media.

As the Nigeria procurement monitoring project moves forward, public education remains a challenge. Not only is there a need for more citizens to serve as monitors, but it is also necessary to raise awareness among the public about the importance of government contracting.

“People need to understand that in order to get good water out of their pipes, they need a good contracting process and a good contractor,” says Marcela Rozo, Senior Operations Officer at the World Bank.

The procurement monitoring website is at http://www.procurementmonitor.org/

The World Bank is building upon the partnerships launched under these efforts by supporting a project to expand electricity in Abuja and Lagos. The World Bank is relying on the same consortium of civil society organizations to monitor implementation plans, terms of reference, and needs assessments.

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It consists of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) established in 1944 and the International Development Association (IDA) established in 1960.  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.  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

Haiti Receives $17.5 million to repair roads damaged by Hurricane Sandy


5 January 2013 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced on 20 December 2012 that it has approved a $17.5 million grant to help the Haitian government rehabilitate transport infrastructure damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

haitiSandy sideswiped Haiti late in October 2012 with torrential rains and floods that killed more than 50 people and ruined crops across the country’s southern region. The flooding also did extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure.

The IDB grant will help the Haitian government cover costs of clearing debris, repairing roads, bridges and drainage ditches, and stabilizing hillsides.

Image: Roads leading to Cotes-de-Fer completely washed away; photo courtesy of MedAir.org.

Separately, Haitian authorities and IDB officials agreed in November to redirect resources from existing agriculture projects to support the government’s efforts to assist rural communities affected by the flooding.

For more about IDB projects in Haiti, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/haiti/hope-for-haiti,1001.html.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

ARCADIS wins large Water Project in Oman


5 January 2013 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – ARCADIS, the international program and project management services company, announced on 23 December 2012 that it has won a large contract to provide consultancy and management services to oversee construction of a new water network for Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW).

arcadis-mapWhen complete, the network will bring clean water directly to the taps of hundreds of thousands of residents in the Al Sharqiyah region. This project will eliminate the need to truck water from filling station outposts to residents, reducing PAEW’s carbon footprint as well as noise and traffic pollution. The three-year, multi-million dollar contract is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

The water conveyance system is intended to support the region’s growing population and the development of a future planned shipping port in the region that will further bolster Oman’s economic growth. ARCADIS will work closely with the PAEW and contractors to safely address the challenges of the region’s rugged terrain, meeting the fast-tracked project schedule on time and within budget.

“As one of the top program/construction management firms in the world, ARCADIS will use its global expertise of finding solutions for groundwater depletion to bring clean, reliable drinking water to the region for what will be the first time for many residents, all while maintaining the delicate balance of development requirements and natural resources. We will share ARCADIS’ knowledge and skills with PAEW in order to help sustain these projects over the long-term and meet Oman’s goals of improving the country’s infrastructure,” said Bill Dee, director of ARCADIS’ Global Water Business line.

For more information about this project, contact Joost Slooten of ARCADIS at [email protected]

ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), is a leading international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company active in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 21,000 people and €2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com


Fluor’s Glenn Gilkey Named Chairman of the Construction Industry Institute for 2013


4 January 2013 – Irving, Texas, USA – Fluor Corporation has announced that Glenn Gilkey, senior vice president for human resources and administration, has been chosen by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) as the organization’s chairman for 2013. Gilkey has been active in CII for more than a decade and previously served as vice-chair during 2012. Gilkey is the first Fluor executive to serve as CII’s chairman since its inception in 1983.

“Glenn has always been a leader in our company, whether it’s been as the general manager for some of our largest offices like Houston and Haarlem or an operations lead, he’s always been passionate about those issues affecting our industry as a whole,” said David Seaton, Fluor’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud of Fluor’s participation in CII’s founding some 30 years ago and our continued support over the decades. CII, as an owner, contractor and academic research institution, is uniquely positioned to help our industry through developing best practices and knowledge sharing. We look forward to the research and outcomes that CII will achieve under Glenn’s leadership.”

“As one of the founding members of CII, Fluor has always been a leader in our organization, providing us access to the some of the best and the brightest minds in the industry. Whether it’s safety, engineering, craft development, innovation or project management, Fluor’s insights have always been invaluable in shaping our work,” said Wayne Crew, director of the Construction Industry Institute. “We know that under Glenn’s leadership, we will continue to focus on important issues facing all of our member companies like globalization as well as increasing the diversification of the capital build business segments that participate in CII.”

glenn-gilkeyGlenn Gilkey, pictured at right, is a 28-year veteran of Fluor and serves as the company senior vice president of human resources and administration. As global head of HR and administration for Fluor, he is responsible for supporting all Fluor business lines, in all regions, for both home office employees and field staff and craft. Prior to leading Fluor’s HR organization, Gilkey held numerous senior management and operations positions within Fluor. Gilkey has also served as the general manager for Fluor’s Houston and Haarlem offices, as well as the operations lead for the Industrial and Infrastructure Business Group. He is a graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

The Construction Industry Institute (CII), based at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, USA is a consortium of more than 100 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas. These organizations have joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances. A learning organization with a wealth of knowledge and information, CII is unique in the engineering and construction industry. For more information about CII, log on to www.construction-institute.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

Source: Fluor Corporation

Roads Program in Brazilian State of Santa Catarina


4 January 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced on 21 December 2012 that it has approved a $250 million loan to finance the construction, paving and rehabilitation of the road network in the state of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil.

brazilThe funds will contribute to the extension, improvement, and maintenance of the state road network and will be used to eliminate critical high-accident spots and key environmental hazards in the network. They will also finance personnel training and administrative system improvements at the State Infrastructure Department (DEINFRA).

“Santa Catarina is one of Brazil’s most thriving states,” IDB project team leader Paulo Carvalho said. “An enhanced road network will undoubtedly bring even more prosperity to its solid economy and its people.”

The program features the construction of 40 km of new roads, the paving of 120 km, and rehabilitation of 200 km, as well as the elimination of 22 high-accident spots, expected to generate a 10 percent reduction in the number of road accident fatalities.

Road construction, paving and rehabilitation are expected to reduce vehicle operating costs by 18 percent, 39 percent, and 17 percent, respectively, while travel time is estimated to decline by 51 percent, 63 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. In turn, faster transit is projected to contribute to dramatically slow down the rise of vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions.  Total budget for the Santa Catarina roads improvement program is nearly US$400 million, including IDB, local and federal funds.

santa-catarina-mapThe IDB’s loan is for a 25-year term, with a 5-year grace period and a LIBOR-based interest rate. The program will receive an additional $118 million in local counterpart funds.  More information about this project can be found at http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=BR-L1336.

Image: Federal highways map of Santa Catarina state, Brasil

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter American Development Bank

Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified – new book by Reiss, Rayner and MacNicol published by CRC Press


CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified, Managing Multiple Projects Successfully, by Geoff Reiss and Paul Rayner, with Donnie MacNicol. This 2nd Edition book includes case studies of London’s transport system, the Motor Industry Research Association, the 2012 Olympics, and INMARSAT

management-demystifiedAccording to the CRC announcement: You’re now responsible for a programme, or you’ve got a portfolio to manage? Where do you start? Right here! Projects are not simply the bread and butter of an organisation. Form them into programmes or portfolios and they can be prioritised and integrated to deliver change to your organization in line with your strategic vision. You will be able to control costs and risks and bring together a complex series of themes effectively.

This overhauled second edition now combines portfolio management as a parallel theme with programme management, and it is brought in line with the current thinking of the Association for Project Management and the Project Management Institute. It is written for managers in both the public and private sectors. This new edition includes half a dozen short case studies (from Belgium’s Fortis Bank, a software company, local government, and central government), along with more on cross-functional management.  Together with Project Management Demystified, also from Routledge (third edition, 2007), it provides the tools to manage your projects, your programmes and your portfolio to a very high level.

Geoff Reiss is Senior Architect with Program Management Group plc. He has extensive experience in the construction industry and has grown into the project management specialism over a varied career.

Paul Rayner: After an early career with IBM in Australia Paul Rayner began a lifelong interest in the best ways of managing large scale corporate projects. He was a Commercial Projects Manager for Cybernet Timesharing in the 70’s, and principle of Great Northern Computer Services. After gaining his MBA he joined Logica plc as a Management Consultant, where he worked until his retirement in 2011. He chaired the Association for Project Management’s Programme Management Group, wrote the APM Introduction to Programme Management, and co-authored the Gower Handbook of Programme Management (2006).   He worked extraordinarily hard to improve approaches to portfolio and programme management, cheerfully giving his time to speak at events throughout the world. He was also a committed family man who took great pride in supporting the achievements of his three children. When he knew he was dying of cancer, he was determined to finish Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified, which he wanted to dedicate to them. He died, aged 64, in August 2011.

Donnie MacNicol: Utilising his extensive PM experience across multiple industries Donnie leads consultancy, training, facilitation and mentoring assignments for global companies and government departments in developing project and programme leadership. Donnie chaired the Association for Project Management People Specific Interest Group for 10 years to 2011, is a Visiting Fellow at Kingston Business School, an individual member of the Acumen7 professional network and Partner at Synatus.

crc-pressCRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/?category=BUS14A.

Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified: Managing Multiple Projects Successfully;  by Geoff Reiss and Paul Rayner, with Donnie MacNicol; published by Routledge, © October 2012, 322 pages, soft cover, ISBN 9780415558341; List price = $42.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780415558341

Source: CRC Press

ESI International Announces Annual Top 10 Trends in Project Management


3 January 2013 – Arlington, Virginia, USA – ESI International, a US-based project management training company, has announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management and program management.

j-leroy-ward“This year’s trends bring a murky problem into specific light,” said J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President, ESI International (pictured). “Leadership skills are lacking within the project community, and until project managers learn how to properly lead teams and their projects, project execution will continue to be a problem.”

ESI’s top 10 trends for project management include:

  1. Organizations will continue to call for strong project leaders but will focus on investments in hard skills
  2. Agile implementation will be viewed in some organizations as a failure, but for the wrong reasons
  3. Project management is not just for project managers anymore
  4. Large projects pose unique challenges that are increasingly tough to overcome
  5. PMOs will focus on proving their worth and driving innovation
  6. The U.S. government will upgrade its PM certification in the face of rising criticism
  7. Improving vendor management practices will top the list of skills for project managers
  8. Continued poor project performance in many organizations will result in more PMOs being terminated
  9. Portfolio management will take on a greater role as funding continues to tighten and the number of projects grows

10. Organizations will adopt Agile to accelerate time to market but what they ultimately achieve may be a different story

“Many of this year’s trends focus on the need to improve project skills, process and the overall management of our initiatives,” said Ward. “It is clear that it is no longer possible to hire project managers and expect results. We need our PMs to be experts, and take control of our projects to get maximum results.”

ESI’s top 10 trends in project management is put together annually by ESI senior executives and subject matter experts. In conjunction with the release of the trends, ESI has released a top 10 trends in project management video, recorded by Mark Bashrum, ESI Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Strategic Intelligence. This video offers a discussion of the trends, including original insight and information about the trends and their impact on projects.  To access video, visit http://www.esi-intl.com/Resources/Industry-Research/ViewPoints/2013-PM-Trends.

ESI International, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.

Source: ESI International

NASA Green Aviation Project moves forward


3 January 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that its Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is moving forward with its research efforts to “green” the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years.

nasa-green-aviationFay Collier, ERA project manager based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will unveil the project’s next steps, which include large-scale demonstrations, at the 51st American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Monday, Jan. 7, near Dallas.

The demonstrations, which are funded by NASA’s Integrated System Research Program in the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, will focus on five areas — aircraft drag reduction, weight reduction, fuel and noise reduction, emissions reductions, and fuel consumption and community noise reduction.

Collier will present more about the second phase of the ERA project, which started in 2009, in a session at 3 p.m. at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Interested media should contact Duane Hyland at 703-435-8353 or [email protected] for credentials.

To read more about NASA Green Aviation initiative, go to http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/pdf/green_aviation_fact_sheet_web.pdf.

For more information about AIAA, visit: http://www.aiaa.org

For more information about NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA


More British Medical Teams to Respond to Foreign Disasters


3 January 2013 – London – The UK’s Department for International Development has announced a new program for British medical experts to register for participation on rapid response international aid projects.  International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the new scheme on 23 December 2012, allowing more British medical experts will help the government to provide humanitarian assistance during disasters overseas.

Greening explained how doctors, nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and other supporting medical, nursing and paramedical staff can now pre-register on the UK’s International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) to join the UK’s international humanitarian response to overseas emergencies such as tsunamis, earthquakes and floods.  Interested medical experts can register at http://www.uk-med.org/trauma.html.

justine greeningJustine Greening (pictured) said: “The UK public has always given generously to appeals in the aftermath of natural disasters overseas. And UK expert volunteers have been there at the forefront when the world needed them: following the Indian Ocean tsunami and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

“Now medical personnel can sign up to the UKIETR to help after serious natural disasters. This is one way the UK can help to stop problems spiralling out of control and also helps us to develop our own disaster resilience.”

The UKIETR will help to coordinate the deployment of volunteers. This will ensure personnel have the correct skills, training and experience necessary to provide safe, effective and appropriate treatment in challenging and fast-moving circumstances.

The register is designed specifically to respond to situations where surgical expertise is required and will mean that the UK provides a timely and coordinated response to rapid-onset disasters.

This adds to the government’s existing capacity to deploy trained Search and Rescue experts from Britain’s fire services – as seen following the Japan, New Zealand and Haiti earthquakes.  Medical charity UK Med first launched UKIETR in January 2011, and surgical team members from their register have deployed in support of NGO operations in Haiti, Libya and Tunisia. DFID and the Department of Health have worked with UK Med to incorporate the register into the UK’s overseas disaster response.

DFID support for the UKIETR will see over 400 medical personnel registered and trained by 2014.  Incorporating specialist teams to enhance the UK’s humanitarian response was a recommendation of Lord Ashdown’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) in 2010.

Created in 1997, the Department for International Development (DFID) is a department of the British government, led by a cabinet minister.  Among its key objectives, DFID set out to make global development a national priority and promote it to audiences in the UK and overseas, while fostering a new ‘aid relationship’ with governments of developing countries. Two acts of parliament have since helped to put development higher on the national agenda.  The International Development Act 2002 clarified the purpose of aid spending as poverty reduction; while International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006 defined DFID’s annual reporting to Parliament through its Annual Report.  More information at http://www.dfid.gov.uk/

Source: Department of International Development, UK

No More Pointless Meetings – fresh new book on age-old subject by Martin Murphy published by AMACOM


3 January 2013 – AMACOM in the United States published in late 2012 a new book offering a new look at an old subject – dealing with time and productivity lost in meetings.  No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work, by  Martin Murphy, takes on a topic that has been around for decades, offering some new perspective and suggestions aimed at today’s teams and work environment.

no-more-pointless-meetingsAccording to AMACOM:  Wasting time in pointless meetings….It’s the bane of work life—and the one thing that never seems to change. But meetings can be highly effective, says Martin Murphy, who has helped a “Who’s Who” of corporate clients transform time-sapping meetings into “breakthrough sessions” that are truly productive.

His strategy is not simply to speed them up or make them more palatable with flashier facilitation. Rather, the key is to upend the entire concept of meetings. That means throwing out traditional protocols and using one of four new collaboration models to get more done, faster than ever before. These sessions address:

  • Issues management: identify, rank, and resolve issues—promoting critical concerns to Action Plan status
  • Problem solving: thirty-minute sessions for solving complex problems
  • Innovation: discover the billion-dollar idea that lurks in every organization
  • Strategic planning: stripped-down protocols for the kind of ongoing, real time planning required in today’s fast-paced economy

In an era when innovation and speed-to-market rule, No More Pointless Meetings leverages the creativity and knowledge of an organization’s people—a potent resource that conventional meetings ignore.

Martin Murphy is founder and president of Quantum Meetings, a meeting consultancy whose client list includes Coca-Cola, Pepsi, IBM, Pillsbury, Lever Brothers, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM’s broad range of offerings spans not only the critical business topics and leadership challenges of today and tomorrow, but also the issues that affect our lives, our work, and our world.  AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance.  AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists.  Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work; by  Martin Murphy; published by AMACOM in October 2012; Your Price: $17.95; 240 pages, soft cover; ISBN: 9780814431689; information at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814431689

Source: AMACOM

Idea Agent – book on leadership and innovation could be useful for program and project managers in many industries


2 January 2013 – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book of potential interest to project management practitioners and professionals – Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation, by Lina M. Echeverria.  The ideas outlined in this book could well be highly useful for managers of product development projects, technology PMs, leaders of teams and others in the P/PM field.

idea-agentAccording to AMACOM:  There is perhaps no leadership challenge more daunting than managing creativity—and more urgent than delivering breakthrough innovation. How do you harness some of the most passionate, intelligent people in your organization without stifling them? How do you simultaneously unleash their energy and channel it into something tangible?

Lina Echeverría offers seven proven principles through which new ideas come to fruition, from unleashing passion and drive, and embracing productive conflict, to emphasizing excellence and structure while living values that liberate creativity. As team catalyst, the leader delivers results while nurturing intuition and growing talent.

These principles apply well beyond traditional creative domains, propelling innovation across entire organizations. Drawing on the author’s considerable experience assembling and nurturing cutting-edge teams at Corning Inc., Idea Agent shows readers how to juxtapose creative freedom with management rigor and lead dedicated professionals as they generate and execute one great innovation after another.

Lina Echeverría is an innovation leadership consultant with 25 years experience in science and technology. From scientist to vice president, she helped drive new products at Corning Inc. that now underpin our technology-based economy, from faster optical fiber that powers the Internet to flat-panel glass used in everything from smart phones to LCD TVs.

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM’s broad range of offerings spans not only the critical business topics and leadership challenges of today and tomorrow, but also the issues that affect our lives, our work, and our world.  AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance.  AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists.  Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation; by Lina M. Echeverria; published by AMACOM; November 2012; List Price: $27.95; ISBN: 9780814432174; 304 pages, hard cover; information at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814432174.

Source: AMACOM

IDB loan to Spanish company Isolux to finance renewable energy and energy infrastructure projects in Latin America


2 January 2013 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced on 21 December 2012 that it has approved a $100 million corporate loan to the Spanish engineering and consulting company Isolux to help finance renewable energy and energy infrastructure projects in Latin America. The IDB support helps make up for a shortfall in commercial bank liquidity for project finance.

peru-solar-plantThe loan will support the new Majes and Repartición solar plant projects in Peru, with a total 40MW of installed capacity, which are the first large-scale solar installations in Latin America. In addition to diversifying Peru’s energy matrix, they will reduce 40,000 tons of C02 emissions annually while creating 260 construction jobs.

The loan is also expected to support the new 500 kV Taubate-Nova Iguaçu transmission line that will be located between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a region that needs significant reinforcements to its basic transmission network. During construction, the project will employ more than 1,400 workers, 80 percent of them from surrounding communities.

“Not only will the loan strengthen the region’s energy security, but it will also help an international firm continue to build world-class renewable energy and electricity infrastructure in Latin America at a time when the global financial market downturn is making it difficult to mobilize adequate financing,” said Valentina Sequi, IDB project team leader.

The IDB financing was extended for a seven-year term including a grace period of two years.  For more information, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=RG-L1050

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Of the IDB’s 48 member countries, 22 are non-borrowing, providing capital and with voting representation in the Bank’s governance. The IDB has 26 borrowing member countries. Development in Latin America and the Caribbean boosts trade and investment opportunities for all IDB member countries.  Non-borrowing members also benefit in that only suppliers from member states can provide goods and services for IDB-financed projects.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter American Development Bank

A Guide to IT Contracting – new book from CRC Press offered for program and project management


1 January 2013 – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book of potential interest for many program and project managers: A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools, and Techniques by Michael R. Overly and Matthew A. Karlyn. Published by Auerbach Publications in December 2012, the book includes CD-ROM with reusable checklists and glossary to define key legal, business, and technical terms essential for understanding technology agreements.  References are also provided to Internet resources and online aids on contract drafting and negotiating.

a-guide-to-IT-ContractingAccording to the CRC release: Even leading organizations with sophisticated IT infrastructures and teams of lawyers can find themselves unprepared to deal with the range of issues that can arise in IT contracting. Written by two seasoned attorneys, A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools, and Techniques distills the most critical business and legal lessons learned through the authors’ decades of experience drafting and negotiating IT-related agreements.

In a single volume, readers can quickly access information on virtually every type of technology agreement. Structured to focus on a particular type of IT agreement, each chapter includes a checklist of essential terms, a brief summary of what the agreement is intended to do, and a complete review of the legal and business issues that are addressed in that particular agreement. Providing non-legal professionals with the tools to address IT contracting issues.  Costly mistakes can be avoided, risk can be averted, and better contracts can be drafted if you have access to the right information. Warning you of the most common pitfalls, the book arms you with little-known tips and best practices to help negotiate the key terms of IT agreements with confidence.

Michael R. Overly is a partner in the Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice Group in Foley & Lardner’s Los Angeles office. As an attorney and former electrical engineer, his practice focuses on counseling clients regarding technology licensing, intellectual property development, information security, and electronic commerce. Michael is one of the few practicing lawyers who has satisfied the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certifications. He is a member of the Computer Security Institute and the Information Systems Security Association. Michael is a frequent writer and speaker in many areas including negotiating and drafting technology transactions and the legal issues of technology in the workplace, e-mail, and electronic evidence. He has written numerous articles and books on these subjects and is a frequent commentator in the national press (e.g., the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, ABCNEWS.com, CNN, and MSNBC). In addition to conducting training seminars in the United States, Norway, Japan, and Malaysia, Michael has testified before the US Congress regarding online issues. Among others, he is the author of the best-selling e-policy: How to Develop Computer, E-mail, and Internet Guidelines to Protect Your Company and Its Assets (AMACOM 1998), Overly on Electronic Evidence (West Publishing 2002), The Open Source Handbook (Pike & Fischer 2003), Document Retention in the Electronic Workplace (Pike & Fischer 2001), and Licensing Line-by-Line (Aspatore Press 2004).

Matthew A. Karlyn is a partner in the Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice Group in Foley & Lardner’s Boston office. Matt has represented companies in information technology and outsourcing transactions for his entire career in both private practice and in-house for two software companies. A sought-after writer and speaker in the area of information technology and the law, Matt has published over forty articles, written chapters in several books, and given more than fifty presentations on topics ranging from the latest developments in information technology to best practices for drafting and negotiating information technology contracts. Matt chairs the New England Chapter and the Legal Process Outsourcing Chapter of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, is a member of the Corporate Law Advisory Board for Stafford Publishing, and for several years served on the Board of Directors of the International Technology Law Association. Matt is also the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section’s Computer & Internet Law Committee. For the last two years, Matt was named a judge for the CIO-100, an award program published by CIO magazine that recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. In addition to his law degree, Matt also earned a MBA from the University of Chicago in economics and strategic management and regularly advises companies on the business aspects of IT including IT strategy, pricing strategies, RFP development, governance, relationship management and reporting structures, and transition planning and implementation. In 2010 and 2011, Matt was selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list, an honor given to the top 2.5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers under the age of forty.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  Click to see their project management titles.

A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools and Techniques;  by Michael R. Overly and Matthew A. Karlyn; published by Auerbach Publications, © 2012, 448 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781439876572; List price = $79.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439876572;jsessionid=DcmUcnKas8vek1sJpngMTg__

Source: CRC Press

Globalisation and Innovative Business Models – new book from IPMA Research Team


1 January 2013 – A new book has been published in late 2012 as a result of efforts by the Research Management Board (RMB) of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  Globalisation and Innovative Business Models was published by Ane Books in India, with Brane Semolic, PhD and Rajat Baisya, PhD as co-editors.  Semolic and Baisys are members of the IPMA RMB; they are also editorial advisors for PM World and the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  The book was unveiled at the 26th IPMA World Congress in Crete on 31 October 2012


Photo: from left to right – Brane Semolic, IPMA president-elect Mladen Radujkovic, Rajat Baisya – Crete, Greece, 31 October 2012.

From the book’s promotion:  Trade barriers are gradually disappearing, creating opportunities for corporations to sell their products and services anywhere in the world. Also modern information and communication technologies are enabling companies to have global presence. Markets are thus integrated which offers more opportunities to companies but that also means global competition and challenges. Companies will thus have to be globally competitive.  As old and traditional models of business are not working well for companies any longer, businesses are constantly innovating and exploring new ways of conducting business. When established and familiar milestones are no longer able to guide the business, new approaches and strategies are required. This  means that we need new competencies and skills if we want to succeed. Cost competitiveness and speed of action are two critical imperatives for businesses now.

During the industrial age  global market was  under the control  of large companies that have had the advantage of  both size  and  capital. The threshold of entry into the world market has dramatically changed in recent years in favor of small and medium-sized companies. Creativity and innovativeness are becoming scarce resources now and as speed of action and number of innovations determine the success in the marketplace, organisations are looking   for collaborative efforts and even partnering with freelance knowledge workers to remain contemporary and current in the context of ever changing business needs.

This book attempts to explain the new globalized knowledge-driven business environment, presents new business eco-systems, business models and supporting theories, and is expected to contribute to better understanding of organizational trends, new business models with their components and implementation needs. Essentially, this book is a compilation of select articles contributed by different authors who have presented their research work at several research events organized or sponsored by the Research Management Board of the International Project Management Association (RMB,IPMA). These events were manly part of IPMA Festivals of Knowledge organized in different parts of the world.  The book is structured in four chapters which characterize and describe the main theme of the book.


The book covers a wide range of issues that challenge modern time organisations to enable them to perform in globalised business environment and therefore, provide some key learnings in terms of understanding the new rules of the game and also creating new innovative business models.  It is expected to provide great learnings to business managers, project managers and planners. The book is enriched by  case studies,  caselets and numerous examples cited to describe some of the critical issues of business such as alternative models, customer relationship management, new innovative marketing channels which will be very useful for practicing managers and is therefore highly recommended.

The book is the outcome of the support received from International Project Management Association ( IPMA) in terms of their research program and is therefore, an official publication of the Association. The book is hard bound in colour print in glossy paper and has an attractive cover design. The book was released on 29th October 2012 at IPMA world congress at Crete  in Greece.

Dr. Brane Semolic ([email protected]) is a professor at the University of Maribor and Cranefield College. Besides, he is the coordinator of international research living laboratory LENS Living lab (http://www.3-lab.eu/) and SIG Project Management Issue Manager in NETLIPSE Network (http://www.netlipse.eu/). A former IPMA Vice President and present Chairman of IPMA Research Management Board (http://www.ipma.ch/), since 1998 he is serving as the first assessor in the 4L IPMA PM certification program. A visiting professor at several foreign universities, he has published over 400 papers. He also has more than 30 years of working experience as an expert researcher, consultant, project manager and CEO in the industry. He is president of Slovenian Chamber of Business Services, member of Strategic Advisory Board of European Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP), member of the PM World Today editorial advisory board and Distinguished International Fellow (DIF) appointed by International Cost Engineering Council.

Prof. (Dr.) Rajat Baisya ([email protected]) holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with over thirty years of industrial experience having worked in large Indian as well as in Multinational corporations covering all functional areas of management. He served as a Senior Professor in the areas of Marketing and Strategic Management and also of International Business and Project Management at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and as the Head of the Business School at IIT Delhi. He was President and CEO of Emami Group of Companies, Senior Vice President Business Development of Reckitt Benckiser India Ltd., General Manager (Projects) of Goetze India Ltd. and Controller–Corporate Planning of United Breweries Group. He has also been associated with companies like Escorts Ltd., Best Foods International (Unilever Group) and Parle-Bisleri Group in a senior management capacity. With over 350 research publications and four books to his credit. Prof. Baisya has served as a member of Research Management Board of International Project Management Association (IPMA), Switzerland and as Lead Assessor of IPMA Project Excellence Award. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of PM World Today. He serves on the board of many private and public companies and in many Government committees. He is the editorial board member of many National and International journals. He was the Visiting Professor at ENPC International Business School, Paris as well as at NPU, Xian, China. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Rothak. He is the Founder President of Project & Technology Management Foundation (a non-profit society, http://www.ptmfonline.com/). He is a certified Management Consultant working for many global corporations in India and abroad. Prof. Baisya is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India) and also of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Globalisation and Innovative Business Models; Edited by Brane Semolic and Rajat Baisya; published by Ane Books; ISBN :978-93-8212-715-4; hard cover, 267 pages; List Price USD 29.95.  Information at http://www.bookadda.com/books/globalisation-innovative-business-models-brane-semolic-9382127151-9789382127154 or http://www.3-lab.eu/globalisation-and-innovative-business-models-new-international-book-edited-by-brane-semolic-and-rajat-baisya/

Global Status of UN Environmental Agency Raised


31 December 2012 – The United Nations (UN) announced on 21 December that the world’s governments have “upgraded” the global status of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by opening its governing body to all 193 UN Member States.  In a resolution establishing universal membership of the former 58-member UNEP Governing Council, the UN General Assembly signaled it was reinforcing the agency’s role as the world’s “leading environmental authority” for setting the global environmental agenda, UNEP said in a news release.

Crucially, the resolution renders UNEP eligible to receive “secure, stable and increased financial resources” from the regular budget of the UN, and “calls for other UNEP donors to increase their voluntary funding,” the release said.

Achim-Steiner“The decision by the General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP is a watershed moment,” said UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner.  “Universal membership of UNEP’s Governing Council establishes a new, fully-representative platform to strengthen the environmental dimension of sustainable development, and provides all governments with an equal voice on the decisions and actions needed to support the global environment, and ensure a fairer share of the world’s resources for all,” he added.

The General Assembly established UNEP a year after the UN’s 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment – which is widely credited with having placed global environmental issues on the international agenda – called for the creation of a specialized agency within the UN Secretariat to help States coordinate environmental policy.  For its part, the General Assembly resolution marks the first major structural change to UNEP in its four-decade history.

“The resolution reaffirms UNEP’s role as the UN’s authority on the environment, and provides the mandate to enhance our ongoing work on bringing the latest science to policy-makers, directly supporting national and regional environmental efforts, improving access to technology, and other key areas,” said Mr. Steiner. “For UNEP and the environmental community, this is a truly historic day.”

The resolution follows commitments by world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, to improve the institutional framework for a development agenda that meets human needs while also protecting the environment.

“The provisions contained in the resolution are among the first practical steps by the UN General Assembly to implement the outcomes of Rio+20,” UNEP said.

The reform comes as the latest edition of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook report, released in June 2012, said that significant progress had been made in only four of the 90 leading environmental goals agreed by the international community.  The report warned that, if current trends continued, several critical thresholds may be exceeded, beyond which irreversible changes to the life-support functions of the planet could occur, according to the UNEP release.

In light of the report, the new General Assembly resolution reflects the “commitment of member states to improve global cooperation on the environment in order to meet such challenges, and to promote the integration of the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as well as improving coordination within the UN system,” UNEP said.

The first meeting of the new Governing Council will take place in February.

Source: United Nations

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for January 2013


31 December 2012 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:
Max-WidemanIn Papers we examine Governance in the Project Management World, its potential role and the larger environment in which projects exist. We also recommend appropriate Guidelines for Project Portfolio Management Governance that sets it apart from the governance of a single project.

Our Guest Arnab Banerjee describes the successful introduction of a New PM System in a Major Capital Programmes Directorate for the London Underground complex (case study).

In Musings, Kevin Aguanno writes us to describe how a pop music song helped him resolve issues with a difficult project sponsor, see Good Advice from an Experienced Project Manager. In our Project Management 101 course, Lesson 9 describes Corporate Management’s Responsibilities.

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.

Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Project in Zambia receives funding


30 December 2012 – The African Development Bank has announced a loan agreement for US $55 million to support the Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project in Zambia.  The funds will support the construction and operation of a 120 megawatt hydropower plant at Itezhi-Tezhi dam along the Kafue River. This loan was approved by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on June 13, 2012; the AfDB and the Government of the Republic of Zambia signed the loan agreement on December 19, 2012.

The loan agreement was signed by the Zambian Minister of Finance, Alexander Chikwanda, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, and Freddie Kwesiga, the Bank’s Resident Representative to Zambia, on behalf of the African Development Bank. Gilbert Mbesherubusa, AfDB Vice-President of Regional Integration and Trade Operations (OIVP), witnessed the signing. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Felix Nkulukusa, and representatives from the Zambia Electricity Supply Cooperation and Itezhi-Tezhi Power Cooperation, in addition to staff from the Bank’s Zambia Field Office were present.


In his remarks, Chikwanda recognized that the “AfDB has been a significant partner to Zambia, providing support in infrastructure, and strengthened management systems in various sectors.” He stressed that the Government of the Republic of Zambia “continues to value these contributions and expects that the partnership between the Bank and Zambia will grow and that opportunities to further this cooperation will present themselves.”

Once completed, this project will significantly increase Zambia’s power supply, which at the moment stands at 1,800 megawatts. This increase in electricity generation and distribution will serve to reduce the erratic supply, which usually takes the form of load-shedding and will contribute to providing much-needed energy to complement Zambia’s fast-growing economy.

The Bank’s Mbesherubusa highlighted the importance of this milestone agreement: one of Zambia’s first Public Private Partnerships in the energy sector. He underscored Zambia’s hydro potential, which is an opportunity for Zambia to transition the sub-region into a low carbon growth path. He reiterated that this project will improve the reliability of electricity supply and enhance energy security in Zambia while at the same time supporting economic growth and social development, increasing the country’s potential to export power and ultimately promote regional integration.

For more information, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/zambia/.

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). 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. The AfDB is headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

Subas Subedi, Nepal, is IPMA Young Project Manager 2012


30 December 2012 – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that at the end of the Global Young Crew Workshop in Crete on 28 October 2012, during the IPMA Young Crew gala dinner, Subas Subedi, from Nepal (see pman.org.np), was announced the winner of the Young Project Manager Award – 2012. Later he also gained the Project Prize for IPMA Project Excellence Award.

From Subas’ Award Interview:

Subas Subedi has recently released an interview for Young Crew newsletter about his experience with the Award, here are some extracts:

“I took a Master in Rural Development (2007), and in June 2008 I joined Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Nepal where I met Mr Suraj Dahal, – the founder of Project Management Association of Nepal. He’s been encouraging me in this direction since then.”

“These honours are very important for me personally and professionally as well as to the branding of my organization, to which I feel in debt. Also, myself coming from a country like Nepal, I hope this will motivate other young professional to compete and win at an international level. Read the full Interview.


The three finalists pose with IPMA leaders, from left to right: Tunde Ajia (Award Coordinator), Luca Cavone (YC Award Representative), Mukunda Adhikari (Award 3rd Finalist), Roberto Mori (IPMA President 2011-2012), Subas Subedi (Award Winner), Miguel Mercado (Award 2nd Finalist), Nuno Ponces de Carvalho (YC Vice President 2011-2012). Photo by Les Squires.

The Finalists

The three finalists were nominated in mid-September, and they were awarded a sponsorship to join the IPMA World Congress and Global Young Crew Workshop in Crete:

  • Mukunda Adhikari, from Nepal
  • Miguel Mercado, from Chile
  • Subas Subedi, from Nepal

These honorees have demonstrated invaluable impact to both their profession and their companies, and are on the fast track to becoming influential project leaders on an international scale.

As in IPMA tradition for the Project Excellence Award, all the applicants, and all the finalists are IPMA Winners! And this year we especially honor Subas Subedi, as the winner of the Young Project Manager Award – 2012 and Project Prize for IPMA Project Excellence Award. For this honour, and the Education for Youth, Youth for Peace and Development (EYYPD) project, visit the PM World Journal site. (https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PMWJ4-Nov2012-VASKIMO-Project-Excellence-Awards-2012-IPMA-Report-FIINAL1.pdf)

About The Award

The IPMA Young Project Manager Award (YPMA) is awarded annually to recognize and motivate young professional project managers around the world. Introduced in 2006 at the IPMA Young Crew conference in Shanghai, China, the IPMA Young Project Manager Award recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers for their accomplishments early in their careers. The award is open to professional project managers aged 18 to 35 years at the time of entry. The criteria for evaluation are based upon the IPMA International Competence Baseline (ICB).

About IPMA Young Crew

IPMA’s Young Crew program is the premier global network for young professionals who are enthusiastic about project management. YC is a key part of IPMA, with groups in many Nations. We are a network for young project management professionals and students in the age from 25 to 35 years. We welcome you to Join Us! See more about Young Crew at our website, www.ipma.ch/young-crew.

About the 2013 YPM Edition

The 2013 Young Project Manager Award call will be issued in the first quarter of the new year. More details about the process and relevant key dates will be published at that time on the YC Award web page. We invite you to join and be part of the competition; the next winner is up to you!

About IPMA

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 2012 was Mr Roberto Mori; the IPMA president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.  For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

News Item by Luca Cavone, IPMA Young Crew

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

Source: IPMA

SEMI USA of Houston wins NASA Contract for Flight Projects Building at Goddard Space Flight Center


30 December 2012 – SEMI USA Corporation of Houston has been selected by NASA to construct the Flight Projects Building at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The firm-fixed-price contract is valued at approximately $31 million, with options for about $1 million worth of additional work. The period of performance for all work is 18 months from issuance of the Notice to Proceed on or about January 31, 2013.

flight-projects-bldgThe Flight Projects Building will contain 120,000 square feet of office space distributed on four floors. The steel-frame, clear-span structure will have glass and terracotta rain-screen panel walls with sun-shading elements. The building also will have interior demountable and fixed walls.

Associated work includes spread-mat foundation, new and upgraded roadways, parking, traffic signals, perimeter site access fencing, site lighting, new and upgraded utilities, erosion and sediment control, storm water management, and landscaping.

This new construction is designed to achieve a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 V3 silver certification.

NASA Goddard is located about 6.5 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. The center manages many of NASA’s Earth observation, astronomy, and space physics missions.  The space center encompasses 1,270 acres of land, part of which is loaned by the nearby U.S. Department of Agriculture. These grounds include more than 33 major buildings that provide more than three million square feet of research, development and office space.

Source: NASA