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Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for December 2013

PM PEOPLE NEWS

30 November 2013 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

max widemanThis month we include David Harrison’s Guest paper Win That Contract: The 23 Biggest Mistakes That Bidders Make – Part 3 covers Strategies and TacticsEvidenceContent and Presentation, and Post-tender Interviews.

In Papers, Book 2 of our Reviews Set #5 is a relatively small book that sets out The Bare facts [in] Naked Project Management. This month our Musings asks the desperate question: Why do we keep Reinventing the Project Management Wheel?

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.

Final Call for Papers – Abstracts due January 20 for June 2014 Project Management Symposium at University of Maryland

CALL FOR PAPERS 

30 November 2013 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The Center for Excellence in Project Management in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA will hold their first annual project management conference during 9-10 June 2013 at the University. The conference will be held in association with the PMI Silver Spring Chapter, with the PM World Journal acting as a media partner.

Final Call for Papers

call_for_papers_117x45Abstracts are due by January 20, 2014

Click here to submit your abstract.

Author Notification: February 1, 2014
Final Papers Due: April 1, 2014
Presentations Due: May 10, 2014

The Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the PMI Silver Spring Chapter invite abstracts of interest to general and specialty project managers, consulting and design engineers, policy makers, agency personnel, researchers, educators, and students. This Call for Abstracts invites papers to be included in the program sessions for the 2014 Maryland Project Management Symposium to be held in College Park at the University of Maryland.

Abstracts are sought but not limited to the following program and project management topics:

  • Disaster Management
(response, preparedness, mitigation and recovery)
  • Infrastructure Renewal
  • Human Factors in Project Management
(well-being; stakeholder communications, performance management & feedback; motivation; leadership)
  • Sustainability for Project Managers
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned
  • IT & Web-Based Project Management
(new technology/tools and processes)
  • Global Project Management & The PMO
  • Cost Management & Risk Management
  • Project Management in Government
  • Innovative Project Financing
  • Agile Project Management
  • Program/Project Schedule Management
  • Earned Value Management

Submit your abstract.

Academically Rigorous and Practically Applied: For two days, join project managers from the Baltimore-Washington metro area and abroad for DC’s premier academic project management symposium.  Share experiences, make connections, and learn the best project management practices at the University of Maryland’s First Annual Project Management Symposium.

Share ideas, experiences, challenges, and the best practices with project manager practitioners and academic researchers alike.  Symposium sessions earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your PMI credential. Earn up to 15 PDUs.  Call for papers opens mid October 2013.  The Project Management Institute (PMI) Silver Spring Chapter and PM World Journal are our acting co-event and media sponsors. More information will be announced soon at http://PMSymposium.umd.edu .

The Center for Excellence in Project Management 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

Call for Papers for 28th IPM World Congress on Project Management in Rotterdam with 15 January Deadline

CALLS FOR PAPERS 

29 November 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – The Call for Papers for the 28th IPMA World Congress on Project Management to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is underway.  The 28th IPMA World Congress, with the theme “Innovation Through Dialogue,” will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2014 at the World Trade Center in the City of Rotterdam.  Information can be found at http://www.ipma2014.com/

131129-pmwj17-28th-ipma-imgIPMA Netherlands invites you to become a part of the leading world conference on project, program and portfolio management by submitting an inspiring academic or best practices paper. The Call for Presentations closes on January 15th, 2014.

The Academic and Research streams will have main theme: Human factors in Project Management – The role, influence and understanding of ‘human factors’ within project, program and portfolio management will be the focus of the Academic and Research streams. Contributors are encouraged to consider the following sub-themes (along with related factors) in their submissions: Attitude, Acceptance, Commitment, Credibility, Creativity, Ethics, Leadership, Nurture, Personal Development, Trust, Well-being, Willingness. Proposals must be according to guidelines at http://www.ipma2014.com/call-for-papers-academic/.

The Professional “Best Practices” streams will be around the conference theme of “Innovation through Dialogue” – In order to establish a comprehensive, high quality program, they are looking for the latest experiences and insights about Innovating the world through dialogue. The best practices stream will focus on the dialogue within projects, dialogue between projects (portfolio’s), dialogue over time (programs) and dialogue outside projects, with project-owners, users and stakeholders. And of course the dialogue between the business and academic world.   These themes should be focused on such industries as:

  • Government, education, culture, healthcare, Defense Ministry
  • Financial services, IT, Media, Telecommunication
  • Pharmaceutical, Chemical Industry, Transport, Business, Energy, Getting Minerals, Provisions
  • Construction & Infra, Real estate, Engineering, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery

Best practice proposals must be according to guidelines at http://www.ipma2014.com/call-for-papers-best-practices/

The 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam is being organized by IPMA Netherlands (IPMA-NL), the acclaimed center of expertise for project management in the Netherlands. IPMA-NL has currently 2.300 members and certifies over 2.000 project managers each year. The primary goals of IPMA-NL are: Continuous improvement of the quality of project execution by optimizing the success of all Dutch projects and realizing the essence of excellent project management for the Dutch economy and employment.  More information at www.ipma-nl.nl. The President of IPMA-NL is Mr. Joop Schefferlie. Visit the 2014 congress website at http://www.ipma2014.com/.

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 for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. For more information visit www.ipma.ch

Source: IPMA

International Workshop about sustainable projects for LEAN growth in European environments to be December 4 in Prague

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Reported by Luca Cavone in Milan

29 November 2013 – Milan, Italy – On December 4th, 2013, the German-Czech Chamber of Commerce in Prague (Czech Rep.) will host a workshop in Prague focused on the value of learning from Japanese and Western experiences in order to tune up one’s own way to expand and consolidate business through a sustainable path of growth.  The German Chamber of Commerce will host for this workshop Sumisho Global Logistics and JMAC Europe.

131129-pmwj17-cavone-prague-IMAGEDuring this workshop participants will make a quick and deep journey within the key success factors that make Lean transformation program effective and sustainable. Sharing real successful experiences, making practical exercises and comparing Western and Japanese approaches, the trainers will show the key elements of the “true Lean”.

The workshop will highlight an unconventional point-of-view on how to start-up or re-start Lean Programs in order to guarantee your organization with long term sustainability and profitability.

The main speakers of the event will be Fabio Salomone, Chief Operating Officer at JMAC Europe, Naoki Inuyama, Logistics Manager at SUMITOMO Corp. Europe, and Tomáš Mucka, General Manager at Sumisho Global Logistics GmbH. The introduction will be done by Sumisho Global Logistics.

The workshop will consist of three main sessions: session 1 is about Lean basic concepts and history, reasons why and key results of real successful Lean programmes. Session2 is a game in which the participants will be involved, while Session 3 will deal with future development, the most common mistakes in implementation phase, the way to obtain the real sustainability, the role of people behavior, etc. The workshop will end with a networking session.

More information at: http://jmaceurope.com/en/pagina_evento.php?id=13

Save the Date! 1st Annual Project Management Conference at University of Maryland announced for June 2014

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS 

29 November 2013 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The Center for Excellence in Project Management in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA will hold their first annual project management conference during 9-10 June 2013. The conference will be held on the university’s campus in College Park, Maryland.

131129-pmwj17-Maryland-IMAGEJoin project managers from the Baltimore-Washington, DC metro area and abroad for this important new academic project management symposium.  Share experiences, make connections, and learn the best project management practices at the University of Maryland’s First Annual Project Management Symposium.

Attendees are expected to have the opportunity to focus on the following interest areas:

  • Disaster Management (response, preparedness, mitigation an& recovery)
  • Infrastructure Renewal
  • Human Factors in Project Management (well-being; stakeholder communications, performance management & feedback; motivation; leadership)
  • Sustainability for Project Managers
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned
  • IT & Web-Based Project Management (new technology/tools and processes)
  • Global Project Management & The PMO
  • Cost Management & Risk Management
  • Project Management in Government
  • Innovative Financing
  • Agile Project Management
  • Schedule Management
  • Earned Value Management

Share ideas, experiences, challenges, and the best practices with project manager practitioners and academic researchers alike.  Symposium sessions earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential. Earn up to 15 PDUs.  The call for papers is now open.  The Project Management Institute (PMI) Silver Spring Chapter and PM World Journal are co-event and media sponsors. More information can be found at http://PMSymposium.umd.edu .

The Center for Excellence in Project Management 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

Innovation Through Dialogue – 28th IPM World Congress on Project Management to be in Rotterdam in October 2014

FUTURE EVENT NEWS 

28 November 2013 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that the 28th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  The 28th IPMA World Congress, with the theme “Innovation Through Dialogue,” will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2014 at the World Trade Center in the City of Rotterdam.  Information can be found at http://www.ipma2014.com/

131128-pmwj17-28th-ipma-IMAGEThe IPMA World Congress has become one of the world’s leading annual conferences on project, program and portfolio management.  The event brings together business professionals, practitioners, managers and representatives of global companies, leading scientists, educators, professors and students, representatives of various sectors and occupations, NGOs and the media.

The 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam will feature three inspiring days with the most comprehensive program of best practices, new insights and academic findings combined with World Class PM awards, book launches, networking opportunities, site visits, the renowned IPMA Award Gala, social events and more. In short, it is the place to be at that time for ambitious managers, academics, researchers and other professionals in the field of Project, Program and Portfolio Management!

Innovation Through Dialogue, with over 120 speakers in three days filled with the latest experiences and insight about Innovating the world through dialogue. Dialogue within projects, dialogue between projects (portfolio’s), dialogue over time (programs) and dialogue outside projects, with project-owners, users and stakeholders. And of course the dialogue between the business and academic world.

The 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam is being organized by IPMA Netherlands (IPMA-NL), the acclaimed center of expertise for project management in the Netherlands. IPMA-NL has currently 2.300 members and certifies over 2.000 project managers each year. The primary goals of IPMA-NL are: Continuous improvement of the quality of project execution by optimizing the success of all Dutch projects and realizing the essence of excellent project management for the Dutch economy and employment.  More information at www.ipma-nl.nl. The President of IPMA-NL is Mr. Joop Schefferlie.

Visit the 2014 congress website at http://www.ipma2014.com/.

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 for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. For more information visit www.ipma.ch

Source: IPMA

Managing Stakeholders Expectations for Project Success – New Book Announced by J. Ross Publishing

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

27 November 2013 – Florida, USA – J. Ross Publishing has announced release of Managing Stakeholders Expectations for Project Success: Knowledge Integration Framework and Value Focused Approach, written by Ori Schibi, PMP. This book provides a practical approach to managing those things that matter most for project success—stakeholder expectations, communication, risk, change, and quality, so that scope, schedule and costs are on-target, and the project’s intended benefits for the organization are realized.

131127-pmwj17-schibi-IMAGEAccording to the publisher, this unique desk reference shows how to utilize the best practices, concepts, and methodologies found in PMI’s PMBOK® Guide and a few concepts from APMG’s PRINCE2, and how to leverage them in the context of organizational challenges and project realities. It also features new methods for successful project management that focus on understanding and managing stakeholders’ needs and expectations, communication, time management, and organizational politics and culture. The book’s content and design also make it a valuable resource for PMP® certification.

Key features of the book include:

  • Tips for deciphering organizational politics, and tools for analyzing all stakeholders to learn how to manage their expectations, how to treat them, what to expect from them, and how to design an effective communication plan, applicable and efficient for addressing each of their needs
  • Methods for reducing requirement and scope changes, and measuring the individual and overall impact of changes in the pipeline and their associated risks
  • Techniques and metrics for determining project health and interim performance beyond the traditional ways of measuring deliverables and results
  • Explains how to prioritize risks and responses based on organizational and project priorities so they align with objectives and success criteria
  • Demonstrates how to utilize and leverage best practices outlined in PMI’s PMBOK® Guide within the context of organizational challenges and project realities
  • Illustrates how to apply the knowledge presented and provides an integration framework for performing it properly

The author, Ori Schibi, PMP, is President of PM Konnectors, a company that provides a wide range of innovative business solutions to large and mid-sized organizations in diverse industries and government agencies around the world. Strategy, change management, project management, and business analysis are areas of focus.

Mr. Schibi has over 23 years of experience in driving operational improvements, process efficiencies, software implementations, project recoveries, PMOs, and complex programs to stabilize business, create growth and value, and lead sustainable change. He is a thought-leader and subject matter expert with a strong track record of delivering outstanding results and achieving high customer satisfaction.  Ori Schibi is a published author and speaker, and is a certified PRINCE2® (practitioner) with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success: A Knowledge Integration Framework and Value Focused Approach, by Ori Schibi, PMP, and PRINCE2® practitioner; Published by J. Ross Publishing, October 2013: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 288 pages; ISBN: 978-1-60427-86-0; List Price $59.95. Information at http://www.jrosspub.com/managing-stakeholder-expectations-for-project-success.html 

Source: J. Ross Publishing

The Hidden Profit of International Projects

PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Luca Cavone in Milan

26 November 2013 – Milan, Italy – Confindustria Padova, one of the northern most sections of Confindustria, the main organisation representing Italian manufacturing and services companies, hosted in November the event “The Hidden Profit of International Projects”.

This initiative was developed together with ANIMP, the National Association of Industrial Plant Engineering, IPMA Italy, the Italian Member Association of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), and Passport, a consulting company focused on the subject of intercultural management.

During this seminar, which was held in Padua, it was shown how projects or in general activities with an international impact often have unknown implications that are not adequately exploited in a profitable way.

131126-pmwl-cavone-hidden-IMAGEThe main speaker, Dott.ssa Raffaella Bossi Fornarini (pictured), Managing Director at Passport and Adjunct Professor at MIP-Politecnico di Milano in Multicultural Management, explained that the discovery of this unknown-hidden profit shows that there are new possibilities for problem-solving, planning, control and negotiation, and also provides strategic and operational benefits to companies.

During the event, the topics that were presented and discussed were focused on how to identify the activities which may constitute a hidden profit; in addition the results of a joint research conducted by the Passport and MIP-Politecnico di Milano were presented, highlighting the impact of these activities on project performance, in terms of time, cost and quality. Finally, Dott.ssa Fornarini introduced a methodology for discovering and applying the “hidden” profit.

The event was specifically addressed to business players working on international level, such as import-export enterprises, consulting firms, companies operating in business development and investments in foreign countries.

For this reason, the discussion that followed was very lively and animated by the participants. Among them were professionals such as Project Managers, Project Directors, Sales and Business Development Managers, Strategy and Development Managers, HR and responsible organization managers of the reference companies in these sectors. 

Communicating Projects – New Book by Ann Pilkington announced by Gower

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

26 November 2013 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Ann Pilkington, Communicating Projects, An End-to-End Gide to Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Effective CommunicationsCommunicating Projects gives programme and project communicators a framework for developing an effective strategy that goes well beyond inter-programme/project communication and looks at how to achieve behaviour change and even increase employee engagement through the process.

131126-pmwj17-pilkington-IMAGEEvery programme and project manager knows that they need interaction and engagement to be truly effective, but their understanding of what good communication looks like can vary.  All too often people are put into communication roles without the necessary skills or experience. Whilst there are many texts on public relations and an increasing number on internal/employee communication, programme and project communication spans a number of disciplines and has its own requirements.

Communicating Projects follows a best practice model for communication strategy development and planning. The model is supplemented with vignettes that explore communication concepts in more detail (for example employee engagement, communication theory and persuasion). At the same time, the text follows the project lifecycle with the appropriate approaches for initiation, development and delivery stages outlined.

For those who accept the crucial role communication plays in securing project success then this book is a must-have guide, as it is for any project manager or anyone tasked with stakeholder engagement.

Ann Pilkington moved from a career in journalism into press and public relations with major blue chip companies including BT, The Automobile Association, The Woolwich and Barclays.  She left Barclays to teach and pursue a freelance career in change communications on major programmes within the public sector. She subsequently co-founded PR Academy which provides education and training for communicators.  She teaches across a range of courses that cover internal and external communication and continues to provide consultancy services. She is a chapter author in the text Exploring Internal Communication, which supports the CIPR qualifications. She holds a Masters in public relations from the University of Stirling. 

More information & free chapters on Communicating Projects at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409453192 

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above links.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected].

Source: Gower Publishing

Jeff Hodgkinson Appointed asapm Director of Standards

PM PEOPLE NEWS

22 November 2013 – Colorado Springs, CO, USA – The American Association for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm) President Stacy Goff announced today the appointment of Jeff Hodgkinson as asapm Director of Standards. Jeff is replacing Joel Carboni, who was recently elected asapm Vice President. Jeff has long been an active contributor to project and program management, including his series of articles, published over a multi-year period, with Gareth Byatt and Gary Hamilton as co-authors.

131122-pmwj17-Hodgkinson-IMAGEJeff Hodgkinson (pictured) is a Senior Program & Project Manager with 33 years’ experience at Intel Corporation, managing various enterprise wide programs and projects. He is well known in Program and Project Management circles through LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com/in/jeffhodgkinson), where he is one of the most networked and recommended individuals.

Jeff has earned the most relevant project and program management certifications, including IPMA Level B®. His specialties are diverse, as he has managed all types of projects, from construction to IT, to product development to sustainability and energy efficiency. A highlight of his engagement is his voluntary involvement in supporting other PM’s through LinkedIn, including founding several PM support groups.

In his role as asapm Director of Standards, Jeff will continue to develop aPRO, the asapm Performance Rated Organization standard, and other new standards that move the practice of project management forward. As well, Jeff will work with other IPMA member associations’ Standards leaders to continue to Move IPMA Forward.

Founded in the USA in 2001 by a handful of PM thought leaders, asapm is the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management. asapm’s vision is clear: A world in which all projects succeed. asapm is a member-driven, volunteer-staffed, not-for-profit organization. asapm’s differentiator is its emphasis on “Demonstrating the PM Performance Competence Difference.”

asapm advances PM Performance with unique offerings in individual and organizational Assessment and Development, and a Certification program that applies IPMA’s role-based, 4‐Level‐ Certification approach. The organization also provides collaboration opportunities, and instituted the USA’s first Project Management Communities of Practice. The website is rich with insightful articles about competitive practices from leaders in Program and Project Management. See more about asapm at www.asapm.org.

Contact: Stacy Goff, [email protected] 

Source: asapm

Steve Wake elected Chairman of APM

PM PEOPLE NEWS 

Reported by Miles Shepherd in Salisbury

22 November 2013 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that Steve Wake (pictured below left), has been appointed as Chairman, in succession to Mike Nichols.  Mr Wake joined the APM Board in 2012, was previously a member of the APM Council. He has been a long standing chairman of the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group (SIG) and is a management consultant specialising in earned value project management.

131122-pmwj17-steve-wake-IMAGE1 WAKEMr Wake was instrumental establishing reciprocity between the US ANSI EV Standard and the UK APM Guideline.  Mr Wake was voted chairman by his fellow Board members at their first meeting on 12th November 2013 following the Association’s Annual General Meeting the previous evening.  The Board elected long standing Board member John Gordon as deputy chairman, replacing Alistair Godbold.

Mr Wake said: “My aim has always been to ensure that APM members are at the heart of the profession in general and the Association in particular.

“The APM Board needs the support of the membership and the profession. We are working on something called Listening, Learning and Leading.  These are words we want APM to stand for and our members to be.

“Listening, Learning and Leading aims to open up a conversation and engage with the project management community.  We want to capture the needs of the many, rather than the will of the few.  We want to work quickly; in weeks and months, not years, and we want as many people as possible to play their part.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with as many people as possible; Chartered status; the 2020 strategy; Listening, Learning and Leading. The world in which we live may be challenging, but I can think of no more hopeful place to be than within the community of project management. We are emphatically part of the solution.”

131122-pmwj17-steve-wake-IMAGE2 NICHOLSDespite choosing not to stand for re-election, the Board is delighted that former chairman Mike Nichols (pictured right) has accepted its invitation to continue as a Board Member. His vast experience and knowledge is regarded as invaluable.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 20,000 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, 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

Future Trends in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management

FUTURE PM EVENT 

February 2014 IPMA Expert Seminar in Zurich offers opportunity to develop and refresh competence

22 November 2013 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) will hold their IPMA Expert Seminar 2014 during Thursday 13th February 2014 morning until Friday 14th February 2014 evening at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (pictured below right), ETH, Rämistrasse, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.  Programme and project management professionals are invited to attend this major annual workshop.

Themes will include:

131122-pmwj17-zurich-2014-IMAGE1 PP&P roles and responsibilities (Martin Sedlmayer) – As project management evolves and companies get more mature in applying project management to their core business, it gets increasingly important to focus not on the project managers’ role in particular, but to related roles like project owner, steering committees, PMO, programme managers or project portfolio managers, PM Consultants. But how are responsibilities shared and properly allocated to the different role owners? What specific competences do these role owners need to have? How can their performance and their contribution to project success be measured?

2 Intercultural Project Management (Raffaella Bossi Fornarini) – Culture has been identified by many researches as the single element that can endanger projects success. Studies proved in fact that we act, plan, control, manage, deliver, execute in different ways. That’s why Inter-cultural Project Management can really guide people to enrich PM tools and skills in the light of using differences of cultures on a project to secure success instead of risking failure.

3 Service Contracts (Veerendra K Rai) – The world of outsourcing is large and complex and intricately relates to project management competence and delivery excellence. It involves decision at several levels- objectives and expectations from outsourcing, selecting right functions or business processes to outsource, selecting the right service provider, right location for outsourcing and appropriate service provisioning and pricing models. This also involves transitioning from one service provisioning model to another. The service contracts and their effect on project decisions define the basis for executing a service engagement and the performance management criteria.

4 Managing projects in the new societies (Daniel Collado Ruiz) – Company structures reflect general structures in society, and more and more societies are taking the shape of networks. This seems to be leading into less hierarchical companies that need people rather capable of managing stakeholders than managing processes, more flexible than risk-averse, and overall rather leaders than directors. People change jobs along their career more than ever, leading to more flexible organizations. How will project managers look in this new environment? Will we need more project managers? Will it require similar competences in different priority, or new ones?

The agenda has been set.  Visit http://www.spm.ch/veranstaltungen/expert-seminar/ for more information or to register.  The program director is Dr. Hans Knoepfel.The IPMA 2014 Expert Seminar in Zurich is organized by the Swiss Project Management Association. http://www.spm.ch/home/

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 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. Chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr. Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch.

Source: IPMA

Program to improve roads and port infrastructure in Costa Rica

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 

$450 million loan to help reduce vehicle operating costs, shorten travel times for passengers and goods, and improve road and port safety  

21 November 2013 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced a $400 million loan to Costa Rica for upgrading its road and port infrastructure, improving the movement of persons and goods and strengthening trade and regional integration.  A $50 million loan from the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America was also announced.

131121-pmwj17-costa-rica-roads-IMAGEThe project will repair or pave up to 110 kilometers of the national road network, widen 51 kilometers of roads from two to four lanes, and build or repair 19 bridges and nearly 400 meters of breakwater in ports. These measures are expected to help reduce vehicle operations by 7 percent and travel time by 28 percent.

In addition, the improvements to roads and bridges are expected to help communities throughout the country to transport their products at lower cost and more efficiently to domestic and foreign markets. Better transformation infrastructure also will help Costa Ricans access social services by allowing them to reach health, education and other government facilities more easily and in timely fashion.

For example, the project will finance transportation infrastructure improvement in the Limonal-Barranca section of the Inter-American Highway, which will facilitate the flow of trade between Costa Rica and the rest of the countries, improving regional economic integration. The work to be done there includes new road safety features, such as doubling the width of bridges and roads from two to four lanes, and adding sidewalks, pedestrian crossways, bicycle lanes, signage and markings and containment barriers.

Another part of the project is the Puerto Caldera master plan and the rehabilitation and reinforcement of the port’s breakwater, which should extend its useful life by around 50 years. Also included is the rebuilding and expansion of ferry terminals and piers in the Gulf of Nicoya, including Puntarenas (Barrio El Carmen), Paquera, and Playa Naranjo.

For more about this project, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=CR-L1032.  For more about IDB projects in Costa Rica, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/costa-rica/costa-rica-and-the-idb,1068.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

Call for Papers for January 2014 PM World Journal: Share knowledge and help create the world’s most global and influential online publication for program and project management

CALLS FOR PAPERS

21 November 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney – A Call for Papers for the January 2014 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) has been issued.  Project management researchers, experts, professional leaders, practicing project managers and executives of project-oriented organizations are invited to submit an article, paper, report or story for publication in the monthly PMWJ.  This is an opportunity to advance your career, share knowledge and gain visibility for yourself and your organization.  Submit an original work now for publication in the January 2014 edition.

131121-pmwj17-pmwj-IMAGEThe PMWJ includes articles and papers in the following categories:

  • Featured Papers – professionally researched and referenced papers like those presented at conferences
  • Advisory Articles – advice on how to solve a PM problem or address specific issues
  • Commentary Articles – short article expressing an opinion or point of view about a program or project management-related topic
  • Student Papers – well written research paper by graduate or undergraduate students of project management
  • Case Studies – Description of an actual project or program, or how some aspect of program or project management was implemented in an organization
  • Personal Stories – short description of a personal experience on a project or related to project management
  • Reports – update about PM professional activities, events or developments in a city or region of the world
  • Book Reviews – professionally written review of a project management book
  • News Stories – articles about actual programs, projects, and P/PM-related research, education, publications, professional activities, events, organizations or people
  • Second Editions – previously published papers, originally presented at a project management conference or event, or published in a language other than English.

The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries.  Contents of the PMWJ are included in EBSCO’s Business Source databases.  The PMWJ is a good option for those who wish to publish research results or information quickly.  For more information, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=9.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We are seeking good articles and papers to start 2014 with another powerful edition.  We welcome articles and papers about any aspect of program or project management from anywhere in the world, especially those that might be useful for those managing projects in difficult conditions, emerging economies or challenging environments.”

“Our mission is to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management,” Pells adds.  “The publishing process is easy.  Just email an article or paper to [email protected]; it will be reviewed, reformatted to a standard layout and returned to the author for approval.”

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, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.  Archives of past editions can be found at https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=3160.  Subscriptions are free.

Hill International receives $7 million project management contract to support US Federal Railroad Administration

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

21 November 2013 – Marlton, New Jersey and Washington, DC, USA and  – Hill International has announced that that it has received a contract from the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide project monitoring and technical assistance support services to the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $7.0 million.

131123-pmwj17-federal-railroad-IMAGEThe Volpe Center’s mission is to improve the nation’s transportation systems.  In partnership with sponsoring agencies, the Volpe Center provides technical research and analysis services to the USDOT, other federal agencies, state agencies and other organizations in connection with the transportation-related components of their missions.

The Volpe Center’s focus is research and innovation in all areas of transportation to improve the transportation system for the future.  For example, the Volpe Center supports the FRA in the area of High Speed Rail (HSR) and also monitors and provides technical assistance for the FRA’s grant and loan programs.

The FRA has engaged the Volpe Center to enhance the FRA’s existing monitoring and technical assistance program by using the Volpe Center’s expert federal and contractor resources in a manner similar to other USDOT agencies.  The FRA administers grant and loan programs to assist grantees and funding recipients in financing the planning, acquisition, design, construction, and/or improvement of freight rail and intercity passenger rail infrastructure, facilities, and equipment as well as rail service operating support for Amtrak.

The grant and loan programs administered by the FRA have grown exponentially in both the number of awarded projects and amount of funds available over the last several years.  The FRA currently has a grant and loan portfolio comprised of over $18 billion worth of investments for more than 325 active grants and loans distributed across multiple programs for projects located throughout the entire United States. The Volpe Center, through an intra-agency agreement with the FRA, will be providing support to enhance the FRA’s monitoring and technical assistance program for High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program.

Hill’s support to the Volpe Center under this contract includes compliance and programmatic monitoring support, deliverable review and technical assistance, and training support to grantee and funding recipients.  Hill will also assist in the execution of the program, including producing reports, memorandums, presentations, and training materials.

“We are honored to have been selected to assist the FRA with the successful accomplishment of its mission,” said Vincent B. Gallagher, P.E., P.P., P.L.S., Senior Vice President and Director of Hill’s Federal Transit Group.

Hill International, with 4,000 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

Mastering Software Project Requirements by Barbara Davis published by J. Ross in USA

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

20 November 2013 – Florida, USA – J. Ross Publishing has announced the release of Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment, written by Barbara Davis. This book, adapted in part from Avionics Engineering specification DO-178, is a concise step-by-step guide to building and establishing the frameworks and models for the effective management and development of software requirements. It describes what great requirements must look like and who the real audience is for documentation. It then explains how to generate consistent, complete, and accurate requirements in exacting detail following a simple formula across the full life cycle from vague concept to detailed design-ready specifications.

131120-pmwj17-davis-IMAGEAccording to the publisher, Mastering Software Project Requirements will enable business analysts and project managers to decompose high-level solutions into granular requirements; and to elevate their performance through due diligence and the use of better techniques to meet the particular needs of a given project without sacrificing quality, scope, or project schedules.

Key features of the book include:

  • Identifies the attributes of good requirements and illustrates the life cycle from elicitation to analysis, specification to validation, explaining how to estimate, measure, benchmark, plan, manage, and deliver great software project requirements
  • Presents a solid and reproducible framework for generating great requirements within the parameters of a specific project or enterprise architecture methodology and in projects that are agnostic of methodology
  • Explains how various methodologies impact the results of requirements activities and provides strategies for adapting and aligning requirements activities to project frameworks and corresponding methodologies (Agile, Waterfall, WAgile, TOGAF and DO-178) to ensure the integrity of the requirements is maintained across multiple project frameworks
  • Covers every shred of requirements documentation that a business analyst or project manager will consume and produce, as well as the context and audience of each artifact and deliverable created
  • Re-defines the requirements process in pragmatic detail, and enables technology and business organizations to: reduce operating costs, increase alignment between technology products and business needs, and maximize return on investment of every implemented business solution by providing detailed task descriptions, key performance indicators, and benefits realization planning
  • Downloadable templates for every aspect of requirements including estimation, and provides materials for academic instruction are available from the publishers’ Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center on their web site (www.jrosspub.com)

The author, Barbara Davis is President of RQX Global Training & Consulting, LLC, an organization that provides technology management and profit management solutions for projects, resources, portfolios, and IT services. Mrs. Davis is a proven thought leader and expert in business analysis, project management, and various aspects of IT management and business. She has been a champion of business analysis and technology standards and infrastructure for the past 13 years, during which time she developed the world’s first university accredited business analysis diploma program, proprietary resource maturity and requirements methodologies, and a global online business analysis training program.

Prior to entering the technology field, Barbara gained more than 15 years of functional business experience in operational management, project management, change management, and training. She currently works with Fortune 500 companies to align business analysis services, critical projects, and operational infrastructure to ensure successful outcomes in the face of conflict and very challenging circumstances. Davis is also an international speaker and author of Managing Business Analysis Services: A Framework for Sustainable Projects and Corporate Success (2012).

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Mastering Software Project Requirements: Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment, by Barbara Davis; Published by J. Ross Publishing, July 2013: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 256 pages; ISBN: 978-1-60427-091-4; List Price $54.95. Information at http://www.jrosspub.com/mastering-software-project-requirements.html 

Source: J. Ross Publishing

Gordana Blažević named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Croatia

PEOPLE NEWS

Active IPMA Young Crew leader joins PMWJ correspondent network in Zagreb

20 November 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Zagreb – PM World has announced that Gordana Blažević has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Croatia. Gordana is an active member of IPMA Young Crew and president of Young Crew Croatia. She recently organized the Global Young Crew workshop in Dubrovnik which drew over 100 young project managers from around the world. As a president of Young Crew Croatia, Gordana is part of various projects on the national and international level. She is also member of IPMA Marketing Working group.

Gordana BlaževićGordana graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb in September 2010. After graduation, she was working until September 2012 for company OPTIMA Project Ltd, a registered company for performing construction services, expert supervision, consulting and project management. After that, the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb in the Construction Management Department has employed her as a young research associate pursuing a PhD degree.

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southern Europe, and the Mediterranean.  Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country’s population is 4.28 million. Having joined on 1 July 2013, Croatia is the 28th and newest member state of the European Union. [1]

A federal constituent of Yugoslavia after World War II, Croatia declared independence in June 1991. Croatia today has a very high Human Development Index. The International Monetary Fund classified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high income economy. Croatia is a member of the European Union, United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. [1]

zagrebThe service sector dominates Croatia’s economy, followed by the industrial sector and agriculture. Tourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer, with Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. The state controls a part of the economy, with substantial government expenditure. The European Union is Croatia’s most important trading partner. Since 2000, the Croatian government has invested in infrastructure, especially transport routes and facilities along the Pan-European corridors. [1]

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. In 2011 the population was 790,017. The wider Zagreb metropolitan area includes the City of Zagreb and the separate Zagreb County bringing the total metropolitan area population up to 1,107,623.  Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. [2]

131120-pmwj17-blazevic-IMAGE 3The city extends over 30 kilometres (19 miles) east-west and around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-south, covering an immense area of the Prigorje region. Its favourable geographic position in the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea. The transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia. [2]

Zagreb is the seat of the central government, administrative bodies and almost all government ministries. Almost all of the largest Croatian companies, media and scientific institutions have their headquarters in the city. Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia where Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans meet, making the Zagreb area the centre of the road, rail and air networks of Croatia. It is a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting and entertainment events. Its main branches of economy are high-tech industries and the service sector. Zagreb is a global and cosmopolitan city, and one of the leading centres of Central and Southeastern Europe. [2]

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Gordana join our correspondents team in Croatia.  I was very impressed with her leadership at the IPMA Young Crew workshop in Dubrovnik in September, and with her reputation as a dynamic young professional leader.  We are very happy to welcome her to our team.”

Gordana Blažević stated, “I reviewed your team, and I’m in.  I look forward to reporting about project management in Croatia for your journal.  For example, we will start a cool project in Croatia soon called ‘Meet the Project Manager”. I will write about it and many other developments.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published 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 new articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many 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.

References:

[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia

[2]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagreb

NASA Launches Next Mars Mission

PROJECT NEWS

19 November 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that a rocket carrying the agency’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft was launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST on Monday, 18 November from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This NASA mission will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water.

The MAVEN spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket’s second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed approximately one hour after launch and currently power the spacecraft. MAVEN now is embarking on a 10-month interplanetary cruise before arriving at Mars next September.

131119-pmwj17-maven-IMAGE“MAVEN joins our orbiters and rovers already at Mars to explore yet another facet of the Red Planet and prepare for human missions there by the 2030s,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This mission is part of an integrated and strategic exploration program that is uncovering the mysteries of the solar system and enabling us to reach farther destinations.” (image: artist’s rendering, courtesy of NASA)

In the next four weeks, MAVEN will power on and check out each of its eight instruments. Upon arrival at Mars in September, the spacecraft will execute an orbit insertion maneuver, firing six thrusters that will allow it to be captured by Mars’ orbit. In the following five weeks, MAVEN will establish itself in an orbit where it can conduct science operations, deploy science appendages, and commission all instruments before starting its one-Earth-year scientific primary mission.

“After 10 years of developing the mission concept and then the hardware, it’s incredibly exciting to see MAVEN on its way,” said Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP) in Boulder, Colorado. “But the real excitement will come in 10 months, when we go into orbit around Mars and can start getting the science results we planned.”

MAVEN is traveling to Mars to explore how the Red Planet may have lost its atmosphere over billions of years. By analyzing the planet’s upper atmosphere and measuring current rates of atmospheric loss, MAVEN scientists hope to understand how Mars transitioned from a warm, wet planet to the dry desert world we see today.

“The team overcame every challenge it encountered and still kept MAVEN on schedule and on budget,” said David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The government, industry and university partnership was determined and focused to return to Mars sooner, not later.”

MAVEN’s principal investigator is based at CU/LASP. The university provided science instruments and leads science operations, as well as education and public outreach, for the mission. Goddard manages the project and provided two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California at Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory provided science instruments for the mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides navigation support, Deep Space Network support, and Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.

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 more information about the MAVEN mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/maven

Source: NASA – Image courtesy of NASA

World Bank mobilizing $1 Billion for Philippines Disaster Recovery

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

18 November 2013 – Washington, DC, USA and Manila, The Philippines – The World Bank Group has announced that it is mobilizing US$500 million in financing and deploying global disaster experts to support the Philippines’ efforts to recover and rebuild from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

“In the aftermath of the typhoon, we have seen courageous efforts by the people of the Philippines to get back on their feet,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We are committed to supporting the government in its effort to recover and rebuild, and to help Filipinos strengthen their resilience against increasingly frequent extreme weather events.”

Typhoon  Ondoy leaves most of the street of metropolis flooded, this is the sccene in Rosario Pasig City, most of the residents here have their houses evacuated due to the flood. According to PAG-ASA more rains are expected to come as typhoon Ondoy exit the country. The storm leaves 53 deads,  Classes is also suspended in Metro Manila and Rizal today.Photo by:NONIE REYESIn response to a government request, an emergency loan of US$500 million is being finalized to support reconstruction. The World Bank Group is ready to provide additional support, including through a conditional cash transfer program that provides funds to poor families. Resources could also be directed to providing temporary shelters and to help with debris clean up, providing short-term jobs to poor families.

An additional US$480 million is financial assistance for the National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP), which can be used for emergency response. The project could immediately support typhoon affected communities rebuild community-level or livelihood related infrastructure such as water, rural roads, schools and clinics, using retroactive financing. The project will empower communities themselves to lead the reconstruction effort, by offering a transparent way for people to identify their own needs.  This project will scale up the successful Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program.

The Bank Group is working closely and coordinating with the international development community in the Philippines, and with lead government agencies and departments—including the Department of Finance, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Economic and Development Authority.

Members of a technical team from the Bank are now arriving in the Philippines to help the government assess the damage and gather information for a comprehensive reconstruction plan.

“Given the scale of this disaster, the country will need a long-term reconstruction plan. We can bring lessons learned from our work in reconstruction after disasters hit Aceh, Haiti, and other areas that might be helpful in the Philippines,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia Pacific. “Remote sensing images are being obtained for use by the assessment team in geo-mapping activities to help determine the cost of the destruction.”

The Bank is also providing technical assistance on disaster resistant design options for housing, health facilities, schools, and public markets that can withstand 250-280 kilometer per hour wind speed, and resist severe flooding.

“In the midst of this terrible tragedy, the Government is determined to build more resilience into homes, buildings and roads to reduce risks in the future, which is critical in a country that is subject to an increasing number of severe weather events,” said Mr. Motoo Konishi, World Bank Philippines Country Director.

In addition, the IFC is working with its client banks and financial institutions in the typhoon affected areas to ensure risk share facilities and advisory services are extended to private sector banks in order to help small and medium enterprises recover.

“IFC is in discussions with international banks, rural banks, and microfinance institutions to develop specific programs to help the private sector recover from the devastation,” said Jesse Ang, Resident Representative of the IFC, the Bank Group’s private sector arm.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, creating massive destruction in several islands in Visayas and Palawan in central Philippines, killing thousands of people and destroying homes and infrastructure along its path.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries.  For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org. To learn more about World Bank projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html

For information about World Bank projects in The Philippines, go to http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/philippines

Source: The World Bank

Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication, and Leadership

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

New book by Wanda Curlee and Robert Lee Gordon goes beyond program management standards to address macro and micro issues facing program managers 

18 November 2013 – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication, and Leadership, by Wanda Curlee and Robert Lee Gordon. This new book, published in October through Auerbach Publications, identifies the best leadership types for complex program environments. It goes beyond what is currently available in program management standards to outline powerful solutions to the macro and micro program issues facing program managers.

131118-pmwj17-curlee-gordon-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: The book describes practical complexity theory techniques for establishing clear and effective communications in a virtual environment. It explains what it takes to communicate strategically to all parties involved and addresses the communication issues common to most programs, including stakeholder communication, project team communication, and shareholder communication.

The information presented in this book is supported by peer review research. Each section includes a case study, section quiz, and discussion questions to reinforce learning. The book includes numerous tools, templates, and techniques that can be helpful to the seasoned program manager as well as program managers who are leading for the first time.

Clarifying the nuances of complexity theory, the text will help you focus your strategic energies on the right things and arm you and your team with the skills, tools, and techniques needed to succeed in today’s program environment. 

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.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/?category=BUS14A

Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication, and Leadership; by Wanda Curlee and Robert Lee Gordon; published by Auerbach Publications, © October 2013, 246 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781466568792; List price = $69.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466568792

Source: CRC Press