Tourism Project in Bahia State to Create 1,600 Jobs in Brazil


Bahia to develop nautical and cultural heritage tourism to boost employment 

2 March 2013 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced on 21 December 2012 that it has approved a $50.8 million loan to further develop the tourism industry and boost employment in Bahia state, in northeastern Brazil.

bajiaThe project, structured as a multiple works loan under the country’s PRODETUR Program, will invest in a tourism product and marketing strategy, focusing particularly on the state’s nautical and cultural heritage assets, institution-strengthening, improvement of basic services, and socio-environmental management at tourism destinations.

Tourism employs over 150,000 people in the state and accounts for 7.5 percent of Bahia’s gross domestic product, three times the national average. Despite significant tourism growth in recent years, Bahia has struggled to generate enough jobs in the sector to help reduce poverty. In 2010, the state registered more than twice the national average of extreme poverty (14.1 percent compared to 6.3 percent).

The project is expected to create more than 1,600 direct jobs as well as support the construction of a network of boating facilities and cultural and nautical tourism providers. The program will also provide support for entrepreneurship in the tourism sector and provide vocational training for as many as 200 people in nautical and cultural tourism.

For more about this project, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=BR-L1300

For more about IDB projects in Brazil, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/brazil/brazil-and-the-idb,1002.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

Douglas Oakervee to Keynote APM Annual Conference


Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK 

3 March 2013 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management body, has announced the first keynote speaker for their annual conference, scheduled for 13 June 2013 in London.  Doug Oakervee CBE, Chairman of the highly publicised and debated rail network High Speed 2 (HS2) has been confirmed as the first speaker at the conference. 

douglas-oakerveeDouglas Oakervee (pictured) has had a distinguished career as a civil engineer with vast experience of delivering major projects. Douglas was chief tunnel engineer of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Authority. Subsequently he was senior resident engineer and later construction manager for the tunneled sections of the Railway in North Kowloon and the Tsuen Wan Extension.  He then set up his own company, undertaking the Tai Po Gas Reforming Works, the Eastern Harbour Crossing and the Kwun Tong By-pass in Hong Kong. In 1991 he was appointed to the Hong Kong Airport Authority as project director for the new Hong KongInternationalAirport.

In 2004 he became Director of P&O’s LondonGatewayPort and in 2005 executive chairman of Crossrail Ltd, until his retirement in 2009. In the same year he was appointed chairman of Laing O’Rourke Construction (Hong Kong) Ltd.  In 2003 he was installed as The Institution of Civil Engineers’ 139th president and was awarded the Institution’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2008. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 and the CBE in 2010.  In March 2012, Douglas was appointed as Chairman for High Speed 2.  

To again be chaired by Prof. Darren Dalcher, APM’s annual conference will allow APM members and the public to meet, share experiences and hear from industry and professional leaders.  Early bird pricing is available for booking until 31 March 2013.  Info at http://www.apm.org.uk/event/apm-project-management-conference-2013.

What now for project management? That’s the question being asked at the APM Project Management Conference 2013. The conference, called simply Adapt! reflects on 2012 as the coming of age year for project management and asks; what now?

Last year the profession saw the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games; the completion of Europe’s tallest building, the Shard; the successful testing of Europe’s largest hybrid for the world’s first 1000 mph car, Bloodhound; the start of tunnelling for Crossrail; introduction of the 4G telecommunication network in the UK; and completion of the TV Digital switchover programme. All significant projects, with a global impact, delivered largely by British project professionals.

And so to 2013; what now? The APM Project Management Conference 2013 will call on the profession to adapt its thinking to address the growing expectations of society. A society that has a growing intolerance to failure and that expects a world in which all projects succeed.  Adapt! will focus on themes of flexibility, resilience and evolution. Themes that reflect the new benchmarks that 2012 set, the growing demands of customers and the “more for less” culture which is challenging how we think and act.

The event this year moves to the award winning King’s Place Conference Centre, the home of the Guardian newspaper and Network Rail and within walking distance of London’s King’s Cross Station. Building on the success of 2012, where 94% of attendees said they would look to attend in 2013 and with delegates describing the conference as “a source of inspiration, innovation and new ideas”, it will feature an expanded capacity exhibition.

The APM Project Management Conference has a reputation for agenda setting content featuring some of the UK’s most innovative and groundbreaking projects.  To see interviews with speakers from last year’s conference, go to http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL94C4508A65E5FA48.

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

Source: Association for Project Management

Registration Open for PMI Global Congress EMEA in Istanbul


3 March 2013 – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that registration is now open for the PMI Global Congress 2013 – EMEA, taking place 22−24 April 2013 at the Istanbul Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey.  This will be one of the largest project management conferences in Europe this year.


According to PMI, approximately 1,000 project management professionals and industry representatives can be expected, to hear keynote speakers, 55 “area of focus” presentations aligned with PMI communities of practice, workshops and their traditional exhibition of project management products and services.  The event will also include a Research Open Working Session on 21 April on the subject of “Rethinking the Role of the PMO as an Integrative Entity”. For more information or to register, visit the congress website: http://congresses.pmi.org/EMEA2013/

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 650,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit  www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

General Schedule for 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management in Dubrovnik, Croatia announced


2 March 2013 – Zagreb, Croatia – The General structure of the 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management has been announced. The 27th IPMA World Congress,  under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward” will be held from 30 September to 03 October 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk (http://www.valamar.com/hr/lacroma-hotel-dubrovnik ). The Call for Papers for this conference was announced in February.


⦁ Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 – Pre-Congress Activities will include: IPMA Board Meeting

⦁ Friday, Sep 27, 2013 – Pre-Congress activities will include: IPMA Board Meetings, IPMA Executive Board Meeting, IPMA Certification Validation Panel meeting, and Welcome Reception for IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop participants

⦁ Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – Pre-congress activities will include: IPMA Council of Delegates Meeting and IPMA Family Dinner, IPMA Young Crew Workshop and Networking

⦁ Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 – Pre-Congress activities will include: IPMA Council of Delegates meeting, Member Association Workshop, Global Young Crew Workshop & Gala Dinner, Pre-Congress Workshops, and Excursions for Global Congress participants

⦁ Monday, Sep 30, 2013 – Congress activities: Morning: Congress Registration, Pre-Congress Workshops, Sightseeing in Dubrovnik; Afternoon: IPMA World Congress Opening Ceremony, Day 1 of Congress Program; Evening: Welcome Reception for all

⦁ Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 – All Day World Congress Program; Evening: Gala Dinner

⦁ Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 – All Day World Congress Program: Evening: Farewell Party

⦁ Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 – Post-Congress Workshops

More details, including the schedule of papers and workshops, will be announced as the Congress date approaches; for more information, visit the congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/homepage.aspx.

The congress is being organized by IPMA and CAPM (the Croatian Association for Project Management – www.capm.hr), with the Civil Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb  www.grad.unizg.hr,  the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) – www.icoste.org and the “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” College of Business and Management (www.vspu.hr ) as co-organizers.

Plan to visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808 http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr, whose cultural monuments still bear witness to projects from past centuries. The Chair of the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik is Mladen Radujković. The congress program director is Mladen Vukomanovic. Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

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

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

Source: IPMA

Wideman Website updates announced for March 2013


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

The catastrophic tsunami flooding of the Fukushima power plant in Japan raised the concerns over the risks associated with nuclear reactors.max wideman Hence reconsideration of nuclear power is timely. Our Paper, Fukushima in Retrospect, examines the actual consequences, the merits of future nuclear power and opportunities for project managers.

Guest Andy Jordan describes The Real Role of Project Portfolio Management that may surprise you, and in Musings we offer a list of 20 topics for serious Discussion and Research.

This month we wind up our Project Management 101 cartoon course with lesson 11 Transitioning the Product and Completing the Project – so it’s time to celebrate! We hope that you have enjoyed the course and will find it useful in introducing project management to the next generation.

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.

Authors with good ideas for program and project management books sought by Business Expert Press


28 February 2013 – Illinois, USA – Business Expert Press (BEP) in the United States is seeking potential authors of business and management books, including program and project management.  Books published by BEP—over 160 to date, with over 170 more in development– are concise (between 75 and 150 pages), applied and reasonably priced.

BEP publishes books across the entire business-expertrange of the business curriculum. These books are sometimes narrow in scope but generally offer good depth on the subjects they treat; or they may provide an essentials treatment of broader subjects.  Potential beneficiaries of these books include advanced business students, students in executive or EMBA programs, and business professionals who are seeking either to acquire new skills or refresh and update their knowledge of existing ones.

According to Scott Isenberg, Executive Editor, “We are a relatively new publisher that offers what we believe is an innovative and forward-looking publication model that may interest you. Our books are concise, applied and offer our readers actionable knowledge and practical solutions to an array of business challenges and problems. We are seeking interested and qualified authors to help us increase our offerings in project management or other related areas. You may be interested in contributing a volume to our growing collection; or you may simply be interested in learning about our company and our plans for the collection.”

“Any of several motivations might induce you to contribute a book,” he adds, “including having available self-produced, commercially published material for your own course or consulting practice. Your BEP book can also serve as a value-adding ‘underlined item’ on your vita. And because of our numerous distribution partners, both domestically and internationally, the opportunities for royalty revenue can also be significant.”

There are many reasons why authors choose to write for Business Expert Press. For many their primary motivator is the absence of interference and the degree of intellectual freedom that the company affords them. Visit BEP’s website at www.businessexpertpress.com to see the range of topics covered in the books the company publishes.

“Currently we have only one book published in project management, one of the reasons why we are keen in expanding our offerings on this subject,” Mr. Isenberg said. “Our project management titles are housed in our Supply and Operations Management Collection. Each of our collections is headed up by a collection editor, an expert academic or practitioner who is responsible for the composition and quality of the collection. Our Supply and Operations Management Collection is headed up by Dr. Johnny Rungtusanathan of OhioStateUniversity.”

Academic and professional leaders in the project management field who might like to offer or propose a manuscript to BEP should contact Scott at [email protected]

Established in 2008, Business Expert Press is now used by hundreds of thousands of faculty, students and practitioners around the world. BEP is dedicated to developing collections of complementary titles within specific business disciplines and across topics of interest, now up to some 26 different business topics. BEP provides applied and concise books, eBooks and digital collections written by experts, partnering with dozens of course pack companies, digital platform providers, and eBook readers. More information at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/

Source: Business Expert Press

Arras People 2013 Benchmark Report on UK Project Management Market Released


28 February 2013 – Haywood, Manchester, UK – Arras People, the project management recruitment specialists, have released their latest annual report on the UK’s market for Programme and Project Management Professionals. The report polled 1457 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management Professionals during January 2013.

project-management-benchmarkThe Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) 2013 shows how the UK’s economic turbulence is affecting project management practitioners’ earnings, aspirations and professional life.

2012 was a tough year for many practitioners and whilst the general feeling appears to be that 2013 is going to give us some more of the same, the majority view seems to be that the bottom may have been hit and the worst of the economic contraction is over. However the ongoing challenge of low (or no) income increments, limited new opportunities and a squeeze on salaries and day rates being offered mean that many of our respondents are feeling the strain as outgoings continue to rise. For many, austere times are well and truly upon us but as in any economic cycle there still appear to be those who are doing alright.

Some of the highlights of the PMBR include;

  • The number of PPM Practitioners who recorded themselves as unemployed dropped again this year to 9%, though it would appear that a switch to contracting is still a major influence on this figure.
  • 90% of Public sector workers see salary increases of 2% or less, certainly not enough to keep pace with inflation.
  • 33% of Private sector employees see salary increases >2%, up 9% on last year.
  • 21% of contractors see their day rates fall, whilst another 58% see no change in 2012.
  • Experience is rewarded! High end earners, both those employed and contractors, are doing best in the remuneration stakes as they were the most successful group in 2012.
  • A squeezed middle has occurred for contractors with lower day rates offering a double blow alongside fewer/shorter contract assignments.
  • Age, continues to be the ’ism that just won’t go away as some older practitioners feel the pressure.
  • The number of PPM practitioners receiving bonus payments grows, offering the question: “Is this the start of a new remuneration pattern of lower basic pay and shared rewards based on success?”
  • Despite everything, 71% of the PPM community enter 2013 with a smile on their face.

John Thorpe, Managing Director of Arras People commented, “Once again we have had great support from the UK Project Management community which has enabled us to create this the eighth annual report on the UK project management profession. The latest survey data adds to the repository of information which we can share with our clients and candidates in order to provide insights into what is happening in the market”

“The current report underlines the fact that the UK market is still providing many challenges for the majority of practitioners who once again saw sub inflation increases in their remuneration. Whilst job losses and those feeling under threat of redundancy continues to fall in overall terms, there are the ongoing challenges of doing more for less. The outlook for 2013 anticipates more of the same with low confidence that UK PLC will be firing on all cylinders any time soon. For many retaining an income is the number one priority and this means we can look forward to another year of low churn and low remuneration rises as people remain averse to the risk of changing role.”

The full version of the report can be downloaded from the Arras People Website from the 28th February 2013 at 6pm at http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/project-and-programme-management-resources/the-project-management-benchmark-report-from-arras-people-2013/

Arras People carried out an on-line survey in January 2013. Emails were sent to eligible respondents and 2140 responses were received, 11457 were UK based PPM practitioners.

Survey demographics-

  • Status – Employee 58%, Contractor 33%, Unemployed 9%
  • Gender – Male 72%, Female 27%
  • Age –  Under 34 19%,  35-49 47%, 50+312%
  • 46% from London & south east, the rest evenly distributed between the regions

Arras People is the Project Management Recruitment Division of Arras Services Ltd. Arras People provides programme and project management professionals and professional project office support personnel across all industry sectors, for either permanent, contract or interim positions.  Arras Services began trading in February 2002, and now provides its services to many of UK’s leading blue chip organisations in the UK, as well as public sector (central and local government), IT, engineering, marketing and media organizations, not for profit and charities.  Visit Arras People at www.arraspeople.co.uk.

Source: Arras People

GPM’s PRiSM™ Practitioner Course Earns IPMA Accreditation


28 February 2013 – Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA – Green Project Management (GPM®), a provider of sustainability-based project management methodologies, professional development, and certification, has announced that their PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainable Methods) Practitioner Course has been accredited by the International Project Management Association (IPMA®) as a Registered Training Course.  It is the first course in the United States to achieve this IPMA accreditation.


PRiSM™ Practitioner imparts a structured methodology that integrates sustainability with project management by blending best practices from ISO 9001 The Quality Management Standard, ISO 14001 The Environmental Management Standard, ISO 50001 The Energy Management Standard, ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management, and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility with forty five elements for project management competency development from the AEIPRO  and IPMA®  National Competency Baseline and International Competency Baseline (NCB/ICB).

The course, which is designed around the GPM® PRiSM methodology, uses the EnVex (hands on) learning approach to provide participants with a working blueprint that can be used as a reference on “how to apply sustainability to projects” when they return to work and the knowledge to earn the GPM-b certification.

IPMA Vice-President of Education, Jesus Martinez-Almela stated “It was at our World Congress in 2008 when then Vice President Mary Mckinlay called for project management to take responsibility for sustainability.  AEIPRO, Spain’s IPMA Member Association reviewed and assessed GPM’s PRiSM Practitioner course and found that it provides a solid understanding of the ‘why’ and a clear roadmap for sustainability integration.  This course, which now holds the IPMA seal, will be a driving force for positive change for our profession.”

GPM President Joel Carboni stated “As an organization, our slogan is ‘Evolve the discipline of Project Management’.  Through our GPM and GPM-b certifications, PRiSM methodology, and courses, we work tirelessly to provide a value-add to the existing standards that are in place globally.  For our Practitioner course to be the first in the United States to be recognized at this level is a testament that sustainability has emerged from the mere shadows of a project manager’s personal ethics into a core criterion in which project success is based on.  For us, our consortium, our partners, and all advocates for sustainability in project management, this is a giant leap forward.”

Founded in 1965, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management association. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  IPMA national associations collaborate to advance the profession’s achievements in project and business success in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners, corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.  More about IPMA at www.ipma.ch.

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. GPM® accredits professional training organizations and project management practitioners and is largely considered the solutions leader with their professional certifications and project delivery method PRiSM™. GPM® training is currently being offered North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East through accredited training organizations. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org ##

Source: Green Project Management

Program Management contract awarded for Kingdom Tower project – world’s tallest building


27 February 2013 – ARCADIS has announced that the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has appointed a joint venture between ARCADIS subsidiary EC Harris and Mace to project manage the iconic KingdomTower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  KingdomTower will be the world’s tallest building, standing over 1km in height.  This will be taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and four times the size of The Shard in London.

kingdom-towerThe partners of JEC are the Kingdom Holding Company, SBG, Abraar International Holding Company represented by Mr Samaual Bakhsh, and prominent Jeddah businessman Mr Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly

The EC Harris/Mace joint venture team will provide project, commercial and design management for the US$1.2bn  (£780m) KingdomTower development. With a total construction area of over 500,000 square meters, the soaring KingdomTower will be a mixed-use building featuring a five star luxury Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, first class office space, luxury condominiums and an observatory that will be higher than the world’s current highest observation deck. Construction work is due to start on site later this year and is due for completion within 63 months.

Image: computer rendering released in August 2011, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Eng. Waleed Abdul Jaleel Batterjee, Chief Executive Officer of JEC said, “The vision of constructing the tallest tower in the world in Jeddah belongs to HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. His vision is also that the project itself will set the world’s sights on our beloved Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and particularly on Jeddah.  Furthermore, the project will help create hundreds of jobs for our Saudi countrymen.” Batterjee added that JEC is also in final negotiations for the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor consultancy which will also be a UK based company.

Keith Brooks, Head of Property and Social Infrastructure at EC Harris said, “We are delighted to be on the team to deliver this iconic project.  The KingdomTower is a landmark building that will clearly demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s ambitions to the world.  We have a world class team in place and I am confident that our integrated approach to project, design and construction management will help deliver a safe and successful project.”

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive of Mace, said: “KingdomTower is a project of international importance and immense ambition and we are delighted to be part of the Joint Venture team tasked with its delivery. As the client’s project manager, I am confident we will deliver a development exemplary in innovation and approach. We look forward to the realisation of HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s vision which will secure international recognition for the Kingdom’s economic and cultural status.”

KingdomTower will be the centre piece of JEC’s US$20bn (£13bn) KingdomCity development which will be located to the north of Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea.  The KingdomCity will consist of over 5.3 million square meters of urban development and it will include residential, commercial, hotel, offices, retail, educational and commercial centres as well as inland water features.

An interdisciplinary team led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), based in Chicago, created the design of the KingdomTower. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were appointed architects on KingdomTower in 2011.  This appointment has been followed by the appointment of DAR Al-Handasah as the supervision consultant, Saudi Baeur as Pilling Contractor as well as Saudi BinLaden Group (SBG) as the main contractor.

The EC Harris and Mace joint venture team combines the experience of EC Harris and ARCADIS’ Chicago based tall building experts, with international consultancy and construction company Mace. Together they have extensive experience delivering over 100 tall buildings around the globe including The Shard in London and The Landmark in Abu Dhabi.

EC Harris and Mace are working together on a number of projects, including a major programme of social infrastructure building projects for Qatar’s Public Works Authority Ashghal, DohaFestivalCity in Qatar, numerous retail and hospitality projects in the UAE and several major residential developments in Dubai.

EC Harris is a leading global built asset consultancy. As an ARCADIS company, EC Harris has access to approximately 21,000 professionals worldwide operating in over 70 countries, 300 offices and generating in excess of €2.4billion in revenue. Working across a wide range of market sectors, EC Harris helps clients create value from their investments in built assets.  For further information, contact www.echarris.com

Mace is an international consultancy and construction company employing over 3,700 people, across five continents with a turnover of £1bn. Mace’s business is programme and project management, cost consultancy, construction delivery and facilities management and is truly multi-disciplinary with services spanning the entire property and infrastructure lifecycle. Mace has three strategic sectors serving clients in the private, public and infrastructure sectors and five strategic hubs in Europe, Middle East & North Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Sub-Sahara Africa that service over 70 countries. For more information visit: www.macegroup.com.

Jeddah Economic Company formed in 2009, the consortium company that will be owning and developing Kingdom Tower  (the tallest tower in the world with a plus 1000 m height )  and Kingdom City ( an urban development of 500,000 sqm ) surrounding  the tower. The partners of JEC are Kingdom Holding Company, Mr. Samaual Bakhsh, Abraar, International Holding Company, prominent Jeddah businessmen Mr. Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly and Saudi Bin Laden Group (SBG). The capital of JEC is made up of SR8.8 billion in land value, assets that are SR7.3 billion, plus SR1.5 billion in cash contributed by SBG.

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


Responsible Management: Understanding Human Nature, Ethics, and Sustainability – new book by Kemi Ogunyemi published by Business Expert Press in USA


26 February 2013 – Business Expert Press (BEP) in the United States has published a new book by Kemi Ogunyemi Responsible Management: Understanding Human Nature, Ethics, and Sustainability. This book is part of BEP’s Principles of Responsible Management Education with Oliver Laasch (Monterrey Institute of Technology) as Editor.

responsible-managementDoes a manager in today’s world need to know anything about ethics? Or human behavior? Or even self-respect? Absolutely, says author Kemi Ogunyemi. Ogunyemi wrote this book to serve as a valuable tool that could complement courses on ethics, responsibility, leadership, customer service, and sustainability – most of which tend to neglect their human nature dimensions.

Inside, you’ll be provided a real understanding of human nature and its uniqueness and complexity, which can help you in today’s business world to better manage and to respect self, others and the environment. It also provides the foundation for learning ethical behavior, leadership, responsibility, sustainable management and corporate social responsibility. Without this angle, you and other manager may tend to focus primarily on financial success in different dimensions – operational quality, financial strategy, workforce motivation, cost-cutting strategies, etc. Future leaders and shapers of sustainable organizations and societies cannot afford to have such a knowledge gap. To see more about the book, click here.

Kemi Ogunyemi teaches business ethics, anthropology and sustainability management at the Lagos Business School, Lekki campus, of the Pan-African University. She holds a Law degree from the University of Ibadan, an LLM from the University of Strathclyde, and an MBA from the Lagos Business School. After Law School, she worked as director, team lead and mentor in projects of the Women’s Board of the Educational Cooperation Society before she joined Lagos Business School. She has made some contributions to international publications on respecting diversity and on teaching values and is a member of the UN PRME Working Group on Anti-corruption and of the EBEN SIG on Teaching Business Ethics.

Established in 2008, Business Expert Press is now used by hundreds of thousands of faculty, students and practitioners around the world. BEP is dedicated to developing collections of complementary titles within specific business disciplines and across topics of interest, now up to some 26 different business topics. BEP provides applied and concise books, eBooks and digital collections written by experts, partnering with dozens of course pack companies, digital platform providers, and eBook readers. More information at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/.

Responsible Management: Understanding Human Nature, Ethics, and Sustainability; by Kemi Ogunyemi; published by Business Experts Press; February 2013, ISBN: 9781606495049; soft cover, 144 pages; List price = $39.95; information at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/books/responsible-management-understanding-human-nature-ethics-and-sustainability

Source: Business Expert Press

US Nuclear Security Infrastructure Program with over 800 projects completed one year early


25 February 2013 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Sandia National Laboratories has announced the completion of $199 million in facilities construction and repair as part of an 11-year national effort to revitalize the physical infrastructure of nuclear security enterprise sites in the United States.  The Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program (FIRP) was established in 2001 to reduce a long-standing backlog of deferred maintenance at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) eight sites, including Sandia. Some $1.9 billion was spent over 11 years on 900 design, construction and repair projects. The program goals were accomplished one year early.

sandia-national-laboratories“The NNSA created the program to make its sites leaner, more energy efficient and to ensure the vitality and readiness of its nuclear security enterprise,” said Dawn Harder, Sandia Field Office FIRP program manager. “A primary goal was to help restore, rebuild and revitalize the facilities and infrastructure at Sandia through the elimination of legacy deferred maintenance and excess space.”

The FIRP came about after the Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA found significant deterioration of facilities that house activities of the Science Based Stockpile Stewardship Program. The FIRP was supported by DOE, Department of Defense, outside stakeholders, Congress and NNSA. The goal was to reduce a $2 billion maintenance and repair backlog and restore facility conditions to an acceptable level through recapitalization, restoration and modernization.

Among its achievements, FIRP:

  • Eliminated $900 million of baselined deferred maintenance, and brought the overall condition of the enterprises’ essential facilities up to industry standards.
  • Managed 625 recapitalization projects ($1.2 billion) that refurbished laboratory and production facilities, repaired or replaced electrical and mechanical equipment, utility lines, fire protection, power and lighting systems, roofs, roads and other vital infrastructure.
  • Oversaw 145 disposition projects which removed 3.5 million square feet of excess footprint, opened many acres of space for redevelopment, shrank security perimeters and reduced deteriorated condition.
  • Completed nine utility line item projects including power grid upgrades at Los Alamos National Laboratory, an electrical substation and a heating system modernization at Sandia National Laboratories, electrical and natural gas distribution systems at the Pantex Plant, compressed air and potable water system upgrades and a steam plant life extension at Y-12 and 31 miles of highway repairs at Nevada National Security Site.
  • Replaced 4.2 million square feet of failing roofs and achieved an average 70 percent decrease in heating and cooling costs with concurrent insulation upgrades.
  • Adopted the LEED Cool Roof standard and upgraded more than 3 million square feet of roofs to energy efficient, cool roof compliance.

At Sandia’s three major sites in Albuquerque; Livermore, California; and Tonopah, Nevada, the program eliminated $142 million in deferred maintenance and 510,000 square feet of non-contaminated excess space. Sandia completed 56 recapitalization projects costing $100 million; 21 disposition projects, at $29 million; two major utility line-item projects, $62 million; and 18 infrastructure planning initiatives, $8 million.

“The FIRP has been a cornerstone for Sandia’s efforts to achieve and efficiently maintain its facilities in a condition ‘fit for mission use,’” said Art Ratzel, director of Sandia’s Facilities Management and OperationsCenter. “Its performance exceeded our expectations through NNSA’s strong commitment and the tremendous efforts of Field Office and Facilities Management staffs in making FIRP an unqualified success.”

NNSA’s efforts to improve its infrastructure are not ending. NNSA will continue to address old deferred maintenance needs where appropriate and establish new, modern capabilities needed to support the advances in stockpile stewardship and other program drivers that will replace outdated and obsolete capabilities.

More about the FIRP at http://nnsa.energy.gov/content/firp

For information about NNSA, visit http://nnsa.energy.gov/.

The US Department of Energy website is http://energy.gov/

 Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.  More at http://www.sandia.gov/

Source: Sandia National Laboratories

Think . . . and Win Bids, Says New PMWJ Series Contributor


25 February 2013 –  “Think and Win Bids” is both the admonition of PM World Journal’s newest Series contributor (beginning with the March 2013 edition) and also the title of her latest book.

think-and-win-bidsAustralasian-based bid strategist, writer and coach, Jordan Kelly, is a prolific author – both on the broad-ranging topics of bid strategy and writing, and also on new developments in infrastructure contract types and related issues.

Kelly’s new release – Think and Win Bids:  Winning High-Value, High-Stakes Bids through Superior Questioning, Listening & Thinking Skills – features numerous infrastructure case studies and references.

The book coaches readers in the three fundamental skills possessed by a genuinely sharp and sustainably successful bid / proposal / tender professional i.e. the ability to think, listen and ask quality questions.

Kelly writes:  “The capacity and willingness for a pursuit leader to think . . . deeply, logically, strategically and client-centrically is a key differentiator between those who can sustain a high win rate and provide much-needed leadership in new business endeavours, and those who flounder in such a role. 

“A bid leader must know how to acquire – and be able to guide his or her team in acquiring – a genuinely deep understanding of a project owner, the world in which it operates, its intended procurement, and the all-important backdrop against which that procurement is being made.” 

The book – along with a range of other titles she has written to help up-skill the industry in this critical area – is available at her website:  www.bidstrategist.com  

Nigerian mobile Project Management Ap wins one of three Apps4Africa 2012 awards


24 February 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The U.S. Department of State has announced the winners of Apps4Africa 2012: Business Challenge, an Africa-wide competition to develop sustainable technology-based solutions to youth unemployment. Selected from nearly 300 applications from 27 countries by an international panel of judges, the winning teams are:

  • SliceBiz (from Ghana): a web and mobile investment platform that uses crowdsourcing to connect promising startups with young investors in Africa.
  • Prowork (from Nigeria): a web and mobile project management tool that enables businesses to create and assign tasks and track project status in real-time.
  • Ffene (from Uganda): a low-cost business management platform that helps small and medium-sized businesses simplify accounting, generate reports, and manage customer relations.

apps4africa-2012Prowork is a mobile first enterprise class project management and collaboration solution for businesses. It’s like Basecamp or Atlassian’s confluence but mobile and easier to use, more powerful, with real time collaboration everywhere, anywhere. Prowork is accessible via mobile, the web, SMS and a robust API to allow developers to extend the functionality.  The Prowork team consisted of Francis Onwumere, Opeyemi Obembe and Ernest Ojeh.  For more information, go to http://prowork.me.

These young technology entrepreneurs—and the many others who competed this year—are the faces of a growing trend of innovative African start-up companies.

This year’s Apps4Africa competition, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs and coordinated by private sector partner Appfrica International, builds on the success of two previous competitions—Apps4Africa 2010: Civic Challenge and Apps4Africa 2011: Climate Challenge—which also encouraged the development of mobile, web, and desktop applications to address local challenges in Africa. This year’s competition was also supported by the Department’s Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations ([email protected]) partnership. The closing ceremony for the 2012 competition will take place on March 6 in Kampala, Uganda. The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes and follow-on mentoring.  For more information please visit http://apps4africa.org.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Fluor wins follow-on construction and project management contract at Barack Gold’s Pascua-Lama site in Andes Mountains


23 February 2013 – Irving, Texas, USA—Fluor Corporation has announced that the company was awarded a series of follow-on contracts from Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp for new scopes of work at the Pascua-Lama mining project located on the Argentina/Chile border. Fluor booked the undisclosed value into backlog in the fourth quarter of 2012.

andes-mountainsThe new scopes of work included in the award are for overall project management and construction management for the Pascua location on the Chile side of the site, as well as construction management and construction for the Lama location on the Argentina side. The latter two scopes are part of a 50/50 joint venture with Argentinian contractor Techint.

“Pascua-Lama is one of the most significant and challenging mining projects currently underway in the world. We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Barrick Gold following the recent completion of the Pueblo Viejo project and look forward to moving ahead with the next phase of development at Pascua-Lama,” said Rick Koumouris, Fluor’s business line lead for Mining & Metals. “The Pascua-Lama mining project will draw on all of Fluor’s capabilities and resources and is emblematic of what Fluor excels at – large, remote, complex projects.”

The Pascua-Lama mine site straddles the border region of Argentina and Chile, called the Cordilera, high in the AndesMountains at elevations ranging from 3,800 to 5,200 meters. When complete, the mine is expected to produce an average of 800,000 – 850,000 ounces of gold and 35 million ounces of silver in its first full five years of operation.

Recently, Fluor completed the Pueblo Viejo gold mining project in the Dominican Republic for Barrick Gold. It was the largest foreign investment in the nation’s history and involved a new processing facility for one of the largest undeveloped gold resources in the world.

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

IPMA Young Crew Management Board for 2013-2014 selected


Reported by Natalia Majcher in Poland

January 2013 has seen the formation of what will be the new IPMA Young Crew Management Board, the group of people who will be leading the activities for young project managers during the next two years. After the election of Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz (Spain) as Chairman of Young Crew in Baku last September, the IPMA has undertaken a selection process to determine who will form team with him during the period comprising 2013 and 2014. The new board has been taking on their positions since the start of the year, and their activities are starting to take shape.


 A few Young Crew members in Crete, Greece during the Global Young Crew Workshop 2012. Young Project Managers shaping the future of PM, have now a new leading team. Photo by Les Squires

The new team is formed by members coming from very different countries. Luca Cavone (Italy) and Samuli Karjalainen (Finland) will continue to be part of the board, and the team gets reinforced by Natalia Majcher (Poland), Alena Vejsadová (Czech Republic), Mladen Vukomanovic (Croatia). “I believe we have a competent and balanced team” says Daniel, “The last years have set the bar high, but we are definitely set to bring the IPMA Young Crew to a whole new level!”.

The team presents a balance of different skills, personalities and cultures at many levels, which is a promise of great achievements in the next two years. What they all share, and have proven in the past, is the enthusiasm and experience as Young Crew members. The first virtual meetings have proved useful in setting preliminary roles to each one of those members. Luca Cavone will continue leading coordination activities between established Young Crews in different countries, and all the projects that are oriented to such coordination. Samuli Karjalainen will open the IPMA Young Crew to partnerships with companies. Natalia Majcher will be responsible for Brand Management, keeping you informed of everything that happens internationally. Alena Vejsadová will be in charge of extending the idea of IPMA Young Crew into new countries, and coaching people starting up their new Young Crew. Mladen Vukomanovic will be leading innovation, channeling those new ideas happening everywhere in our network.

One of the key visions in this board is to bring out the power that is inside the IPMA Young Crew as a change agent in society, and to use that to shape the future. The world is changing rapidly: teams become distributed and virtual, job positions become volatile and force individuals to act as project managers, the marketplace is constantly disrupted by new ideas and companies brought together by young individuals, and mankind faces the biggest challenges for survival of its existence. IPMA Young Crew doesn’t want to only see it happen. They want to lead the change, and make sure what they offer reflects this new reality.

A perfect example, in this case of adapting to the distributed work environment, is the “Welcome 2013 Gathering”. This online social event saw Young Crew members from all over the world spend an evening together, talking about their plans for next year and just getting to know each other. It was like social (face-to-face) get-togethers so common around the Christmas and New Year’s Eve in some cultures, but for an online community spread all around the globe. More events like this – social, educational, or other – are expected to happen more and more often in the future.

The past few weeks has been already productive and exciting, with team members more and more focused in their activities. The new board has had virtual meetings to start the teambuilding process, and has met up with the previous members (Gloria Costa, Maria Simek, Estuardo Calderon Scheel) to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible. “Being with the IPMA YC MB team was an unexpected and unforgettable experience of learning and developing my own and the others PM competences”, says Gloria Costa, “A very very (very!) special thank you to Samuli Karjalainen, Maria Simek, Estuardo Calderón Scheel, Luca Cavone and Daniel Collado-Ruiz, for being the great team you were and teaching me so much! And now, I wish all the best and lots of successful projects for the new IPMA YC MB! Keep moving forward!“ The first face-to-face meeting of these two teams will take place in March, during the IPMA’s Council of Delegates in Warsaw, where officially the handover will take place.

But you do not need to wait until then to meet the team. Let us introduce the people who will be leading the IPMA Young Crew for the next two years.

daniel-collado-ruizDr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz, Chairman of Young Crew,  works as a researcher at the Universidad Politècnica de Valencia, in Spain. Holding a Ph.D in Development, Sustainability, and Ecodesign, he has worked in projects related to design for sustainability and life cycle assessment in the packaging, toy, and electronic sectors in the research group Integration of Design & Environmental Assessment (ID&EA). Daniel has also conducted research in ecoinnovation, sustainability, creativity and distributed teamwork, and given lectures at different universities around the world. In parallel to these achievements, Daniel takes off his academic hat to chair the IPMA Young Crew.

He is passionate about fostering networking capabilities, learning more and more each day, and challenging those that say “it is impossible”. Through this network, Daniel has been involved in Coaching for Development as the project manager, has actively participated in the start-up and organization of the creACTivity workshops, and was co-lead in the organization of the Young Crew Workshop during the IPMA World Congress in Istanbul in 2010, and Head of Innovation and Project Owner of the Global Young Crew Workshop during 2011 and 2012.

luca-cavoneLuca Cavone, Head of Membership, works as Consultant for an Italian-Japanese Management Consulting Company being employed in the Innovation Management Division. After his Master of Science in Electronic Engineering he attended a Master Degree in Project Management at MIP Business School of Politecnico di Milano. Before joining consultancy, Luca has worked several years in Industry, leading projects in Space & Defense market. He is IPMA Certified Project Management Associate Level D.

Luca joined the IPMA family in 2009 being one of the founders of IPMA YC Italy, and holding Chairman position until March 2011. Since the start-up, YC Italy reached a level of maturity shortly and Luca has been very active in all YC activities and events both on national and international level introducing new innovative ideas. He was also in the team that conceived creACTivity workshops, and organized such event in Milan. Luca is currently Member of Italian Project Management Academy (Italian MA) and part of its Management Board as VP for of the website.

samuli-karjalainenSamuli Karjalainen, Head of Corporate Partnership, was born in Finland, commonly known as “the forest”, where 70% of the country is covered in pine and spruce trees. Previously, Sam has worked for a software development company as a coder and operator where he focused on marketing and selling products to different clients. In 2003, he became an entrepreneur and founded “Momentti Ltd.” with a few of his friends. Today, Momentti is part of the ForestAgency with a staff of 15 employees working in the fields of marketing, professional events, and training/coaching.

Sam is an experienced project manager who has worked on a variety of projects both large and small. He served as the project manager for the 23rd IPMA World Congress — 2009 in Helsinki, Finland, and successfully delivered the project to completion. Sam has also previously managed smaller projects for the IPMA World Congress, and continues to participate in marketing and advertising. Friends, colleagues, and family refer to Sam as “Forestman”.

natalia majcherNatalia Majcher, Head of Brand Management, studied Management at the Gdansk University of Technology. She currently works as consultant Junior Consultant at AMG.net, an IT company in Warsaw, where her main focus is on projects of Customer Relationship Management software. Those that have worked with her do not hesitate in describing Natalia as passionately team-oriented. Performing in A-teams, contributing to their formation and development, or simply making them work more efficiently, is what makes her thrive. And even more so if the team is distributed and virtual, the challenge of the XXI century!

Being part of amazing teams, team building, making teams work more effective and enjoyable, virtual collaboration is what drives her and keeps her motivated. As she still develops in the project management field, and finds the right spot for her in the business world, Young Crew is THE organization where she sees herself. She has been an active team member in various of its projects, both nationally and internationally, including projects as important as the Global Young Crew Workshop, the Global eCollaboration Competition, or the eMeetings. Her personal vision is to support and guide Young Crew members in international projects, and strengthening the multinational – and virtual – collaboration among the Young Crew community.

alena-vejsadovaAlena Vejsadová, Head of Development, is currently studying a master program in the Faculty of Informatics and Management, at University of Hradec Králové, in CzechRepublic, focusing on Information Management. During that period, she has been actively involved for more than five years in University government, as a member of Students Chamber of Academic Senate of University of Hradec Králové, and of the Students Chamber of Academic Senate of Faculty of Informatics and Management. She has also been involved in research activities, and has been evaluated among the best students of faculty three times already.

She is also IPMA Certified Project Management Associate Level D. Alena is active member of Young Crew in CzechRepublic since 2009. She started there leading project “Spanilé jízdy”, aimed at encouraging university students to learn more about project management. Due to her performance in this project, she was elected as Vice Chairman three times, where she was in charge of the key projects and activities. At an international level, she has been a key part of some of the IPMA Young Crew’s most innovative projects. Alena was a key component of the Core Team of the Global eCollaboration Competition in its first edition on 2012, and has been also one of the reference people of managing the Project Management Championship but nationally and internationally. Some of her areas of expertise, of which she has conducted different workshops, are distributed teamwork and use of Microsoft Project in project management.

mladen vukomanovicMladen Vukomanovic, Head of Innovation, works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Zagreb and as visiting professor at the University of Sarajevo. He teaches Project Management and Construction Management courses. He has been involved in two research projects which have resulted in more than 40 publications, among which two books. He has participated in many international conferences and has held three keynote speeches. He leads an IT project for developing software for construction management – GALA and a research project that is sponsored by Croatian Association for Construction Management: „Business Excellence in the Construction Industry in Croatia“.

Since 2009 he obtains the function of the managing editor of international scientific journal: Organization, Technology & Management in Construction. His research interests focus on: Project Management Processes (including methodologies, tools & techniques), Performance management, Key Performance Indicators, Benchmarking, TQM, Business Excellence and Strategic Management. Besides working for the university he is actively involved in International Project Management Association (IPMA). Currently he takes parts in both IPMA Delta, as a member of the core team, and a member in IPMA ICB/ICRG 4.0 program. Furthermore for the last three years he has been held responsible for developing IPMA Young Crew in Croatia (currently counts about 120 members).

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. We are an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew strives to provide experiential learning through interaction and information exchange with young project managers. For more information about IPMA Young Crew, visit www.ipma.ch/young-crew/.

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. The Chair of the IPMA Council of Delegates is Mr. Roberto Mori.  For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch. IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff, VP Marketing & Events, [email protected]

US GAO issues High Risk List update


22 February 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the “watchdog” agency of the United States Congress, has issued an update to its infamous “High Risk List”, a description of US Government programs and operations that are either already in trouble or at risk of serious performance problems.

gaoThe federal government is the world’s largest entity, with about $3.5 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2012 funding a broad array of programs and operations.

GAO maintains a program to focus attention on government operations that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement or the need for transformation to address economy, efficiency, or effectiveness challenges. Since 1990, more than one-third of the areas previously designated as high risk have been removed from the list because sufficient progress was made to address the problems identified.

In February 2011, GAO detailed 30 high-risk areas. According to the GAO’s latest report, sufficient progress has been made to remove the high-risk designation from two areas.

  • Management of Interagency Contracting. Improvements include (1) continued progress made by agencies in addressing identified deficiencies, (2) establishment of additional management controls, (3) creation of a policy framework for establishing new interagency contracts, and (4) steps taken to address the need for better data on these contracts.
  • Internal Revenue Service Business Systems Modernization. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made progress in addressing significant weaknesses in information technology and financial management capabilities. IRS delivered the initial phase of its cornerstone tax processing project and began the daily processing and posting of individual taxpayer accounts in January 2012. This enhanced tax administration and improved service by enabling faster refunds for more taxpayers, allowing more timely account updates, and faster issuance of taxpayer notices. In addition, IRS has put in place close to 80 percent of the practices needed for an effective investment management process, including all of the processes needed for effective project oversight.

While these two areas have been removed from the High Risk List, GAO will continue to monitor them.  This year, GAO has added two areas.

  • Limiting the Federal Government’s Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks. Climate change creates significant financial risks for the federal government, which owns extensive infrastructure, such as defense installations; insures property through the National Flood Insurance Program; and provides emergency aid in response to natural disasters. The federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure presented by climate change, and needs a government wide strategic approach with strong leadership to manage related risks.
  • Mitigating Gaps in Weather Satellite Data. Potential gaps in environmental satellite data beginning as early as 2014 and lasting as long as 53 months have led to concerns that future weather forecasts and warnings—including warnings of extreme events such as hurricanes, storm surges, and floods—will be less accurate and timely. A number of decisions are needed to ensure contingency and continuity plans can be implemented effectively.

According to the report, notable progress has been made over the past two years in a majority of areas on GAO’s High Risk List. This progress is due to the combined efforts of the Congress through oversight and legislation, the Office of Management and Budget through its leadership and coordination, and the various US government agencies through their efforts to take corrective actions to address longstanding problems and implement related GAO recommendations.

This biennial update describes the status of high-risk areas listed in 2011 and identifies any new high-risk area needing attention by Congress and the executive branch. Solutions to high-risk problems offer the potential to save billions of dollars, improve service to the public, and strengthen the performance and accountability of the U.S. government.

This report contains GAO’s views on progress made and what remains to be done to bring about lasting solutions for each high-risk area. To read the full report, go to http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/652133.pdf.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for the United States Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the U.S. federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes. The GAO’s Mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.  More at http://www.gao.gov/

Source: US GAO

Case Studies sought for new book on Adopting Agile Methods


Editor looking for people to interview with interesting examples to share

22 February 2013 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Multi-Media Publications Inc., a publisher now in its 25th year of business that specializes in project management and agile-related books, is putting together a book of case studies on the experiences of organizations who have taken the leap towards using agile methods on some of their projects. They are looking for contributions to the book; specifically, stories of organizations in various industries who have adopted agile management methods (Scrum or others). Both public and private sector examples are being sought out. (If you wish, you don’t have to write anything — a researcher or editor will interview you to capture the required information and we will write up the case study for you. You will, of course, have approval rights for your own case study).  More information at http://mmpubs.com/agilecasestudies.html

The format for the case studies will be standardized to include the following anticipated headings:

  • case-studies-in-adoptingOrganization Overview — A brief background on the organization including its position in its industry, size, etc. Organization names will be used, and if it makes it an easier “sell” to the company brass (names of executives can be included showing their leadership in the agile adoption process, along with the names of any core team members – PM, agile coach, etc. Photos of the team members or key executives can also be included.)
  • Why Go Agile? — What problem was the company facing that made it seek out an agile approach?
  • The Adoption Approach — What the company did to prepare for the adoption (training, reorgs, process changes, etc.) and strategically how it planned to deploy the new agile approach (big bang, pilot project then deploy to a department, pilot project then deploy for all new projects, pilot project then scatter team members to seed a grassroots change, etc.).
  • What Went Well? — What parts of the adoption strategy worked out well? Include any interesting observations. Metrics showing real improvements would be appreciated, if available. Try to look broadly at the initiative: financial impacts, HR impacts, customer satisfaction impacts, etc.
  • Adoption Challenges — What issues arose during the adoption and how were they overcome? What were the lessons learned that other companies may be able to learn from?
  • Conclusion — Any final thoughts, observations, etc.
  • Organization Contact Info — Contact information to verify that permission to print the case study in the book is received and to approve the final case study wording.

Case Study Inclusion Criteria

While agile methods are typically seen as being applicable only to software development projects, examples are being sought from:

  • Public sector (government), private sector, and non-profit organizations
  • Broad range of industries (finance, healthcare, distribution, technology, education, etc.)
  • Both IT and non-IT projects
  • Different project types: new product or service development, software development, systems integration, organizational change, maintenance/upgrades, process optimization, and more
  • Organizations or teams at all agile maturity levels (from newbies to agile experts)

Contributors are encouraged to include graphs, tables, photos, or other visual elements to illustrate their case study and bring it to life. Consider pictures of a standup team meeting or kanban/scrum board, a sample of an interesting burndown chart, tables showing productivity gains, a graph showing quality metrics that were used during the project, etc.

Contributors must have organizational approval to contribute a case study. While the publisher will be asking for organizational approval of the final wording of the case studies, organizations will not be able to read all of the other case studies in the book before approving the final wording of their own case study. All contributions must be completed before July, 2013.

Target Audience

The primary audience for this book includes CIOs, VPs, Directors and other senior managers who are interested in learning from the experiences of others who have tried various agile adoption strategies before they embark on an agile transformation in their own organization. The secondary audience will be project managers, agile coaches, and consultants who are interested in the results of different techniques practiced by others.

Your Reward 

All contributors will receive:

  • Ten free copies of the resulting case study book
  • The ability to purchase additional copies at a deep author discount directly from the publisher
  • A contributor’s photo and bio in the book (plus contact info, if desired — plug your website!)
  • The chance to make a contributor’s coaching/consulting clients look good by getting their case studies included in the book
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) if the contributor is a Project Management Professional (PMP) or PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • Recognition that the contributor is now a published author!

As with earlier multi-contributor books published by Multi-Media, all author royalties will be donated to the International Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund (www.icrc.org).

Please contact the managing editor directly at [email protected] to discuss your case study individually.

Multi-Media Publications Inc. is an independent publisher focused on delivering high quality books, ebooks, audiobooks, DVDs and interactive learning solutions. Using technology to its fullest advantage since 1988, Multi-Media Publications has been a pioneer in digital content delivery, offering many of its titles simultaneously in print and ebook formats.  The company maintains inventory in several countries in order to serve customers worldwide.  To learn more, visit http://www.mmpubs.com/.

Source: Multi-Media Publications

New UN Partnership aims to help 30 countries transition to Green Economies


21 February 2013 – New York, NY – The United Nations (UN) has announced a new partnership to support 30 countries over the next seven years to build green economy strategies that will generate jobs, promote clean technologies and reduce environmental risk, through a new partnership launched today.  The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will help participating countries to shift investment and policies towards the creation of clean technologies, resource-efficient infrastructure, green skilled labour and good governance, among other services.

green-economy-pageThis is the first time that four UN agencies – the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) – join forces to coordinate their expertise and resources at a national level.

“The Partnership for Action on Green Economy will work with countries to catalyze change at the national level, assisting  them with targeted economic and policy instruments and training that will accelerate their green economy transition across sectors ranging from clean energy to sustainable agriculture,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.  “With the support of PAGE, developing countries, in particular, can put in place the policies needed to reap the economic and environmental benefits of an inclusive, resource-efficient, low-carbon pathway, and avoid the risks and shocks of carbon-intensive infrastructures.”

PAGE is a direct response to the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which was held in June 2012 in Brazil. The document, entitled “The Future We Want,” calls on UN agencies to support countries that want to accelerate their transition to an inclusive green economy to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.

“ILO estimates that at least half of the global workforce – or 1.5 billion people – could be affected in some way by the transition to a green economy,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “PAGE aims to embed the right policies and opportunities at the national level as countries move forward with their inclusive green economy plans, and thus ensure this transition creates more and better jobs and benefits all of society.”

During the first two years of the partnership, PAGE will focus on seven pilot countries, which are yet to be named, and will scale up its support to a total of 30 countries by 2020, the agencies said in a news release.

“Promoting green and clean new industries, and helping existing industries become more resource-efficient, will be a key focus of the partnership,” said Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO.  “While business and industry should be aligned with national green economy efforts, Governments need to set the parameters in order for business to thrive.”

Director ad Interim of UNITAR, Sally Fegan-Wyles, said the transition to a green economy will create unprecedented opportunities for learning skills and development.   “PAGE addresses this challenge, by offering a suite of learning programmes and by strengthening capacities of national research and training institutions to ensure sustainability,” she added.

To learn more about PAGE, go to http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/PAGE/tabid/105854/language/en-US/Default.aspx

The United Nations  is an international organization established in 1945 to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and world peace. Currently with 193 members states, the UN and its specialized agencies meet regularly throughout the year.  The UN has five active organs: the General Assembly; the Security Council; the Economic and Social Council (for assisting in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development); the Secretariat; and the International Court of Justice.  Other UN agencies include the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The UN also contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.  The UN Headquarters is in New York City, with other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. More information at http://www.un.org/en/

Source: United Nations

€9.2 million for project to improve water and wastewater systems in Prahova county of Romania


21 February 2013 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a €9.2 million loan to SC Hidroprahova SA, the water and wastewater operator for the Prahova area of Romania, to help finance its €146.2 million investment programme. The EBRD loan is being provided alongside EU Cohesion Funds of €116.5 million as well as funding from the local and state governments.

prahova-countyThe project will result in some 170,000 people receiving safer water and sanitation services in Prahova county in south-eastern Romania while also greatly reducing the losses that occur in the water treatment process.  The investment programme will raise the quality of drinking water in line with EU directives and will increase access to water and sewerage services in the company’s service area. The investment is also expected to significantly reduce SC Hidroprahova’s water losses while lowering the operating costs of the company.

Once the programme is completed, 96 per cent of the population in the project area is expected to be connected to a safe water supply, while for wastewater the connection rate in the project area is expected to increase to 91 per cent.

The project will also promote renewable energy investments through an important energy efficiency element: SC Hidroprahova plans to introduce between 3,000 and 5,000 solar panels with a total installed capacity of 0.8-1 MW in its wastewater treatment plants.

Jean-Patrick Marquet, Director for Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure at the EBRD, said: “The EBRD’s support is key to facilitating the absorption of EU funds for infrastructure upgrades in Romania. Through this new investment, the Bank is continuing to support the modernisation of water services in the country, helping to improve the quality of water supply and wastewater services and align them to EU standards.”

Dumitru Pantea, General Manager of SC Hidroprahova, said: “The project is of major importance for Prahova county and we are delighted to work with the EBRD in order to improve water and wastewater services in the area. The implementation of this project represents an important step in ensuring provision of quality water and wastewater services in this part of Romania, while the implementation of the Bank’s environmental and social policies supports the development of SC Hidroprahova as the regional water operator.”

The project includes the extension and modernisation of SC Hidroprahova’s water and wastewater networks in eight agglomerations in Prahova county: Breaza, Baicoi, Campina, Mizil, Plopeni, Sinaia, Urlati and Valenii de Munte.

The EBRD’s €9.2 million loan is a subproject of the €330 million Regional EU Cohesion Fund Co-financing Framework (R2CF) which was launched in 2010 and extended in September 2012 to support investments in Romania’s water and wastewater infrastructure and help municipalities absorb the financing available from EU Cohesion Funds. It is estimated that the framework will mobilise additional investments of approximately €2 billion in Romania’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries. Today the EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  The EBRD invested €8.7 billion in 388 individual projects in 2012.  For more information about the bank, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

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

Source: EBRD

Expansion Project to Improve Road Safety in Honduras


20 February 2013 – A project to widen and improve the major highway in Honduras has received new funding and support from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  On 19 February the IDB announced that it has approved a $17.2 million loan to support the widening and improvement of CA-5 Norte, the principal highway in Honduras.

honduras-roadCA-5 Norte, of strategic importance to the region and the country as part of the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways (RICAM), links the capital city, Tegucigalpa, with Honduras’ main industrial area, San Pedro Sula, and to the only deep-water port in Central America, Puerto Cortes, on the Caribbean coast.

The new financing complements a $30 million loan approved by the IDB in 2007 and a $50 million loan approved by the IDB in 2004 to finish works across 50.2 kms of CA-5 Norte. The CA-5 Norte also has financing from the World Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the OPEC Fund and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation.

The 50.2 kms improved with IDB financing are divided in two segments, the first one between San Antonio detour to the end of the Valle de Comayagua with 24.7 kms, and the second segment between La Barca and Villanueva with 25.5 kms, including a 320 ml bridge over the Ulúa river.

The investments will turn 60 percent of CA-5 Norte into a four-lane highway, while 17% will have a third climbing lane, reducing traveling time by 20 percent.  For more information about this project, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=HO%2DL1089.

To learn more about IDB projects in Honduras, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/honduras/honduras-and-the-idb,1053.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