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Call for Papers for 5th Nigerian National Project Management Conference in September 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS 

Reported by Taopheek Babayeju in Lagos

4 May 2013 – Lagos, Nigeria – Organizers of the 5th National Project Management Conference (ProMaCon 5.0) will be held in Lagos, Nigeria during September 17th – 19th, 2013.  The Conference theme is “Call for Action”.  The organizers have now issued a Call for Papers, inviting project management experts, practitioners and leaders across Africa and the world to submit abstracts for participation.

According to the announcement:  Project Management has evolved as an indispensable tool for achieving business results, with more and more project managers transforming ideas to reality. The primary duty of a project manager is to take the bull by the horn, work the talk and take the necessary action needed to create the desired change. Over the past five years the ProMaCon Conference has provided the platform for capacity development and exchange of ideas. In celebrating the fifth year milestone of advocacy and advancement of the project management development there is no better time to Call Project Management Practitioners to Action than now, it is time to Lead and Transform.

promaconKey dates: Abstract Submission Deadline is June 1, 2013. Notification to authors of abstract evaluation: June 15; Submission of final paper for publication: July 1, 2013; Notification of Conference Program.

ProMaCon in conjunction with PMI Nigeria is proud to host the 5th Annual National Project Management Conference in 2013. This event continues to be largest national project, programme and portfolio management conference in West Africa. It attracts delegates from Nigeria, Africa and abroad and has earned respect and recognition from the global project management community as a world-class event. The conference will feature:  Pre-Conference Workshops; Keynote Presentation; Break Out Sessions; Local and International Case Studies; Industry Specific Technical Presentations; Project Management Clinic; Stakeholders Forum; Networking; Exhibitions; Honours Night; Unveiling of the National Association; and PDUS/Certificates Award.

Project Management academics, practitioners and enthusiasts are cordially invited to submit a high-quality, original abstract followed later by a final research paper for presentation at the 5th National Project Management Conference, ProMaCon 5.0.

The purpose of research papers is to grow the body of knowledge with knowledge that has been gained through a formal, verifiable and repeatable process.  Research papers are not opinion based and need to adhere to the de facto criteria for scientific research.

With the above theme explanation in mind, kindly consider the following suggested topics: Projects, program and portfolio leadership; Knowledge areas, processes, life-cycle; Project, programme and portfolio offices; Public private partnership; Public sector project management; Professional development, training and education; Human resources; Maturity; Governance; Project financing; Enterprise project/programme management; Risks, case studies and lessons learnt; Standards, methods, methodologies, tools and techniques; Project, program and portfolio management in different sectors (government, IT, engineering, construction, business, etc.).

Step 1 – Abstract submission

Authors must submit an abstract not longer than 500 words in English, to the following e-mail address: [email protected].  The abstract should contain at least the following information:

  • Background – what is the context of the article?
  • Problem statement – what is it that the article is going to address and why is this important?
  • Solution – how is the article going to address the problem?
  • Benefits – what benefit does the information in this article hold for the PM community?

Abstracts will be evaluated by a sub-committee of the Programme Committee based on relevance and fit with the conference theme.  Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013. The outcome of this evaluation process will be communication to authors by June 15, 2013

Step 2 – Full Paper submission

Upon acceptance of the abstract, authors must submit a full paper, not longer than 12 pages, in English. A template and details for submission will be sent to authors whose abstracts are accepted. Do not include any author information in the paper as this would negate the double-blind review process.  Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 1, 2013.

A double-blind peer review process (anonymous by two reviewers) is used to evaluate the quality of submissions.  ProMaCon is privileged to call on its Review Committee, consisting of international and national experts, to review all submissions.  Each submission will be evaluated by at least two Review Committee members using the following criteria:

  • Originality – How original is the topic covered in the article?  Is there any new knowledge?
  • Significance – How significant is the article to the discipline? Will conference delegates find it useful?
  • Technical quality – Is the article technically and factually correct?  Is it based on credible data and/or references?
  • Relevance – How relevant is the article to the conference? Would attendees benefit from hearing it?
  • Presentation – Is the quality of the article acceptable (layout, graphs, diagrams etc.)? Are there any grammatical errors?

Please Note:

  • The official conference language is English
  • Papers must relate to project, programme or portfolio management
  • Papers must either contain new knowledge or show current knowledge applied new ways
  • Papers must be free of commercial sales content
  • Full papers and presentation should not exceed 20 pages
  • All accepted papers must be presented at the conference

For more information, please contact: [email protected], call the ProMaCon Secretariat on +234 802 740 7666 or visit the ProMaCon website at www.promacon-ng.org.

The PM Channel wins ECITB Innovation in Learning award

PM EDUCATION NEWS 

3 May 2013 – London, UK – Provek Limited has announced that The PM Channel has won the Innovation in Learning Award during the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).  The award was made at the ECITB Training and Development Awards 2013 dinner and ceremony held on Thursday 25 April at The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London, UK.

learning -wardHosting the awards, Wendy Gibson, highlighted the innovative approach that The PM Channel is providing for CPD, and David Edwards, Chief Executive of ECITB added his congratulations.

Both Erica Gassor and Nadege Pouch were at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of The PM Channel.

Dr. Andrew Delo, Founder of The PM Channel and MD of Provek, the company behind it, commented “Everyone connected with The PM Channel is thrilled with this award and we thank ECITB and their sponsors for this mark of recognition”.

The PM Channel offers interactive online qualification courses such as APM IC, APMP, PRINCE2, PMP, APM Risk Management as well as video presentations from project management conferences from IPMA, APM, PMI, and others. Best practice interviews from experts in project management for qualified project managers who wish to continue their professional development are also available.

The PM Channel is a comprehensive training and development tool allowing project manager (junior or senior) to find a solution by watching the online videos.

The PM Channel is available to multiple-users within organisations as well as for the individual. Organisations such as Virgin Media, BMW, LBS are already using The PM Channel as part of their project management training programme.  The PM Channel is owned and operated by Provek Ltd, an accredited project management training organisation owned by an educational charity.  Visit The PM Channel at http://www.thepmchannel.com

IPMA Introduces Three new Excellence Awards

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

Reported by Ewa Bednarczyk in Krakow

3 May 2013 – Zurich, Switzerland and Krakow, Poland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced three new categories in the organization’s Excellence Awards Program, as follows:

  • Community Service/Development Projects
  • Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Project
  • Project Manager of the Year

achievement-award

The IPMA Project Excellence Awards is the most prestigious global recognition program devoted to the advancement of the project management (PM) profession. In 2013, IPMA have expanded the program to include its new Project Achievement Awards.

For the first time in its history, IPMA will be recognising project management achievement within the sectors of “Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Projects” and “Community Service / Development Projects”. Coupled with these awards will be an award to recognise the individual career achievements of Individual Project Managers.

Projects within the Humanitarian and Community Service sectors are often the projects which make a real different in the social, cultural and economic development of many of the world’s most vulnerable people. Project mangers working within these sectors are often required to have highly developed communication and innovative ways of delivering often sensitive and complex projects in remote locations.

By recognising the importance of such projects, IPMA is not only seeking to recognise achievement by project management teams responsible for the delivery of these projects, but also to facilitate further development of project management skills to improve the effectiveness of delivering a sustainable environment to the people in these regions.

The creation of the Individual Project Manager Award not only recognises an individual’s career achievements, but also gives organisations a platform to boost employee morale, engagement and performance by providing a pathway to seek international peer recognition. For the organisations, it allows the potential for recognition of the level of their PM maturity within the organisation as well as the ability to seek positive publicity for the management of projects delivered.

For more information please visit: http://ipma.ch/awards/achievement-awards/ or contact the IPMA Award Office Manager Ms. Ewa Bednarczyk [email protected].

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars, international recognition through its awards program, and access to global knowledge. The IPMA World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management practitioners, researchers 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.

NASA Extends Crew Flight Contract with Russian Space Agency

INDUSTRY NEWS 

2 May 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that it has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station through 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017.  The contract extension was announced on 30 April.

nasa-roscosmosNASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the space station and low-Earth orbit beginning in 2017. This modification to the Roscosmos contract will ensure continued U.S. presence aboard the space station as NASA prepares for commercial crew providers to begin those transportation operations.

NASA is committed to launching U.S. astronauts aboard domestic spacecraft as soon as possible. Full funding of the administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request is critical to making these domestic capabilities possible by 2017.

This firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, flight operations, landing and rescue of six space station crew members on long-duration missions. It also includes additional launch site support, which was provided previously under a separate contract. The modification will allow for a lead time of about three years Roscosmos needs to build additional Soyuz vehicles. These services will provide transportation to and from the International Space Station for U.S., and Canadian, European or Japanese astronauts.

Comments about the contract from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden are available on the agency’s administrator blog page at:  http://go.nasa.gov/g4C5Ov

For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

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.

Source: NASA

AfDB approves a Ten-Year Strategy for Africa’s Transformation

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

New strategic plan outlines five main program areas for development 

1 May 2013 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the approval of a new strategy for supporting future growth and development in Africa.  According to the bank, the economic transformation of the African continent is the cornerstone of the African Development Bank Group’s new Ten-Year (2013-2022) Strategyafdb

The Strategy, which has just been approved by the Executive Directors of the Bank, emphasizes the quality and sustainability of growth.   The Directors’ approval followed a wide and deep consultation process, within and outside the Bank.

“This document reflects Africa’s vision for itself – a vision of transformation that is achievable”, said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group since 2005.  “It is a ten-year vision, which can make this continent – within another generation – the global growth pole that we know it can be and want it to be: a place fit for our aspirations and those of our children.”

“The Strategy reaffirms the Bank’s strategic choices around infrastructure, economic integration and the private sector.  It charts the way towards inclusive growth that spans age, gender and geography, and takes special account of Africa’s fragile states which are home to 200 million people, as well as building climate resilience and the sustainable management of natural resources.”

The Strategy identifies the five main channels through which the Bank will deliver its work and improve the quality of growth in Africa. They are: infrastructure development, regional economic integration, private sector development, governance and accountability, skills and technology.  The new strategy will also seek new and creative ways of mobilizing resources to support Africa’s transformation, especially by leveraging its own resources. Wider use of public-private partnerships, co-financing arrangements and risk-mitigation instruments will draw in new investors.

Kaberuka added: “In a decade of seismic shifts in the global economy, Africa has defied the pessimists and experienced significant growth.  That economic growth must now translate into real economic transformation, which will bring jobs and opportunities to its citizens.  That is what makes the next decade so decisive, and the African Development Bank’s Strategy for 2013 to 2022 so vital”.

For more information, go to http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Policy-Documents/AfDB%20Long-Term%20Strategy%20for%202013%E2%80%932022%20-%20At%20the%20Center%20of%20Africa%E2%80%99s%20Transformation.pdf

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. It is headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since beginning operation in 1966, the Bank has become a key player in promoting economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent.  For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

Wideman Website updates announced for May 2013

PM PEOPLE NEWS

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

Max-WidemanOur Guests Ginger Levin and LeRoy Ward conclude their paper with a detailed explanation of their proposed competency model for program managers – Part 2.

In Part 2 of our Paper: An issue with organizational “Levels” [in] Managing the Institutional Context for Projects, we point to an urgent need for basic underlying project management research.

Our Musings this month, The Power of Definitions, focuses on the importance of including a set of definitions for the technical terms you use in your presentations, articles and books. That is, if you want to save time and be properly understood.

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 (PMI®), 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 project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

First Keynote Speaker announced for 27th IPM World Congress on Project Management in Dubrovnik

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS 

Dr. Prajapati Trivedi to review Indian government’s far reaching performance monitoring and evaluation system

30 April 2013 – Zagreb, Croatia – Organizers of the 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management have announced the first keynote speaker for the conference.  The 27th IPMA World Congress, under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward,” will be held from 30 September to 03 October 2013. http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

prajapati-trivediDr. Prajapati Trivedi, Secretary to the Government of India with the responsibility for Performance Management, will be a featured keynote speaker at the 27th IPMA World Congress. Dr. Trivedi will talk about implementation of one of the most ambitious and far reaching project dealing with improving government performance and will summarize lessons of his experience. He will talk about the Government of India’s Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System for Government departments. The Results-Framework Document (RFD) is the cornerstone of this policy.

Based in the Cabinet Secretariat, Prajapati Trivedi reviews and reports on the performance of all government departments to the Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister.  In addition, he is Chairman of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention.  Prior to joining the Government of India, Dr. Trivedi worked as a Senior Economist for the World Bank in Washington, DC (from 1995-2009). This is his second stint in the Government.  Dr. Trivedi was Economic Adviser to Government of India from 1992-94.

A distinguished academician, Dr. Trivedi was STC Chair Professor of Public Sector Management and Director of the Centre for Public Enterprise Management at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) from 1987-1992. Starting his career as an Economics faculty member of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College in 1974, he continues to be a visiting faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to other leading universities of the World, he has taught at Harvard University regularly since 1979.

Dr. Trivedi studied at St. Stephen’s College (BA Economics Honours), London School of Economics (M. Sc. Economics) and Boston University (Ph.D. Economics). He has worked in more than 25 countries of the World and published five major books on various aspects of public sector management and privatization. One of his books is still used as an Economics textbook at Harvard University.

Dr. Prajapati Trivedi will describe the Results-Framework Document (RFD), an agreement between the Minister and Secretary of a Government department about the department’s Vision, Mission, Objectives, priorities for the year, key performance indicators, success indicators and targets. Today some 80 Government departments and 800 responsibility centers under them are covered by this policy. Thirteen Indian states (Maharastra, Punjab, Kerala, Assam, Karnataka, Haryana, Chahattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, and Mizoram) have also adopted RFD policy at the state-level.

While the focus of his lecture will be on RFD implementation, he will also briefly survey international experience with regards to practical tools and techniques for improving government performance. It will cover topics such as: perceptions about government performance; explanations about government performance; meaning of government performance; how to improve government performance and performance management versus project

The 2013 IPMA World Congress will be held in one of the most beautiful venues on the Adriatic Sea, the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most fashionable destinations. Steeped in history, the city is a living museum and a live stage with an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and preserved in their original form. Since 1979 the town has been under UNESCO protection.  Visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still bear witness to projects from past centuries.  More about Dubrovnik at http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/eng/.

The 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik 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.  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/.

ipmaFounded 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 chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr Roberto Mori. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.

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

Source: IPMA

Hill International to provide PMO services to Iraqi State Housing Commission

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

29 April 2013 – Marlton, NJ, USA and Baghdad, Iraq – Hill International has announced that it has been awarded a contract from the State Housing Commission (SHC) of the Iraq Ministry of Construction and Housing to provide project management oversight (PMO) consulting services in connection with various housing developments throughout Iraq. The two-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $5.7 million.

raouf-ghali​”We are honored to be working for the SHC and helping to build housing for the Iraqi people,” said Raouf S. Ghali, President of Hill’s Project Management Group (International), pictured at right.

The Iraq Ministry of Construction and Housing is specialized in the works ( roads and bridges, public buildings, residential complexes) through the three commissions (State Commission for Roads and Bridges, State Commission for Buildings, State Commission for Housing) that undertake the tasks of preparation investment plans for the Ministry of Construction and Housing and everything related to them (from preparation of economic and technical feasibility studies, design preparations, the preparation of BoQ, the announcement and the subsequent actions), and to oversee it in implementation through its directorates deployed in all governorates of the country.

Also the ministry is specialized and through its research centres in providing professional engineering consultancies and engineering researches for all companies of the Ministry and its formations the public and private sectors directorates through the National Center for Engineering Consultancy.  More information at http://www.imariskan.gov.iq/index.php?q=en

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 employees in 110 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and construction claims and consulting services. Hill has recently been ranked the 8th largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

Managing Project Stakeholders – new book by Tres Roeder published by Wiley

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

28 April 2013 – New Jersey, USA – Wiley has announced the publication of Managing Project Stakeholders: Building a Foundation to Achieve Project Goals, a new book by Tres Roeder.  Hard cover, 256 pages, published in April 2013.

project-stakeholdersWhy do some project managers achieve their goals while others fail? One major reason is that project management is quite different from operational management, requiring a unique set of skills and management strategies which, all too often, must be acquired on the fly by managers thrust into PM roles.

According to author Tres Roeder, there is often a more subtle reason why even seasoned project management professionals fail: they lack the necessary “soft skills” required to successfully manage the various stakeholders involved in a project.

Traditional project management thinking, Roeder explains, focuses almost exclusively on the technical aspects of running a project, giving little, if any, attention to the complex people side of the equation. But whether it’s developing software, organizing a new business unit, or building a shopping mall, the project manager is responsible for assembling and launching a team of stakeholders—people, many of whom may be involved in only one phase of the project—and successfully managing his or her team through to the completion of the project. Clearly, the people management skills required in such transient situations vary widely from those required by most operational managers.

In this new guide, Tres Roeder offers strategies and techniques for effectively identifying, categorizing, prioritizing, managing, and leading project stakeholders. Focusing on the major differences between project management and other types of management—not the least of which is the temporary nature of projects versus the repetitive nature of most operational management tasks — he describes the foundational elements of project stakeholder management.

Tres Roeder is a global expert on project and change management. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, Microsoft Press, Human Resource Executive Online, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and others. A former consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Roeder founded Roeder Consulting in 2001. He has led Fortune 500 consulting engagements in areas such as corporate strategy, operations improvement, process improvement and implementation. Mr. Roeder is a PMP® with a BA in economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. Wiley’s Professional/Trade business serves professionals and consumers with books, subscription content, and information services, in all media, in targeted categories. To see their project management titles, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html.

Managing Project Stakeholders: Building a Foundation to Achieve Project Goals, by Tres Roeder, published by Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-118-50427-7; Hardcover, 256 pages; April 2013; List price = US$45.00; more at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118504275.html 

Source: Wiley Publishing

Solar Energy Project in Ukraine receives EBRD funding

PROGRAM / PROJECT NEWS 

28 April 2013 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced approval of financing for the development, construction and operation of a 5MW solar power plant, to be operated by local company Rengy Tomashpil, in the Vinnitsya region of south Ukraine. The financing package arranged by the Bank will include a 6-year EBRD loan of €3.8 million and a 10-year loan of €1.8 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).

solor-powerThe EBRD supports renewable energy projects in Ukraine aimed at reducing the environmental impact of traditional power generation. Renewable energy is yet to establish itself as a major contributor to Ukraine’s energy security but it is starting to play a greater role in its sustainable energy supply.

The new solar energy project is part of the EBRD Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF) an investment facility of €70 million (€50 million from the EBRD and €20 million from the CTF) designed to provide finance to private local enterprises wishing to invest in renewable energy projects in Ukraine. Technical assistance on projects preparation, regulatory framework development and strategic environmental review is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

The CTF was established in 2008 to provide middle-income countries with support to adopt renewable and energy efficiency technologies that have high potential for minimising long-term greenhouse gas emissions. The CTF already finances programmes in 15 countries and one region, and is the largest multilateral climate finance instrument in operation.

The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. As of 31 March 2013 the Bank had committed over EUR 8.63 billion (USD 11 billion) through 337 projects in Ukraine.  For more information about EBRD projects in Ukraine, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/country/ukraine.shtml.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and throughout Central Asia, uses investment to help build market economies and democracies. 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

Based on EBRD news story by Anton Usov

Source: EBRD

Peer-reviewed Papers from 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management available for download from Elsevier

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

27 April 2013 – Zurich, Switzerland and Athens, Greece – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that selected peer-reviewed papers submitted to the 26th IPMA World Congress, Greece, 29-31 October 2012 have been published as volume 74 of the Procedia – Social & Behavioural Sciences Journal, published by Elsevier and included in ScienceDirect.

procediaAccording to Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis, director of the 26th IPMA world Congress in Athens and editor of this special edition of Procedia, “This is the first time a ScienceDirect listed journal devotes a volume to a project management conference; this shows both the growing maturity of the discipline and the wider recognition of the IPMA World Congresses. The volume contains a representative sample of all papers presented in the eighteen streams of the congress.”

The papers are freely available for downloading from the Journal’s website at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/74

Detailed breakdown of the papers included in the Journal

Elsevier

1

Keynotes

2

2

Special Session 01- CMPL (Complexity and Ariadnis’ mitos)

2

3

Special Session 02 – CPRD (Constr. Productivity & KPIs)

1

4

Special Session 04- RMIP (Risk Based DM in Infr.Projects)

2

5

Special Session 05- ETBR (Education & Training)

1

6

Stream 01 – PM Standards & Integration

2

7

Stream 02 – Managing Programmes & Portfolios

3

8

Stream 04 – Governance, Benchmarking & BPO

5

9

Stream 05 – Legal & Contract

1

10

Stream 06 – Stakeholders & Risk

3

11

Stream 07 – Time & Schedule Management

2

12

Stream 08 – Project Cost and Finances

3

13

Stream 09 Quality in PM

1

14

Stream 10 – Competence

6

15

Stream 11 – PM Maturity & Org Development

3

16

Stream 12 – PM for Large Projects

4

17

Stream 13 – Innovation

6

18

Paper publication only

2

A total for 49 good peer-reviewed papers are available for free download.

Information about the 26th IPMA World Congress remains available online at http://www.ipma2012.com (mirrored also at http://2012.ipma.gr)

The 27th IPMA World Congress will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia during 30 September – 3 October 2013.  For information, visit http://www.ipma2013.hr/

Prof Pantouvakis and PM-Greece (IPMA-Greece) made a milestone accomplishment in project and program management-related academic publishing with the 26th IPMA World Congress in Crete. The 27th IPMA World Congress, planned for 30 September – 3 October 2013, will repeat this 2012 success. Juried academic papers from the 2013 IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik will be submitted for a 2013-14 ScienceDirect Journal, just as in this announcement. The 2012 IPMA World Congress was apparently so successful in engaging qualified academics and researchers in moving the PM profession forward, that IPMA has received an unprecedented number of papers submitted for the 2013 IPMA World Congress, as of the closing of abstracts.

See the top 2012 IPMA World Congress Academic papers at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/74.  Consider participating in the 27th IPMA World Congress, 30 September – 3 October 2013, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Visit the Congress website: http://www.ipma2013.hr/. Early Bird prices and discounts on lodging expire May 31.


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

Editor’s note: selected professional papers from the 26th IPMA World Congress were republished in the PM World Journal in late 2012 and early 2013 – see archives at www.pmworldjournal.net or individual authors at www.pmworldlibrary.net.  Selected papers presented at the 27th IPMA World Congress will again be republished after the event in the PMWJ.

New book by John Goodpasture guides project managers to Maximize Project Value

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

27 April 2013 – Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA – Management Concepts has announced the publication of a new book, Maximizing Project Value: A Project Manager’s Guide, by John Goodpasture.

maximizing-project-valueMaximizing project value is about optimizing the tradeoff between project value and business value, two values that are constantly in tension between the project manager and the project sponsor. In this book the author brings his wealth of experience in project management to demonstrate how to increase a project’s value and ultimately contribute to the attainment of business goals.

From exploring the nature of “value,” as tangible resources and moral or ethical attributes, to how best to approach decision-making, the book offers thorough coverage of this essential aspect of project management. The tools and methods the author describes include:

  • Building the business case
  • Using a project balance sheet
  • Employing earned value
  • Introducing game theory for optimizing strategies

John Goodpasture is managing principal at Square Peg Consulting, LLC in the United States.  He has dedicated his career to system engineering and program management, first as a program manager at the National Security Agency and then as director of system engineering and program management at Harris Corporation.  He retired from Lanier Worldwide as vice president for Professional Services Process and Projects.  Mr. Goodpasture has authored numerous papers, industry magazine articles, and books on project management, including Managing Projects for Value, also published by Management Concepts Press. 

Maximizing Project Value: A Project Manager’s Guide, by John Goodpasture, published by Management Concepts; 2013, 300 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-56726-393-0; List price = US$45.00; more at http://store.brightkey.net/mconcepts_ebiz/OnlineStore/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=261826 

Management Concepts is a US-based training, consulting and publishing company dedicated to the mind at work – from entry level to executive leaders.  To learn more, visit http://www.managementconcepts.com. To see their books catalog, visit www.managementconcepts.com/mcpress.

New source of funding for energy efficiency projects in Kyrgyz Republic announced by EBRD

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

The EU Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA) to also provide grants as incentives for investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

26 April 2013 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a new US$ 20 million credit line to support energy efficiency improvement projects in the Kyrgyz Republic.  Credits are to be complemented by donor funding provided by the EU Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA).  The total donor funding made available for technical assistance and grants offered together with the KyrSEFF credit line amounts to €3.8 million.

kyrseffOver the next four years, loans under the new Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) will be provided through partner banks. KyrSEFF credits are now available through Demirbank and KICB, with additional partners expected to join in the next few months.  Loans under this credit line may be as little as a few hundred dollars but may reach a maximum of US$ 1 million depending on the borrower and the investment type.

“Working with the Kyrgyz banks on energy efficiency projects is a high priority for the EBRD. We hope that through our partner banks we can reach many Kyrgyz businesses and households that wish to invest in energy efficient equipment or insulation,” said Mike Taylor, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions, Central Asia, Caucasus and Mongolia.

For private households, home improvements financed under the new credit line could include the installation of energy efficient windows, the insulation of walls, roofs and floors, and the introduction of efficient boilers, biomass-fuelled room heaters, solar water systems or heat pumps. Any home owner, resident’s association, energy service company, developer or facility management company will be entitled to receive a grant, donor funded by the EU’s Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA), of between 20 and 35 per cent of the loan amount, with this sum paid towards the cost of the energy efficient project after completion (subject to KyrSEFF’s terms and conditions).

In the commercial sector, energy efficient investments could cover the purchase of new production machinery, help enhance production processes, or retrofit company buildings and facilities.  To help companies identify the most suitable energy saving projects, the EU’s Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA) has financed a team of international and local KyrSEFF engineers to provide companies with free advice. Commercial projects that are completed in accordance with the KyrSEFF terms and conditions are also entitled to receive a grant from the EU Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA) of up to 20 per cent of the loan amount.

According to Chantal Hebberecht, EU Ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic, “With KyrSEFF we support companies and households in Kyrgyz Republic by sharing European experience in the field of sustainable living and the most efficient use of energy resources. We are glad that the government of Kyrgyz Republic and the EBRD are providing us with this opportunity to support residents to improve their homes and businesses in their efforts in upgrading their quality output whilst saving energy.”

Further information about KyrSEFF can be found at www.kyrseff.kg

For more information about EBRD projects in the Kyrgyz Republic, go to http://www.ebrd.com/pages/country/kyrgyzrepublic.shtml

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and eastern Europe and central Asia, uses investment to help build market economies and democracies. 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

Based on EBRD news story by Svitlana Pyrkalo

Source: EBRD

Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles published by PMI

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

New book based on 2010 research by Gareis, Huemann, Martinuzzi, Weninger and Sedlacko in Vienna 

26 April 2013 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the publication of Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles, a new book by Prof Roland Gareis, Martina Huemann, PhD, André Martinuzzi, Claudia Weninger and Michal Sedlacko at Vienna University of Economics and Business.

sustainable-development-principlesAccording to the PMI summary:  Sustainable Development has become a buzzword, with everyone from CEO’s to legislators calling for the adoption of its principles. And while there are many terms for it — “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Corporate Sustainability”, “Corporate Citizenship”, fundamental questions remain.

Is Sustainable Development just a PR exercise for organizations trying to demonstrate a commitment to something other than a financial bottom line, or can it bring real lasting value? And if it is of value, how can Sustainable Development, which is fundamentally focused on the long-term, bring value to projects, which are by definition, temporary?

In 2010, an interdisciplinary team of project management and sustainability practitioners and researchers from the University of Vienna, supported by a research grant from Project Management Institute, set out to answer these questions. Before their multi-year journey was through, they would find themselves working around the world: debriefing project teams at Siemens and OMV Petrom Wind Farms in Brazil and Romania, working alongside executives planning to build a hospital in Austria and collaborating with researchers and practitioners at academic conferences in Europe and the United States.

Their conclusion: Sustainable Development is a new management paradigm, one whose principles can be operationalized and used to improve how practitioners of all levels manage the complexity and dynamics of organizations, projects and programs.

Illustrated with more than 100 figures and tables, Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles provides practitioners with all the tools they need to understand Sustainable Development and apply its principles to the initiation and management of projects. This comprehensive volume begins by establishing a baseline understanding of Sustainable Development’s history, its value to society and its relationship to global project management standards. It then offers an inside view of Sustainable Development in action on a range of real-world projects and guidance on how Sustainable Development principles can improve the quality of overall process design, investment analysis and project definition, contexts and structures.

Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles, by Roland Gareis, Martina Huemann, André Martinuzzi, Claudia Weninger and Michal Sedlacko; published by PMI in the USA; ©2013, 160 pages, soft cover, ISBN 9781935589884; List price = US$29.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101450001. 

PMI members and students receive discounted pricing.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 650,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org.

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

Source: Project Management Institute

NASA extends Mission Operations Support Contract with Lockheed Martin

INDUSTRY NEWS 

26 April 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that it has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Maryland to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract.

nasa-missionThe extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The total contract value has been increased to $1 billion.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide support for the hardware, software, data and displays systems used to train for and execute all human spaceflight missions supported by the Mission Operations Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The contract provides systems services support within the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and the Jake Garn Mission Simulator and Training Facility at Johnson, and at various backup control centers.

The majority of the work will take place at or near the Johnson Space Center. A significant subcontractor on this contract is Cimarron Software Services Inc. of Houston.

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 and its programs can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Source: NASA

Sponsors and Exhibitors invited to participate in 27th IPM World Congress on Project Management in Croatia

PM INDUSTRY NEWS 

26 April 2013 – Zagreb, Croatia – The 27th IPMA World Congress on Project Management, under the title “Finding Balance and Moving Forward,” will be held from 30 September to 03 October 2013.  The 2013 IPMA World Congress will be held in one of the most beautiful venues on the Adriatic Sea, the Valamar Resort Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

Project management companies are invited to join the congress as partners, sponsors or exhibitors, an opportunity for high visibility among delegates and guests at IPMA’s largest annual event. A variety of opportunities exist for displaying and marketing project management related products and services.  If your organization would like to sponsor a congress activities, host a booth or table in the exhibition area, or contribute to making the 27th IPMA World Congress a success, see sponsor information at http://www.ipma2013.hr/Default.aspx?sifraStranica=67.

croatiaSet in Dubrovnik’s green oasis of Babin kuk peninsula, hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik (pictured below) is renowned for its intelligent fusion of nature and modern services. With largest conference facilities in the area, expert staff, memorable and soulful gastronomic experiences in its fine dining Langusto restaurant, and abundance of activities. The hotel has capacity of 1,200 delegates, with interchangeable congress and meeting rooms with natural light.

Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most fashionable destinations. Steeped in history and seemingly unchanged since the 13th Century, the city is a living museum and a live stage with an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and preserved in their original form. Since 1979 the town has been under UNESCO protection.  Become a sponsor and visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808, whose cultural monuments still bear witness to projects from past centuries.  More about Dubrovnik at http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/eng/.

The 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik 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.  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 chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr Roberto Mori. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.

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

Source: IPMA

10th Edition of classic book Project Management by Dennis Lock announced by Gower

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

25 April 2013 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of the 10th edition of Dennis Lock’s classic book Project Management. Dennis Lock’s masterly exposition of the principles and practice of project management has been pre-eminent in its field for 45 years and was among the first books to treat project management as a holistic subject. A legend in project management publishing, Lock has written or edited more than 50 books, which have subsequently been translated into languages as diverse as Chinese, Indonesian, German and Spanish.

project-managementProject Management has been kept completely up to date by regular and sensitive revisions to ensure that it remains fresh and totally relevant.

Project Management explains the entire project management process in great detail, demonstrating techniques from simple charts to detailed computer applications. Everything is reinforced with clear diagrams and case examples, many new for this edition. The author has expanded discussion of topics such as supply chain management and the project management office (PMO), and there are new chapters about implementing change management projects and the role of senior managers in supporting projects.

Obsolescent or less frequently used methods have been stripped out, but readers of the hardback Tutor’s Edition will find that this deleted material lives on as new chapters on the accompanying CD-ROM, which has itself also been thoroughly revised as well as including 600 Power Point slides that tutors can use directly as a valuable resource for their lectures.

Students have always commented on this book’s reader-friendly style, which is free of unnecessary jargon, with clear diagrams and a construction that is logically organized, well indexed and simple to navigate. This Tenth Edition is certain to maintain the book’s acclaimed status as the standard work for managers and students alike.

Dennis Lock is a freelance writer who specializes in project management. His exceptionally wide industrial experience has included sub-miniature electronics, defence systems, heavy engineering and international mining, with a progression of successful management positions in all of those industries. He has fulfilled consultancy assignments in Britain and overseas, and in recent years has taught project management to masters degree students as an external lecturer at two British universities. Of well over 50 books that he has written or edited, almost all have been published by Gower. Among his current work he is co-editing the first edition of a new Gower Handbook, The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management.

Reviews of previous editions: 

‘…As in the previous editions, the writing is always simple, clear and lucid, and the material is very logically organised.  Students often comment that this book is the most readable of all the recommended books in my reading lists, and this is often the one which they choose to buy.  I particularly dislike management jargon and this book is refreshingly free of it.  It is a very practical book which appeals to the whole range of students I teach and I thoroughly recommend it.’  Dr Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton, UK

‘The simplicity of the book makes it an ideal text for exploring some of the more complex facets of project management. The book is well established and has been successfully used in educational settings and by engineers looking to update their skills. A particular strength is the emphasis on cost and identification, which pervade most areas. The book does an admirable job in explaining complicated ideas in a simple way, which is what has made this title an institution for the last eight editions and 36 years.’ Dr Darren Dalcher, Professor of Project Management and Director of the National Centre for Project Management, University of Hertfordshire, UK. 

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

More information & free chapters on Project Management at:

Paperback Edition: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409452690

Hardback Tutor’s Edition with CD ROM: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409454199 

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above links. 

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

PMI Belgium chapter seeks project management professionals to help translate PMIEF workbooks into Dutch and French languages

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Participants can receive PDUs for helping translate five workbooks

24 April 2013 – Belgium – The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) – http://www.pmi.org/pmief/ which adopted the slogan “Empowering the future of project management” tries to meet its commitment to advancing project management knowledge and the application of project management concepts and theory by society. The PMI Educational Foundation has a goal:  to enrich lives through knowledge of and education in Project Management Life Skills.

Volunteers of the PMI Belgium chapter want to contribute to this great goal and have established a project to get project management skills introduced into the high school curriculum using the PM Toolkit for Youth – http://www.pmi.org/pmief/learningzone/building_pm_skills.asp.

federic-pattynAccording to Pattyn Frédéric (pictured), PMIEF Project Manager for the PMI Belgium chapter, “There are 5 workbooks to be translated from English to Dutch/French with a lot of pictures and tables between 25 and 80 pages.  You can claim your PDUs in the section ‘Giving Back to the Community.’  1 PDU can be claimed for each performed hour, but with a maximum of 45 in a three-year period for this category.”

Some interested schools that want to participate in a bèta test have already been identified, including one that has also introduced the Ipad in their school: http://www.knack.be/nieuws/technologie/school-uit-blankenberge-mag-ipad-dan-toch-invoeren/article-4000177601763.htm. Before getting started there, however, there is a need for the workbooks to be translated into French and Dutch.

If you are interested in being part of this project, to help provide the young Belgian generation at an early age the great value of project management skills, please contact [email protected].

NASA Successfully Launches Three SmartPhone Satellites

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 

24 April 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that it has successfully launched three smartphones – PhoneSats – into orbit on Sunday, 21 April.  The three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corporation’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

nasa-smartphone-satellites

According to NASA, the trio of “PhoneSats” is already operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space. The goal of NASA’s PhoneSat mission is to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics of a capable, yet very inexpensive, satellite.  Transmissions from all three PhoneSats have been received at multiple ground stations on Earth, indicating they are operating normally. The PhoneSat team at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, will continue to monitor the satellites in the coming days. The satellites are expected to remain in orbit for as long as two weeks.

“It’s always great to see a space technology mission make it to orbit — the high frontier is the ultimate testing ground for new and innovative space technologies of the future,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington.  “Smartphones offer a wealth of potential capabilities for flying small, low-cost, powerful satellites for atmospheric or Earth science, communications, or other space-born applications. They also may open space to a whole new generation of commercial, academic and citizen-space users.”

Satellites consisting mainly of the smartphones will send information about their health via radio back to Earth in an effort to demonstrate they can work as satellites in space. The spacecraft also will attempt to take pictures of Earth using their cameras. Amateur radio operators around the world can participate in the mission by monitoring transmissions and retrieving image data from the three satellites. Large images will be transmitted in small chunks and will be reconstructed through a distributed ground station network. More information can found at:  http://www.phonesat.org

NASA’s off-the-shelf PhoneSats already have many of the systems needed for a satellite, including fast processors, versatile operating systems, multiple miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, GPS receivers and several radios.  NASA engineers kept the total cost of the components for the three prototype satellites in the PhoneSat project between $3,500 and $7,000 by using primarily commercial hardware and keeping the design and mission objectives to a minimum. The hardware for this mission is the Google-HTC Nexus One smartphone running the Android operating system.

NASA added items a satellite needs that the smartphones do not have — a larger, external lithium-ion battery bank and a more powerful radio for messages it sends from space. The smartphone’s ability to send and receive calls and text messages has been disabled.

Each smartphone is housed in a standard cubesat structure, measuring about 4 inches \square. The smartphone acts as the satellite’s onboard computer. Its sensors are used for attitude determination and its camera for Earth observation.

For more about information about NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program and the PhoneSat mission, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/smallsats

The PhoneSat mission is a technology demonstration project developed through the agency’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program, part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future science and exploration missions. NASA’s technology investments provide cutting-edge solutions for our nation’s future. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

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.

Source: NASA 

Image: courtesy of NASA

Call for Papers for PMI® Global Congress 2013 – North America

CALL FOR PAPERS 

PMI congress scheduled for 26-29 October 2013 in New Orleans, USA 

26 April 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has issued a Call for Papers for the PMI® Global Congress 2013 – North America, being held in Louisiana, USA in October.  PMI’s biggest annual event will be held during 26-29 October at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.  More at http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2013/.

pmi-global-congress-2013

PMI is seeking abstracts for paper presentations based on research or case studies in any of the following subject areas:

  • Agile Project Management
  • Change Management
  • Earned Value Management
  • Managing Project/Program Complexity
  • Risk Management
  • Talent Management

The call for papers closes on 8 May 2013.  For more information or to submit a presentation proposal, go to http://www.PMI.org/CongressPapers.

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. 

Source: PMI