Tenaris to build new Plant in Bay City, Texas; Senior Construction Project Manager Needed


27 September 2013 – Houston, Texas, USA – Tenaris is currently seeking a Construction Project Manager to join a dynamic team responsible for the construction of a new $1.3 billion steel pipe plant in Bay City, TX. The new plant was announced in a press conference in February. Once built and online in 2016, the new plant will employ approximately 2000 full time positions. Construction broke ground on Monday, September 09, 2013, so there is some urgency to find a lead Construction Project Manager to oversee the building of this new mill. The work will be located in Bay City, TX.

130927-pmwj15-construction-IMAGEThe primary responsibility of this role is to manage activities to optimize process execution ensuring the correct management coordination of human, material and vendor resources from inception to completion.  This position will report to the Tenaris Bay City Project Director, supporting the Project Engineering Department. The Project Engineering group is responsible for the management of new construction and existing facility mechanical investments including production lines and machinery.

Key Responsibilities: Contribute expertise in managing construction companies contracted to execute large and complex construction processes. As project progresses, this individual will move into the role of leading the project construction team. 

Key activities during this stage will be primarily devoted to the definition of the following: Various construction packages; Managing related vendor lists; Ensuring best contractual terms and conditions suitable for Texas and US; and Protecting Tenaris against change orders proliferation, overruns and delays.

Successful candidate will assume responsibility for managing the construction team to include; project Managers / Contracts Administrators of the various construction packages placed by US companies; Construction Supervisors; Site Managers; and Quality Assurance Team.

A successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in civil/construction, mechanical or industrial engineering; have 15+ years’ experience in leading big industrial projects close to or more than $1 billion; have previous experience in a greenfield project; and have prior experience in a lead position during the most critical steps of a construction project (Engineering, Scheduling, and Cost Control).  Strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead cross functional teams will be required, along with the ability to work with a large team of engineers and designers on challenging projects. Experience leading a culturally diverse team expected.

Interested candidates should contact [email protected].

Tenaris is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe products and related services for the world’s energy industry and for other industrial applications. Customers include most of the world’s leading oil and gas companies as well as engineering companies engaged in constructing oil and gas gathering, transportation, processing and power generation facilities. Tenaris operates an integrated worldwide network of steel pipe manufacturing, research, finishing and service facilities with industrial operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa and a direct presence in most major oil and gas markets. They had net sales of US$ 9.97 billion and 26,980 employees in 20122.  For more information visit www.tenaris.com or  http://www.tenaris.com/en/careers.aspx.

Source: Tenaris

Call for Papers for PM World Journal – Share Knowledge in P/PM


31 August 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Editors of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) are inviting project management researchers, experts, professional leaders, practicing project managers and executives of project-oriented organizations to submit an article, paper or story for publication.  This is an opportunity to share knowledge, get published and gain visibility for yourself and your organization in the global project management community.

Articles and papers in the following categories are welcome, just email them to [email protected]:

  • 130831-pmwj14-pmwj-IMAGEFeatured Papers – professionally researched and referenced paper similar to those presented at professional conferences
  • Case Studies – Description of an actual project or program, or how some aspect of program or project management was implemented in an organization
  • Advisories – short article on how to solve a problem or address specific issues related to program or project management
  • Commentaries – short article expressing an opinion or point of view about a program or project management-related topic, either general or specific
  • Student Papers – well written research paper by graduate or undergraduate students of project management, often recommended by a professor or teacher
  • Personal Stories – short description of a personal experience on a project or related to project management
  • Second Editions – previously published papers, originally presented at a project management conference or event, or published in a language other than English.

The PMWJ is a non-refereed eJournal.  For more information, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=9.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “Our mission is to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management.  We welcome articles and papers about any aspect of program or project management from anywhere in the world, especially those that could be useful for managing projects in difficult conditions, emerging economies or challenging environments.”

“The publishing process is easy,” he adds.  “Just email an article or paper to me; we review for appropriateness and grammar, then reformat to a standard layout and return to the author for approval.  Authors don’t wait long for approval or to see their papers published.”

Submittals should be received by the 20th of the month to be included in the next edition.

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

PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide 4th Ed Published by CRC Press


30 August 2013 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition by J. Leroy Ward and Ginger Levin. Published in June, this new book includes two challenging, 170-question practice tests that are available in the book and online that reflects the third edition of PMI’s Program Management Standard.

130830-pmwj14-Ward&Levin IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition is the book you need to pass the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) exam the first time around. It reflects recent revisions based on PMI®’s Standard for Program Management – Third Edition (2013).

Based on best practices that complement PMI®’s standards, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available to help you prepare for the exam with new and changed terminology. It includes a list of the major topics covered on the exam organized by the five performance domains—strategic program management, program life cycle, benefits management, stakeholder management, and governance—as presented in the Program Management Professional Examination Content Outline. It also includes helpful tips on how to make the most of the time you have available to prepare for the exam.

Just like its bestselling predecessors, this indispensable study guide includes 20 multiple-choice practice questions for each domain along with a comprehensive answer key. The program life cycle domain includes 20 questions for each of the five phases. Each question also has a plainly written rationale for each correct answer with bibliographic references for further study. Two challenging, 170-question practice tests that simulate the actual exam are included in the book and online, so you can retake them as many times as necessary. They also include a rationale and reference.

Dr. Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP, and a certified OPM3 Professional is a consultant and educator in portfolio, program, and project management and has conducted numerous maturity assessments over the past 20 years. She has 46 years of experience working in the private sector, the U.S. Federal Government, and in consulting and training. She is an Adjunct Professor at the master’s degree level in project management for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and at the doctoral level for SKEMA University in Lille, France and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a doctorate in public administration from The George Washington University, where she also received the outstanding dissertation award. Dr. Levin is the editor, author, or co-author of 13 books and is an active member of the Project Management Institute.

J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, and CSM is the Executive Vice President of ESI International, where he is the principal executive responsible for R&D, Product Strategy, Consulting, and Corporate Marketing. ESI International is the world’s largest project-focused training company with curriculums addressing project and program management, business analysis, contract management, sourcing management, and business skills. A PMP® since 1990, Mr. Ward developed ESI’s popular PMP Exam Preparation course and taught it and other courses to people from more than 50 countries. He has almost 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors and is a popular and dynamic speaker in the field. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Sothern Connecticut University and an M.S.T.M. degree with distinction from The American University

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

PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition; by J. Leroy Ward and Ginger Levin; published by CRC Press, © 2013, 400 pages, soft cover, ISBN 9781482201352; List price = $69.95; for more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482201352

Source: CRC Press

Louis Berger/Hill International Joint Venture Awarded $265 Million Riyadh Metro Project Management Contract


29 August 2013 – Marlton, NJ, USA and Riyahd,Saudi Arabia – Hill International has announced that its joint venture with Louis Berger has been awarded a $265 million contract by the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to provide project management and construction management services for the Riyadh Metro project. The contract was awarded under the Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery (RAMPED) joint venture, in which Louis Berger is a 55 percent majority partner and Hill is a 45 percent partner.

As the intermediary between ADA and the design-build contractors, the joint venture will oversee design and construction deliverables through the project life cycle for Package 3, which consists of three of six lines in the new Riyadh Metro system. The contract covers a five-year performance period and a 24-month defects liability period.

“Our team is privileged an d honored to be selected for one of the largest and most ambitious transit programs to ever be conceived,” said Jim Stamatis, President of Louis Berger’s international operation.  “We look forward to playing a key role, in partnership with ADA, to deliver a transportation system that will support continued economic growth of Saudi Arabia’s capital city by improving traffic congestion and connecting the citizens of Riyadh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with their visitors and guests.”

130829-pmwj14-riyahd-metro- IMAGEPackage 3 includes Line 4, Line 5 and Line 6 and covers 67 kilometers of track with 48 kilometers of elevated alignment, 5.5 kilometers of mined tunnel, 22 stations and nearly 13 kilometers of bored tunnel constructed through some of the most congested districts in Riyadh. Line 4 links to the King Khalid International Airport with a mix of elevated and at-grade sections.  Line 5 will run in a bored tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, between King Abdulaziz Historical Centre and the Riyadh Airbase. Line 6 runs in a half-ring from King Abdullah Financial District, passing by Iman Mohammed Bin Saud University and ending at Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road.

“We are extremely honored to be working with our partner Louis Berger to manage one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world on behalf of our client ADA,” said Raouf S. Ghali, President of Hill’s Project Management Group (International). “We have every confidence that the world-class team we have assembled will deliver a successful Metro system for the citizens of Riyadh.”

Louis Berger is a globally-recognized provider of engineering, development and management support services for public and private clients.  With more than 6,000 professionals and affiliate employees in more than 50 countries, they bring strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit to develop solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. They are able to respond to local conditions while providing clients with the technical resources and rapid response capabilities of a leading global organization. The firm has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, and northern Mediterranean Sea border countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan.  Louis Berger’s portfolio of ongoing projects in the region includes major highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports and buildings. For more information on Louis Berger, please visit their website at www.louisberger.com.

Hill International, with 3,900 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the 9th largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success


29 August 2013 – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success, by William A. Levinson, Henry Ford and Samuel Crowther. This new book, published in April through Productivity Press, delivers unequivocal world-class results in the language of money as applied by its author during the first part of the 20th century.

130829-pmwl-Expanded-Annotated-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: Henry Ford’s industrial innovations were directly responsible for the transformation of the United States into the most productive, affluent, and powerful nation on Earth. My Life and Work describes exactly how Ford did this in terms of not only manufacturing science, but also economics and organizational behavior. This holistic approach, and its validation by world-class results, make Ford’s original work the best business leadership book ever written. The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success updates this original with modern perspectives that explain and organize Ford’s thought process explicitly.

My Life and Work is not a mechanistic or industry-specific formula that practitioners can follow like work instructions in a factory, but rather a holistic synergy of impartial laws of economics, science, and human behavior—a synergy that Ford called the universal code. This universal code simultaneously delivered high profits, high wages, and low prices in every industry to which Ford applied it. It also realized unprecedented improvements in industries ranging from coal mines to railroads, and even healthcare as practiced in the Henry and Clara Ford Hospital.

This annotated edition introduces Ford’s universal code along with vital economic, behavioral, Lean manufacturing, and customer service principles. It contains almost all the material of the original, plus more than 30 percent new content that reinforces Ford’s timeless principles.

Readers who understand and internalize Ford’s universal code can easily overcome the self-limiting paradigms that afflict today’s organizations. These include, for example, the belief that healthcare is a zero-sum game in which escalating costs are the price of quality. The book illustrates the basic elements of what is now called the Toyota Production System as well as the organizational and human relations principles needed to gain buy-in and engagement from all participants.

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

The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work; by William A. Levinson, Henry Ford and Samuel Crowther; published by CRC Press, © April 2013, 319 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781466557710; List price = $49.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466557710 

Source: CRC Press

5th Edition of popular PMP® Study Guide includes Online Access to maximize Exam Preparation


29 August 2013 – Plantation, Florida, USA – J. Ross Publishing has announced the release of Achieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition, a book designed to help project managers pass PMI’s new PMP® Exam that took effect on July 31, 2013.  The book’s authors are Diane Altwies and Janice Preston; for information click here.

Lead author Diane Altwies explains, “What really separates our study guide from the many other study guides available is our unique on-line access feature—it really helps test-takers, particularly the busy project manager, prepare for and pass the PMP exam the first time. “

130829-pmwj14-pmp IMAGEEach book contains a unique serial number that provides readers with free 30-day access to a web-based test bank.  The test bank contains over 1,300 test questions and offers both full 200-question simulated practice exams and the ability to take exams by knowledge area.  The exams are graded and explanations to incorrect answers are given to further enhance the learning experience. All questions are based on key topics and concepts taken from PMI’s recommended readings, and are fully aligned with the PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition.

Throughout the 480-page book, readers are provided with key definitions, case studies, exam and study tips, and exercises to ensure readiness.  Supplemental flashcards with key terms and concepts, training aids and self-study exercises are provided by J. Ross Publishing in their exclusive “WAV” (Web-Added Value) Resource Center found on the publisher’s web site at www.jrosspub.com.

Diane Altwies and Janice Preston are leading subject matter experts with over 40 years of practical project management experience. They are accomplished course developers, authors and trainers that specialize in helping individuals successfully achieve project related certifications and offer quality project management, program management and business analysis training across the globe through Core Performance Concepts, Inc.

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

ACHIEVE PMP EXAM SUCCESS, FIFTH EDITION, by Diane Altwies, PMP, and Janice Preston, PMP; J. Ross Publishing; ISBN: 978-1-60427-088-4; Softcover, 7.5 x 9.25, 480 pages, 2013; Retail Price: $69.95; information at http://www.jrosspub.com/Engine/Shopping/catalog.asp?store=12&category=189&item=14286&itempage=1 

Source: J. Ross Publishing

Sinclair Knight Merz wins Victorian 2013 Project of the Year Award


27 August 2013 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced that Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) Pty Ltd took out the top award for the 2013 Victorian Project of the Year. Leading Victorian businesses, government and organisations across all sectors of industry helped celebrat a highly successful night at the Australian Institute of Project Management Awards in Melbourne on 23 August 2013.

Leh Simonelli, Chair of the Victorian Project Management Achievement Awards and National Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management commented that these awards recognise the achievements and success of major industry and infrastructure projects and partnerships.

130827-pmwj14-skm-victoria- IMAGESouth Western Health advised that the 157-year-old facility, $115m investment, five years of planning and four and half years of construction made the redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital the largest regional health project ever undertaken by a Victorian Government.

Project Managers SKM worked collaboratively with the community, staff, government, designers and builders to transform the South West Healthcare facility on time and on budget to meet ever-growing health and cultural needs of the 110,000 residents of Warrnambool, Moyne, Corangamite and the broader South West Region of Victoria.

In its award submission, SKM said the project had been hugely successful providing the following outcomes for the South Western Region of Victoria:

  • improved health service capabilities
  • more beds and single rooms
  • increased job opportunities
  • enhanced health education opportunities

The Australian Institute of Project Management established the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) program to recognise, honour and promote achievements in programs and project management.

According to the AIPM announcement, the calibre of entries into the 2013 PMAA was extremely high and demonstrated the strength of the highly skilled talent and teams across some of Victoria’s prominent businesses and organisations.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.   More about AIPM at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

Project to deliver clean water to thousands in Greater Maputo Area


26 August 2013 – Washington, DC, USA and Maputo, Mozambique – The World Bank has approved US$178 million IDA credit to help the Government of Mozambique increase access to clean water for people living in Mozambique’s largest urban area –  the Greater Maputo Area. The project will equally benefit women and girls who spend considerable time each day fetching water for their family.

130826-pmwj14-mozambique-water- IMAGE“The government of Mozambique has made steady progress in building a sustainable water system to provide access to clean water for many households in its quickly growing urban areas,” says Laurence C. Clarke, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique. “We are happy to support this project that will bring improved health and water security to over 100,000 families living in the Greater Maputo Area.”

Today’s funds will support the Greater Maputo Water Supply Expansion Project, designed as part of the government’s recently updated National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy. The project contributes to the Government’s third Poverty Reduction Action Plan 2011-2014 (Plano de Acção para a Redução da Pobreza, PARP ); the third pillar of which seeks to improve access to, and use of water and enable access to safe sanitation, to which the project will contribute directly. The project’s works will connect approximately 100,000 households to the formal water supply system in Greater Maputo.

The project will help the government build a 60,000 m3/day water treatment plant that will draw raw water from the Corumana dam, as well as support the construction of approximately 93 kilometers of transmission pipeline, with a capacity of 120,000 m3/day of water, as well as reservoirs, pumping stations, and ancillary works.

“Mozambique is vulnerable to periodic tropical cyclones during the summer months that periodically flood the intake system and water treatment plant of the existent water works,” says Jamal Saghir, Director for Sustainable Development in the Africa Region. “This project will support the creation of a water system that is climate resilient and that brings clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning for the families in the Greater Maputo Area.”

The project will also provide technical assistance to the government’s  Water Supply Asset Holding and Investment Fund (Fundo de Investimento e Património do Abastecimento de Água – FIPAG) and capacity building and operational support to the independent Water Regulatory Council (Conselho de Regulação de Águas – CRA).

“Approximately 17 percent of under-five deaths in Mozambique are the result of diarrheal diseases, primarily caused by poor water and sanitation,” says Luiz Claudio Martins Tavares, Task Team Leader for the project. “The funds approved today will transport clean, treated water directly to households in the Greater Maputo Area, bringing families an opportunity for improved health, and more time in each day for busy women and girls.”

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing zero-interest financing and grants for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 82 poorest countries, 40 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 1.8 billion people living on less than $2 a day. Between 2003 and 2013, IDA provided $256 billion in financing for 3,787 projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, benefiting on average, 36 African countries a year.

For more about this project, go to http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P125120/greater-maputo-water-supply-expansion-project?lang=en.

For more about bank projects in Mozambique, visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/mozambique/projects.

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

Source: The World Bank

PMI Opens 2014 Research and Education Conference Call for Submissions


26 August 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced its call for submissions on topics related to the theory and practice of project, program or portfolio management (PPPM) for the 2014 PMI Research and Education Conference.

130826-pmwj14-call-for- IMAGEThe PMI Research and Education Conference is a biennial international project management research and education event that brings together scholars, senior practitioners and students of project management and allied disciplines. The conference provides an opportunity to present and discuss new project management research findings and teaching methods.

The 2014 PMI Research and Education Conference, scheduled for 27 – 29 July, 2014 in Portland, Oregon, USA, will be themed “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: In Search of Theory and Evidence”.  The theme reflects three key issues facing the field of project management research and education:

  • How research and education can “stand on the shoulders of giants”, enabling researchers and educators to see further and with greater insight because of the knowledge platform that is being built.
  • The role of theory and whether the field has moved on from the findings of Lauri Koskela and Greg Howell’s paper (presented at the 2002 PMI Research and Education Conference), asserting that there is no underlying theory of project management.
  • The continuing opportunities of evidence-based project management, as highlighted in Professor Denise Rousseau’s keynote address at the 2012 PMI Research and Education Conference.

Submissions may take the form of papers, symposia or posters. PMI also solicits papers and symposia on project management education, including new teaching cases in project management and project management curriculum development. Doctoral students are encouraged to submit proposals to participate in a pre-conference Doctoral Colloquium.

Submissions must be written in a formal tone containing original content, and will be subject to double-blind peer review by members of the project management research community. Selected proposals will be presented at the 2014 conference and published in the conference proceedings. Presenting authors will also receive a discount on conference registration fees. The best papers presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of Project Management Journal in late 2014. There will also be a prize for Best Student Paper. Deadline for submissions is 15 December, 2013.

To obtain detailed submission guidelines and event information, visit http://www.pmi.org/REC2014 or contact Jake Williams, PMI Research Coordinator, [email protected].

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 800,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, publications, events and public advocacy. For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute. 

Media contacts: Carey Leamard, PMI at [email protected] or Megan Maguire Kelly, PMI at [email protected]. 

Source: PMI

Call for Papers issued for 2014 African Project and Program Management Conference in Ghana


25 August 2013 – Accra, Ghana – A Call for Papers has been issued for the 2014 African Project and Program Management Conference (APPMC) to be held in Accra during 23-28 June 2014.  The event is being organized by the Direct Leadership Institute (DLI) in association with the American Academy of Project Management ® (AAPM®).

130825-pmwj14-APPMC- imageConference organizers invite the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of project and program management. After the conference, selected papers will be published in the PM World Journal (pmworldjournal.net), an online publication devoted to knowledge creation and sharing, and continuous learning in the field of modern program and project management.

Topic areas: 

* Managing Sustainability and Climate Change in Projects and Programs

* Project and Program Governance in Africa

* Strategic need for integrating procurement management with project, program and portfolio management

* Procurement bills and their positive implications across major stakeholders in Africa. The framework and its applications.

* Contract law, drafting and its challenges in projects and programs: key cases in public and private sector.

* Contract Management

* Project Scope Management: the case of Oil and Gas industry

* The role of multi-donor agencies and the private sector in succeeding in Project and Programs in Africa. Key lessons.

* Corporate Finance

* Effective Monitoring and Evaluation for project sustainability

* Project Reporting, tools and applications (Specific Software and its applications), the practical approach.

* 4 Dimensional sectorial approach to Effective Project and Program Management – Oil and Gas, Telecom, Mining and Construction. Theory meets practice.

* Effective Energy Management as key catalyst in project delivery and sustainability.

* Health, Environment, Safety Management and Compliance.

* Host Community Relations

* The role of Strategic Communication and ICT -New trends and Cloud Computing for Project Execution.

Participants with accepted papers will be asked to present a professional paper (5 – 15 pages) for the conference proceedings.

Paper format:

The paper should be available in PDF. It must be paginated. Use font size 14 New Times Roman. Sections are marked by skipping a line.

The use of notes should be limited. Notes can be used for factual information and references that will not distract the reader.

Use endnotes, where notes are placed in a separate section after the article text.

Quotes: always written in italics and double quotes

Finally, the provide the following information : name, education, occupation, place of employment, e-mail address.

The deadline for papers is Friday, January 3, 2014, 2014. Papers should be sent to [email protected] 

To see information about the 2013 African Project and Program Management Conference, go to website: www.appmconference.org 

For more information, contact [email protected]. 

Sustainable Forest Management Project in Lao PDR receives financial support


25 August 2013 – Washington, DC, USA and Vientiane, Lao PDR – The Government of Lao PDR and the World Bank signed on 8 August a grant agreement of US$ 31.83 million for the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management (SUPSFM) Project. The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Santiphab Phomvihane, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Finance for the Lao PDR and Mr. Constantine Chikosi, Acting Country Director for the World Bank to Lao PDR.

130825-pmwj14-lao IMAGEThe grant consists of a US$ 19 million International Development Association (IDA) grant and a US$ 12.83 million grant from the Forest Investment Program (FIP) under the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland will provide a co-financing of US$14.5 million in grant to the project in the form of Technical Assistance.

The Government of Lao PDR is developing a strategy and program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) to avoid the unnecessary loss of forests and increase carbon storage. The objective of the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management Project is to support REDD+ activities through participatory sustainable forest management in priority areas and to pilot forest landscape management in four Northern provinces in Lao PDR, including Xaiyaboury, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay and Bokeo.

“This grant supports the Government of Lao PDR to strengthen sustainable forest management and improve livelihood for rural communities,” said Mr. Khamphay Manivong, Acting Director General of the Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will implement this project in close partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. SUPSFM is a continuation and expansion of the Sustainable Forestry and Rural Development Project (SUFORD), which was implemented from 2003 to 2012. The Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management Project aims to achieve in the expansion of areas under approved Participatory Sustainable Forest Management (PSFM) plans, and development and piloting of a Landscape approach to forest management. The project also aims for an increase in the number of people with monetary and non-monetary benefits from forest, decreased rate of forest cover loss, enhanced carbon storage from improved protection and forest restoration, and reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in project areas.

“Strengthening sustainable natural resources management, in particular sustainable forestry management, is one of the key objectives of the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy 2012-2016 in Lao PDR,” said Chikosi. “We are committed to supporting the Government of Lao PDR’s Forestry Strategy and scaling-up participatory sustainable forest management is one way in which we are providing that support.”

The Government of Lao PDR’s Forestry Strategy to the year 2020 aims to improve the quality and quantity of forested areas, as well as generate a sustainable stream of forest products.  SUPSFM will support these efforts by promoting payment for ecosystems services and will work closely with other Development Partners including the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, to create environmentally sound and sustainable growth opportunities.

For more about the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management Project, go to http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/06/03/lao-pdr-qa-scaling-up-participatory-sustainable-forest-management-project.

For more about the Sustainable Forestry and Rural Development Project, go to http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P064886/sustainable-forestry-rural-development-project?lang=en.

For more about World Bank projects in Lao PDR, visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/lao.

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

Source: The World Bank

Project Delivers New Power Transmission Line to Western Ukraine


24 August 2013 – Bar, Ukraine – Construction of a new high voltage 72.9-km-long power transmission line and expansion of a 330-kilovolt substation in Bar have been completed in South-western Ukraine. The completed improvements are part of a much larger on-going US$200 million Power Transmission Project supported by the World Bank.

The Bar substation is a bridge in the power transmission line connecting the Dniester Hydro Power Plant with tens of thousands of households in South-western Ukraine.

With World Bank’s support since 2008, UkrEnergo, the state-owned power transmission operator, has been undertaking major upgrade of the country’s transmission system to reduce losses and enhance power services to customers across the country.

At a total cost of US$28.7 million, these completed upgrades will have significant benefits to the company and Ukraine. They will make the Ukrainian power grid more reliable and efficient as they will help improve the company’s services and reduce significantly power losses and outages in the transmission network.

Moreover, the improvements at the Bar substation will ensure more stable voltage in the grid through continuous power transmission, using the resources of the Dniester Hydro Power Plant to full capacity, which will generate savings of about UAH250 million [US$31.2 million] a year.

130824-pmwj14-ukraine IMAGESpeaking at the launch, which was attended by Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytskiy and UkrEnergo Director Anatolii Khodakivskiy, Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, said that the World Bank was delighted to support the country in its efforts to strengthen the national power transmission sector.

Photo: Ukrainian Energy Minister Eduard Stavytskiy, UkrEnergo Director Anatolii Khodakivskiy and World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, Qimiao Fan

“The World Bank is very pleased to support this modernization project. Having reliable and efficient power supply is critical for Ukraine’s development and the investments we have made under this project will improve the lives of ordinary Ukrainians who will benefit from safe and reliable electricity supplies,” said Fan.

“This project is a vivid example of our fruitful cooperation in Ukraine’s energy sector. We truly appreciate the ongoing collaboration and effective support we receive from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to implement this project,” said Minister Stavytskiy.

Ukraine has one of the largest power transmission systems in Europe, and one of the oldest. Over two thirds of the country’s almost 30,000 km of transmission lines and 133 substations have exceeded their lifetime. This means that old and inefficient equipment need to be replaced at most substations.

“Recognizing the importance of the country’s energy infrastructure and working together with the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry and UkrEnergo, the World Bank will continue to support the modernization of power transmission network in Ukraine”, said Fan.

To date, the World Bank’s current investment lending portfolio in Ukraine includes 10 projects totaling US$ 1.8 billion. The Bank ended 2013 fiscal year with a record high disbursement ratio of 30.2%. Since Ukraine joined the World Bank in 1992, Bank’s commitments to the country have totaled over US$ 7 billion for 40 projects and programs.

More about this project can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P096207/power-transmission-project-support-energy-sector-reform-development-program?lang=en.

More about World Bank projects in Ukraine can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/ukraine.

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

Source: The World Bank

Project in Lebanon to improve Mobile Internet Access


24 August 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank has announced a project to boost Lebanon’s mobile Internet systems and create quality jobs for a high-skilled labor force to help reverse the spiraling trend of unemployment especially among youth and women.

The US$6.4 million Mobile Internet Ecosystem Project (MIEP) approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors on July 31 will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the Lebanese mobile Internet ecosystem. Beneficiaries include software developers, university students and graduates, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) firms, industries where new software applications can improve productivity, and mobile users at large.

06-D1The project will increase entrepreneurial skills and practical training of the Lebanese talent pool to enhance competitiveness in the industry. It will help create instruments to interact and develop innovation networks to increase global competitiveness. Moreover, areas of improvement will be identified to help the government implement needed reforms.

Creating a mobile Internet ecosystem in Lebanon will have a positive impact on the country’s labor market including greater geographic diversification, improved growth and increased retention of skilled workers.  With mobile technology well distributed across Lebanon, new economic opportunities will be possible in economically marginalized areas.

“Fostering investment and capital accumulation in new and innovative sectors that use existing domestic human resources and skills can help unleash Lebanon’s potential for growth and over the long-term shift the economy towards a more sustainable growth path,” said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Country Director for the Mashreq.  “Lebanon is recognized for its strong education system and its multilingual and educated entrepreneurial population. It is important to build on this human capital when addressing economic growth and job creation.”

With literacy rates above 90 percent and gross tertiary education enrollment at 54 percent, the country’s young graduates represent a competitive talent pool.  However, Lebanon’s unemployment rate, particularly among young people and women, is high. While the national unemployment rate is 11 percent, 34 percent of all young people and 18 percent of women are actively looking for work.

“The mobile Internet segment can create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for the talented, technology savvy Lebanese youth,” said Carlo Maria Rossotto, World Bank Regional Coordinator of the ICT sector. “This project aims to strengthen digital skills and create new enterprises in the mobile Internet space which is a driver of economic growth and job creation”.

The project will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Telecommunications who will finance 50 percent of the total cost. The project has strong support within the Government of Lebanon and is aligned with the government’s latest Economic and Social Reform Action Plan.

For more about World Bank projects in Lebanon, go to http://web.worldbank.org/external/default/main?menuPK=294935&pagePK=141155&piPK=141124&theSitePK=294904.

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

Source: The World Bank

IPMA Young Crew 2013 Workshop in Dubrovnik to offer opportunities for Young Project Managers to Learn and Network


Reported by Katarina Dvorski ([email protected]) 

24 August 2013 – Zurich, Switzerland and Zagreb, Croatia – The International Project Management Association’s Young Crew (IPMA Young Crew) will hold its annual workshop during the 27th IPMA World Congress during September 27-29, 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  If you have a young project manager under 35 years old, plan to attend this great opportunity to learn, network and advance your career.  More information can be found at http://www.ipma2013.hr/yc.aspx.

In times when change is the only constant and the application of static, unified business models are no longer sustainable, projects have become a conditio sine qua non of creating competitive advantage and are the key to success. To be better, faster and stronger is not a question of the corporate balance sheet, but relates to the idea of ​​finding economically viable and, simultaneously, creative and socially responsible projects that transcend the boundaries of a single state.

If you take into account the well-known saying that the future lies in the hands of youth, it becomes clear that, in the context of project management, opportunities should be given to young, able and ambitious people. Thus, one has to welcome IPMA’s Young Crew, a branch of the International Association for Project Management (IPMA) that gathers 56 national associations for project management throughout the world.

130824-pmwj14-Young-Crew ImageIPMA Young Crew is a project management community which represents a key component of the development of young professionals from the aforementioned propulsive and important business discipline.

Photo at right: Young Crew leaders from many countries invite you to their workshop in Dubrovnik in September 2013.

The main objectives of Young Crew are establishing the foundation for the development of project management and experiential learning, while recognizing the needs of young people and providing an opportunity to interact and exchange information. The organization consists of young professionals, project managers, academics and company directors under the age of 35.

Young Crew Croatia also gathers motivated, prosperous individuals who have decided to be part of a global community that operates in the field of project management. The Croatian branch is currently working on organizing the GYCW – Global Young Crew Workshop that will be held from 27-29 September this year in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.  The Young Crew Workshop will be a prelude to the 27th IPMA World Congress  on project management, which will be held from 30 September to 3 October and which will bring together eminent scientists, experts and practitioners in the discipline.

The motto of this year’s GYCW workshop is “Finding Balance and Moving Forward” which refers to the need for continuing professional and personal development of young people in today’s society, with special emphasis on those who see their career path exclusively in projects. The program of the workshop consists of interactive lectures, discussions, and practical application of the knowledge acquired through exciting simulation games. More information regarding the program can be found in the official brochure.

GYCW workshop is an excellent opportunity not only for those individuals who are already active in the field of project management, but also for those who would like to improve their knowledge and expertise in the field, and thus increase their competitiveness in the labor market along with enriching their personal life by meeting new people from more than 50 countries.

The program of the workshop is also available online, and Young Crew Croatia is happy to invite you to participate.  We have received more than 100 applications, and we advise you to hurry up since the number of participants is limited, and the registration process is to be completed soon.

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. It is 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 participants from 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. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch.

Project Delivers High-Speed Internet to Island nation of Tonga


23 August 2013 – NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA – The World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Tonga Cable Corporation (TCC), media and others joined the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga at a ceremony at the Tonga Cable Limited building on 21 August to celebrate the arrival of high speed internet in Tonga.  At the ceremony, from the station’s control room, the King of Tonga, Tupou VI in the presence of the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano officially commissioned the service with the click of a mouse, which delivered high speed internet to the people of Tonga for the first time ever.

130823-pmwj14-tonga imageThe US $32.8 million Pacific Regional Connectivity Project financed the development of a submarine cable system which is now delivering the broadband service. It is being supported by the World Bank Group, ADB, and TCC.

“Today marks a historical occasion for Tonga and the beginning of a new era, as the Kingdom for the first time connects to high speed Internet which has been a dream of Ha’a Moheofo,” said Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano. “Faster Internet speed and higher bandwidth at cheaper and more affordable prices is a real opportunity for Tonga.”

“The social and economic benefits of the new high speed internet service will be many,” said Adrian Ruthenberg, Regional Director of ADB’s South Pacific Subregional Office at the ceremony. “The people of Tonga will be better connected to the rest of the world, the new service will help businesses to expand, creating jobs and will facilitate access to remote health and education services”

The 827km fiber optic cable system linking Tonga to Fiji via the Southern Cross Cable -the main trans-Pacific link between Australia and the United States – will provide Tonga’s population of 100,000 with affordable, accessible, information and communication technology services.

“The advent of highspeed internet is a landmark event for Tonga,” said Franz Drees-Gross, Country Director for the World Bank in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Pacific Islands. “The cable will make it faster and easier for Tongans to communicate which will bring profound benefits to development.”

The arrival of high speed broadband is the latest milestone of the project which will boost Tonga’s international connectivity. The Tonga Cable Limited building was constructed to withstand extreme weather events, with the equipment which facilitates the internet service stored on the top floor in a temperature controlled room in case of flooding.

For more about development bank projects in Tonga, visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/pacificislands

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

Source: The World Bank

Speakers announced for September PMSA Infrastructure Project Management Congress 2013 in Durban


Conference to focus on regional and national Infrastructure projects in South Africa

23 August 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has announced their speaker lineup for the PMSA Infrastructure Project Management Congress in Durban being held during 16 – 17 September 2013. The event, sponsored by the KwaZulu Branch of PMSA will look at both regional and national infrastructure programmes and projects.  Information can be found at http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=KZNCongress.

130823-pmwj14-2013-speakers-infrastructure IMAGEAccording to their previous announcement, President Jacob Zuma spoke of the NPC-proposed infrastructure projects his State of the Nation address on 14 February 2013, reporting on progress made, the tasks ahead and the challenges. Since the build-up to 2010, the country has had a sustained and exhilarating focus on project management to deliver on the promises.

With this ongoing focus and investment at so many levels, PMSA is offering an opportunity to showcase some of the successes achieved and those in progress that fall under the infrastructure development banner. The following speakers have now been announced for the September Infrastructure PM Congress in Durban:

  • Dr Zanele Bridgette Gasa – Managing Director, The Elilox Group
  • Mr Cyril Gamede – Chief Executive Officer, Umgeni Water, President: Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
  • Mr Andrew Layman – Chief Executive Officer, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mr Clive Manci – Chairman of Oteo Capital (Pty) ) Ltd  and past President, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Professor Cornelius J Fourie – Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering –Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Clive Coetzee – General Manager, Infrastructure Projects, KZN Provincial Treasury
  • Mr Neville Searle – Regional Director HatchGoba
  • Dr Deen Letchmiah – Director, LDM Consulting
  • Mr Gregory Evans – Strategic Executive: Technical Co-Ordination eThekwini Municipality Engineering Unit
  • Mr Sabeer Sheik Ibrahim – Chief Executive Officer ItraMAS Corporation Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Dr Rodney Milford – Programme Manager: Construction Industry Performance CIDB (Construction Industry Board)
  • Mr Ravi Ronny – The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)
  • Mr Clive Enoch – Project Portfolio Management Consultant & Executive, Project Management South Africa
  • Mr Robert Best – Past-Chairman, Project Management South Africa

Projects to come under the conference spotlight will include the Square Kilometre Array, renewable energy initiatives, additional sources of technology delivery and others with lessons learned that contribute to our local body of project knowledge. To register, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/events/event_details.asp?id=335025&group=

Are you interested in being involved as a sponsor / donor? Kindly contact [email protected].

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa.  PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis.  For more information, visit www.projectmanagement.org.za or contact [email protected].

asapm® Announces 2013 Election Results for Board of Directors


22 August 2013 – Denver, Colorado, USA – The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm®) has announced the results of elections of their 2013 Board of Directors (BoD).  The announcement was made by asapm President Stacy Goff, as follows:

130822-pmwj14-board-election imageFor asapm® Vice President, Joel Carboni – See Joel’s qualifications and statement of Goals at: http://www.asapm.org/PD/vicepresident.asp.

For asapm® Director of Marketing, Dr. Paul Giammalvo – See Paul’s qualifications and statement of Goals at: http://www.asapm.org/PD/marketing.asp.

For asapm® Director of Member Services, John Colville – See John’s qualifications and statement of Goals at: http://www.asapm.org/PD/memberservices.asp

They join current BoD members, Stacy Goff, President; Dennis Milroy, Secretary Treasurer; Bill Duncan, Certification Chair; Meg Infiorati, PhD, Director of Awards and Dr. Neeraj Parolia, Director of Education.

According to Goff with the announcement, “Welcome to all our new asapm® board members, and may our next few years be even more exciting and effective than our recent ones!”

Founded in the USA in 2001, asapm® is the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management. asapm’s vision is “A world in which all projects succeed.” asapm is a member-driven, volunteer-staffed, not-for-profit organization. asapm advances PM Performance with unique offerings in individual and organizational Assessment and Development, and a Certification program that applies IPMA’s 4-Level-Certification approach. The organization also provides collaboration opportunities, including Project Management Communities of Practice. Learn more about asapm at www.asapm.org.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the World’s first project management professional society. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 cooperating national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. For more information about IPMA, please visit www.ipma.ch.

Media contact: Stacy Goff, IPMA-D, PMP, President, asapm, VP of Marketing & Events, IPMA at [email protected].

For information about joining asapm, go website http://www.asapm.org/membership/join.asp or contact John Colville, Director of Member Services http://www.asapm.org/zmbr.asp

Source: asapm

Dr André Barcaui joins PM World Correspondents Network in Brazil


22 August 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro – PM World has announced that Mr. André Barcaui, PhD has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Brazil.  Dr. Barcaui is an active project management advisor, educator and experienced executive based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

130822 - Barcaui - PMWJ Correspondent Profile - imageAndré Barcaui, PhD is a senior consultant with more than 18 years as manager, and more than 10 as a professor and speaker. He had his Doctoral with Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina), and his Masters with Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil). He holds both a Psychology as well as an Information Technology degree. He is the current coordinator of the Project Management MBA for FGV/RJ – Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil) and earned his PMP certification in 1999, when working as a co-founder of PMI Chapter Rio de Janeiro.

He was the Project Office Manager of Hewlett-Packard Consulting for the Latin America Region and before that worked for IBM as a Project and Services Manager. He also holds Master Coach Certificate by the Behavioral Coaching Institute (BCI) and works as the Executive Director of B&B Brothers, a specialized organization on project management training, consulting and executive coaching. He has three published books: “Gerente também é Gente” (Business Novel: “Managers are People too!” (Brasport publishing), “Gerenciamento de Tempo em Projetos” (“Project Time Management” – FGV Management publishing), “PMO – Escritórios de Projetos, Programas e Portfólio na Prática” (“PMO – The Practice of Project, Program and Portfolio Offices” – Brasport publishing).

According to Wikipedia, Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million.  It is the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 of Brazil as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvelous City”.

130822-pmwj14-Barcaui image 2 - rioRio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008), estimated at about R$343 billion (IBGE/2008) (nearly US$201 billion), and is headquarters for two of Brazil’s major companies—Petrobras and Vale.  It is home to major oil and telephony companies in Brazil, and the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production (2005).

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums. [1]

The 2016 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American or a Portuguese-speaking nation hosts the event. It will be the third time the Olympics will be held in a Southern Hemisphere city.

Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese language country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.

130822-pmwj14-Barcaui image 3 - map.jpgBounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos also form part of Brazilian territory. Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47% of the continent of South America.

Brazil was a colony of Portugal beginning from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500.  Independence was achieved in 1822 with the formation of the Empire of Brazil. The country became a presidential republic in 1889; its current Constitution, formulated in 1988, defines Brazil as a federal republic. The Federation is formed by the union of the Federal District, the 26 States, and the 5,564 Municipalities.

The Brazilian economy is the world’s seventh largest by nominal GDP and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity, as of 2012. A member of the BRIC group, Brazil has one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, and its economic reforms have given the country new international recognition and influence. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, CPLP, Latin Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Organization of American States, Mercosul and the Union of South American Nations. Brazil is one of 17 mega-diverse countries, home to a variety of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources. Brazil is an emerging power in international affairs. [2]

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Dr. Barcaui join our correspondent team in Brazil.  His academic and industry experience are significant, along with his publishing and teaching accomplishments. I am happy to welcome him to our team.”

Dr. Barcaui stated, “I have been referred to the PM World Journal by some of the leading project management experts in Brazil, have studied its history and contents, and I am excited about participating.  It  will be my honor to help represent Rio and Brazil on this team going forward.”

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


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

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

Mega Project Management – new book by Virginia Greiman uncovers Lessons from the Big Dig


21 August 2013 – New York, NY, USA – Wiley publishers in the United States has announced the publication of Mega Project Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig by Virginia A. Greiman.  Ms. Greiman is former deputy council and risk manager for the Big Dig, the large tunnel and highway project in Boston that became notorious for large cost overruns.  The book is co-published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

9781118115473_cover.inddIn Megaproject Management, a central member of the Big Dig team reveals the numerous risks, challenges, and accomplishments of the most complex urban infrastructure project in the history of the United States. Drawing on personal experience and interviews with project engineers, executive oversight commission officials, and core managers, the author, a former deputy counsel and risk manager for the Big Dig, develops new insights as she describes the realities of day-to-day management of the project from a project manager’s perspective.

The book incorporates both theory and practice and is therefore highly recommended to policymakers, academics, and project management practitioners. Focusing on lessons learned, this insightful coursebook presents the Big Dig as a massive case study in the management of risk, cost, and schedule, particularly the interrelation of technical, legal, political, and social factors. It provides an analysis of the difficulties in managing megaprojects during each phase and over the life span of the project, while delivering useful lessons on why projects go wrong and what can be done to prevent project failure. It also offers new ideas to enhance project management performance and innovation in our global society.

This unique guide:

  • Defines megaproject characteristics and frameworks
  • Reviews the Big Dig’s history, stakeholders, and governance
  • Examines the project’s management scope, scheduling, and cost management—including project delays and cost overruns
  • Analyzes the Big Dig’s risk management and quality management
  • Reveals how to build a sustainable project through integration and change introduction

Virginia A. Greiman is Professor of Megaproject Management and International Development and Project Finance at Boston University. She is the former deputy counsel and risk manager for the Big Dig (from 1996 to 2005), and served as a core manager on the twelve-member project executive team responsible for the daily operations of the project. She had an opportunity to participate firsthand in addressing the project’s challenges and fulfilling its goals during its peak years of construction.

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 (P/T) business serves professionals and consumers with books, subscription content, and information services. To see their project management titles, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html.

Megaproject Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig; by Virginia A. Greiman; published by Wiley and PMI; June 2013; ISBN: 978-1-118-11547-3; Hardcover, 496 pages; List price: US $110.00; information at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118115473.html

Source: Wiley

Will $40B Nicaragua Canal go forward?


21 August 2013 – Managua, Nicaragua – In June 2013, Nicaragua’s National Assembly approved a bill to grant a 50-year concession to a newly formed Hong Kong company, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co., to build the Inter-Oceanic Nicaragua Canal , a proposed waterway through Nicaragua to connect the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Since then numerous international media have reported about the proposed mega-project, the parties involved, the economics and politics of the venture, and the apparent disagreements in both China and Nicaragua about the venture.

Nicaragua panama canal locator.jpgAccording to Wikipedia, such a canal would follow rivers up to Lake Nicaragua (the second largest lake in Latin America) and then at least 10 km through the isthmus of Rivas to reach the Pacific (via a canal dug from Brito). Construction of such a canal along the route using the San Juan River was proposed in the early colonial era. The United States abandoned plans to build such a canal in the early 20th century after it purchased the French interests in the Panama Canal at a reasonable cost.  Speculation on a new canal continues as the steady increase in world shipping may make it an economically viable project. The proposed Nicaragua Canal will be able to handle the world’s largest ships, including the 10 percent of the world’s merchant fleet that are already too large for even the new set of locks being constructed in Panama. [1]

Both the viability and the likelihood of the canal are being questioned since the concession was awarded in June.

According to the Telegraph on 30 July, the dream has moved a step closer to reality as a Chinese entrepreneur unveiled his route for a 170-mile, £26 billion waterway from the Pacific to the Caribbean. If Wang Jing, an intensely private 40-year-old businessman from Beijing, pulls off the feat, it will rank as one of the greatest engineering marvels in history.

But sitting in the offices of his telecommunications company in an industrial park north of Beijing, Mr Wang is clearly very serious and very determined to succeed. “I am 100 per cent certain the construction will begin in December 2014 and we will finish in five years in 2019,” he said. He added that while a feasibility report is still ongoing, “the framework” of the project has been decided. “There will be small changes but no big changes”. [2]

According to Fox News on 31 July, the U.S. public and private sectors might be willing to invest in the construction of a $40 billion “Nicaragua Canal” that would rival the Panama Canal, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce official.  Deputy Assistant Secretary Walter Bastian said that he finds the project “fascinating” and that the U.S. government will follow up to see if there is interest from U.S. investors. [3]

On August 6, 2013, Nicaragua’s political opposition filed a Supreme Court challenge to the hastily approved canal law, arguing that the generous concession granted to an unknown Chinese firm violates 15 articles of the constitution, including national sovereignty. The opposition claims the concession – which will convert a giant swath of the country into a privatized canal zone, owned and operated for 50 years by Chinese businessman Wang Jing – violates constitutional guarantees to private property, natural resources, and indigenous lands. [4]

There are many other stories about this project on the web, just conduct a search on “Nicaragua Canal”.  If you have a comment, send an email to [email protected]


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

[2]       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10212169/Chinese-entrepreneur-reveals-route-for-Nicaraguan-canal.html

[3]       http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/money/2013/07/31/us-willing-to-invest-in-new-nicaragua-canal-to-rival-panama-canal/

[4]       http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2013/0807/Nicaragua-s-canal-controversy-builds