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EV for Pharmaceutical and BioTech: Planning and Managing Contract Research Organizations in an Earned Value Environment

FUTURE EVENT NEWS 

23 December 2013 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the topic and timing for its January Topical Webinar. The webinar will discuss the importance of proper EV management of contract research organizations for clinical trials, by R. M. “Ric” Brock.   It will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.

131223-pmwj18-brock-IMAGEThe webinar is free to CPM members and $25.00 for non-members. PMI members can earn 1 PDU with the webinar. For more information or to register, Click Here.

Most Pharmaceutical and Biological Technology companies employ Contract Research Organizations (CRO) to manage and conduct clinical trials/studies.  How these trials are planned, tracked, and controlled are critical to effective project management regardless of what level of Earned Value requirements are used to manage the contract, whether full ANSI/EIA Standard-748 or the BARDA 7 Principles of Earned Value Management Tier 2 System Implementation. Knowledgeable and expert EV execution is critical. This Webinar will discuss the importance of proper subcontractor planning and management in an Earned Value environment.

The Webinar will address the following topics:

  1. EV flow-down requirements
  2. Planning a clinical trial being conducted by a CRO
    1. Identifying and weighting activities
    2. Time phasing the plan
    3. Change incorporation
    4. Establishing how progress will be tracked for EV determination
    5. Ensuring that EV and Estimated ACWP are recognized in the same accounting period
    6. Forecasting the Estimate To Complete (ETC) 

Mr. Brock has been actively developing his skills in program management, operations leadership, and quality assurance in government and commercial environments since 1981.  He has extensive experience working with all levels of an organization, from performing personnel to senior leadership, with a focus on continuously improving operating performance and customer satisfaction.  He has proven skills in operations leadership, strategic planning, organizational development and team building, quality assurance and management, business development, program management, production and material management, planning and scheduling, schedule analysis, enterprise and manufacturing resource planning systems, and cost estimating systems.  Examples of some of the companies he has worked for or supported as a consultant include Olin Corporation, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, AVCO Aerostructures, Rockwell International, Computer Science Corporation, SAIC, Phillips Petroleum, Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Astra Zeneca, Centocor, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Newport News Shipbuilding, Harris Corporation, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Raytheon, MRJ Technology, and L3 Communications.

Ric has extensive experience supporting Pharmaceutical companies in life cycle management, filing new drug applications, and launching new drugs.  As the General Manager of a systems management and manufacturing operation business unit with sales in excess of $100M per year, he was responsible for strategic direction and daily leadership.  He has also served as the Director of Operations, Director of Manufacturing, Director of Quality, Director of Management Control Systems, and Program Manager.  His achievements while in these roles include the successful acquisition and integration of production assets with existing business units, the transition of a large volume production process to team based agile manufacturing cells, and leading a team that obtained ISO-9000 Quality Management Certification at three separate facilities.  He was also responsible for reengineering a production/material control process resulting in a reduction of procurement lead-time by 75%, inventory levels by 30%, and staff by 25% while increasing production through-put by 20%.

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management.  Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management and other performance management techniques. For decades, the CPM Community has been responsible for leading, developing, promulgating and training people on the program management techniques used by the private sector, the U.S. Federal Government and around the world for successful program performance management. CPM is a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget.  For more information, visit www.mycpm.org.

Press contact: Mark Phillips, PMP, CPM VP Communications, at [email protected]

Source: College of Performance Management 

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for InSight Mission

INDUSTRY NEWS 

20 December 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced that it has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars.

131220-pmwj18-launch-IMAGEInSight will launch in March 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The total cost for NASA to launch InSight is approximately $160 million, including spacecraft processing, payload integration, tracking, data and telemetry and other launch support requirements.

InSight is scheduled to land on Mars in September 2016 to begin a two-year science mission. InSight is a lander that will address one of the most fundamental issues of planetary and solar system science — understanding the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system more than 4 billion years ago. The mission will investigate the interior structure and processes of Mars to understand better the evolution of rocky planets such as Earth. InSight will perform this science using two instrument packages.

NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for management and oversight of the Atlas V launch services. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., provides management for the InSight mission. United Launch Services, LLC operates as a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance.

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov. For more information about NASA’s Launch Services Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/launchservices

Source: NASA 

Image: courtesy of NASA

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for January 2014

PM PEOPLE NEWS 

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

131231-pmwj18-wideman-IMAGEWe start the year with a review of an important book for CEOs, the C-suite and aspiring project managers. It is titled: The Focused Organization – How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, with foreword by Greg Balestrero, past CEO of PMI. Antonio describes the challenge of balancing between “running-the-business” and “changing-the-business” to achieve corporate strategies. Antonio offers a new approach to strategy execution based on his experience and research. See it in Papers.

Our Guests Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre make The Case for Public-Private Partnerships over conventional procurement for the maintenance of public infrastructure and new projects. They point to the Skagit River Bridge collapse on I-5 in Washington State to underline the urgency and need.

In Musings, several commentators compare ISO 21500 Guidance on project management – A Pocket Guide with PMI’s PMBOK® Guide in an interesting LinkedIn discussion on: Are Project Management Guides Useful?

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration?  For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm.  Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

3rd Edition of The Project Management Tool Kit published by AMACOM

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

18 December 2013 – AMACOM in the United States has published an update to their popular book by Tom Kendrick titled The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right.  The book is available in soft copy from book sellers worldwide. For more about the book, click here.

131218-pmwj18-kendrick-IMAGEAccording to AMACOM:  Today’s projects are more challenging than ever – and project managers need all the help they can get to succeed amid shifting priorities, budget cuts, interruptions and other obstacles.  Now in its third edition, The Project Management Tool Kit is filled with step-by-step guidance that will enable managers to get complex projects completed on time and on budget.  Extensively updated and revised to reflect the latest changes to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this results-oriented resource offers 100 powerful, practical tips and techniques in areas including:

  • Scope planning
  • Schedule development and adjustment
  • Cost estimating and control
  • Communications
  • Defining and using project metrics
  • Decision making and problem solving, and
  • Much more 

The book also contains checklists, charts, examples and tools for easy implementation.

Tom Kendrick, PMP is a program manager for UC Berkeley Extension in California.  His experience includes almost four decades of directing projects for Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, DuPont and Visa, Inc.  He is the author of Results Without Authority and Identifying and Managing Project Risk.

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

The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right, 3rd Edition; by Tom Kendrick; published by AMACOM; December 2013; List Price: $19.95; ISBN: 9780814414767, soft cover; information at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814433454

Source: AMACOM

NASA announces top Program Accomplishments of 2013

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 

31 December 2013 – Washington, DC – NASA has announced what the agency considers to be their top mission accomplishments and stories of the past year. In 2013, NASA helped U.S. commercial companies transform access to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station even as one of the agency’s venerable spacecraft was confirmed to have reached interstellar space, and engineers moved ahead on technologies that will help carry out the first astronaut mission to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

Portrait, Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Washington, DC, July 29, 2009.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)“Even in a time of great change and transition, NASA employees stayed focused on what it takes to get the job done — returning space station resupply launches and the jobs they support back to the United States, developing cutting-edge technologies that will help us send American astronauts to an asteroid and Mars, uncovering new knowledge about our home planet and the universe and helping develop cleaner and quieter airplanes,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “It’s all the hard work and dedication from the NASA folks on the frontlines that keep the United States the world’s leader in space exploration.”

The following are some of NASA’s top stories this year:

Commercial Space Progress

A little more than two years after the end of the Space Shuttle Program, NASA has returned the International Space Station resupply missions to the United States in a powerful partnership with U.S. companies SpaceX and Orbital Sciences, who are investing here and creating good-paying jobs for American workers.

NASA remains committed to launching American astronauts from U.S. soil within the next four years. Recent progress includes key milestones in commercial crew development met by three American companies: Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corporation; a Nov. 19 request for proposals on the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract (CCtCap), designed to ensure commercial companies meet NASA’s safety requirements for transporting NASA and international partner crews to the International Space Station; unfunded Space Act Agreements with other potential commercial providers; and creation of a Space Technology Program focused on breakthrough innovations that will change future transportation options.

These accomplishments have been bolstered by the extension of International Space Station operations to 2020, enabling expanded commercial and research opportunities. More at http://www.nasa.gov/commercial 

Enabling Deep Space Exploration

The primary destination of these commercial launches, the International Space Station, celebrated 15 years in orbit in November, and crew members have lived and worked aboard the station non-stop since October 2000.

Interest in human spaceflight remains extremely high, and this year NASA welcomed new astronaut candidates from a near-record applicant pool of more than 6,000. Half of the class is women, which is the highest percentage in any class to date. These astronaut candidates are the explorers who will first fly on commercial rockets to low-Earth orbit and help us execute missions to an asteroid and Mars.

2013 was a year of progress toward new capabilities as the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket completed its preliminary design review and the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle reached many milestones on its path to undertake its first flight test in 2014. The heat shield that will protect Orion on that mission’s re-entry next year was delivered to the Kennedy Space Center for installation; NASA reached an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to partner on the spacecraft’s service module; and Orion itself underwent loads testing, a water recovery test, and full power-up.

NASA and 12 of its international partners released a Global Exploration Roadmap, sending a clear signal that the global community is committed to a unified strategy of deep space exploration, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the moon and Mars.  More at http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

Asteroid Mission

The public imagination has been captured by the mission NASA announced in April to redirect an asteroid into a stable retrograde orbit in the vicinity of the moon using cutting-edge space technology, such as solar electric propulsion. This will allow astronauts to visit the asteroid, study its characteristics and bring samples home. In November, NASA held a workshop to discuss about 100 of the best ideas the agency has received from around the world about both identifying asteroids and figuring out what to do about those that are a threat, as well as how to best carry out the asteroid redirect mission. The mission formulation review has been completed, and NASA will move into mission baseline discussions in 2014.

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft, having completed its original mission, was reactivated this year to hunt for asteroids. OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s robotic mission to return samples from an asteroid, moved from formulation to the development phase in 2013.

NASA also announced an Asteroid Grand Challenge to find and characterize asteroid threats and gather ideas for capturing and redirecting an asteroid for human exploration. The public is incredibly interested in asteroids, and the agency expects strong participation in this initiative. More at http://www.nasa.gov/asteroidinitiative

Amazing Science

NASA science this year uncovered new knowledge about our home planet and the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Analysis showed the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered interstellar space and, at 12 billion miles away, is the most distant man-made object ever created.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launched in September to study lunar dust and help us better understand other planetary bodies and their formation. It also carried the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) — breakthrough new technology to improve communication with deep space missions that the agency will continue to refine and advance.

In June, NASA launched the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft to study how solar material moves, gathers energy and heats up.

In February, NASA’s Van Allen Probes discovered a third Van Allen Radiation Belt around the Earth.

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) was launched in February for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to maintain one of the longest-term imagery data sets about our Earth ever — more than 40 years.

Earth Science continues to be a high priority, and our amazing fleet of Earth-observing satellites helped us see how an amplified greenhouse effect is shifting the northern latitudes’ growing season. A study this year of Landsat data yielded the best view to date of global forest losses and gains during this century.

One of the International Space Station’s most prominent scientific experiments produced its first results in April. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector located on the exterior of the orbiting laboratory. Scientists hope that by measuring cosmic rays, AMS will provide new data about the formation of the universe, antimatter, and evidence of the mysterious dark matter believed to make up most of the universe.

The Kepler mission awed scientists and the public with new exoplanet findings, including discovery of numerous planets in the habitable zone. NASA will be evaluating Kepler data for years to come, as well as exploring the possibility of doing new science investigations with the spacecraft.

The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, continued to move toward its 2018 launch. In November, the telescope’s primary mirror backplane support structure, essentially the spine of the massive telescope, completed a rigorous testing regime. The final three of Webb’s 18 primary mirrors arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., this month for integration. Once in orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror, the largest ever flown and the first to deploy in space.

Elsewhere in astrophysics, scientists saw one of the brightest gamma-ray bursts ever with the Fermi, Swift and NuSTAR telescopes and learned more about the black hole at the center of the Milky Way using the agency’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Fermi celebrated five years in orbit and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope celebrated 10 years of incredible science. More at http:www.nasa.gov/missions

Mars

Mars is the centerpiece of NASA’s planetary exploration. The Curiosity rover continues to explore the planet, and in its first year already has accomplished its primary goal of determining that Mars could indeed have supported life in the past, possibly much later than originally thought. Curiosity’s Radiation Assessment Detector instrument is helping scientists assess round-trip radiation doses for a human mission to Mars.

NASA also launched in November its next mission to the Red Planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, which will study the Martian upper atmosphere from orbit. NASA’s 2016 InSight mission narrowed its landing sites for Mars while the Mars 2020 team outlined its goals for our next rover to the planet. More at http://www.nasa.gov/mars

Aeronautics – the First ‘A’ in NASA

Here on Earth, NASA continued to mark progress in developing the next generation of air transportation systems (NextGen). A new computer software tool developed by NASA’s aeronautical innovators — the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC) — allows commercial aircraft to be sequenced for takeoff so that they are able to climb directly to their enroute travel altitudes instead of being required to make multiple intermediate level-offs as in the past. NASA officially presented this innovative software to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony at the FAA’s headquarters in Washington on Aug. 6. With PDRC, controllers will be able to improve the overall efficiency of air traffic management by reducing missed or delayed departures and allowing more aircraft to depart within a given timeframe.

NASA announced a new aeronautics strategy with six areas of focus to help address upcoming challenges in global air transportation. The agency also tested alternate jet fuel in its DC-8 flying laboratory; selected eight large scale technology demonstrations to advance concepts for reducing aviation impact on the environment; chose six companies to partner on advanced composite materials research to enable a significant reduction in development to certification time; and flew the X-48C hybrid-wing body subscale aircraft to demonstrate concepts for cleaner and quieter air travel. More at http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov 

 

Developing Technologies for the Future
This year, NASA created a Space Technology Mission Directorate to help advance the cutting-edge technologies it will need for future missions. The agency completed testing on a prototype composite cryogenic propellant tank with a 25 percent reduction in cost and 30 percent reduction in weight, resulting in increased payload capacity.

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne hot-fire tested a 3-D printed rocket engine injector, marking a first step in using additive manufacturing to support space travel.

The agency began the next chapter in NASA’s improved entry, descent and landing capabilities through the completion of a test of a full-scale supersonic inflatable decelerator. The test successfully demonstrated the ability to deploy and pull a large parachute through the dynamic loads it would experience at Mars, using a helicopter to drop the ringsail parachute and a rocket sled to pull the parachute with 90,000 pounds of force. This technology will increase the current capability to land heavy payloads on Mars by as much as 25 percent.

In April and November, NASA sent three Cubesats — two early designs and one more mature — to space as part of the agency’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program. The first three PhoneSats successfully orbited Earth for a week, sending back pictures and demonstrating that an off-the-shelf commercial smart phone can serve as a spacecraft operating computer. The fourth PhoneSat launched in November and is expected to be in space for a year, proving the longevity of a smart phone cubesat in space, powered by solar panels.

NASA strengthened its early stage pipeline with the nation’s brightest and best by engaging in more than 400 activities with 75 accredited U.S. universities to enable future missions and our continued leadership in space. For the third consecutive year, NASA awarded competitive technology fellowships for graduate research on the agency’s most difficult space technology challenges. Sixty-five new fellowships were awarded this year, bringing to 193 the total number of graduate student space technology development efforts funded to-date. Several fellowship graduates already are making an impact in the nation’s aerospace and innovation workforce. More at http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

Public Engagement, Economic and Societal Benefits

NASA also continued to transfer the benefits of exploration to improving life on Earth. NASA and Homeland Security, for instance, collaborated on the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) prototype to detect life signs in piles of rubble after a disaster. The portable device is based on radar technology NASA uses for planetary exploration.

NASA continues to effectively engage the public, and this year, the International Space Apps Challenge drew more than 9,000 hackers, designers and explorers in 83 cities around the world to contribute their ideas to space exploration missions. The agency’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) funded 148 interns and continued to help draw minority students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

NASA launched the Exploration Design Challenge (EDC) to teach students about radiation and the challenges it presents for human space exploration. A cooperative effort with Lockheed Martin, the EDC allows students to become virtual crew members on the maiden Exploration Test Flight of the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle, currently scheduled for September 2014. More than 112,000 students are current participants in the EDC, which aligns with the agency’s STEM education priorities.

NASA’s Twitter account, with 5.5 million followers, is the most followed in government while millions also engage with the space program through Facebook, Google+ and other platforms, and the agency’s new Instagram profile drew more than 400,000 followers. NASA’s website had its second-busiest year on record with 115 million visits.

NASA will build on the achievements of 2013 as it looks ahead to a busy new year where the agency is already preparing for more milestones in commercial space, the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft, five Earth Science launches, and many more accomplishments.

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

Book by David Hillson and Peter Simon takes top 2013 Project Management Book Award from PMI

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

1 December 2013 – Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA – Management Concepts announced in late November that Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology, Second Edition, authored by David Hillson and Peter Simon and published by Management Concepts Press, received the top honor for a project management book from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in 2013. PMI, the world’s largest association for project managers, presented the David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award at the World Congress in October in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

131201-pmwj18-hillson-simon-IMAGEThe PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award recognizes authors for advancing the project management knowledge, practices, procedures, concepts, or techniques that demonstrate the value of using project management. The publication may be on historical, current, or future endeavors.

Dr. David Hillson is well-known for his talents in risk management, working as an international risk consultant in over 40 countries and across the construction, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, transport, energy, information technology, defense, and government industries. Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr. Hillson has more than 25 years of risk management experience. He has written nine books on the topic, in addition to contributing to several others and authoring many papers, articles, and briefings. Dr. Hillson was elected a PMI Fellow in 2010. He received the PMI Eric Jenett PM Excellence Award in 2011 and the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2002.

Mr. Peter Simon is a Director of Lucidus Consulting Ltd. He has more than 30 years of experience as a project and program management consultant and practitioner across all industries and business sectors. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management and an adjunct professor at ESCP Business School—London.

Practical Project Risk Management, by Dr. David Hillson and Peter Simon; published by Management Concepts; 2012, soft cover, 258 pages; ISBN 978-1-56726-366-4; List price = US$42.00; more at http://store.brightkey.net/mconcepts_ebiz/OnlineStore/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=165247

Management Concepts is a US-based publishing, services and training company.  For more than 38 years, the Management Concepts has unleashed the potential and productivity of over one million professionals through innovative and highly-effective approaches to individual and organizational achievement. To learn more, visit http://www.managementconcepts.com. To see their books catalog, visit www.managementconcepts.com/mcpress.

New Book Explores Sponsorship Role as Key to Project Success

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

5 December 2013 – Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA – Management Concepts has announced the publication of a new book, Strategies For Project Sponsorship, by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead and Peter Taylor.  For information about the book, click here.

131205-pmwj18-strategies-IMAGEAccording to the publisher: The project sponsor is critical to project success, yet it is a role that is often assigned to a member of an organization with little knowledge or training in project management practices.  This creates challenges, not only for the sponsor but for the project manager.  The organization can suffer too if key members of the project team are not fully utilized.  In this book the authors address this challenge from all three vantage points – that of the project manager, the project sponsor and the organization.

Vicki James has spent more than a decade in the public sector successfully delivering projects to support government operations.

Ron Rosenhead has more than 25 years’ experience as a trainer and consultant, most recently specializing in helping organizations ensure project success.

Peter Taylor is a PMO coach and speaks internationally on project management topics.

Management Concepts is a US-based publishing, services and training company.  For more than 38 years, the Management Concepts has unleashed the potential and productivity of over one million professionals through innovative and highly-effective approaches to individual and organizational achievement. Every major agency in the US federal government, dozens of US state and local government offices, and hundreds of corporations have benefited from the company’s high impact training courses, custom learning and development programs, professional consulting services, and award-winning publications. To learn more, visit http://www.managementconcepts.com. To see their books catalog, visit www.managementconcepts.com/mcpress.

Strategies for Project Sponsorship, by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead and Peter Taylor, published by Management Concepts; 2013, 203 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-56726-406-7; List price = US$45.00; more at http://store.managementconcepts.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=001-B067

IDB Cultural Center announces Call for Project Proposals

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

Cultural and artistic entrepreneurs can submit their proposals through a new, secure and user-friendly electronic application form

1 December 2013 – The Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a call for proposals addressed to arts and cultural institutions of the civil society to fund cultural development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean through its Cultural Development Grant Program.  Proposals are due by 28 February 2014 for current year grants.

140101-pmwj18-call-for-IMAGEArtistic and cultural institutions from the Bank’s 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean may send their applications for funding through the new online platform before February 28, 2014. This platform will help speed up the process providing a form with a clear design, easy to use and with a higher level of confidence and security for all users. For information and contest guidelines visit the Cultural Development Program IDB-2014.

The projects are evaluated for their viability, educational scope, effective use of resources, ability to mobilize additional financial resources, and the long-term impact on the community.

The IDB may approve between $3,000 and $7,000 per project. The organizations are responsible for providing additional resources to support the project on an ongoing basis.

Through the Cultural Development Program, the IDB has partnered with over 600 institutions promoting the preservation and recovery of traditions and cultural heritage conservation to contribute to community development through economic and social activities in a sustainable manner.

The IDB Cultural Center, of the Cultural, Solidarity and Creativity Affairs Division of the Office of External Relations officially launched the call for proposals for the entire region during the 13th IDB-Civil Society meeting in Cali, Colombia, November 14–15, 2013

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

PMI 2014 Research Conference to be in Portland, Oregon in July

PM RESEARCH NEWS 

30 December 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) will organize the 2014 PMI Research and Education Conference with the theme of “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: In Search of Theory and Evidence,” during 27-20 July 2014 in Portland, Oregon, USA.  The PMI Research and Education Conference is a biennial international project management research and education event that brings together scholars, 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.

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According to their notices, PMI is expecting to offer a full set of presentations and discussions related to conceptual, empirical and theoretical work using project, program or portfolio management as the subject or context of research.  Specific topics may include theory building and adaptation; evidence-based management; knowledge management; new teaching cases in project management; and project management curriculum development

Doctoral students are invited to attend the pre-conference Doctoral Colloquium.

Conference registration will begin in March 2014 at www.pmi.org/REC2014

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. PMI’s professional resources and research empower more than 800,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations’ success and further mature the profession. PMI’s worldwide advocacy for project management is reinforced by globally recognized standards and certifications, extensive academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of practice, and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute. 

Source: PMI

PMI Global Congress 2014 – EMEA to be in Dubai in May

FUTURE EVENT NEWS 

29 December 2013 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) will hold its PMI® Global Congress 2014 – EMEA in Dubai, UAE during 5-7 May 2014.  PMI Global Congresses are held in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and in North America each year and are often the largest such events in the world.  The May EMEA congress will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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In addition to the three-day conference that includes keynote speakers, professional presentations, exhibition and networking sessions, there will also be a research workshop and various Seminars World project management courses offered.  For information or to register, go to http://www.pmi.org/Professional-Development/Congress-PMI-Global-Congresses/EMEA-2014.aspx.

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. PMI’s professional resources and research empower more than 800,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in more than 100 countries to enhance their careers, improve their organizations’ success and further mature the profession. PMI’s worldwide advocacy for project management is reinforced by globally recognized standards and certifications, extensive academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of practice, and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.PMI.org. 

Source: Project Management Institute

Canadian Researchers seek Case Studies and Participants for Research related to Role of PMO in Integrating Change Management with Project Management

PM RESEARCH NEWS

28 December 2013 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Project Management and change management are considered discrete management approaches, which require specific roles, methods and terminologies. While differentiation between these approaches provides clear structure and alignment; on the other hand, the practical application of project management and change management especially in the project-based organization calls for these approaches to be amalgamated at an organizational level as well as at an individual level contributing to improved management quality. 

yellow change ahead road sign and copyspace for text messageThe specific aims of this research are to develop and interpret research hypotheses, to develop viable models, and to demonstrate the benefits and the process of integrating project management and change management approaches. Further, this research will describe the relationship between projects and change, as well as describe the organizational and individual integration of project management and change management.  This research will also explore the role of the PMO if an integration management model applies.

The research seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the benefits that organizations gain in integrating project management and change management approaches?
  2. How can project management and change management be integrated?
  3. What is the role of the PMO, if an integration model is applied? 

The research is based on the organizational paradigm of the Social Systems Theory (Luhmann 1995) and the epistemological paradigm of the Radical Constructivism (von Glasersfeld 1995) which are combined with a qualitative research approach (Cresswell 1994, Yin 2003). In this research project the following research methods are applied: Literature review, qualitative interviews with managers of project, and change management offices, case studies and focus group workshops (Morgan 1997) with experts from academia and practice to ensure the viability of the research results and to reflect them.

Research outcomes will lead to providing contributions to the literature and best practices with models for integrating project management and change management, and incorporating findings into current practices of project and change management. Finally the role of PMO as an integrated management office for project and change can consider new models of success if integration is possible.

The research will be conducted by By Dr.Waffa Karkukly, PhD, MIT PMP, ACP; Prof. Laurence Lecoeuvre, PhD; and Dr. Kathy Cowan-Sahadath, PhD, MBA, MA.  For more information or to participate, contact Dr. Waffa Karkukly at [email protected].

Call for Papers for February 2014 PM World Journal

Share knowledge and help create the world’s most global and influential online publication for program and project management 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

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

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

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

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

The mission of the PMWJ is to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management.  The publishing process is easy.  Just email an article or paper to [email protected]; it will be reviewed, reformatted to a standard layout and returned to the author for approval prior to publication. Authors of articles and papers may also be able to claim continuing education credits or professional development units (PDUs) for project management certifications.

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

Future Trends in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management – February IPMA Expert Seminar in Zurich still open for registrations

FUTURE PM EVENT 

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

Themes will include:

131228-pmwj18-zurich-IMAGE1 PP&P roles and responsibilities (Martin Sedlmayer) – As project management evolves and companies get more mature in applying project management to their core business, it gets increasingly important to focus not on the project managers’ role in particular, but to related roles like project owner, steering committees, PMO, programme managers or project portfolio managers, PM Consultants. But how are responsibilities shared and properly allocated to the different role owners? What specific competences do these role owners need to have? How can their performance and their contribution to project success be measured?

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

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

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

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

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

Source: IPMA

Abstracts due January 15 for 28th IPM World Congress on Project Management in Rotterdam

CALLS FOR PAPERS 

28 December 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Abstracts for proposed paper presentations at the 28th IPMA World Congress on Project Management to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, are due 15 January 2014.  The 28th IPMA World Congress, with the theme “Innovation Through Dialogue,” will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2014 at the World Trade Center in the City of Rotterdam.  Information can be found at http://www.ipma2014.com/ 

131226-pmwj18-28th-ipma-IMAGEIPMA Netherlands invites you to become a part of the leading world conference on project, program and portfolio management by submitting an inspiring academic or best practices paper. The Call for Presentations closes on January 15th, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: IPMA

NASA Awards Information Technology and Multimedia Contract at Johnson Space Center

INDUSTRY NEWS 

27 December 2013 – Washington, DC and Houston, Texas, USA – NASA has announced that it is exercising an option to extend its contract with DB Consulting Group, Inc., in Silver Spring, Maryland to provide information technology, multimedia, information management and external relations support services at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

nasa-missionThe extension to the Information Technology and Multimedia Services contract is valued at $50.5 million. The total value of the contract increases to $201.4 million from its base value of $150.9 million.

The services provided are primarily under the management of Johnson’s Information Resources Directorate, with participation by the Office of External Relations. The services include: operation and maintenance of primary information technology services; graphics; library management; imagery acquisition, processing and cataloguing; television systems support for human spaceflight missions; public affairs services; and education program support.

The one-year extension covers work between Jan. 18, 2014, and Jan. 18, 2015. One additional $50.5 million option is available under the original terms of the cost-plus-incentive, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

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

Call for Papers for 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

CALL FOR PAPERS 

27 December 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The Call for Papers has been issued for the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, scheduled for August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 2014 symposium will be “Maximizing the Value of Project Management”.  The conference is again being sponsored by the Project Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

JSOM-buildingAbstracts are welcome in the following program and project management (P/PM) subject areas:

  • Maximizing the return-on-investment (ROI) on Project Management through collaboration
  • Human Factors in Project Management (stakeholder communications, motivation, leadership)
  • Information Technology (IT) and Web-based Project Management (new technologies, tools and processes)
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Global Project Management and Virtual Teams
  • Risk Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned 

The 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, transportation and others.  Such aspects of P/PM as organizational change management, new product development and PMBOK changes can also be covered.

Abstracts should be 150 – 250 words, in 12pt Times New Roman font, in MS Office Word file format, and must have a lead author who will serve as primary contact.  Abstracts with bio and photo are due March 14, 2014.  Papers should not have been previously published, must be free of commercial sales content, should focus on the subject of the title, and should provide new contributions on the topic.  Paper abstract, bio and photo should be emailed to [email protected] before 15 March.

The 2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium will include an Opening Ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive even more.

If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, submit an abstract and plan to attend this world class symposium.  Presenters attend at no cost.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the ExecutiveEducationCenter in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org 

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World, Inc. 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.

8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium set for 14-15 August 2014 in Texas, USA

FUTURE PM EVENTS 

26 December 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 2014 symposium will be “Maximizing the Value of Project Management”.  The conference is sponsored by the UT Dallas Project Management Program, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

JSOM-buildingThe 2-day project management conference will focus on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, transportation and others.  Such aspects of P/PM as organizational change management, new product development and PMBOK changes can also be covered.

A call for papers has been issued, and papers and discussions are expected on such topics as maximizing the return-on-investment (ROI) on project management through collaboration, human factors in project management (stakeholder communications, motivation, leadership), information technology (IT) and web-based project management (new technologies, tools and processes), the project management office (PMO), and many others. To see the Call for Papers and other information, visit the symposium website at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The 2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium will include an Opening Ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive even more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org 

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World, Inc. 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.

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

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS 

26 December 2013 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The Center for Excellence in Project Management in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA will hold their first annual project management conference during 9-10 June 2013. The conference will be held on the university’s campus in College Park, Maryland. Information can be found at http://PMSymposium.umd.edu . 

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

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

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

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

The Center for Excellence in Project Management in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland offers Masters and PhD level graduate degrees in project management.  The mission of the Center is threefold: 1. To provide a high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, and prepares graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers; 2. To maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in project management; and 3. To provide project management training & development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large.  For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu

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

FUTURE EVENT NEWS 

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

131226-pmwj18-28th-ipma-IMAGEThe IPMA World Congress is one of the world’s leading annual conferences on project, program and portfolio management.  The event brings together business professionals, practitioners, managers and representatives of global companies, leading scientists, educators, professors and students, representatives of various sectors and occupations, NGOs and the media.

The 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam will include three days of best practices, new insights and academic findings related to program and project management.  The congress will also include professional awards, book launches, networking opportunities, site visits, the renowned IPMA Award Gala and various social events and tours.

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

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

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

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

Source: IPMA

Call for Papers extended to January 20 for June Project Management Symposium at University of Maryland

CALL FOR PAPERS 

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

Call for Papers Extended

131129-pmwj17-Maryland-IMAGEAbstracts are now due by January 20, 2014

Click here to submit your abstract.

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

For more information, go to http://pm.umd.edu/page.php?id=849

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

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

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

Submit your abstract.

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

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

The Center for Excellence in Project Management in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland offers Masters and PhD level graduate degrees in project management.

The mission of the Center is threefold: 1. To provide a high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, and prepares graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers; 2. To maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in project management; and 3. To provide project management training & development services to the University, the profession, and the community at large.  For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu