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New low cost memberships for project management library announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Low cost PM World Library memberships for one, three and six months introduced in November

23 November 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has introduced three new low cost membership options for the PM World Library, corresponding to one, three and six months of access to all library content. These new options are intended to bridge the period from the 10-day free trial to the one year membership level, at very low cost for new members.

141123-pmwj29-new-PMWL LOGOAccording to David Pells, PMWL director and managing editor of the PM World Journal, “With these new shorter-term membership options, we feel we have most access levels available, all at low cost. Our free trial memberships have been very popular. Now individuals can explore and use the library for one, three or six months for only a few pounds, euros or dollars.”

The following Individual library memberships are now available:

  • Free Trial – 10 days at no cost
  • 30 days full access – 3£ (3.80€, 4.74$)
  • 90 days full access – 7£ (8.90€, 11.00$)
  • 180 days full access – 10£ (12.70€. 15/80$)
  • 1 year full access – 12£ (15.30€, 19.00$)

(Note: prices in euros and dollars are approximate; actual conversion rates are applied at time of membership enrollment.)

In addition to the above single user memberships, team membership options are available for organizations, for up to 10, 25, 50 and 100 simultaneous users worldwide. Click here for more information.

“The PM World Collection in the library now contains over 1,000 original project management related articles, papers and other works by over 500 authors from around the world,” Pells adds. “The collection is growing by 30-40 works each month now. We’re also archiving all news articles published in the journal and past editions of the PMWJ itself, and adding access to new resources daily. We are trying hard to meet our mission, the creation of a global resource for knowledge sharing and continuous learning.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

Are you happy at work? Take a Project Management Happiness Survey

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

First ever global survey of project management profession on happiness and well-being at work

21 November 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – Nelson Hart, a consultancy based in Virginia, is collaborating with Happiness Works in the UK and the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the USA on a first ever global survey of the project management (PM) profession to assess how well-being and happiness at work impact project performance.

141121-pmwj29-happiness-IMAGEAccording to Nelson Hart: “We know that happiness at work is linked to favorable changes in key performance outcomes across sectors and industries.  We would like to assess the state of well-being at work for the PM profession, identify and share current best practices, and identify and address opportunities to improve happiness at work.  We believe that happiness at work is a key to enhanced and sustainable high levels of project performance.”

Anyone involved in project management can take the survey here.

What’s in it for participants?

First, you’ll be helping the PM profession complete fundamental research into how happiness at work impacts PM success rates.  Articles and papers will be developed, based on survey results, and shared with PM World Journal readers.

Second, each person that completes the survey…it takes only 10 minutes to do so…will immediately receive their individual results free online and may access a PDF of their results via email!  They will be able to retake the survey as many times as they wish over the next twelve months to monitor their progress in building their own happiness at work.

Do you have ten minutes to complete a free survey?  To find out if you are happy at work?  No, it’s not an oxymoron!

Is happiness at work, well-being at work, a key to sustainable high levels of performance in the workplace across sectors and industries? Help these researchers find out.

Confirm what’s working well for you now and where there are opportunities for you to improve your experience during work, and for your work performance through the science of happiness at work.

Survey currently ends 31 December 2014. Link to the survey at: https://happyprojectmanager.happinessatworksurvey.com/en/s/a003f349ea0f68a80c3c917ccdab1c53

Founded in 2002, Nelson Hart is a woman owned consulting firm that works with organizations and their people to create great workplaces of the future while facilitating individual well-being and success. Nelson Hart partners with organizations to create and sustain great workplaces where individuals flourish. More information at http://nelsonhartllc.com/.

What’s your project management story?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Publish your personal story about project management in the PM World Journal

20 November 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is inviting project managers and project management professionals worldwide to submit personal stories for publication in the PM World Journal. A story can be about a career or project-related experience, a program or project worked on, a solution found or a challenge overcome.

141120-pmwj29-whats-LOGOSome examples might include something about:

  • A project in an exotic or unusual location
  • A project management problem overcome
  • A career move, or a career-related decision
  • A program or project success, and how it came about
  • A project team-related experience, either positive or not

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “Our lives are full of stories, from our career, projects we’ve worked on, people we’ve worked with, even problems and solutions. Stories are also proven vehicles for sharing and teaching. If you have a story to tell, and who doesn’t, write it up and send it to me.”

“We would love to publish some interesting personal stories in either the December or January edition,” Pells added. “Actually, we hope to include personal stories in more monthly editions in the future, stories from around the world where so many different experiences can be found.”

Personal stories about any aspect of project management can be emailed to [email protected] at any time.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

 

Call for Papers for Project Organising Track for EURAM 2015

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

June 2015 conference offers serious project management researchers opportunity to showcase work and network with colleagues

16 November 2014 – Brussels, Belgium and Warsaw, Poland – A call for papers has been issued for the European Academy of Management Conference EURAM 2015 in Warsaw, 17-20 June 2015. The conference will include a “Project Organising” track, to feature papers and presentations by researchers from the project management field. Researchers worldwide are invited to submit abstracts now.

141116-pmwj29-euram2015-LOGOThe Project Organising track will provide an international platform to share and debate topical issues in project-based/oriented organising.  This includes the management of single projects and programs as temporary organisations, the management of project portfolios, the management of project-oriented organisations, which deliver projects to external or internal customers and project networks, or multi-enterprise meta-organisations, created in order to manage projects.

Among the central concerns in this research field are:

  • How can project organizing succeed with the increasing scale and complexity of projects?
  • How can project organizing alter business and management in a broader institutional context?
  • How should different types of organizations design, deliver and organize their projects and
  • How do individuals as members of the project based organizations succeed in their temporary project roles?

Conceptual as well as empirical papers based on quantitative or qualitative research are invited. In addition to the presentation of full academic papers, interactive workshops will be offered to encourage scholars to enter the conversation about project organising. The workshops will cover topics such as:

In addition to the general track, the Project Organising SIG will host a track on Organizational Project Management.

Here you can find the link to the more comprehensive call for papers http://www.euram-online.org/conference/2015/content/files/project-organizing-sig-10-euram-2015.pdf

The deadline for paper submission is 13 January 2015 (2pm Belgian time).

For further information about the conference, please visit: http://www.euram-online.org/conference/2015/

The European Academy of Management (EURAM) is a professional community of engaged management scholars and reflective practitioners – open, inclusinve, international and cross-cultural. EURAM places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological pluralism, and promotes critical examinations of the historical and philosophical roots of mangement theory and praxis. EURAM aims to enhance the quality of resaerch, improve its relevance for responsible and effective practice and contribute to the social and political discourse on management. For more, visit http://www.euram-online.org/.

University of Maryland Call for Papers extended to 1 December

 

Call for Papers for Second Annual Project Management Symposium at the University of Maryland in June 2015 extended to December 1st

10 November 2014 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence is still accepting paper submissions for its second annual Project Management Symposium, taking place June 8-9, 2015 on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md. Due to many requests for more time, their call for papers has been extended to December 1, 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to present a paper at an important project management conference near Washington, DC.

141110-pmwj28-UM-IMAGEPaper topics should apply to one of four themes: people in projects, large project management, case studies and lessons learned, or theory and practice. Example topics include leadership, federal project management, public-private partnerships, risk management, procurement, disaster management, project finance, and sustainability. All paper abstracts must be submitted by Monday, December 1, 2014.

Supporting the theme, “Academically Rigorous and Practically Applied,” this two-day symposium will bring together project managers from the Baltimore-Washington metro area and abroad for the capital region’s premier academic project management symposium. Their direct link for paper submissions will remain live until 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 1.

The inaugural symposium in 2014 drew a capacity crowd, as more than 55 speakers tackled topics ranging from disaster management and human factors to agile project management and performance measurement. In 2015, symposium attendees will once again have the option to apply event sessions towards earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their Project Management Institute (PMI) credential.

For more information on the 2015 symposium, please visit the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence website.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/

Hill International acquires Engineering Consultancy Cadogans in Scotland

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

31 October 2014 – Marlton, NJ, USA and Glascow, Scotland – Hill International has announced that it has acquired expert engineers Cadogans. Cadogans is the trading name of Angus Octan Scotland Ltd. and its subsidiary companies Cadogan Consultants Ltd., Cadogan Consult Ltd. and Cadogan International Ltd., a group of firms that provide multi-disciplinary engineering and other technical consulting services.

141031-pmwj28-cadogans-IMAGECadogans, which has approximately 30 professionals, has offices in Glasgow and Dundee in Scotland.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Cadogans’ senior management team will be continuing with the company, which will operate as part of Hill’s Construction Claims Group.

“Joining Hill allows us to offer our specialized expert engineering services to Hill’s clients worldwide in a way that we haven’t been able to do to date,” said Roderick I. Wilkie, BSc, CEng, FEI, ACIArb, Managing Director of Cadogans. “We are looking forward to the opportunities that joining Hill will create for our engineers, staff and clients,” added Wilkie.

“We are excited that Cadogans has joined the Hill family,” said Frederic Z. Samelian, PMP, MCIArb, President of Hill’s Construction Claims Group.  “Their knowledge and expertise, particularly on energy and industrial projects, will significantly expand our group’s existing capabilities, and also allows us to offer a fully co-ordinated project management, quantum, delay, disruption and technical engineering expert service to our clients and their attorneys,” added Samelian.

Cadogans is a group of expert engineers, operating in many disciplines and specialties including mechanical, marine, electrical, energy, chemical, architectural, building services, civil and structural engineering, materials and corrosion. Their services are in demand worldwide on projects large and small, from multi-national nuclear power litigation to international marine projects to all types of buildings.  The firm’s areas of expertise include dispute resolution, failures and malperformance, personal injury, project engineering and advisory work. For more information on Cadogans, please visit their website at www.cadogans.com

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,600 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services.  For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

Free Project Management Books for November Drawing Announced

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Eight program and project management books offered for end of November drawing; winners to receive a free book

1 November 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the November 2014 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM World Library (PMWL) website. The monthly drawings for free books, an opportunity for those interested in program, project and portfolio management, were announced in February 2014 in conjunction with the official unveiling of the new online library. The PMWL (http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/) is a global resource for continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

141101-pmwJ28-books-STACKWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of fully registered library members is held at the end of each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books currently offered for the November 2014 drawing include:

  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Quality Management, Second Edition: Why, What and How; Author: Kenneth H. Rose, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Success with Optimal Program Management, Second Edition; Author: James T. Brown; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Project Management Coach: A Teach Yourself Personal Guide to Success; Author: Jill Dann; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Dynamic Scheduling® With Microsoft® Project 2013: The Book By and For Professionals; Author: Rodolfo Ambriz, Mario Landa; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here.

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

International Project Management Day events planned in South Africa for 6th November 2014

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

31 October 2014 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will be hosting a number of regional events in celebration of International Project Management Day on Thursday, 6th November 2014.

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“The international project management day (IPM day) is intended to encourage project based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinate locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.’’- Frank P. Saladis PMP, Founder of IPM Day More information on these regional events can be found below.

GAUTENG: ‘GAUTRAIN – A DAY IN THE LIFE… WITH JACK VAN DER MERWE, CEO OF GAUTRAIN MANAGEMENT AGENCY’

In celebration of International Project Management Day on the 6th November 2014, PMSA Gauteng is delighted to invite you to a presentation and round table with Gautrain Management Agency  CEO, Jack van der Merwe.  Jack will share with attendees a ‘day in the life’ of what it takes to run an internationally acclaimed legacy project as well as what the future holds for the Gautrain project. Jack van der Merwe, is a professional Engineer. He was born in Pretoria and obtained the degrees B.Sc (Eng.) Civil and B.Sc (Eng.) (Hons.) Civil from the University of Pretoria. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s SED programme.

Up to the 2004 general elections Jack was the Chief Executive of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. Apart from heading the Department he was also the project leader for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, one of the eleven Blue IQ long term economic development projects of the Province. In April 2004 he was redeployed to head a newly established Public-Private-Partnership Department in the Province, focusing on gearing in private sector funding, experience and innovation for capital projects. He will be implementing the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link and the GPG Government Precinct.

Jack is currently the CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency tasked with overseeing the building and operation of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link.

The event will take place at the Gautrain Head Office in Midrand at 16:30 for 17:00. PLEASE NOTE: This event is limited to 20 attendees. For more information or to register for this event please click here. 

KWAZULU NATAL: ‘PMOs – GETTING IT RIGHT – GUY JELLEY, CEO OF PPO’

The KZN branch of PMSA will celebrate International Project Management Day on 6 November with a presentation by Guy Jelley entitled ‘PMOs – Getting it Right’ to be held at the Durban Country Club at 17:30 for 18:00.  Guy, co-founder and CEO of Project Portfolio Office, will share practical examples and simple lessons of how some of their clients have got it right and are adding values to their organisations.

His presentation is based on the fact that almost 50% of all strategic initiatives are reported as unsuccessful.  It will be of particular interest on the many PMOs who are constantly justifying their value to an organisation and are having to deal with new challenges to successful delivery.

Project Portfolio Office, is an award winning online project portfolio management and collaboration application and is the fastest growing PPM application in South Africa today. PPO is currently being used on over 41,000 projects, with current clients including Deloitte, UTi, Rainbow Chicken, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SABMiller, Woolworths, Bigen Africa, Group Five, Mondi and British Telecommunications (BT).

With over 200 implementations in the last few years, PPO has seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to PMOs in South Africa and internationally. Please click here for further information or to register for this event.

WESTERN CAPE: ‘THE SKA TOUR WITH WILLEM ESTERHUYSE, MEERKAT PROJECT MANAGER’

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area.

The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a radio telescope, and will deliver a correspondingly transformational increase in science capability when operational.

The PMSA Western Cape Branch will be offering members a chance to attend a presentation by Meerkat Project Manager Willem Esterhuyse at the SKA offices in Pinelands for 14:00 on Thursday 6th November 2014.

Here is a chance to gain insight into one of the world’s mega projects! A tour of the Control Centre and LABs will be included depending on number of attendees. Please click here for further information or to register for this event.

141031-pmwj28-ipm-day-PMSA LOGOProject 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 http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

Source: Project Management South Africa

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for November 2014

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

31 October 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

141031-pmwl-wideman-MAXIn Part 3 of Robert Goatham’s Guest paper on Lessons in Learning, he claims that it is possible to train people in higher order thinking skills — in spite of strong resistance, that is to be expected.

In Part 4 of our Paper on Defining Project Success, we summarize contributors’ thoughts on project success, and provide suggestions for resolving the main issues.

In Part 3 of our Musings on Implementing a Standard Project Management Methodology, Larry differs from Max on his views of the project life span. The project life span is not the project; it is the project that passes through the required (governance) life span. He has other differences and questions.

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.

 

 

Program to improve hospital care in Western Nicaragua

 

PROGRAMME/PROJECT NEWS

IDB loan of $85 million will help improve people’s health

30 October 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an $85 million loan to improve the availability and quality of specialized out-patient and hospital care in the western region of Nicaragua. To do this, efforts will be made to integrate with the network of primary and community health care so as to benefit people’s health.

141030-pmwj28-nicaragua-IMAGEThe program will help to slow down mortality related to chronic diseases and maternal and neo-natal mortality in the region. Western Nicaragua has the highest incidence of chronic kidney disease in the country and accounts for 18 percent of all deaths, compared to six percent at the national level. At the same time, the departments of León and Chinandega suffer from a high rate of deaths of people aged 30 to 49 because of cardiovascular problems, far above the national average.

Most of the new resources will be allocated for construction, equipment and management updating at the new Hospital Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Argüello (HEODRA). HEODRA is a regional hospital, which leads the network of services in the western region. It is estimated that 75 percent of the current infrastructure is in poor condition, weakening its capacity to respond to people’s health needs.

The new HEODRA will feature 346 beds, eight operating rooms, 34 out-patient offices and a maintenance plan that ensures the sustainability of the investment. A hospital information system will be implemented to support organizational and management innovations. The goal is for the hospital to offer specialized services, boast high-quality clinical departments with up to date technology and adequate and skilled staff to serve the population better.

Financing will be provided for the new hospital to optimize its integration in the network with the supply of equipment, rehabilitation or extension of the primary care units so they can deal with the demand that they are supposed to handle. The project all calls for the strengthening of the Center for Maintenance of Medical Teams at the national level.

The program aims to improve kidney health by developing a project offering education and prevention, health care workers’ training and review of protocols. A national registry of kidney patients will be created and a kidney transplant unit will be created.

The resources in the operation come in equal parts from the IDB’s ordinary capital and its Fund for Special Operations. The government of Nicaragua will contribute an estimated $5,6 million, for an overall cost of $90,6. The executing agency is the Nicaraguan Health Ministry

For more about this project, click here.

For more about IDB projects in Nicaragua, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/nicaragua/nicaragua-and-the-idb,1045.html

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe spends US$2,5 million on New Call Centre Upgrade Project

 

PROJECT NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

30 October 2014 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s leading mobile telephone company Econet Wireless has recently finished and opened a new call centre, spending over US$2,5 million on the infrastructure upgrade project. The new platform will enable Econet contact centre operators to respond to social media, voice telephony, fax and instant messaging service queries and complaints. The project was implemented in partnership with Jasco, an international telecommunications support company.

141030-pmwj28-econet-BUILDINGSpeaking on the sidelines of the public unveiling of Zimbabwe Services Charter and Contact Centre in Harare on 22 October 2014, Econet General Manager Customer Service Otis Makahamadze said the group upgraded its contact centre at a cost of over $2 million and the project was implemented in phases.

“We have upgraded and the new contact centre now has build-up capacity of 400% from what it was before. In the first phase was a combination of 52 seats and the second phase now has 220 seats and with the available equipment have three times available capacity to expand to other sites,” Makahamadze said.

He said the new call centre operated using Avaya technology that enabled the Econet to be more efficient and fast to give feedback to their customers. The Avaya solution delivers a seamless experience for voice, email and social media, allowing customers to interact with Econet through a variety of channels to connect on their terms. He, however, said the contact centre was able to capture customer feedback and this would also work as a way for the company to be able to deal with customer queries.

“Conversations are also recorded as a way of quality monitoring and grooming. The new centre is also able to distribute traffic to other terminals,” he said.

The new contact centre was able to monitor feedback and conversations on both social network and cellular communications platforms.

 

Winners of October Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

PUBLISHING NEWS

Eight winners in seven countries to receive free project management books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

30 October 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their October drawing for free project management books among fully registered members of the PM World Library. Eight people in 7 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 389 fully registered PMWL members on 28 October 2014. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

September winners of a free project management book were the following:

  • 141030-pmwj28-winners-BOOKSJohn Ohagah – Kenya
  • Goran Legac – Croatia
  • Phillip Ladd – USA
  • Gordon Bubou – Nigeria
  • Kim O’Connell – USA
  • Luvuyo Maka – South Africa
  • Alam Braga – Brazil
  • Darja Sekula Krstic – Slovenia

Winners get to choose one of the following free books offered in the October drawing, on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps to Achieving Successful Results; Author: Laura Dallas Burford; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Strategic Benefits Realization: Optimizing Value through Programs, Portfolios and Organizational Change Management; Author: Craig Letavec, PgMP, MSP, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam; Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Success with Optimal Program Management, Second Edition; Author: James T. Brown; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. The Free books are provided by authors and publishers; if you are an author or publisher of a project or program management books and would like to offer a free copy of your book through this contest in exchange for significant publicity, contact [email protected].

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Final Call for Papers for 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

30 October 2014 – Riga, Latvia – The 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 16-17 April 2014. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia. The Call for Papers remains open, with abstracts accepted through 16 November 2014. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.

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The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. Conference language is English.

Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funded project management (implementation)
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management
  4. Investment project management
  5. Culture project management
  6. IT project management
  7. Construction project management
  8. Renewable Energy Projects
  9. Social project management
  10. Standards on project management
  11. Professional education and science in project management
  12. Capacity of organization in project management
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory
  15. Project controlling
  16. Project Risk Management.

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. Key dates:

  • November 16, 2014 – Applications for participation and submission of abstract (see requirements at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/abstract-requirements.)
  • November 30, 2014 – Notification of acceptance and invitation to prepare report
  • Until December 30, 2014 – Payment of reduced conference fee
  • February 10, 2015 – Submission of paper for conference proceedings
  • February 28, 2015 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers
  • March 17, 2015 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference program

This conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers and Baltic Controlling Institute. The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

For more information, contact conference coordinators at [email protected] or [email protected]

Global Symposium on Project Mindset – The Key to Competitiveness – New Delhi, India 8-10 December 2014

 

FUTURE PM EVENT

22nd Global Symposium on Project Management hosted by Project Management Associates in New Delhi set for December 2014

29 October 2014 – New Delhi, India – Project Management Associates, the IPMA member association representing India, will host its 22nd annual global symposium on project management in New Delhi during 8-10 December 2014. The big event this year will be held at the Hotel Le Meridien in New Delhi.

141029-pmwj28-delhi-2014-IMAGEGlobal Symposium 2014 will focus on the major challenges in transforming the operational to a project mindset. The Project Mindset is at the core in providing transformation from present to the future. Incidentally, the theme of the 1/2 day seminar in August 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden organized by the Swedish Project Management Association and conducted by PMA president Adesh Jain was given the same theme.

According to Adesh this year, “We have invited stalwarts from all over the world in transforming organizational culture to project mindset. Dr. G S Krishnan, Program Manager and the Chief Knowledge Officer at Goddard Flight Space Centre (GSFC), USA will be one of the Keynote Speakers who will link the progress made by NASA in the last 5 decades by its commitment to the project mindset.”

“We expect participants from over 30 countries,” Adesh continued. “Our Global Symposium 2014 will follow the IPMA World Congress from Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2014 in Rotterdam, Holland. Some of the best papers, lessons learnt from the winners of the IPMA Project Excellence Award and case studies from the World Congress will also be presented in the GS 2014.”

The annual Global Symposium held in Delhi is considered to be one of the most significant events for project management professionals in the Asia Pacific region. See the symposium brochure at http://pma-india.org/download/GS2014-Brochure.pdf.

Project Management Associates (PMA) is a non-profit registered professional body of project and business managers, aimed at strengthening project management in India. Founded in 1993, PMA has made tremendous strides in creating massive awareness amongst CEO’s, practicing managers and academia regarding the importance of balancing time, cost and scope with quality built-in and meeting the diversified expectations of various stakeholders. PMA is the Indian Member Association of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). For more, go to http://pma-india.org/

Louis Mercken appointed Global Advisor for PM World in Belgium

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

PMI Fellow and former Chair of PMI Board of Directors added to global project management advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

29 October 2014 – Dallas, TX, USA and Brussels, Belgium – PM World has announced that Louis Mercken has been appointed a global advisor for the organization. He is a former Chair of the board of directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), a PMI Fellow, and a long-time professional leader in Belgium. Louis joins an illustrious group of former executives and fellows of the world’s leading project management professional bodies who have agreed to act as advisors for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. See all PM World Global Advisors here.

141029-pmwj28-Mercken-PHOTOLouis J. Mercken, MBA, PMP, PMI Fellow has over 40 years of experience as an executive in large multinational companies, including European Information Technology Executive for Exxon Chemical, CIO of CSC Europe, and Worldwide CIO of Union Miniere (Suez Group). He is a former owner, international partner and chairman of the board for the Threon Group, an organization that provides services in project management consulting, assessment and training throughout Europe. In this role, he worked with large international organizations to promote and introduce a project management culture. He had more than 6,000 participants in his programs since 1997.

Mr. Mercken is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds a bachelor degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance/Accountancy. Mr. Mercken also holds degrees in Operations Research and Computer Sciences. He also followed the INSEAD Management Program (France) and the IMEDE (Switzerland) extended program for executives. From 2002-2011, he has been executive professor in project management at Antwerp Universities Management School (UAMS) responsible for the PM Master Classes. From mid-1997 through 1999, he was visiting professor in project management excellence at the International Institute for Project Management at the Leonardo da Vinci University in Paris.

A leader and volunteer for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) for many years, Louis served three terms on the PMI Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2005.   His PMI leadership roles have included the following:

  • Founder, board member and president of the PMI Benelux Chapter (1998-2001) a chapter that grew from its creation in 1998 to the second largest in Europe by 2001.
  • Member of the PMI Board of Directors Worldwide (3 terms 2002-2004, 2005-2006 and 2009-2011)
  • 2002 – PMI Worldwide Board Member, Governance Committee Member, PMI Officer – Secretary Treasurer
  • 2003 – PMI Worldwide Board Member, Governance Committee Member, PMI Officer – Secretary Treasurer
  • 2004 – PMI Worldwide Board Member, Governance Committee Member, PMI Officer – Vice Chair
  • 2005 – PMI Chairman of the Board, Governance Committee Member, PMI Officer; Member Board Leadership Continuity Project; Co-Initiator and Member of the PMI CTP Taskforce (Community Transformation Project)
  • 2006 – PMI Worldwide Board Member, Past Chair; led board in program of work
  • 2008 – Member of PMI BMATT (Model Assessment Task Force)
  • 2009 – PMI Worldwide Board Member; Member of Future CEO Competences Task Team
  • 2010 – PMI Worldwide Board Member; Chair of the Gaylord Taskforce – CEO Executive Search
  • 2011 – PMI Worldwide Board Member; Chair of the PMIEF (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation) Taskforce

Louis was named an Honorary Member of the PMI Netherlands Chapter in 2006 for his approval and active support to the offspring in 2001 of the PMI NL Chapter from the PMI Benelux Chapter of which he was the President. He was awarded the PMI Fellow Award in 2007, PMI’s highest and most prestigious award that is presented to an individual. In 2009 he received Life Time Achievement Recognition from the PMI Belgium Chapter.

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “I am very happy to welcome Louis Mercken to our global advisory team. I have known Louis since 2002 when we served together on the PMI board. I highly respect his contributions to the PM profession over the years, and look forward to receiving occasional advice or feedback from him. We are honored that he has agreed to join our team.”

Louis Mercken stated, “It’s an honor to join the PM World advisory team, many of whom I know personally and some of whom I have worked with on the PMI board over the years. The world needs more professional project management. There is a big need for more online resources like the PM World Journal and Library. I look forward to contributing and to working with David again.”

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. PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). 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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

1st Asia Pacific Congress on Project Management in Beijing is 29-30 November 2014

 

FUTURE PM EVENT

29 October 2014 – Beijing, China – The Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm) will hold their first international conference, the Asia Pacific Congress on Project Management, in Beijing, China during 29-30 November 2014. Co-sponsored by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the Project Management Research Committee of China (PMRC), the event is the 1st Asia Pacific Congress on Project Management, the 2nd IPMA Research Conference and the 18th PMRC Conference.

141029-pmwj28-apfpm-IMAGE1The 1st apfpm Congress will highlight the critical importance that Project Management plays in achieving business success in the Asia Pacific region. Conference information can be seen at http://www.apfpm.org/

The conference will include representatives and participants from apfpm member associations in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. Additionally guests will be invited from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and other countries.

The congress will be an educational and networking event with expert international speakers, a huge business facilitation opportunity, and a great social program to provide foreign guests the opportunities to see local highlights, like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and many others. Home host: China’s umbrella PM Association the PMRC (Project Management Research Committee).

For more, go to http://ipma.ch/events/asia-pacific-congress/.

141029-pmwj28-apfpm-IMAGE2 LOGOThe Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm) is a regional grouping of independent project management professional societies in countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. Now with member associations in 20 countries, the organization was formed to harness the synergies of project management related professional associations across the region.

Through collaborative partnering these associations can more effectively grow and develop their organisations, leveraging the stature, strength, and connectivity of each other. Membership is open to independent national Project Management associations from countries in the Asia Pacific region. For more information about apfpm or individual member associations, visit http://www.apfpm.org/index.php or contact via email at [email protected].

PMI announces 2015 Board of Directors and Officers – Steve DelGrosso elected Chair

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

28 October 2014 – Phoenix, AZ, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors at the PMI® Global Congress 2014—North America. This governing body of PMI is elected by PMI’s membership to serve three-year terms. Three directors are elected by their colleagues to serve as PMI’s Officers.

The following individuals have been elected as Officers and to the Governance Committee for the 2015 PMI Board of Directors:

  • 141028-pmwj28-2015-board-DelGrossoChair: Steve DelGrosso, MSC, PMP (pictured at right)
  • Vice Chair: Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, MBA, PMP
  • Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Performance Oversight Committee: Mark Dickson, MBA, PMP, FAICD
  • Chair of the Strategy Development Oversight Committee: Deena Gordon Parla, PMP

The following directors have been elected for the 2015-2017 term of service:

  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Caterina La Tona, BCS, PfMP, PMP
  • Wagner Maxsen, PMI-RMP, PMP, Kaplan-Norton BSC Certified Graduate
  • W. Stephen Sawle, PE, CMC, PgMP, PMP
  • Jennifer Tharp, PMP

The following directors will continue to serve in 2015:

  • Margareth Carneiro, MSc, PMP
  • Victoria S. Kumar, MM, PMP
  • Ricardo Triana, PMP, Immediate Past Chair
  • Margareth Carneiro, MSc, PMP
  • Cheryl J. Walker Waite, PhD, PMP
  • Al Zeitoun, PhD, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, EVP

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

Source: Project Management Institute

Program Management for Improved Business Results, 2nd Edition, published by Wiley

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

28 October 2014 – New Jersey, USA – Wiley has published the second edition of Program Management for Improved Business Results, a book authored by Russ Martinelli, Tim Rahschulte and Tim Waddell of the Program Management Academy in Oregon, USA. Martinelli, Rahschulte and Waddell are frequent contributors to the PM World Journal.

141028-pmwj28-program-BOOK COVERProgram Management for Improved Business Results, Second Edition is a practical guide to real-world program management, written to align with the rigorous PMI PgMP certification standards. The book explains the benchmarks and best practices that help shape a superior program manager, and provides case studies that illustrate the real-world application of management concepts. Written by a team composed of both industry professionals and academics, the book strikes a balance between theory and practice that facilitates understanding and better prepares candidates for the PgMP. Managers at all levels will learn the insights and techniques that are shaping modern management expectations.

The Project Management Institute and the Product Development and Management Association both agree that program management is a critical element in the successful integration of business strategy and project management. The certification process is difficult, and few complete it – but demand for competent professionals is high. Program Management for Improved Business Results addresses this disconnect, preparing readers to fill the gaps and help businesses achieve the level of program management integration required by professional organizations. Topics include:

  • Aligning programs with business strategy
  • Program planning, execution, and processes
  • Management metrics and strategic and operational tools
  • Roles, responsibilities, and core competencies

RUSS J. MARTINELLI has served as a senior program manager at Intel and Lockheed Martin. He is co-founder of the Program Management Academy. He has used his expertise to help organizations in a variety of industries including medical, software, energy, transportation, high-tech, and aerospace.

JAMES M. WADDELL is a former director of program management in the high-tech industry and co-founder of the Program Management Academy. He consults in the areas of program management and mergers and acquisitions.

TIM J. RAHSCHULTE is an associate professor in George Fox University’s College of Business and is executive director at the Program Management Academy. He has over 20 years of professional management experience, focused on leading organizational change and talent management.

For more about the book, click here.

Click here for more about the Program Management Academy.

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 Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS) business, also known as Wiley-Blackwell, serves the world’s research and scholarly communities.   Wiley’s Professional/Trade (P/T) business serves professionals and consumers with books, subscription content, and information services, in all media, in targeted categories. Wiley Higher Education serves undergraduate, graduate, and advanced placement students, lifelong learners, and, in Australia, secondary school students. To see their project management titles, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html.

2nd Call for Papers for Second Annual UMD Project Management Symposium

 

27 October 2014 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence is still accepting paper submissions for its second annual Project Management Symposium, taking place June 8-9, 2015 on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md. This is the second call for papers, first issued in mid-September. Don’t miss this opportunity to present a paper at an important new annual project management conference near Washington, DC.

141027-pmwj28-2nd-annual-IMAGEPaper topics should apply to one of four themes: people in projects, large project management, case studies and lessons learned, or theory and practice. Example topics include leadership, federal project management, public-private partnerships, risk management, procurement, disaster management, project finance, and sustainability. All paper abstracts must be submitted by Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Supporting the theme, “Academically Rigorous and Practically Applied,” this two-day symposium will bring together project managers from the Baltimore-Washington metro area and abroad for the capital region’s premier academic project management symposium.

The inaugural symposium in 2014 drew a capacity crowd, as more than 55 speakers tackled topics ranging from disaster management and human factors to agile project management and performance measurement. Featured speakers included experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, International Institute for Learning, and the Maryland Department of Transportation. In 2015, symposium attendees will once again have the option to apply event sessions towards earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their Project Management Institute (PMI) credential.

“We’re thrilled to build on the momentum put forth from our inaugural event as we once again bring together some of the greatest minds in the field,” said Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence Dr. John Cable. “The 2014 symposium represented an excellent opportunity for area project managers to learn from and network with each other. Our proximity to the nation’s capital, as well as the collaborative expertise of both the Project Management Center for Excellence and our strategic partners, will allow us to further explore a multitude of project management topics impacting a wide range of industries and professions in 2015.”

A preliminary agenda complete with a first look at some of next June’s featured speakers will be released soon. Given last year’s high rate of paper submissions for the inaugural symposium, interested parties are encouraged to submit papers for the 2015 Project Management Symposium well in advance of the November 16th deadline.

For more information on the 2015 symposium, please visit the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence website.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

PMI Announces 2014 Professional Awards Winners at Global Congress in Phoenix

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

27 October 2014 – Phoenix, AZ, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Professional Awards at its annual gala preceding PMI® Global Congress 2014—North America. Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards Program has honored practitioners who achieve the highest standards of performance in project management and make a lasting impact in their field.

141027-pmwj28-2014-professional-awards-LOGO“Every year, PMI has the privilege of celebrating the best and brightest in the field of project management,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “We congratulate all the recipients on their achievements, and take inspiration from their significant contributions to the profession.”

The 2014 PMI Professional Awards recipients are:

PMI Project of the Year Award

  • AP60 Phase I: Rio Tinto Alcan/SNC–Lavalin/Hatch Joint Venture (winner)
  • Energy Systems Integration Facility Design-Build Project – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (finalist)
  • Access Health CT (finalist)

PMI Community Advancement Through Project Management Award

  • Jessica Berrada, PMP
  • Dell PM4LIFE

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award

  • Scrum Droid

PMI Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award

  • IBM Project Management Skills Acceleration Program

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award

  • Ginger Levin, DPA, PMP, PgMP, OPM3 Certified Professional
  • Michel Thiry, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow

PMI Distinguished Contribution Award

  • Walter Ginevri, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
  • Anca Sluşanschi, PMP

PMI Award for Project Excellence

  • CLP Power for Achieving Sustainability with Effective Project Management: myEnergy Programme (Asia Pacific Region)
  • Padrones 2013 – Republica Argentina (Latin America Region)
  • Kleinfelder for Kleinfelder ERP Platform Replacement (North America Region)
  • Du Boisé Library (North America Region)

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

Source: Project Management Institute