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AgileES: Earned Schedule for Agile Webinar on 27 February

PM EDUCATION NEWS 

3 February 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the topic and timing for its February Topical Webinar. The webinar will discuss a valuable addition to the Agile tool kit and springboard for future innovation by Robert Van De Velde, PhD.   It will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.

CPMThe 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.

Earned Schedule for Agile projects (AgileES) combines the speed and responsiveness of Agile with the accuracy and control of Earned Schedule. AgileES adds value to burn charts and other tools commonly used for assessing Agile schedule performance. Applying Earned Schedule to Agile projects is not without controversy, but its relevance has strong, objective proof. Earned Schedule is a valuable addition to the Agile tool kit today, and it is the spring board for further innovation in the future.

The webinar elaborates AgileES concepts and their value-add for Agile projects, illustrating both with a real-life Agile project. It uses math to further demonstrate the validity of Earned Schedule for Agile projects. The webinar then describes five practical steps for implementing Earned Schedule on your project, and it identifies implementation challenges and how to address them. The webinar finishes by outlining future extensions to the technique.

As a bonus, webinar attendees will be given a link to a free tool for calculating Agile Earned Schedule metrics.

Robert Van De Velde owns and operates ProjectFlightDeck.com, a company focused on Earned Schedule products and services. He has recently extended Earned Schedule to Agile projects, packaging the practice, tools, and theory as AgileESM© (Agile Earned Schedule Management).

As a project manager, Rob has a long track record of delivering IT programs and projects in a variety of domains, including financial services, natural resources, telecommunications, and health care. His project management accomplishments have been recognized by several awards, including two Canadian Information Productivity Awards. He has successfully used both plan-driven and Agile processes on his projects.

Rob holds a PhD, a PMP, and a Black Belt in MS Project. He is currently completing the requirements for Scrum Master certification. Rob has spoken at EVM World, Project World, and Ryerson University. His articles have appeared in Projects@Work, PM World Today, PM World Journal and Journal of Systems Management.

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 

Speakers announced for 1st Annual Project Management Conference at the University of Maryland: UMD to host Inaugural Project Management Symposium in June 2014

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS 

4 February 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA —The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has announced its first annual Project Management Symposium that will be held June 9-10, 2014 in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md.  Information can be found at http://PMSymposium.umd.edu

131129-pmwj17-Maryland-IMAGEConnecting academically rigorous research with practical applications, this symposium will bring together project management professionals from academe, industry and government to share, explore and learn the best management practices for today’s dynamic project environments.

“This should be a powerhouse event,” said Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence Dr. John Cable, “We are bringing together some of the best professionals in the field, and we are really excited about the level of participation we have already received.”

Featuring over 35 guest speakers and presenters, the symposium will offer project management professionals an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field. Topics will range from disaster management and human factors to global project management and innovative financing, and attendees can use symposium sessions towards earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their PMI credential.

Featured guest speakers will include:

  • Ron Taylor, Principal and Founder, Ron Taylor Group, author of The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management
  • Karen Durham-Aquilera, Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Regina McElroy, Director, Office of Innovative Program Delivery, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
  • Mladen Radujkovic, President, International Project Management Association and Dean of faculty and Professor of Project Management and Construction Management, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb Croatia
  • Gregory Balestrero, Former President and CEO, Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Brian McKeon, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Melinda Peters, State Highway Administrator, Maryland Department of Transportation

This event is being held in partnership between the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), with media sponsorship support from Project Management World Journal.

For more information on the conference, visit University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence’s 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.” For information, visit www.pm.umd.edu

EVM World 2014: Call for Papers: Share Knowledge, Expertise, Experience and Tools

CALLS FOR PAPERS 

4 February 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced its call for papers for EVM World 2014. Papers are sought in the field of project performance management techniques including earned value management. EVM World will be hosting several tracks including general practice symposia, a track on Agile and EVM, a track focused on the Oil and Gas industry and a Scheduling track led by the PM College of Scheduling.  Additionally, vendors can highlight their products and services in the Tools Track.

140204-pmwj19-EVM-World-IMAGEThe deadline for submissions is Friday, February 14th at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Speaker requirements can be found here. Abstracts may be submitted here. More information on Tools Track sponsorships is available by emailing [email protected].

The 30th Annual EVM World will take May 21st through May 23rd, 2014 in San Antonio Texas. The theme of the event is “Fueling the Value of Project Performance.” EVM World is the premier annual event for project performance management techniques and earned value management. It offers outstanding training, excellent networking, in-depth sessions with leading experts, workshops, case studies and the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques and tools to improve project performance. Visit the EVM World website for more information.

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 

UN Report says Human Cause of Global Warming is Near Certainty

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

30 January 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland and New York, USA – According to the final version of a United Nations (UN) report released today, global warming is unequivocal, human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, already at levels not seen in at least 800,000 years, will persist for many centuries.

140130-pmwj19-climate-IMAGE“Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system,” according to the report, which finalizes a summary of findings by the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued in September, outlining a litany of threats from the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to rising oceans to extreme weather events such as cyclones and heat waves.

“Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions,” it stresses, using the term “extremely likely” for human causality since the mid-20th century, meaning there is a 95 to 100 per cent probability that humankind, and not naturally occurring phenomena, are to blame, a 5 percent increase from the 90 to 100 per cent “very likely” probability of if the IPCC’s last report in 2007.

Even if emissions of global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are stopped, most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries. “This represents a substantial multi-century climate change commitment created by past, present and future emissions of CO2,” the report warns.

“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes,” it says. “This evidence for human influence has grown since AR4 (the last IPCC report). It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

The report says it is extremely likely that more than half the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the increase in greenhouse gas caused by humans and other human causes. Some of the major warming emissions caused by humankind since the birth of the industrial era 250 years ago – CO2, methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) – have all increased since 1750 due to human activity.

“Concentrations of CO2, CH4, and N2O now substantially exceed the highest concentrations recorded in ice cores during the past 800,000 years. The mean rates of increase in atmospheric concentrations over the past century are, with very high confidence, unprecedented in the last 22,000 years.”

It notes that each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850, changes in many extreme weather and climate events have been observed since about 1950, the frequency of heat waves has likely increased in large parts of Europe, Asia and Australia.

For more about this report and its conclusions, go to http://www.ipcc.ch/ or http://climatechange2013.org/.

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization established in 1945 to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights and world peace. Currently with 193 members states, the UN and its specialized agencies meet regularly throughout the year. The UN Headquarters is in New York City, with other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. More information at http://www.un.org/en/

Source: United Nations

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science with Five New Missions

PROGRAMME/PROJECT NEWS 

22 January 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that for the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year for NASA Earth science researchers, who also will conduct airborne campaigns to the poles and hurricanes, develop advanced sensor technologies, and use satellite data and analytical tools to improve natural hazard and climate change preparedness.

140122-pmwj19-five-earth-IMAGE1The first new NASA Earth science mission of 2014 is the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint international project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Japan.

Image Credit: NASA

NASA satellites, aircraft, and research help scientists and policy makers find answers to critical challenges facing our planet, including climate change, sea level rise, decreasing availability of fresh water, and extreme weather events.

“As NASA prepares for future missions to an asteroid and Mars, we’re focused on Earth right now,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “With five new missions set to launch in 2014, this really is shaping up to be the year of the Earth, and this focus on our home planet will make a significant difference in people’s lives around the world.”

The GPM Core Observatory mission inaugurates an unprecedented international satellite constellation that will produce the first nearly global observations of rainfall and snowfall. This new information will help answer questions about our planet’s life-sustaining water cycle, and improve water resource management and weather forecasting. The GPM Core Observatory is scheduled to launch on Feb. 27 from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center on a Japanese H-IIA rocket. The spacecraft was built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

In July, NASA will launch a mission to advance our understanding of carbon dioxide’s role in climate change. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, a replacement for a mission lost after a launch vehicle failure in 2009, will make precise, global measurements of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is the largest human-generated contributor to global warming. OCO-2 observations will be used to improve understanding of the natural and human-induced sources of carbon dioxide and how these emissions cycle through Earth’s oceans, land and atmosphere. OCO-2, managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II rocket.

140122-pmwj19-five-earth-IMAGE2NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will track Earth’s water into one of its last hiding places: the soil. SMAP soil moisture data will aid in predictions of agricultural productivity, weather and climate. SMAP is scheduled to launch in November.  Image Credit: NASA

With the November launch of NASA’s SMAP mission, NASA will track Earth’s water into one of its last hiding places: the soil. SMAP will map Earth’s soil moisture, and provide precise indications of the soil’s freeze-thaw state, to improve understanding of the cycling of water, energy, and carbon. High-resolution global maps of soil moisture produced from SMAP data will inform water resource management decisions on water availability around our planet. SMAP data also will aid in predictions of plant growth and agricultural productivity, weather and climate forecasts, and monitoring floods and droughts. SMAP will launch from Vandenberg onboard a Delta II rocket. JPL manages the mission.

“On our home planet Earth, water is an essential requirement for life and for most human activities. We must understand the details of how water moves within and between the atmosphere, the oceans, and the land if we are to predict changes to our climate and the availability of water resources,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “Coupled with data from other ongoing NASA missions that measure sea-surface salinity and that detect changes in underground aquifer levels, with GPM and SMAP we will have unprecedented measurements of our planet’s vital water cycle.”

Two Earth science missions will be sent to the International Space Station this year to measure ocean winds, clouds, and aerosols, marking NASA’s first use of the orbiting laboratory as a 24/7 Earth-observing platform. The new instruments are the first of a series that will observe Earth routinely from the orbiting laboratory.

The space station has served as a unique platform advancing scientific research and technological discovery for more than 13 years. Its mid-inclination orbit allows for observations at all local times over nearly 85 percent of Earth’s surface. NASA plans to launch five Earth-observing instruments to the ISS through 2017. These missions are developed and operated jointly by the International Space Station Program and the Earth Science Division.

ISS-RapidScat, scheduled to launch to the station June 6, will extend the data record of ocean winds around the globe. These data are a key factor in climate research, weather and marine forecasting, and tracking of storms and hurricanes. Using inherited, repurposed hardware, ISS-RapidScat will provide high-value science at a fraction of the typical cost of developing a free-flying satellite. ISS-Rapidscat will fly to the station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a commercial resupply flight for the ISS.

NASA’s Global Hawk and a fleet of aircraft equipped with sophisticated sensors will fly 12 NASA campaigns around the world in 2014. From Antarctica to the Arctic, airborne scientists will study polar ice sheets, urban air pollution, hurricanes and more.

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is scheduled to launch in September on a SpaceX ISS commercial resupply flight. The CATS is a technology demonstration mission using three-wavelength lasers to extend satellite observations of small particles in the atmosphere from volcanoes, air pollution, dust, and smoke. These aerosol particles pose human health risks at ground level and influence global climate through their impact on cloud cover and solar radiation in Earth’s atmosphere. CATS is scheduled to launch Sept. 12 on another SpaceX ISS commercial resupply flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“With these two instruments launching to the space station, ISS will come into its own as an important platform for studying the Earth system and global change,” said Julie Robinson, space station chief scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “This is just the beginning of the space station becoming a part of the global Earth-observing network.”

NASA also uses a wide array of research aircraft equipped with sophisticated sensors to advance Earth science research. This year, NASA is sponsoring 12 flight campaigns that will study the polar ice sheets, urban air pollution, hurricanes, ecosystem health and more over the United States, Central and South America, Antarctica, and the Arctic Circle.

Putting satellite data to work meeting local and regional needs around the world is another part of NASA’s Earth science mission. In 2014, projects sponsored by the NASA Applied Sciences Program will tackle ecosystem issues in the Gulf of Mexico, water scarcity in the U.S. Southwest, and flood management in the Mekong River delta.

NASA continues to push the boundaries of current technologies to find new ways to see our complex planet in more detail and with greater accuracy. This year, NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office will test new sensors to improve measurements of water levels in lakes and reservoirs, carbon dioxide, terrestrial ecosystems, and natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

NASA monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

For more information about NASA’s Earth science activities in 2014, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow

For information on the latest NASA Earth science findings, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/earth

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 

Images: courtesy of NASA

Free Project Management Books – Monthly Drawings Announced by PM World

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

Monthly drawings for program and project management books launched for registered members of new PM World Library

2 February 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced an exciting new opportunity for those interested in program, project and portfolio management. Monthly drawings for free books will be held during 2014, the new program was announced in support of the official unveiling of the new PM World Library (PMWL) at www.pmworldlibrary.net.  The PMWL is a new global resource for continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

140202-pmwj19-free-books-IMAGEAccording to David Pells, PMWL executive director, “We are very excited about the launch of the new PM World Library.  We are also happy to have the support of authors and publishers of project management books who have offered to provide free books, much like door prizes for a grand opening.”

“In fact, it looks like we will have a lot of books to give away,” Pells added. “We may have as many as a dozen books for drawings in future months, so this is a very exciting benefit for those who register.”

The Free Books Drawings will work like this: Working in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of P/PM books will be offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing will be held each month for one or more books to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  The books for upcoming drawings will be posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the monthly drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books so far offered for the February drawing include:

  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management, by Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012) – For more about the book, click here. 
  • Communicating Projects: An End-to-End Guide to Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Effective Communication; by Ann Pilkington; Publisher: Gower (2013) – For more about the book, click here. 
  • The Process Improvement Handbook: A Blueprint for Managing Change and Increasing Organizational Performance, by Tristan Boutros and Tim Purdie; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2013) – For more about the book, click here.

 

To win, one must be a registered member of the PMWL.  To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to 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, a small private company based in the United States but owned and managed by stakeholders in Australia, Europe and North America.  Contents are created by authors, advisors and correspondents worldwide.  PM World also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net and www.pmworldjournal.net.

New Series of Articles on Maturity in Project Management by Archibald and Prado to appear in PM World Journal

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

Global experts Russell Archibald and Darci Prado to share research results and knowledge about project management maturity in organizations

11 January 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the publication of a new series of articles on the topic of Maturity in Project Management.  Authored by Darci Prado and Russell Archibald, two well-known and globally-respected project management authorities, the articles will appear monthly in the PMWJ during 2014.  Their first article titled “Introduction to Maturity in Project Management” appeared in the January edition.  To read it, click here.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “We are happy to launch this new series of articles on project management maturity, an increasingly important topic for both organizations and project executives around the world.  Russ and Darci are experts on this topic, have conducted significant research among organizations in Brazil and elsewhere, and have significant information to share.”

According to Archibald and Prado in their first article: “Hundreds of ‘Project Management Maturity Models’ have been developed and used in the past two decades with the objective of measuring the level of project management maturity within all types of enterprises and for most of the many categories of projects. These models range from simple to very complex. The most widely used of these models have been developed primarily for large, complex organizations, and these have become excellent sources of business for specialized consultants.”

In their first article, they explain terms and concepts, describe some of the leading project management maturity models, and introduce their own experiences and research results. Their second article titled “The Importance of Knowing Your Project, Program and Portfolio Management Maturity: PPPMM” will appear in the February PMWJ.

pmwj18-jan2014-archibald-PHOTO PRADODarci Prado is a consultant and partner of INDG in Brazil. He is an engineer, with graduate studies in Economical Engineering at UCMG and PhD in Project Management from UNICAMP, Brazil. He has worked for IBM for 25 years and with UFMG Engineering School for 32 years. He holds the IPMA Level B Certification. He was one of the founders of Minas Gerais State and Parana State PMI chapters.

Darci was member of Board Directors of Minas Gerais State PMI chapter during 1998-2002 and member of the Consulting Board during 2003-2009. He was also the president of IPMA Minas Gerais State chapter during 2006-2008. He is conducting a Project Management maturity research in Brazil, Italy, Spain and Portugal together with Russell Archibald. He is author of nine books on project management and is also author of a methodology, a software application, and a maturity model for project management.

russell d archibaldRussell D. Archibald: PhD (Hon) ESC-Lille (Fr), MSc (U of Texas) & BS (U of Missouri) Mechanical Engineering, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA (member of the Board of IPMA/INTERNET 1974-83), held engineering and executive positions in aerospace, petroleum, telecommunications, and automotive industries in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela (1948-1982). Russ also had 9 years of active duty as a pilot officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps (1943-46) and as a Senior Pilot and Project Engineer with the U. S. Air Force (1951-58.)

Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents, and has taught project management principles and practices to thousands of managers and specialists around the world. He is co-author (with Shane Archibald) of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know About Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (2013); author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects (3rd Edition 2003), also published in Russian, Italian, and Chinese; other books (in English, Italian, Japanese, and Hungarian); and many papers on project management.

The PM World Journal 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 news stories about projects and project management in different 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.

Systems Lifecycle Cost-Effectiveness: The Commercial, Design and Human Factors of Systems Engineering

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

New Book by General Massimo Pica published by Gower

30 January 2014 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Massimo Pica, Systems Lifecycle Cost-Effectiveness: The Commercial, Design and Human Factors of Systems Engineering.  This book should be of interest to many in the project management field, especially those engaged in developing new systems or complex system-based projects.

140130-pmwj19-pica-IMAGEAccording to Gower, traditional costing models for new systems and new buildings in industry, defence or government, have tended to focus on the costs of acquisition and implementation, with scant regard for the costs of running the system or decommissioning after use. The pressure to minimize expenditure and provide value for money from reduced resources means that complex projects have to encompass a wide range of often conflicting issues and interests. Systems Lifecycle Cost-Effectiveness shows how to manage the difficulties that can arise.

Optimizing the system lifecycle cost-effectiveness is complex and influenced by many factors. Massimo Pica presents a variety of models for calculating cost, benefits and risk in projects, and explains how the human factors associated with a system’s design and consequent value are as important as the technical costs associated with its construction or creation.

This comprehensive text can be used by students, experienced system engineers, cost analysts and managers to improve their understanding of the wide range of issues involved in the evaluation of system life cycle cost-effectiveness.

Massimo Pica graduated in Chemical Engineering at ‘Sapienza’ University in Rome, Italy. He retired from active service with the rank of Brigadier General in the Corps of Professional Engineers of the Italian Army. Throughout his career Gen. Pica built up significant experience in Project Management, and especially Project Cost Management, as he participated in a number of NATO and international programs for the design, development and production of advanced defence systems. His current activities are in the area of specialist training on Project Management and Economic Engineering. He is a member of European Council of Construction Economics and of International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association.

More information & free chapters on the Systems Lifecycle Cost-Effectiveness can be found at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409462460 

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above link.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Source: Gower Publishing

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected]

UK’s Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan promises 250,000 jobs and £110 billion investment in Energy Projects

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

5 January 2014 – London, UK – Up to £110 billion of private sector investment in the electricity sector is set to be unlocked with the publication of the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan in December. According to the announcement from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, the investment is needed by 2020 alongside crucial measures to improve the security of electricity supply, which will be made possible now that the Energy Bill has received Royal Assent. 

140105-pmwj19-electricity-IMAGEThis should provide investors and industry with the confidence they need to invest in the energy sector and also places a legal obligation on British governments to ensure the UK’s energy generating capacity is maintained while at the same time reducing emissions. This package of measures will support up to a quarter of a million jobs, 200 000 of which are ‘green’ jobs in the renewable energy sector.

There has already been over £31 billion of investment announced in renewable electricity generation projects since 2010, and this package is expected to attract around £40 billion of investment in renewable electricity by 2020. This will provide enough power for 10 million homes while at the same time reducing carbon emissions by around 20 million tonnes – equivalent to 25 per cent of annual household emissions.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey said; “We have driven the Energy Bill through Parliament on time to send out a clear signal to investors and industry. We have delivered the certainty they need and confirmed Britain’s position as one of the most attractive countries in the world to invest in energy generation. We are now able to build on the measures already in place to deliver cleaner energy, affordable bills, energy security and the creation of thousands of skilled green jobs across the UK.”

A number of accompanying announcements were made alongside the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan:

The first EMR Delivery Plan sets out the strike prices for renewable technologies under Contracts for Difference (CfD) as well as the analysis underpinning these decisions. Accompanying the Delivery Plan is a revised version of the CfD, with improvements made to the contract terms to further support the ability of developers to bring forward investment at lower cost to consumers. Together with the strike prices, this package will make the UK market one of the most attractive countries in the world for clean energy developers.

In line with new EU guidelines on competition and to deliver best value for money to the taxpayer, the Government is considering introducing competition for more established low carbon technologies when the CfD regime is introduced. This will be decided in early 2014.

The Government has sent out draft investment contracts for the sixteen renewables projects that have progressed to the next stage of the ‘FID Enabling for Renewables process’. Ten projects have been told that they are provisionally affordable under the budget caps announced on 4 December, but all are able to remain in the process until it is completed, and contracts are awarded, in spring 2014.

A Capacity Market is being introduced which works by providing regular payments to capacity providers so that they are available to and produce energy when capacity is tight, or face penalties. The Capacity Market will drive investment in generation while ensuring costs are kept down. The Government has confirmed the level of system security that will be required under the mechanism.

Ofgem has also approved National Grid’s request to develop new services to ensure sufficient capacity in the period before the Capacity Market is operational. This will see existing and mothballed facilities being available to generate power to meet additional demand as necessary.

For more on this story, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-energy-reforms-to-support-250000-jobs-keep-bills-down-and-produce-cleaner-energy

The British government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change.  DECC is a ministerial department, supported by 8 agencies and public bodies.  The Right Honorable Edward Davey was appointed Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012. For more about DECC, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change.

The Rules of Project Risk Management: Implementation Guidelines for Major Projects

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

New Book by Robert J. Chapman published by Gower

26 January 2014 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Robert J. Chapman, The Rules of Project Risk Management.  According to the Gower release, the evidence continues to grow that the effective management of risk is the very kernel of successful project management. Its absence frequently leaves project sponsors lamenting missed objectives and shareholders coming to terms with an organisation’s poor bottom line performance.

140126-pmwj19-chapman-IMAGEDr Robert Chapman’s The Rules of Project Risk Management stands out from other risk management texts because it provides very practical guidance, supported by numerous mini case studies, many of which have attracted considerable publicity. The book brings to life both the benefits of project risk management when effectively applied and the ramifications when it is misunderstood or receives scant attention.

The structure of the book is based on International Standard ISO 31000 seen through the lens of general systems theory – where projects are undertaken by organisations which have an external context and internal sub-systems. A project system is seen to be composed of seven key subject areas. Practical short ‘rules’ or implementation guidelines, written in an engaging style, are offered to support each of these subject areas and aid quick assimilation of key risk management messages.

Each rule focuses on a specific aspect of effective risk management which warrants attention in its own right. Taken together the rules will provide those implementing projects with the building blocks to secure a project’s objectives. They have been drawn from a wealth of experience gained from applying risk management practices across multiple industries from Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The book is recommended reading by the Institute of Risk Management, the Global Institute of Risk Management Standards and the Institute of Commercial Management

Robert Chapman is currently the Head of Risk Management on the Klang Valley MRT project in Malaysia. He is a qualified architect and he holds both a PhD in Risk Management and, an MSc in Construction Management. He was elected, and is a Fellow of the UK IRM, APM and ICM for his contribution to the field of risk management. Robert has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, initially as an Architect, subsequently as a Project Manager and finally as a Risk Specialist – which has been his occupation for the last 12 years. He has worked in Europe, The Middle East and Asia.

More information & free chapters on the The Rules of Project Risk Management can be found at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472411952  

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above link. 

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Editor’s note: Readers of the PM World Journal receive discounted pricing from Gower.  For more, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=2212 or contact [email protected]

New online Project Management Library Announced

PM EDUCATION NEWS 

PM World Library to provide a global resource for continuous learning related to Project, Program and Portfolio Management

1 February 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has officially announced the availability of the PM World Library (PMWL), a new online resource for those engaged in managing programs, projects and portfolios around the world.  Under development for the past year as an archive for works published in the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the new library is intended to provide a global resource for continuous learning in the program/project management (P/PM) field.  The new PMWL can be found at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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According to David Pells, PMWJ Managing Editor, “We wanted to archive PMWJ articles and papers in a more meaningful way, and to provide ongoing visibility and recognition for the authors who create those new works. So phase one of the new library is focused on PMWJ authors and contents.”

“We also wanted to create a larger resource, so we are modeling the PMWL after a traditional library,” he added.  “In the near future, let’s call it phase 2, we will be adding access to other publications, databases and information from public and private sources worldwide.  The concept is to produce a truly global source of educational information related to managing programs and projects, especially for those working in organizations, conditions and locations where better project management is needed.”

Like most libraries, access to the new library requires membership.  Free access is offered to recent PMWJ authors, students, residents of low-income countries, hardship cases and others.  For most, there is a small fee.  The PMWL already includes over a thousand works by hundreds of authors from various countries, including some of the world’s leading experts. Working with authors and publishers of P/PM knowledge worldwide, access to additional resources will now be added on a continuous basis.  To learn more about the authors, understand library benefits and access this dynamic new resource, go to www.pmworldlibrary.net.

PM World Inc. is a small private company based in the United States, but owned and managed by stakeholders in Australia, Europe and North America.  PM World publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world.  The company also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit the PMWL at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for February 2014

PM PEOPLE NEWS 

31 January 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced the monthly updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max this month:

max widemanThanks to Guest Young Min Park, we present the construction of the beautiful 200-year-old Hwaseong Fortress as a valuable case study in project management. Part 1 describes this king’s fortification and administration center as a tourist attraction. Part 2 (to follow) will dive into the project records of the day to discover how this project was managed.

Also, Guest Chris Majer describes how Transformation Requires Overcoming the Enemies of Learning where Changing how people work is often a major obstacle to the successful completion of a transformative project.

Do PMP Boot Camp Classes Help Pass the Exam? According to our Musings, one LinkedIn group thinks that this is not the best approach.

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.

BBC W1 programme director Andy Griffee to speak at APM Conference in London on 3 April

FUTURE EVENT NEWS 

23 January 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management professional body, has announced that that BBC’s award-winning programme director Andy Griffee will be a featured speaker at their annual conference.  Taking place on Thursday 3rd April at Kings Place in London, the APM Conference 2014 will be looking forward to New Frontiers. Change is changing; project management is a profession for the 21st Century. It embraces the speed of change and innovation now possible in our connected, global, technologically advanced age.

So far this month APM have unveiled an exciting and world-class speaker line up and are delighted to announce that Andy Griffee will be joined by communications strategist Alan Barnard. Judging by the responses so far, this is already expected to be one of APM’s best conferences yet.

140123-pmwj19-annual-IMAGE1Andy Griffee (pictured at right) was the director for the BBC’s W1 programme, winner of the 2013 Programme of the Year at the APM Awards. Andy successfully led the £1.046bn programme to redevelop BBC Broadcasting House in London, its technical fit-out and the migration of 5,500 staff in a way which maximized financial and creative benefits.

BBC headquarters, Broadcasting House, was renovated and extended as part of a major consolidation of the broadcaster’s property portfolio in London. This involved the demolition of post-war extensions on the eastern side of the building with a new wing built in its place. The state-of-the-art building brought together members of staff from other locations in London, including the BBC’s national and international journalism, BBC Television services, BBC Network Radio, online teams and professional support services.

140123-pmwj19-annual-IMAGE2Founder of bbm campaigns Alan Barnard (left) will also be speaking at the APM Conference, sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight. Alan Barnard is a top communication strategist with vast experience in devising and executing successful campaigns. His company, bbm campaigns, has developed a new model for organising communications into campaigns to deliberately influence changes in behaviour and understanding in target audiences, leading to successful outcomes for business.

Alan’s ground-breaking book Campaign It!, describes the basics of campaigning and explains how campaigning techniques, attitudes, philosophies and principles can be applied to achieving any outcome.

New Frontiers aims to change your perception of what can be achieved through project management by showcasing projects, people, and innovative practices from around world. Book your place today.

For the latest APM Project Management Conference news follow @APMProjectMgmt on Twitter and search #apmconf.

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

Source: Association for Project Management

APM becomes first professional body to achieve volunteer award in UK

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

28 January 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it has become the first professional body to be officially recognised for the excellent work done with its volunteers. The Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard was awarded to APM following an assessment against a range of good practice standards. The results showed that APM excelled in all aspects of working with its volunteers.

140128-pmwj19-volunteer-IMAGEThe majority of APM’s growing community of 339 volunteers delivers a nation-wide calendar of cutting-edge events through a network of local branch committees and Specific Interest Groups (SIG). Additional voluntary work includes promoting project management as a career within schools, corporate liaison roles and writing for APM. Volunteers also have roles as award judges, accreditation assessors and Board members amongst other opportunities.

Following the confirmation of this achievement, APM president Tom Taylor said: “APM is blessed with a high number of conscientious and generous volunteers. They established APM over forty years ago and volunteer participations, involvements and contributions currently run through every aspect of APM’s activities in many different ways. I believe for people who aspire to a professional life, volunteering will enable them to put some vigour into their profession.”

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. As the largest professional body of its kind in Europe, APM relies on the expertise and commitment of its volunteer community to aid in the development and promotion of project and programme management.

Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution they make.

Investing in Volunteers demonstrates real achievement measured against a rigorous national standard. By achieving this quality standard publicly demonstrates APM’s commitment to volunteering and effective volunteer management.

David West, APM Volunteers’ Manager, is delighted to have achieved this award through a concerted effort: “A tremendous amount of work has been carried out by volunteers and staff to achieve this and it’s a real reflection of how APM use and value our volunteers. Volunteers really are the foundation of this organisation and the award has demonstrated our commitment to ensuring they have the best experience possible.”

Investing in Volunteers is unique in that it is the only standard that focuses on volunteers. It is based on four areas of volunteer management; planning for volunteer involvement, recruiting volunteers, selecting and matching volunteers and supporting and retaining volunteers. It is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel that makes recommendations to the UK Volunteering Forum, the awarding body.

Tom added: “In recent years APM has been devising suitable ways to recognise and appreciate volunteer contributions. This valued award of Investing in Volunteers is a universal recognition in which all volunteers can take pride – past, present and hopefully those to come – along with the staff, contractors and consultants who work alongside the volunteers.”

Discover the volunteering opportunities available with APM.

Find out more about Investing in Volunteers

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

Source: Association for Project Management

IPMA 2014 World Congress Call for Papers extended to February 28

CALL FOR PAPERS 

31 January, 2014 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IPMA-Netherlands, hosts for the 28th IPMA World Congress scheduled for 29 September—1 October, 2014 have announced the extension for the congress Call for Papers through 28 February 2014. Although 200 abstracts have already been submitted, additional time has been provided to allow for more potential papers.

For those who could not meet the previous paper submission due date, you still have time to share your vision, knowledge and more on Project, Program and Portfolio Management. With this update, you can now send your abstract until February 28 in response to the Academic Call for Papers at www.ipma2014.com/call-for-papers-academic or Best Practices Call for Papers at www.ipma2014.com/call-for-papers-best-practices).

This year’s World Congress theme is … Innovation through Dialogue.

140131-pmwj19-call-IMAGEDuring 3 days, more than 120 experts from the business and academic worlds will share their experiences and insights about innovating our world through dialogue. The congress will include site visits to impressive projects and exciting social events, making this one of the most comprehensive and inspiring PM events of 2014. All this in the World Trade Center (at right), in the City of Rotterdam, recently voted 10th in the list of 52 Places to Go by the New York Times.

Global Young Crew Workshop 2014 – Starting Friday September 26th to Sunday 28th the Global Young Crew Workshop will take place at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. Preceding the World Congress it is limited to a maximum of 120 participants and already 25% is booked. More information will appear soon on the website of the World Congress.

Site Visit Video – For more insights about the Rotterdam Venue, and a few secrets, including the venue of the Gala Dinner, see our Site Visit videos, at the IPMA website.

28th IPMA World Congress and social media – Stay informed about the latest development in the World Congress program and social events by:

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

The IPMA World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year.

President of IPMA for 2013 and 2014 is Professor Mladen Radujković. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Press Release Contact: Stacy Goff, IPMA VP of Marketing & Events. [email protected].

Call for Papers for March 2014 PM World Journal

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS 

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

25 January 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney – A Call for Papers for the March 2014 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ) has been issued.  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 March 2014 edition.

140125-pmwj19-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 – well or badly! 
  • 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 will be included in EBSCO’s Business Source Complete 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, “The reputation of the PMWJ is now growing steadily. We are seeking good articles and papers to continue the momentum.  We welcome articles and papers about any aspect of program or project management from anywhere in the world, especially those that might be useful for those managing projects in difficult conditions, emerging economies or challenging environments.”

“Our mission is to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management,” Pells adds.  “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.”

Contents for upcoming editions generally need to be received by the 20th of each month.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.  Archives of past editions can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.   PMWJ subscriptions are free.

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific issues of the PM World Journal.  Works submitted in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider sending an original article now or in the future – to [email protected].

 

IPMA Seeks Excellent Projects for Recognition in 2014

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

Reported by Kasia Pachuta and Ewa Bednarczyk in Cracow

31 January 2014 – Cracow, Poland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) announces that its 2014 International Project Excellence Awards program is now in full swing and invites organizations and project teams to apply for one of their prestigious awards. Do you believe your project is the best managed project in the world? Is it good enough to compete in the international project management arena? Are you ready to share your experience? If yes, the IPMA Project Excellence Award is what you should take on as your next challenge in 2014.

140131-pmwj19-ipma-IMAGEIPMA recognizes excellent projects from different industries and organizations worldwide by organizing the annual assessment process of submitted for the Award applications. Since 2002 the IPMA has been presenting project management awards to project management teams that display and can prove great achievements in project management.

The aim of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award is to increase the recognition of best-managed projects and to motivate project teams to develop and improve project management. It supports professional project management’s role in achieving high performance. It identifies your top projects as examples of Global excellence project management.

Do not miss this great opportunity to benchmark your project work, award your team and receive the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2014– Oscar in Project Management world.

Do you believe your project is the best managed project in the world? Is it good enough to compete in the international project management arena? Are you ready to share your experience? If yes, the IPMA Project Excellence Award is what you should take on as your next challenge in 2014.

Over 100 project teams have already taken a journey of exploring and improving their project management competences. Now it’s time for you! The time schedule for IPMA Project Excellence Award 2014 is announced and applications are already being opened.

Once you get into the IPMA Project Excellence process you and your organization can benefit from:

RECOGNITION – you are assessed against global projects of a similar budget and complexity. Do you like to compete? Accept this challenge. Show that you are one of the most successful project teams in 2014.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS –a group of international assessors grade your project by adapting a unified model – the IPMA Project Excellence Model.

BENCHMARKING – completion of the program assessment allows for a unique form of benchmarking for project work. You will receive a detailed Benchmark Report prepared by your international assessor team. You receive independent feedback against comprehensive assessment criteria. 

PRESTIGE – Your excellence is recognized, it is published, it is proven! You can use logo of the IPMA Project Excellence Award for company documents and publications. And everyone knows that your project is the best managed project in the world.

EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE – share your experience of Project Excellence at annual IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam – one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year.

WINNERS CLUB – be part of our exclusive group for Award Finalists, IPMA Award Management Board and selected IPMA Team Lead Assessors.

The IPMA Project Excellence Assessment Process is neither complicated nor time consuming. It is challenging, but otherwise it wouldn’t be prestigious!  For more information visit http://www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected]. We will be more than happy to help you being recognized as excellent.

DATES TO NOTE: 

Introduction Webinar – 10th March 2014. This Webinar is dedicated to all potential applicants. If you want to apply or learn more about our assessment process and the Project Excellence Model contact Award Office ([email protected]) and sign up for the Webinar.

Application due date: 7th April 2014. Download application form and read more about the assessment process: http://ipma.ch/awards/project-excellence/application-process/

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

Source: IPMA

Grant to Accelerate the Delivery of Regional Infrastructure Projects in Africa approved in Addis Ababa

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM 

29 January 2014 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC) on Wednesday, January 29 in Addis Ababa signed a new project grant. The project will strengthen the capacity of African countries through their respective Regional Economic Communities (Community of Sahel-Saharan States, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community, Economic Community of Central African States, Economic Community of West African States, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Southern African Development Community and Arab Maghreb Union), as well as the AUC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) to plan, prepare and coordinate the implementation of regional infrastructure programs and projects necessary for enhancing Africa’s physical and economic integration and socio-economic transformation with a focus on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).

140129-pmwj19-regional-IMAGEAfDB Vice-President, Finance, Charles Boamah and the Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, Erastus Mwencha, signed the US $8.6 million three-year, capacity building grant during the ongoing meetings of the African Heads of State and Government being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Speaking at the signing, Erastus Mwencha thanked the AfDB for the support and stated that “linking what we do to what affects people directly is critical. The AfDB has shown the way in what you do to mobilize financing for infrastructure will change Africa and the impact will go beyond projects.” He called on the need to put in place systems and processes that will help measure “people level” impact of the various interventions being undertaken by the AfDB the AUC and other players on the continent.

In response, AfDB Vice-President Charles Boamah stated that infrastructure remains a core priority of the Bank linked the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022) and that over the last six years up to 2012, the Bank had invested US $20 billion in infrastructure, a significant part of it in regional continental infrastructure projects. He indicated that the Bank remains committed to supporting Africa build the infrastructure that will lead to the continent’s transformation, but which also impacts on inclusive growth by translating into jobs and improved lives for the majority of Africans.

Specifically, the grant will support the accelerated implementation of PIDA approved by African Heads of State and Government during the 18th ordinary session of African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2012, by providing the necessary capacity to RECs and the continental bodies (AUC and NPCA), to enable them support Member States to move PIDA projects to preparation, bankability and financing. PIDA projects include modernizing ports, railways and road networks across Africa, interconnecting power grids and completing Africa’s IT connectivity.

PIDA defines priority regional cross-border infrastructure projects in energy, water, transport and ICT intended to interconnect, integrate and transform Africa through modern infrastructure at an investment cost of US $68 billion up to the year 2020. It provides the strategic framework for African stakeholders to build the infrastructure necessary for more integrated infrastructure networks to boost trade, spark growth and create jobs as well as to support regional integration and linkages into the global economy. Successful implementation of PIDA will therefore enhance Africa’s competitiveness within itself and in the global economy, while acting as a catalyst to Africa’s economic transformation.

The Bank has initiatives and instruments which are playing a role in moving PIDA towards realization. These include the Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) and the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), both multi-donor funded initiatives handling project preparation and resource mobilization respectively. The Bank’s newest initiative scaling-up infrastructure financing is the Africa50 fund, targeting project development and investment financing for continental and commercially viable regional infrastructure projects. Collectively, these initiatives together with the PIDA Capacity Building Project should help to accelerate the implementation of PIDA within mutually beneficial partnership involving the AUC, NPCA, the RECs, Regional Member Countries, the AfDB and other development partners including private sector stakeholders.

For more information, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/topics-and-sectors/initiatives-partnerships/programme-for-infrastructure-development-in-africa-pida/

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

Source: African Development Bank

2nd Call for Papers for 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium – Abstracts due by March 14

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 is “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.

SOMAbstracts 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 pmsympo[email protected] before 14 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.

 

 

PMI’s 2014 EMEA in Dubai expected to attract 1,000 in May

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

25 January – 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 being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre is expected to attract over 1,000 attendees from dozens of countries in the region and globally.

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The three-day conference will include keynote speakers, professional presentations, exhibition and networking sessions, as well as a research workshop and various Seminars World project management courses.  For information, go to the congress website at http://www.pmi.org/Professional-Development/Congress-PMI-Global-Congresses/EMEA-2014.aspx.

PMI is the world’s largest 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