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Inaugural Project Management Symposium to Feature UMD Faculty, Students

PM EDUCATION NEWS 

1 April 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute have announced that University of Maryland (UMD) faculty members and students will be among the more than 55 session speakers and presenters featured during the region’s First Annual Project Management Symposium.

140401-pmwj21-faculty-IMAGETaking place June 9-10, 2014, in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, this two-day event will bring together project management professionals from academe, industry and government to explore and learn best practices for today’s dynamic project environments.

Tackling topics in construction, disaster management and human factors, each UMD speaker will share his or her unique perspective of the rapidly evolving field of project management. Highlights will include:

  • “Toward a Framework for Project Management Information Systems Training,” presented by UMD Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor in Construction Engineering and Management, Dr. Miroslaw Skibniewski, and UMD School of Public Health Senior Project Manager and Specialist, Dr. Andrew McCarty
  • “Project Management Communication: The Undiscovered Research Field,” presented by Dr. William Brantley of the Project Management Center for Excellence
  • “Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Alternative Pavement Designs Based on Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide,” presented by Xiaoyu Liu of UMD Civil Engineering

In addition to presentations offered by UMD faculty and students, experts from organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Medtronics, U.S. Naval Air System Command, Navigant, U.S. Census Bureau and many more will support the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications.” Those interested in attending will want to register by the newly extended early-bird registration deadline, April 15.

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. More information at http://PMSymposium.umd.edu .

Attendees looking to maintain their PMI credential can credit symposium sessions toward earning professional development units (PDUs). For additional information on the symposium, visit the 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

Source:  University of Maryland

U.S. invites three Zimbabwean teenagers to leadership program

PEOPLE NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

By Lindelwe Mgodla

31 March 2014 – Harare, Zimbabwe –Three Zimbabwean teenage students – Brian Sibanda (Bulawayo, 17), Joseph Lansburg (Mbare, Harare, 15) and Rufaro Kabasa (Mbare, 15) – left Zimbabwe last Saturday and will participate in a leadership exchange program in the United States. The program is designed to foster understanding between African and American youth.  The students will spend three weeks in the Washington DC, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois areas with 24 other African students.

“Each of these students has been part of a two-year long English Access Microscholarship Program we support,” said Jillian Bonnardeaux, Assistant Public Officer of the U.S. Embassy. “We are excited that they have proven themselves as leaders in their communities and that they will now engage with other young African student leaders to discuss issues affecting their communities and determine innovative solutions together about how they would like to shape their futures.”

The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State designed to foster understanding between African and American youth leaders. It seeks to develop a network of young adults with strong leadership skills, an understanding of participatory democracy, and a commitment to fostering mutual understanding between different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

140331-pmwj21-banda-3-students-to-usa-PeopleNews.docThe teenage students will be escorted by Sibongile Mbanje, a chaperone at the Hope for a Child in Christ Foundation (HOCIC), a Christian organization based in Bulawayo. Since 2012, HOCIC has implemented the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), designed to assist disadvantaged 14–18 year old students improve their English language skills and confidence.

In picture: From Left: Sibongile Mbanje; Joseph Lansburg; Rufaro Kabasa and Brian Sibanda, with Thando Sibanda, youth coordinator at the U.S. Embassy.

Landsburg and Kabasa have participated in the Access Program through the Chiedza Child Care Centre based in Waterfalls outside Harare since 2012.  The Access Program initiative began in 2004 by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception in 2004, over 70,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.

Upon their return from the U.S., the young leaders will identify problems in their respective communities and use the knowledge gained from the program to develop and implement community based solutions. During their pre-departure orientation, the teenagers shared many of the same concerns for youth, including early and unwanted pregnancies, widespread unemployment, and HIV/AIDS.

Brian, a Lower Six student from Maranatha High School in Bulawayo, says he wants to initiate community-based projects in his Nkulumane community.  “As a leader in my community, the whole community is looking up to me… I will use this opportunity awarded me to spearhead community changing projects. You talk of unemployment in Zimbabwe which is prevalent in Bulawayo where I come from,” he said. “You talk of ignorance of HIV and early teenage pregnancy, those are all issues we will try and articulate and address.”

Rufaro said she wants her projects to focus on young women in her community and helping them acquire more education. “I want to help youths in my community, especially girls, to focus on one thing – education – and be confident in everything they are doing.”

Joseph, who says he wants to be a pilot, said “as a leader in my community, I would like to encourage young girls and women to let go of teenage pregnancies.”- ZimPAS © March 31st 2014

ZimPAS is a product of the United States Embassy Public Affairs Section. Comments and queries should be directed to Karen Kelley, [email protected] Url: http://harare.usembassy.gov

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete Space System Milestones

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS & PROGRAMS 

31 March 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that its commercial space partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit.  Achievements in February were the latest development in a cycle that is seeing all four industry partners meet their milestones in their Commercial Crew Integrated Capability and Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreements with the agency.

140331-pmwj21-milestones-IMAGEBlue Origin, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Space Exploration Technology (SpaceX) are developing unique transportation systems and face challenging evaluations and tests in 2014. CCP’s engineering team is working closely with its partners as they develop the next generation of crewed spacecraft. Ultimately, NASA intends to certify and use commercial systems to fly astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station, and back.

“We have been very pleased to see all the companies in this extraordinary partnership continue to hold to schedules of development that keep us on a path to resume flights into space for astronauts on American-made spacecraft lifting off from U.S. soil,” said Kathy Lueders, acting CCP program manager.

Blue Origin completed a review of the design, manufacture and assembly of its sub-scale propulsion tank, a smaller version of the tank that will boost the company’s Space Vehicle into low-Earth orbit. Engineers will use the results to evaluate design features and manufacturing processes for orbital operations.

Boeing wrapped up a critical design review of the primary structures for its CST-100 spacecraft in late February that advances the design of many of the spacecraft structures to a point at which fabrication can begin. The primary structures are comprised of two major components — the crew module and the service module. The crew module is the pressurized shell where the crew sits during a mission. The shell also contains the computers, cooling systems and other critical components to keep the flight crew and their cargo safe during flight. The service module houses propulsion and abort systems, used to maneuver the spacecraft during flight.

The critical design review was backed up by significant materials testing to verify the materials would hold up to the strenuous demands of spaceflight. One of the challenges in developing a primary structure for spacecraft is to make it light, but still have the strength to tolerate the rigors of spaceflight, and to safely house the vehicle’s critical components.

Also in February, SpaceX completed an early design review for the ground systems it anticipates using at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to launch the company’s crewed Dragon spacecraft on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. NASA engineers reviewed plans to adapt existing structures at Kennedy to accommodate the rocket. Because the Dragon spacecraft will be flying people, the ground system designs have to include ways for the crew to safely enter the spacecraft at the top of the rocket, plus a means for them to evacuate the pad quickly in the unlikely event of an emergency.

All four of NASA’s industry partners continue to meet their established milestones in developing crew transportation systems and are preparing for several more. Blue Origin is working toward the interim design review of its space vehicle subsystems. Boeing’s next milestone comes in April when the software for the CST-100 goes through a critical design review.

As with hardware elements of the spacecraft, the software has undergone numerous tests and simulations to confirm it will hold up to the demanding realm of spaceflight. SNC is preparing to evaluate the data from numerous wind tunnel tests of its Dream Chaser spacecraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket integrated stack configurations at NASA’s Langley and Ames Research Centers. SNC also is actively conducting several reaction control systems and main engine motor tests at their Poway, Calif., facility. These evaluations and tests are crucial tools for advancing SNC’s spacecraft. Also in April, SpaceX will complete an integrated critical design review that will cover all elements of the crewed Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket. This precedes a busy summer for the company as preparation continues on two launch abort system test flights later this year.

Milestones achieved by CCP’s partners continue to advance commercial spacecraft and transportation systems from design to reality. The successes of NASA and American aerospace companies are ushering in a new generation of space transportation capabilities, which will enable new opportunities for humans to live and work in space.

For more information about CCP and its aerospace industry partners, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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

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NASA transforming Kennedy Space Center in Florida into Future Spaceport

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS 

26 March 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that it has achieved a major milestone this month in its effort to transform the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a multi-user spaceport by successfully completing the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program.

140326-pmwj21-spaceport-IMAGEThe major program milestone on March 20, called the Preliminary Design Review, provided an assessment of the initial designs for infrastructure at Kennedy and allowed development of the ground systems to proceed toward detailed design. The thorough review has validated the baseline architecture is sound and aligns with the agency’s exploration objectives.

“We’ve pushed the boundaries of space exploration for more than 50 years and are making progress getting ready to move the frontier even further into the solar system,” said Dan Dumbacher, deputy associate administrator for exploration system development at NASA Headquarters in Washington. ”The work being done to transform our abilities to prepare and process spacecraft and launch vehicles at Kennedy is a critical piece of our efforts to send astronauts in Orion on top of the Space Launch System to asteroid and ultimately Mars.”

Unlike previous work at Kennedy focusing on a single kind of launch system, such as the Saturn V rocket or space shuttle, engineers and managers in GSDO are preparing the spaceport’s infrastructure to support several different spacecraft and rockets in development for human exploration. This includes NASA’s development of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. They will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit with the flexibility to launch spacecraft for crew and cargo missions to destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars.

“The preliminary design review is incredibly important, as it must demonstrate the ground systems designs are on track to process and launch the SLS and the Orion from Kennedy,” said Mike Bolger, GSDO program manager.

In December 2012, the GSDO Program completed a combined system requirements review and system definition review to determine the center’s infrastructure needs for future programs and establish work plans for the preliminary design phase. That successful completion confirmed the groundwork needed to launch the SLS and Orion spacecraft.  For more information on GSDO, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/groundsystems

For more information about Orion, SLS and NASA’s future human spaceflight exploration plans, visit: http:www.nasa.gov/exploration

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

Source: NASA 

Image: courtesy of NASA

Validating Strategies by Phil Driver published by Gower in UK

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

Important new book links Projects and Results to Uses and Benefits

30 March 2014 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Phil Driver, Validating Strategies: Linking Projects and Results to Uses and Benefits.  According to Gower:  Organisations continue to struggle with their strategies; even when they have a strategy development process, their plans rarely have the impact that was intended. Too many of their people don’t know about the strategy, don’t understand it or can’t translate it into what it means for their role.

140330-pmwj21-driver-IMAGEValidating Strategies addresses the taxonomy, syntax and semantics of strategies; in other words: what does the strategy say, how does it relate to other plans, what are the causalities between the strategy and successful business outcomes and how should this all be expressed in a language that everyone in the organization can understand?

The model at the heart of this book – Organisations run Projects that produce Results and enable people to Use them to create Benefits (PRUB) – offers an intuitive approach that links collaborative strategic planning and validation to project and programme management so as to create, validate and implement strategies.

The strategy development and validation model offered by Phil Driver addresses the struggle of organisations to realise their strategy, replacing endless projects that don’t quite seem to deliver what the organization needs with an easy-to-understand, implementable methodology that can be validated with evidence.

Phil Driver is founder and CEO of OpenStrategies Ltd (Christchurch, NZ). His background in science and engineering management led to his involvement in large-scale industry-sector strategies. That in turn led to his developing an in-depth understanding of the challenges of even larger scale, public sector strategies. The OpenStrategies’ system then evolved through more than a decade of intense engagement with many public and private sector organisations.

A fundamental principle Phil applied was that ‘anyone can design a complicated strategy system but a good designer will develop a simple one’. The resulting OpenStrategies’ system is compellingly simple yet powerful, even for very complex, large scale strategies. Crucially, OpenStrategies doesn’t just underpin the design of strategies – it also guides their validation and implementation.

Validating Stratgies, by Phil Driver, published by GOWER; April 2014, 294 pages, hard cover, ISBN 978-1-4724-2781-6; List price = $119.95; more at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472427816

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].

Maximizing Project Success Through Human Performance Published by Management Concepts in USA

PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

10 March 2014 – Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA – Management Concepts has announced the publication of a new book, Maximizing Project Success Through Human Performance, by Bernardo Tirado, PMP.  The new project management book is intended to help managers in any type of business or organization develop leadership skills among project team members.

140310-pmwj21-Tirado-IMAGEAccording to Management Concepts’ release, project management is often defined by processes and methodology, but projects are accomplished by people.  Successfully leading those people is the core of the project manager’s job.  Even the seasoned project manager will encounter situations that present unique leadership challenges.

This book by Bernardo Tirado offers a clear path to help develop leadership skills within the project management framework.  Using a hands-on, practical approach, he presents a model for taking any project team member’s skills to the next level. Exercises throughout make the book interactive and offer continual assessments.

Bernardo Tirado, PMP is an industrial psychologist, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and chief executive officer of The Project Box.  The Project Box is a human performance consulting company specializing in project management, sales and social media.  The author has been a senior executive with several Fortune 500 financial firms where he built global shared services, transformed organizations through process improvement, and developed new business capabilities.

Maximizing Project Success through Human Performance, by Bernardo Tirado, published by Management Concepts Press; 2013, 172pages, soft cover, ISBN 987-1-56726-420-3; List price = US$44.00; more at http://store.managementconcepts.com/product_p/001-b203.htm.

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

Source: Management Concepts Press

Call for Applications for IPMA 2014 Project Management Achievement Awards

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

31 March 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced its Call for Applications for 2014 Project Management Achievement Awards.  Increase your visibility by applying for one of 4 categories that recognize extraordinary achievements on your projects and on an individual level.

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Achievements in project management are recognized by IPMA in two categories — the Award for Internationally Funded Humanitarian Project and the Award for Community Service/Development Project.

These non-profit projects may be of any size or value, from either the public or private sector. A winning project will be one that demonstrates, through narratives and documentary evidence, excellence and/or innovation in the application of project management.

Individuals showing excellent performance in the field of project management are recognized in two other categories: Project Manager of the Year and Young Project Manager of the Year (age 18 -35). These Awards recognize the individuals who provide the most effective demonstration of their project management competence, no matter the scale, number or type of projects referenced.

Apply to receive:

  • international recognition of your achievement
  • possibility to learn more and make better projects in the future
  • an opportunity for sharing experience and networking

What steps you need to take:

  • submit your application free of charge
  • present your achievement to the international panel of judges
  • prepare yourself to participate in the IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam

DATES TO NOTE:     Application due date: 18th July 2014.

Download the Achievement Award application form and read more about the assessment process: http://ipma.ch/awards/achievement-awards/

For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected] or [email protected] .

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2013 is Prof Mladen Radujkovic.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management announces election of three new Vice Presidents

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

1 April 2014 – Beijing, China – The Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm) has announced the election of three new Vice Presidents; Dr Francis Chan, recent past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM), Tikajit Rai, President of the Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN), and Dr Steve Milner, President of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

bill-young-bio“I am absolutely delighted to welcome our 3 new VP’s on board the leadership of the apfpm. Each have been outstanding nominees for the role and have already made strong and committed contributions to the apfpm over the past few years. I am very confident our new team is going to help really strengthen and build the apfpm over the next few years,” said Dr. Bill Young, apfpm President (pictured right).

140401-pmwj21-three-new-IMAGE2 ALEXAccording to Trevor Alex, apfpm Secretary, “I see our new team as bringing a lot of energy and wealth of experience to the apfpm. These three new roles will undoubtedly strengthen our capability and improve our performance delivery to our Member base. I greatly welcome our new team and look forward to working with them over the next few years.”

140401-pmwj21-three-new-IMAGE3 CHANVP Francis Chan (right) is a Director of AchieveGoal Management Consultants Ltd in Hong Kong. A company that specialises in organization behavioural training, project management training, and consultancy services. Francis not only has a strong practice background but is also an academic. He has played a very active role in many significant Hong Kong projects over the past 35 years. These have included highway and rail projects, building developments, and new town projects. He currently Chairs the HKIPM Accreditation and Professional Standards Committee, and Chair of External Affairs Committee.

140401-pmwj21-three-new-IMAGE4 RAIVP Tikajit Rai (pictured left) has over sixteen years of project management related experience working on a diverse range of projects for organisations like the World Bank, ADB, INGOs and the Government of Nepal . He specialises in effective Portfolio and Project Management with multi-national stakeholders in culturally complex environments. Tikajit is an expert in cultural integration, and Leadership development. He is also a social and business entrepreneur, as well as a visiting lecturer in Project Management in Nepal.

140401-pmwj21-three-new-IMAGE5 MILNERVP Steve Milner (at right) is an accomplished leader of complex projects and programs across functional areas and between organisations in the health, industrials and utilities sectors. A Certified Practising Project Director (CPPD) he has been involved in leadership numerous projects, including megaprojects like the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination project, a project which won three global awards, including IPMA’s Project Excellence (Megaprojects) Award. Steve is also an avid adventurer leading caving exploration expeditions around the world.

The 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 international 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 the association directly at [email protected].

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for April 2014

PM PEOPLE NEWS 

31 March 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 widemanIn Guests, Constantine Kortesis answers the question: Should smart project managers take into considerations Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Indicators when managing large and diverse teams?

Also in Guests, Francis Hooke highlights certain hidden, or typically unaccounted-for, costs of project management and their implications – including those that are social, emotional and human.

In Musings, guest author Constantine Kortesis also expresses his thoughts on the value of a “good worker” in terms of loyalty, value and coercion as compared to that of machinery, robotics, automation and technology.

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.

Call for Papers on Enterprise Risk Management

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PM World Journal seeks articles and papers on enterprise program/project risk management to enhance PM World Collection 

29 March 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Articles and Papers for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) are being sought on the general topic of enterprise risk management, especially as related to enterprise-wide approaches to managing program/project risks.  Project management experts, researchers, practicing project managers and executives of project-oriented organizations are invited to submit an article or paper on this important topic for publication in the monthly PMWJ.  This is an opportunity to share knowledge and gain visibility for yourself and your organization.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “With the rollout of the new PM World Library, we would now like to enhance the collection of works on specific topics.  We thought enterprise risk management might be a good place to start, as all sorts of risks seem to be increasing these days.”

The PMWJ includes articles and papers in the following categories: advisory articles, featured papers, commentary articles, student papers, case studies, personal stories, reports, book reviews and news stories.  Previously published papers can also be submitted for publication in the Second Editions section of the journal. Send inquiries or completed works to [email protected].

“How do global organizations deal with geopolitical risks for their projects in unstable places, for example?” Pells adds.  “If you have some experience or knowledge related to this topic, please send us an article.  If you are conducting research in this area, please send us a paper with the results.  We will help you share the knowledge.”

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.

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 provides 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.

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].

 

World Bank announces new support for Inga 3 BC Hydropower Project in DRC

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS 

20 March 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$73.1 million grant to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the Inga 3 Basse Chute (BC) and Mid-size Hydropower Development Technical Assistance Project.

140320-pmwj21-inga3-hydro-IMAGEToday’s funding, together with US$33.4 million approved by the African Development Bank late last year, will provide world class expertise to support DRC to develop its large hydropower potential, estimated to be the third largest in the world after China and Russia.

The project will strengthen DRC’s institutional capability by establishing an autonomous and transparent Inga Development Authority, which will follow best international practice in selecting the private concessionaire and negotiating power purchase agreements.  The project will also finance technical, environmental, and social studies to develop the Inga 3 BC and selected mid-size hydropower projects sustainably.

“Inga 3 BC is undoubtedly the most transformative project for Africa in the 21st century. It is one of the strategic pillars of development for the DRC, that needs energy to expand growth and reduce poverty in a sustainable way, said H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The World Bank Group’s involvement in this project reinforces its mission to fight poverty, and its ongoing commitment to help the Congolese government in its goal to move the country along the path to a strong development future.”

With the potential for 40,000MW, Inga is the world’s largest hydropower site. With an estimated generation cost of US$ 0.03/kWh, it also is one of the most affordable sources of energy in Africa. The Inga 3 BC development would divert about one sixth of the flow of the Congo River into the Bundi Valley. A dam on the Bundi River would create a 15.5 km2 reservoir.  Inga 3 BC does not include a dam on the Congo River itself.  A preliminary environmental and social assessment concluded that the Inga 3 BC development has a smaller footprint compared to hydropower projects of the same capacity. The land area to be flooded per megawatt (MW) of electricity generated will be among the smallest in the world.

One thousand MW of electricity produced by the Inga 3 BC development would be sold to the national utility SNEL, which in turn would sell it to households and small businesses in greater Kinshasa. The increase in power generation corresponds to the projected unmet demand growth in Kinshasa by 2025. This significant additional energy access for households and small businesses could only be financed and developed by combining it with electricity sales to credit-worthy business and other regional users.

It is proposed that 1,300 MW of power would be sold to mining companies in DRC’s Katanga Province and an additional 2,500 MW would be sold to South Africa.  At the same time, the mid-size hydropower projects would help to increase energy access for people living in the rest of DRC.

“By being involved in the development of Inga 3 BC from an early stage we can help ensure that its development is done right so it can be a game changer by providing electricity to millions of people and powering commerce and industry, ” said Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa. “Supporting transformative projects that expand people’s access to electricity is central to achieving the World Bank Group’s twin goals of helping to end extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.”

The TA project does not include any construction or operational activities and no decision has been taken on whether the World Bank Group will support the eventual construction of Inga 3 BC. The TA project will finance a number of environmental and social assessments to shape the development of Inga 3 BC, including a cumulative impact assessment.

The IDA TA project will form the foundation of a unified World Bank Group approach to support a government-led process for the transparent development of Inga 3 BC. The team working on the support will draw on the expertise with large infrastructure projects from across the World Bank Group.

“Today’s decision on IDA support for the technical assistance project is an important stepping stone to develop Inga 3 BC and mid-size hydropower in DRC,” said Bernard Sheahan, Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the International Finance Corporation. “The level of investment for Inga 3 BC is so high that neither the public sector nor the private sector alone could finance the full cost of development of the project. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the World Bank to help the Government of DRC attract private financing to responsibly develop Inga 3 BC.”

Today’s grant funding of US$73.1 million is provided by the International Development Association* (IDA).

The technical assistance project combines US$33.4 million in financing from the African Development Bank, with the latest grant from the World Bank Group, for a total of US$106.5 million.

* The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 82 poorest countries, 40 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 108 countries. Annual commitments have increased steadily and averaged about $15 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent of commitments going to Africa. 

For more about this project, navigate to http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/03/20/transformational-hydropower-development-project-paves-the-way-for-9-million-people-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-to-gain-access-to-electricity.

For more about World Bank projects in DRC, go to http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/drc

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.ifc.org, www.worldbank.org, and www.miga.org.

Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries.  To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html

Source: The World Bank

PMI lawsuit to stop APM Royal Charter application to be heard by High Court in London in July

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

28 March 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management body, has announced that the High Court will hear PMI’s suit to stop APM’s application for Royal Charter. The hearing is set for July 8-9, 2014 in London. The announcement was made by Andrew Bragg, APM’s Chief Executive Officer, in a bulletin to APM members on 28 March, repeated below.

140328-pmwj21-pmi-IMAGEIn August 2012, the then APM chairman Mike Nichols released a statement on behalf of the association restating its case for achieving Chartered status on behalf of the project management profession.

The statement reiterated APM’s belief that it remains for the Privy Council to decide, in the light of its published guidance and the individual circumstances of the organisation, whether a Charter ought to be granted.

APM is now in a position to provide an update on its application for the benefit of its members, supporters and other stakeholders.

In February 2013, Association for Project Management (“APM”) was informed that, in his role as the Lead Privy Council Adviser in this matter, the Minister for the Cabinet Office had decided to recommend that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM.

APM’s application was then considered by a committee of the Privy Council that included the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Secretary of State for Defence.  In July 2013, APM was informed that this committee had unanimously reached its recommendation that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM, and that this recommendation would be placed on the list of business for the meeting of the Privy Council to be held in October 2013.

This decision was subsequently challenged by Project Management Institute (“PMI”) who sought permission for Judicial Review, naming the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Privy Council Office and the Attorney General as Defendants, and APM as an interested party.

A substantive hearing of the Judicial Review claim has now been scheduled for 8th and 9th July 2014 at the High Court in London.  In the event that the claim is finally rejected by the court, this would allow APM’s application for chartered status to progress to a formal meeting of the Privy Council.

Background information on APM’s application for a Royal Charter can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/CharteredStatus.

The Privy Council Office provides briefing on Royal Charters and the application process at: http://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/royal-charters/.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 20,000 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

PMI Expands Focus on Requirements Management

PM PROFESSION NEWS

New resources include online knowledge hub, standards, and business analysis credential 

24 March 2014 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it is expanding its requirements management offerings.  According to the PMI news release, this is in response to the finding in PMI’s 2014 Pulse of the Profession® study that poor requirements management is a major cause of project failure, second only to changing organization priorities. PMI’s new requirements management resources are to help project professionals and organizations overcome this challenge.

140324-pmwl-requirements-IMAGEThe online Requirements Management Knowledge Center of Excellence and the Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM credential launched on 24 March.

PMI is also scheduled to publish a practice guide on the topic of business analysis and a full-consensus requirements management practice standard. Together, these and other new PMI resources will better position requirements management as a critical skill component, and aid professionals in successfully navigating increasingly complex projects.

Requirements Management Knowledge Center of Excellence

Reflecting PMI’s ongoing commitment to meeting the changing needs of practitioners and organizations, PMI has launched a new Requirements Management Knowledge Center of Excellence (CoE) webpage at www.PMI.org/RequirementsManagement. This resource is designed to help practitioners and organizations improve their requirements management capabilities and maturity in order to improve project outcomes.

This Knowledge Center of Excellence extends to ProjectManagement.com, where practitioners new to requirements management will find answers to basic questions, content from subject matter experts as well as tools and templates. Visit that page at www.ProjectManagement.com/Practices/Requirements-Management..

Facing Next-Generation Challenges: The Business Need for the PMI-PBASM Credential

Developed with input from a broad group of expert professionals, PMI’s Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM credential is a solution to the critical business need for improving requirements management. The credential is designed around business research to address the specific role business analysis serves in defining an organization’s business requirements to ensure that projects and programs deliver expected benefits and meet business goals. With this credential, organizations will now be able to validate the skills, knowledge and competence of business analysis practitioners.  Likewise, practitioners will be able to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and experience in the role of business analysis to organizations. To learn more about the PMI-PBA credential and to participate in its pilot program, visit http://www.pmi.org/Certification/PMI-Professional-in-Business-Analysis-PMI-PBA.aspx.

More Requirements Management Resources

In addition to the Requirements Management COE and PMI-PBA credential, PMI plans to publish a practice guide on the topic of business analysis later in 2014. This practice guide will link good requirements management practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) to the practice of business analysis within organizations.  In addition, a full-consensus practice standard on the topic of requirements management is slated for launch in 2015. PMI has embarked on a collaborative effort with: project managers; value, software and systems engineers; and business and agile analysts to produce a practice standard focused on the common components of requirements across these disciplines.

“Working with practitioners and experts in the area of requirements management, PMI continues to help organizations and practitioners recognize the direct impact this critical competency has on the success of their programs and projects,” said Brian A. Weiss, PMI Vice President of Practitioner Markets. “The Requirements Management Knowledge Center of Excellence, the PMI-PBA credential, and other new PMI requirements management resources reaffirm our commitment to this aspect of the profession and will help organizations embed it as part of their core project management capability.”

Founded in 1969, PMI is the world’s largest project management member association delivering value to more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world.  PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, courses, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, publications and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and governments, while ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.  For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: PMI

Maryland Transportation Expert to Speak at Inaugural Project Management Symposium in June

PEOPLE NEWS 

27 March 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute have named Melinda Peters, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), a featured speaker at this year’s First Annual Project Management Symposium.

140327-pmwj21-Peters-IMAGEPeters (pictured at right) will close out a lineup of more than 55 project management experts and guest speakers with her presentation, “Project Management Techniques at Maryland State Highway Administration,” on Tuesday, June 10, at 1:25 p.m. Those interested in attending this two-day symposium, taking place June 9-10, 2014, in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md., will want to register by April 1, 2014, to take advantage of exclusive early-bird registration rates.

Peters will offer a unique perspective on project management from her role overseeing a $1.7 billion annual budget and more than 3,000 employees. Even more, prior to her appointment as SHA administrator in Nov. 2011, Peters served as the director for the largest transportation project in the state of Maryland, the Intercounty Connector.

As the region’s first project management symposium of its kind, this event will support the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications,” by bringing together project management professionals from academe, industry and government to share, explore and learn the best management practices for today’s dynamic project environments. Topics covered will range from disaster management and human factors to global project management and innovative financing, and attendees can credit symposium sessions toward earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their PMI credential.

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, with media sponsorship support from Project Management World Journal.

For more information on the symposium, 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

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

Oracle announces Oracle Primavera Prime – next generation PPM Solution

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management for Developing and Managing Long-Range Capital Plans is the First Offering Available within Oracle Primavera Prime

25 March 2014 – Boston, MA, USA – Prioritizing, planning, managing and executing projects, programs and portfolios on a global scale demands powerful, robust, and easy-to-use solutions. To further meet this demand and extend its support for mission critical Project Portfolio Management (PPM) requirements, Oracle today introduced Oracle Primavera Prime as well as the first available module in that offering, Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management.

140325-pmwj21-primavera-IMAGEOracle Primavera Prime is the first Enterprise PPM offering designed to leverage Oracle’s Engineered Systems vision, a tightly integrated technology “stack” of Oracle hardware and software components, to deliver superior performance and ROI. Some details of Oracles announcement included:

  • A key element of Oracle’s vision and strategy is to offer integrated hardware and software solutions in all of the major enterprise application and tool categories to deliver superior performance, reliability, support and ROI.
  • Oracle Primavera Prime represents the initial realization of this vision in Project Portfolio Management (PPM) with the culmination of Oracle platform technology and PPM application innovation, expertise and best practices.
  • Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management is the first Oracle Primavera Prime application module available as part of a broader plan to offer a complete portfolio of integrated capabilities in areas such as scheduling, resource management, project team collaboration, scope and cost management.
  • Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management leverages the performance of Oracle Primavera Prime to help organizations develop and manage long-range capital plans that are strategically aligned to the business in order to help maximize financial returns.
  • Oracle will also continue to invest in its portfolio of strategic PPM applications and cloud service offerings which include Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM, Oracle’s Unifier and Oracle’s Instantis. Enhancements and innovations to these product lines will continue to be leveraged by the Oracle Primavera Prime application suite.

“Prioritizing, planning, managing, and executing projects, programs, and portfolios on a global scale is an incredibly complex management process that requires the highest possible levels of performance,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president & general manager, Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit. “Oracle Primavera Prime marks the dawn of next-generation for Project Portfolio Management systems. The software and hardware have been engineered to work together from the ground up to offer exceptional performance & ROI, while enabling organizations to achieve strategic alignment, operational excellence and repeatable success.”

Key capabilities of Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management include:

• Budget Planning: Enables capital planners to allocate budgets, review annual budgets against targets, recommend priorities, and model strategies to manage long-range capital planning requirements.

• Project Initiation Governance: Allows key stakeholders to review proposals for new projects and support planning for active as well as planned projects.

Project Costing: Empowers project managers to easily manage the time-phased cost planning of a project from inception to completion.

Project Selection: Supports the project prioritization and selection process allowing capital planners to develop a capital portfolio that is balanced and configurable across multiple dimensions such as location, project type and risk/reward.

Business Process Management: Provides customizable forms and business workflow processes to facilitate the easy and smooth execution of the capital planning process.

Strategic Alignment and Compliance: Supports alignment and compliance with company priorities by providing reporting and performance monitoring controls to meet company targets, monitor project performance against pre-defined thresholds, predict spends and to mitigate risk.

Portfolio Monitoring: Enables capital planners to make easy, agile and strategic changes, when necessary, across multiple projects by providing visibility into project budgets and timelines.

Collaboration: Facilitates collaboration between project managers, capital planners and key stakeholders during critical budget negotiation cycles as well as throughout the capital project lifecycle via inbuilt workflows, discussion and notification capabilities.

Integration with Oracle’s Primavera P6: Enables time-phase details to be shared between each solution related to budget, cost and schedule progress.

Mobile Support: With zero additional applets or plugin footprint, Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management is designed for easy consumption on mobile devices.

Supporting Resources:

Oracle Applications

Oracle’s Primavera

Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management

• Datasheet: Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management

Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Oracle’s Instantis Enterprise Track

Oracle’s Primavera Gateway

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. 

Source: Oracle

Dr. Alexey Tsekhovoy named Global Advisor for PM World Journal in Kazakhstan

PEOPLE NEWS

President of Union of Project Managers of the Republic of Kazakhstan joins international advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

24 March 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro – PM World has announced that Prof Alexey Tsekhovoy, PhD has agreed to serve as a global advisor for organization in Kazakhstan.  Dr. Tsekhovoy is president of the Union of Project Managers of the Republic of Kazakhstan (UPM RK), and Director of the International project management science Center at the Kazakh National University after K.I. Satpaev (KazNTU).  He holds a D.Sc. in engineering and is professor of KazNTU after K.I. Satpaev. 

pmwj20-mar2014-tsekhovoy-AUTHOR1 TSEKHOVOYDr. Tsekhovoy graduated from Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute, defended his doctoral thesis at the Moscow State Mining University, and has worked as a teacher, head of department, dean of the faculty, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Attestation Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  At this time he is coordinator and supervisor of fundamental research papers on information and communication technologies in subsurface and management.

He has performed expert work on assessing realization government programs “E-government” and “Reduction of information inequality”. He managed several projects for the United Nations Development Program in the field of information and communication technologies.

Since 2003 he has been actively engaged in the promotion of prospective area for Kazakhstan – project management. With his direct participation, the Kazakhstan state classifier introduced a new direction – project management – that has started training of masters and doctors in “Project Management” in the education system.  He was initiator and organizer of First and Second Forums “Project Management in Central Asia” (2009, 2012). He is one of the founders of Consulting and Research Organizations Consortium in Kazakhstan (2012).

Kazakh National Technical University after K.I. Satpayev 

In the formation and development of one of the oldest educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan can distinguish five basic steps: 1934-1960 – Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute (KazMMI); 1960-1994 – Kazakh Polytechnic Institute (KazPTI); from 1994 – Kazakh National Technical University (KazNTU).

140324-pmwj21-Tsekhovoy-IMAGE2In the 30 of XX century to solve the problems of elimination of technical and economic backwardness of the national economy there emerged an urgent necessity for the development of higher technical education in the country.  On October 20, 1933 by Resolution of the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR “On personnel training for Kazakhstan” was established the Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute (KazMMI) with two faculties: Mining and non-ferrous metals in the capital of Kazakhstan, Alma- Ata. On September 19, 1934 rang out the first bell of the first academic year at Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute.

In 1999, for meritorious service in the preparation of engineering and technical personnel of the country by the Government of the Republic Kazakhstan KazNTU was given the name of the eminent scientist, academician Kanysh Imantaevich Satpayev. On July 5, 2001 to University has been conferred the special status by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. History of the Kazakh National Technical University after K.I. Satpayev – the leader of the engineering education of the Republic is inextricably linked with the history of country, its culture and higher education system.

Vision:  The Kazakh National Technical University after K.I.Satpaev (KazNTU) intends to be the international research university linking academics and students of the world. At the period of industrialization and development of infrastructure for sustainable development of the economy, raise of competiveness of human capital, modernization and training of new engineers and transfer of the country into the knowledge which based on economy; KNTU’s mission is to provide its contribution to intellectual and professional development of the society in engineering education and training new generation of engineers.

KazNTU’s primary purpose is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge to:

  • Advance the community of learning by engaging in scientific research, critical thinking, professionally oriented skills and habits;
  • Provide a high quality of educational experience to students in a diverse learning environment;
  • Prepare the next generations of skilled and ethical professionals in Engineering by providing excellent graduate and professional engineering education that prepares graduates to compete in a diverse world market;
  • Promote an environment that welcomes and honors people of different cultures and an atmosphere that values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity;
  • Conduct research, teaching using the best practices of the world experience and developing of our own educational brand;
  • To develop the University -Industry relationships, so that contribute to improving the quality of technical education professionals for the sector of economy and business;
  • Offer a wide variety of extracurricular educational and training programs, including of using the information technologies, individually and in groups;
  • Partner with other universities, organizations to provide educational, technical and cultural support to improve the quality of university activity;
  • Partner with industry and government to improve the quality of the workplace and to serve as an engine for economic and business development.

In 2008 were opened Master and PhD Programs in Project Management at KazNTU after K.I. Satpayev.  In July 2012 the International Center of Project Management was founded at KazNTU after K.I. Satpayev. Its activities include international professional certification in project management, business services (development of corporate management systems, project consulting), organizing independent international expertise of scientific articles about project management, expertise of projects, training programs on project management, etc.  For more information, visit http://www.kazntu.kz/en.

Union of Project Managers of the Republic of Kazakhstan
140324-pmwj21-Tsekhovoy-IMAGE3The association «Union of Project Managers of the Republic of Kazakhstan» (UPM RK) was founded in 2003 for promoting Project Management practices and tools in Kazakhstan. Its mission is to be the initiator and a proactive participant in the project-oriented development of Kazakhstan.

UPM RK takes the leading position among the Kazakhstan’s organizations creating Project Management culture based on International Standards of Project Management PMI®. Among them are Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Time Management, Change Management, Communications Management and etc. It should be noted that the international standard ISO 21500 – «Project Management» published in September 2012 is based on ANSI PMI® PMBOK® Guide.

UPM RK – is a company providing full cycle of learning and consulting services. This means that UPM RK assures gradual acquiring and deepening knowledge in the field of Project Management for companies’ staff members; and deals with the organizations willing to implement Project Management methodology in their business activities.

UPM RK services are also aimed at developing business-models for client companies based on business engineering approach including effective project and operational process management. UPM RK services are practically oriented and could be applied at corporate, strategic, organizational, resource and operational management levels.

UPM RK services help its clients to increase their individual and organization performance significantly.

UPM RK team – is a community of positive, emotionally intelligent, creative professionals, who are always ready to experimenting and achieving results.

Success and high reputation of UPM RK are based on providing business management knowledge, approaches and practices for the client companies, which allow triggering necessary changes for creating strategic advantage at a market.

UPM RK is a Project Management Institute Global Registered Education Provider (PMI® Global REP) and a Member of Registered Consultant Program (PMI® RCP). UPM RK range of Project Management educating service includes various training programs based on PMI standards, which are:

  • Introduction and basic courses on the key Project Management standards;
  • Specialized courses – Risk Management, Cost Management, “Microsoft Project” Software, Program Management, Portfolio Management, and etc.;
  • Exclusive courses from the internationally recognized Project Management Professionals;
  • Design and implementation of the Corporate Project Management System (CPMS) and the Project Management Office (PMO) design and development courses;
  • Project Management Professional (PMI® РМР) certification preparation courses.

All educating programs are registered in PMI® and meet all requirements. PMI® Global REP status allows UPM RK to issue globally recognized certificates for the courses’ listeners, thus increasing listeners’ Professional Development Units (PDUs). It is a valuable benefit for applicants willing to take a Project Management Professional (PMI® PMP) certification exam as availability of 35 PDUs is the part of eligibility criteria.

UPM RK provides open and closed training sessions as well. Corporate learning allows client companies to create “Common Project Language” for better communication and information sharing, to assure shared understanding of Project Management approach, to establish a basis for corporate culture and to predetermine the development of the Corporate Project Management System.

Corporate training is developed for each client company individually. Each training session is a product of creative approach of UPM RK team, which takes into consideration client company’s requirements, wishes and a feedback. Thus, each training session is preceded by preliminary analysis of the case, and followed by post implementation reviews.

UPM RK consulting services allow:

  • assessment of organizational Project Management maturity;
  • audit of currently used Project, Program and Portfolio Management systems;
  • creation of Project Management methodology;
  • development and modernization of the CPMS;
  • creation and implementation of the PMO;
  • assessment and support for projects, programs and portfolios;
  • persuasion of key company staff of the need for introducing project management technology and for a corporate culture of project management thinking (training consulting and staff coaching);
  • defining individual tracks for staff professional development.

Consulting services are closely related to customers’ needs as a result of rigorous analysis of set tasks and its revision. Every single project is implemented independently according to PMI® standards. Companies using UPM RK consulting services always note with approval our training consultants for their high level professionalism and sound knowledge on the subject – Project Management.

UPM RK possesses a pool of highly-qualified business coaches and consultants, who have gained great experience providing their services for local and foreign projects. The coaches and consultants hold the following credentials: PMI® РМР, CPM IPMA, MSP; QMS Auditor (ISO 9001:2000 PR CERT); Project Excellence Award IPMA Certified Scrum Master; PMI and IPMA Member; Member of Russian Division of AACE; Member of the Ukraine Project Management Association (UPMA); Member of Interregional Association of coaches and consultants (Inter Training); International Program Evaluation Network (IPEN); Member of Scrum Alliance association.

UPM RK has been encouraging application of Project Management techniques for more than one hundred companies and organizations. Currently these companies use acquired knowledge in Project Management in practice. Among them are the Ministry of Finance RK, Ministry of Home Affairs RK, Ministry of Agriculture RK, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies RK, JSC «National Agency for Technological Development», JSC “Zerde” National ICT Holding”, JSC “KazAgro” National management holding”, JSC “KazMunayGaz” NC”, “Kazkosmos” Agency, JSC “Kazakhmys Corporation”, JSC “Damu” EDF”, JSK “IFK”, JSC “Air Astana”, JSC «Kazakhtelecom», JSC “Kazkommerts Bank”, SB JSC “Sberbank”, “KaR-Tel” LLP, “ENRC Kazakhstan” LLP and many others.

Combination of gained experience and human resources availability proves a capability of UPM RK to perform activities on development, implementation and support of the Project Management System.  UPM RK is ready to put the most efforts to implement this project for the client companies.

Following its mission UPM RK in every possible way promotes Project Management technology in Kazakhstan. In this regard, UPM RK collaborates with “Kazakh Industry Development Institute” JSC, “National Agency for Technological Development” JSC, “Association of mining and metallurgical enterprises” ALE, “International Business Academy” SEU, Kazakh National Technical University after K.I. Satpaev, Kazakh National University after Al-Farabi, “Miras” University, International Information Technology University, “The Kazakh Nuclear University” LLP. A strategic partner of UPM RK is “Nur-Otan” Party.

In 2008 UPM RK initiated, developed and implemented Master and PhD Programs in Project Management at KazNTU after K.I. Satpaev. Currently Master Programs are launched at KazNU after Al-Faraby, IITU, IAB, and a PhD Program – in в Kazakh-British Technical University. UPM RC closely collaborates with these Universities’ Departments and Schools.  Alumni with Masters and PhD degrees in Project Management UPM RK recommends for taking positions in Government organizations and Industry.

UPM RK has created a communication platform for sharing knowledge and experience on applying Project Management practices in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, which is an International Forum “Project Management in Central Asia”. The First forum was held in March 2009, the Second – in May 2012. The Third one is planned to be held in 2015.

In July 2012 the International Center of Project Management was founded at KazNTU after K.I. Satpaev due to initiation and support of UPM RK.

In April 2013, UPM RK organized Days of project management of Kazakhstan in Almaty and Astana. Were organized unique business seminar “Rush to risk” of world expert in project management sphere Edward Fern, master classes of foreign and domestic experts, round table on the topic “Project Management in Kazakhstan 2013”.

In December 2013, the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan has decided to include the Union of Project Managers in the Technical Committee of Standardization 54 (TC 54) “Quality Management Systems “. The main purpose of joining UMP RK to TC 54 is the development of national project management standards.

UPM RK is ready to collaborate openly with any company or organization willing to learn the innovative technology of the future – Project Management. For more details visit our website – www.spmrk.kz
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According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “I am excited to announce Dr. Tsekhovoy’s addition to our global project management profession advisory team. As Director of the International Project Management Center at the Kazakh National University after K.I. Satpaev, and the President of UPM RK, he is the leading figure in the Kazak project management community. We are honored to have his participation.”

Dr. Tsekhovoy stated, “I was very happy to learn about PM World through our mutual friend Ed Fern, and now to join such a globally respected group of experts.  We have made great progress with introducing modern project management to Kazakhstan in recent years.  I look forward to sharing information about project management in our country, and to making some contributions to the wider world of PM.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World also produces 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 worldwide 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

 PM PUBLISHING NEWS 

New Book by Robert J. Chapman published by Gower in UK

22 March 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: Implementation Guidelines for Major Projects.

140322-pmwj21-chapman-IMAGEAccording 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.

Dr 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.

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.

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

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

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

ePUB and ePDF version information available at the above links.

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

Former PMI CEO Greg Balestrero to Keynote Project Management Symposium at University of Maryland in June

FUTURE PM EVENTS 

21 March 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA — The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute have named Gregory Balestrero, Strategic Advisor on Leadership, Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness with International Institute for Learning, Inc., a featured speaker at this year’s First Annual Project Management Symposium.

140321-pmwj21-balestrero-IMAGEBalestrero joins a lineup of more than 55 guest speakers and presenters who will share expert insights throughout the two-day event, taking place June 9-10, 2014, in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus in College Park, Md. During his presentation, “Organizational Survival: The Double Meaning of Sustainability,” Balestrero will share how organizations fully embrace their societal, environmental, economic and ethical responsibilities to transition from a pure-profit motive to one centered on becoming a positive influence in global prosperity.

Balestrero will also demonstrate how organizations can increase value, enhance their reputation and improve their image and brand by embracing an integrated approach to strategic change.

A global advocate for excellence in performance management and business results, Greg Balestrero’s career spans more than 40 years. In that time, Balestrero has worked as a project engineer and project manager and, from 2002-2011, he served as President and CEO of Project Management Institute (PMI). His presentation is scheduled for Monday, June 9, at 8:20 a.m.

With the goal of “Connecting 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. Topics covered will range from disaster management and human factors to global project management and innovative financing, and attendees can credit symposium sessions toward earning professional development units (PDUs) for maintaining their PMI credential.

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, with media sponsorship support from Project Management World Journal.

For more information on the symposium, visit University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence’s website. Those who register for the symposium by April 1, 2014, can take advantage of this year’s exclusive early-bird registration rate.

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

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

Maurício Lopes named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Brazil

PEOPLE NEWS

Experienced local project management leader joins correspondents team in São Paulo to report news leading up to World Cup and Olympics in Brazil

21 March 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro – PM World has announced that Maurício Lopes, PMP has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in São Paulo, Brazil.  Mr. Lopes is an experienced project management leader working in the engineering and construction projects area in Brazil.

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE1 LOPESMaurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999.

Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area. Currently, he is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways.

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE2 SAO PAULOAccording to Wikipedia, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the southern hemisphere, in the Americas, and the world’s seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the ten largest metropolitan areas in the world.

São Paulo (city center pictured) is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence.

The metropolis has the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and Southern Hemisphere. São Paulo has significant cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to several important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, São Paulo Museum of Art, Museum of Ipiranga and the Ibirapuera Park.

The city holds high profile events, like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix of Formula 1, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, ATP Brasil Open. It is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange, the Future Markets and the Cereal Market Stock Exchanges (the second largest stock exchange in the world, in market value). São Paulo is also home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Italia, Altino Arantes, North Tower of the UNSCOM (United Nations Centre Enterprise) and many others.

The city, which is also colloquially known as “Sampa” or “Cidade da Garoa” (city of drizzle), is known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, its architecture, gastronomy, severe traffic congestion and skyscrapers. The city is considered a global city according to several classifications. According to one source, São Paulo is expected to have the second highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025, although New York City and Tokyo were expected to remain the largest in 2025.  The city will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. [1]

140321-pmwj21-lopes-IMAGE3 BRAZILBrazil (Portuguese: Brasil), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese language country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.

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

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

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

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “I am very happy to have Mauricio join our correspondents team in Brazil.  We first met in 2002 when I was in Sao Paulo to speak at the PMI-SP annual project management conference, a big event of 1,000 attendees. He was one of the leaders of the PMI chapter at that time; he was young, active and very well respected.  We met again on my second visit to Brazil, and have remained friends. This is a wonderful development.”

Mauricio Lopes stated, “It will be my honor to represent PM World in Sao Paulo, and a pleasure to work with David again. While I have been most active in the construction sector, I keep up with developments in the project management field and at the PMI Sao Paulo Chapter.  And the World Football Cup tournament is coming this year.  It will be fun and interesting to report from here.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is published by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers, and stories about projects and project management in many countries and industries.  PM World also produces 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 worldwide 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

References:

[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo

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

Defense Acquisition University and PMI Partner to Support DoD Acquisition Workforce in USA

PM EDUCATION NEWS

20 March 2014 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in joint support of the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) Acquisition Workforce.  The agreement, which combines best practices from both public and private sectors, allows the two organizations to leverage their shared vision and expertise in project and program management to aid the DoD’s acquisition process through training and education initiatives.

140320-pmwj21-dau-IMAGEAccording to the terms of the agreement:

  • DAU will make PMI membership information available to defense management students, faculty, associates, and other strategic partners. PMI will work with DAU to determine whether PMI resources can help support DAU courses and whether these courses might qualify for credit as part of continuing education requirements for PMI certification.
  • Senior qualified PMI-certified professionals from the DoD and private industry will serve as distinguished guest lecturers in selected DAU courses, seminars, and conferences to provide the latest project management perspective to the acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) workforce.
  • DAU faculty and staff will offer a DoD perspective at select PMI events where practitioners from government and industry can exchange information and best practices.
  • PMI personnel will attend mutually selected / approved DAU courses to gain the DoD AT&L perspective on acquisition, project and program management.  Providing PMI this insight will help disseminate those views throughout the project management professional community, leading to better project management outcomes in responding to the DoD’s acquisition requirements.
  • Both organizations will explore joint research ventures.

“Research shows that high-performing organizations and agencies don’t just emphasize strategy and improve efficiency; they cultivate talent resources to deliver successful projects and programs,” said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of PMI.  “It is essential to nurture a program management culture government-wide, and particularly within the U.S. Department of Defense. PMI is pleased join DAU in its longstanding mission of supporting the DoD through education and training standards, requirements, and courses for the civilian and military workforce.”

Mr. James Woolsey, President of Defense Acquisition University, noted at the signing ceremony, “I am pleased to add PMI to the network of resources available for collaboration with DAU, especially as a fellow learning and teaching organization in the area of project and program management.”

DAU is a best-in-class corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Everything DAU does is to support the acquisition professional — from formal courses and continuous learning modules to knowledge sharing assets and consulting. As learning partner, DAU supports the professional in the classroom, online, and at their workplace. All of their learning assets are meant to help develop and manage acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation’s warfighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world. More about DAU can be found at www.dau.mil.

Founded in 1969, PMI is the world’s largest project management member association delivering value to more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world.  PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, courses, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, publications and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and governments, while ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.  For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: PMI