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GPM Global Receives United States Excellence in Sustainability Education Award 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

1 May 2014 – Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA – GPM Global has announced that it has been selected for the 2013 United States Excellence in Sustainability Education Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).

140501-pmwj22-USTCI-IMAGEEach year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that the United States are renowned for.

GPM Global has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year-long immersion in the business climate of the United States.

Reached for comment, GPM Global President Joel Carboni stated “We are deeply honored to be recognized by USTCI for our training and educational programs.  Recognition of this kind is humbling and reminds us that we have a strong mission to play in the advancement of sustainable development through sound project management practices.  This is our third award in the past six months which is a testament to the importance of the work we are doing.”

The USTCI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. Our professional accreditations and three time award winning project delivery method PRiSM™ which is based on our P5 Standard™ and offered in more than 128 countries around the world through accredited training partners and Universities. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org

Source: GPM Global

2nd Call for Applications for IPMA 2014 Project Management Achievement Awards

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

25 April 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has again 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 public service 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

The Praxis Framework launches from UK

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Project, programme and portfolio management knowledge, methodology, competence and maturity information provided in new web-based framework

1 May 2014 – London, UK – The Praxis Framework, a significant new development in the field of project, programme and portfolio (P3) management, has been launched from the UK. Praxis is the first framework to encompass knowledge, method, competence and maturity in a single, integrated and consistent package.

140501-pmwj22-Praxis-IMAGEUntil now practitioners have used bodies of knowledge, methodologies, competency frameworks and capability maturity models from different sources that use different taxonomies and terminologies.  This has meant that anyone wishing to use these guides to implement organisation-wide P3 management has had to map them to eliminate overlaps, fill gaps and remove incompatibilities.

Importantly, Praxis is also completely free and community driven. Users do not need to register to access its content and the aim is to evolve and enhance the framework through practitioner and user contributions.

The Praxis Framework has been created by Adrian Dooley, an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) who has ensured that the framework is compatible with widely known guides such as the APM Body of Knowledge, PRINCE2® and ISO21500.

Adrian said “I think it is time that the basic principles of project, programme and portfolio management were available to the ‘wikipedia generation’. I hope that experienced practitioners will tailor the framework and offer their adapted material for inclusion in the framework, thus helping the next generation of P3 managers.”

Praxis is available at www.praxisframework.org.

PRINCE2® is a trademark of Axelos Ltd.

Winners of April Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

PUBLISHING NEWS

Ten winners from seven countries win books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

30 April 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their April drawing for free project management books among registered members of the PM World Library.  Ten people from seven different countries were among the winners of the random number drawing held for registered PMWL members on 26 April 2014.  Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

The winners of a free project management book in March were the following:

  • 140430-pmwj22-april-IMAGENagaraj R – India
  • Yisehak Shata – USA
  • Collin Howell – Australia
  • Greg Carroll – Australia
  • Maria Cecilia Evangelista – USA
  • Lhassen Abnaou – Canada
  • Diane Durkin – USA
  • Manuel Carvalho Da Silva Neto – Brazil
  • Alfonso Bucero – Spain
  • Luca Cavone – Italy

Free books offered in the April drawing included:

  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management, by Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012)
  • PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide, 4th Edition, by Joseph Phillips: Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts, by Dennis Bolles and Darrell Hubbard; Publisher: PBM Concepts (2013)
  • From Projects to Programs: A Project Manager’s Journey, by Samir Penkar; Publisher: CRC Press/Auerbach Publications (2013)
  • Strategic Leadership of Portfolio and Project Management, by Timothy J. Kloppenborg and Laurence J. Laning; Publisher: Business Expert Press (2012) 
  • Project Strategy and Strategic Project Management: A Primer, byWilliam H. A. Johnson, Diane Parente; Publisher:  Business Expert Press (2013)
  • Achieve CAPM Exam Success, 2nd Edition: A Concise Study Guide and Desk Reference, by Diane Altwies, Janice Preston, Frank Reynolds; Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing (2013)
  • Achieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, by Diane Altwies, Janice Preston; Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing (2013)
  • Sustainable Program Management, by Gregory T. Haugan; Publisher:  CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013)
  • Global Innovation Science Handbook, by Praveen Gupta, Brett E. Trusko; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014)

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

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

ICA Fluor to Build a $743 Million Gas Pipeline in Mexico

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

30 April 2014 – Irving, Texas, USA & Mexico City, Mexico – Fluor Corporation has announced that its ICA Fluor joint venture with Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. has signed a contract with TAG Pipelines Sur S. de R.L. de C.V. for the construction of the 1.42 billion cubic feet per day capacity Ramones II Sur Gas Pipeline through the states of San Luis Potosí, Querétaro and Guanajuato in Mexico. TAG Pipelines Sur is a joint venture between Mexico Power and Gas Ventures B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of GDF Suez, P.M.I. Holdings B.V. and TAG Pipelines S. de R.L. de C.V., an affiliate of Mexgas Supply and Mexgas Enterprises (affiliates of Pemex Gas).

140430-pmwj22-ica-fluor-IMAGEFluor booked its $357 million portion of the contract value in the first quarter of 2014.ICA Fluor will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning and start-up services of a 291.7-kilometer-long, 42-inch diameter pipeline with one compression station (for a total capacity of 1,420 MMCFD), located in the southern portion of the Los Ramones Phase II gas transportation system. The system will be completed in the second quarter of 2016.

This project is a segment of the integrated Los Ramones transportation system, part of a strategy to supply central Mexico with natural gas imported from the United States. It is the third phase of a transportation system that runs from the U.S.-Mexico border to Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato. As a result of the increasing needs for natural gas availability and distribution in different regions in Mexico, the project is expected to have a large impact on the country’s industry and economy.

ICA Fluor is the leading industrial engineering-construction company in Mexico, dedicated to the engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of industrial facilities in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, automotive, power, mining, and telecommunication industries.

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. is Mexico’s largest infrastructure company. ICA carries out large-scale civil and industrial construction projects and operates a portfolio of long-term assets, including airports, toll roads, water systems, and real estate. Founded in 1947, ICA is listed on the Mexican and New York Stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.ica.com.mx/ir.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering and construction firm that designs and builds some of the world’s most complex projects. The company creates and delivers innovative solutions for its clients in engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, maintenance and project management on a global basis. For more than a century, Fluor has served clients in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, mining and power market sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 110 on the FORTUNE 500 list. With more than 40,000 employees worldwide, the company’s revenue for 2013 was $27.4 billion. Visit Fluor at www.fluor.com and follow on Twitter @FluorCorp.

Source: Fluor Corporation

First Call for Research Papers for PMSA 2014 National Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS 

Growing Project Management in South Africa is theme for biennial national conference in late Septembe

29 April 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has issued a First Call for Research Papers for their Biennial National Conference 2014 scheduled for 29 September – 1 October 2014.  The 2014 conference with theme of “Growing Project Management in South Africa” will be held at The Wanderers, Illovo, Johannesburg.

140429-pmwj22-first-call-IMAGEPMSA invites researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts to submit a high-quality, original abstract followed later by a final research paper for presentation at the PMSA National Conference 2014.  The conference will explore themes, trends and practices relevant to growing and enabling project success in Africa across the spectrum of industries.

Presentations, workshops and research papers will be presented in topic-specific themes expected to include the following:

  • Best practices: Proven methodologies and success stories on projects grown and / or delivered in Africa
  • Research and Innovation: What we’ve learned and what we know about overcoming challenges that prohibit project success in Africa
  • Insights into the nature of project management as it applies to the continent, how it is different or similar to trends in the rest of the world
  • Technology: How IT and telecoms are enabling better project management on the continent
  • PM for the greater good: Applying project management to social causes. Including people, planet and profit in our project practices and realising some of the socioeconomic imperatives on the continent.
  • Applying ethical practice as project practitioners
  • Updating the project toolkit: Tips, tools and techniques that pave the way for effective project management.
  • Project People: Individual characteristics and traits that serve companies and individual practitioners well when rolling out projects in Africa.

Abstract submission deadline – Wednesday, 21 May 2014

For submission guidelines and conference information, including all important dates, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=Conference2014 or contact [email protected].

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

Mastering the Business of Global Trade: Negotiating Competitive Advantage Contractual Best Practices, Incoterms®, and Leveraging Supply Chain Options – published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

30 April 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Mastering the Business of Global Trade: Negotiating Competitive Advantage Contractual Best Practices, Incoterms®, and Leveraging Supply Chain Options, by Thomas A. Cook.  Key features include illustrations of the impact of Global contract agreements and how to negotiate more favorable conditions and terms. It also offers best practices to reduce risk and ensure compliance, and it describes how to use leveraged options and Incoterms to maximize the benefits of your supply chain.

140430-pmwj22-Cook-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: The book clearly explains how landed cost modeling works and how you can use these business models to leverage supply chain options. Illustrating how Incoterms impact compliance and risk, it details options to help you reduce your exposure to risk as well as best practices to help you steer clear of compliance issues that can cause costly delays.

Managing global supply chains is about constantly striving for efficiency, driving down costs, and increasing profits. With this book, you will not only learn how to negotiate better contracts, but you will also learn how to manage relationships with freight forwarders and customhouse brokers in a manner that will help you get the most value from your service agreements.

The book establishes a very simple, yet comprehensive, roadmap that both the neophyte and the more experienced global supply chain executive can easily follow and master. By following the time-proven advice and roadmap detailed in these pages, you will learn that it is possible to engage in more deals and increase your returns, while reducing your overall risk exposure.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  To see their  Supply Chain Management/Logistics titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/category/BUS15A.

Mastering the Business of Global Trade: Negotiating Competitive Advantage Contractual Best Practices, Incoterms, and Leveraging Supply Chain Options; by Thomas A. Cook; published by CRC Press, © 2014, 405 pp., hard cover, ISBN 9781466595781; $79.95; for more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466595781

Source: CRC Press

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for May 2014

PM PEOPLE NEWS

30 April 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 widemanThis month we have three contributions all of which relate to the Issue of managing people, including yourself! First up, what if you want to “go it alone” with your own company or consulting service? In Guests, Sean C. Castrina provides his Top 10 rules for Starting Your Own Small Business.

If you are up for a job interview, then you will want to read our Musings on What was Your Last Salary? And if you have already got that big job, then in Papers consider grabbing a copy of a Handbook of People in Project Management by Dennis Lock and Lindsay Scott.

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.

AMEC awarded EPCM contract for Rainy River project in Ontario

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

29 April 2014 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announced that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Rainy River Resources Ltd. (Rainy River) for the Rainy River Project, an advanced-stage gold project located in the District of Fort Frances in Western Ontario. The value of AMEC’s contract has not been announced.

140429-pmwj22-rainy-river-IMAGEAMEC has extensive expertise in gold mines worldwide and a long history working with Rainy River’s parent company, New Gold Inc., from studies through execution. Furthermore, AMEC has provided environmental consulting support services for the Rainy River Project since 2011.

Under the new contract, AMEC will manage all detailed design and implementation activities through to pre-commissioning. The project scope includes a greenfield, open-pit gold mine, a processing plant and ancillary facilities to support a 21,000 tonne-per-day gold leach plant. Current plans are to develop an underground mine after the start of commercial production.

Bob Stanlake, President of AMEC’s Mining & Metals operation commented: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected by Rainy River to provide EPCM services to the Rainy River Project. AMEC and New Gold teams have worked together successfully in the past on projects such as New Afton and Blackwater, and we share a common set of values and objectives that will support a successful outcome at the Rainy River Project.”

AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to its customers in the world’s oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. With annual revenues of some Cdn$6.4 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets and employs over 27,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. See www.amec.com.

New Gold Inc. is an intermediate gold mining company. The company has a portfolio of four producing assets and three significant development projects. The New Afton Mine in Canada, the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico, the Mesquite Mine in the United States and the Peak Mines in Australia provide the company with its current production base. In addition, New Gold owns 100% of the Blackwater and Rainy River projects, both in Canada, as well as 30% of the El Morro project located in Chile. New Gold’s objective is to continue to establish itself as a leading intermediate gold producer, focused on the environment and sustainability. For further information on the company, please visit www.newgold.com.

Source: AMEC

US$300 Million for Rail and Transport Infrastructure projects in Tanzania

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

24 April 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank has announced the approval of US$300 million in funds from the International Development Association (IDA)* to support the Government of Tanzania’s effort to create a reliable open access railway infrastructure on the Dar es Saalam-Isaka section of the East African Central Corridor and to strengthen the countries rail agencies’ ability to manage the infrastructure, the traffic operations, and the network regulation. This project is a necessary first step to the eventual upgrade and expansion of the broader Central Corridor transport network.

140424-pmwj22-Tanzania-IMAGE“The location and the size of Tanzania, its mineral and agricultural resources, its tourism potential and its critical role as a transport hub for its landlocked neighbors, provide unrivaled opportunities for the development of modern transport infrastructure and services, said Philippe Dongier, the World Bank’s Country Director for Tanzania. “We are excited to support the Government’s efforts to rebuild its rail and intermodal transport system. The project will also indirectly help to boost agricultural trade, job creation and overall livelihoods for the country and neighboring countries’ poorest people.”

The financing will support the Intermodal and Rail Development Project designed to increase the reliability of the rail infrastructure and the train operations; strengthen logistics in the port of Dar es Salaam and the rail terminals; and strengthen rail operations. The funds will go to relaying rail tracks, building new intermodal terminals, repairing or reconstructing bridges and supporting the institutional transformation of the sector.

“Besides constraining economic activity in Tanzania and reducing the competitiveness of the country’s tradable sectors, poor infrastructure on the East African Central Corridor creates delays and high costs for transport of goods between Tanzania and its landlocked neighbors (Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda), as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)”, said Henry des Longchamps the World Bank Task Team Leader for the project. “The project will help improve a critical link in the regional rail network that is necessary for both competitiveness and improved regional and global economic integration.”

The project contributes to the World Bank Group’s (WBG) two broad goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Rehabilitating and upgrading the rail line will improve the transport linkages for the population living in the western part of Tanzania, an area that has a high concentration of agricultural activity.

“The project will help increase transport capacity in Tanzania which will build competitive alternatives to road transport, and lead to greater traffic volumes that will facilitate the development of economic activities and job creation along the corridor areas,” said Yonas Mchomvu the World Bank co-Task Team Leader for the project.

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing zero-interest loans 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.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.  Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries.  For more information, please visit www.ifc.org, www.worldbank.org, and www.miga.org.

For more about World Bank Projects in Tanzania, go to http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/tanzania.  To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, click here or 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

DEWA Receives GPM Sustainable Project Management Centre of Excellence Award

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

GPM Global recognizes Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with Distinctive Award for their Excellence & Commitment to Green Project Management

28 April 2014 – Dubai, UAE and Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA – Green Project Management (GPM®), a provider of sustainability-based project management methodologies, professional development, and certification, has announced that HE Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been presented the GPM Sustainable Project Management Centre of Excellence Award for the authority’s ongoing pursuit of greening its project management framework by implementing international best practice for green business excellence.

Joel Carboni, Founder and President of GPM Global handed over the award to HE Saeed Al Tayer at the annual ‘Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition’ (WETEX) at the stand of Dubai Carbon.

“Sustainability is fast becoming the driver of business change and innovative ideas.” HE Saeed Al Tayer said after the ceremony. “DEWA is committed to make the switch towards green project management for all its activities and will train over 30% of relevant staff in the next years.”

Similar to HE, a 2013 survey of global CEO’s showed that 93% believe Sustainability will be key to the future success of their business, yet, they are not satisfied with business progress in tackling global sustainability challenges.

The Green Project Management® Centre of Excellence Distinction (GPM CoE) aims to distinguish entities that show leadership and declare a commitment to Best Practices in Green Project Management®.

HE Eng. Waleed Salman says: ‘Dewa’s corporate sustainability program includes a green strategy aiming to protect the natural environment, conserve resources and take into account social aspects. Our commitment to the GPM Centre of Excellence is key for us to enact this strategy.’

The GPM Centre of Excellence award was given for the first time to DEWA, a leader in innovation and use of Best Practices providing energy and water solutions to Dubai’s fast growing economy and population. DEWA’s Vision: ‘A Sustainable World Class Utility’ summarizes its commitment to a different way of thinking about driving and supporting successful economic growth.

Excellence in project management is about achieving objectives on time, within scope, and on budget, while creating positive impacts for the environment and society; and this is clearly DEWA’s vision and commitment – said Joel Carboni, Founder and President of GPM Global. “We are ecstatic about giving our first award ever to DEWA and to start work with them in the coming months to achieve the different training and execution milestones.”

Additionally, Dubai Carbon signed a Memorandum of Understanding to directly partner with GPM Global to drive growth of the GPM Center of Excellence in the region.  Dubai Carbon is also receiving the GPM Center of Excellence award becoming the second entity to do so, further underscoring Dubai’s commitment as a leader of the Green Revolution in alignment with Dubai’s Vision 2021.

Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon explains: ‘We have been working with GPM Global for a few months now. We believe in their vision and their award winning methodology to drive sustainability into project management. We are partnering with them in the region to make this vision a reality.’
ABOUT GPM

GPM® Global is a sustainability based project management organization that accredits professionals and programs. We adhere to the highest management standards and support courses and certifications based on industry specific competencies and are active in over 128 countries worldwide. http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/

ABOUT DUBAI CARBON CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

The Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence was launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2011 as a public-private partnership to fast-track clean energy project development in the last years of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Centre is the first body of its kind in the region and aims to leverage Dubai’s economic potential in carbon through the Clean Development Mechanism and other best practices. The DCCE is a key component of the Supreme Council’s efforts to develop a sustainable-energy economy for Dubai and plans to offset several million metric tons of carbon annually by selling carbon credits on the international market.

Dubai Carbon conceptualises, manages, executes and monetises greenhouse gas reduction measures. By doing so, it addresses climate change and promotes sustainable development across the region in an economically viable way. The Emirate of Dubai is becoming a low carbon economy and Dubai Carbon is both the enabler and knowledge repository of this process.

Source: Green Project Management

90 Percent of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Removed

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 
25 April 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland – More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.
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90 Percent of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Removed

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 

25 April 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland – More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.

The Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag, welcomed in a statement “significant progress” over the last three weeks and thanked States for their “steadfast support” in pushing operations to 92.5 per cent.

140425-pmwj22-syrian-IMAGE“I strongly encourage the Syrian authorities to conclude the removal operations as part of their efforts to achieve the 30 June 2014 deadline,” she said.

Photo: Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag (second left) inspecting preparations for the elemination of chemical weapons at the Syrian Port of Latakia in December 2013. Photo: OPCW-UN Joint Mission

The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.

In addition to the removal operations, the Syrian authorities have destroyed buildings, equipment and empty mustard gas containers, and decontaminated other containers in a number of chemical weapons storage and production sites.

“A majority of these sites are now closed,” Ms. Kaag confirmed.

For more information, go to http://opcw.unmissions.org/.

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

Source: United Nations

Veikko Välilä appointed Global Advisor for PM World in Finland

PEOPLE NEWS

Globally recognized and popular former IPMA president joins international advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

24 April 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro – PM World has announced that Veikko Välilä has agreed to serve as a global advisor for the organization.  Veikko is former president, chair and secretary general of the International Project Management Association, the global federation of more than 50 national project management societies. 

140424 - VALILA - PhotoVeikko Välilä has more than 30 years’ experience in project and risk management gained in employment with Kone Corporation, Industrial Mutual, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Hansa Industrial Insurance B.V., If P&C Insurance Co. Ltd, Marsh & McLennan Inc., International Project Management Association (IPMA), Aon Finland Ltd, AGH Associates Ltd and Fennovoima Ltd.

Mr. Välilä has served in a diplomatic position as a Scientific and Industrial Commissioner of Finland, establishing a new operational office in Hong Kong and creating more than 50 new industrial and scientific co-operation projects between Finnish and Chinese & South-East Asian enterprises and institutions.

Veikko has participated in starting up new and successful operations, such as Soredex, a high tech medical X-ray company, and Hansa Industrial Insurance, an insurance underwriting operation in the City of London. During his career he has lived and/or worked in circa 50 countries. He has provided consulting and risk management services for a number of large corporations in the areas of power generation (including thermal and nuclear power), pulp & paper industry, high tech companies and large infrastructure projects (including harbor, metro, airport, rail- and motorway projects). His specialties include Insurance, risk management, and project management.

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “I am excited about Veikko’s addition to our global project management profession advisory team. As former IPMA president, he is well known and still popular around the world.  We have been friends for many years and I highly respect his professional experience and knowledge.”

Veikko Välilä stated, “I am happy to join the PM World advisory team where I already see many colleagues and respected professional leaders.  I look forward to learning more about the journal and library, and to contribute where I may.  It should be quite interesting.”

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Sponsorships and Exhibition Opportunities Available for University of Maryland Project Management Symposium

PM INDUSTRY NEWS 

23 April 2014 – College Park, Maryland, USA — Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities remain available for the Inaugural Project Management Symposium, taking place June 9-10, 2014, in the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Project management product and service companies should consider participating in this inaugural conference.

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Organized by the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence and the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), this two-day event will provide sponsors with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with nearly 300 Baltimore/Washington researchers and project management professionals from academe, industry and government as they explore best practices for today’s dynamic project environments. Even more, this year’s sponsors will play a unique role in helping to shape the region’s first-ever project management symposium of its kind.

In addition to presentations from representatives of the International Institute for Learning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, Ron Taylor Group, the International Project Management Association and the Maryland State Highway Administration, this can’t-miss event will feature more than 55 esteemed session speakers who will cover topics ranging from disaster management and human factors to performance measurement and project management in government.

Sponsorships are tax deductible and interested parties can view the full slate of opportunities online. Available sponsorship packages include:

  • Conference Sponsor: $10,000 – Your company will receive special conference sponsor nametags for all attendees, top sponsor signage billing, pre-conference broadcast email recognition, a special conference program profile, recognition at meals and events, an opportunity to introduce a speaker, special session-room signage and more.
  • Platinum Sponsor: $7,500 – Your company will receive a prime-location exhibit table, two full registrations with complimentary parking and the choice of an opening keynote introduction, opening reception, program book printing or graphic identity design package.
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000 – Your company will receive an exhibit table, a business-card sized program ad and the choice between sponsoring the program inside back cover, an attendee giveaway or nametag lanyards.
  • Patron: $500 – Your company name and logo will appear on the website and event signage.

Interested parties can download the sponsorship benefits and gift form.

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 .

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

Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice (1-301-405-7614) [email protected]

Call for Papers on Organizational Change Project Management

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PM World Journal seeks articles and papers on managing organizational change projects 

22 April 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Articles and Papers for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) are being sought on the general topic of organizational change project management, especially as related to implementing enterprise-wide program/project management process and system improvements.  Implementation of a project management office (PMO), for example, would be well received by may PMWJ readers.

140422-pmwj22-organizational-IMAGEProject 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, “Project management is now widely recognized as a critical component of change management, as many organizational changes occur as projects.  Mergers and acquisitions are good examples, but nearly every organization today undergoes changes of one kind or another.  So there should be many examples of how such projects are managed.  We’re looking for people to share their experiences and knowledge on this topic.”

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 is success measured for organizational change projects, for example?” Pells adds.  “If you have some experience related to this topic, or even a story to tell, please send us an article.  Papers from researchers on organizational changes are also welcome.”

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 information or research results 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 operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  To read the latest PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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].

 

Electrification Program in Panama to power 10,000 rural homes

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS 

Program includes incentives for private sector to provide sustainable electricity services to rural areas without access to electricity 

21 April 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced approval of a $20 million loan to Panama to finance a rural electrification program that will promote public and private investment to provide service for more than 10,000 rural households, located mostly in very poor remote areas.  The program will also provide access to electricity for 107 schools and 21 health centers, thereby increasing Panama’s electricity coverage rate will rise to approximately 81 percent of Panama’s rural households by 2018.

140421-pmwj22-panama-IMAGEThe general objective of the program is to help improve the quality of life of Panama’s rural population by increasing access to sustainable electricity services in the poorest communities. This program will seek to promote public-private efforts by financing incentives to invest in grid-extension projects and off-grid systems in order to provide reliable electricity service to rural communities as well as to improve the Panamanian Government’s institutional capacity for the formulation, execution, oversight and evaluation of rural electrification projects.

The project includes a system of subsidies for new investments that will motivate private enterprises to invest in rural electrification, through either grid extension or renewable energy projects in isolated areas. Among the eligible renewable energy alternatives are small hydroelectric projects, wind power plants, and solar photovoltaic systems.

The IDB has been supporting the Government of Panama’s efforts to increase national electricity coverage levels through the Rural Electrification Program (REP) since 2006. During the REP’s Phase One from October 2006 until December 2013, IDB loans totaling approximately $20.8 million funded electricity extension programs in numerous rural communities and off-grid power systems in the indigenous comarcas of Guna Yala and Embera Wounnan. The REP’s Phase One extended electricity coverage to more than 12,000 households and numerous schools and hospitals in Panama’s poorest rural communities.

The $10 million IDB loan is for a 25-year term, with a 54 month grace period and an interest rate based on LIBOR and $10 million from the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean. Local counterpart contribution totals$2.25 million. This project is framed within the global goals of the Sustainable Energy initiative for all (SE4ALL). It is promoted by a United Nations initiative that the IDB committed to supporting, an initiative that seeks universal access to electricity by 2030.

For more about this project, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=PN-L1095. For more about IDB projects in Panama, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/panama/panama-and-the-idb,1042.html.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Business Analytics: An Introduction – published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

20 April 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new textbook titled Business Analytics: An Introduction, by Jay Liebowitz.  Published in December 2013, it explains how to use business analytics to sort through an ever-increasing amount of data and improve the decision-making capabilities of an organization.

business-analyticsAccording to the CRC release: Business Analytics: An Introduction covers the key areas of business analytics and explores the concepts, techniques, applications, and emerging trends that professionals across a wide range of industries need to be aware of. Better detection of fraud through visual analytics or better prediction of the likelihood of someone getting an infection while in the hospital are just a few examples of where analytics can play a positive role. The book also examines legal and privacy issues and discusses the role of social media in analytics.

As the field of business analytics continues to emerge rapidly, there is a need for a reliable textbook and reference on the subject. Filling this need, this book is suitable for graduate-level students and undergraduate seniors. It maintains a focus on only the key areas so the material can be covered adequately in a one-semester or one-quarter course. Each chapter includes software-generic exercises, labs, and associated answers to the exercises/labs.

Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc. is the Orkand Endowed Chair in Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He previously served as a professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management.
At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding program director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the capstone director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects. Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first knowledge management officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, he was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Liebowitz is the founder and editor-in-chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), a top-tier journal worldwide for OR/MS-related journals, according to the most recent Thomson impact factors. The ESWA Journal had 1.8 million articles downloaded worldwide in 2011. Liebowitz is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems). He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, intelligent systems, and IT management.

Dr. Liebowitz’s most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011), Beyond Knowledge Management: What Every Leader Should Know (Taylor & Francis, 2012), and Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, 2nd ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2012). His newest book is Big Data and Business Analytics (Taylor & Francis).

In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. He has lectured and consulted worldwide. Dr. Liebowitz can be reached at [email protected].

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  CRC’s mission is to serve the needs of scientists and the community at large by working with capable researchers and professionals from across the world to produce the most accurate and up to date scientific and technical resources.  To see their IT Management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/category/ITC05A.

Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics;by Jay Liebowitz; published by CRC Press, © 2014, 288 pp., hard cover, ISBN 9781466596092; $89.95,  for more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466596092. 

Source: CRC Press

Free Membership in PM World Library offered to residents of Nepal

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Free access to online global resource related to program and project management for those living or working in Nepal and other low income countries

20 April 2014 – London, Sydney, Dallas, Kathmandu – PM World has announced that residents of Nepal can register for FREE ACCESS to the PM World Library (PMWL) at www.pmworldlibrary.net.  The PMWL is a global resource for continuous learning related to program, project and portfolio management that was officially launched in early 2014.

david-pellsAccording to PM World Library Director David Pells (pictured at right), “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries.  In March we announced free registrations for residents of Ukraine, hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in a very stressful situation.  Now we want to mention the same opportunity for residents in Nepal, which is still facing daunting economic development challenges.”

Those working or living in Nepal can register for FREE BASIC ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/.  Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries.  If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected].

“We have correspondents and friends in Nepal,” Pells adds.  “There is also a very active project management society there that we want to support; we know the leaders of that organization well.  I hope that free access to the library can help them achieve their development goals more quickly and effectively.”

Others offered free access to the new PMWL include students, authors of works published in the PM World Journal, and residents of around 80 countries listed as low-income by the World Bank.  (See the list of countries for Free Access at http://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/.)  For most there is a small membership fee, about the cost of a cup of coffee in most countries.

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

EVM World 2014 Announces Lineup for Scheduling Track: PM College of Scheduling to Lead Sessions on Scheduling

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

19 April 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the lineup of speakers for the scheduling track at EVM World 2014. Scheduling experts from across the United States have developed a track of 12 sessions dedicated to project and program schedules. The track was coordinated by the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS) and will take place from Wednesday, May 21st to Friday, May 23rd in San Antonio, Texas. More information can be found here.

“Schedule experts from across industries are coming together at this event to share lessons learned, case studies and best practices,” said Ms. Gwen Barger, Vice President of Programs for the PMCOS. “This is a tremendous opportunity for attendees. Effective schedules are critical for project performance management and truly are a part of Fueling the Value of Project Performance.”

Specific Track Sessions include:

  • PMCOS Board, Panel Leading an Open Idea Exchange with EVM World attendees
  • Mr. Stuart Ockman,  Ockman & Borden Associates, on Preventing, Identifying and Quantifying Critical Project Delays
  • Mr. Tom Driscoll and Mr. Ken Baker, Hill International, Inc., on CPM – Its Genesis, Past, and Present
  • Mr. John Homer and Mr. Lee Peters, ProjectLEADER, Inc., on Four Decades of Lessons Learned
  • Mr. Mike Mosley Jr., Zachry Industrial, Inc., on Planning and Scheduling – Getting to Earned Value
  • Mr. George McLaughlin, McLaughlin & McLaughlin, on Managing Large and Complex Projects using Standard Project Control Tools
  • Mr. Paul Bolinger, Humphreys & Associates, on Selling and Telling with The Summary Schedule
  • Mr. Robert Loop, DOE EVM Focal Point, on Viable Option or Gamesmanship?
  • Ms. Debra Sitzman, Raytheon Missile Systems, on An Exploration of Key Indicators to Achieve Useful Status
  • Mr. Rob D’Onofrio, Capital Project Mgt., Inc., and Clark Thiel, Esquire, Jones Day, on Modern Trends in Schedule Delay Analysis

140419-pmwj22-scheduling-IMAGEThe 30th Annual EVM World will take place May 21st through May 23rd, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, USA (pictured at right). The theme of the event is “Fueling the Value of Project Performance.” EVM World is the premier annual event for project performance management techniques and earned value management. It offers outstanding training, excellent networking, in-depth sessions with leading experts, workshops, case studies and the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques and tools to improve project performance. Visit the EVM World website for more information.

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

The College of Scheduling (PMCOS) is a brand new, international, professional association.  Incorporated in November 2013, our mission is to provide a forum for Professionals to promote excellence in planning and scheduling through networking, sharing project experiences, providing and receiving training, and providing support and encouragement for the ongoing development of a body of knowledge.  Already operating on three continents, the College urges anyone who is passionate about our mission to be a part of this dynamic organization.  You will have an opportunity to put your own ideas into practice and potentially change the way scheduling is perceived in every industry around the world.  For more information, visit www.pmcos.org.

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

Source: College of Performance Management