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WB to provide Nigeria with US$8 Billion for Projects over Next 4 Years

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

10 May 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank announced on April 25 a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Nigeria which would increase its development assistance to the country for job creation, social service delivery and governance to about US$2 billion per year through the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) financing.

140510-pmwj23-nigeria-IMAGEThe new CPS which covers the period of FY2014-2017 introduces a change in the country’s borrowing status. Nigeria was declared credit worthy for IBRD financing last year and is officially entering blend status from July 1, 2014.

This CPS has been prepared in the context of the World Bank’s renewed commitment to the twin goals of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in Nigeria and globally. It is fully aligned with Nigeria’s development agenda, Vision 20: 2020, and its medium-term strategy for realizing that vision; the Transformation Agenda.

In support of these objectives, the CPS program is structured around three areas: (a) promoting diversified growth and job creation by reforming the power sector, enhancing agricultural productivity, and increasing access to finance; (b) improving the quality and efficiency of social service delivery at the State level to promote social inclusion; and (c) strengthening governance and public sector management, with gender equity and conflict sensitivity as essential elements of governance.

“The CPS seeks to address inequalities in income and opportunities for the poor and vulnerable by developing more effective mechanisms for social service delivery including social protection programs, education, health and water service delivery” said Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria.

The CPS represents the joint World Bank Group’s program under a common donor platform known as the Country Assistance Framework (CAF) and would work in close cooperation among development partners to enhance the effectiveness and transformational impact of national efforts and avoid duplication of tasks. This approach of the CAF is proving as very effective for better coordination and synergies among partners’ strategies of support to Nigeria.

“The bulk of the financing program will focus on increasing installed power generation and transmission capacity and improving the efficiency and governance of electricity delivery” said Indira Konjhodzic, World Bank Task Team Leader for the CPS. She added, “Boosting agricultural productivity, improving farmers’ linkages with agro-processors, and increasing access to finance including long time financing to the citizens particularly women is a major focus of this partnership strategy”

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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 11,600 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

PfMP Exam Practice Tests and Study Guide – new book by Ginger Levin published by CRC Press

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

16 May 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new test prep book titled PfMP® Exam Practice Tests and Study Guide, by Ginger Levin. Publishing in May 2014, the book is the most comprehensive resource available to help you prepare for and pass the PfMP® certification exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

140516-pmwj23-Levin-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: The PfMP® Exam Practice Tests and Study Guide consists of five sections, each of which corresponds to one of the five domains described in The Standard for Portfolio Management, Third Edition and the PfMP® Examination Content Outline (ECO), 2013. Each section includes study hints, a list of major topics that may be encountered on the exam, and 20 multiple-choice practice questions that illustrate the applicable task from the ECO. Each section also includes an answer sheet and answer key with the rationale for each correct answer and references to the Standard. Supporting references are also listed at the end of the book for each of the domains covered on the exam.

Written by Dr. Ginger Levin, co-author of best-selling PMP® and PgMP® study guides, the book includes two complete practice tests, each consisting of 170 questions that follow the blueprint of the actual PfMP® exam as described in the ECO. For example—

25 percent of the questions relate to Strategic Alignment

20 percent relate to Governance

25 percent relate to Portfolio Performance

15 percent relate to Portfolio Risk Management

15 percent relate to Communications Management

The two accompanying online tests feature a proprietary scoring algorithm to help determine if the test taker is Proficient, Moderately Proficient, or Below Proficient in each domain.

Dr. Ginger Levin is a Senior Consultant and Educator in project management. Her specialty areas are portfolio management, program management, Project Management Office, metrics, and maturity assessments. She is certified as a PMP, PgMP and as an OPM3 Certified Professional. She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP. As an OPM3 Certified Professional, she has conducted over 25 maturity assessments using the OPM3 Product Suite tool.

Dr. Levin is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she teaches in its M.S. in Project Management Program, for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) University, France, and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia in their doctoral programs in project management. In consulting, she has served as Project Manager in numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients, including Genentech, Cargill, Abbott Vascular, UPS, Citibank, the Food and Drug Administration, General Electric, SAP, EADS, John Deere, Schreiber Foods, TRW, New York City Transit Authority, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to her work in consulting, she held positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Government, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Personnel Management, and the General Accounting Office.

Dr. Levin is an active volunteer with PMI, has spoken at a PMI Global Congress since 1997, and regularly presents to PMI chapters around the world. She received her doctorate in Information Systems Technology and Public Administration from The George Washington University, and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on large organizations.

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 project management titles, go to http://www.crcpress.com/browse/category/BUS14A. 

PfMP® Exam Practice Tests and Study Guide;by Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP; published by CRC Press, © 2014, 336 pp., paper back, ISBN 9781482251005; $69.95, for more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482251005.

Source: CRC Press

Supercommunicator by Frank J. Pietrucha published by AMACOM

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

9 May 2014 – New York, USA – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book by Frank J. PietruchaSupercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated in a Digital Age.  With communication being such an important aspect of professional project management, this book might be of interest to PM World Journal readers.

140509-pmwj23-pietrucha-IMAGEAccording to AMACOM:  In our increasingly complicated and data-driven world, many new developments are so complex that only experts comprehend their nuances. But what they don’t grasp is how to tell the world about them. Communicating technical content to nontechnical listeners has fast become a critical 21st-century skill. Explaining what you do and why it’s important drives funding, policy decisions, media exposure, public awareness, and customer adoption.

This book will help anyone to deliver clear, persuasive messages that win hearts, minds, and budgets. Supercommunicator explains how to:

● Distill details and data into big ideas

● Deliver meaning to audiences

● Use storytelling to captivate and educate

● Humanize content to make complicated ideas more tangible

● Layer harder ideas on top of easier ideas

● Strip away complex language, jargon, and acronyms

● Use analogies to explain unfamiliar areas

● Master new digital modes of expression

Enhanced with a wealth of examples–from how the National Academy of Sciences used audience research to improve the way evolution is taught, to how NASA incorporated cutting-edge tools to visualize issues in climatology–this one-of-a-kind book reveals how to make the complex comprehensible, and the dry deeply compelling.

Frank J. Pietrucha, president of Definitive Communications, has over 25 years of experience helping start-ups, established companies, and government agencies make challenging topics clear and meaningful to nonspecialists.  He is based in Washington, DC.

More about this book can be found at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814433683

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

Source: AMACOM

2nd Edition of award winning Project Quality Management book by Kenneth Rose released by J. Ross Publishing

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

22 May 2013 – J. Ross Publishing has announced the publication of Project Quality Management: Why, What and How, Second Edition by Kenneth H. Rose, PMP.  Project Quality Management, recipient of the 2006 PMI® David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award in its first edition, offered project managers a specific, succinct, step-by-step project quality management process found nowhere else. It has now been updated and enhanced to also meet the needs of trainers, college instructors, and their students! Course instructor material is now also available.

140522-pmwj23-rose-IMAGEProject Quality Management: Why, What and How, Second Edition demonstrates how to implement the general methods defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Fifth Edition (PMBOK® Guide) and augments those methods with more detailed, hands-on procedures that have been proven through actual practice. This edition presents case examples that illuminate the theory of quality planning, assurance, and control with real-world narratives, including situation, analysis, and lessons learned. It also provides course discussion points and practical exercises at the end of each chapter.

Award-winning author Kenneth H. Rose has more than 35 years of hands-on experience in high technology development and project management and in the development and implementation of quality improvement programs, innovative performance measurement procedures, and strategic plans. He is also an experienced trainer in project management, organizational development and leadership.  Mr. Rose is an active member of Project Management Institute, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and serves as book review editor of Project Management Journal. He is a former senior member of the American Society for Quality and ASQ Certified Quality Manager. Mr. Rose is also a life member of the National Defense Industrial Association where he served as past chairman of the robotics division.

More about this book can be found at http://www.jrosspub.com/business/project-program-management/project-quality-management-second-edition.html.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Source: J. Ross Publishing

Government of India and World Bank sign $1 billion agreement for Elementary School Education Project

PROJECT/PROGRAM NEWS 

29 May 2014 – New Delhi, India – The government of India and the World Bank today signed a $1.006 billion ($1006.20 million) credit agreement to improve education outcomes of elementary school children (covering Grades 1 to 8) in India. The project was approved by the World Bank Board on May 16, 2014.

The credit agreement for the Third Elementary Education Project or Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) III was signed by Nilaya Mitash, joint secretary, department of economic affairs, ministry of finance, on behalf of the government of India and Michael Haney, World Bank’s operations advisor in India, on behalf of the World Bank.

140529-pmwj23-india-IMAGEIndia has made significant progress in meeting its education goals at the primary level. India passed its Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which became effective from April 2010. Through this Act India has mandated elementary education (age group 6 to 14 years) as a fundamental right of every child. The World Bank has supported the SSA with two IDA credits totaling $1.85 billion – $500 million in SSA1 (2004-2007) and $ 1.35 billion in SSA II (2008-12).

In 2012-13, the number of out-of-school children had declined to 2.9 million, down from 32 million in 2001. The number of children enrolled in elementary education in India has reached 200 million and nationally India has brought down the proportion of out-of-school children to less than 5 percent. During this period, the Net Enrolment Ratio (NER) for the primary level (Classes 1-5) has improved significantly from 82 percent to 99.8 percent, gender parity has been achieved and the enrolment of children from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes has also increased. Despite these gains, several challenges related to pupil attendance and retention; poor learning outcomes; and need for effective school performance remain.

With more than 95 percent children now having access to schools, SSA III will see a significant shift in focus from SSA I and II. The key thrust areas will be on improving education quality to enhance learning outcomes, strengthen monitoring and evaluation to improve teacher accountability, and continue to enhance access and retention for disadvantaged children.

“The government of India has been investing in primary education for a very long time. These investments have resulted in more elementary graduates. This project will support the vision, goals and activities of SSA by focusing on improving quality, equity, access and institutional reforms in elementary education,” said Nilaya Mitash, joint secretary, department of economic affairs, ministry of finance, government of India.

Special attention will be given in improving learning outcomes. As part of SSA III, the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) will develop learning indicators at the national level to measure children’s progress in acquiring knowledge and skills at different grade levels for states to adapt. The project will focus on enhancing the quality standards for early grade learning and mathematics and science teaching at the upper primary level.

SSA III will strengthen the National Assessment Survey (NAS) conducted by the NCERT as well as the state level assessment systems by building their capacity to get reliable data. The project will also promote the use of NAS results for improving teacher training and school performance. National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) will be supported in developing a robust Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE). This system will be established in every district in the country to provide school-based information related to access, retention, quality and teacher training. NUEPA will also develop standards for school performance to improve the management competence of school head masters and education administrators.

“SSA – now the largest ongoing Education for All (EFA) program in the world – has been remarkably successful, particularly in achieving greater access to elementary education,” said Michael Haney, World Bank’s operations advisor in India. However, access alone is not sufficient for inclusive growth. The country needs all their young people to get good quality education in order to sustain economic growth over the long term. It is an opportunity for the World Bank to support the government of India in focusing on building effective systems for improving quality and retention levels for children in elementary schools,” he added.

SSA III, signed today, will directly benefit about 200 million children enrolled in elementary schools and 4.5 million teachers. Girls are expected to be about 48.4 percent of the beneficiaries.

“We expect that activities under SSA III will lead to a greater percentage of children attending and completing elementary education,” said Shabnam Sinha, senior education and institutional development specialist and the World Bank’s task team leader for the project.  “Efforts to improve quality will not succeed unless the quality of instruction is improved through capable and accountable teachers and functional schools working towards improved learning outcomes and holistic growth of children. The program will encourage and provide resources for improved systems performance, strong accountability measures and community engagement in elementary education,” she added.

The Project will be financed by a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm – which provides interest-free loans with 25 years to maturity and a grace period of five years.

For more about this project, go to http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P144447?lang=en

For more about World Bank projects in India, visit http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/india.

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. 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

Free Project Management Books for June Drawing Announced

PM BOOK NEWS

Nine program and project management books announced for June drawing

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

According to David Pells, PMWL executive director, “We have held four monthly drawings for free project management books now, with around 30 lucky winners so far.  Winners have been in about 20 countries, reflecting the international nature of membership so far.  That includes quite a few students.”

140529-pmwj23-books-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing is held each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books offered for the June 2014 drawing include:

  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management; Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here. 
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts, by Dennis Bolles and Darrell Hubbard; Publisher: PBM Concepts (2013) For more about the book, click here. 
  • Project Management Made Easy: A Practical Guide for Executives and Professionals; Authors: Nand Dhameja, Vijay Aggarwal, Ashok Panjwani; Publisher: Business Expert Press (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication and Leadership; Authors: Wanda Curlee, Robert Lee Gordon; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here. 
  • Communication for Continuous Improvement Projects; Author: Tina Augustiady; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach; Authors: Daniel Epstein, Rich Maltzman; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Ed.; Author: Rodney Turner, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here. 
  • The Power of Project Management Leadership: Your Guide on How to Achieve Outstanding Results; Author: Laszlo A. Retfalvi; Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Procurement Project Management Success: Achieving a Higher Level of Effectiveness; Author: Diana L. Lindstrom; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

“I really want to thank the authors and publishers who have provided these books,” Pells adds. “The books have been new editions of well-known titles, as well as new books by new authors on new trending topics. Some books cover basic aspects of PM, others are advanced topics.  It’s a great program.”

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.

The Power of Project Management Leadership added to Free Book Drawings

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Book by Canadian project management leader Laszlo Retfalvi added to prize list in PM World Library June and July drawings for free books

20 May 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA and Ottawa, Canada – PM World has announced that the new book by Laszlo A. Retfalvi, The Power of Project Management Leadership: Your Guide on How to Achieve Outstanding Results, has been added to the books to be given away in free book drawings through the PM World Library in June and July.  Publication of the book was announced in April 2014.

140520-pmwj23-retfalvi-IMAGEPerfect for all levels of project management practitioners, The Power of Project Management Leadership lays out critical groundwork for creating successful and outstanding Project Managers. Based on extensive and practical industry experience, the Project Management Leadership Model© is used as a framework and guide to better understand and develop the critical skills needed to achieve this highly sought-after level of project manager performance.

The model emphasizes four areas that are crucial to becoming an outstanding Project Manager: project management expertise, core leadership skills, a risk-smart attitude, and accountability-based behaviour. Project Managers cannot simply ignore, skip, or work around any of these areas, and the model describes important attributes PMs require for each area.  The book also includes a very important assessment aspect, allowing readers to assess their skills using the model and determine areas that may need improvement.

According to Laszlo Retfalvi, “I am happy to provide two free books for the PM World Library drawings.  PM World has supported me for several years, so I am pleased to return the favor.  The library is a great resource for project managers; I hope a few copies of my book can add to the value.”

David Pells, PM World Library director, stated: “Laszlo Retfalvi is an excellent writer, and this is a good book.  We are excited that he has offered a couple of copies for our drawings. The winners will be highly grateful.”

Written in an easy-to-understand, concise, non-technical manner, it is a valuable addition to any Project Manager’s library. For more information on the book, the author or how to purchase, visit www.pm-leadership.com.

Laszlo A. Retfalvi, P.Eng. PMP PMI-RMP is Principal of Retfalvi and Associates based in Ottawa, Canada. Laszlo is also an Instructor at the University of California Irvine Extension.  Laszlo is past Vice-President of the Program and Risk Management Office (PRMO) at Allen Vanguard Corporation. Previously, Laszlo was with General Dynamics Canada, the Irving Group of Companies and SED Systems.  A leader focused on accountability, leadership, and business success, Laszlo is also a recipient of the 2013 UCI Extension Distinguished Instructor Award.

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, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Winners of May Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

PUBLISHING NEWS

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

31 May 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their May drawing for free project management books among registered members of the PM World Library.  Ten people from six different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for registered PMWL members on 27 May 2014.  Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

140531-pmwj23-may-IMAGEThe winners of a free project management book in May were the following:

  • Dr James Szot – USA
  • Debash Sengupta – India
  • Nata Nedbaeva – Ukraine
  • Thomas Baumann – USA/Germany
  • Mykhaile Minakov – Ukraine
  • Jeffrey Davidson – USA
  • Antonio Maximiano – Brazil
  • Bob Prieto – USA
  • Richard Koehler – Sweden
  • Greg Usher – Australia

Free books offered in the May 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)
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts, by Dennis Bolles and Darrell Hubbard; Publisher: PBM Concepts (2013)
  • Project Strategy and Strategic Project Management: A Primer, byWilliam H. A. Johnson, Diane Parente; Publisher:  Business Expert Press (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)
  • Project Management Made Easy: A Practical Guide for Executives and Professionals; by Nand Dhameja, Vijay Aggarwal and Ashok Panjwani; Publisher:  Business Expert Press (2013)
  • Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success: A Knowledge Integration Framework and Value Focused Approach; by Ori Schibi; Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing (2013)
  • Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations: A Strategic Guide to Portfolio, Program and PMO Success; by Andy Jordan; Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
  • Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication and Leadership; by Wanda Curlee and Robert Lee Gordon; Publisher:  CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013) 
  • Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Edition; by Rodney Turner, PhD; 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.

AIPM offering Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities for National Project Management Conference in October

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

26 May 2014 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) will hold their 2014 national conference, under the theme “Delivering Benefits and Values,” during 12-15 October 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. AIPM is offering outstanding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities for companies with project management-related products and services.  Information about the conference can be found at http://www.aipm2014.com.au./

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) conference is expected to attract around 600 project management professionals who are employed directly in the project management sector. These professionals are employed in a wide range of industries and will be drawn from across Australia. Industries represented by the conference delegates will include Construction, Consulting, Defence, Energy, Engineering, Finance, Government, Information Technology, Insurance, Property Development, Telecommunications, Transport, Education and Health.

140526-pmwj23-exhibition-IMAGEAIPM 2014 will provide sponsoring organisations with the opportunity to consolidate relationships and expose their brands to some of the key players in the Project Management sector. (Image: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, site of AIPM conference and exhibition for sponsors).

According to AIPM, key considerations for participating include:

  • This national conference will attract over 600 dedicated professionals from across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Great opportunity to network with your key targets in a relaxed yet informative environment away from everyday distractions.
  • Your support directly benefits the professional development, knowledge transfer and research activities within the project management sector
  • As the peak industry event in the ANZ region, this conference is a perfect opportunity to benchmark against your competitors and raise your profile amongst professionals in the space.
  • An effective focused platform to demonstrate and promote your products and services.
  • Supporting can facilitate your key staff to attend and gain valuable knowledge on trends in the industry and how these can support your organisation.

In addition to sponsorship, a comprehensive trade exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference. The exhibition will include a wide range of businesses, products and services directly involved in the project management sector.  For further information about sponsorship or the exhibition, go to http://www.aipm2014.com.au./index.php/sponsorship.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  With more than 10,000 members, the AIPM is the second largest national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  AIPM is also a national member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

First apfpm Project Management Congress to be in Beijing in November

FUTURE PM EVENT

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

140508-pmwj23-beijing-IMAGEThe 1st apfpm Congress will highlight the critical importance that Project Management plays in achieving business success in the Asia Pacific region. Conference information can now be seen at http://www.apfpm.org/

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

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

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 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 and individual member associations, visit http://www.apfpm.org/index.php or contact via email at [email protected].

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for June 2014

PM PEOPLE NEWS

31 May 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:

131231-pmwj18-wideman-IMAGEThis month we have more about managing people. In Papers, four outspoken LinkedIn contributors discuss How Do You Motivate Your Project Team?

In our Musings, two of them, Jim Brosseau and Luis Alarcon, add further thoughts on corporate hiring practices and selection based on credentials versus experience.

Our Guest author claims that there is No Such Thing As an “IT” Project and makes a point of distinguishing between “Business” and “IT”. Other contributors to his discussion are not so sure.

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.

AIPM National Project Management Conference set for Brisbane in October

FUTURE PM EVENT 

5 May 2014 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced that their 2014 national conference, under the theme “Delivering Benefits and Values,” will be held during 12-15 October 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Information about the conference can be found at http://www.aipm2014.com.au./

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2014 the AIPM national conference will focus on the theme ‘Delivering Benefits and Values’ with sessions on:

  • Social and corporate responsibility; Environment, Sustainability, Community
  • Engagement and Ethics
  • People in Project Management: Career Development, Professional Standards, Professional Development, Learning and Achievement
  • Humanitarian, remote, regional and rural
  • Project Methods, Tools and Systems
  • The future of project management, research, trends, new developments
  • Organisational Issues: Trends in Project Management Maturity, Organisational Change, Project Governance and Organisational Culture
  • Project Management without Borders; International Projects, Philanthropic Projects, the International Professional Community, engagement with IPMA and the APFPM
  • Commercial, Contractual and Legal
  • Industry Sector Specific Applications of Project Management

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) conference is expected to attract around 600 project management professionals who are employed directly in the project management sector. These professionals are employed in a wide range of industries and will be drawn from across Australia. Industries represented by the conference delegates will include Construction, Consulting, Defence, Energy, Engineering, Finance, Government, Information Technology, Insurance, Property Development, Telecommunications, Transport, Education and Health.

Attendance at the conference will provide opportunities for delegates to develop skills, knowledge share, and network. It will provide the opportunity to hear key speakers share their practical knowledge and project management approaches when working in such a diverse and demanding project environments.

Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing city and is rated the world’s sixth best business destination by the Economist Magazine. The gateway to the country’s most popular tourist region, Brisbane is serviced by world class domestic and international airports located just 20 minutes from the city centre. BCEC is located in South Bank, a unique riverside cultural, entertainment and dining precinct in the heart of the city of Brisbane. Set in lush subtropical riverfront parkland, it is a dynamic urban lifestyle and retail precinct that showcases Queensland’s art and culture and is home to Brisbane’s newest dining destination.

Registration to attend the AIPM National 2014 Conference is now open and available. Click here.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  With more than 10,000 members, the AIPM is the second largest national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  AIPM is also a national member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

Call for Papers for AIPM National Project Management Conference

CALLS FOR PAPERS

12 May 2014 – Sydney, Australia – The Call for Papers for the annual national conference of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has been issued and will continue until 9 July 2014. The 2014 AIPM national conference under the theme “Delivering Benefits and Values” will be held during 12-15 October 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Information about the conference can be found at http://www.aipm2014.com.au./

140512-pmwj23-call-IMAGEIndustry and Academic papers are invited to be submitted for presentation at the AIPM National 2014 Conference.  Presentations can be in the form of case studies on projects demonstrating best practice, innovation, or future challenges in a world full of opportunity and change.

The AIPM National 2014 Conference is seeking papers relevant to the following sub-themes:

  1. Social and corporate responsibility; Environment, Sustainability, Community Engagement and Ethics – Does the project management practice have a conscience and a soul? Issues, trends and case studies in environmental projects, sustainability, engagement with community, and professional ethics.
  1. People in Project Management: Career Development, Professional Standards, Professional Development, Learning and Achievement – What do we look like as professionals to our own community of practice and others? Issues, trends in case studies in areas covering the range of standards we develop to shape ourselves and the profession; career paths that are shaped and followed, professional learning and development, and instances of outstanding achievement recognition of individual practitioners. This stream will also include an alumni meeting for AIPM certified practitioners at all levels.
  1. Humanitarian, remote, regional and rural – How are we servicing underprivileged and distant communities? Case studies, issues and trends in humanitarian projects, and case studies, issues and trends in delivering projects in remote, regional and rural communities. Projects embracing geographic, topographic and weather challenges.
  1. Project Methods, Tools and Systems – What are the changes and emerging trends in the tools we use at the coalface? Changes and trends in project methodologies, project functions and methods, the processes and tools we use, and the supporting systems we use to plan and manage our project environment, including the support of virtual teams.
  1. The future of project management, research, trends, new developments – What major opportunities exist in the future and where can we make improvements in project management? Academic and industry research focussed on understanding current and extrapolating this understanding to address future issues and requirements for the discipline.
  1. Organisational Issues: Trends in Project Management Maturity, Organisational Change, Project Governance and Organisational Culture – How are our organisations addressing and using project management at all levels? Methods and trends in organisational project management maturity, case studies of organisational change projects, governance embracing portfolio, program and project management, development of sponsor skills, observations on best practice in project governance, and the importance of developing and sustaining an effective project management working culture. This stream will also include an alumni meeting of AIPM National 2014 Conference PMAA Awards.
  1. Project Management without Borders; International Projects, Philanthropic Projects, the International Professional Community, engagement with IPMA and the APFPM – What do we know about global projects and about the international community of practice? Issues, trends and case studies in the delivery of international projects, international project management professional standards, the AIPM experience in engaging with the International Project Management Association and the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management. This stream will also address philanthropic projects.
  1. Commercial, Contractual and Legal – How are we handling the challenges or red tape, contracts and agreements?  Trends, issues and case studies in achieving better commercial outcomes from our projects, and the way that we manage our projects through contract types. Legislative and legal matters affecting the delivery of projects such as issues covering civil law and contract law.
  1. Industry Sector Specific Application of Project Management – What are we learning in industry specific areas? Trends, issues and case studies in the application of project management in industry and sector-specific situations. Examples of project management delivery in environments including but not limited to: Banking and Finance, Aviation/Aerospace/Defence Infrastructure, Engineering and Construction, Telecommunications and IT, Health and Health Services, Education and Training, Transportation and Logistics’ Environmental and Sustainment, Energy and Utilities, Mining and Resources Sector.

Presentations can be in the form of case studies on innovative investments, practices or alternative projections. Participants will be able to submit their abstract under the following categories:

  • Oral Presentation – Academic Papers and Industry Papers may be either 45 minutes or 90 minutes in length.
  • Academic Papers – Academics are invited to submit an abstract (150-250 words) and, if accepted, the full paper will be subject to double-blind peer review. Maximum paper length is 3000 words, excluding references. Papers will be published online with an ISBN number.
  • Industry Papers – Practitioners are invited to submit an abstract and, if accepted, a PowerPoint presentation must be submitted. Please click here to submit your industry abstract.
  • Workshop Presentation – This is for Academics or practitioners who wish to develop professional development workshops. Facilitators will be allocated 90 minutes for workshop presentations. Authors must submit their workshop details based on one of the below mentioned themes.

Deadline for submissions is 9 July 2014.  For further information, visit http://www.aipm2014.com.au./index.php/full-papers.

All successful presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee for the conference to have their abstracts published. The invitation to submit a paper or abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

Registration to attend the AIPM National 2014 Conference is now open and available. Click here.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

Barangaroo Hub Project to transform Sydney Ferry Services

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS 

5 May 2014 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced construction of a new ferry hub at Barangaroo, with tenders now open to start planning, and the wharf to be ready for customers in 2016Residents, visitors and workers are expected to start moving into Barangaroo from the middle of next year and many are expected to travel to and from the area by ferry.

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“The NSW Government committed to building a new ferry wharf and interchange hub at Barangaroo as part of Sydney’s Ferry Future – a blueprint to expand the ferry network over the next 20 years,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are committed to getting on with the job of delivering the transport infrastructure needed to support growth in the CBD

“I am pleased to announce a tender has been released for the preparation of an environmental assessment for the new ferry hub at Barangaroo,” she stated. “Preliminary site investigations for the project will also begin in the coming months and community consultation will be carried out later this year.”

The southern end of the Barangaroo development is expected to cater for 11,000 workers by the end of next year, increasing to around19,000 by late 2016. Full occupation of Barangaroo south will be by August 2019 with 23,000 workers

Ms Berejiklian said not only will the new ferry hub serve Sydney’s newest commercial district, it will relieve future capacity constraints at Circular Quay. “A new ferry hub at Barangaroo will provide room for additional ferry services from the Parramatta River to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, as well as direct access to and from the Eastern Suburbs and lower North Shore,” she said.

The Barangaroo ferry hub will connect ferry customers to the city centre via Wynyard Walk, a high quality pedestrian link between Barangaroo and Wynyard Station, which is scheduled for completion in late 2015. During construction of Barangaroo Ferry Hub, ferry customers will travel to Barangaroo via the existing King Street Wharf, which is a short walk away.

On the western edge of Sydney’s CBD, the $6 billion Bangaroo development is a 22 hectare former container port that is being transformed into a vital extension of the city, a new global financial hub and a spectacular Headland Park. Barangaroo will become a proud addition to Sydney, with innovative and inspiring architectural and public domain design, inviting public spaces and exciting cultural attractions.

Barangaroo will be a dynamic and connected world class CBD precinct, giving the western waterfront back to Sydneysiders to work, live and play. Barangaroo will showcase Sydney as a world leader in sustainability with our goal to operate as a climate positive community. It will be one of the first climate positive precincts of its size in the world and certainly the first CBD precinct in Australia. Over time, 23,000 people will live and work in the precinct, with 33,000 people expected to visit Barangaroo each day – 12 million a year. With a fully-integrated public transport system, 96% of people coming to Barangaroo will use public transport, walk or cycle.

The site is divided into three project areas: the Headland Park, Central Barangaroo and Barangaroo South. Major construction commenced on Barangaroo South in 2011 and the Headland Park in 2012. This 22 hectare site is owned by the NSW Government and managed by the BarangarooDelivery Authority.  For more information and news about the massive Bangaroo development in Sydney, go to http://www.barangaroo.com/

Major step towards returning Human Space Launches to US Soil announced

PROGRAM NEWS

NASA and Industry Complete First Phase to Certify New Crew Transportation Systems

30 May 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that its Commercial Crew Program and industry partners have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts (CPC) marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation systems that are safe, reliable and cost-effective.

140530-pmwj23-commercial-IMAGE“We’re making great strides toward returning human spaceflight launch capability to U.S. soil,” said Phil McAlister, director of Commercial Spaceflight at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This certification is important to ensuring our crew members have reliable transportation to and from the space station where they are conducting research essential to advancing human exploration farther into the solar system.”

Under the contracts, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems (SNC) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed reviews detailing how each plans to meet NASA’s certification requirements to transport space station crew members to and from the orbiting laboratory. NASA awarded the contracts totaling $30 million in December 2012.

“There’s more than one correct way to build a spacecraft, and CPC has been an invaluable learning process for our industry partners and the agency,” said Kathy Lueders, NASA Commercial Crew Program manager. “It is extremely exciting to see the unique approach each company brings to the table.”

Throughout the CPC process, the companies provided plans to show safety has been a key element in the design of their spacecraft and demonstrate how their systems will meet NASA’s performance requirements.

“It’s allowed them to mature their plans and gave us additional insight into each company’s approach,” said Ed Burns, systems engineering and integration acting manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “It also gave our NASA team and the partners a chance to work together towards certifying their systems.”

The second phase of the certification process, the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap), is open to any company with system designs at a maturity level consistent with the completion of the first certification phase. NASA will announce one or more CCtCap awards later this year. This second phase will include at least one crewed flight test per awardee to verify the spacecraft can dock to the space station and all its systems perform as expected. Contracts also will include at least two, and as many as six, crewed, post-certification missions to enable NASA to meet its station crew rotation requirements.

Although CCtCap will enable NASA to acquire a capability to transport crews to the space station, NASA intends that U.S. providers market and use their systems for other customers.

For more information about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program 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

Image: courtesy of NASA

AXELOS and IPMA to work together on the development of Global Best Practice in project management

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

23 May 2014 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands –AXELOS and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have reached an agreement which will lead to the two organizations working closely together in the development and improvement of project management products, services and practices.The 12-month memorandum of understanding(MoU) announced today sets out a framework of how AXELOS and the IPMA will cooperate in multiple countries worldwide.

140523-pmw23-axelos-IMAGE1 HEPWORTHAs well as agreeing to work together on the improvement of products, the agreement includes a commitment by the two parties to promote each other’s activities and services via appropriate media such as websites, conferences and seminars.

Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO (pictured right), says Since the formation of AXELOS our user community has asked us to continue to show how our products fit with other frameworks and approaches. The MoU with IPMA demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling such requests.

“PRINCE2 and the IPMA framework, IPMA Competence Baseline, are complementary approaches for project management,” he added. “It can only be good that the owners of these two approaches are working together to clarify how PPM practitioners can get the best of both worlds.”

IPMA is a federation of over 60 Member Associations (MAs). The MAs develop project management competencies in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.

140523-pmw23-axelos-IMAGE2 WAGNERReinhard Wagner (pictured left), IPMA Vice President of Standards, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for two globally recognized organizations to work together to progress the profession of project management. Practitioners will understand our respective frameworks better and when to use them, while our members and partners will profit through synergies between these offerings.”

On 1 July 2013 ‘AXELOS’ was announced as the new Joint Venture company that the Cabinet Office has formed to promote and grow the UK Government’s portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation and publishing services, including ITIL®, PRINCE2® and the other PPM products.  AXELOS now owns the intellectual property of the whole Best Management Practice portfolio and will build on the current business activities and developing products in new areas. The organization also has an ambitious programme of investment and growth, and primary focus will now be on stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations.  Latest news from AXELOS can be found on their website or if you have specific queries, requests or would like to be added to the AXELOS mailing list please contact [email protected].

Media inquiries: Simon Coughlin at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress, planned for 29 September – 1 October in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is one of the most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. For further information about IPMA, visit www.ipma.ch.

Media inquiries: Stacy Goff at [email protected]

Source: IPMA

Call for Applications for 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager Award

PM PROFESSION NEWS 

Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

30 May 2014 – Kraków, Poland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced its Call for Applications for the 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year. All applications are due for submission by 18th July 2014 for consideration. The IPMA Young Crew initiative is renowned for being the world’s most vibrant and engaging network for young and emerging project management professionals. In collaboration with IPMA, Young Crew announces the call for nominations for the 2014 edition of its globally acclaimed IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year Award.

140530-pmwj23-young-IMAGEIn 2013, the Young Project Manager Award became part of IPMA Achievement Awards and is now named Young Project Manager of the Year. The IPMA Achievement Awards are new within the portfolio of IPMA awards, providing the opportunity for industry recognition, at both the project and individual level.

The Young Crew is a community of seasoned professionals who passionately promote the very essence of project management as a practice and process across all sectors of industry.  As an initiative the Young Crew is extremely keen in actively supporting the development of project leaders within the project management domain.

This award gives an insight into the rapidly increasing number of dynamic young professionals who have embraced project management as a profession, which has evidently resulted in a rapidly growing number of both emerging and young project managers worldwide. The award is aimed at recognizing the laudable achievements of young project professionals who have participated in or led the successful delivery of outstanding projects – projects with outcomes that have had a remarkable effect towards service delivery, business transformation and likewise social change.

The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year is open to project managers aged between 18 to 35 at the time of applying. The criteria for evaluation of the award is based upon the ICB (IPMA Competence Baseline), and finalists will be chosen based upon the strength of their overall competence development. Members and non-members of IPMA are eligible to apply.

Finalists and the winner of the award will each receive a financial sponsorship package to attend the 28th IPMA World Congress and Young Crew Workshop in Rotterdam, Netherlands during 26th September – 01st October 2014.

Round one of the application for the 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager Award will be accepted until midnight, July 18, 2014 CEST.

What steps you need to take:

  • submit 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.

Applicants will be notified of their application status and for further steps for consideration of the award in July. Finalists for this year’s award will be selected by 1st September 2014. 

For more information please contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected]. 

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

Source: IPMA

How can project management help save lives and rebuild communities?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for papers on project management for disaster response and recovery

30 May 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Disaster response and recovery projects offer some of the best examples of extreme and critical project management.  Are new or better project management applications or processes being developed or used in response to natural disasters around the world? The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is seeking articles and papers on any aspect of planning, implementing and managing disaster response and recovery programmes and projects.

140530-pmwj23-disaster-IMAGEProject management experts, researchers, practicing project managers in disaster-prone areas, and those working in emergency response organizations are invited to submit an article or paper on this topic for publication in the PMWJ.  This is an opportunity to share knowledge on one of the most important issues facing many communities today.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We are already seeing devastating fires, massive floods and huge storms in the United States this year, even as the Caribbean hurricane season approaches. It was a winter of unbelievable storms in the UK and the Philippines; and Central Europe saw some of the worst flooding in decades just this month.  How is the project management profession responding to the need for better and more responsive methods and tools for disaster response or recovery projects?”

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].

“Extreme weather creates thousands of projects around the world each year” Pells adds.  “How can we ignore such enormous needs for more efficient project management?  Let’s see if we can get more project managers to share their knowledge on this topic, help create a set of resources that others can use when they need them most, during and immediately after a disaster.”

The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries.  Contents of the PMWJ are included in EBSCO’s Business Source 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].

 

EBRD to support recovery from floods in Balkans

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

29 May 2014 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up its engagement in the Balkans to help boost economies affected by recent flooding. The EBRD Vice President for Policy, András Simor, is visiting flood-affected parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29 and 30 May 2014 to meet senior officials and international counterparts. Simor will discuss in more detail the priorities of the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its Entities as they respond to the impact of the flooding.

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As part of the regional flood response, the EBRD will place a priority on the rehabilitation of damaged roads, railways and water supply systems as well as damaged power stations and transmission and distribution networks. In the private sector, the Bank is looking to provide extra capital to SMEs, especially in the agribusiness and farming sectors. Longer term, the Bank will also place an emphasis on working with authorities to develop improved flood protection systems and help reduce the risk of such widespread damage in the future. Support from the EBRD will be provided in coordination with other international financial institutions.

The visit of Vice President Simor comes after the floods inflicted severe damage across the Balkans, including loss of life, and had a major impact on businesses, infrastructure and livelihoods. An estimated 40,000 people have been displaced in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and thousands of people across the region have been left without drinking water.

No official estimates of the damage are available yet; however, agriculture, infrastructure, transport and local businesses are expected to have been hit the worst.

“The EBRD is committed to helping Bosnia and Herzegovina overcome this devastating tragedy. This is a regional disaster and we stand ready to help countries affected by the floods,” said Simor prior to the trip.

Simor will meet in Sarajevo with Minister of Finance Spiric, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lagumdzija, and Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina Kozaric to learn about the extent of damage caused by the floods and possible long-term consequences for the economy. He will also meet Prime Minister of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) Niksic. In Banja Luka, Simor had a meeting with Republika Srpska (RS) Prime Minister Cvijanovic and Minister of Finance Tegeltija.

The EBRD invested over €1.2 billion in over 80 projects in the Western Balkans and Croatia in 2013 and had been expecting the same level of engagement this year.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and Eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries, uses investment to help build market economies and democracies. The EBRD, owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, is the largest single investor in the region and provides programme and project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  The EBRD has supported more than 3,500 projects in more than 30 countries to date.  For more information about the bank, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm.  More about EBRD projects at http://www.ebrd.com/pages/project.shtml.

Based on story by Viktorija Melohina 

Source: EBRD

AXELOS launches global partners programme

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

New programme to collaboratively support accredited training organisations to help grow their businesses

29 May 2014 – London, UK – AXELOS has announced today the launch of its new partner programme to support its growing global network of accredited partners. The programme, which is free for accredited partners to join, is designed to help partners grow their client base and discover new opportunities by providing help, advice and support across the AXELOS portfolio.

140529-pmwj23-global-IMAGECertified partners will have access to an online portal and benefit from co-funded marketing campaigns, new case studies and white papers as well as sales and product training webinars. Other benefits include:

  • Access to co-funded marketing campaigns
  • Sales leads delivered via an online partner search function
  • Access to new and updated case studies and white papers for the suite of products
  • Templates for co-branded promotional materials including AXELOS’ new global marketing campaign
  • Direct access to AXELOS Global Partner Programme support
  • Access to sales and product training webinars
  • Use of the AXELOS partner logo

The partner programme is open to Accredited Training and Consultancy Organisations who register to join for free via the AXELOS website.

Kelvyn Lien-Hicks, AXELOS sales & marketing director, says: “AXELOS is reaching out internationally with its global best practice frameworks and products to encourage a better way of working. By launching the new partner programme, we are very excited to have the reinforcement of an enviable commercial platform to offer to a growing number of international partners.

“Our innovative collaborative approach means our global best practice portfolio can make a lasting change and promote a better way of working, thanks to our considerable investment and engagement with our channel the world over. This is a fantastic opportunity for our entire sales ecosystem to benefit from the substantial investments that AXELOS is making, enabling all our partners, both large and small, to win new business, drive the global best practice initiative and grow their business.

“One of our key objectives at AXELOS is to encourage more people across the world to see the value of our products and adopt our global best practice frameworks. The partner programme will achieve that by providing our global network with help and support to allow them to thrive in their markets.”

Partners will also be invited to regional round table events, giving them the opportunity to share market intelligence, identify challenges and improve sales opportunities. Events have already been held in Europe, Asia and North America, with further sessions planned for Oceania and South America later this year.

Kelvyn Lien-Hicks, added: “The round tables are proving hugely popular and are a great opportunity for participants to express their views freely on all aspects of sales and marketing activities in their region. The positive energy and passion at these events has validated our belief that bold collaboration will yield bold results.”

Companies interested in joining the AXELOS partner programme can complete the online application at: https://partners.axelos.com/home

On 1 July 2013 ‘AXELOS’ was announced as the new Joint Venture company that the Cabinet Office has formed to deliver and commercialize the UK Government’s portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation and publishing services, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products. AXELOS now owns the intellectual property of the whole Best Management Practice portfolio and will build on the current business activities and developing products in new areas. The organization also has an ambitious programme of investment and growth, and primary focus will now be on stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations.

Latest news from AXELOS can be found on their website or if you have specific queries, requests or would like to be added to the AXELOS mailing list please contact [email protected].

Media contact: Email: [email protected] 

Source: AXELOS