Next CPM Webinar to feature PMWJ author Russ Martinelli



Journal series author Russell Martinelli to share knowledge about Program Management in August 28 webinar

19 August 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the topic and timing for its August Topical Webinar.  The webinar will discuss the topic of “Establishing a Program Decision Framework” by Russ Martinelli.  It will take place on Thursday, August 28th at 12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. The webinar is free to CPM members and $25 for non-members. PMI members can earn 1 PDU with the webinar.  For more information or to register, Click Here.

140819-pmwj25-matinelli-IMAGEIn this presentation, Russ Martinelli will describe the need for a robust decision framework to organize and guide the decision-making process on a program. In particular, he will describe three key attributes of a robust decision framework needed for a program. The decision framework must: 1) focus on the primary outcome of a program – delivering business results, 2) encompass the two aspects of a decision – making the decision and implementing the decision, and 3) be designed to sustain multiple project-level methodologies – agile, waterfall, concurrent development, and everything in-between.

Additionally, a robust decision process must provide the flexibility necessary to enable an adaptive management process that allows for changes in the program as new information comes in, and at the same time, provide anchors to align stakeholders on the critical business decisions necessary to successfully manage a program.  Russ will describe his approach for establishing good decision-making boundary conditions.

Russ Martinelli is a founding member of the Program Management Academy as well as a Senior Manager at Intel Corporation. He has many years of experience in developing products in both the aerospace and computing industries and is the author of two books: “Program Management for Improved Business Results” (John Wiley & Sons Publishing), and “Leading Global Project Teams: The new leadership challenge” (Multi-media Publishing). Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Master of Business Administration degree, and an Engineering Management certification from Caltech.

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 Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management. CPM is a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

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

Source: College of Performance Management

Don’t miss out – Registration still available for 8th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium scheduled for 14-15 August



August project management symposium in North Texas to include fascinating keynote presentations and over 50 speakers

31 July 2014 – Richardson, Texas, USA – What are the Dallas Cowboys planning for their new headquarters in Frisco, Texas? How does the CIO of a major retailer deal with process improvement and organizational change? How will Southwest Airlines change in coming months and years as the Wright Amendment is fully lifted from Dallas’ Love Field, Southwest’s home base, and flights are no longer restricted from there? What do executives from PMI and IPMA, the world’s two largest project management professional organizations have to say? These and other questions will be answered by keynote speakers at the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held during August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA.

Keynote speakers announced for the 8th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium include Ron Patterson, Assistant Manager for the City of Frisco who will speak on “The Dallas Cowboys move to Frisco”; Wes Hardgrove, CIO of 7-Eleven Corporation who will speak on “Continuous Improvement”; Michael DePrisco, PMI Vice President of Academic and Educational Programs, who speak on the topic of “2014 Rules of the Profession”; Andrew Bragg, International Project Management Association (IPMA) Vice President and CEO of the Association for Project Management (UK) who will speak on “The Value of Project Management”; and David Harvey, Senior Director of Network Planning and Performance at Southwest Airlines, who will close the symposium on 15 August with a talk on “Leading Change at Southwest Airlines”.

140731-pmwj25-not-IMAGEIn addition to keynote presentations, over 50 speakers will participate in professional presentations over multiple tracks during the two-day event. Papers were selected through a blind review process, resulting in high quality presentation on many new and unique topics. See the full program at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

It’s not too late to register for this increasingly respected regional project management conference. Group discounts are also still available. The UT Dallas symposium will include an Opening Ceremony with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 45 different speakers, three panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception, keynote presentations by representatives of PMI and IPMA on Friday morning, and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending. To register, see keynote speakers, view presenters’ abstracts and for additional information, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, plan to attend this world class symposium. More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education division of the UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world. Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries. PM World also produces and maintains the PM World Library, a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.


Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for August 2014



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

140731-pmwj25-wideman-IMAGELast month in our Musings we set the stage for a discussion on What is project success? This month in Papers we start Part 1 of a four-part discussion on the issue of Defining Project Success. This long LinkedIn series of exchanges engendered strong opinions for different points of view that we found most valuable.

Our Guest, Jamal Moustafaev, explains How to Write a Great Project Plan for any medium-sized project, and how to adjust for larger or smaller.

In Musings this month we agree with Danielle Smallwood (of method123.com) that we should ask: Is it Time to Scrap Project Status Reports? We think perhaps “Project Expectation Reports” would be more useful?

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.



Free Project Management Books for August Drawing Announced



Eight program and project management books currently offered for end of August drawing

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

140531-pmwj23-may-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing is held at the end of each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books offered for the August 2014 drawing include:

  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • Creative, Effective and Efficient Project Management; Author: Ralf M. Kliem; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Six Sigma Handbook, 4th Edition; Authors: Thomas Pyzdek, Paul Keller; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics; Author: Mark C. Bojeun; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques; Author: Murali Chemuturi; Publisher: J. Ross Publishers (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment; Author: Barbara Davis; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Ed.; Authors: Paul C. Dinsmore, Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin (editors); Publisher: AMACOM (2014) For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Management for Engineering and Construction, 3rd Edition; Author: Garold (Gary) Oberlender; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

According to David Pells, library director and managing editor of the PM World Journal, “Authors and publishers of project management books continue to support this free books giveaway program. It’s a great opportunity to win a free and valuable book. We will continue this program at least through 2014 and maybe longer.”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 http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World 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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station



30 July 2014 – Paris, France – The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that the fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station. Georges Lemaître is the fifth ATV built and launched by ESA as part of Europe’s contribution to cover the operational costs for using the Space Station.

“The ATV programme is one of the most remarkable space and industrial projects ever made in Europe,” notes Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General. “ESA, thanks to its Member States and European industry, has provided a series of advanced spaceships, launched at regular intervals of about one year. Six years after its maiden flight, the ATV is still a unique vehicle demonstrating what ESA and European industry can do in serving European cooperation and innovation. This demonstration has convinced NASA to use the service module of ATV for their future crew transportation system.”

140729-pmwj25-last-IMAGENamed after the Belgian scientist who formulated the Big Bang Theory, ATV Georges Lemaître lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket. Once in its circular orbit 260 km above Earth, ATV-5 opened its solar wings and antenna. (image courtesy of ESA)

“It is with great pride that we saw the fifth successful launch of this beautiful spacecraft,” said Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations. “But the adventure doesn’t end here. ATV knowhow and technology will fly again to space as early as 2017 powering NASA’s Orion spacecraft with the European Service Module, ushering in the next generation of space exploration.”

The freighter will complete its initial operations about 10 hours after launch. Georges Lemaître will take about two weeks in order to test equipment and perform experiments. The journey will include flying around the Station to test the LIRIS laser infrared imaging sensor, which could form the basis of future guidance, navigation and control systems for rendezvous with targets without purpose-built docking ports or space debris.

During the flyaround, the LIRIS infrared cameras will turn on some 30 km from the orbiting laboratory. For the rendezvous, both the cameras and laser sensor will be activated around 3.5 km to generate a virtual 3D model of the Station. Recorders in ATV’s cargo bay will store the data for download and analysis.

ATV Georges Lemaître is due to dock with the Station on 12 August and will remain attached for up to six months before leaving with waste material for destruction along with the spaceship during atmospheric reentry. Operations will be monitored from the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, jointly run by ESA and France’s CNES space agency.

The vehicle will deliver 6602 kg of freight, including 2681 kg of dry cargo and 3921 kg of water, propellants and gases. The cargo includes complex scientific hardware, such as the electromagnetic levitator for experiments to improve industrial casting processes. The unit will allow finer metal castings and more precise measurements than can be obtained on Earth, where readings are affected by gravity.

ATV-5 will also deliver a sophisticated joystick to test the use of force feedback in weightless environments. Force feedback could greatly improve remote control of robots in orbit. The ATV mission also includes pioneering art: a piece of the Campo del Cielo meteorite that fell to Earth over 4000 years ago will be sent back to space on ATV. It will recreate its original voyage when it burns up in the atmosphere.

ATV’s approach will be monitored by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living on the Station since 29 May. During his six months in space Alexander will perform over 70 experiments as well as setting up the electromagnetic levitator.

About ATV

The Automated Transfer Vehicle is a multipurpose unmanned ferry developed by ESA to resupply the International Space Station and keep the outpost’s permanent crew of six working at full capacity. Carried into orbit by Europe’s Ariane 5, each spacecraft can deliver up to 7 tonnes of cargo to the Station, including supplies, equipment, water, air, nitrogen, oxygen and fuel.

In addition, ATV refuels the Station, provides attitude control and raises the orbit when needed to counteract the atmospheric drag that slowly causes it to lose altitude. It can even avoid collisions by moving the Station out of the way of space debris. While attached to the Station, ATV also functions as an extra module for storage and work. Once it leaves the Station, typically after six months, it carries waste from the facility with it, burning up harmlessly on reentry in Earth’s atmosphere. The controlled destructive reentry takes place high over an uninhabited area in the South Pacific to ensure there is no risk of damage from debris.

ATV has the largest cargo capacity of all vehicles that resupply the Station. It is the most complex spacecraft ever built in Europe, combining fully automated rendezvous capabilities with advanced features to ensure human safety in orbit and on the ground.

ESA has provided five of these resupply vehicles as part of its role in building and maintaining the Station in cooperation with international partners under a barter agreement to compensate for use of the Station and its facilities. To help maintain that knowhow once the last ATV has flown, ESA agreed in November 2012 to develop a service module based on ATV for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. At least two modules will be supplied for Orion, the first in 2017 and the second in 2021.

Airbus is the prime contractor for ATV and Thales Alenia Space Italy supplies the integrated cargo carrier. More than three dozen companies from 10 European countries, Russia and the US participate in the programme, involving around 2000 people in ESA and industry. Learn more about ATV at: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/ATV

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. It is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement. ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. Based in Paris, the ESA has facilities and offices across Europe. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.


Call for Applications for IPMA 2014 Research Awards



Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

30 July 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a call for applications for their 2014 Research Awards. Researchers may come from academia, other research institutions or industry. Researchers may also come from disciplines other than project management but must contribute to the development of project or program management, project-oriented companies or any element named in the ICB – IPMA Competence Baseline.

140730-pmwj25-call-IMAGEThe IPMA Research Awards aim to promote excellent research to enhance project management. With these annual awards IPMA recognises recent outstanding contributions to the development of the field and profession project management through professionally conducted research.

The candidates apply with a research project. The research project must have had at least a duration of one year and must be completed, when the application is handed in. Completion of research project may date back to 1 January 2013. If a researcher (or lead researcher of a team) wins an IPMA Research Award, this person must not apply for the IPMA Research Awards the following three years.

Research Award Categories include:

  • IPMA Young Researcher Award: Cutting edge research of a young researcher (born 1979 or later, or the candidate can prove that he/she is less than 10 years involved in research).
  • IPMA Research Award: Cutting edge research project of a researcher or a team. The application of interdisciplinary projects is encouraged.

In each category one prize is distinguished. Winners can present their research at the annual IPMA Research Conference, where they are honored.

During evaluation, the jury considers the research results as well as the research process. The evaluation criteria are: 1. Research results achieved; 2. Originality and innovation; 3. Theoretical foundation; 4. Transparency and professionalism of research process; 5. Practical relevance; and 6. Management as research project.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted until 1 September 2014; Formal check and acceptance of the application: 8 September 2014; IPMA Research Award ceremony at the 2nd IPMA Research Conference in Tianjin, China: 1 December 2014

Download the Award application form and read more about the assessment process: http://ipma.ch/awards/research-awards-2/.For more information please visit: www.ipma.ch/awards or contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected] or [email protected]

IPMA Research Award Jury 2014 includes the following respected persons:

  • Dr. Beverly L. Pasian, Netherlands, Director of the Research Award
  • Prof. Dr. Anbang Qi, China, Chairman of the IPMA Research Management Board
  • Prof. Dr Martina Huemann, Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Dr Anne Keegan, Netherlands, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam
  • Assist. Prof. Mladen Vukomanović, Ph.D, Croatia, University of Zagreb
  • Dr Nigel L. Williams, PMP, Prince 2, UK, Bournemouth University
  • Shankar Sankaran PhD, PMP, Australia, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr. Helgi Thor Ingason, Iceland, IPMA Research Management Board
  • Michael Young, Australia, IPMA Research Management Board

Gain worldwide recognition and present your research to lead project management audience at the 2nd IPMA Research Conference in Tianjin, China.

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 http://www.ipma.ch/

Program to Improve Health of Haiti’s Agriculture



29 July 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $14 million grant to help the Government of Haiti reduce plant and livestock losses and increase exports by modernizing its agricultural health services. The Government of Haiti is matching the IDB’s pledge with $2 million of its own funds.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, through its Agricultural Health Unit, will invest in infrastructures, equipment, modernization of procedures, and capacity building, to improve key agricultural health services such as epidemiologic vigilance, diagnostic capacities, risk analysis, and pest and disease control, with a special effort to decentralize field services all across the country and improve interaction with producers and private sector professionals.

140729-pmwj25-Haiti-IMAGEUntil the 1990s, agriculture accounted for nearly half of Haiti’s GDP. While nearly half of Haitians still farm, the agricultural sector’s GDP contribution has dropped to 22.5 percent. Part of this downturn is attributed to institutional weaknesses in responding to vulnerability to pests and diseases.

Classic Swine Fever and Teschen diseases cause more than $1 million of annual losses in the pig supply chains, and Newcastle disease costs more than $1.5 million in poultry losses. Pests such as the “Crazy Ant” cause losses of $11 million per year to both crops and livestock. Should exports of mangos be suspended due to a fruit fly infestation, economic losses could reach $10 million a year.

To learn more about IDB projects in Haiti, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/haiti/hope-for-haiti,1001.html.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Finalists for APM Awards 2014 announced



29 July 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the finalists for 2014 awards following a record-breaking number of entries. Practitioners and projects from a variety of organisations ranging from RNLI to Heathrow Airport Ltd and BBC to Edge Hill University will be competing for the highly-coveted APM Awards trophy on 3rd November in London.

140729-pmwj25-finalists-IMAGETo recognise the broadening range of possibilities and achievements within project management the APM Awards sponsored by T-Systems will feature up to four finalists per category. The standard of entries continues to grow making the job of the judges harder every year. Therefore, this year will see the start of a select few, who narrowly missed out on being named a finalist, receiving recognition for their hard work. A selection of entries have been merited as highly commended.

Competing for the title of Project Management Company of the Year sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight will be Allstate Northern Ireland, Magnox Ltd, Moorhouse and Shell Projects & Technology.

Magnox Ltd feature in another two categories including Programme of the Year sponsored by Program Framework. The nuclear decommissioning company’s Wylfa extended generation programme will be up against Atkins/Faithful+Gould’s Japanese Emergency Response Programme, BBC’s 1414 Programme and The Irish Water Programme from Bord Gáis Éireann.

Magnox Ltd’s third chance of glory sits with staff member Steve Walters in the Project Professional of the Year category sponsored by Network Rail. Competing alongside Steve will be Daniel Willshire from BAE Systems, Currie & Brown UK Ltd’s Colin Campbell and David Oldham from Edge Hill University.

Young Project Professional of the Year sponsored by Doosan Babcock is an exemplar of the high standard of entries received this year. This extremely contested category saw a tie for fourth place at stage one of the judging process. With nothing separating them it has been decided that five candidates have been confirmed as finalists including Luke Streeter from Atkins, Katie Swanick from Costain Group, Andrew White from EC Harris, Leo Koshutova from Moorhouse and Luke Gaynham from Turner & Townsend.

Contesting for the sought-after accolade of Project of the Year sponsored by QinetiQ will be 4Delivery Limited for their Cleaner Seas for Sussex project, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd’s Dawlish Sea Wall Emergency Works, United Utilities’ Haweswater Aqueduct – Journey into the unknown and the Jubilee and Northern Line Upgrade (JNUP) by Thales UK and London Underground.

The Shell sponsored HSSE (health, safety, security and environment) Award this year sees competition from CCG(Scotland)Ltd’s Excellence in HSSE Performance, Heathrow Airport Ltd for their Heathrow Terminal 2 Programme, London Underground Ltd’s Signalling & District Line West (SUP Upgrades Programme) and the Biffa Project, Horsham, West Sussex from M+W High Tech Projects UK Ltd.

Those who want to be named as Overseas Project of the Year include the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) from Adam Smith International, the Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia by Clean Energy LLC (Mongolia) and SgurrEnergy Ltd (UK), the Expro Angolan Deepwater Subsea Safety System from Expro North Sea Ltd and Serco’s Dubai TOSIM (Airport ATC Simulator).

BT is another company with the remarkable achievement of being named in three award categories. The telecommunications company will be vying for Social Project of the Year sponsored by Project magazine for their Superfast Cornwall project alongside CCG(Scotland)Ltd’s Anderston Phase 3, the Community Energy Development Programme (Malawi) from Community Energy Scotland and RNLI’s (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Made for Life.

BT also has two finalists competing for the Geoffrey Trimble Award for the best Master’s post-graduate dissertation. Farooq Hakim and Deborah Lewis, both from BT, will be up against Effiong Attai from University of Sunderland. The Geoffrey Trimble Award is part of the academic awards sponsored once again by BAE Systems as they partner the profession in ‘advancing project management professionalism through education’.

The Herbert Walton Award will be given to the best PhD dissertation submitted during the year at Doctorate level. The two finalists hoping to have their name called out are Beatrice Chisenga from University of Salford and Sharon McClements from University of Ulster.

The Brian Willis Award will also be handed out for the year’s highest mark gained in an APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification exam.

Also handed out on the night will be the prestigious Sir Monty Finniston Award, which is the equivalent to a ‘lifetime achievement’ award recognising those who have contributed significantly to the profession.

The APM Awards ceremony on Monday 3rd November is set to be a night to remember as it will be hosted by Breakfast business reporter Steph McGovern at the stunning London Hilton on Park Lane.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what is set to be the most anticipated event of the year by booking your place today.

See the complete shortlist of the APM Project Management Awards 2014 finalists.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

Winners of July Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced



Ten winners from seven countries to receive free books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

28 July 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their July drawing for free project management books among registered members of the PM World Library. 10 people from 7 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for registered PMWL members on 28 July 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:

  • Ana Matijevic – Croatia
  • Anil Kathane – India
  • Chris Bornman – South Africa
  • David Fern – USA
  • Krishna Murthy Pradhan – India
  • Muhamed Abdomerovic – USA
  • Vikas Verma – Australia
  • Tony Weirich – USA
  • Clayton Kaila – Zambia
  • Alexey Tsekhovoy – Kazakhstan

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

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.

Communication for Continuous Improvement Projects; Author: Tina Augustiady; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (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.

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage; Author: Barbee Davis; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.

Advanced Multi-Project Management: Achieving Outstanding Speed and Results with Predictability; Authors: Gerald I. Kendall, Kathleen M. Austin; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.

Creative, Effective and Efficient Project Management; Author: Ralf M. Kliem; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here.

The Six Sigma Handbook, 4th Edition; Authors: Thomas Pyzdek, Paul Keller; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Ed.; Editors: Paul C. Dinsmore, Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin; Publisher: AMACOM (2014); For more about the book, click here.

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

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AMEC to design and construct facilities and infrastructure for the U.S. Space Fence



28 July 2014 – Philadelphia, USA – AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announced today the award of a contract by Lockheed Martin to design and build facilities for the U.S. Space Fence program. The new advanced ground-based radar system will enhance the way the U.S. Air Force identifies and tracks more than 200,000 orbiting objects in space and increase the ability to prevent space-based collisions.

140728-pmwj25-space-IMAGEUnder the contract, AMEC will deliver facilities and infrastructure for an advanced S-Band phased array radar for the Space Fence program including radar array buildings, mechanical buildings, operations buildings, power generation plants, and site work. Construction of the new Space Fence system on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands is scheduled to begin in early 2015.

“AMEC is proud to be part of the team that will transform space situational awareness,” said Charles Mouzannar, Executive Vice President of AMEC’s Construction & Specialty Consulting Group. “We look forward to deploying our engineering and construction resources from across the globe to work seamlessly with the Lockheed Martin team.”

Space Fence will use S-band (part of the microwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum) ground-based radars to provide the Air Force with uncued detection, tracking and accurate measurement of space objects, primarily in low-earth orbit. The geographic separation and the higher wave frequency of the new Space Fence radars will allow for the detection of much smaller microsatellites and debris than current systems.

Space Fence will replace the existing Air Force Space Surveillance System, or VHF Fence, which has been in service since the early 1960s and the new system’s initial operational capability is scheduled for 2017. An interesting video that describe the project is here: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/space-fence.html

The contract value awarded to Lockheed Martin by the U.S. Government is greater than US$910 million. The value of AMEC’s contract has not been announced.

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 £4billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets and employs around 27,000 people in about 40 countries worldwide. See http://www.amec.com/

Source: AMEC

Working at a Distance – New Book by Cassandra Smith announced by Gower



New Gower title outlines a Global Business Model for Virtual Team Collaboration

27 July 2014 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of a new book by Cassandra J. Smith, Working at a Distance: A Global Business Model for Virtual Team Collaboration. Smith is an online educator with Capella University in the United States.

According to Gower’s publicity for the book: Organizations are implementing virtual teams using web technologies as a cost-effective measure for training and project development. In Working at a Distance, Cassandra Smith provides a detailed, comprehensible virtual team business model for managers, professionals, teachers or students involved globally with such initiatives.

140727-pmwj25-smith-IMAGEThe author argues that guidance for members of such teams is generally lacking. They are left to figure out their places on the team and face a host of other issues, the impact of which can be ameliorated with a virtual team business model that anyone working at a distance can follow.

Cassandra Smith has taught courses online and facilitated virtual teams. The model she has created based on that experience maximizes the benefit to be gained from individual members’ skills, personality styles, and the strengths of each active participant. It will enable teams to set up viable working plans and work cohesively at a distance. The model also provides for conflict management in virtual environments.

Built on research and practical experience, the empirical data and subject experts’ views captured by the author and the model offered here will help all stakeholders of businesses or educational institutions where managers, employees and clients; or teachers and students are working at a distance to achieve desired outcomes.

Contents: Introducing the virtual team global business model; Management using the virtual team global business model; Team leaders or project managers using the virtual team global business model; Virtual team guides and virtual team members using the virtual team global business model; Business applications of the virtual team global business model; Higher education and the virtual team global business model; Determining what works for virtual teams; Appendix; Sources and contacts; Index.

Cassandra Smith is an online instructor. She has been writing for over twenty years and teaching in the online environment for six years. Smith has taught several courses online and facilitated virtual teams. She has written web-based courses and trained online faculty. Smith is the author of Who Let this Disaster in My Classroom – an online facilitator’s course guide, and Ethical Behaviour in the E-Classroom – a textbook for online students featuring ethical theories as they relate to working in the online environment along with critical thinking concepts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Mobile and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix. Cassandra Smith is a doctoral candidate in the Postsecondary and Adult Education discipline.

Working at a Distance: Global Business Model for Virtual Team Collaboration, by Cassandra Smith, published by GOWER; May 2014, 216 pages, hard cover, ISBN 978-1-4724-2523-2; List price = £60.00; more at http://www.gowerpublishing.com/default.aspx?page=1751&pageSubject=659&calcTitle=1&forthcoming=1&title_id=20159&edition_id=1209350778

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

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



Program/Project Management for New Energy



Call for papers on planning and managing energy programs and projects announced for PM World Journal

27 July 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney –The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is seeking articles and papers on the planning and management of energy-related programs and projects – from R&D through power plant construction and energy delivery.

140727-pmwj25-energy-IMAGEAccording to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), “world energy consumption increases from 524 quadrillion Btu in 2010 to 630 quadrillion Btu in 2020 and 820 quadrillion Btu in 2040, a 30-year increase of 56 percent. More than 85 percent of the increase in global energy demand from 2010 to 2040 occurs among the developing nations outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (non-OECD), driven by strong economic growth and expanding populations. [1] (Chart at right courtesy of EIA.)

According to the BP, “The Outlook reveals that global energy consumption is expected to rise by 41 per cent from 2012 to 2035 – compared to 55 per cent over the last 23 years (52 per cent over the last twenty) and 30% over the last ten. Ninety five per cent of that growth in demand is expected to come from the emerging economies, while energy use in the advanced economies of North America, Europe and Asia as a group is expected to grow only very slowly – and begin to decline in the later years of the forecast period. Shares of the major fossil fuels are converging with oil, natural gas and coal each expected to make up around 27% of the total mix by 2035 and the remaining share coming from nuclear, hydroelectricity and renewables.” [2]

According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment Outlook 2014: “Meeting the world’s growing need for energy will require more than $48 trillion in investment over the period to 2035, according to a special report on investment released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as part of the World Energy Outlook series. Today’s annual investment in energy supply of $1.6 trillion needs to rise steadily over the coming decades towards $2 trillion. Annual spending on energy efficiency, measured against a 2012 baseline, needs to rise from $130 billion today to more than $550 billion by 2035.”[3]

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “All sources of energy are developed through programs and projects, be they oil & gas, coal fired power stations, nuclear power plants or renewables. How are all these programs and projects being managed? What improvements are possible in the energy sector? Our call for papers this month hopes to attract new knowledge related to planning and managing energy projects around the world.”

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].

“If you are working on a power plant project or have experience in the energy sector, consider sharing your knowledge in an article or paper,” Pells adds. “We are seeking new knowledge on this topic, so if you have some research results or recent eperience that can be shared with others, please contact us.”

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 author guidelines and 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


[1]        http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/world.cfm

[2]        http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/press/press-releases/energy-outlook-2035.html

[3]        http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/pressreleases/2014/june/name,72035,en.html

UN Working Group Proposes Ambitious Future Development Agenda



25 July 2014 – New York, USA – According to the United Nations, Member States have forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly a set of proposed goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.

140725-pmwj25-open-IMAGEConcluding its thirteenth and final session in New York on 19 July, the Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals proposed 17 goals with 169 targets, covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. To read their report, click here.

“The proposal of the Open Working Group brings together a breadth of economic, social and environmental issues in a single set of goals like never before. All those involved in crafting these 17 goals can be proud of themselves,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said in a news release.

“Member States have shown a determination and willingness to work together for people and planet that bodes well for the General Assembly’s negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda,” Mr. Wu said. The proposed goals will be considered by the Assembly as part of the broader development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt in September 2015.

Focusing on what it calls the three pillars of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – the goals aim, among others, to promote sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment and the sustainable management of water and sanitation. On the economic front, they outline promoting decent work for all and pledge to reduce inequality within and among countries. In regards to the environment, they will aim to make human settlements safer and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

This plan follows the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), considered the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. The Goals have significantly improved the lives of millions of people worldwide through concerted and targeted efforts. While several targets have already been met, such as halving the number of people living in extreme poverty, it is expected that more targets will be achieved by the 2015 deadline.

To continue the momentum, world leaders called for an ambitious long-term sustainability plan to succeed the MDGs. The new agenda must address the unfinished business of the MDGs, beginning with the eradication of extreme poverty. It will also need to address pressing global sustainable development challenges like environmental degradation and promote sustained and inclusive economic growth in poor countries

See the press release including the 17 goals at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/4538pressowg13.pdf

The Open Working Group’s website is http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html.

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

Just 28% of Project Managers are Happy in Their Current Job



Just 28% of recently surveyed project managers said they are happy in their current jobs with 67% of project managers actively looking for a new job

24 July 2014 – Haywood, Manchester, UK – Arras People, the project management recruitment specialists, have released their latest report on the project management market in the UK. Following the Office for National Statistics (ONS) news last week that pay in the UK has increased at the slowest rate on record, the Arras People report confirms low wage increases in the project management industry is also adversely affected this business community.

According to Arras People, with 75% of working projects managers not receiving a pay rise above the rate of inflation this year (93% of for project managers working in the public sector) it is easy to see why project managers are unhappy with the status quo.

140724-pmwj25-arras-IMAGEIn contrast, organisation confidence is increasing (up 13% since the beginning of 2014) with 68% of organisations recruiting project managers in 2014 citing increased business demand as the driver. Still, 29% of organisations are having to recruit project managers due to staff leavers and 40% believe staff turnover is set to increase throughout the remainder of 2014. Unhappy project managers are beginning to vote with their feet, or are they?

54% of organisations looking to recruit project managers reported that they have found it very difficult/difficult, despite so many project managers looking for a new job. Two of the factors inhibiting recruitment are a lack of project managers actively applying for their open positions and restrictions on remuneration that they can offer.

55% of project managers keen to move into a new position report that “finding opportunities that align with their skills and experience” is their greatest challenge; whilst 46% believe the “remuneration levels on offer are too low”. The restrictions on remuneration are leading to positions being seen as unattractive or not enticing enough for project managers to risk leaving their current posts.

The message for all organisations and hirers of project managers is clear. Staff retention policies need to be taken seriously and acted on now if they are to avoid a talent shortage as the growth in the UK economy accelerates. If an organisation has to enter the market to attract new project management talent, the slack is evaporating fast; working project managers will be looking to recoup their real wage losses incurred during the great recession if they are to be tempted into a move.

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • 74% of Private sector respondents are anticipating some level of growth in their current organisation during 2014.
  • 55% of respondent involved in recruiting programme and project management practitioners in 2014 reported that filling roles has been very difficult/difficult.
  • 40% of practitioners who have started a new job in 2014 have seen wage increases of over 8% on their last salary.
  • 28% of employees are happy in their current role.
  • 46% of practitioners cannot find a new role that meets a desired level of remuneration.
  • 48% of inactive contractors have been contracting for less than 3 years. Pseudo contractors?

The report is available to download at: http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/assets/ckeditor/ckfinder/userfiles/files/BenchmarkReport/Arras-People-Project-Management-Confidence-18July2014.pdf

Arras People is the Project Management Recruitment Division of Arras Services Ltd. Arras People provides programme and project management professionals and professional project office support personnel across all industry sectors, for either permanent, contract or interim positions. Arras Services began trading in February 2002, and now provides services to many of UK’s leading blue chip organisations. Visit Arras People at www.arraspeople.co.uk

For information related to this news release, contact Lindsay Scott at [email protected]    

Source: Arras People

Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at World Economic Forum to headline Project Management South Africa conference in September



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

25 July 2014 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has announced the slate of keynote speakers 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 Club, Illovo, Gauteng. PMSA has announced that Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida, Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at the World Economic Forum, will be a headliner at the PMSA event in September. For more about the conference, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=Conference2014

140725-pmwj25-wec-IMAGEThe World Economic Forum recently released the report: ‘African Strategic Infrastructure: Initiative – Managing Transnational Infrastructure Programmes in Africa – Challenges and Best Practices.’ The study takes us into the heart of infrastructure development on the continent, identifying challenges and proposing solutions that will resonate with the problem solver in every project manager. Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida was intrinsically involved in this report.

Pedro holds a PhD in Physics; MSc in Engineering Physics; MBA in Marketing Strategy and Communication; Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management and has over 17 years’ professional experience in various industrial settings. He has solid experience in infrastructure project management (on multimillion dollar CAPEX projects), strategic decision and risk management, and economic valuation studies. He has held senior positions in numerous countries and in a variety of industry sectors, and currently serves as Head, Infrastructure & Urban Development Industry, World Economic Forum, working out of Geneva and New York.

His main professional responsibilities and interests are related to today’s challenges in strategic infrastructure and urban development projects as well as the management of relationships between the Forum and the leaders of global companies in the EPC, real estate and urban development sectors. No doubt his talk in Johannesburg in September will be enlightening.

In 2014, Project Management South Africa celebrates the professional practice of project management and its relevance on the African continent, acknowledging the determination, innovation and creativity applied to overcoming some of the challenges associated with achieving project success in Africa. Through its Biennial Conference, PMSA aims to explore the nature of projects in Africa and what it takes to achieve success and contribute to a body of learning that can guide strategic project management and thus serve contemporaries in the project disciplines across the spectrum of industries.

Many good practices and project innovations were grown in Africa. Others have been borrowed from the ‘developed’ world and made relevant to the local reality. Still others have yet to be discovered while South Africans develop a better understanding of what Africa needs and how the stakeholders in project management can provide it.  Join PMSA and your peers in project management for a three-day journey of learning and knowledge exchange as we remind each other why we believe in this continent and the many opportunities she presents.

For more, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=Conference2014. To see all keynote speakers, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=ConfSpeakers14

The Conference organisers have also created a comprehensive set of sponsorship opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss this chance to showcase your products or services to the PM community. Kindly click here for more information.

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 http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

Source: Project Management South Africa

Project to provide 1.5 million Egyptian households access to natural gas receives $500 million



24 July 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank has announced a loan of US$500 million for a project aimed to expand natural gas access to 1.5 million Egyptian households in eleven governorates, including three governorates (Sohag, Qena and Aswan) located in Upper Egypt, where poverty levels are the highest.

140724-pmwj25-egypt-IMAGEThe Egypt Household Natural Gas Connection Project will support the Egyptian government’s program to replace household consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), which is mostly imported, with grid-connected natural gas. About 52 percent of the neighborhoods targeted by the project have poverty rates higher than Egypt’s national average. (photo: Eyptians carrying LPG cylinder; courtesy of World Bank)

“We are pleased to help improve the delivery of energy services to the people of Egypt,” said Hartwig Schafer, World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti.  “Conversion to piped natural gas will help give households access to a safer, more reliable and cheaper supply of gas compared to buying LPG cylinders.” 

Piped gas is considered a more convenient cooking fuel with higher reliability, and better health and safety benefits. The project will be especially helpful to people who have difficulty getting hold of LPG cylinders and transporting them, such as people with disabilities, the elderly, and women from vulnerable income groups, who often have to stand in line for long periods of time to purchase cooking gas.

“The project will provide financial support to finance the connection charges in disadvantaged areas so that poor households can also connect to the gas grid,” said Husam Mohamed Beides, the project’s Task Team Leader.  “We are working closely with the European Union and the French Development Agency to ensure that this project is a success. 

Currently over 75 percent of Egypt’s households buy LPG cylinders from an inefficient distribution network characterized by persistent shortages, an informal market, and difficult physical conditions for handling cylinders. By the end of the project the number of households connected to the natural gas grid will increase by more than 40 percent from 5.8 million to 8.2 million households.

The current portfolio of the World Bank in Egypt includes 25 projects for a total commitment of US$4.9 billion as well as 43 trust fund grants for a total commitment of US$190.2 million. The World Bank finances projects for faster delivery of benefits to the people of Egypt in key sectors including energy, transport, water and sanitation, agriculture and irrigation as well as health and education

For more about this project, go to http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P146007?lang=en

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

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 http://www.ifc.org/, http://www.worldbank.org/, and http://www.miga.org/.

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

Source: The World Bank

What’s New in the Library?



New-in-the-Library feature added to PM World Library, updated daily

19 July 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Two new features have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) that should be of interest to library visitors who want to know what’s new without having to wade through various webpages.  Each time something new and relatively significant has been added to one of the underlying webpages in the PMWL, a short summary and announcement will be created and posted on the “New in the Library” page at http://pmworldlibrary.net/new-in-the-library/.

The title of each new listing, with link to the summary, can be seen scrolling on the right hand side of the home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

140719-pmwj25-new-IMAGEAccording to David Pells (pictured), PMWL managing director and editor of the PM World Journal, “The new in the library feature was launched earlier this month and there are now approximately 30 summaries of new library content available.  We’re trying to add more resources to the library daily now; the alerts on the home page will let visitors see some highlights without having to dig for them.”

In addition to the New in the Library feature, a scrolling Ticker Tape has been added to highlight major news related to either the PMWL or PMWJ.

“The combination of ticker tape and ‘new in the library’ feature add dynamic elements to the library website,” David adds. “We’re pretty excited about these new features, since we are adding a lot of really useful project management information to the library on a regular basis now.  We want our readers to be aware of the good additions.”

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

APM announces next phase of its Strategy 2020 Programme in UK



16 July 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the start of work on its new office space at Heron Place in Princes Risborough.  The lease on the office, situated on the same business park as its current offices in Princes Risborough (pictured below right), was signed in April 2014 to accommodate a growing professional staff and additional meeting space. The facility is due to be fully operational by September 2014.

140716-pmwj25-strategy-IMAGESecuring additional premises is part of a major organisational transformation programme APM started in late 2013 in support of its Strategy 2020 portfolio. In addition to office space at Heron Place, the programme includes a significant review of its IT and digital capability and infrastructure, together with a transformation of the professional team.

Chief executive Andrew Bragg said: “APM has grown over the last decade through a period of intense economic pressure to become a leading player in its field. That growth has provided us with a huge number of new opportunities. The APM board and the Ibis House team have recognised the need to get ourselves fully into shape in order to build on that success.

“We have planned for more people, greater IT and digital capability, clearer roles and responsibilities for individuals, and a structure for faster and more effective decision making.”

Andrew, who will be leaving his role as chief executive in December after ten years at APM, added: “I am keen to hand APM over to my successor in the best possible shape so that the association can benefit from the many opportunities it has created during its development over the last decade.

“With the board’s approval, we have planned for an increase of 15 new staff by March 2015. We have already appointed a new IT manager and research manager who represent key additions to our professional team at Ibis House.

“I am very proud of what APM has achieved collectively over the last ten years, and I am determined to ensure that APM is ready to serve the profession and build on its past success over the next decade. Securing Heron Place and the investment in people and infrastructure are both key to that goal.”

Recruitment for Andrew’s successor is underway with leading executive recruitment consultants Odgers Berndston – further details will be available shortly.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

IDB Programs in Argentina receive an additional $410 million



Goals are environmental recovery in the Reconquista River basin and management of solid waste in urban areas. So far this year, the IDB has approved $790 million in loans for Argentina

23 July 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of three new loans totaling $410 million for Argentina. The funds will be used to finance environmental recovery efforts in the Reconquista River basin and urban solid-waste management to benefit 6.2 million people, as well as sustainable development of the fishing and fish farming sector.

140723-pmwj25-argentina-IMAGEWith these transactions, so far this year the IDB has approved $790 million in financing for Argentina. Besides the sectors mentioned above, the Bank is acting to support technological development in Mendoza province, improve the competitiveness of regional economies and boost highway safety and mobility in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

The $230 million loan approved to support the Program for Environmental Clean-up of the Reconquista River calls for an integrated management plan that will help 3.1 million people and gives priority to investments to expand coverage of drinking water, sewer systems and waste water treatment; improve the integrated management of solid waste; improve the connectivity of and access to outlying neighborhoods that are hard to reach; and boost the operational management of the Conquista River Basin Committee through the development of management tools.

The $150 million loan to support the Integrated Solid Waste Management Program is aimed at reducing the amount of waste left in open-pit dumps and increase the amount placed in sanitary landfills that are designed, built and operated properly in urban and tourist areas and increase their recovery and value.

To that end, financing will go toward programs and initiatives with an eye to education, raising public awareness, the sorting of waste, collection, transport, transfer, assessment, recycling and the final destination of solid waste, benefiting 3.1 million people in 10 municipalities.

The $30 million in financing for the Sustainable Fishing and Fish Farming Development Program will help improve research, planning, administration, control and accounting of the management of maritime fishing resources with an eye on protecting the ecosystem. The financing will also support the development of fish farming in Argentina.

The $230 million loan to clean up the Reconquista River basin is over 24 years, with a grace period of six and a half. It carries an interest rate pegged to the Libor and is accompanied by a local contribution of $ 57.5 million.

The $150 million for urban solid waste management is over 24 years with a grace period of five and a half, and has an interest rate pegged to the Libor. The local contribution is $37.5 million.

Finally, the $30 million loan for the fishing and fish farming sectors is over 25 years with a grace period of five and a half. It also has an interest rate pegged to the Libor and a local contribution of $25 million.

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

US commercial crew spacecraft program advances



22 July 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their  Space Act Agreements with the agency.

NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move ahead with plans to develop the first American spacecraft designed to carry people into space since the space shuttle.

?????????????????“Our partners are making great progress as they refine their systems for safe, reliable and cost-effective spaceflight,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “It is extremely impressive to hear and see the interchange between the company and NASA engineering teams as they delve into the very details of the systems that help assure the safety of passengers.”

The next milestone for Blue Origin will be a subsystem interim design review that will assess the progress of the company’s Space Vehicle design.

The Boeing Company, which is designing the CST-100 spacecraft, has two reviews later this summer. A full critical design review (CDR) will examine the detailed plans for the spacecraft, launch vehicle and a host of ground support, processing and operations designs. The second review will come soon after — the Spacecraft Safety Review is designed to show the design of the spacecraft and its systems are in line with Boeing’s CDR-level design.

Sierra Nevada Corporation completed risk reduction testing on the flight crew systems in development for its Dream Chaser spacecraft. The team evaluated crew ingress and egress using the full-scale mockup of the Dream Chaser pressurized cabin, as well as the visibility from inside the cockpit, controls and displays and seat loading. The company reviewed tests conducted on the thermal protection system for its spacecraft as well as the composite structure, life support system and thermal control systems. Later this summer, the reaction control system will undergo an incremental test to further its design.

SpaceX currently is completing a qualification test milestone for the primary structure of its Dragon spacecraft. Following this milestone, the company, which is using its own Falcon 9 launch vehicle, will outline its ground systems, crew and mission operations plans in an operational review that will put the company’s processes through a rigorous examination.

Later this year, NASA plans to award one or more contracts that will provide the agency with commercial services to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station by the end of 2017.

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