Dutch Book Launch at IPMA 2014 World Congress



First European Launch Event for “Reinventing Communication: How to Design, Lead and Manage High Performing Projects” by Mark Phillips, Gower 2014

5 September 2014 – Michigan, USA – Mark Phillips has announced that his book “Reinventing Communication,” Gower 2014, will have its Dutch launch at the IPMA 2014 World Congress in Rotterdam. The launch and book signing will take place on Tuesday, September 30 at 13.00 local time, at the Finext Booth at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This is the first European event for the book, following events in Australia and across the United States earlier this year. More information can be found here.

140905-pmwj26-dutch-IMAGE“We are excited to have Mark hold his Dutch launch at IPMA and our booth,” said Mr. Frank Fondse, Business Development Manager for Finext and Co-Manager of the Leadership stream for the IPMA 2014 World Congress. “We are expecting over 1,000 people at the Congress. Mark’s workshop on the impact of communication on project performance is on the morning of the launch. The book signing will be a great way to continue the discussions started during Mark’s workshop.” The full program for that day at IPMA 2014 is available here.

About Mark’s new book, Ilya Pozin, columnist at Forbes wrote “It is a must-have for web companies, entrepreneurs and established companies who want to maintain an edge.”

Bruce Holmes (US Navy SEAL retired) commented, “A must read book, Mark’s commonsense methodologies and knowledgeable approaches to project management, leadership, and increased communication skills makes this a great guide for any Entrepreneur, Business owner, Engineer, or Developer who wants to be a more successful leader.” Further reviews and information about the book is available at ReinventingCommunication.com.

Gower Publishing, the publisher of “Reinventing Communication” will be at IPMA 2014 with further stock of the book, as well as an array of valuable project management titles and opportunities to meet authors at the Gower Publishing booth.

The 28th edition of the IPMA World Congress will be held from September 29th to October 1st in the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands under the main theme: “Innovation through Dialogue”. Over 120 speakers in three days filled with the latest experiences and insight about Innovating the world through dialogue. Dialogue within projects, dialogue between projects (portfolio’s), dialogue over time (programs) and dialogue outside projects, with project-owners, users and stakeholders. And of course the dialogue between the business and academic world. More information is available at the conference website.

Mark Phillips is the author of “Reinventing Communication”, a book about project management, system design and complexity from Gower. An accomplished CEO and thought leader with a passion for project communication, he has built a project management software company and consultancy. He led product development on a cutting-edge U.S. Army Research Lab program. He is widely published and delivers workshops worldwide. Mark holds a Masters in Applied Economics from University of Michigan and B.Sc. [Econ] from the London School of Economics. Read his speaker profile for the Congress here.

Finext is a family of consultancy firms with in-depth knowledge of industries, themes and technologies. By creating trust, building connections and thinking out of the box we help organizations to genuinely improve their finance. Founded in 1999, Finext has been organized in a unique way.  Trust, transparency and communications are essential. More information is available here.

Gower (http://www.gowerpublishing.com/) is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of specialist business and management books and resources. Our publishing program covers many of the main business processes and functions and we are continuously developing new titles. Founded in 1967, Gower is an independent, global publisher.

Source: Reinventing Communication


IPM Workshop (IPMW) 2014 Announces Keynotes from Department of Defense (Acquisition), Boeing, and EADS, NA



“Building Reliability and Accountability”

5 September 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced that the keynote speakers for the 26th Annual International Integrated Program Management Workshop. Senior leadership from the DoD, Acquisition, Boeing, and EADS, NA will give keynote presentations on Integrated Project Performance Management. Keynotes will take place from Monday, November 3 to Wednesday, November 5 in Bethesda, MD. More information can found here.


“We are extremely honored and privileged to host these leaders from government and industry,” said Mr. Gary Troop, President of the College of Performance Management. “This is a rare opportunity for attendees to learn from, meet with and network with these experienced and inspiring individuals.”

The keynote speakers are:

  • Katrina McFarland (*Invited), Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)
  • Robert (Bob) Lamina, Chief Financial Officer, Boeing Military Aircraft
  • David (Dave) R. Oliver, Jr., Former CEO & President of EADS, NA

The 26th Annual International Integrated Program Management Workshop will be held November 3 through November 5, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. The theme of the event is “Building Reliability and Accountability.” The IPM Workshop (IPMW) is the premier annual event for integrated project performance management, including earned value management and other techniques. It offers outstanding training, excellent networking, in-depth sessions with leading experts, workshops, case studies and the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques and tools to improve project performance. IPMW is hosted by CPM, ICEAA and NDIA. Visit the IPM 2014 Workshop website for more information.

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

The International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association is a 501(c)(6) international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing, encouraging, promoting and enhancing the profession of cost estimating and analysis, through the use of parametrics and other data-driven techniques. For more information, visit http://www.iceaaonline.com/.

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Our members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for our warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events. For more information, visit http://www.ndia.org/Pages/default.aspx

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

Source: College of Performance Management


Metallurgy Europe research programme to be funded with one billion euros



1 September 2014 – Paris, France – European industry has decided to ‘put the pedal to the metal’, by creating the world’s largest research consortium in the field of metals research and manufacturing. Media are invited to learn about the new programme in a press conference at London’s Science Museum on 9 September 2014. Aptly called Metallurgy Europe, the R&D programme will be funded to the tune of one billion euros over seven years.

The programme has recently been selected as a new Eureka Cluster, and it will now integrate the skills, ingenuity and energy of over 170 companies and laboratories from across 20 countries.

140901-pmwj26-metallurgy-IMAGESome of the largest engineering companies in Europe have joined forces, including the likes of Airbus Group, BP, Siemens, Daimler, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Thales, AvioAero, PSA Group, BAE Systems, Philips, Ruag, Sener, Bombardier, OHB Systems, Linde Group, ESI, Rolex, Richemont, ArcelorMittal, Sandvik, Bruker, SKF, Johnson Matthey, Tata Steel, GKN, Boston Scientific, ThyssenKrupp, Outokumpu, Haldor Topsøe and Fiat to name just a few of the major players on board. Over 60 small and medium-sized companies are also teaming up. (image courtesy of European Science Foundation)

The European Space Agency (ESA), and a number of European organisations such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE-ITER) are also providing their unique expertise and innovation to this initiative.

Many breakthrough discoveries are expected in this domain that could be worth billions of euros to the European economy. Several tech start-ups and new factories have already been created in preparation for the mass manufacturing of the new alloys and products.

“This new programme allows us to enter the high-tech metals age,” says Prof. David Jarvis, the Chairman of Metallurgy Europe and Head of Strategic and Emerging Technologies at ESA.

“The top management of industry have come together for the first time on this important topic, and there is a confident feeling that Metallurgy Europe will deliver many unique, exciting and profitable technologies,” continues Prof. Jarvis.

The team believes that the programme has the potential of creating over 100 000 new jobs in the materials, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The 9 September programme begins with doors open at 9:30 and will end at 12:00. Location: Science Museum, Director’s Suite, Exhibition road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. (Underground: South Kensington)

For further information and for media who wish to attend the press conference please contact: Rosita Suenson, Communication Office, Tel: + 31 652 062 158; Email: [email protected]

For further information regarding the Science Museum, please contact: Press officer Laura Singleton; Tel – 020 7942 4364; [email protected]

The European Space Agency (ESA) 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. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.

Source: ESA

IPMA 2014 Research Conference Call For Papers



Abstracts Due 15 October; Event is 1-2 December 2014; Conference Venue is Business School of Nankai University, Tianjin, China 

1 September 2014 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced a call for research papers to be presented at an IPMA Research Conference in Tianjin, China in December. Abstracts are due 15 October 2014; the event will be 1-2 December 2014, in the Business School of Nankai University, Tianjin, China. This is the official IPMA research conference, organized by the Research Management Board of IPMA to gather academic researchers, consultants and practitioners together to discuss How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.”



Topics should focus on “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” Examples of topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of theories in managing projects and best practice of project management
  • Things happening in China that are helping Research meet the needs of Practice in PM
  • Research on complex project management and emergency project management.
  • Research on project integrated management and project risk management
  • Research on organizations for projects or project oriented organization.


  • Language is English
  • Abstracts up to 1000 characters including blank characters.
  • Deadline for Abstract is 15th of October 2014.
  • Deadline for Full Text is 1stof December 2014.
  • Additional Guidelines for the paper:
    • Text size 20.000 characters incl. blank characters and incl. literature citations
    • Illustrations Up to 5 figures, black and white, as editable PowerPoint graphics
    • Character format Time New Roman font size 12 pt, 1.0 line spacing

For additional information about this IPMA Research Event, or to participate, please send your Abstract by 15th October via email to: [email protected] or [email protected]. Note that Anbang Qi is the Chair of IPMA Research Board.


Registration is FREE, but you must notify us of your interest in participating by 31 October 2014. To register, please send email to: [email protected].



Paper Title

Subtitle as Needed

Fupei Qian1, Lixiong Ou2 1Dept. name of organization, name of organization, acronyms acceptable, City, Country 2Dept. name of organization, name of organization, acronyms acceptable, City, Country Email address, address

Abstract: This electronic document defines the standard format of the proceedings of China Congress on Project Management jointly organized by Project Management Research Committee (PMRC) and the Periodical Office of Project Management Technology (PMT). The elements such as the paper title, author, affiliation, abstract, section title, main text, figure, table and references are defined, and this document is formatted according to the SRP standard, which illustrates all the formats.

Keywords: template; format; PMRC; academic conference; proceedings


IPMA will publish a book for all qualified papers that meet the requirements of the research conference. The proceedings / papers of this research conference will also be included in a CD edition. All the papers will be published in the book and the CD will be free.

EVENT LOCATION The Business School of Nankai University Baiti Road, Nankai District, Tianjin, 300071. +86-22-23508940 http://ibs.nankai.edu.cn/

LODGING; THE HOTEL Huigao Hotel, http://www.huigaohotel.com Manager of the Hotel: SONG, Weihong Email: [email protected] Tel. +86-22-87897777; Mobile: +86-15802258733 Price: 50-70€ (Single room, including breakfast) Deadline for room reservation: 28 October 2014

140831-pmwj26-programme-IMAGE2Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first professional project management organization. The IPMA federation of national project management societies serves Africa, Asia, Australia, 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, please visit us at www.ipma.ch.

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

Source: IPMA

IPMA 2014 World Congress Programme Nearly Complete



31 August 2014 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands – The programme for the 2014 IPMA World Congress, planned for Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is nearly complete. You can review it at the Congress website. Over 30 Academic/Scientific papers are now in the program, and Congress participants can now begin planning the presentations of greatest interest. These papers are in addition to the 60+ Best Practice papers, 12 keynotes, and numerous poster sessions.

140831-pmwj26-programme-IMAGEOf course, as is traditional with the IPMA World Congress, we will have much more than this great daytime program! The evening events add to the excitement. Monday evening’s Welcome Party, held in the magnificent Stadhuis Rotterdam (Town Hall), will be special.

We toured the venue in our Site Visit last December, and this place is wonderful! Built in 1914-1920, it is one of the few buildings in Rotterdam that survived the bombing of May 14th, 1940. Afterwards we will introduce you to our IPMA World Pub, the place to meet other participants outside the congress venue.

Then the Awards Gala, featuring IPMA Project Excellence Awards, will be the highlight of Tuesday evening. It will be held in the oldest building in Rotterdam, the retired Laurens Church. A very popular meeting spot, It has brilliant acoustics, and the second largest organ in Europe. Of course, the IPMA Family experience, wonderful dinner, and sterling dialogue, will accompany the celebration of IPMA Awards winners. After the Gala is completed, it will be an easy stroll back to your hotel room … or the disco for the Young Crew and young at heart.

After the final keynotes on Wednesday, as the 28th IPMA World Congress winds down, we will introduce and immediately begin preparations for the 29th IPMA World Congress (see below), Then we will close with our traditional Farewell Party–the final event of the 2014 IPMA World Congress.

Global Young Crew Workshop

The program is complete for this 2014 IPMA Young Crew event, and it looks great! IPMA Young Crew is an IPMA organization for young project managers and students, and it is often the most vibrant part of IPMA. The Global Young Crew Workshop is the peak Young Crew event of each year. Held before the World Congress on 26-28 September, at the Congress venue in Rotterdam, you can see the stellar lineup of speakers at the Congress website. See the full program (and sign up) at the event website.

Discounted Hotel Rates Expire September 12

The World Congress organizers have negotiated excellent rates at a range of hotels in Rotterdam. But those discounted rates expire on September 12. See the map of the World Congress venue and nearby hotels. Use the IPMA2014 code to see the remaining rooms and rates—but hurry, because some of the hotels have only a handful of rooms remaining. By the way, while the rates are listed for 1 adult, you can also request a room for doubles. Note that the official Young Crew hotel looks like a great value!

2015 IPMA World Congress

If you have managed to miss this year’s 2014 World Congress in Rotterdam, even with all our news throughout this year, here is a sneak preview for 2015: The 29th IPMA World Congress will be in Panama City, Panama, on September 30-October 2. Announcements at the final 2014 Congress session will include the celebration of the Panama Canal’s 100th anniversary, IPMA’s 50th anniversary, and Young Crew’s 10th anniversary. Expect the Call For Papers in January-February 2015, and plan to attend!

140831-pmwj26-programme-IMAGE2Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first professional project management organization. The IPMA federation of national project management societies serves Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, Project Excellence Awards, and organizational maturity assessments in project and programme management.

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. The president of IPMA for 2014 is Professor Dr. Mladen Radujkovic, of Croatia. For further information about IPMA, please visit us at http://www.ipma.ch/.

Source: IPMA


Winners of Social Media Contest to win FREE PM World Library memberships announced



Social Media Giveaway contest winners announced – Like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter for a chance to win a one year FREE membership at PMWorldLibrary.net

31 August 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – In July PM World announced a new “giveaway” contest for friends and followers on the company’s social media pages. “Like” PM World Library on Facebook, follow PM World Library on LinkedIn or follow @pmworldlibrary on Twitter for your chance to win a one year library membership at pmworldlibrary.net!140831-pmwj26-winners-IMAGE1

One Facebook fan, one LinkedIn fan and one “tweeter” chosen at random have each received a one year membership. The winners were:


140831-pmwj26-winners-IMAGE2Facebook – From Riga in the Republic of Latvia, Europe –

Emils Pulmanis (اميلبولمان).



140831-pmwj26-winners-IMAGE3Twitter – From Lagos, Nigeria – Michael Nerilove (pictured right)



140831-pmwj26-winners-IMAGE4LinkedIn – From Boise, Idaho, United States –

Carolina Valderrama Echavarria (pictured at left)


“Social Media contests can be a powerful catalyst for spreading our message where it matters most”, said Camille Fournier, Director of Social Media and Analytics for PM World Library. “In less than 4 weeks, we have met expectations for gaining a pretty big boost to our social media fan base – generating over 175 new Likes, Followers and Friends.”

This is the first contest that PM World Library has offered and although there were some hic-ups, the final outcome was well received. The LinkedIn winner Carolina Valderrama Echavarria said, “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to PM World Library for selecting me for the year membership. I am so excited and like many others, this membership will advance my working knowledge of program and project management, by allowing me easy access to invaluable resources available within the library. This is an excellent tool that I look forward to helping me stay connected to the most current and significant trends. This membership means a lot to me. Thank you PM World Library!!! ”. Emils Plumanis and Michael Nerilove responded simply with “Yay!” and “Thanks!”

“We would like to offer another contest where our image and brand will attract, engage and convert new customers, fans and advocates again very soon”, said Camille. “This time however, we’ll ask for contact information as contacting winners proved challenging. But by adding alternates at the beginning of the random selection process, we were able to make a connection for each of the Social Media sites.”

“Thank you to all who participated. We appreciate your attention and interest in our product.”

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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Disclaimer – This promotion was in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.


Free Project Management Books for September Drawing Announced



Eight program and project management books currently offered for end of September drawing for winners of free books

30 August 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the September 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).

140829-pmwj26-august-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of registered library members 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 September 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.
  • Enterprise Project Portfolio Management: Building Competencies for R&D and IT Investment Success; Authors: Dr. Richard Bayney, Ram Chakravarti; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); 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.
  • Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World; Author: Mark Price Perry; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Introduction to Software Project Management; Author: Rodolfo Villafiorti; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (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.
  • McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam; Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (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 for library members to win a free and valuable book. It’s also good publicity for authors, books and publishers, so everyone wins.”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.


Call for Papers on managing Infrastructure Megaprojects



PMWJ issues new call for papers on planning and managing large infrastructure projects and programmes – air, rail, road and sea

30 August 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced a second call for papers on the topic of planning and managing megaprojects. Articles and papers on this topic were first invited in June 2014, with many new works received. Based on the interest in the topic, a second call for papers on megaproject management has been issued.

140830-pmwj26-infrastructure-IMAGEAs mentioned in the previous call for papers (see June article), The McKinsey Global Institute (2013) “estimates global infrastructure spending will be US$3.4 trillion per year between 2013 and 2030” and The Economist: “infrastructure spending in emerging economies at US$2.2 trillion annually for the period 2009-2018”. All major development banks are calling for more investment in infrastructure in emerging markets worldwide.

Photo at right: Springfield Interchange, a project to reconstruct the intersection of Interstates 95, 395, and 495 near Washington, DC, USA; image courtesy of Federal Highways Administration, US Department of Transportation.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “If Prof Bent Flyvbjerg at Oxford is correct in stating that 90% of megaprojects fail to meet cost, schedule or performance objectives, then more knowledge is needed on this topic. Apparently infrastructure megaprojects are some of the worst performers, due to both underestimates of cost and overestimates of future demand.”

“If it weren’t so serious, this could be funny,” Pells adds. “How can so many highly educated and experienced experts get these projects so wrong? While there are now many researchers busy studying this subject, I suspect there are some unseen issues and causes at work. If you have some experience or perspective on the subject, please send us an article.”

Researchers, practitioners and professional leaders are invited to submit an original article or paper related to planning and managing infrastructure megaprojects for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives are invited to share their knowledge or opinions as well. Maybe someone knows what is going on in this important sector. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected]

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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://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].


Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for September 2014



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

140830-pmwl-wideman-IMAGEAuthor Robert Goatham has specialized in the study of failed projects. In Part 1 of his 4 part Guest paper on Lessons in Learning, he introduces his experiences of IT project failures and the need, not just for training, but for the development of the advanced skills required for managing complex projects.

Our Paper on Defining Project Success moves on in Part 2 of 4 to search for real definitions of “project success”. “Scope creep”, along with an interesting analogy, also enter the discussion.

In Musings Max invites one of the participants to recall what he learned from a lengthy but interesting discussion on LinkedIn on the merits of Implementing a Standard Project Management Methodology (Part 1).

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.


Winners of August Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced



Eight winners from six countries to receive free books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

29 August 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their August drawing for free project management books among registered members of the PM World Library. Eight people from 6 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the approximately 330 registered PMWL members on 28 August 2014. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/

140829-pmwj26-august-IMAGEThe winners of a free project management book in August were the following:

  • Nata Nedbaeva – Ukraine
  • Muhamad Abdomerovic – USA
  • Linga Msengala – South Africa
  • Fabricio Ciniciato – Brazil
  • Phillip Ladd – USA
  • Austin Isaac – Oman
  • Deborah Grayflowers – USA
  • Alexandros Miaris – Greece

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

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 Free books are provided by authors and publishers; if you are an author or publisher of a project or program management books and would like to offer a free copy of your book through this contest in exchange for significant publicity, contact [email protected].

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 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

The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned published by CRC Press


25 August 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book by Willis H. Thomas, PhD  titled The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, Second Edition.

140825-pmwj26-Thomas-IMAGEAccording to the CRC release: For some organizations, Lessons Learned (LL) is an informal process of discussing and recording project experiences during the closure phase. For others, LL is a formal process that occurs at the end of each phase of a project. Regardless of when they are performed, if you are a project team member, chances are you will soon be required to present an evaluation of your project using Lessons Learned.

Presenting new information that updates the award-winning first edition, The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, Second Edition supplies practical guidance on conducting project Lessons Learned. The first edition won the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award.

Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessor, this second edition provides an easy-to-follow, systematic approach to conducting Lessons Learned on a project.

  • Updated to align with the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition
  • Includes three new chapters—PRINCE2®, Agile Retrospectives, and Knowledge Transfer— in response to information requests from readers of the first edition from around the world
  • Enhanced with valuable new resources in the Project Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) found on the free CD included in the back of the book, including a fully functional MS Access Lessons Learned Database

The research in this book is based on four years of doctoral dissertation research and is supported by renowned experts in the field of evaluation. The concepts covered are applicable to all types of organizations that implement projects and need to conduct Lessons Learned.

Providing tools and techniques for active engagement, the text is founded on the principles of conducting project evaluations as recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, and PRINCE2® (Project in Controlled Environments version 2), a major governing body of project management.

Simplifying and formalizing the methodology of conducting LL in projects, the contents of this book will help organizations, large and small, more effectively implement processes and systems to support effective LL. The text is supported by a Project Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK), which is found in CD format at the back of the book.

Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT, has been involved in training and development, organizational effectiveness, and quality operations in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and information technology industries. As an employee, he has worked for large companies such as Xerox, Ameritech, Brinks, and Pfizer. As a consultant, he has serviced companies across many different industries around the globe, specifically in the areas of project management and evaluation.

He maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification from the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Willis is the author of a book published in November of 2011 entitled The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, New York, NY: Productivity Press. His book was recognized as Best of the Best publications by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in October of 2012 and received the coveted Cleland award at the PMI Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on October 20, 2012. He is also the author of The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials, published in November of 2013. In this book, ASTD was recognized as a best practice.

He has been a guest speaker for numerous educational institutions (i.e., Western Michigan University and University of South Florida) and professional associations (i.e., AEA, ASTD, PMI, APICS, and IVT). He has authored a variety of articles on project management and evaluation in recognized journals and publications. In the area of project management, he has taught many courses worldwide for the International Institute for Learning.

Willis holds a PhD in Evaluation from Western Michigan University. The title of his dissertation was “A Metaevaluation of Lessons Learned Repositories: Evaluative Knowledge Management Practices in Project Management.” In line with his extensive research, he has developed a comprehensive website on project management that focuses specifically on lessons learned at www.lessonslearned.info

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


Source: CRC Press


APM 2015 Conference to dispel the myths for successful project delivery



21 August 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the United Kingdom will hold their 2015 national project management conference on 19 March 2015 at Kings Place in London. APM have confirmed that Dr Ben Goldacre (pictured below) will open the all-day event. (VIDEO: Watch Dr Ben Goldacre’s TED talk Battling Bad Science).

140821-pmwj26-2015-IMAGEAccording to APM: Project management in real life is rarely the same as project management in the text books. This has created great myths in our profession that cloud both our perception and decision making. The APM Project Management Conference 2015 sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight will dispel these myths by uncovering the evidence that will increase the likelihood of successfully delivering projects, programmes and portfolios.

The award-winning writer and “Bad Science” columnist for The Guardian will be joined by some of the world’s most influential and thought provoking speakers from within the project management profession and thought leaders from outside. They will remove the barriers to thinking by testing existing practices and uncovering new ways to manage projects.

Now is the best time to book a place as APM is offering the biggest saving on delegate rates for the 2015 conference. You could save up to £194 if you take advantage of this offer before 23rd October 2014.

Those who attend the event at Kings Place in London will also receive a copy of Dr. Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Pharma – the UK top ten bestseller. In his new book, Ben puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope, to reveal flaws throughout the ecosystem of evidence based medicine.

Ben; an author, broadcaster and medical doctor who trained at Oxford and London; specialises in unpicking scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, government reports, pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and “quacks”.

More world-class speakers are yet to be announced. The APM Conference chaired by Mary McKinlay will provide an excellent opportunity to network with the senior figures in the profession helping participants to raise their profiles and develop their careers.

A finalist at the recent Conference Awards, the APM Conference will showcase numerous organisations at the forefront of the profession at an exhibition. This will provide an opportunity to discover the latest products and services that can generate a competitive advantage for business.

For more information visit the APM Conference area on the website. To stay up to date with the latest APM Project Management Conference news follow @APMProjectMgmt on Twitter and search #apmconf

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

Changepoint Acquires Daptiv


Market Leaders in Project Portfolio Management Join Forces 

21 August 2014 – Toronto, Canada – Changepoint, a privately held company backed by Marlin Equity Partners and a leading provider of on-premise and hosted professional services automation (PSA) and project portfolio management (PPM) software, announced today it has acquired Daptiv Solutions, LLC, the leading provider of pure SaaS-based PPM software.

140821-pmwj26-daptiv-IMAGE“Changepoint and Daptiv have both been recognized as industry leaders by analyst firms including Gartner, Forrester and TSIA,” said Jim Byrnes, president and CEO of Changepoint.  “The combination of Changepoint and Daptiv provides customers with the most comprehensive and flexible PPM and PSA solutions from the respective market leaders and is part of an aggressive growth strategy.”

The acquisition gives Changepoint a broader reach of world-class solutions, making it the only company to have recognized market leading solutions in both PSA and PPM with complete customer delivery flexibility, including on-premise, hosted and pure SaaS. With the combined resources, expertise and intellectual property, the company will be well-positioned to meet the diverse needs of customers of all sizes, from small installations up to the largest and most complex enterprises.

The two companies combined will:

  • Maintain, support and evolve both leading product lines to offer the most robust, end-to-end and scalable services and work management solutions on the market.
  • Preserve and extend the value of customers’ investments by incorporating the best of both technology platforms to deliver valuable and pioneering advancements in both product lines.
  • Leverage the respective operational and technological strengths of both companies to substantially increase revenues, profit, growth and customer reach/retention.
  • Serve an even larger base of over 900 customers and an extended user community. The company will also have an increased global presence with 300 employees and operations across six continents.

“Together, we will maintain, support and advance both product lines,” said Brandon Evans, Changepoint Vice President of Technology. “Changepoint is now in the enviable position of having proven world-class software solutions that span across varying delivery methodology requirements of customers, and will continue aggressive development to meet and stay ahead of the ever-changing needs of our markets.”

News of the acquisition is being lauded by experts close to the industry.

“While traditional on-premise software providers, such as Changepoint still dominate the PPM and PSA market, the fastest growing market segment is SaaS, on-demand software,” said John Ragsdale, Vice President of Technology Research, TSIA. “Changepoint’s addition of Daptiv allows it to address both traditional and emerging market segments with leading solutions. Changepoint customers can now choose between on-premise, hosted and pure on-demand solutions.”

Changepoint manages critical customer business processes allowing technology services and IT teams to deliver more customer value, make smarter business decisions, and achieve new efficiencies, while operating with strong financial acumen.  Recognized year over year as a market leader, Changepoint’s professional services automation and project portfolio management software is relied upon by leading technology companies, and service focused IT organizations worldwide. Changepoint is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more information visit www.changepoint.com.

Source: Changepoint

Wellingtone and APM announce partnership in UK to provide project management career services



20 August 2014 – London, UK – Wellingtone is also a full service project management consulting company and a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project Server. Wellingtone and the Association for Project Management (APM) have announced a unique alliance to provide a career development service to the project management profession.

Working together the two organisations will look to provide high quality career development advice and resources to project professionals across all sectors.

140820-pmwj26-wellingtone-IMAGEWellingtone’s extensive experience in recruiting, training and advising project professionals will be complemented by APM’s commitment to providing quality assured knowledge, standards and guidance to assist in developing the careers of those in the project management profession.

As well as being a specialist in project management recruitment, Wellingtone is an APM Corporate member and accredited training provider. Wellingtone is a Member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the recruitment industry, and is committed to the very highest levels of recruitment best practice.

The services to be provided to the project management community will primarily be online with resources being made available to the profession through the APM website, Project magazine and APM’s event programme.

Services will include:

  • Job board featuring the latest project management vacancies
  • Career development resources and quality-assured careers advice
  • Careers development and recruitment column in Project magazine
  • APM blog on career development and recruitment advice
  • Research on career development including salary surveys and employment trends
  • Event on career development offering free, specialist one-to-one advice
  • Wellingtone will be at the APM Project Management Conference 2015 to offer careers advice

Scott Walkinshaw, director – marketing and communications at APM said: “APM and Wellingtone will work towards providing high quality career development advice for the profession.

“It is great to be working with an APM Corporate member and accredited training provider with a clear track record in supporting project professionals throughout their careers.”

Wellingtone managing director Vince Hines said: “We have always had a close relationship with APM and are delighted we can now contribute more to the project management community. We look forward to engaging with all members, providing practical career guidance and opportunities as part of the development of the profession.”

Explore vacancies available on the job board at apm.org.uk/jobs

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

Project to destroy Syria’s chemical agents completed


Programme/Project News

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency announces successful completion of Cape Ray’s mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons components at sea

20 August 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The Defense Threat Reduction Agency/U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) has announced the completion of the destruction of one-hundred percent of the Syrian chemical weapons materials transferred on-board the Cape Ray using the installed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS).

140820-pmwj26-destruction-IMAGEThe accomplishments onboard the Cape Ray represent the first time chemical weapons have been destroyed aboard ship on the open sea. A proven technology, the hydrolysis system was turned into a field-deployable system for ship-board application in just 5 months. The system uses heat, water and bleach-like chemicals to destroy the materials into effluent, which will be disposed of in accordance with all applicable international laws, regulations and treaties, at commercial sites.

The agency has been involved in the efforts to deal with the Syrian chemicals, specifically—planning and synchronizing the evaluation of the threats, the options for destroying them, and the installation of the FDHS. Onboard the modified Cape Ray, a team of chemists and engineers accomplished their work in international waters on the Mediterranean Sea. They destroyed approximately 600 tons of chemical weapons material that included mustard gas and components for the nerve agent sarin.

“I want to congratulate the dedicated team of professionals aboard the Cape Ray, as well as our interagency and international partners, on the successful completion of Cape Ray’s mission to destroy approximately 600 metric tons of chemical weapons materials,” said Kenneth A. Myers, Director, DTRA/SCC-WMD. “These materials could have been used to make countless chemical weapons, and now have all been eliminated in an environmentally safe and effective way. This historic mission would not have been possible without the herculean efforts of all our partners and our DTRA/SCC team.”

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. DTRA’s people are Subject Matter Experts on WMD; the agency addresses the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our allies. DTRA works with military services, other elements of the U.S. government, and countries across the planet on counter proliferation, nonproliferation and WMD reduction issues with one goal in mind: Making the World Safer. For more, visit http://www.dtra.mil/Home.aspx.

GPM Global Introduces the World’s First Sustainability Assessment Model for Change Delivery, PSM3™


20 August 2014 – Fort Wayne, London, Brisbane, Mendoza, Beijing – GPM Global has announced that the world’s first organizational assessment model designed to assess an organization’s Portfolio, Program and Project Management practices against international standards for sustainability.

140820-pmwj26-sustainability-IMAGEPSM3™ or Portfolio, Program and Project Sustainability Model is a value based, principle-focused process that assesses organizational capacity, culture and competence for integrated green and sustainable change delivery. The model is designed to enhance factors that drive business performance while meeting the needs of consumers, investors, stakeholders, and the natural environment.

PSM3™ differs from other types of assessments by focusing on the systems and governance principles that drive change delivery from a sustainability (social, environmental, and fiscal) point of view and can be used in conjunction with existing assessment models such as PMI’s OPM3®, Axelos’s P3M3® or IPMA Delta®.

According to GPM® Centre of Excellence Director Peter Milsom, “For the first time, organizations will be able to quantifiably evaluate their ability to deliver cradle to cradle solutions based on sustainable change delivery enhancements that reduce costs and enhance the benefits surrounding the asset’s life-cycle, demonstrating their organization’s commitment to sustainability.”

“PSM3™ essentially provides a clear baseline of where you are against where you want to be, so you can make the most sustainable decisions to move forward.”

The first assessment will be conducted for Australia’s National Affordable Housing Consortium in conjunction with the livable housing design competition that is using a customized version of the assessment model as the sustainability criteria.

To learn more about PSM3™ visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org/psm3

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. Their professional accreditations, training and three time award winning project delivery method PRiSM™ are based on GPM’s P5 Standard™ and offered in more than 130 countries around the world through accredited training partners and Universities. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org.

P3M3® is a Registered Trade Mark of AXELOS Limited OPM3® is a Registered Mark of the Project Management Institute

IPMA® Delta is a Registered Mark of the International Project Management Association 

Source: GPM Global

Finalists for IPMA 2014 Project Excellence Awards announced


Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

13 August 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the finalists for their 2014 Project Excellence Awards.  The second Award Jury meeting for the IPMA International Project Excellence Award 2014 took place on 27 July in Paris.

140813-pmwj26-finalists-IMAGEThe Jury of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award 2014 composed of:

  • Mrs. Mary McKinlay, UK – Chair of the Jury
  • Mrs. Constanta Bodea, Romania
  • Mr. Frank Menter, Germany
  • Mr. Roberto Mori, Italy
  • Mr. Hans van Wieren, The Netherlands

Jury has been convened by Mary Koutintcheva – Award Management Board Chairman.

IPMA is pleased to present the following projects that reached the status of Finalists and status of Striving for Excellence.

Finalists in Medium and Big-sized Projects:

Buddha Air – Nepal – Buddha Air Hangar Construction Project

Constructora Cayalá S.A. – Guatemala – Paseo Cayalá Project

General Electric Oil & Gas – Italy – Priolo Ethylene Plant

Finalists in Mega-sized Projects

Tecnimont Spa (Maire Tecnimont Group) – Italy – Gasco Abu Dhabi Habshan 5 Process Plant

Thales Alenia Space France (Cannes) – France – Herschel Planck Project

Thales – UK – Jubilee & Northern Line Upgrade Programme (JNUP)

Striving for Excellence 2014 Finalists

ABN AMRO Bank NV – The Netherlands – Dialogues Incubator / Innovation Centre

Engineering and City Development Organization of Tehran – Iran – Construction of Sadr Elevated Expressway

Engineering and City Development Organization of Tehran – Iran – Niayesh Tunnel Expressway 

At this stage no further results from the Jury decision may be released until the IPMA Award Gala which in 2014 will take place on 30 September at the 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam.

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 2014 is Prof Mladen Radujkovic.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

Source: IPMA

APM launches new event on Project Fundamentals in UK



19 August 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the United Kingdom has announced the launch of a new one-day conference called “APM Presents…Project Management in Practice.” Taking place on 16th October, this event is intended to provide a unique opportunity to project professionals who are at the beginning or middle of their career to get expert insight into the fundamentals of project management, the “how to”.

140819-pmwj26-new-IMAGEField experts from each of the APM Specific Interest Groups will be giving a valuable introduction to key areas of project management from governance and risk management to assurance and benefits management.

Nick Johns, chair of the SIG Steering Group said: “APM recognised the need for an event which focuses on project fundamentals, and APM Presents will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from the knowledge and expertise of the project specialists that we have within the APM Specific Interest Groups. I strongly urge everyone to take advantage of this new and unique event”.

Delegates will be able to attend six sessions during the course of the day with lots of opportunity to ask questions and learn from our specialist practitioners.

Click here to book a place at this event. APM are giving the opportunity to those who book by Friday 12th September the chance to choose from a number of APM publications for free – making a saving of up to £30.

For full event details visit APM Presents…Project Management in Practice.

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

African Water Facility provides training for project managers at Nairobi workshop


19 August 2014 – Nairobi, Kenya – The African Water Facility (AWF), with the support of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center, brought together more than 40 project managers from over 15 English-speaking African countries to participate in a five day project management training in Nairobi from August 4 to 8, 2014.  The workshop was designed to increasing AWF grantees’ capacity to navigate through the AfDB and AWF rules and procedures, as well as to help enhance their ability to manage various administrative aspects of their projects, thereby maximizing results on the ground and benefits to targeted populations.


For some years now, the AWF has been offering project management trainings to its grantees to further improve the quality of its activities by ensuring effective and timely start-up and implementation of projects. The novelty this year has been emphasis on case studies and resolving real issues brought up by participants often dealing with a myriad of challenges, for example the requirement to speeding up project implementation, which is not always possible given their context.

“The African Water Facility has committed itself to working closely with its grantees to help them overcome the challenges of project management and implementation,” said Akissa Bahri, Coordinator of the AWF. “Enhanced familiarity with our project management rules, as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building are of tremendous value to our grantees and can significantly increase the success of their projects in the short and long term.”

At the workshop opening on Monday, August 4, Gabriel Negatu, Director of the AfDB’s East Africa Regional Resource Center, acknowledged AWF’s role in identifying and financing preparation of projects, particularly those involving complex, niche or innovative approaches and the increasing number in the AWF portfolio in the region. He encouraged participants to use the workshop as an opportunity to address bottlenecks affecting implementation which lead to start up delays. He emphasised the need to ensure project delivery is done in a timely manner to enable faster achievement of intended benefits and avoid cancellation of funds.

The workshop was designed to:

  • Enhance the knowledge of the project management team members on the rules and procedures of the AfDB and the AWF in administrative, technical and financial management of projects;
  • Review the constraints and difficulties encountered in the implementation of projects;
  • Review the terms of distilling and documentation of lessons learned and knowledge products;
  • Foster discussions among project management team members and exchange experiences to make the appropriate recommendations to improve procedures for monitoring and supervision of projects’ reporting to the AWF.

Participants included a mix of professionals such a project coordinators, procurement and financial specialists for whom the training was specifically tailored.

“The scenario based procurement workshop provided more insight to me, than the previously attended workshops, which traditionally focus on Bank rules and procedures,” said Ellen Pratt, Project Manager for the AWF-funded Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene (FISH) project in Monrovia, Liberia. “Real-time issues highlighted by participants illuminated the theoretical knowledge in a practical light.”

“The workshop has been very insightful, educational, interactive and conversational,” said James A. Abbey, Project Manager of the AWF-funded Sogakope-Lomé project implemented between Ghana and Togo. “Varied experiences from colleagues from other countries have enriched our knowledge on the subject to take back home.”

For information about the African Water Facility, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/topics-and-sectors/initiatives-partnerships/african-water-facility/

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

Source: African Development Bank

International Centre for Complex Project Management appoints new CEO


Deborah Hein named Managing Director and CEO of ICCPM

14 August 2014 – Canberra, Australia – The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) has announced the appointment of Deborah Hein as Managing Director and CEO.  Deborah will continue to build on ICCPM’s previous accomplishments and lead it into the future through a renewed focus on education and research.

140814-pmwj26-new-IMAGEDeborah has worked on complex projects and programs throughout her 20 year career in the public sector including projects in the Ground Telecommunications Equipment and Guided Weapon Acquisition space, Defence Reform and Smart Sustainment, and the Defence Logistics Transformation.

She has also been involved in providing advice to government agencies and the Cabinet on the implementation of programs across government including Defence & National Security and International programs.  Deborah has a keen interest and passion for helping others to learn about complexity, systems thinking and positive interactions.

“I’m confident Deborah will take ICCPM forward in line with the organisation’s priority values and goals,” said Chris Jenkins, Chair of the ICCPM Board of Directors.

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) is a not-for-profit organisation working to advance knowledge and practice in the management and delivery of complex projects. ICCPM was formed in 2007 based on an initiative by Australian, UK and US Government bodies and defence industry organizations to improve the delivery of very complex projects and to manage complexity across all industry and government sectors.  ICCPM was formed to provide global leadership to achieve this exciting objective.  ICCPM works with partners and the international community to fund, facilitate and conduct applied research that advances knowledge and practice in the management of complex projects.  For more information, visit www.iccpm.com.

Source: ICCPM