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Major Projects Association, Laing O’Rourke and National Audit Office directors to speak at APM Conference

 

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

20 January 2015 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK has announced more high-powered keynote speakers for their annual conference. In their continued drive to bring you the most innovative and senior speakers, they have announced that development director for the Major Projects Association Manon Bradley will join Laing O’Rourke’s sustainability director Caroline Blackman and National Audit Office director Geraldine Barker as speakers at the APM Project Management Conference 2015 sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight.

National Audit Office audit manager Bridget Jackson will also be speaking with Geraldine at Kings Place in London on 19th March.

You have until 23rd January to book and save up to £189

150120-pmwj31-more-1BRADLEYManon Bradley is the development director for the Major Projects Association (MPA), a membership association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios.  She is also founder of The Portrait Club, which is a group set up to help improve the initiation and delivery of major projects by encouraging greater diversity in senior project teams and project leadership positions.

150120-pmwj31-more-2BLACKMANCaroline Blackman who is working across Laing O’Rourke on driving performance, developing a future skills programme for the company and ensuring that projects are set up with clear sustainability goals. She has a track record of bringing organisations and teams together through strategic alignment and driving high performance. She possesses a broad business background with specialisms in organisation and business development, sustainability and strategy.

150120-pmwj31-more-3BARKERThe National audit Office’s (NAO) director Geraldine Barker, who has been with the NAO for fourteen years, will also be taking to the speaker platform. For the last seven years she has been the director of its team auditing the Department for Transport’s expenditure including that on its major infrastructure programmes such as High Speed 1, Thameslink, Crossrail and High Speed 2 and other programmes covering franchising and the implementation of shared services.

150120-pmwj31-more-4JACKSONJointly presenting with Geraldine will be Bridget Jackson who is NAO’s audit manager (pictured bottom). Bridget has over ten years of audit experience covering project and programme management. She has managed reviews into complex projects and programmes including reports on High Speed 2 and the cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise competition. Her most recent publication was Lessons from Major Rail Infrastructure Programmes.

This year’s conference will focus on uncovering myths that surround project management and help increase the likelihood of successful project delivery.

Exclusive video – Watch the new Myth Busting trailer 

Those who attend will also receive copy of the best-selling books: Bad Pharma by opening speaker Dr Ben Goldacre and Bounce: The Myth of talent and the power of practice by closing speaker Matthew Syed.

Book your place today and you could save up to £189 – Early bird rate ends on 23rd January 2015. Special rates are also available for groups of 4 or more by e-mailing mailto:[email protected]?subject=Group%20booking%20-%20APM%20Conference

Find out more information and 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. 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

 

Why do projects fail?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PMWJ invites articles and papers that explain and describe reasons why so many projects still fail

17 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the general question of “why projects fail.” In particular, articles and papers that identify, describe and predict why various types of projects fail to meet objectives are sought for publication. Some potential contributions might include:

  • 150117-pmwj31-why- PMWJ LOGOFeatured Papers – new knowledge or research results related to project failure, covering one or more types of program, project or industry application
  • Advisory Articles – how to predict, measure, avoid or minimize project failure, including tools, techniques or strategies.
  • Personal Stories – Lessons learned from living through project failures, disasters or specific problems
  • Case studies – stories about unsuccessful projects and programs, weak project management or leadership failures, including project “post mortems”
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about why projects fail, from any angle or perspective, and what to do about it
  • Student Papers – research papers developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that bear seriously on the failure or success of projects and programs

Email original works for publication or questions to [email protected]

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “In his latest PMWJ article on project successes and failures, Alan Stretton has highlighted the lack of data on project failure. Maybe we can attract some additional knowledge, experience or information on this topic.”

“Failure can be measured in many ways, degrees and perspectives,” Pells adds. “We know that projects can fail to meet cost and schedule goals, but result in happy customers. So perhaps we also need more definitions of project failure itself. How was project success or failure defined and measured on your program or project? Send us an article or, better yet, a paper with research results.”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives and managers are invited to share their knowledge and experience. For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

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].

Effective Stakeholder Engagement Initiative

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New series of articles by Australian stakeholder engagement expert Dr. Lynda Bourne launched

14 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The PM World Journal (PMWJ) has launched a new monthly series of articles on stakeholder engagement by Dr. Lynda Bourne, one of the world’s leading authorities on program/project stakeholder management. Her first article titled “ESEI Stakeholder Management: Series Introduction” was published in the January PMWJ. To read the article, click here.

Lynda’s first article begins with the following: Using the Effective Stakeholder Engagement Initiative (ESEI™ – pronounced easy) is probably the quickest way to create an organisational culture focused on achieving success based on mutually beneficial stakeholder engagement. The freely available Stakeholder Circle® methodology underpins ESEI; offering organisations a range of options to build their stakeholder relationship maturity from an ‘ad hoc’ initial use of some processes to ‘Level 5’ in the SRMM® maturity model where measurements of the attitude of the stakeholder community are used for health checks, predictive risk assessment and management.

150114-pmwj31-new-bourne-PHOTODr. Lynda Bourne is Managing Director of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd, an Australian based company with partners in South America and Europe. Through this global network she works with organisations to manage change through managing the relationships essential for successful delivery of organisational outcomes.   Dr Bourne is the author of the books Stakeholder Relationship Management (2009) and Advising Upwards (2011) published by Gower in the UK. She is a contributor to PMI’s Voices on Project Management blog. Her next book Making Projects Work is due for publication in 2015.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Management Editor, “We are excited to launch this new series of articles on stakeholder engagement and management by Lynda Bourne, one of the world’s leading experts on this topic. Her books are used worldwide as guidance on how to identify and engage with key project stakeholders, and her network of customers and associates is truly global. All program and project managers should read her articles and books.”

The PMWJ will publish articles by Dr. Bourne about program/project stakeholders and stakeholder engagement over the next 14 months. To learn more about Dr Lynda Bourne, go to http://www.stakeholder-management.com/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWJ is produced and maintained by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

Registration Open for University of Maryland Project Management Symposium in June

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Two-Day Event to Feature NASA, GAO and Industry Keynotes

13 January 2015 – College Park, MD, USA – The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence has announced that registration is now open for their second annual Project Management Symposium, taking place June 8-9, 2015, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

150113-pmwj31-early-IMAGEWith five highly esteemed project management experts topping this year’s keynote line-up, and a unique opportunity for attendees to tailor their event experience to meet their specific interests, this two-day symposium is sure to draw a record crowd.

Those interested in attending the 2015 symposium are encouraged to take advantage of this year’s early bird registration rates by registering by April 1st.

Following the success of last year’s capacity event, UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to name Dr. Ed Hoffman (NASA), Ms. Karen Richey (U.S. Government Accountability Office), Dr. Harold Kerzner (International Institute for Learning), Mr. Chip Hastie (Clark Construction), and Ms. Jocelyn Davis (Nelson Hart LLC) featured speakers for the second annual symposium.

Together, the five help comprise this year’s star-studded roster of expert speakers, which includes project management professionals across government, industry and academe.

Both Hoffman and Richey will offer unique perspectives from their respective agencies. Hoffman serves as NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer and works within NASA as well as with external leaders to develop the agency’s capabilities in program and project management and engineering. Richey is a senior cost analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO), where she championed the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide, which is now used throughout the U.S. government and abroad for guiding practice in program and project planning.

Switching gears, Kerzner will provide an academic view of the field of project management. A former professor of both engineering and business administration, Kerzner currently serves as Senior Executive Director for Project Management for the International Institute for Learning, and has published or presented numerous engineering and business papers, as well as more than 50 college textbooks on project management.

To complement Hoffman, Richey and Kerzner, Hastie will provide an industry perspective of project management, as he delves into key topics in integrated project delivery and insights gleaned as Vice President of Clark Construction.

Additionally, Davis, co-founder of women-owned consulting firm Nelson Hart, will share a unique perspective of project management – blending financial management, positive psychology, and subjective well-being analysis expertise – during her presentation, “The Happy Project Manager.”

All told, the 2015 Project Management Symposium will feature more than 55 guest speakers to support the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications.”

As the Baltimore-Washington region’s premier project management symposium, this event is a high-value opportunity for project management professionals seeking insights on topics ranging from agile project management, communications and construction management, to federal project management, positive psychology and sustainability. Attendees are invited to explore each of these topic areas or craft their own experience by choosing those sessions that meet their specific interests. Even more, attendees can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

This event is made possible, in part, by a media sponsorship from Project Management World Journal.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the university, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” For more information, or visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

Media contact: Alyssa Wolice – 301-405-2057 – [email protected]

 

Wiley Offers Project Management Books for 2015 Drawings

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

10 major project management books offered for 2015 PM World Library drawings; winners to receive books free

13 January 2015 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced that John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of America’s largest publishers of technical, educational and management books has offered 10 major titles for 2015 monthly drawings for FREE BOOKS. The monthly drawings for free project management books are provided for registered members of the PM World Library (PMWL) at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Working in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for the monthly PMWL 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.

The books offered by Wiley for the 2015 PMWL drawings include the following:

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK1Project Management Checklists For Dummies

Author: Nick Graham

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here.

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK2Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives Using a Third-Generation Approach

Author: Richard J. Heaslip

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here.

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK3Program Management for Improved Business Results, 2nd Edition

Authors: Russ J. Martinelli, James M. Waddell, Tim J. Rahschulte

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here.

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK4Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams, 2nd Edition

Authors: Rory Burke, Steve Barron

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here.

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK5Managing Technology-Based Projects: Tools, Techniques, People and Business Processes

Author: Hans Thamhain

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK6Project Management – Best Practices: Achieving Global Excellence, 3rd Edition

Author: Harold Kerzner, PhD

Publisher: Wiley (2014)

For more about the book, click here

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK7Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme; 7th Edition

Author: Robert K. Wysocki, PhD

Publisher: Wiley

For more about the book, click here

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK8PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 7th Edition

Author: Kim Heldman

Publisher: Wiley (2013)

For more about the book, click here

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK9Project Management 2.0

Author: Harold R. Kerzner

Publisher: Wiley (2015)

For more about the book, click here

 

150113-pmwj31-wiley-BOOK10The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach

Author: Charles G. Cobb

Publisher: Wiley (2015)

For more about the book, click here

 

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE.

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.

 

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/.

 

28 new works by 35 different authors added to PM World Library in January

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1070 project management articles, papers & other works by 556 different authors in more than 50 countries

11 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 28 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) were added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this week. These contributions by 35 different authors in 14 countries were published in the January 2015 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

150111-pmw31-28-new-IMAGEThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 1070 original works by 556 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 35 authors in December, 10 were new to the journal and library. All works in the PMWL can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/pm-world-collection/. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This month saw more original additions to the PM World Library, especially from authors who have contributed many works previously including Darren Dalcher, David Hillson, Bob Prieto and Alan Stretton. An article by Dr. Lynda Bourne in Australia on stakeholder management launched a new series of articles by her on that topic that will continue throughout 2015.”

“Several of the papers are seminal works,” Pells adds, “including Paul Giammalvo’s 2015 update on his project management certification benchmarking research. Bob Prieto’s paper on uncertainty suggests that the odds are stacked against major projects and Stanislaw Gasik’s paper on knowledge management suggests that the latest PMBOK Guide has overlooked an citical topic. These are important papers.”

New authors in January include Bonnie Coker (USA), Douglas Dodd (USA), Phil Driver (New Zealand), T.D. Jainendrakumar (India), Dan Murphy (USA), Ian Seath (UK), Dennis Sheehan (UK), Mike Sicilia (USA), John Vickery (Ireland) and Tim Wasserman (USA). New works from 25 authors already included in the library were also added.

In addition to original papers, 40+ news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,200 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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 on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

Putting down the roots for Good Governance

 

FUTURE P/PM EVENTS

EVA 20 conference to convene at Armourer’s Hall in London on 16-17 June 2015

9 January 2015 – London, UK – EVA in the UK is celebrating their 20th annual project management conference in 2015 with a themed event – “Putting down roots for Good Governance.” The event will again be held at the famous historic Armourer’s Hall, Moorgate, London. The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, 16 June and Wednesday, 17 June 2015, followed by two days of workshops. Information at http://evaintheuk.org/

150109-pmwj31-eva20-LOGOAccording to the announcement: The Great and the Good from the last 20 years have been invited to come and discuss the profession of project management – A look back and a look forward! – And to sign their own charter in support of the profession.

In conjunction with the 800th anniversary of The Magna Carta, signed 15 June 1215, Stephen Carver and his Knights of the Round Table will be there to tell the story of Magna Carta and its place in modern Governance. The Holy Grail of Portfolios Programmes and Projects will be discussed and a framework enabling them work to truly extract benefits will be presented. The ways that we can best control and report on projects will be revealed.

We will attempt the miracle of turning Agile into something more than a fad. We offer it a home and a purpose. Looking at ourselves we ask how we can get better by really Listening. And show how that will help us to Learn and Lead.

We also know that you can only Change if you really want to and will ask one of our leading practitioners to tell the Cautionary Tale of Failed Change so that you can Learn from experience other than your own.

Demands will be made for better proof that Project Management works. Strong arguments will be made that we need evidence not snake-oil. There will be music and laughter too!

Opportunities are available for sponsorship, and for contributing ideas for the event. Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

 

Exercising Agency: Decision Making and Project Initiation

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Mark Mullaly published by Gower in UK

8 January 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in the UK has announced the publication of a new book titled Exercising Agency: Decision Making and Project Initiation by Mark Mullaly. Exercising Agency provides essential insights into how process, politics and personal influence combine to influence strategy in organizations through making effective project initiation decisions.

150108-pmw30-31-Mullaly-BOOKMark Mullay uses his 25 years of experience to lift the lid on many of the important behavioural factors that inform project decisions: power and politics, personality, the ‘rules’ of an organization. If you are involved in framing or making decisions about the future of your organization; the projects that you do or don’t decide to initiate, then read this book. It won’t make the decisions any easier but it will help you improve the quality of the decisions you make and over time, the effectiveness of your organizational decision making

Mark Mullaly founded Interthink Consulting in 1990 as a company dedicated to helping organizations to develop strategy, execute projects and manage strategic change more effectively. Mark is a senior management consultant with over 25 years of experience. Mark works with private and public sector organizations to develop effective strategic plans, make strategic decisions and solve complex and uncertain problems.

Mark has been a pioneer in the development of organizational project management capabilities. He developed the first maturity model for PM in 1993, and launched a worldwide benchmarking effort to evaluate organizational PM practices in 1997. In 2004, Mark became one of the co-lead investigators of the research effort ‘Understanding the Value of Project Management’, sponsored by the Project Management Institute. This study remains the largest and most comprehensive research effort undertaken in the field of project management. Mark was awarded a PhD by Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

More information & free chapters on Exercising Agency are available at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472427885

ePUB and ePDF information available at the above links.

Exercising Agency will feature on GpmFirst, Gower’s new PM community of practice, due to launch in Spring 2015 www.gowerpublishing.com/gpmfirst

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 books 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].

 

J. Ross Publishing continues to provide Project Management Books for Free Book Drawings

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Six major project management books offered for PM World Library drawings over first three months of 2015

7 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that J. Ross Publishing in the United States will provide copies of six major titles for monthly FREE BOOKS drawings through the PM World Library in early 2015. Two each of six books will be offered as prizes for monthly drawings in January, February and March 2015. The monthly drawings for free books are provided for members of the PM World Library (PMWL) at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Working in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for the monthly PMWL 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.

The first six books offered by J. Ross Publishing for early 2015 PMWL drawings include the following:

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Achieve CAPM Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide and Desk Reference, 2nd Edition Author: Diane Altwies, PMP; Janice Preston, PMP; Frank P. Reynolds, CAPM Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014) For more about the book, click here.

 

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Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, 5th Edition Author: Diane Altwies, PMP; Janice Preston, PMP Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013) For more about the book, click here.

 

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Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach Author: Daniel Epstein, Rich Maltzman Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013) For more about the book, click here.

 

 

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Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps for Achieving Successful Results Author: Laura Dallas Burford Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012) For more about the book, click here.

 

 

 

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Procurement Project Management Success: Achieving a Higher Level of Effectiveness Author: Diana L. Lindstrom Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014) For more about the book, click here.

 

 

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

 

 

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE.

Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets. J. Ross publishes products that solve real-world challenges and offer insights into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. Visit http://www.jrosspub.com/. See their project management titles at http://www.jrosspub.com/business/project-program-management.html?mode=list.

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/.

 

Earned Value for Beginners

 

P/PM EDUCATION NEWS

Recording and questions answered from 11 December webinar available online from APM

6 January 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK has announced the availability of a full recording of their recent webinar entitled “Back to Basics – Earned Value Management for beginners.” That webinar was produced by the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG and broadcast on 11 December 2014. To view the full recording at no cost, click here .

150106-pmwj30-earned-LOGOAdditionally, presenters Stephen Jones and Simon Taylor have provided answers to the questions that were asked during the live broadcast. The questions and answers can be found here (the document is attached at the bottom of the page with the recording on, just below the presentation slides).

For a full list of upcoming events and webinars please visit the APM website.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. 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

 

Publishers and Authors step up with more Free Project Management Books

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

January drawing through PM World Library to feature 12 project management books for lucky winners worldwide

1 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the January 2015 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM World Library (PMWL). The monthly drawings for free books, a special benefit for members of the PMWL (http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/), began in February 2014 in connection with the official unveiling of the new online library and are continuing in 2015 with even more support from authors and publishers.

150101-pmwj30-books-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of project management books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of fully 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 January 2015 drawing include:

Playing the Project Manager; Author: Charles Smith; Publisher: ProjectCraft (2015); For more about the book, click here.

Project Management Case Studies and Lessons Learned: Stakeholder, Scope, Knowledge, Schedule, Resource and Team Management (eBook); Author: Kemal Atesmen; Publisher: CRC / Auerbach Publications (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Ed (eBook); Author: Rodney Turner, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Achieve CAPM Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide and Desk Reference, 2nd Edition; Authors: Diane Altweis, PMP; Janic Preston, PMP; Frank P. Reynolds, CAPM; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Project Management for Engineering and Construction, 3rd Ed (eBook); Author: Garold (Gary) Oberlander; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, 2nd Edition (eBook); Author: Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT; Publisher: CRC / Productivity Press (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.

Project Management Checklists for Dummies; Author: Nick Graham; Publisher: Wiley (2014); 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.

Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, 5th Edition; Authors: Diane Altwies, PMP; Janice Preston, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.

Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here.

Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald, Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.

According to David Pells, PMWL Managing Director, “We are pleased that several major publishers of project management books and several well-known authors have agreed to continue supporting the library drawings again this year. The January drawing will include the most books ever offered, with future drawings looking even better.”

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. (Note: students, authors of PMWJ articles and residents of low income countries can register for free.) To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Because our readers and library members are so disbursed around the globe,” Pells adds, “some of the publishers are now offering eBooks as prizes. These can be delivered much more easily, faster and at less cost to winners around the world. We are excited about this development and want to thank the participating authors and publishers. It should be a fun year.”

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.

 

 

Time schedule for the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2015 announced

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Potential applicants invited to IPMA webinar on 13 January and 9 March 2015 to learn more

Reported by Kasia Pachuta in Kraków

31 December 2014 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the timeline for applications for the 2015 IPMA Project Excellence Awards. A webinar will also be held for potential applicants on 13 January and 9 March 2015. Webinar title: Introduction to the International Project Excellence Award process and the Project Excellence Model.

141231-pmwj30-schedule-IMAGE3Mark in your calendar the date of the webinar.

13 January 2015 | 9 March 2015

Choose one of the dates and contact the Awards Office at [email protected].

The aim of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award is to increase the recognition of projects from different countries, different industries and different organizations and to motivate project teams to develop and improve project management. The award supports professional project management in achieving high performance and identifies projects as examples of excellent project management.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your project assessed by the team of professional assessors in 2015 and to celebrate the success at the 29th IPMA World Congress in Panama. The application deadline is 6 April 2015.

Registration form for the free webinar “Introduction to the International Project Excellence Award process and the Project Excellence Model” is available at www.ipma.ch/awards.

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

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. The president of IPMA for 2015-16 is Mr. Reinhard Wagner. For more information about IPMA, visit http://www.ipma.ch/.

Source: IPMA

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for January 2015

 

PM People/Education News

31 December 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com. According to Max:

141231-pmwj30-wideman-PHOTOTo start the year in Papers we present Part 1 of our review of a must-read book: Reconstructing Project Management by Professor Peter Morris. Truly academic and thoroughly researched but, as we found out, thoroughly readable.

Our Guest this month is Pat Weaver who presents a challenging case study of the governance over the construction of the well-known Crystal Palace exhibition hall in London in 1851. It was a remarkable achievement – cost effective and timely completed, but how did they do it? You decide!

In Musings, in this Challenged by the Word “Scope”?Part 1 we question the value of an “official” Glossary of project management terms and how all authors should handle definitions. We had intended to discuss the meaning of Scope, but we’ll do that next month.

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 former chair of the board 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 project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

 

Winners of December Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

EDUCATION / PUBLISHING NEWS

Seven winners in five countries to receive free project management books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

30 December 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The winners of the December drawing for free project management books among fully registered members of the PM World Library have been identified. Seven people in 5 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 422 fully registered PMWL members on 28 December 2014. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

December winners of a free project management book were the following:

  • 141230-pmwj30-winners-BOOK STACKDimitrios Emiris – Greece
  • Nafa Duwebi – UK
  • Jeffrey Davidson – USA
  • Eric Meyers – USA
  • Praveen Bhardwaj – India
  • Alberto Sendin – Spain
  • Ajay Joshi – India

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

Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Ed.; Author: Rodney Turner, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Organizational Project Portfolio Management: A Practitioner’s Guide; Author: Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Effective Complex Project Management: An Adaptive Agile Framework for Delivering Business Value; Author: Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D.; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

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.

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.

Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); 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.

To win, one must be a fully 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].

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library, “Of the seven winners this month, four are students and two are residents of low income countries. This really supports one of our objectives, knowledge transfer to those new to project management or living in developing economies. I want to congratulate the winners and thank our participating authors and publishers for supporting our free books program.”

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

 

9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium scheduled for 13-14 August 2015

 

FUTURE PM EVENT

Theme of 2015 conference: ‘Next-Gen Management of Projects: Performance, People, Processes

28 December 2014 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will again be held at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in the Naveen Jindal School of Management in Richardson, Texas, USA in 2015. The conference will be held during 13-14 August 2015 with the theme “Next-Gen Management of Projects: Performance, People, Processes”. The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

141218-pmwj30-first-call-IMAGE1The first Call for Papers has been issued, with abstracts invited for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues facing project managers and project teams today. While abstracts on any topics related to project management are welcome, of greatest interest will be those on new ideas, concepts and experiences. See the Call for Papers here.

Topics and presentations will be aimed at industries and areas of interest relevant to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, Public Projects and Programs, New Product Development and Agile Project Management. To visit the symposium website, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) 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.). 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 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest 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, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWJ is a monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

 

Construction begins on world’s largest airport near Beijing

 

MEGA PROJECT NEWS

New $13 Billion facility designed for 72 million passengers is to be completed in five years

26 December 2014 – Beijing, China – As reported in various international media, construction has begun on a massive new international airport to serve Beijing, China’s capital city. Beijing’s current international airport is the world’s second busiest, but also one of the most delayed, with fewer than 20 percent of commercial passenger flights leaving on schedule according to a 2013 report.

141226-pmwj30-daxing-IMAGE1According to Wikipedia, the Beijing Daxing International Airport or Beijing Capital Second International Airport is a planned new airport serving Beijing. The airport will be built in Daxing District, located 46 km (29 mi) south of city center. The airport will be located on the southern part of Daxing along the border with Hebei province.

The new airport which will serve Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, will cover an area of 2,680 hectares. The projected completion date for the new airport is October 2018. A new 37 km (23 mi) high-speed rail line is planned which will connect the airport to Beijing South railway station with a journey time of 30 minutes. All flights from Beijing Nanyuan Airport which is currently only used by China United Airlines, will be transferred to Daxing.

The airport’s master plan has been designed by airport consulting firm NACO and will feature a ground transportation centre providing the airport with public transportation links to high-speed rail, metro, expressways, Beijing Airport Bus routes, local buses and inter-airport transportation system. Other consulting firms are competing to design the terminal building [1]

141226-pmwj30-daxing-IMAGE2 MAPThe airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tons of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025, the official Xinhua news agency said. The airport is set to cost 80 billion yuan ($13 billion) and will be completed in around five years, Xinhua said. [2]

Travel demand in China has soared as the country has grown to become the world’s second-largest economy and Beijing’s current International airport in the city’s northeast has begun to reach its capacity limits. Beijing International Airport was the world’s second busiest airport in terms of passengers in 2013, Xinhua said, ranking behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States.

But it is also the world’s most delayed, according to a study last year by US-based air travel information service FlightStats, which said just 18 percent of flights were on time. About 42 percent of departures from Beijing suffered delays of 45 minutes or longer, the survey said.

Xinhua cited aviation authorities as saying that the current airport is unable to handle an additional 300 flights daily and almost 10 million passengers annually due to restraints. Jet manufacturer Airbus said this month that China will oust the US in 2023 as the world’s biggest domestic air traffic market by passenger numbers, as economic development pushes demand for air travel. [3]

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Daxing_International_Airport

[2] http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2014-12/25/content_19166984.htm

[3] http://news.yahoo.com/china-starts-building-huge-beijing-airport-000856325.html;_ylt=A86.J3VzOKBUC0AAsa0PxQt.

McGraw-Hill Education to provide Project Management eBooks for PMWL Drawings in 2015

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

McGraw-Hill Professional, a business unit of McGraw-Hill Education to provide project management eBooks for PM World Library drawings in first four months of 2015

23 December 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced that McGraw-Hill Education, one of America’s largest publishers, has agreed to provide project management eBooks as prizes for the first four 2015 drawings for FREE BOOKS through the PM World Library (PMWL). The monthly drawings for free project management books are provided for registered library members; for information go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

The eBooks will be offered as prizes to lucky winners in random number drawings 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.  Each month, one or two of the following McGraw-Hill Professional books will be offered as prizes. The McGraw-Hill Professional titles offered as prizes in 2015 will be eBooks, delivered more conveniently to winners around the world.

The books offered by McGraw-Hill for 2015 PMWL drawings include the following:

Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th e PM for Eng & Const 3rd ed MH Ed PMP Exam Prep Engineering PM for Global High Tech Industry Construction Mgt of Healthcare Projects Handbook of Program Mgmt, 2nd Ed2

Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Ed (eBook); Author: Rodney Turner, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2014); For more about the book, click here

Project Management for Engineering and Construction, 3rd Ed (eBook); Author: Garold (Gary) Oberlander; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2014); For more about the book, click here

McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam (eBook); Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2014); For more about the book, click here

Engineering Project Management for the Global High Technology Industry (eBook); Author: Sammy Shina; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Construction Management of Healthcare Projects (eBook); Author: Sanjiv Gokhale, Thomas Gormley; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Success with Optimal Program Management, 2nd Ed. (eBook); Author: James T. Brown, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

To win, one must be a fully 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/.

McGraw-Hill Education delivers personalized learning experiences that improve outcomes for students, educators and professionals around the world. The Company has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit McGraw-Hill Professional at http://www.mhprofessional.com/

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 http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.\

 

APM Announce New CEO

 

PM PEOPLE / PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd in Salisbury

23 December 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that Sara Drake has been appointed as its new chief executive. Sara, currently Managing Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), joins APM at the end of February 2015. She takes over at Princes Risborough from Andrew Bragg who has been at the helm for 10 years.

141223-pmwj30-new-ceo-PHOTOThere are a number of similarities between APM and RTPI: both are about the same size at 22,000 for APM and 23,000 for RTPI while both are the largest professional body of their discipline in Europe. RTPI received its Royal Charter in 1959 while APM is awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge to the Privy Council’s decision to recommend the award.

During her time as Managing Director at RTPI, Sara was responsible for strengthening and developing support for the town planning profession and its relationship with stakeholders to ensure it made an effective contribution to government policy. She was also responsible for developing membership services and non-subscription revenue streams.

Prior to her appointment at RTPI, Sara held managing director roles at the Home Builders Federation and the Trademark Owners Association as well as director roles at Thames Television and Penguin Books. She holds an MA (Hons) in Law from Newham College, Cambridge.

APM Chairman Steve Wake “We are delighted to welcome Sara to APM. She brings with her a wealth of experience from the professional body sector. This experience will be a huge asset to the Association in its development as a Listening, Learning and Leading organisation. An organisation that is transforming itself as it progresses towards Chartered status in its execution of the 2020 strategy.”

Further news will be forthcoming from APM early next year.

141223-pmwj30-new-ceo-APM LOGOFounded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 22,000 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.”   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/

World Bank Approves US$450 Million for Sanitation Project in Ho Chi Minh City

 

PROGRAM/PROJECT NEWS

23 December 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$450 million in loans and credits to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for the Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project. The project will improve the environment by treating wastewater, strengthen institutional capacity to manage sanitation and wastewater services, and increase public awareness on the benefits of improved sanitation practices.

141223-pmwj30-vietnam-MAPHo Chi Minh City (HCMC) is emerging as a major city in Southeast Asia and is a hub of economic activities in Vietnam, contributing to about 20 percent of the country’s total GDP. To maintain its competitive position and provide quality services to its citizens, HCMC plans to develop its water-related infrastructure to increase the supply of drinking water for the growing population, protect the city from floods, and improve the environment and reduce health risks by collecting and treating wastewater.

“The Bank has a long standing and strategic partnership with HCMC.   Through this new project, the city will be able to address its sanitation challenges in a more cost effective manner and create a city that is clean and competitive,” said Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam. “Improved urban sanitation services benefit all citizens, especially the poor. This project will ensure that the poor in the project areas are well served by having household connections to the sewer network,” she added.

The project will benefit about 1.1 million people in the city and includes a waste water treatment plant that will treat wastewater collected in the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe (NLTN) basin and from parts of District 2 of the city. The plant will treat untreated wastewater that is currently being discharged to the Saigon river.  Through the project, sewer networks and house connections to the network will be installed in parts of District 2. The project will also provide technical assistance to improve sanitation and wastewater management practices in the city.

“The project promotes better sanitation practices in HCMC and also supports the urban development of the city through improved wastewater management,” said Sudipto Sarkar, World Bank Lead Specialist and task team leader. “Under the project an Environmental Learning Center will be created to raise awareness of sanitation issues and the environment that will benefit the people of the Ho Chi Minh City,” he added.

The total project cost is US$495 million, of which US$250 million will be financed through a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and a US$200 million credit through the International Development Association (IDA). HCMC will provide US$45 million from its own resources for the project.

For more about this project, click here.

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

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries. For more information, visit http://www.worldbank.org/. To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://www.worldbank.org/projects.

 

Source: The World Bank

GPM Global announces 2014 Sustainable Project Management Awards.

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

GPM Global Announces Project of the Year, Student of the Year and Individual Sustainability Awards

22 December 2014 – Fort Wayne, London, Brisbane, Mendoza, Beijing – GPM Global has announced their Project of the Year, Student of the Year and Individual Sustainability Awards. GPM’s International Awards program showcases projects that exemplify sustainable approaches and outcomes, individuals who put forth incredible efforts to advance sustainability in project management and students who develop world class business cases to integrate sustainability in project management.

141222-pmwj30-2014-GPM2GPM Awards Director Alan Tupicoff stated “All of our 2014 award winners have demonstrated both the commitment to the integration of the principals of sustainability in project management and the value that it brings to their organizations, the environment and society at large. We congratulate them for being leaders in the field.”

The 2014 Awards and Recipients:

Fundamentals Award (Student) Recipient – Claudia Palacios, Nicaragua

Claudia is a Masters student at UCI in Costa Rica and as part of the MPM program took our PRiSM University Program. The case study that she developed in the program evolved into a formal thesis, that she presented as a business case for the company she works for to formally adopt sustainability.

Sustainability Award Recipient – Ron Schipper, Netherlands

For many years Ron has been an advocate for sustainable practice. As a co-author of “Sustainability in Project Management” and successive publications he has been on the forefront as a thought leader. As a practitioner, he has led initiatives at his firm Van Aetsveld to embed sustainability into their portfolio of offerings. Ron has presented at numerous research and professional conferences around the world and is someone that has “walked the talk”.

Sustainability Project of the Year Award – Gold Category

Project – Paseo Cayala Program, Guatemala City

Context – Community Service / Development (Construction)

Recipient – Administradors Comercial Paseo Fase 1, S.A.

Project Summary:

The project’s justification is the belief that neighborhoods are the building blocks of towns and cities, and a great neighborhoods form healthy towns and cities.

Against all odds and trends (financial, social, crime and security challenges at the time) a vision for creating a sustainable legacy for future generations by creating safe and vibrant neighborhoods was established, with Paseo Cayalá as the city center of Ciudad Cayalá.

Paseo Cayalá is comprised of several quarters or neighborhoods over 44 hectares with areas for shopping, residential, dining, entertainment, convenience, services, and offices. The combined sustainable social, environmental and financial impact has been significant.

The project objectives were split between product results and team internal.

  • Innovation
  • Quality of Life
  • Product Variety
  • Highly Productive Team
  • High Sales Volume
  • Reliable Execution

Sustainability Focus

Social – Cayalá has worked with the surrounding communities closely to provide education knowing that the sustainable growth will come from the integration. This is also one of the reasons they supported the construction of the church for 1,500 parishioners not only economically but also helped in the design. Land was also donated to two schools Colegio Interamericano and Colegio Austríaco to foster a working community. Environmental – Cayalá simbolizes the desire to set a new benchmark, instead of just complying with local regulations their out of the box concepts has given the community the largest natural reserve in the city and economies of scale in their water treatment plants by thinking about the future. The neo urbanism concept applied creates communities that can walk to their offices, hence reducing the need of petrol vehicles and the CO2 footprint of this city.

Fiscal – Most development projects in Guatemala calculate their payback time for 3 to 5 years’ time after which the developers do not care what happens. Cayalá again planned for 20 years and carefully thought about the evolution of the business. “A building should adapt to its surroundings and not become obsolete”.

Read the full Case Study at http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/awards

Sustainability Project of the Year Award – Silver Category

Recipient – MAHAK- the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer

Project- Project: MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project

Context – Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Project

Project Summary:

During the period 2012-2013, MAHAK managed to collect the revenues necessary for performing its activities and fulfilling the financial demands of the organization and its stakeholders. These funds have been used to diagnose, treat and provide welfare for children suffering from cancer and their families throughout Iran. In order to get the most out of the funds provided, MAHAK has decided to operate on a two-year plan called “MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project”.

When breaking down the aims of the project during this period, an examination shows that MAHAK achieved 94 percent of its goals in this project, below are a few of the projects outcomes:

The two fundamental aims of the project were to

  1. provide comprehensive support for children suffering from cancer and their family
  2. raise the necessary funds to offer the support.

The former was executed by supporting 21,147 children in 32 hospitals throughout the country. Additionally, we expanded our psychology services to 12 new hospitals in Tehran. The latter was managed solely by public donations by expanding 13 additional offices in Tehran, easier access to bank accounts, online donations, etc.

  • Although our estimated income was 1.9% less than our actual income, we were able to reduce our expenses by 16.9%; hence the budget surplus remains at 89% of what had been estimated.
  • We were able to complete this project with 5% fewer personnel than which was estimated.
  • MAHAK public awareness and market penetration increased during this period.
  • Stakeholder satisfaction from MAHAK increased from 85% to 97%
  • Volunteer contribution increased from 3.8% to 9.5%
  • The hospital bed occupancy rate increased from 80.2% to 96.3%
  • The number of children under coverage increased by 21.7%
  • MAHAK was ranked 10th by Société Generale de Surveillance in which it received the Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) NGO Benchmarking being the first non-governmental organization in the Middle East to do so.

Although that 94% of the project was completed, the remaining 6% in which MAHAK was not able to complete have been identified and shall be addressed in our next “MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project”:

  • Moving from functional-based management to process–based management resulting in a more synergic workplace, hence becoming more efficient.
  • Unexpected and unplanned operations, in which resources have been used in order to complete the required tasks. In the future additional resources will be put aside to be used in these circumstances.

The importance of International Relations, which helped us to become a member of “International Movement against Cancer”, Knowledge and experience exchange and to familiarize other international entities regarding MAHAK and its actions in the fight against cancer.

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainability in change initiatives to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic prosperity. Their professional accreditations, PSM3™ assessments, training and three time award winning project delivery method PRiSM™ are offered in more than 145 countries around the world through accredited training partners and Universities. To learn more about GPM®, visit http://greenprojectmanagement.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=66d1da369fb4e30ac415ada74&id=98e254f73b&e=6f81a045d9

Source: GPM Global