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NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete 23 Milestones in 2014

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

22 December 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA has announced that its Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014, and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations.

“To say we’ve been busy would truly be an understatement,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of the Commercial Crew Program. “Our partners at Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX have made tremendous strides in their respective systems throughout the year and we’re happy to have supported them along their way. My team and I are excited to continue to work with our partners in the coming year.”

141222-pmwj30-commercial-IMAGEBlue Origin continued the development of its Space Vehicle spacecraft designed to carry people into low-Earth orbit. The company also continued work on its subscale propellant tank assembly through an unfunded Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with NASA, which was recently extended until April 2016. In the coming year, Blue Origin will further test its propellant tank and BE-3 engine.

Both Boeing and SpaceX began work on the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts to develop systems to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

In 2014 Boeing closed out its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement and Certification Products Contract (CPC) with NASA. The company also completed its first two CCtCap milestones. Boeing worked with the agency to set an operating rhythm and path toward certification of the CST-100 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. NASA evaluated the designs of the company’s ground-based systems that will be used to carry crews to the station, including the launch complex, crew training, countdown operations mission control facilities, landing locations and post-landing operations.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) performed incremental tests of its reaction control system that will help maneuver its Dream Chaser spacecraft in space. SNC achieved its CCiCap milestone in November and built on previous propulsion system development efforts by implementing a compact prototype thruster operating in a vacuum chamber to simulate an on-orbit environment. This year, the company also performed wind tunnel and risk-reduction testing under its CCiCap agreement and closed out its Certification Products Contract with NASA. In 2015, the company will perform the second free-flight of its Dream Chaser test article at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.

SpaceX performed two milestones, its Dragon Primary Structure Qualification and Delta Crew Vehicle Critical Design Review, in November as part of its CCiCap agreement. Under that agreement, SpaceX also performed other critical design reviews of its systems and operations this year. The company continued to provide NASA with data in preparation for the company’s Certification Baseline Review under its CCtCap contract, which was approved this month.  SpaceX also closed out its CPC contract with NASA in 2014. Next year, SpaceX will perform two abort tests for its Crew Dragon spacecraft under its CCiCap agreement.

“Our partners and providers are working on real hardware and will be doing exciting tests next year,” Lueders said. “Pad infrastructures, processing facilities, hardware and crew training mock-ups, which are all key elements crucial to flying crew safely in just a few years, will take a more cohesive shape next year.”

NASA’s goal for the Commercial Crew Program is to facilitate the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. With the CCtCap contracts announced Sept. 16, NASA’s goal is to certify crew transportation systems in 2017 that will return the ability to launch astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station.

For more information on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Images: courtesy of NASA

 

 

Call for Papers for 9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in USA

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

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

18 December 2014 – Richardson, TX, USA – The Call for Papers for the 9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium has been issued. The conference theme will be “Next-Gen Management of Projects: Performance, People, Processes”. The 2015 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. 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-IMAGE1Abstracts are requested for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues project managers face today. While abstracts on any topics related to project management are welcome, of greatest interest will be those on new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

  • Innovative Program/Project Management
  • How Projects Affect Business
  • Project Management’s Impact on the Bottom Line
  • Team Collaboration and Virtual Teams
  • Aligning Projects with Corporate Strategy
  • Portfolio Management and Governance
  • Multi-cultural and Multi-generational Teams
  • Working and Communicating Effectively with Millenials
  • Entrepreneurial Project Management
  • Business Processes
  • Program/Project Management Offices (PMOs)
  • Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management
  • Solving Project Complexity
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Topics can 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.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts with bio and photo are due by Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Paper Selections will be announced by Friday, April 10, 2015

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Length of abstracts should be 150-250 words
  • Abstracts must be in MS Office Word format
  • Papers must not have been previously published
  • Papers and presentations should be free of commercial sales content
  • Papers and presentations should focus on the subject of the title, and provide new contributions to the topic
  • Email abstract, bio and photo to [email protected] or call 1-972-883-5802 for more information

141218-pmwj30-first-call-IMAGE2The 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.

141218-pmwj30-first-call-IMAGE3The 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.

141218-pmwj30-first-call-IMAGE4The 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/

141218-pmwj30-first-call-IMAGE5The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWJ is a web-based 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 www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

Public Transport Planning and Management in Development Countries from CRC Press

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

20 December 2014 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries, by Ashish Verma and T. V. Ramanayya. Published in December 2014, this new book provides detailed coverage of issues related to public transport in developing countries; includes case studies; and highlights differences in urban transport planning and management in developed and developing countries.

141220-pmwj30-transport-BOOKAccording to the CRC release: An efficient transportation system is critical for a country’s development. Yet cities in developing countries are typically characterized by high-density urban areas and poor public transport, as well as lack of proper roads, parking facilities, road user discipline, and control of land use, resulting in pollution, congestion, accidents, and a host of other transportation problems.

Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries examines the status of urban transport in India and other developing countries. It explains the principles of public transport planning and management that are relevant and suitable for developing countries, addresses current transportation system inefficiencies, explores the relationship between mobility and accessibility, and analyzes the results for future use.

It’s projected that by 2030, developing nations will have more vehicles than developed nations, and automated guided transit (AGT) and other transport systems will soon be available in India. This text compares five cities using specific indicators—urbanization, population growth, vehicle ownership, and usage. It determines demographic and economic changes in India, and examines how these changes have impacted transportation demand and supply, transport policy and regulations, and aspects of economics and finance related to public transport.

The authors emphasize preserving and improving existing modes, efficient use of the public transport management infrastructure, implementing proper planning measures, and encouraging a shift towards sustainable modes. They also discuss sustainability in terms of environment, energy, economic, and land use perspectives and consider the trends of motorization, vehicle growth, modal share, effects on mobility and environment, and transport energy consumption and emissions.

Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries addresses the growing resource needs and economics of public transport in developing countries, explains various aspects of public transport planning and management, and provides readers with a basic understanding of both urban and rural public transport planning and management in developing countries.

Dr. Ashish Verma holds a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and is currently serving as an assistant professor of transportation engineering at the Department of Civil Engineer and the Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation, and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. He has authored more than 70 research publications in the areas of sustainable transportation and road safety. He is an editorial board member of leading international journals of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and other publishers. More details about him can be seen on his home page at http://civil.iisc.ernet.in/ashishv/.

Professor T. V. Ramanayya holds a degree in civil engineering, a master’s in transportation engineering, and a Ph.D. in transportation engineering, all from the Regional Engineering College (presently known as the National Institute of Technology) Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. He has four decades of experience (seven years in REC Warangal and 32 years at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore) in teaching, training, research, and consultancy in the areas of transportation and urban infrastructure.

For more about this book, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466581586

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. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

Source: CRC Press

APM shortlisted for four awards in UK including Best Association

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

18 December 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it has been shortlisted for four industry awards including Overall Best UK Association. APM has also been named as a finalist for Best Association Awards, Best Association Conference in London and Best Use of Social Media in the upcoming Association Excellence Awards that take place in London on 27th February 2015.

141218-pmwj30-best-IMAGEUp against APM in the Overall Best UK Association category will be British Dental Association, British Educational Suppliers Association, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, HBAA, Local Government Association, National Association of Funeral Directors, PRCA and TIGA (The Independent Games Developers Association).

This is a remarkable end to 2014 for APM as it announced another record-breaking year of achievements. Over the last 12 months APM has achieved the highest ever voter turnout for a board election, become the first ever professional body to achieve the Investors in Volunteers accreditation and increased revenue to an all-time high of £7.5m, highlighting the growth across all areas of the charity.

APM chief executive Andrew Bragg, who stands down from his role at the end of the year, said: “I am personally and professionally proud that the end of my 10 years as APM’s chief executive should be marked by this shortlisting for four prestigious awards – it represents great collective success for APM across a wide range of activity.”

This will be the second time the APM Project Management Conference has been recognised for its excellence by being shortlisted for an industry award. The event was named as a finalist in the 2014 Conference Awards and now APM’s New Frontiers themed event has a chance of glory in the Best Association Conference in London category.

The recent APM Project Management Awards 2014 has been named as a finalist for the Best Association Awards. The profession’s premier awards ceremony this year received a record-breaking number of entries and had the highest number of guests ever to attend the awards dinner, making it the biggest APM Awards in the association’s history.

Being named in the category of Best Use of Social Media emphasises how APM’s online presence is growing in influence and the association is at the forefront of developing online communities. The APM website attracts 590,000 unique visitors each year who access almost four million pages. In addition, APM’s LinkedIn community has over 38,600 members, its Twitter account attracts over 9,600 followers and Facebook has over 2,400 likes, with Google+ and YouTube growing.

The winners of the Association Excellence Awards 2015 will be announced by The Right Honourable Michael Portillo at the lunchtime ceremony on 27th February at the QEII Centre in London.

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

Jouko Vaskimo, PMWJ Senior Contributing Editor in Finland, elected Chairman of Project Management Association Finland

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

Reported by Miles Shepherd

19 December 2014 – Helsinki, Finland and London, UK – Project Management Association Finland (PMAF) has elected Mr Jouko Vaskimo, MSc (Eng) Chairman of the Board of Directors of PMAF – the Finnish Member Association (MA) in International Project Management Association (IPMA). Mr Vaskimo takes up the position from Mr Heikki Lonka, PMAF Chairman for 2010 … 2014, on January 1st 2015.

141219-pmwj30-vaskimo-PHOTOMr Vaskimo is excited about his election as the Chairman of PMAF, considering it an exceptional honor to join the continuation of distinguished PMAF Chairmen, and seeing it as an excellent opportunity to continue his services to the Finnish and the international project management communities. He looks forward to working towards smooth and professional management of the Finnish association in a way which provides benefits and added value to PMAF membership in ways which are ethically and morally sound – in a style he likes to refer to as “Real PMAF”.

He also looks forward to continued co-operation with national and international bodies such as IPMA, the IPMA MAs, Project Management Institute (PMI), the Finnish PMI Chapter, Nordnet, Project Management World Journal (PMWJ), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Finnish standardization organization Suomen Standardisoimisliitto (SFS). Mr Vaskimo can be contacted at [email protected]. (photo courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Jouko has been involved in projects for over twenty years, and has held a range of project management positions throughout his career in organizations in brewery and soft drinks industry, chemical process industry, and information and communications industry. Since 2012 he has been working for Aalto PRO, the professional development unit of Aalto University.

Jouko is very active in several project management expert positions. He has been the Chairman of Finnish IPMA Certification Body – operating IPMA project management certification in Finland – and a member of PMAF Board of Directors since 2005. He has been a key participant in the work of ISO Committees developing project related Standards as head of the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258 and the Chairman of the Finnish ISO/TC 258 Mirror Committee SR 206 since 2007. He served as the PM Forum correspondent in Finland from 2008 until 2011, and now operates as the senior contributing editor in Finland for PMWJ.

Jouko has an impressive collection of project management certificates: He is a Certified Scrum Master, and holds PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, IPMA Level C and IPMA Level B certification. He is a regular lecturer at Finnish universities and conferences both in Finland and internationally.

141219-pmwj30-vaskimo-APRO LOGOAalto University Professional Development – Aalto PRO is a unit of Aalto University dedicated to serving professionals and organizations actively developing their competence and competitiveness. Training and learning services offered combine international networks, Aalto University state-of-the-art research, the solid know-how of the faculty, and the business experience of industry to support management and development.

Aalto PRO offers a versatile selection of education and training programs in areas such as design, energy business, construction business, industrial economics, innovations, security and environmental management. Together with its clients, Aalto PRO customizes new unique learning experiences to suit the needs of its clients in a flexible and easy manner. Aalto PRO is a preferred partner in European wide development projects in the area of education and training.

For further information please navigate to http://aaltopro.aalto.fi/en .

141219-pmwj30-vaskimo-AALTO LOGOAalto University was created in 2010 through a merger of three major universities in Finland: Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto University School of Science and Technology has been divided into four new schools starting January 1st 2011. The six schools of Aalto University are all leading and renowned institutions in their respective fields and in their own right.

The combination of six schools opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The goal of the new university is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines.

For further information please navigate to www.aalto.fi/en/ .

Obama opens the door to Cuba

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

US President Obama announces changes in US policies toward Cuba, after 50 years without diplomatic relations

18 December 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – As reported worldwide, US President Barack Obama announced today that diplomatic relations were being restored with Cuba and steps being planned to relax the US embargo. Below is the announcement from the White House.

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President Obama sent this message to the White House email list about his recent announcement on Cuba:

Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change America’s relationship with the people of Cuba.

141218-pmwj30-obama-IMAGEWe are recognizing the struggle and sacrifice of the Cuban people, both in the U.S. and in Cuba, and ending an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests for decades. In doing so, we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.

I was born in 1961, just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, and just as the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with that country.

Our complicated relationship with this nation played out over the course of my lifetime — against the backdrop of the Cold War, with our steadfast opposition to communism in the foreground. Year after year, an ideological and economic barrier hardened between us.

That previous approach failed to promote change, and it’s failed to empower or engage the Cuban people. It’s time to cut loose the shackles of the past and reach for a new and better future with this country.

I want you to know exactly what our new approach will mean.

First, I have instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations that have been severed since 1961. Going forward, we will re-establish an embassy in Havana, and high-ranking officials will once again visit Cuba.

Second, I have also instructed Secretary Kerry to review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism — a review guided by the facts and the law. At a time when we are focused on threats from ISIL and al Qaeda, a nation that meets our conditions and renounces terrorism should not face such a sanction.

Third, we’ll take steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information to — and from — Cuba. These steps will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. They will make it easier for Americans to conduct authorized trade with Cuba, including exports of food, medicine, and medical products to Cuba. And they will facilitate increased telecommunications connections between our two countries: American businesses will be able to sell goods that enable Cubans to communicate with the United States and other countries.

Learn more about the steps we’re taking to change our policy.

These changes don’t constitute a reward or a concession to Cuba. We are making them because it will spur change among the people of Cuba, and that is our main objective.

Change is hard — especially so when we carry the heavy weight of history on our shoulders.

Our country is cutting that burden loose to reach for a better future.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/18/email-president-obama-cuba


Editor’s note: If the relaxation of economic restrictions and opening of diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba actually come to pass, the impact on investment and projects will be significant. Cuba needs billions of dollars in investment, which can come from the USA and many different countries. Those potential investments represent projects in Cuba and in the investing organizations and countries. Hundreds of programs and projects will certainly result, impacting thousands of people.

 

How do projects begin?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PMWJ invites articles and papers focused on the project startup phase

18 December 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is inviting authors around the world to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the general question of “how do projects begin?” Articles and papers related to any aspect of project startup are sought for the first few journal editions of 2015. Some potential contributions might include:

  • 141218-pmwj30-how-IMAGEFeatured Papers – new knowledge or research related to project feasibility analysis, selection, planning, launch or other similar topics
  • Advisory Articles – how to get started, engage with stakeholders, accept or reject project proposals, form project teams, assess risks, establish valid baselines, ensure sponsorship, etc.
  • Personal Stories – Lessons learned about the right ways or wrong ways to plan, justify or launch projects of any kind – these can be serious or just entertaining
  • Case studies – stories about successful project startups, including feasibility studies, brainstorming, team formation, selecting resources and other aspects
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about what to do or what not to do during the conceptual and early planning phases of projects
  • Student Papers – research papers developed for graduate or undergraduate project management courses or programs
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that bear seriously on the front end of projects

Submit an original work for publication or questions to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “It is becoming more evident that many projects fail due to lack of proper feasibility assessment or business case, poor planning, weak risk analysis, wrong resources involved, inadequate discipline and other factors at the very front end. What new knowledge can we document to help more projects and project managers succeed?”

Russ Archibald has advocated for a new project lifecycle model that adds emphasis on the project startup phase,” Pells adds. “Andy Cuthbert at Halliburton and many others have advocated for more project manager involvement during early project feasibility and selection stages. And now Alan Stretton in his new journal series is showing that many projects fail due to front end problems. We would welcome more articles on these and other aspects of the topic.”

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/.

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].

 

World Bank commits $1 Billion for projects in Bangladesh

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

17 December 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank has approved approximately $1.1 billion for three projects in Bangladesh that would benefit almost 36 million people by improving the quality of primary education, building coastal communities’ resilience to natural disasters, and increasing the nutrition and cognitive development of children from the poorest households.

141217-pmwj30-$1billion-MAPThe projects approved by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors are $400 million in additional financing for the Third Primary Education Development Program; $375 million for the Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project; and $300 million for the Income Support Program for the Poorest Project.

“These three projects weave a strong story of complementarity in the World Bank’s efforts to create opportunities for the poor—by using cash transfers for mothers to promote better nutrition at home, helping children take advantage of pre-primary education under the primary education program and providing school infrastructure in vulnerable coastal zones,” said Johannes Zutt, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh. “Directly and indirectly, these operations help ensure that even the poorest children in Bangladesh can achieve their full potential.”

The additional financing for the ongoing US$300 Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3) would continue to improve the primary education sector by increasing net enrollment to 98 percent and the primary completion rate to 80 percent. The project would also continue efforts to ensure merit-based teacher recruitment and fill in vacant school positions. The project will ensure textbook delivery to 90 percent of the schools within the first month of the school year.

“The additional financing for the Government-led program will contribute to bring 19 million Bangladeshi primary school age children to school, provide them quality learning, and ensure they  complete the primary school cycle,” said Ayesha Vawda, World Bank Task team Leader for PEDP3. In addition to bringing in more children into the primary cycle, the program would continue the introduction of pre-primary education, especially in disadvantaged areas and enhance quality of the school facilities and infrastructure.

The Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project (MDSP) aims to make the coastal population less vulnerable to natural disasters. The project will construct 552 new multipurpose disaster shelters, improve 450 existing shelters, and build connecting roads and communication networks for easy accessibility in 9 coastal districts.

“The project will benefit 14 million people among the coastal population living in the front line of climate change,” said Anna C. O’Donnell, World Bank Task Team Leader for MDSP. “The project will introduce steel shelter designs for the first time in Bangladesh for improved construction quality and durability.”

Despite Bangladesh’s remarkable record in reducing poverty over the last three decades, the presence of high numbers of extremely poor people poses a daunting development challenge.  The Income Support Program for the Poorest (ISPP) project will benefit 10 percent of the extremely poor population, or 2.7 million people in 42 of the poorest Upazilas in the country. The project will provide income support to about 600,000 poorest mothers in exchange for participating in activities aimed to improve their children’s nutrition and cognitive development.

Monthly cash transfers will be electronically disbursed into these mothers’ post office accounts using smart cash cards. “Ensuring adequate nutrition prenatally and in the first 2 years of life helps to maximize a child’s brain development and health. Helping a child’s growth and cognitive development in the initial 5 years is critical to boost the earnings capacity in the later years of life and to prevent the transmission of poverty across generations”, said Iffath Sharif, World Bank Task Team Leader, ISPP. The project will also focus on strengthening local governments’ delivery of safety net programs.

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

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

 

Experts in leadership development and corporate performance added to APM Conference lineup

 

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

Myth Busting – dispelling the myths to improve project delivery success – to be held on 19th March 2015 at Kings Place, London

16 December 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that leadership development specialist and co-director of the Holbeche Partnership, Dr Linda Holbeche along with occupational psychology expert and co-founder of Edgecumbe Group, Dr David Pendleton will be joining the myth busting quest at the APM Project Management Conference 2015, sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight.

141216-pmwj30-leadership-HOLBECHEDr Linda Holbeche has a career history that combines extensive experience and expertise in management and organisational development, with a strong track record in leading-edge research. She has authored over 40 research reports and more than 100 articles whilst also a regular speaker at international and national conferences.

141216-pmwj30-leadership-PENDLETONDr David Pendleton has been consulting in occupational psychology for over 25 years and is the primary creator of the Primary Colours® Model. He is a specialist in leadership and corporate performance.

Other keynote speakers previously announced include Dr Ben Goldacre, award-winning writer and “Bad Science” columnist for The Guardian (opening speaker) and Mathew Syed, award-winning sports journalist and Commonwealth Games champion (closing speaker).

Taking place in London on Thursday, 19th March 2015, Myth Busting will seek to remove the barriers to our thinking by testing existing practices and uncovering new ways to manage your projects. Conference will include interactive sessions so you can leave the conference with project management questions answered, and networking with the most senior figures in the profession. Attendees can earn up to eight hours of CPD and receive two best-selling books from the award-winning opening and closing speakers.                             

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

Introducing Vertabase 5.6 Project Management Software

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Sharing Project Reports and Processing Project Data Just Got Easier; January Webinars announced

16 December 2014 – Farmington Hills, MI, USA – Vertabase has announced the release of the latest version of its project management software, version 5.6, and will be holding 20 minute webinars throughout January highlighting new features. New features are focused on making project reports easier to share, easier to manage and easier to use for post processing. Reservations for the webinar can be made here. More information about the latest release is available on the Vertabase blog post about it.

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Send PDF to Anyone – With this new feature, report creators can quickly and easily share reports via e-mail directly from the Vertabase platform. Reports can be sent to anyone, whether they have a Vertabase account or not. Reports are sent as PDF attachments and can be e-mailed to people both within the company or external to the company. Check out the new features in their Send PDF video. This new feature means executives can get an overview of overall project performance, clients can get updates on a project’s progress and team members can update task details all with just a few clicks.

Schedule PDF Sent to Anyone– This new feature allows people to schedule regular delivery of reports and select its frequency, such as daily, weekly, bimonthly, monthly, etc., on whatever day is preferred. Anybody, whether holding a Vertabase account or not, can receive PDF reports. Working in tandem with the Send PDF feature, scheduled reports are automatically e-mailed as a PDF attachment to the indicated recipients, both within and outside the company. People can pick and choose who should be scheduled to receive the report, such as project managers, team members, clients, or executives. See how it works in the Vertabase Schedule PDF video. For example, with this new scheduling feature, that weekly progress report on key performance indicators will be waiting for executives on Monday morning, automatically.

Raw Data Export – The new export for reports brings flexibility to report creation. The raw data report exports project-related data in unformatted CSV. It is compatible with external programs, such as spreadsheets and databases, allowing more ways to process, format, print, or share data, like project, task, time, budget, expense and resource reports, or to use that data in other software programs. Among the many options are combining data from several Vertabase reports into one, customizing the data layout and generating different views of the data. For example, people can import data into Google spreadsheets and look at the number of projects per status, the number of projects per client, or a host of other different views. Or use the database-ready format to import data into Excel® for sorting, filtering, cross-report spreadsheets and other customizations of data formatting and output. Learn more by viewing the Raw Data Export video.

My Reports – New features and enhancements to the My Reports page in the Vertabase platform make it faster and easier to access report exports. The Excel® export option is now directly available from My Reports, as is the Raw Data CSV export. Also new to My Reports is the Schedule PDF and Send PDF columns, allowing easy access to scheduling and sending e-mail reports. See all the new My Reports enhancements in this My Reports Page video.

Report Export Options – This new enhancement makes exporting and using data more intuitive directly from Report Search Pages and Report Results Pages. The new group labels, View, Print, Export and Send, are defined by purpose for quicker identification of their functions. These options are available on all reports, including project, task, time, resource, budget and expense reports.

Current Vertabase project management software clients will receive an email with details about the upgrade schedule. You can learn more about these new features in webinars throughout January (visit Vertabase.eventbrite.com) or by contacting Vertabase directly at [email protected] to schedule a personal demo.

Vertabase is a customer focused company proudly based in Michigan. The company’s flagship product, Vertabase project management software, has been on the market since 1999. It is used by tens of thousands of people around the world with customers ranging from large public companies, government agencies and universities to small and medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations. Vertabase is a dedicated innovator, focused on delivering value to its community of clients. It is this approach which has contributed to the company’s longevity and success. Vertabase is a privately held company founded in 1997. For more information, visit http://www.vertabase.com/.

Press contact: Mark Phillips, PMP, Principal at Vertabase at [email protected]

Source: Vertabase Project Management Software

IDB approves $600 million for projects with sub-national governments in Colombia

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Resources will be invested in urban infrastructure, social services and strengthening local management

16 December 2014 – Bogotá, Colombia – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a conditional credit line for investment projects (CCLIP) of $600 million for Colombia to support state investments in sub-national governments

141216-pmwj30-colombia-MAPIn recent years Barranquilla, the fourth largest Colombian city by population, has achieved important advances in programs that have expanded social services and infrastructure. Now it seeks to reinforce its administration so that it can promote an effective public administration and modernize its urban development. 

The IDB resources, which will be channeled through Financial Institution for Development (FINDETER in Spanish), will help to improve the fiscal revenues of the provinces and cities that participate in the program, as well as financing social and infrastructure projects, to improve the quality of life of residents and promote economic competitiveness. 

The first loan under the CCLIP, for $100 million, was approved for a period of 20 years, with a grace period of five years and an interest rate based on LIBOR.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Why do projects fail or succeed?

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Alan Stretton addresses this crucial topic in new series of articles in the PM World Journal, offers powerful new model for future research

15 December 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the publication of a ground breaking new series of articles in the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ) on the topic of “project successes and failures” by project management pioneer Alan Stretton. To read this first article, click here.

141215-pmwj30-new-stretton-PHOTO2With so many project management professional organizations, standards, books, courses and other resources, it seems shocking that projects continue to fail at such a high rate. In a ground breaking new series of articles launched in the December PMWJ and continuing over the next five months, Alan Stretton, PhD (hon), Fellow AIPM, (pictured) will clarify important issues, establish a framework for understanding the current situation and addressing shortfalls, and provide a model for helping improve overall performance.

From the introduction to the first article by Dr. Stretton: “Many people in the project management community are concerned about what has been happening in practice with project performance – e.g. about the current position with project successes and failures; whether project performance has actually been improving; and the extent to which our efforts over many decades have helped, or failed to, improve such performance. This is the first article of a series, which is initially concerned with the current position with project successes and failures, and later with approaches to increasing project success levels.”

In the article, Alan discusses previous surveys by The Standish Group (software projects) and IPA (major projects), project success criteria (and lack thereof), and lack of research data on project success and failure. He raises some key questions such as “success for whom?” and “at what level?” The first article takes a close look at the availability of data on project successes and failures, setting the stage for identifying and assessing some important issues.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Management Editor, “Alan is addressing such an important topic in his new series, in terms of both clarifying the issues and outlining some potential solutions. Clearly there is a need for more research and more data on project success and failure. This series however moves the ball forward, provides a solid basis for that future research as well as real progress in solving this global dilemma. We are very happy to publish his ground breaking series in the journal.”

To read this first article, click here.

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 www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Behind the scenes at the PM World Journal

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

Production Manager Jenice Soheili keeps the press rolling

14 December 2014 – Dallas, TX, USA – PM World is revealing some internal activities and people that help produce the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), now one of the most international online publications serving the global project management professional community. The organization is recognizing Jenice Soheili (pictured below), PMWJ production manager, who completes the production of the monthly journal at https://www.pmworldjournal.net/ as well as monthly updates of authors and original works on the PM World Library website (http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/).

141214-pmwj30-behind-NISEYIn addition to her part-time work for PM World, Jenice (Nisey) Soheili is a full-time teacher in the Plano Independent School District in Plano, Texas, USA. Her teaching focus is on science, math, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English-Language arts. Mrs. Soheili is also the CFO of DoggMedia and was recently an Operations Analyst and Technical Support Agent for Intuit, Inc., one of America’s largest accounting software firms. Nisey obtained her Texas teaching certification in 2014.

Jenice graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She also has an Associates of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Jenice is married with two children, lives in Plano, Texas and enjoys baking, games, exercises, travel and movies in her free time.

According to David Pells, PMWJ managing editor, “Nisey keeps the press running at PM World. Each month after we edit and finalize new content for the journal, we pass those articles, papers, author profiles and other information to Jenice. She creates the new journal website, posts information in the proper places, ensures all links work and pushes the button. Without her help, we’d be lost!”

Nisey Soheili said, “Helping produce the PM World Journal over the last two years has been an interesting and rewarding experience. I am amazed at how many different locations and nationalities are represented among the authors each month, the diversity represented by the authors, places and topics in the journal. I have also learned an awful lot about project management. It’s been fun!”

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 web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. 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 www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Bolivia to upgrade Primary Roads Network with $185 million from the IDB

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

13 December 2014 – Washington, DC, USA and La Paz, Bolivia – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced approval of a $185.5 million loan for Bolivia to improve its primary road network. The resources will help finance the pavement of 32.7 kilometers of roads and the rehabilitation of another 278 kilometers.

141213-pmwj30-bolivia-ROADSAccording to the IDB, Bolivia’s road density is one of the lowest in Latin America, at 0.07 km/km2 compared to the average in the region of 0.18, and for the Andean countries, 0.12. Of its 81,000 km road network, only 7.34 percent of the road network is paved, well below the averages for the region (39 percent) and the Andean countries (27 percent).

The new program’s goals are to continue improving the quality, accessibility and safety conditions of the 15,987 km primary road network, providing rural population’s and goods producers access to domestic and international markets.

The financing consists of a $148.4 million, 30-year loan from the IDB’s Ordinary Capital, with a 6-year grace period and a fixed interest rate, plus a $37.1 million, 40-year loan from the IDB’s Fund for Special Operations, with a 40-year grace period and an annual interest rate of 0.25 percent.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

 

Early Education Program in Chile gets $75 million boost

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

New program will serve 9,200 more children, improve infrastructure and train 8,000 teachers and technicians 

12 December 2014 – Santiago, Chile and Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced a loan of $75 million to finance a program that will contribute to the improvement of conditions for the development of girls and boys up to four years old in Chile through the expansion of daycare and pre-school centers. The program will incorporate high standards in infrastructure, equipment and services provided. 

141212-pmwj30-chile-IMAGEThe objectives of the Program for the Expansion and Improvement of Early Education include reducing the gap in care by expanding coverage, especially for Chilean families with fewer socio-economic resources, and contributing to the implementation of a high-quality agenda through activities that improve the performance of teachers and the quality of education. 

“At the IDB we are pleased to support early education in Chile, where quality activities generate many positive impacts during the school and adult years and are a powerful mechanism for promoting equity and social justice,” said Jesús Duarte, project team leader at the IDB. 

The program will finance the construction and equipment of approximately 150 early education centers, with about 222 daycare centers and 195 pre-school centers.

Construction of the new centers will meet the guidelines, norms and models established by the Ministry of Education and the National Kindergarten Board to facilitate comprehensive learning solutions, including a high degree of adaption of buildings to the bio-psychosocial characteristics of the children, to their activities and to the deployment of teaching procedures that help children to achieve their maximum potential. 

The program also will support an effort to improve pre-school education, the establishment of a system of geo-referencing the pre-school centers, the strengthening of teaching and administrative practices at the centers of the National Kindergarten Board, and the evaluation of the program.

Among the results of these activities will be a proposal for a strategy to reduce the gap between the current centers and the establishments to be built with the new standards, which will guide the country’s actions in this area in coming years. The program also will create new places for 4,500 children in daycare centers and 4,700 new places in early education centers, and will provide training to 8,000 teachers and technicians. 

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

 

IDB to launch new open data portal on development in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

The portal, Numbers for Development, will have comprehensive data on macroeconomics, social inclusion and global integration in 26 countries

11 December 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that it will launch in the first quarter of 2015 “Numbers for Development”, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators. The new portal will allow users to access and utilize a wealth of IDB data on topics ranging from social inclusion to global integration for 26 countries in the region. It will also offer users the opportunity to download datasets and create their own data visualizations.

Numbers for Development is aimed at researchers, students, policymakers, analysts, web developers and others working in development issues and public policy. The Bank is currently seeking feedback on the beta version of its portal, so anyone interested in getting early and exclusive access to the data and contributing to this project, can sign up here.

141211-pmwj30-new-knowledge-IMAGEIn this same link, users can access an infographic that uses IDB Open Data to provide insights about the relationship between education level and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, an example on how the data can be visualized and shared with the purpose of improving the lives of people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We believe it is critically important to allow anyone to share, connect and visualize the region’s economic and social data, which is why we were so thrilled to launch our Open Data Portal,” said Federico Basañes (pictured), Manager of the IDB’s Knowledge and Learning Sector.

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

AXELOS forms Cyber Resilience Executive Action Team

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

11 December 2014 – London, UK – Ahead of the launch of a new Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio in mid-2015, AXELOS has formed a Cyber Resilience Executive Action Team (CREATe) – a group of global senior business executives and security experts to help build effective understanding and action at board level.

AXELOS was formed in 2013 to own, promote and grow the Best Management Practice portfolio, including ITIL® and PRINCE2®, the most widely adopted frameworks for IT Service Management and Project Management. The CREATe team at AXELOS will play a key role in informing the new Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio. The portfolio includes new best practice guidance, ‘all staff’ awareness learning, foundation and practitioner training and certification, and board level engagement tools.

141211-pmwj30-cyber-PHOTOThe formation of CREATe follows a report from the World Economic Forum*, released in early 2014, which said that “sustaining the pace of innovation and growth in the global economy will require resiliency in the face of determined cyber-attacks. Only CEOs and senior leaders can solve the problem.”

CREATe team in photo at right: Ian Davies, Pete Metzger, Rhonda MacLean and Gary Warzala. Matthew Devost not pictured. Photo courtesy of AXELOS.

Many boards have felt the pain of successful cyber-attacks – in lost market reputation and customer trust, stolen intellectual property or commercially sensitive information, regulatory fines or in direct personal impact. At the same time many more are struggling to better understand how cyber risks are affecting their strategies and business models, what ‘good looks like’ and what effective action they need to take to appropriately manage their cyber risks.

CREATe member Ian Davies, who is Deputy Chairman of BMT Group and Senior Independent Director at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), said: “The AXELOS initiative is very timely, as the need for a robust cyber resilience strategy is becoming a mainstream board agenda item.”

Fellow team member Gary Warzala, an experienced Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), said:The experience AXELOS has in owning and growing global Best Management Practices will be leveraged in the new Cyber Resilience portfolio and become a tremendous asset for information security and risk leaders to build their programs upon. It will also help those of us in the information security and risk management fields to answer the question, ‘what does good look like?’”

Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO, said: “We are delighted that five leading experts have agreed to come together to assist the development of our new cyber resilience portfolio. Their unique insight, experience and expertise will help us ensure our new Cyber Resilience portfolio and future roadmap provides organizations and all their people with relevant guidance, learning and certification to improve their cyber resilience.”

The CREATe team is:

  • Gary Warzala, CISO: Gary most recently worked as a Trusted CISO Advisor with the Verizon Research, Investigations, Solutions, Knowledge (RISK) Team on the Target Corporation breach response. Prior to that, he was the Chief Information Security Officer of Visa and the AON Corporation. He is a member of the security advisory board for HP, SDG, the Security Advisor Alliance, and the Big Data/Cyber Security Industry Advisory Council.

 

  • Ian Davies, Deputy Chairman of BMT Group and Senior Independent Director at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Harvey Nash and ASK Europe plc and Chairman The Independent Director Ltd: Ian is a chartered accountant and entrepreneur who has served on numerous boards over twenty years, and recruited directors for many more boards. He is well placed to understand the differing levels of cyber awareness on boards, and advise on the integration of cyber risk assessment into business strategy.

 

  • Matthew Devost, President and CEO of global cybersecurity consulting firm FusionX, LLC: Matt is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in cybersecurity, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, and risk management issues. Matt is on the Black Hat advisory board and was also appointed as a special government advisor to counsel the U.S. Department of Defense leadership on a variety of security issues.

 

  • Rhonda MacLean, CEO of MacLean Risk Partners, LLC: With more than 25 years of cyber and information security experience, Rhonda has been the Global Chief Information Security Officer for Barclays Bank, Bank of America and Boeing Aerospace. In 2002 she was appointed as the US Financial Sector Coordinator for Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection. More recently Rhonda founded private risk management consulting company MacLean Risk Partners, LLC and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Threatmetrix and Red Seal Networks.

 

  • Pete Metzger, Vice Chairman of global executive search firm CTPartners: As a leader of the firm, Pete specializes in providing consultation to clients in the recruitment of CEOs, boards of directors and senior-level executives. His personal expertise is in the risk management, physical and cyber-security sectors.

* World Economic Forum and McKinsey report: ‘Risk and responsibility in a hyper-connected world’, published February 2014: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_RiskResponsibility_HyperconnectedWorld_Report_2014.pdf

141211-pmwj30-cyber-LOGOOn 1 July 2013 ‘AXELOS’ was announced as the new Joint Venture company that the Cabinet Office has formed to deliver and commercialize the UK Government’s portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation and publishing services, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products. AXELOS now owns the intellectual property of the whole Best Management Practice portfolio and will build on the current business activities and developing products in new areas. The organization also has an ambitious programme of investment and growth, and primary focus will now be on stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations. Latest news from AXELOS can be found on their website or if you have specific queries, requests or would like to be added to the AXELOS mailing list, please contact [email protected].

Media contact: [email protected] 

Source: AXELOS

 

Hill International Receives $56 Million Contract to Manage Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts for New York City Transit

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

11 December 2014 – Marlton, NJ and New York, USA and – Hill International has announced today that it has received a contract from the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) to provide consultant construction management and inspection services for NYCT’s ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and other miscellaneous construction projects. The five-year, indefinite-quantity contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $55.8 million.

141211-pmwj30-$56-MILANO“As the Sandy recovery effort continues, we are extremely proud of the fact that many regional agencies are turning to Hill for management support,” said John Milano, Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group (pictured at right).  “Being part of this recovery and repair effort is an honor to our company and all of our professionals who are involved,” added Milano.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services.  For more information, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International

İpek Sahra Özgüler appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Turkey

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

Dynamic project management professional to report news related to projects and the project management profession from Istanbul

10 December 2014 – Dallas, USA and Istanbul, Turkey – PM World has announced that İpek Sahra Özgüler has been appointed an international correspondent for the PM World Journal in Istanbul, Turkey. Ipek is a dynamic and engaging project management professional with 10+ years of experience in and connections to several of Turkey’s leading project-based technology companies.

141210-pmwj30-Ozguler-PHOTOİpek Sahra Özgüler graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) in January 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

Ipek works as project portfolio manager at TAV IT Project Management Office. TAV IT is a core technology provider and systems integration company specialising in aviation. It delivers turn-key airport systems and infrastructure solutions for various parties at airports, including airport authorities, airlines and ground handling companies. Her main responsibility is to move the organization to the future by executing the organization’s strategy through portfolio management. Before joining TAV IT, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline and Havelsan. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

An active writer and author, her article titled “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”, authored and edited by Frank Saladis and managed by Elaine Jackson. She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures.

According to PM World Journal Managing Editor David Pells, “We became familiar with Ipek through her articles for the journal. She is an enthusiastic and dynamic professional, motivated to help advance professional project management in her country. I am excited about having a representative in Istanbul, historically one of the most important and strategically located cities in the world and one that I have visited several times. We are honored to have her join our team.”

Ms. Özgüler stated, “I have also become familiar with the PM World Journal this year and have found both the journal and its teams of advisors and correspondents very well respected. Becoming an international correspondent will help me enhance my professional development, as well as further develop my writing skills. I also hope my contributions can help solve problems and advance the project management profession.”

According to Wikipedia, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. Its commercial and historical centre lies in the European part of Eurasia, while about a third of its population lives in the Asian part.

141210-pmwj30-Ozguler-ISTANBUL

With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms the largest urban agglomeration in Europe as well as the largest in the Middle East, and the sixth-largest city proper in the world. Istanbul’s vast area of 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq mi) is coterminous with Istanbul Province, of which the city is the administrative capital. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus strait in northwestern Turkey between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. [1]

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

[1] For more about Istanbul, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul

[2] For information about Turkey, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey

 

39 new works by 51 different authors added to PM World Library in December

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1042 project management articles, papers & other works by 546 different authors in more than 50 countries

10 December 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 39 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 51 different authors in 20 countries were published in the December 2014 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/.

141210-pmwj29-39-IMAGEThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 1042 original works by 546 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by more than 30 new works by many different authors; of the 51 authors in December, 19 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 tremendous additions to the PM World Library, nearly 40 different works by more than 50 different authors. Some of the works are significant, for example the new article and series by Alan Stretton on project success and failure.”

“I was especially pleased to publish two personal stories this month,” Pells adds. “We would really like to see more personal project management stories, to personalize the practice of project management. If you have some personal lessons learned, some project management experience to relate or just a project to describe, write it up and email it to me.”

New authors in December include Aigerim Altayeva (Kazakhstan), Puja Bhatt (USA), Sergio Caracas (Brazil), Danielle Cooper (USA), Marcelo Cota (Brazil), Mark Depperschmidt (USA), Tresia Eaves (USA), David Hulett (USA), Galia Ivanov (USA), Eddie Kilkelly (UK), Laurence Lecoeuvre (France), Eric Loyd (USA), Kate Rohm (USA), Arun Singhal (USA), Manjeeta Sitaula (Nepal/USA), Charles Smith (UK), Stephen Wearne (UK), Keith White-Hunt (UK) and Gideon Wibowo (Indonesia). New works from 32 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.