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Winners of November Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Winners in four countries to receive free books by registering at www.pmworldlibrary.net 

30 November 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – The winners of the November drawing for free project management books among members of the PM World Library have been identified. Five people in four different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 2012 registered PMWL members on 28 November 2015. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

151130-pmwj41-winners-STACK OF BOOKSNovember winners of a free project management book were the following:

  • Buckley Clarke – USA
  • Adam Partee – USA
  • Maxwell Kajosolo – Botswana
  • Hashem Buy – Malaysia
  • Hector Garduno – Mexico

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

Project Quality Management: Why, What and How, 2nd Edition; Author: Kenneth H. Rose, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (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

Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations: A Strategic Guide to Portfolio, Program and PMO Success; Author: Andy Jordan, 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, Managing Director of the PM World Library, “We had fewer books on offer this month, but we are still able to award free books to people in four different countries. We’re planning to continue the free book drawings in 2016, so stay tuned. Everyone that has registered in the library can still win.”

To win, one must be a registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for 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].

“As always, we want to thank the publishers and authors who contribute the free books,” Pells adds. “Their willingness to ship books around the world to winners is a testament to their commitment to supporting the project management profession everywhere. All of the books this month are worth reading, so even if you did not win one, please go to their web pages and check out these resources.”

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.

 

Millard Fillmore Hospital; Seven Year Plan & $150 Million Dollars

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

One of the largest projects in Buffalo’s economic development pipeline

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

25 November 2015 – Buffalo, NY, USA – The demolition of the main portion of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is only the beginning of what will be an anticipated seven year project. The future of the 6.7-acre Gates Circle property is ambiguous as developers propose building plans, while neighbors of the property are in dismay over the current proposals.

151125-pmwj41-Ehms-IMAGEThe concerns from residents center on the design, not the project itself. With additional news from the Buffalo City Planning Board expected as early as November 30th.

Currently the Canterbury Woods Project ($40 million of the projected $150 million dollar program) would consist of a six-story, 88-foot tall complex with approximately 125,000-square-feet. Smaller than the initial hospitals footprint, the new building would be comprised of 58 senior apartment units.

The $150 million development has future plans for 530 residential units, retail stores, a YMCA branch, commercial office space, and talks of a supermarket grocery store.

For more information, click on the following:

https://youtu.be/S8KYBmfn9Wo

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/morning_roundup/2015/11/buffalo-planning-board-to-review-canterbury-woods.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2015/07/20/demolition-of-millard-fillmore-gates-circle.html

 

 

New Book: Managing the PMO Lifecycle

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

25 November 2015 – Managing the PMO Lifecycle: A Step by Step Guide to PMO Set-up, Build-out and Sustainability, Second Edition, authored by Waffa Karkukly has been released by Friesen Press. Dr. Waffa Karkukly (PMP, ACP, CMP) is the Principal and Managing Director of Global PMO Solutions with over 20 years’ experience in IT, project management, and PMO establishments.

151125-pmw41-karkukly-BOOKManaging the PMO Lifecycle (PMOLC) is a collective effort to highlight what goes into the set-up, the build-out and the sustainability of Project Management Offices (PMOs). It provides the drivers, the benefits and the know-how.The book’s main purpose is to be a reference guide for practitioners investing in setting up, building-out or supporting PMOs through providing a practical step by step guide and practical case studies.

Dr. Karkukly has extensive experience in project management and particular expertise in establishing practical PMOs and revitalizing and assessing the value propositions of existing PMOs to ensure alignment with organizational strategy. She has helped Fortune 100, midsize and, small-sized organizations improve their project management practices and PMO establishments through building scalable standards and proven solutions that improve their delivery process.

Waffa holds a BSc in Information Systems from DePaul University, an MIT from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the SKEMA School of Business. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Change Management Practitioner (CMP). Waffa is an author, coach, and active industry member who has many publications pertaining to project management, PMOs, and change management. Based in Canada, she has been a frequent speaker, presenter, and panelist at the international level at various project management events and forums.

For more about the book, go to http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000024340151/Waffa-Karkukly-Managing-The-PMO-Lifecycle

With over 86 years of experience in the book business, Friesen Press is a division of Friesens Corporation, an award-winning North American book printer. With 25 million books printed every year, including original editions of the popular Harry Potter series and the classic Oxford Dictionary, we have been recognized for our dedication to excellence by the most demanding publishing clients. Learn more at FriesenPress.com

 

Changepoint Launches Powerful Daptiv PPM 360-Degree Resource Planning for Next-Generation Project Portfolio Management

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Daptiv PPM Adds Sleek Modern Interface to Standardize Usability Across PPM Applications and Deliver High-Demand Administrative Control Features

23 November 2015 – Toronto, Canada – Changepoint, a leading provider of solutions for project portfolio management (PPM), enterprise portfolio management (EPM) and professional services automation (PSA), today released a lineup of updates to Daptiv PPM featuring powerful 360-Degree Resource Planning. Enterprises using Daptiv PPM can now assess project and portfolio resources from a holistic viewpoint, gaining invaluable line of sight into true resource demand.

151123-pmwj41-daptiv-CHANGEPOINT LOGOStrategic resource planning has long been a cornerstone of Daptiv PPM. Traditionally, resource plans were built using a top-down capacity-planning process designed to define project resource demands. Daptiv PPM 360-Degree Resource Planning not only provides this top-down view, but goes beyond to deliver bottom-up resource planning.

“Daptiv PPM’s 360-Degree Resource Planning offers project leaders new levels of visibility into their true resource demand by directly connecting resource plans and project schedules, then reconciling them with current task assignments,” said Mark Upson, President of Changepoint. “This full-spectrum approach gives project managers a powerful tool for supporting the successful alignment and prioritization of project work against broader strategic business objectives.”

PMOs using Daptiv PPM can now iterate on resource planning in real-time and begin demand forecasting, which allows them to be more effective in utilizing their available pool of people and skills—making them more nimble from a business perspective. The latest update to Daptiv PPM by Changepoint goes beyond providing new levels of transparency with resource management. It delivers customers a new, easy-to-use interface with the latest in administrative control features through a lineup of capabilities including:

– A new and modern interface: This sets a new standard for usability across SaaS-based PPM applications assuring quick user adoption and regular engagement, which ensures strong results in optimizing project execution across the business.

  • Clean, responsive menu design supports the data-intensive needs of enterprises by improving and standardizing the user experience across PC, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Device agnosticism lets customers seamlessly use the application on the device that’s convenient for them in the moment, moving from device to device without restrictions.
  • Data comparisons are now easier than ever before with new, flexible functionality that lets users set up views and tabs in whatever way works best for them. Customers have accurate, timely data at their fingertips, increasing their productivity and empowering better strategic decision-making.

– Improved notifications: System emails, or notifications, have a new look, and administrators have increased control. Users can now choose which notifications are most relevant based on job role, they can customize notifications by adding comments, and can select between HTML and plain text formats.

– Impersonation capability: Created in direct response to customer requests, the Daptiv PPM impersonate capability uses the appropriate permissions to emulate a user. With this feature in place, administrators can quickly and easily support users without requiring their password.

To explore ways to take your PPM insights up a notch using the Changepoint Business Execution Management Platform, visit: http://www.changepoint.com/.

Changepoint provides recognized market-leading solutions in Business Execution Management (BEM), including Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM), and Professional Services Automation (PSA), with comprehensive and flexible delivery options that meet the diverse needs of customers of all sizes. With Changepoint it’s easier to make smarter business decisions, accelerate innovation, and adapt to today’s changing market and competitive conditions. Thousands of organizations worldwide—large and small—count on Changepoint solutions every day to achieve better business outcomes. Changepoint maintains operations in North America, Latin America, EMEA, and APAC, and services customers across six continents. For more information, visit: http://www.changepoint.com/. For live updates: Follow /Connect.

Source: Barokas Public Relations

 

ZIMBABWE Agro-processing firm in US$10m CAPEX projects planning

 

PROJECT/PROGRAMME NEWS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

21 November 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – ZIMBABWE Agro-processing firm, National Foods Holdings, is expecting to spend nearly $10 million in the 2016 financial year with the bulk of the funds going towards plants upgrade, a senior company official has said.

Michael Lashbrook, National Foods chief executive told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in the capital on Wednesday 18 November 2015 that the major chunk of the capital expenditure would be channeled towards plant refurbishments in the flour division where $4,5 million  will be spent.

“In addition, National Foods will be investing $2,3 million to purchase generators to  provide back-up power supply to some of its major manufacturing sites,” he said.

151121-pmwj41-national-IMAGEThe company is in the second year of a three-year programme to upgrade the flour mills, a project Lashbrook said was progressing well. “We continue to invest further in the growth and up-skilling of our people.  This year, as one of a number of initiatives, two young millers will be sent to the Swiss School of Milling, the world’s leading milling school,” he added.

In a trading update for the quarter to September 2015, the Innscor Africa associate reported a subdued performance as the company priced aggressively to stimulate volumes.

Lashbrook said volumes for the period were at 131,000 metric tonnes, showing a five percent increase compared to last year, while revenue at $78,3 million was 3,2 percent below corresponding period in 2014. “The reduction in revenue on increased volumes was primarily due to reduced selling prices for flour – on the back of lower wheat prices – and increased maize meal sales in the mix,” he said. He added that the company continues to be well covered in respect of its various raw material requirements as it is currently holding three months usage of maize stocks.

“Some 25,000 metric tonnes of local wheat is now being delivered from the just ended winter wheat season. This wheat was grown on a contract basis in partnership with PHI Commodities. A further 5,000 hectares of maize and soya beans will be grown under contract in this year’s summer season,” he said. Lashbrook said the company would continue to seek both organic and acquisitive growth opportunities.

“There are a number of growth opportunities which the company is working on and these are at various stages in terms of governance and regulatory approvals. “In terms of the outlook, the company sees continued and fierce competition for the consumer dollar.  Management’s key focus remains to continue to drive revenue while continuously pursuing opportunities to optimise the company’s cost base,” he said.

In addition to Innscor, which holds 37.82 percent of its stock, National Foods shareholders include South Africa’s Tiger Foods Brands with a 37.45 percent stake and its workers trust with 9.85 percent shareholding.


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PMZ is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers with a membership base of over 1200. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

Hill International Receives $14 Million Contract Extension on Jabal Omar Development in Saudi Arabia

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

16 November 2015 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Makkah, Saudi Arabia – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract extension from the Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) in connection with the Jabal Omar mixed-use development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The one-year contract extension has an estimated value to Hill of approximately SAR 51.7 million ($13.8 million).

151116-pmwj40-Jabal-IMAGEThe Jabal Omar development, situated on 57 acres, includes 37 towers with a total built-up area of 2.0 million square meters (21.5 million square feet) of space, including hospitality, residential, retail, commercial and religious facilities. Hill has been the project manager on this multi-billion-dollar development since 2010.

“We are honored that JODC continues to rely upon our project management expertise,” said Mohammed Al Rais, President (Middle East) for Hill’s Project Management Group. “We are confident that our team will continue to perform beyond our client’s expectations,” Al Rais added.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,900 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

 

Industry, Government, and Academic Experts to Ask: “What’s Next for Project Management?”

 

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

Third annual UMD Project Management Symposium will address Emerging Challenges and Opportunities Impacting the Field at Large

16 November 2015 – College Park, Md. USA – In just six months, project management professionals from the Washington-Baltimore area and from regions around the world will gather at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, USA to explore what’s next for the field by playing an active role in the Project Management Center for Excellence’s third annual symposium.

151116-pmwj40-update-GROUPTaking place May 12-13, 2016, the symposium will build on the success of years past and will feature new, in-demand sessions to keep attendees on top of the latest trends impacting the field. In addition to presentations on agile/IT, construction management, disaster management, people in projects, risk and big data, sustainability, and PM methodology, the 2016 symposium will also feature expert-led sessions on Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Acquisition – including Public-Private Partnerships and Integrated Project Delivery.

“Since our inaugural symposium in 2014, we’ve already seen countless examples of how the field of project management has evolved,” said John Cable, Director of UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence. “The emergence of new technologies and methodologies, along with increased trust in the role of the project manager, has reshaped the field at large, presenting project managers with new challenges and opportunities. As such, our mission each year is to offer project managers of all disciplines and career stages a way to stay ahead of trends on the horizon. Given our faculty expertise, the range of industry and government professionals who come to share their insights, and the feedback we gather each year from prior symposium attendees, we’re able to craft an information-packed agenda that covers topics pertinent to project managers of every background and experience level imaginable.”

Turning Knowledge into Practice

In 2016, the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence’s annual symposium will focus on the theme, “turning knowledge into practice,” to further encourage open dialogue between academics and professional project managers. In this way, the center offers a truly unique experience for conference-goers: the chance to approach challenges with both research expertise and the benefit of lessons learned from some of the biggest names in the field.

“The 2015 Project Management Symposium provided a great opportunity to learn from academics and industry professionals the latest best practices and case studies, and enabled me to walk away with a toolkit to support me in my career,” said Evan Piekara of BDO USA LLP.

“The Project Management Symposium is a wonderful opportunity to learn, network, and build great relationships,” said Dr. S. Atyia Martin of Northeastern University. “As a person not certified in project management, I will bring all that I learned back to my organizations and industry.”

Over the past two years, UMD’s Project Management Symposium has featured speakers ranging from NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Ed Hoffman and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Karen Durham-Aguilera, to International Institute for Learning’s Dr. Harold Kerzner and the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Karen Richey.

“For more than four decades, we relied solely upon time and cost as the only two metrics needed to manage a project,” said Kerzner. “We knew that time and cost alone could not determine the project’s health, nor were they a good indicator of project success or failure. Today, however, we are entering a new era in project management, where project information can be provided to everyone rather than just a selected few.”

UMD 2016 symposium logoThose interested in helping to shape the agenda for the 2016 Project Management Symposium are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract by Dec. 4, 2015. Requested in-demand topics include: agile/IT, Building Information Modeling (BIM), construction management, disaster management, acquisition, sustainability, and education.

Early-bird registration rates for the 2016 symposium are now available online via the Project Management Symposium website: http://pmsymposium.umd.edu/.

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.” Visit http://www.pm.umd.edu/.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

 

Performance Coaching for Complex Projects, new book by Tony Llewellyn published by Gower

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

11 November 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of Performance Coaching for Complex Projects: Influencing Behaviour and Enabling Change by Tony Llewellyn. Performance Coaching for Complex Projects recognises a world of complex undertakings for which the common transactional mindsets and methodologies will not produce the required results.

151111-pmwj40-Llewellyn-BOOKAccording to Gower, the author advocates, instead, the novel concept that the project manager or team leader should coach the team as part of their role. Managing complexity requires greater use of influence and less reliance on coercion. Learning how to recognise the clues that reveal personal preferences, character traits and motivations will allow you to communicate in a way that recognises how different team members see the world. Team coaching helps the project team work together to think through their issues and then collectively implement the solution.

Llewellyn has structured his book in two parts. Part I looks at the challenges of complexity and makes the case for a shift from a transactional directive mindset to a transformational coaching philosophy. Part II introduces a model of project team coaching including the processes and methodologies that have been shown to be effective in improving team performance.

Complex projects are invariably messy, not least because of the human factors associated with them. Performance Coaching for Complex Projects is for anyone responsible for managing in uncertain, challenging and changing environments.

Tony Llewellyn has 30 years’ experience working in construction and property development as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. He is an executive coach with an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Prior to starting out as an independent coach and consultant in 2011, Tony has worked both on the client and consultancy side of many major projects, including a senior management role in a substantial UK construction consultancy, and also as a director of a global engineering business. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster.

For more about the book, go to http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472461803

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

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

Source: Gower Publishing, UK

 

Project Preparation needs scaled up to unlock infrastructure financing in Africa

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

16 November 2015 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – Delegates attending the consultative Week for PIDA (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa), or PIDA Week, taking place at the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan from November 13-17, heard that the most binding constraint to unlocking infrastructure financing in Africa was lack of properly prepared projects, which in turn is due to lack of adequate capacity to prepare large projects.

151116-pmwj40-project-PIDA LOGOPIDA Week is being held jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the AfDB as part of ensuring coordinated approaches in moving PIDA to realization. PIDA has 51 regional projects in energy, transport, ICT and trans-boundary water requiring financing with an investment portfolio of US $68 billion up to the year 2020.

Speaking during a panel discussion convened by the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), a multi-donor facility hosted by the AfDB, panelists called for concerted efforts to scale-up project preparation capacities across Africa.

The chair of the session on “Bridging the infrastructure financing gap through well-prepared projects”, Shem Simuyemba, who is also the Manager for NEPAD-IPPF, welcomed the creation of the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) under the auspices of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), as a good basis to foster collaboration amongst the facilities to address the gap in project preparation. However, he observed that more resources were required to match the growing demand for preparing large, regional infrastructure projects.

The panel comprised Laetitia Habchi, Investment Expert at the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF); Lida Fitts, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa for the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA); Mtchera Chirwa, Public-Private Infrastructure Specialist with the AfDB; and Alwyn Coetzee, Manager, Project Preparation for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Laetitia Habchi called on the need to translate infrastructure projects into investment opportunities and to package them in such a way that they can attract private sector investors at the early stage.

Lida Fitts of USTDA informed participants that the USTDA had 30 years of experience doing projects in Africa and had during this period, supported about 500 projects in energy, transport and ICT. She observed that a recent study by the consulting firm McKinsey had shown that there was about US $15 billion available from the international private sector each year for investment in the African energy sector, but that Africa had not taken advantage of this financing due to lack of well-prepared projects. She called for scaling-up capacity to ensure availability of bankable projects which can attract international investors to Africa.

Mtchera Chirwa of AfDB called for a holistic and integrated approach to project preparation and the importance of understanding investor needs to ensure that prepared projects are aligned to the needs of financiers. He also emphasized the importance of pooling resources available for project preparation through co-financing on specific projects.

Alwyn Coetzee of DBSA informed the forum that project preparation should be viewed in the commercial context of de-risking projects to enhance their bankability and therefore their ability to attract financing from both within and outside Africa. He emphasized that good project preparation requires adequate time, requisite skills and adequate preparation funding and that this was still a major gap in Africa.

In the ensuing discussions, participants called for increased coordination of efforts amongst key players; enhanced and demonstrable commitment by project sponsors especially governments; a predictable environment and transparency in procurement; increased mobilization of Africa’s own resources as had been done by Ethiopia for the country’s infrastructure projects and Kenya for the mega LAPSSET (Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia) project; and the urgent need to scale-up and strengthen project preparation institutions that serve continental needs such as NEPAD-IPPF through enhanced contributions by donor partners and African Governments.

Learn more about PIDA at http://www.afdb.org/en/topics-and-sectors/initiatives-partnerships/programme-for-infrastructure-development-in-africa-pida/

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

Source: African Development Bank

 

Buffalo Outer Harbor Project moves forward

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

$5 Million Improvement Plan approved for Buffalo Harbor State Park plus 160 acres on Buffalo’s Lake Eire waterfront

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

15 November 2015 – Buffalo, NY, USA – The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) has approved a $5 million improvement plan for creating more activity on the Buffalo lakefront. The ECHDC has chosen a management firm “B.R. Guest, Ltd,” a subsidiary of Rich Products. Their job is going to entail getting the Outer Harbor up and running, creating an environment that will promote year round tourism.

151115-pmwj40-Ehms-IMAGEThe $5 million will be for a list of improvements at the Outer Harbor, that officials are calling the “Blueprint.” The updates will be to the Buffalo Harbor State Park, and an adjacent 160 acres of state owned land. The upgrades will encompass the Gallagher Beach along the waterfront property to the Bell Slip and Michigan Pier.

The improvement program will include the following individual projects:

  • Redevelopment of the Michigan Pier into a multi-use flex space; clear, cap, and re-grade the 8-acre site to accommodate Adult Playground, Workout Area, Ropes Course, foot/bicycle paths, cantilevered trail, fishing pier, railing and perimeter walkway, deck, beach, beer garden area, and adult games zone. Include seasonal kiosks/structures/facilities, recreational fields, pollinator fields, seasonal floating docks, safety ladders and life rings
  • Visitor Center/Hub at Bell Slip with a modular installation, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities.
  • Complete bike path, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities along Terminals A & B property
  • Two “overlook” locations adjacent the Bell Slip to allow for birding, painting, photography, and astronomy.
  • Comprehensive signage package from Gallagher Beach to the Lighthouse based on the Erie County Shoreline Standards, including ancillary pedestrian and bicycle amenities and landscaping features.
  • Osprey nesting platform in Times Beach Nature Preserve.
  • Mountain bike course(s) within a 6-acre area bounded by the Bell Slip, Lake Erie, and Fuhrman Blvd.

For more information, click on the following:

http://eriecanalharbor.com/outer-harbor/

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2015/11/09/5m-capital-improvement-plan-approved-for-outer.html

http://wivb.com/2015/11/09/erie-canal-officials-approve-5-million-outer-harbor-project/

 

Wrike Releases 2015 Work Management Survey

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Survey of over 1,400 knowledge workers in the U.S. and Canada reveals new findings on productivity, roadblocks in the workplace, and the future of virtual work

7 October 2015 – Mountain View, California, USA – Wrike, the work management platform for high-performance teams, today released the results of its 2015 Work Management Survey.

151007-pmwj40-wrike-LOGOThe survey, issued on June 22-July 21, 2015 to 1,464 office workers in the U.S. and Canada, includes viewpoints from people in a variety of jobs including marketing, IT, accounting, HR, sales, and manufacturing. The report covers topics on what stresses workers out, productivity and the biggest roadblocks people face when trying to get their work done.

Key themes and findings:

  • Biggest Stressors in the Workplace – Missing the information needed to complete projects and prioritizing what to do next are the two biggest stressors for workers. Unrealistic goals, deadlines moving around and unclear leadership rounded out the top five.

  • Biggest Roadblocks to Productivity – Participants say the top three roadblocks to productivity are working on too many things at once (60%), waiting for other people to act (49%), and responding to emails (40%). Other roadblocks include procrastinating (30%), not having enough time to finish work (30%), and too many requests (28%).

  • Clarity on Priorities – About 70% of workers say they “often” or “always” know what to work on first when they come into the office.

  • Meetings in the Workplace – Fifty percent of respondents attend 2-5 meetings per week, while over 34% attend six or more. For those who are unhappy with their company’s management process, the number of people who attend at least six meetings a week jumps to 40% (from 34%). Only about half of the meetings workers spend their time in are considered productive. When asked if they leave a meeting with a clear understanding of the next action item, 46% of participants answered with “some of the time,” “rarely,” or “never.”

  • Shifting Deadlines – When asked how often deadlines shift due to unexpected changes, 41% of participants admit to deadlines moving around “most” or “all” of the time, and 47% said some of the time. Only 11% said rarely or never.

  • Future of Virtual Work – Workers believe that by 2020, virtual work will increase (83%), the speed of work will increase (82%), and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) will be a more common request to employees (81%). Most workers also agreed that there would be a bigger shift to mobile technology. Respondents were least likely to agree that they would work more hours in the future. Seventeen percent disagreed with this statement – the highest level of disagreement.

Download the full report to learn more.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA, Wrike is a SaaS based work platform with over 9,000 organizations using its paid product. It has raised a total of $26 million from Bain Capital Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, DCM Ventures and TMT. Wrike has been translated into ten languages and is sold in 120 countries. Awarded Cool Vendor status by Gartner in 2014, Wrike was named as one of the Best Places to Work by San Francisco Business Times/Silicon Valley Business Journal and one of the Top 100 Workplaces by the Bay Area News Group in 2015. Visit https://www.wrike.com/.

Source: Wrike

 

New Book from Gower: Program Management by Michel Thiry

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Second edition of bestselling title now available

12 November 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of the Second Edition of Program Management by Michel Thiry. Michel is a Fellow of both the Project Management Institute and of the Association for Project Management.

151112-pmwj40-Thiry-BOOKAccording to Gower, program management (PgM) is fast developing into the essential link between strategy and projects and as a vehicle for organizational change. It offers the means to manage groups of projects with a common business purpose in an integrated and effective way.

The Second Edition of Michel Thiry’s Program Management builds on the bestselling title first published in 2010. The heavily revised text reflects the latest program management guides and international standards and includes: a new section on agile management in programs; the author’s own program management maturity measure; a new section on change management, which is now integral to many programs. Michel has also reviewed and revised the program lifecycle to align with the more unified view of program management that has emerged since the book was first published.

The result is an essential guide to program management that incorporates a robust theoretical framework, complemented by examples and advice from one of the world’s leading practitioners.

Michel Thiry is founder and managing partner of Valense Ltd, an international consultancy and Education Network and PMI Global Registered Education Provider (REP). He has over 35 years worldwide professional experience, has worked in many cultural environments, and is recognized as a worldwide authority in strategic applications of project, program and value. He is a regular keynote speaker for major international events and has written and lectured widely in international forums, both at the academic and practice levels.

In addition to his book Value Management Practice, published by the PMI, he has written a number of chapters in prominent PM books like the Gower Handbook of Project Management and the Wiley Guide to Managing Projects. Michel has an MSc in Organizational Behaviour with the School of Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD at Middlesex University. In 2008, he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis.

For more about the book, go to http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472474278

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

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

Source: Gower Publishing, UK

 

PMI Announces 2015 Thought Leadership Series: The Power of Project Portfolio Management

 

PM PROFESSION & INDUSTRY NEWS

Series Addresses Challenges of Aligning Projects and Programs to Strategy

9 November 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Project Management Institute (PMI) launched its 2015 Thought Leadership Series: The Power of Project Portfolio Management today as part of its annual PMO Symposiumsm.

151109-pmwj40-2015-IMAGEFocusing on the benefits of project portfolio management, the reports, which mark the third edition of the series, demonstrate the importance of maintaining alignment between an organization’s investments and business strategy.

“The 2015 thought leadership series advances the conversation around the benefits of managing projects and programs as a portfolio and demonstrates the value of this discipline,” said Mark A. Langley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Institute. He added that PMI defines project portfolio management as “the centralized management of one or more portfolios that enable executive management to meet organizational goals and objectives through efficient decision making on portfolios, projects, programs and operations.”

PMI’s 2015 series includes:

Some of the series’ key findings include:

  • Portfolio management success requires C-suite support
  • Deficiencies in project termination and resourcing are common
  • At a majority of companies, corporate politics impede portfolio management
  • Organizations that execute portfolio management well differentiate themselves through strong processes, leadership, sponsorship and support, and an enabling culture

“Portfolio management is the crucial link between strategic intent and the initiatives that deliver strategy,” Langley said.  “It’s essential to implementing an organization’s strategy, and it’s a practice that every organization can do well.”


 

About the Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.  Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government, while ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit us at http://www.pmi.org/www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

PMI media contacts: Megan Maguire Kelly at [email protected] or Karen Flanagan at [email protected]

 

Source: PMI

Innovative Roadway Lighting Project in Ensenada

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

IDB financing will support climate change mitigation in the public lighting sector of Mexico

10 November 2015 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that it has closed the financing of a 25,000 luminaire municipal LED street lighting project for the Municipality of Ensenada, Mexico. The $16 million debt financing will enable Optima Energía, a Mexican energy service company (ESCO), to replace older, less efficient lighting technology with the high efficiency LED luminaires.

151110-pmwj40-optima-IMAGE“Through IDB’s financing, Optima Energía is able to be among the first to implement a municipal lighting project developed under an energy savings performance structure in all of Latin America. This will enable a demonstration effect that could lead to the transformation of street lighting systems in Mexico,” said Enrique Gomez Junco, CEO of Optima Energía (pictured).

The investment is expected to reduce Ensenada’s electricity consumption by 260 million kWh over the life of the project and generate cost savings to the municipality in the form of a of 59 percent reduction in electricity expenses. These operational savings pay for the entire investment and allow Ensenada to improve its infrastructure with no additional capital or operational expenditures. The LED technology will boost the quality of light in the streets and contribute to improved public safety in Ensenada, the third largest city in the state of Baja California.

“The project will allow Optima Energía to demonstrate the benefits of investments in LED street lighting projects by providing operational savings and improved public safety to Ensenada. The IDB is also helping Optima Energía implement a gender inclusion program which will strengthen its operations, as well as promote gender equality efforts in Mexico,” said Kelle Bevine, Chief of Strategy Management in the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department.

The project, which is being co-financed by the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) and a guarantee from the Clean Technology Fund, will reduce CO2 emissions by about 150,000 tons over 20 years. The project demonstrates an innovative approach to improving energy efficiency that can be replicated in municipalities throughout Mexico by using the savings generated to finance the upgrade to LED.

This transaction is being financed under the IDB’s Climate and Clean Energy Facility, which offers $100 million in financing for energy efficiency and self-supply renewable energy projects throughout the region. The Facility was established by the IDB with support from a combination of donor resources: the Nordic Development Fund and the Climate Investment Funds. Through this Facility, the IDB plans to continue to provide loans to other innovative energy efficiency roadway lighting projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more about the project, click here.

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

 

EURAM 2016 Call for Papers for Project Organising Track

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

June 2016 conference again offers project management researchers an opportunity to showcase work, network and join working groups

6 November 2015 – Vienna, Austria and Paris, France – A call for papers has been issued for the European Academy of Management Conference EURAM 2016 to be held in Paris during 1-4 June 2016. The conference will include a “Project Organising” track, to feature papers and presentations by researchers from the project management field. Researchers worldwide are invited to submit abstracts now.

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The Project Organising: General Track provides an international platform to share and debate topical issues in the management of projects as temporary organisations and their context in project-based and/or project oriented organisations and in their context of inter-organisational networks. This includes the management of single projects, mega projects and programmes as temporary organisations, the management of project portfolios, the management of project-oriented organisations, which deliver projects to external or internal customers and project networks, or multi-enterprise meta-organisations, which are created in order to manage projects and programmes, and organisations which finance and sponsor projects and programmes.

In the General Track we feature academic papers related to the broad field of Project Organising. As the general theme of EURAM 2016 is Manageable Cooperation we especially welcome papers that

  • contribute to a better understanding about cooperation and collaboration within and between projects, project based/oriented organisations, and their clients/owners
  • relate project organising to cognate fields such as Organisational Design, Behaviour, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, Performance Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Marketing

In addition to papers that are of general relevance to the field of Project Management we will run both a Panel and a Development Working Group and we propose thematic sessions with the intent to build up these themes for further conferences.

The proposed thematic sessions include (email addresses for theme coordinators is provided):

We invite conceptual as well as empirical papers based on quantitative, qualitative research or mixed methods. In our track, we will run competitive sessions as well as development sessions, to help authors further develop their papers. The best papers will be offered the opportunity to publish in the International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal or International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.

Click here for the more comprehensive call for papers.

The deadline for paper submissions is 12 January 2016.

For further information about the conference, please visit: http://www.euram-online.org/annual-conference-2016.html

The European Academy of Management (EURAM) is a professional community of engaged management scholars and reflective practitioners – open, inclusive, international and cross-cultural. EURAM places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological pluralism, and promotes critical examinations of the historical and philosophical roots of management theory and praxis. EURAM aims to enhance the quality of research, improve its relevance for responsible and effective practice and contribute to the social and political discourse on management. For more, visit http://www.euram-online.org/

 

New Book: Human Resource Management in the Project-Oriented Organization by Martina Huemann

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

2 November 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of Human Resource Management in the Project-Oriented Organization by Martina Huemann. Dr. Huemann is a professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria and is internationally recognized for being one of the leading researchers on the topic of Human Resource Management in project-oriented organizations.

151102-pmwj40-Huemann-BOOKAccording to Gower, Organizations regularly assume that the culture, values, dynamic and organization of their temporary project organizations are merely a smaller version of the original parent. Given that project organizations are made up of people and teams drawn, in most cases, from outside and inside the parent, these assumptions are nonsensical. But they do explain why the HR function finds it difficult to adapt to the project environment.

Martina Huemann’s research in Human Resource Management in the Project-Oriented Organization offers insights into an approach that is designed to align HR to the needs of the project organization, in terms of management structure, rewards, recruitment and performance systems. The text analyses how the modern HR organization stacks up alongside the temporary organization that is the project, to identify the HR constraints and needs of the project organisation, and offer a model of project-oriented HRM. Professor Huemann has a deep interest in how and why change processes come into existence and how to design and enable them. In her book she endeavours to bridge theory and practice, strategy and operations.

Professor Dr Martina Huemann heads the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and is the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management. Martina Huemann has strong links in the research and practice communities. She served on the Research Management Board of the International Project Management Association and is currently a member of the Academic Member Advisory Group at the Project Management Institute.

In Austria she is a board member of Projekt Management Austria. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Project Management. Outside of academia; Martina Huemann has more than 15 years of consulting and developing experience. She is co-founder and manager of enable2change – a network of independent experts who enable organizations and people to turn strategy into action.

For more about the book, go to http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472452047

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

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

Source: Gower Publishing, UK

 

Hill International Team Awarded $60 Million ID/IQ Contract by SANDAG in USA

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

4 November 2015 – Philadelphia, PA and San Diego, CA, USA – Hill International has announced today that CH2M in association with Hill has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The five-year contract has an estimated potential value to the CH2M/Hill team of approximately $60.0 million. Hill is expected to perform approximately 35% of the services to be provided under the contract.

151104-pmwj40-sandag-LOGOSANDAG plans to develop and construct public transportation improvements, with a focus on roads and highways.  The CH2M/Hill team will provide professional and technical construction management and engineering services in connection with various proposed capital improvement and maintenance projects.

“These improvement projects will have a significant, positive impact on San Diego infrastructure and mobility,” said Michael Tahan, Senior Vice President in charge of Hill’s highway and bridge practice in California.  “We are proud to be part of this important initiative,” added Tahan.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,900 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

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for November 2015

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 November 2015 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and very educational project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

141231-pmwj30-wideman-PHOTOThis month in Papers we review Going Beyond the Waterfall in which authors Barbara Davis and Darren Radford discuss Managing Scope Effectively Across the Project Life Cycle. In their view, “scope” should be seen as flexible and not rigid.

In Musings, we revisit the idea of Word Hierarchies, especially in the domain of Project Management – from a Task up to the Portfolio level.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

Winners of October Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Winners in seven countries to receive free books by registering at www.pmworldlibrary.net 

30 October 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – The winners of the October drawing for free project management books among members of the PM World Library have been identified. Eight people in seven different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 1962 registered PMWL members on 29 October 2015. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

October winners of a free project management book are the following:

  • Ashis Nayak – USA151030-pmwj40-winners- BOOK STACK
  • Bisli Lekiqi – Afghanistan
  • Tamara Reznikowa – Ukraine
  • Chris Bornman – South Africa
  • Thomas Walenta – Germany
  • Nancy Stockton – USA
  • Hanne Bech Kennedy – Australia
  • Mduduzi Knomazana – Botswana

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

Agile Readiness: Four Spheres of Lean and Agile Transformation (eBook); Author: Thomas Wise and Ruben Daniel; Publisher: Gower (2015); For more about the book, click here.

Exercising Agency: Decision Making and Project Initiation (eBook); Author: Mark Mullaly; Publisher: Gower (2015); 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

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

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 7th Edition; Author: Kim Heldman; Publisher: Wiley (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

Business Driven Project Portfolio Management: Conquering the Top 10 Risks that Threaten Success; Author: Mark Price Perry; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2011); For more about the book, click here.

The PMOSIG Program Management Office Handbook: Strategic and Tactical Insights for Improving Results; Authors: Craig Letavec and Dennis Bolles, Editors; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2010); For more about the book, click here.

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library, “Once again the winners in the book drawing are located in many different countries. It can be a challenge getting the books to some people, which is why we are including more eBooks now. In any case, it’s great to see winners in Afghanistan, Botswana and Ukraine where more project management knowledge might be very useful.”

To win, one must be a registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for 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].

“As always, we want to thank the publishers and authors who contribute the free books,” Pells adds. “Their willingness to ship books around the world to winners is a testament to their commitment to supporting the project management profession everywhere. All of the books this month are worth reading, so even if you did not win one, please go to their web pages and check out these resources.”

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.

 

CPM Announces 2015 Board Election Results


P/PM PROFESSION & PEOPLE NEWS


Wayne Abba to assume three year CPM presidency on 1 January


29 October 2015 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the results of its 2015 election of Officers and Directors

151029-pmwj40-CPM LOGOThe newly elected members of the CPM Governing Board effective January 1, 2016 for a period of three years are:

President: Wayne Abba

Vice-President Administration: Lauren Bone

Vice-President Communications: Lisa Wolf

The CPM Board thanks all of the candidates who made the time and commitment to nominate in the 2015 CPM Board Election, and congratulates the successful candidates and looks forward to working with them.

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

Source: College of Performance Management