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IPMA-USA Says, Save The Date!

 

NEWS OF FUTURE P/PM EVENTS

Globalized PM Competence conference set for April 13-14, 2016 in Southfield, MI (near Detroit)

9 January 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – IPMA-USA Director of Education Thomas Baumann asks all interested parties to Save the Date for our next major event, April 13-14. Educators, Industry Experts, Executives and Professional Association members will once again join in knowledge exchange. The last time we engaged in this way, in 2011, it was exciting and tremendous learning for all involved. The theme this time is, Managing the Challenges of Synchronizing Global Projects. The agenda for this two-day event is nearly complete, and here are the speakers:

Nation Speaker / Topic
China Dr. Anbang Qi, Nankai University of China: how projects must adapt to underlying cultures of stakeholders, focusing on global companies in China
India Dr. Rajat K. Baisya, international project management expert: the challenges and constraints in developing the right project management expertise within the company with emphasis on global companies in India
Germany Dr. Gerhard Roth, University of Bremen: stress and burn out in a global project world – mechanisms, indicators and management hints – transfer from neuroscience (via Skype)
UK Dr. Mary McKinley, ICCPM: global requirements and comments to establish successful global teams
UK Dr. Miles Shepherd, globally-recognized project and program manager, Vice President of the Association for Project Management: ensuring excellent quality in global project and portfolio management in a global project world
USA David Clements, Brose: global project management career and competencies – how Brose is successful mastering this challenge
USA Kurt Meador, Hella: mastering several cultures and nations in a global project portfolio – the Hella experience in harmonizing intercultural aspects and project needs
USA Dr. Eric Svaan, University of Michigan Ross School of Business: helping industry by providing PM certificates as part of the university education
USA Chris Svensson, Ford Motor Company: global car design projects – the Ford perspective
USA Bruno Welch, CEO and president of Dürr North America:   globalization trends and Dürr’s responses in the project management field
USA Dr. Daw Al-Werfalli Professor of Mechanical Engineering,, Lawrence Technological University:   how educational providers are cooperating with industry to deliver requested project management competences
USA Dr. Joel Carboni – President of IPMA-USA, Founder and President – Green Project Management
USA Dr. Thomas Baumann, CEO and president of Orbitak International LLC:   to lead a panel discussion about successful industry initiatives to manage the complexity and demands of the global project business world


The Venue

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is situated on a campus of over 100 acres, approximately 20 miles from Detroit. It is considered one of the foremost private technological universities, consistently listed among the Top Tier for “Universities–Master’s (Midwest)” by U.S. News & World Report

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Lodging Information:

There are several hotels in close proximity to LTU in Southfield, Michigan: Westin Southfield Detroit, Comfort Suites Southfield, SpringHill Suites Detroit Southfield, and Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Southfield.

Audience

We are inviting experts, managers, and project managers who –

  • Are responsible or involved in managing and leading their organizations to master the increasing numbers of parallel and international or global projects
  • Are involved in the automotive, manufacturing, IT, health care fields and others who manage multiple sets of cultures within their job scope

Sponsors include: International Project Management Association (IPMA), IPMA-USA, Lawrence Technological University, Engineering Society of Detroit, The Detroit Society of HR Management, Oakland County Development & Community Affairs, German Engineering Society, KM-FEST Platform.

About IPMA-USA

IPMA-USA is a not-for-profit USA professional association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises. our Vision: A World where all projects succeed. Contact: [email protected].

Watch the www.IPMA-USA.org website for opening of Registration.

 

asapm Rebrands as IPMA-USA

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

1 January 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – asapm President Joel Carboni announced today that asapm has now completed its re-branding as IPMA-USA. This move has been in process for the last five years, as the USA member association of the International Project Management Association has consistently identified itself as asapm, IPMA-USA. The asapm Board voted unanimously in a special meeting at the IPMA World Congress in September 2015 to complete the transition by year-end.

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What drove this re-branding? Two things, according to Director of Marketing, Stacy Goff: “IPMA-USA has increased the number IPMA services we offer in the United States, adding the Project Excellence Awards and other programs to our existing offerings of advanced, professionally assessed certifications, the prestigious International Journal of Project Management, and ‘two memberships in one’ advantages. And, we were inspired by IPMA VP of Marketing Bernhard Haidacher’s (Guatemala) insight that we can all amplify our global strength by branding under the same IPMA banner.”

IPMA-USA’s legal name remains as the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management; the re-branding is primarily for the public website and related visibility. This culminates a series of interesting changes in leverage IPMA’s global footprint. Several years ago, IPMA-USA adopted, with permission, the Vision statement of the Association for Project Management (APM, IPMA-UK). The Vision: “A world in which all Projects Succeed!” This Vision was so compelling, that IPMA itself adopted a similar vision statement, during a strategic plan update. This one example shows the extent to which the unique IPMA federation of national associations works tougher to combine their strengths.

With the http://www.ipma-usa.org/ website now fully transitioned, there do remain tens of thousands of links, from all over the world, seeking content on the asapm.org website. Those will be redirected to the new website name, but we do ask that organizations, media, and individuals who have links to asapm.org to replace them with ipma-usa.org.

About IPMA-USA

Founded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a member-driven, not-for-profit USA association, formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises. As the USA member of the International Project Management Association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed. Contact: [email protected].

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for January 2016

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

31 December 2015 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOOur Book Review this month looks at another of Dennis Lock’s masterpieces: The Essentials of Project Management, 4th Edition. This book is a junior complement to Dennis’s Project Management, 10th edition, a review of which we published in November 2013.

Why all the fuss about governance in project management? To see our views follow the link in Musings.

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.

 

University of Maryland to Host Project Management Day of Service

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

29 December 2015 – College Park, Maryland, USA — On Jan. 18, 2016, the University of Maryland (UMD) Project Management Center for Excellence will welcome the second annual Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)™ to UMD’s campus in College Park, Md.

151229-pmwj42-umd-IMAGELed by Project Management for Change and the Taproot Foundation, two local area nonprofit organizations, in partnership with the five local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters, the 2016 PMDoS will connect project management subject matter experts with 100 nonprofit organizations to provide pro bono project management services in support of worthy projects. For the second consecutive year, UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence is a leading sponsor of PMDoS.

“We are thrilled to support such a worthy cause this year as a major sponsor of the 2016 PMDoS,” said John Cable, Director of UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence. “In recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of service, we are honored to team up with fellow project management experts from throughout the Washington-Baltimore area to provide guidance to such tremendous organizations working to support a greater good.”

Last year, the event drew more than 350 project management volunteers who donated their time and specialized expertise to organizations working to improve quality of life in and around the nation’s capital. In each consultation session, project management subject matter experts met individually with representatives of the participating nonprofits to review prepared “problem statements,” identify potential roadblocks, develop clearly defined scope statements and create actionable, customized project plans that served as blueprints for business sustainability.

As experienced project professionals, project management experts have also tasked themselves with dispelling the notion of the “accidental” project manager through their work.

“By making the Project Management Day of Service a reality, we are creating a model that will help generate demand for similar outreach events around the world, and redefine project management as the ‘intentional’ profession,” said Laura Barnard, CEO and Co-founder of Project Management for Change.

Building on the success of last year’s PMDoS, this year’s organizers anticipate a turnout of more than 1,200 participants and 500 volunteers.

Sponsorshipvolunteer, nonprofit participant and charitable opportunities are still available. More information is available online at http://www.pmdos.org/.

About the Project Management Day of Service

The Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS™), a Project Management for Change signature event, is a community outreach event of unprecedented scale enabling pro bono Project Management services for nonprofits and social change organizations. Project Management for Change is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the Project Management profession by creating positive impact in our community. Join us in changing the world, one project at a time!

While PMI membership or PMP certification are not required to volunteer your time as a project manager, Project Management for Change has received outstanding support from the five Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters from the D.C.-Baltimore metro areas. These chapters believe that PMDoS is an extremely high impact and meaningful way to give back to the community using hard-earned project management skills and therefore recruit volunteer project managers to donate their time and attention to serve those who help others. Information is available online at http://www.pmdos.org/FacebookLinkedInand on Twitter via @PMDOS16.

About the Project Management Center for Excellence

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.” Information at http://www.pm.umd.edu/

 

Vladimir Voropajev: 1936-2015

 

PEOPLE NEWS

Project management leader instrumental in developing modern project management profession in Russia and many other countries

Reported by Managing Editor David Pells

28 December 2015 – Moscow, Russia and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has learned that Vladimir Voropajev has passed away in Moscow. He was 79 years old. Vladimir has founder and long-time president of the Russian Project Management Association SOVNET based in Moscow. He was also a global advisor for the PM World Journal and PM World Library; he authored or co-authored many scientific papers related to project management, several of which were published in the PMWJ.

151228-pmwj42-voropajev-PHOTOI first met Vladimir in Moscow in 1992 during my first trip to Russia. It was memorable for many reasons, as were my many subsequent travels in Russia with Vladimir and other Russian project management leaders. We traveled the country speaking with and lecturing to Russian regional industry and government leaders about modern project management. Those were exhilarating times. I was honored as SOVNET’s first international member in 1993 and later to be named an honorary SOVNET Fellow.

Since the mid-nineties, Vladimir continued to serve as SOVNET president (and honorary president after retirement), served on the IPMA Executive Board, lectured and supported the launch of PM professional societies in many countries, led Russian delegations to annual PMI conferences in North America and IPMA congresses in Europe, participated in other PM conferences and meetings worldwide, published books and academic papers on program and project management, and provided personal support to professional leaders worldwide.

The last time I saw Vladimir in Croatia in 2012; he was in good spirits and seemed in good health. He was a professional colleague, a mentor and a great friend; he will be very badly missed by those of us who knew him.

Prof Voropajev’s background summary

Professor Vladimir I. Voropajev, PhD was Founder and former President and Chairman of the Board of the Russian Association of Project Management, SOVNET. Dr. Voropajev was professor of Project Management at the State University of Management, Moscow, Russia.  He was also Head of the Program and Project Management Faculty for the Russian State Academy’s Program for Professional Retraining and Professional Skill Development for Executives and Specialists in Investment Fields.  He was a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences on Information Science and Cybernetics, and of the International Academy of Investments and Economy in Construction.

From 1991 to 2001, he was Vice-president and a member of the Executive Board of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the global federation of national PM associations based in Zurich, Switzerland. He was a First Assessor for several IPMA certification bodies. In 2005 he was awarded IPMA Honorary Fellowship Award. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Indian Project Management Association and a past member of the Global Project Management Forum Steering Committee.  During his 50 years of engineering, scientific, teaching and consulting activities, he published over 250 scientific research works including 7 monographs and 5 textbooks about the organization and planning of construction, information systems, and project management.

Vladimir served on the editorial boards of several international project management journals, was a frequent participant in PM conferences worldwide, and provided ongoing counsel and support to PM professional leaders in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and several other countries.

To read some of his recent works now in the PM World Library, click here.


According to Miles Shepherd in UK: “My memories of Vladimir are not so extensive as yours and do not go back quite so far.  However, his was the first technical paper I read in the International Journal back in the mid-1990s.  It was on merge points in large networks and the mathematics were well beyond my understanding.  However, I met him at an IPMA Council meeting in Zurich a few months later and he tried to explain the background computations; sadly my understanding of the theory and his command of the language ensured I remained in ignorance of the detail but well informed of the result!

Vladimir was an indefatigable champion of project management, not just for its usefulness in managing complex tasks but for its ability to bring nations together.  He felt that the professional societies had a role to play and so he bounced Debbie O’Bray and me into ‘drafting’ a communique to world leaders on behalf of our respective societies (Debbie as PMI Chair and me as IPMA President) in the opening ceremony of the 2003 Congress in Moscow.  Neither Debbie nor I had any idea this was planned so you can imagine our surprise when we were asked to sign the communique on stage!

Like you, I have many happy memories of Vladimir, as mathematician, PM theorist, unifier of Member Associations and good friend.  He will be much missed.”

Editor’s further note: A more extensive tribute to Vladimir Voropajev will be prepared for publication in the PM World Journal. If you have a personal story, memory or photo of your time or meetings with Vladimir, please send to [email protected] to be included in the tribute.

How Long Will This Project Really Take?

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide in the U.S.

22 December 2015, Washington, DC, USA – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available free on-line, applies to civilian and defense projects managed by either government entities or private contractors.

151223-pmwj42-gao-LOGO“A well-planned schedule is an essential tool for program management,” said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “The best practices described in the guide are intended to help agencies create and maintain schedules that are comprehensive, well-constructed, credible, and controlled.”

Drawing on scheduling concepts introduced in GAO’s March 2009 Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (GAO-09-3SP) and the draft Schedule Assessment Guide released for comment on May 30, 2012 (GAO-12-120G), the final version of the Schedule Assessment Guide presents 10 best practices for developing and maintaining a reliable, high-quality schedule. As a companion to the Cost Estimating Guide and the forthcoming Technology Readiness Assessment Guide , the final version of the GAO Schedule Assessment Guide is designed to assist not only GAO auditors in evaluating the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of government programs, but also all government agencies in developing, managing, and evaluating capital programs. The draft guide was available for comment for a full year and GAO addressed over 1,000 comments resulting in the final version being released today that includes new appendixes and case studies.

“Over the last 5 years, GAO has worked with experts in cost estimating, scheduling, and earned value management from government agencies, private industry, and academia to develop and formalize scheduling best practices” said Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist at the GAO. “Using these criteria, managers and auditors will be able to assess the reliability of planned dates for projects.”

Developed with help from industry experts as well as federal officials, the 224-page final Schedule Assessment Guide lays out a multi-step process for developing high-quality, trustworthy schedules; explains how to manage schedules once they have been developed; and presents 19 case studies drawn from GAO’s published audits that illustrate typical pitfalls and successes in scheduling and schedule risk analysis. The guide stresses sound scheduling practices, such as setting realistic program baselines and managing risk. GAO plans to use the Schedule Assessment Guide to assess the accuracy and realism of agencies’ schedules in its future audits.

The Government Accountability Office, known as the investigative arm of Congress, is an independent, nonpartisan agency that exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. GAO also works to improve the performance of the federal government and ensure its accountability to the American people. The agency examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and policies; and provides analyses, recommendations, and other assistance to help Congress make informed oversight, policy, and funding decisions. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, non-ideological, fair, and balanced. GAO’s commitment to good government is reflected in its core values of accountability, integrity, and reliability. More at http://www.gao.gov/.

 

Call for Papers on Resilience and Project Management

 

PM World Journal invites articles and papers about resilience for projects, programs, organizations and leaders

21 December 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to resilience.  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to preparing for, responding to or recovering from emergencies, disasters or extreme change.

151221-pmwl-resilience-IMAGEResilience has been defined as “the capacity to anticipate risk, limit impact and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution and growth in the face of turbulent change.” (Prieto, et al, 2015: ref 1) “Resilience is the ability to reduce the magnitude and/or duration of disruptive events of scale.” (Prieto, 2015: ref 2)

Resilience is “the ability to resist, absorb, recover from, or successfully adapt to adversity or change of conditions such as a terrorist attack, hurricane, earthquake or technological failure (dam collapse or power plant failure, for example.” (DHS 2009, ref 2)

Subjects for original works might include:

  • Featured Papers – research results related to resilience in projects or project management, or related to disaster response and recovery.
  • Advisory Articles – how to create or encourage more resilience in project organizations and teams
  • Personal Stories and Case Studies – examples of resilience in PM.
  • Commentaries – personal opinions on this issue; what do you think?
  • Second Editions – older works previously presented at conferences or previously published that address this topic

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “Resilience has become a major topic in the project management field recently. We have even published some articles in the PMWJ on this topic. But it really is a big subject, considering how many organizations, industries, cities, countries and programs and projects around the world are impacted by significant and unexpected changes.”

“In light of the global impact of climate change, natural disasters and the horrific terrorism spawned by ISIS, resilience has become a very important topic among world leaders,” Pells adds. “It’s also incredibly important in the project management field, where risks associated with disasters or other disruptive changes can be catastrophic. We would like to grow the resource base on this topic in the PM World Library during 2016.”

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

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

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal. Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider emailing an article or paper on this topic now or later to [email protected]

References:

  1. Resilience: Managing the Risk of Natural Disaster, by Bob Prieto, Jeff Plumblee, David Vaughn and Jonathan Vaughn, Fluor, 2015; http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-prieto/resilience-managing-the-risk-of-natural-disasters/paperback/product-22219550.html
  2. Resilience: An Engineering and Construction Perspective; by Bob Prieto, with David Vaughn and Jeff Plumblee; ©2015, http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-prieto/resilience-an-engineering-construction-perspective/paperback/product-22246190.html

New Steel Arch Bridge to be constructed

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

140-year-old Iron Bridge to be laid to Rest in New York’s Letchworth State Park

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

16 December 2015 – Buffalo, NY, USA – Located just 35 miles south of Rochester, NY, Letchworth State Park is rich with history. The “Parade Grounds” located in the park, served as a civil war camp for the First New York Dragoons. The park is also home to the Glen Iris Inn, the former home of William Pryor Letchworth. Lovebirds flock for a chance to go hot air ballooning over the gorge. From this birds eye view we see the Portage Bridge, an iron railroad bridge and living monument. The Portage Bridge was constructed to replace the world’s highest bridge which had once stood in its place. The wooden giant burned down back in 1875.

151216-pmwj42-Ehms-Letchworth-IMAGE1As much as many tourists may admire the incredible structure, the Portage Bridge is among the top 10 railway bottlenecks in New York State. The bridge is unable to carry the industry’s current standard in terms of freight loads. Freight cars are expected to be 13,000 lbs. below the industry standard in order to make the trek across. Even once the train cars have been adequately prepped to cross, the trains are unable to maintain regular speeds while crossing and must travel below 10 mph.

The solution you ask?

A new steel arch bridge will be constructed in its place. 900-feet long this architectural wonder will be positioned just 75 feet south of the current Portage Bridge. Allowing the Iron truss bridge to remain active until the new steel bridge has been completed.

This will require an additional 1,200 feet of track to be constructed on either side of the bridge in order to align the new bridge with the existing tracks. Even with the added distance, the new bridge is expected to expedite freight train travel, meeting Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Class 4 speeds, in addition to lowering the overall maintenance costs.

151216-pmwj42-Ehms-Letchworth-IMAGE2The New York State Department of Transportation is expected to contribute as much as 5.5 million, will several grants have been issued for a total of 12 million. The remainder of the 71 million dollar project will come from Norfolk Southern.

The Project Sponsor, Norfolk Southern, believes that this new bridge is necessary for the continued safe, and reliable rail operations on the Southern Tier and plays a significant role in the overall economic viability of the Southern Tier area.

“This successful public-private partnership underscores the strong confidence we all have in the ongoing potential of the Southern Tier,” said James A. Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO. “Norfolk Southern has a robust bridge program, and the new Portageville Bridge will be a testament to today’s expert engineers and the craftsmanship of today’s railroaders. We expect this project will start a new rail legacy for Letchworth State Park and the Southern Tier.”

For more information, click on the following:

https://www.dot.ny.gov/portagevillebridge/photos

https://www.dot.ny.gov/portagevillebridge

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/12/16/update-letchworth-bridge-project/77378214/

http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/news/-norfolk-southernandnewyorkstatebeginreplacementofkeyportagevill.html

 

Parsons awarded Ukraine Nuclear Security Program

 

P/PM Industry News

8 December 2015 – Pasadena, California, USA – Parsons has announced that it has been awarded a competitively bid task order under the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction Integrating Contract II (CTRIC II) for the Ukraine Nuclear Security and Readiness Program. Under the program, Parsons will work with the Government of Ukraine to enhance security at its nuclear facilities and improve its readiness to respond to nuclear incidents.

Parsons will serve as program manager, working with organizations within the Government of Ukraine and U.S. stakeholders to ensure that program requirements are met. Services include equipment assessments and procurement, facility upgrades to create emergency operations centers, and nuclear security training and exercises.

151208-pmwj41-parsons-HOPKINS“Parsons is pleased to be selected by DTRA to aid the Ukraine Government in securing its nuclear operations and improving its incident preparedness,” stated Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons Group President (pictured right). “This award builds on our portfolio of projects supporting the Global Nuclear Security group. We look forward to our continued collaboration with DTRA to make the world a safer place.”

Parsons has successfully executed projects under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program over the past 18 years, including projects in Russia, Armenia, Libya, and most recently in Jordan and Syria.

Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering and construction industry, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, environmental, and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, professional services, and innovative delivery solutions to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, visit http://www.parsons.com/.

Source: Parsons

 

The College of Performance Management Elects Wayne F. Abba as President

 

PEOPLE NEWS

1 November 2015 – Reston, Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced that Wayne F. Abba, a long time project management consultant from Falls Church, Virginia and Skanee, Michigan has been elected as president of the board of directors of the College of Performance Management (CPM), the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management (EVM) and other performance management techniques. Mr. Abba’s three year term will commence on January 1, 2016.

“I am very pleased to be succeeded in office by Mr. Abba,” said Gary Troop, CPM’s outgoing board president. “Wayne has been a valued and dedicated member of the CPM board and I am sure that CPM will reach new and exciting heights under his stewardship.”

151101-pmwj41-cpm-ABBAWayne has more than 40 years’ experience in contract and project management. He provides independent consulting to US and foreign clients. Before retiring in 1999, Wayne was the senior program analyst for contract performance management in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Technology). He holds the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service (three awards) and shared the David Packard award for making EVM “a recognized international best practice.” His professional colleagues honored his contributions with the Hans “Whitey” Driessnack Award.

Wayne is a contributing author of the Government Accountability Office’s “Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs,” and its companion “Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules.” He is on the Board of Directors of the Graduate School Japan and is a key advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, which on October 1, 2015 created a new acquisition agency, drawing substantially on his advice.

From 2004-14 Wayne was a member of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Integrated Program Management Division governing board. He is past president of the College of Performance Management (then in the Project Management Institute), where he initiated development of the Practice Standard for EVM. He also serves on the editorial board of Crosstalk, the Journal of Defense Software Engineering.

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

Source: College of Performance Management

 

Year End Discount available for PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

40% discount on all membership levels through 31 December

1 December 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced a special year-end discount for the PM World Library (PMWL) through 31 December 2015. Both individuals and groups can take advantage of the 40% discount for ongoing access to the program and project management resources in the library; click here.

150825-pmwj38-50-PMWL LogoPM World has also announced that membership registrations have surpassed 2,000 since the online library was launched in March 2014. Approximately 400 are students and 400 are residents of low income countries, two categories that receive free memberships.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We hope a few organizations take advantage of the year-end discount so more teams can access the resources in the library. This is also a great opportunity for researchers who are not affiliated with a university to gain access to the massive EBSCO database at a low cost. Of course the discount is available to anyone.”

The PM World Collection now contains approximately 1,500 original works about program and project management by 723 different authors from 60+ countries. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/. In addition, library members can also access several massive EBSCO databases of business and management books, magazines and other publications, plus many other resources, at low cost.

“Traffic to the website has also continued to increase,” Pells adds. “Average 2015 monthly website traffic is 8,712 unique visitors, 31,798 unique visits and 202,028 page views, not including bots. Plus our new internship program is leading to more engagement with universities and students, which is great.”

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.

 

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for December 2015

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

141031-pmwl-wideman-MAXThis month – Our Guest Joe Marasco does it again! This time he helps you assess the probability of your project finishing on time based on the results achieved at your first milestone. Joe uses Bayesian project management theory, but of course, he provides a nomograph for the difficult calculation part.

In Musings, we present Word Hierarchies – Part 2 starting with DIKW and adding six other relevant hierarchies.

Our Book Review this month discusses Gert Noordzij’s new book: Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes. In this book Gert is Exploring better ways to open new hotels by proposing a new area of project management application.

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.

Millard Fillmore Hospital Project – Costs balloon by 130 percent

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

One of the largest private-sector investments in Buffalo

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

29 November 2015 – Buffalo, NY, USA – The demolition of the main portion of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is only the beginning. Costs have been projected to exceed the $150 million dollar figure. The development project has set its eyes on replacing the imploded hospital with 530 residential units, retail stores, a YMCA branch, commercial office space, and talks of a supermarket grocery store.

In comparison to other local private-sector projects, renovation costs of the Richardson Towers are approx. $60 million. Seneca Gaming Corp. has invested $130 million to construct the Seneca Buffalo Casino. While Uniland Development Co. is currently spending approximately $110 million to build the new 250 Delaware Building.

151129-pmwj41-Ehms-millard-fillmore-IMAGEA project which had originally started with a $63 million dollar price tag, is now expected to cost more than $150 million. Site preparation costs alone account for $16 million in expenses.

$150 million might seem like a big chunk of change, but when you compare this to the Solar City plant being constructed in South Buffalo. The expected $900 million dollar private/public hybrid project makes Millard Fillmore look like a penny in a wishing well.

For more information, click on the following:

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2015/05/19/gates-circle-redevelopment-costs-now-north-of-150.html

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

 

 

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]rldlibrary.net.

“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