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UMD Symposium to Offer Inside Look at the Future of Project Management

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Second Annual Project Management Symposium to Feature Dr. Harold Kerzner of the International Institute for Learning

25 February 2015 – College Park, MD, USA – The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence has announced that Dr. Harold Kerzner, Senior Executive Director with the International Institute for Learning, Inc., will offer a keynote presentation exploring how the field of project management has evolved in recent years during their 2015 Project Management Symposium.

Taking place June 8-9, 2015, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., the second annual symposium will feature nearly 60 session and featured speakers and bring together some of the leading minds in project management in the D.C. metropolitan area and across the globe.

150225-pmwj32-kerzner-IMAGERecognizing that executives today exhibit more trust in project managers than they have in years past, Dr. Kerzner will discuss how this increased trust has helped usher in a new era of project management – Project Management 2.0.

“For more than four decades, we relied solely upon time and cost as the only two metrics needed to manage a project,” Kerzner said. “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, we are entering a new era in project management, where project information can be provided to everyone rather than just a selected few.” Kernzer also noted that the key is to aim for “paperless project management” without sacrificing the integrity by which project managers operate.

Dr. Kerzner will be one of five keynote speakers featured during the two-day symposium. He will join Dr. Ed Hoffman (NASA), Ms. Karen Richey (U.S. Government Accountability Office), Mr. Chip Hastie (Clark Construction), and Ms. Jocelyn Davis (Nelson Hart LLC) in addressing a wide variety of trending topics in agile project management, communications and construction management, positive psychology and sustainability, and more.

Attendees are invited to explore each of these topic areas or craft their own experience by choosing those sessions that meet their specific interests. Even more, attendees can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs).

Given that last year’s symposium drew a capacity crowd, those interested in attending this year are strongly encouraged to register before the early-bird deadline of April 1st.

For more information, or to register, visit the 2015 Project Management Symposium website.

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

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

 

University-Level Project Management Curriculum and Resources Now Available from PMI

 

PM EDUCATION & PROFESSION NEWS

18 February 2015 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – According to the Project Management Institute (PMI,) the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association, university faculty and scholars seeking to advance their course offerings in project management can now access new resources from PMI.

PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources, which are available at PMITeach.org, were developed with input from university faculty from around the world to help institutions prepare the future workforce for one of the most in-demand and financially lucrative professions: by 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles are expected to be created globally, growing the economic impact of the profession to USD$6.61 trillion.

PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources offer 30 knowledge modules that can be combined in different ways to guide the design of up to eight courses in project management. The flexible guidelines and teaching materials can be used on their own or customized to reflect individual disciplinary focus, teaching approaches, student profiles, and course structures.  They include:

  • A foundational course that includes a syllabus, mini-case studies and course projects
  • 30 essential knowledge modules that allow faculty to select the topics they’d like to cover in a course
  • Instructional outlines for additional project management courses, along with specific learning outcomes
  • Guidance for enhancing existing courses
  • An online, open-source forum where faculty can share ideas, outcomes and relevant content

“Demand for skilled project professionals is growing exponentially,” said Michael DePrisco, Vice President, Academic and Educational Programs, PMI. “At its core, a project management career begins with and builds on the solid knowledge and application of key project management concepts and practices, and continues with constant training that lets a project practitioner evolve to help the business he or she serves to succeed.  PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources, developed by faculty, for faculty, give colleges and universities the tools they need to set future project managers on the road to success.”

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. 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. For more information, visit 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: Project Management Institute

Ian Sharpe appointed Interim National President of AIPM

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

National Director appointed interim president of AIPM following sudden resignation of Dr. Steve Milner

19 February 2015 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the appointment of Ian Sharpe as Interim National President of AIPM following the resignation of Steve Milner. According to a notice sent out by AIPM Chief Executive Officer Yvonne Butler today:

150219-pmwj32-new-SHARPEIn accordance with our Constitution, the Board has followed a rigorous governance process in relation to succession planning. I am pleased to advise that as a result, Ian Sharpe MAIPM CPPD 4DN (pictured) has been appointed by the AIPM Board to the role of Interim National President, for the remaining period of the outgoing National President’s term.

Ian has been a member of the AIPM since 2006 and a National Director since 2013. His contributions to the AIPM in that time have been significant, including chairing the 2 year national review of the AIPM project and program standards, serving on the Professional Development Council and chairing the Governance Committee. On behalf of the Board I wish Ian all the best in his tenure as Interim National President.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our National President, Dr Steve Milner, who has tendered his resignation from the role of National President, effective immediately. Steve has distinguished himself in his extraordinary contribution to the AIPM during his term as National President. His decision is based on a need to focus on family and work and no longer being able to continue to commit the enormous time and energy required of this important volunteer role.

Steve has stated that he is comfortable making this decision at a time when the AIPM is in an extremely strong phase of its development cycle. He said “I am moving on at a time when we have appointed a new CEO, signed-off on our new strategic plan and firmed international relationships, in particular with IPMA. As a volunteer I have enjoyed every minute of my almost seven years on the AIPM Board, and I am comfortable that this move enables my successor to commence at the right time to help the AIPM continue to grow. I do wish the AIPM well, and I look forward to both seeing it flourish in the future as well as the profession of project management being realised”.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM at http://www.aipm.com.au/.

Source: AIPM

 

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

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts due March 13, 2015 for August Project Management Conference

18 February 2015 – Richardson, TX, USA – The Call for Papers for the 9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium continues through 13 March 2015. The conference theme will be “Next-Gen Management of Projects: Performance, People, Processes”. The 2015 symposium will be held during 13-14 August 2015 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in Richardson, Texas, USA.

150218-pmwj32-final-IMAGEThe annual two-day symposium sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal, has become one of the top regional PM conferences in North America. For more, Visit symposium website.

Abstracts are invited for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues facing project managers today. While abstracts on any topics related to project management are welcome, of greatest interest are those on new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

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

Abstracts and papers should be aimed at industries and areas of interest relevant to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, Public Projects and Programs, New Product Development and Agile Project Management.

Key Dates

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

Abstract Submission Guidelines

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

The 2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The symposium will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Participants can receive up to 16 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive even more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, you should plan to attend this world class symposium. Visit http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

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

 

Critical Success Factors for Projects: do they exist?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PMWJ invites articles and papers on critical project management success factors, or how to increase the probability of project success

17 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the issue of “Critical Success Factors for Projects: do they exist?.” In particular, articles and papers that provide some success factors for specific types of projects, programs or industries are welcome.

150217-pmwj32-critical-IMAGESome examples of works might include:

  • Featured Papers – new knowledge or research results related to project success factors, covering one or more types of program, project or industry application
  • Advisory Articles – how to identify critical success factors during the project planning and startup stages
  • Personal Stories – How project success factors were identified, and how they played out during an actual project implementation
  • Case studies – stories about successful projects and programs, effective project management or leadership, things that worked well
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about what constitutes project success, and how to guard against project failure, including lessons learned
  • Student Papers – research papers developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that address this topic

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

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We have previously invited papers on the topics of project failure and project startup, so this call for papers is intended to complement those topics. They’re all related to planning and initiating projects more successfully. Hopefully we can publish some useful information.

“Critical success factors have been studied in general management courses for many years, and were a common topic at project management conferences some years ago,” Pells adds. “It seems the subject has fallen out of favor. But what about success factors during agile applications, or for planning complex projects, or for earned value implementations. I think much more knowledge in this area can be captured, especially related to specific project applications, conditions or types.”

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

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

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

 

The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating Project Managers

 

P/PM EDUCATION & PUBLISHING NEWS

New series of articles on project management education and training by University of Reykjavik Professors Ingason and Jonasson launched in February

15 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The PM World Journal (PMWJ) has launched a new monthly series of articles on project management education and training. The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating and Training Project Managers is a new article by Prof Helgi Thor Ingason and Dr Haukur Ingi Jonasson at the University of Reykjavik in Iceland. The article is the first in a new series published in the PM World Journal.

According to the authors: “‘Over the last two decades we, as academics who focus specifically on teaching, training and doing research in project management, have noticed how project management, as a discipline, is undergoing a major shift. Project management has evolved from being offered solely in the form of short courses with a rather narrow technical focus within engineering and business schools—typically in the form of CE (continuous education) courses—to becoming a rich academic discipline with a sharp practical focus…

Through this series of short articles we would like to share our experience and philosophy with the readers of the PM World Journal; how we envision project management as a discipline and the role of educational institutions in promoting higher-level professional project management. We view project management education, research and training as the key success factor for business organisations in the future.”

150215-pmwj32-new-INGASONHelgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and a Stanford Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (B level). Dr. Ingason is an associate professor at Reykjavik University and the head of the MPM – Master of Project Management – program at the university. For more about Prof Ingason, click here.

150215-pmwj32-new-JONASSON2Haukur Ingi Jonasson, PhD is an assistant professor and chairman of the Board for the MPM – Master of Project Management – program at Reykjavik University in Iceland. He is also a psychoanalyst in private practice and a management consultant at Nordic Consulting Group ehf. Dr. Jonasson is also a mountain climber and a member of the Reykjavik Mountaineering Air Ground Search and Rescue Squad. He is co-author with Helgi Thor Ingason of Project Ethics, published by Gower (UK) in 2013. For more about Dr. Jonasson, click here.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Management Editor, “It is widely known that there is a global shortage of qualified project managers today, in many locations and industries. Education plays a critical role in preparing professionals and future managers for the challenges of a more project-based economy. Academic institutions are at the forefront of project management education, for good reason. It is one of their primary roles in today’s society. I look forward to seeing what Prof Ingason and Dr Jonasson have to say about this.”

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

 

Making Projects Work by Lynda Bourne

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book on Effective Stakeholder and Communication Management announced by CRC Press 12 February 2015 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Making Projects Work: Effective Stakeholder and Communication Management by Lynda Bourne. Dr. Lynda Bourne, one of the world’s leading authorities on program/project stakeholders, is also the author of a series of articles on stakeholder engagement in the PM World Journal. For more about her newest book, click here.

150212-pmwj32-bourne-BOOKPublished in February 2015 by Auerbach Pubications, this new book provides a framework for understanding and managing factors essential for achieving successful project and program outcomes; facilitates an understanding of governance and its connection to strategy as the starting point for decisions on what work needs to be done; describes how to craft appropriate communication strategies to develop and maintain successful relationships with stakeholders; supplies an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of existing project controls; and outlines effective communication techniques for managing perceptions and expectations and to acquire the support necessary for successful delivery Also according to the CRC release: Projects are performed by people for people, with the key determinants of success being the relationships between project teams and project stakeholders. This web of relationships will either enable or obstruct the flow of information between people and, as a consequence, will largely determine project success or failure.

Making Projects Work: Effective Stakeholder and Communication Management provides a framework for understanding and managing the factors required for achieving successful project and program outcomes. It presents guidelines to help readers develop an understanding of governance and its connection to strategy as the starting point for deciding what work needs to be done.  The book:

  • Introduces the idea of an organization’s communication ecosystem where information flows freely within and among all organizational layers
  • Explores the importance of the relationships with the project’s stakeholder community as keys to project success
  • Describes the theoretical underpinnings of leadership
  • Provides detailed analysis of the different types of project stakeholders
  • Supplies guidance on developing the appropriate messages to meet project and stakeholder needs

The book describes how to craft appropriate communication strategies for developing and maintaining successful relationships with stakeholders. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses of existing project controls and outlines effective communication techniques for managing expectations and acquiring the support required to deliver successful projects on time and under budget.

Dr Lynda Bourne FAIM, FACS, PMP is a senior management consultant, professional speaker, trainer, and award-winning project manager with 30+ years’ professional industry experience. She is the CEO and managing director of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd focusing on the delivery of stakeholder management and other project and organization related consultancy, mentoring, and training for clients worldwide. Her career has combined practical project experience with business management roles and academic research to deliver successful projects that meet stakeholders’ expectations.

She is a member of the international faculty at EAN University, Columbia, teaching in the Masters of Project Management course. She is also visiting international professor in the master’s program at the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Innovative Technologies, Sholokhov Moscow State. The modules Lynda teaches are focused on stakeholder engagement, communication, and leadership.

Dr Bourne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. She was awarded PMI Australia’s “Project Manager of the Year,” and was included in PMI’s inaugural list of “25 Influential Women in Project Management.”

Lynda is a recognised international author, seminar leader, and speaker on the topic of stakeholder engagement and the stakeholder circle visualization tool; her book Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organisational Implementation (Gower, 2009, 2011) defines the SRMM® model for stakeholder relationship management maturity.

For more about this book, click here.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

Source: CRC Press

 

ICCPM and IPMA renew alliance to strengthen project management capability globally

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

11 February 2015 – Canberra, Australia – The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) has announced the renewal of their alliance agreement with the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The alliance supports both organisations’ aims of strengthening the project management profession. ICCPM and IPMA share the ideals of each other’s organisations and look forward to working together to further these ideals.

150211-pmwj32-ipma-IMAGE1As a non-profit global membership organisation IPMA’s mission is to promote recognition of project management; to offer know-how, products and services across public, private and community sectors; and to leverage the diversity of its global network for benefits across economies, society and the environment.

ICCPM is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 and as the peak body for complex project management seeks to advance complex project management knowledge and practice through education; and the provision of support and tools to allow organisations to effectively address complexity and better manage complex projects and programs.

Photo: Reinhard Wagner, IPMA; Yvonne Butler, Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM); Steve Milner, AIPM; Deborah Hein, ICCPM at the AIPM and IPMA President Lunch, November 2014.

The alliance agreement between ICCPM and IPMA allows the organisations to further each other’s mission and objectives through reciprocal exchanges such as publications, research and events and generally work together in a spirit of cooperation for mutual benefit of the organisations and their members.

The theme of the 2015 IPMA Annual Conference “The way to Project Management in Multicultural Context” aligns with ICCPM’s 2015 conference theme “Building Capability in Complex Environments” and the sharing of knowledge from these two events will further strengthen the project management profession and provide lasting benefits for participants and organisations.

ICCPM looks forward to a long and successful collaboration with IPMA.

ICCPM CEO, Deborah Hein is enthusiastic about the renewal of this agreement. “There are many opportunities for collaboration between our two international organisations heading into 2015. The focus for ICCPM this coming year is to finalise development of our complexity awareness education offering for initial delivery in Australia and then look to our partners to work through our global delivery options, IPMA have already indicated an interest in working with us on that front, which is a very exciting space to be in. The renewal and strengthening of our relationship is a demonstration of our commitment to support and grow the project and program managers of the future to enable more success in the delivery of all projects and programs – not just the complex ones.”

Reinhard Wagner, President of IPMA is excited about the opportunities this alliance offers to the profession: “Our research clearly indicates that project and program managers are faced with an increasing complexity. Products, such as passenger cars or aircrafts, are created with multiple technologies, in a dynamic context with changing requirements and a supply chain across organisations, countries and cultures. This is why we need to better understand the complexity we are faced with and develop new approaches for the management of projects and programs in such a context. ICCPM and IPMA will jointly support individuals, projects and organisations in managing complex projects and programs.”

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and ICCPM also work closely together in the area of complex project management and AIPM welcomes the alliance between ICCPM and IPMA. The National President of AIPM, Dr Steve Milner, is positive about the renewal. “The alliance will further benefit the project management profession as the three organisations, AIPM, IPMA and ICCPM, continue leading the way.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Hein (ICCPM):     +61 2 6120 5160 / [email protected] / https://iccpm.com/

Reinhard Wagner (IPMA):  +49 1522 2936871 / [email protected] / http://ipma.ch/

Yvonne Butler (AIPM):       +61 2 8288 8750 / [email protected] / www.aipm.com.au/

150211-pmwj32-ipma-IMAGE2The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) is a not-for-profit organisation working to advance knowledge and practice in the management and delivery of complex projects. ICCPM was formed in 2007 based on an initiative launched in 2005 by Australian, UK and US Government bodies and defence industry organizations aimed at improving the international community’s ability to successfully deliver very complex projects and to manage complexity across all industry and government sectors. For more information about ICCPM, visit http://www.iccpm.com/.

Source: ICCPM

 

CPM Announces Compendium on the Integration of Agile and EVM

 

PUBLISHING & PROFESSION NEWS

Seven years of research and best practices in special issue of The Measurable News

11 February 2015 – Reston, VA, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced the publication of a Compendium on the Integration of Agile and Earned Value Management (EVM). The compendium is a special issue of The Measurable News gathering seven years of work by multiple authors. The Agile + EVM material is edited by Ray W. Stratton, PMP, EVP, and is being offered at no cost as a contribution to the advancement of the field. The compendium is available online HERE [http://www.mycpm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Measurable-News-Issue-1-2015.pdf]

“The integration and/or alignment of Agile management practices with Earned Value Management (EVM) and traditional project scheduling practices is a hot topic for the foreseeable future,” said Mr. Dale Gillam, Vice President for Research and Standards of CPM. “This strengthened framework, built on generally accepted best practices, will aid the project manager’s ability to deliver success and to tell a project’s story.”

The Compendium includes the following articles from industry thought leaders and practitioners:

150211-pmwj32-compendium-IMAGEA COMPENDIUM ON THE APPLICATION OF EVM TO AGILE DEVELOPMENT AND THE APPLICATION OF AGILE DEVELOPMENT TO EVM
Edited by: Ray W. Stratton, PMP, EVP

WHY AN AGILE APPROACH NEEDS TO BE DIFFERENT
by Luis C Contreras, AzTech International LLC (goAzTech.com)

AGILE TERMINOLOGY
by Howard Zillman, Northrup Grumman

EARNING VALUE THE AGILE WAY: USING STORY POINTS
TO GENERATE EV METRICS
by Eric Christoph, PMP, EVP, L-3 Communications STRATIS

LOCKHEED MARTIN GOLD CARD – EVM for Agile Development
© LMCO, courtesy of LMCO

BASELINE CHANGE CONTROL AND AGILE
by Ron Terbush, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Information Systems & Global Solutions

AGILE AND EVM ROLES
by Andrea Nibert, Leidos

CONNECTING EVM WITH AGILE
by Multiple Authors

The topics have come from years of presentations, meeting and discussion at EVM World (www.evmworld.org), the International Integrated Program Management Workshop (www.ipmconference.org) and other meetings. The Measurable News is the quarterly publication of the College of Performance Management.

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 www.mycpm.org.

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

Source: College of Performance Management

29 new works by 32 different authors added to PM World Library in February

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1100 project management articles, papers & other works by 562 different authors in more than 50 countries

10 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 29 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) were added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this week. These contributions by 32 different authors in 13 countries were published in the February 2015 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

150210-pmwj32-29-new-IMAGEThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 1100 original works by 562 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by more approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 32 authors in December, 6 were new to the journal and library. All works in the PMWL can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/pm-world-collection/. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We had many new works this month by authors who we have published previously; they are creating deeper portfolios of works in the library. We were also happy to see the paper from Prof Lapkina and Ms Prykhno in Ukraine, one of our first from that country.”

“Several of the papers again include significant new works,” Pells adds. “For example, Bob Prieto’s paper on the improbability of large project success points out just how hard those projects are to get right. It was also interesting to note that in his paper this month, Chima Okereke recommended that Nigerian national elections be postponed until Boka Haram can be dealt with; that’s exactly what the Nigerian government decided this week. Everyone should read these papers.”

New authors in January include Mark Becker (USA), Penelope Crudgington (UK), Dwaraka Iyengar (USA), Inna Lapkina (Ukraine), Yuliya Prykhno (Urkaine) and Trellis Stewart (USA). New works from 26 authors already included in the library were also added.

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

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

Free Project Management Books Announced for February Drawing

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

February drawing through PM World Library to feature 11 project management books for some lucky winners

7 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Eleven project management books are being offered for the February 2015 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM World Library (PMWL). The monthly drawings for free books at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ began in February 2014 in connection with the official unveiling of the new online library. The drawings have proven popular and are continuing in 2015 with support from authors and publishers.

150130-pmwj31-winners-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of project management books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of fully registered library members is held at the end of each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books offered for the February 2015 drawing include:

  • Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives using a Third-Generation Approach; Author: Richard J. Heaslip; Publisher: Wiley (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • 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
  • The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders (eBook); Author: Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow; Publisher: CRC / Auerbach Publications (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam (eBook); Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here
  • Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization (eBook); Authors: Barry L. Cross, M. Kathryn Brohman, PhD; Publisher: CRC Press (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Handbook of Project-Based Management, 4th Ed (eBook); Author: Rodney Turner, PhD; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach; Authors: Daniel Epstein, Rich Maltzman; 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.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps for Achieving Successful Results; Author: Laura Dallas Burford; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald, Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.

According to David Pells, PMWL Managing Director, “We are happy with the books that have been offered so far this year. As we expect one or two more publishers to jump into this program, more titles will be added in coming weeks. So check back.”

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

“Some of the prizes are now eBooks,” Pells adds, “which can be delivered much more easily and faster to winners around the world. In fact, winners in January picked the eBooks first, which was interesting. Maybe that’s the way we should go in the future, although I’m personally old school and prefer to read hard copies.”

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.

 

Zimbabwe Life Assurance Company invests US$2,5 million into Funeral Business Project

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

5 February 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – One of Zimbabwe’s largest life assurance companies, FIDELITY Life Assurance of Zimbabwe has invested over $2,5 million in the funeral assurance business and has opened a new funeral parlour in Harare. Speaking on the sidelines of the official opening of the parlour on Tuesday 3 February 2015, Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Managing Director Simon Chapereka said the Group was working towards rolling out more funeral parlours in the country.

“We have invested more than $2,5 million on the business setup and the equipment. We have bought a new 65-seater bus for Harare and we already have a 35-seater and we are going to add a few more,” Chapereka said.  “Certainly we are expecting the roll-out programme in our strategic plan, the first mortuary was opened in Bulawayo and we have opened this one. Obviously we are going to roll out another one in the Lowveld and also in the Eastern Highlands in the Mutare town area.”

150205-pmwj31-funeral-IMAGE1Fidelity Life Assurance offers assurance products apart from its core business of long-term assurance. The company also has subsidiaries in related financial services fields offering Medical Assurance, Asset Management Services, Funeral Assurance and Financial Services.

The subsidiaries are centred on the company’s core business that of Individual life assurance, employee benefits and pensions business which forms the core of the group’s activities.

Chaperereka said the group currently has 10 hearses in Harare, two in Bulawayo, two in Masvingo, one in Mutare. He said as the business continued to grow the group has plans to acquire more equipment to compliment the growing business.

“Fidelity Life Assurance business is complimented by life and pensions, financials and financial services. We believe they are synergies in terms of our businesses and that we can do better than our competitors,” he said.

On the group forecast for 2015, Chapereka said the second phase of the project was a five year development plan and the opening a new facility in Chiredzi next year.

“We already have a branch which is writing in terms of funeral life and pensions and micro finance. We believe there is adequate demand in that area and we go to the Mutare area,” he said.

The group recorded a 15% increase in gross premiums to US$7,936 for the half year ended June 30 2014 million as compared to US$6,897 million earned in the corresponding period last year. In the period under review the group recorded underwriting surplus of $3,8 million compared to US$3 million in 2013. Profit for the period declined by 43% to US$1,2 million down 43% to fair value losses on the investment portfolio a result of depressed prices on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

News provided courtesy of Project Management Zimbabwe

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Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. 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

 

Next-Gen Management of Projects: Performance, People, Processes

 

FUTURE EVENT

9th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium growing as major regional conference in North Texas

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

150130-pmwj31-call-IMAGEThe call for papers has been issued and early registration will begin soon. If you live in north Texas or surrounding states, or want to attend a major regional project management conference in one of the most vibrant local economies in the USA, save the date and plan to attend. Abstracts have been invited for the following topics; actual presentations will depend on the abstracts received:

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

The symposium is intended to serve project managers, organizations and industries in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, Public Projects and Programs, New Product Development (including software) and Agile Project Management. Abstracts are due 13 March 2015. Read call for papers here.

The 2 Day Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The symposium will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Participants can receive up to 16 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive even more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

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

 

Zimbabwe’s Social Security company to inject over $10m in projects

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

5 February 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s national social security company known as National Social Security Authority (NSSA) will inject more than US$10 million into various projects countrywide including capitalisation of a new building society as part of a 10-year development plan. This year, NSSA is focusing on a housing development in Masvingo town, a commercial centre in Chipinge town and setting up of a new building society.

All real estate projects will be collapsed into the building society once it comes on board. NSSA General Manager Mr James Matiza said about US$6,3 million will be released to property developing the Chipinge commercial centre this year but the total project cost is expected to top $10 million.

“Our main contractor is now on site and we expect to move according to schedule,” said Mr Matiza. The project comprises of supermarket, office space for identified corporates and targeted tenants include banks, some mining houses, mobile phone service providers and fast food service providers.

150205-pmwj31-nssa-IMAGE1NSSA will also develop a green zone or park in Chipinge. On the building society licence, Mr Matiza said the process is progressing well. “An application for a building society licence with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is at an advanced stage. The authority is currently compiling paperwork requested by the central bank which will lead to the issuance of the licence. The licence is expected soon,” he said.

Mr Matiza said the new building society will start with an initial capital of US$5 million building towards the US$20 million threshold set by the central bank for building societies. “If our application is approved by the RBZ we will then start setting up structures for the building society including staff recruitment,” said Mr Matiza.

In Masvingo, 680 residential stands will be developed. Last year the authority was working on the sewer system and actual servicing of the stands will commence this year. Mr Matiza said Quantity Surveyors are expected on site soon to ascertain the total requirements for the project.

Focus has been given to housing projects this year in line with the country’s national development plan dubbed ZIMASSET (Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation) policy framework. NSSA has a target of developing 1000 new units per annum under Zim-Asset.

More about NSSA can be found at http://www.nssa.org.zw/.

News provided courtesy of Project Management Zimbabwe

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Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. 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

 

 

PMI Report Confirms Key Performance Factors Critical to Business Success

 

PM PROFESSION & INDUSTRY NEWS

PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report shows how high-performing organizations embed efficiency by developing strategies, techniques and teams built on sound project management practices

4 February 2015 – Newtown Square, PA, USA – According to the Project Management Institute (PMI®), organizations still waste an average of $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs due to poor performance. High-performing organizations, however, waste 13 times less money than their low-performing counterparts, according to the 2015 Pulse of the Profession®: Capturing the Value of Project Management, published today by PMI. The difference: high performers use their mastery of fundamental project and program practices as the foundation for organizational success and competitive advantage.

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The survey of 2,800 project leaders and practitioners at multi-national corporations and government agencies found that the highest performing organizations are proactive in aligning their business models and talent management practices to a proven, fundamentally sound set of basic project management principles:

  • Fully understanding the value of project management
  • Having actively engaged executive sponsors
  • Aligning projects to strategy
  • Developing and maintaining project management talent
  • Establishing a well-aligned and effective PMO
  • Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization

High-performing organizations—those that complete 80 percent or more of projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals—are demonstrating that adhering to proven project, program, and portfolio management practices reduces risks, cuts costs, and improves success rates. This focus emphasizes the need for all organizations to reduce waste and boost productivity by prioritizing essential skill areas such as knowledge transfer, risk management, organizational agility and benefits realization. By building a culture around a project management mindset, organizations will be better able to create a sustainable competitive advantage.

For instance, the importance of knowledge transfer – the act of capturing and sharing lessons learned between employees – is a critical competence. This may be directly tied to the demographic reality that, as Baby Boomers transition into retirement, Generation X and Millennials are assuming project, program and portfolio management leadership roles. PMI’s research shows that having a formal knowledge transfer process significantly improves project outcomes: 75 percent of high-performing organizations have an established knowledge transfer system in place compared to just 35 percent of low performers.

“Our research underscores the competitive advantage for organizations that have mastered the fundamentals of sound project management: cultivating a top-down culture of standardized practices, emphasizing the critical role of executive sponsorship, and investing time and resources in the development and training of professional project managers,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “With these foundational elements in place and functioning at peak efficiency, organizations have the potential to achieve superior project performance and execute strategic initiatives more successfully.”

Pulse also underlines risk management practices as an essential component of project management excellence. Eighty-three percent of high performers report frequent use of risk management practices, compared with just 49 percent of low performers. Interestingly, the frequent use of risk management practices has gone down to 64 percent from a high of 71 percent in 2012.

Additional takeaways

  • The frequent use of agile/iterative/incremental project management practices continues to rise, with 38 percent of organizations reporting frequent use – up 8 percentage points since 2013.
  • Though only one in five organizations reports having a high level of benefits realization maturity, we have seen an increase of 63 percent compared to the level in 2013.
  • Organizations that understand the desired benefits of a project at the onset are better able to bring them and future efforts to fruition.

To learn more, visit www.PMI.org/Pulse

Conducted since 2006, PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® is the annual global survey of project management practitioners. The Pulse of the Profession® charts major trends for project management now and in the future. It features original market research that reports feedback and insights from project, program and portfolio managers, along with an analysis of third-party data.

The newest edition of the Pulse features feedback and insights from over 2,800 project management leaders and practitioners across North America; Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Latin America and Caribbean regions.

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 650,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. For more information, visit http://www.pmi.org/, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

UMD Project Management Symposium to Feature Speakers from NASA, U.S. GAO, and Others

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Second Annual Symposium to Explore Topics in People in Projects, Construction, Sustainability, Risk & Big Data, Agile Project Management, Federal Programs, and More

4 January 2015 – College Park, MD, USA – On June 8-9, 2015, project management professionals and academics from across the USA and abroad will gather for the Baltimore-Washington, DC region’s second annual Project Management Symposium held at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Md. This is an opportunity for area project managers to learn from and network with each other – as well as project managers and academics from around the globe.

150204-pmwj31-speaker-IMAGEWhile last year’s event drew a capacity crowd, the 2015 Project Management Symposium will feature a new line-up of world-class project management professionals who will delve into a multitude of project management topics impacting a wide range of industries and professions. (photo: 2014 symposium audience)

“With money tight for conferences, most project managers can only go to one conference each year,” said Fred Fanning, Program/Project Manager and author of several project management books and papers. Fanning was a speaker for the 2014 symposium and is slated to present once again in 2015. “The Project Management Symposium at the University of Maryland is the conference to attend because it offers the best return on your investment.”

Fanning is one of nearly 60 session speakers named as part of the star-studded 2015 symposium roster that will cover topics ranging from People in Projects and Construction to Agile Project Management and Risk & Big Data. Symposium participants will also have the opportunity to customize their event experience. Attendees can elect to participate in sessions tailored to meet their specific interests, or they may choose sessions across the range of session topics.

With this in mind, this year’s keynote presentations are crafted to provide all participants with a big-picture view of how a multitude of project management topics impact countless industries and professions. Keynote speakers include Dr. Harold Kerzner of the International Institute for Learning; Jocelyn Davis, President and CEO of Nelson Hart; Chip Hastie, Vice President of Clark Construction Group, LLC; Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer and Karen Richey, Assistant Director for the Applied Research and Methods Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

“We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in project management for the capital region’s second annual symposium,” said John H. Cable, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence. “More than 250 project management professionals joined us last year, and we anticipate that number will grow thanks, in part, to this year’s line-up and growing interest in the field of project management in the Baltimore-Washington area.”

The Symposium will kick off with Dr. Harold Kerzner’s anticipated presentation on “Project Management 2.0: Planning for the Future of Project Management” scheduled for Monday, June 8, at 8:45 a.m.   Recognizing that it has taken several decades for executives to recognize that project management can – and does – work well, Kerzner will discuss how the definition of project success has evolved to include more elements than ever before.

“Today, we are entering a new era in project management – Project Management 2.0 – where project information can be provided to everyone rather than just a select few,” Kerzner noted. “Each project can have a different set of metrics and key performance indicators, as well as different dashboard reporting requirements. The ultimate goal is to reduce costly paperwork and see how close we can get to ‘paperless project management’ without sacrificing the integrity by which we manage the project.”

Through the 2015 Project Management Symposium, UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence will once again demonstrate the power of collaboration between academia and industry, paving the way for cross-industry education and the open exchange of best practices in project management.

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Registration and additional symposium details are available online at 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.” For more information, visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

 

PMSA Excellent Project Management Awards 2015

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

3 February 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is launching their Exceptional Project Management Awards (EPMAs) program for 2015 and seeking nominations.

150203-pmwj31-exceptional-IMAGEAccording to PMSA, ‘Exceptional’ means better than average, deviating from the norm, rare and unusual. It is these characteristics, relevant to project management that we seek to showcase and reward through the EPMA process.

Southern Africa is a hot-bed of incredible projects. The past decade in particular has seen a maturing of the project management discipline and we are surrounded by both the visible and invisible results of project success. Southern Africa serves as an example for delivering projects according to the globally accepted standards, but with due consideration to the local environment, where sustainability, job creation, innovation and return on investment are as important to positive project outcomes as overcoming the quadruple constraints.

The PMSA EPMAs are designed to showcase and reward exceptional projects and the teams that delivered them. All entries should meet certain basic criteria in terms of good practice, and winners will be judged according to the project element that makes it exceptional. The projects themselves need not be rare or unusual, but some aspect of the project or project delivery must be better than the norm.

To access the PMSA EPMA 2015 brochure with process information, click here.

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa. PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis. For more information, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

 

Project Managers Work One Day a Week for Free

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Arras People in UK release latest Project Management Benchmark Report

3 February 2015 – Haywood, Manchester, UK – In the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, the independent annual report of the project management industry, of over 2000 practitioners polled, it was found that the average practitioner delivering +20% on top of their contracted hours. Working one extra day a week for no extra remuneration is a common occurrence yet wage levels in general still remain stagnant for the majority of project managers.

150203-pmwj31-2015-IMAGEThis is the tenth year of providing insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession. The report, starting back in 2005, was initially focused on salary levels for the industry before extending to its current form to include insights into the working life of a project professional.

This year’s salary levels include:

  • Programme Managers – In the UK the average salary was £65,460 with an average day rate of £587. Practitioners paid in USD averaged $151,000 whilst those paid in Euros averaged €63,400.
  • Project Managers -In the UK the average salary was £47,180 with an average day rate of £437. Practitioners paid in USD averaged $93,200 whilst those paid in Euros averaged €44,400.
  • Consultants – In the UK the average salary was £79,917 with an average day rate of £550.
  • Portfolio Managers – In the UK the average salary was £72,170 with an average day rate of £615.
  • PMO Managers – In the UK the average salary was £59,053 with an average day rate of £494. Practitioners paid in USD averaged $111,500 whilst those paid in Euros averaged €65,600.
  • Project Support -In the UK the average salary was £31,260 with an average day rate of £198.

Taking a wider look at project practitioners current work circumstances, development, remuneration and education, some highlights include:

  • 24% of UK-based practitioners say they are using Agile concepts in their day-to-day activities, yet only 8% have a recognised Agile Project Management accreditation.
  • 6% of UK-based practitioners say all programmes and projects undertaken in their organisation use Agile, yet only 50% believe their organisations have made the required philosophical shift to support its use.
  • UK-based programme and project management practitioners continue to over deliver, with the average practitioner delivering +20% on top of their contracted hours.
  • Despite only 37% of UK-based contractors seeing their day rates rise above inflation during 2014, 82% of them enter 2015 with a smile according to the Arras People positivity index.
  • Amongst UK-based employees, 16% of Public sector workers saw their salary increase by more than inflation compared to 43% of their peers in the Private sector.
  • PRINCE2 remains the top UK accreditation for project professionals at 66%. Yet 26% of respondents indicate they have no accreditations at all.
  • 73% of UK project professionals have at least a bachelors degree education although that number increases to 85% when compared to global respondents.

Much has changed in the field of Programme and Project management over the 10 years in which Arras People have been creating the Project Management Benchmark Report. We have seen bodies such as the PMI, APM, APMG International and the IPMA play a major role in developing and encouraging the adoption of methods and associated training to implement command and control project management. In the UK we have seen PRINCE2 become Project Management for many people and organisations; though for many, command and control has been pushed at the expense of people management.

We now have a new kid on the Programme and Project management block, who takes the name Agile; and in the last twelve months we have seen a proliferation of marketing that positions it as the key to a golden future. Whilst much confusion exists about what Agile is, or should that be what agile is? If nothing else it feels like a reaction against the “do as you are told”, manage the process not the deliverable feeling that command and control can project when poorly executed.

Maybe we are witnessing the start of the perfect storm, as a new generation find their voice in the workforce and look to define the shape of programme and project management for the next 10 years?

Against this backdrop the Project Management Benchmark Report makes essential reading for anyone working in and around project management looking for the latest insights and independent statistics. To download the report, visit the Arras People website.

These figures were taken from the latest report from Arras People on the project management market in the UK. The report is available to download at:

http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/project-and-programme-management-resources/the-project-management-benchmark-report-from-arras-people-2015/

Arras People is a Project Management recruitment and careers specialist. Working with organisations across all major industry sectors and business domains, we supply permanent and contract project management resources. We also work with individual project practitioners and groups with career enhancing workshops and sessions. Visit Arras People at http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/.

For information related to this news release, contact Lindsay Scott at [email protected]

Source: Arras People

 

Obama FY16 budget includes $3.2 Billion for U.S. Transportation Projects

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx highlights $3.2 Billion to Expand Transit Options that Improve Access to Jobs and Opportunities

3 February 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today highlighted $3.2 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget to advance the construction or completion of 25 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 13 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), would create thousands of construction and operations-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for residents.

150203-pmwj31-fy16-FOXX“President Obama has laid out a bold vision for investing in 21st century transportation infrastructure that provides millions of Americans improved access to employment, education and other vital services, while also supporting the nation’s growing economy,” said Secretary Foxx (pictured). “We are committed to ensuring that every American has access to the ladders of opportunity that lead to success — and public transportation is essential to making that happen.”

The President’s budget includes funding recommendations for 11 new transit projects that will connect thousands of residents in cities and communities across the country with jobs and other opportunities. These include:

  • The Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Columbus, Ohio, which will reduce overcrowding and shorten travel times on the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s second-busiest bus route, and improve connections to downtown Columbus, employment, educational and health destinations for thousands of residents who live along the corridor.
  • The Mid-Coast Corridor Project in San Diego, California, which will extend light rail service to the northern community of University City, significantly improving access to educational institutions and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in north San Diego and connecting residents to existing light rail service in downtown San Diego.
  • The Provo-Orem BRT line in Utah County, Utah, which will provide more frequent, reliable bus service connecting the Brigham Young and Utah Valley university campuses to Provo and Orem, as well as employment centers within the corridor.

“FTA is proud to partner with communities across the country to expand transportation options that will better meet the needs of transit riders today and accommodate expected population growth in the years ahead,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “These investments will help connect residents to jobs and other important opportunities, while also providing a boost to the local economy, spurring new development, revitalizing neighborhoods, and offering a much-needed alternative to traffic congestion.”

The recommendations also include ongoing funding for nine transit projects that have already received construction grant agreements from FTA and are under construction. The recommendation for each of these projects includes the scheduled annual payment outlined in the grant agreement, as well as an accelerated payment of an additional $15 million to speed project completion, potentially lower costs, and help FTA better manage the growing pipeline of projects. Existing projects are located in Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco and San Jose.

Five additional transit projects that were recommended in previous budgets for funding but have not yet received construction grant agreements are recommended again for FY2016 funding. Those projects are located in Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fresno and San Francisco.

In addition to the 25 transit projects recommended for funding, the President’s budget proposal includes $320 million for Accelerated Project Delivery and Development—a new category of funding that would provide an opportunity for other projects in the pipeline to move forward if they become ready for a construction grant prior to the end of the fiscal year. At least $75 million of these funds would be reserved specifically to help small urban and rural communities implement new bus service with premium features.

The budget also reserves $351 million for the growing number of requests for Core Capacity improvements. These funds are available for fixed guideway projects in transit corridors that are already at or above capacity, or are expected to be within five years.

During the Obama Administration, and as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), FTA has successfully put in place several new measures to streamline the CIG Program — one of the largest discretionary grant programs in the federal government — so that projects move more efficiently through the pipeline, bringing the benefits of expanded transit choices to communities sooner than in the past.

FTA’s Annual Report on Funding Recommendations for the FY2016 Capital Investment Grant Program, including links to individual project profiles, is available on FTA’s website.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.” DOT provides financing for hundreds of transportation-related programs and projects around the United States each year. For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/.

Source: US Department of Transportation

 

Thomas Walenta to address APM meeting in London

 

P/PM PEOPLE & EVENT NEWS

Former IBM Executive in Germany and PMI Fellow to keynote APM Programme Management SIG annual meeting

2 February 2015 – London, UK – The Programme Management SIG of the Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the agenda for their annual general meeting on 14 May 2015. In addition to election of committee leaders, attendees will hear from Thomas Walenta, PMI Fellow on the topic of “Project and Programme Management are two different animals, don’t underestimate the gap”. The meeting will be held at CH2M Hill, Elms House, 43 Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7EF and will begin at 6 p.m. Registration required.

150202-pmwj31-Walenta-PHOTOThis presentation will shed some light into the gap between project and programme management and may help with arguments to support establishment of programme management as a separate role and career.

Projects still go wrong, despite more than two decades of investment in project management research and improvements. Achieving benefits that provide value to organisations is seen by many as the main goal for projects, yet project managers are not selected and educated to have capabilities supporting this goal.

Also, successful project managers seem to lack the attitudes to create benefits and even to understand business, which successful programme managers seem to have. The standards and textbooks for project and programme management focus on different topics, e.g. deliverables for projects and benefits for programmes.

Programme management has evolved as the tool to close the gap, but is not yet understood and implemented well across the board. Too often, project managers are pushed into defining and creating business benefits and align to strategy, but lack the tools and capabilities for doing so.

The tendency to ‘extend’ project management falls short of understanding the fundamental differences. It is, to some extent, a similar tendency in looking at subject matter experts for the next project manager.

Like lions and elephants that live as neighbours in the same areas, they are not the same species and nobody would ask a lion to perform the tricks of an elephant. So why expect excellent project managers to behave like programme managers?

From 1983 until March 2014, Thomas Walenta was employed by IBM Germany and acted as Project and Program Manager as well as a PMO manager for a variety of IBM clients.

Since 2009 he led the sales team for a global integrated account in EMEA, working with clients and teams across Europe, in Japan, Russia and India. In spring 2014, Thomas Walenta took early retirement from IBM. He is now available for new engagements in coaching, training and consulting. Thomas Walenta, Dipl. Math., PgMP, PMP, is a volunteer member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1992 and of the German Project Management Association GPM since 1996.

In 2005, he was elected as a member of the PMI Board of Directors for the term 2006-2008. After this tenure and also in 2014, he serves a member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee. In 2012, Thomas Walenta received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award.

Thomas Walenta is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1998, a Program Management Professional (PgMP) since October 2014 and an IBM certified senior Project Manager since 2002. In 1983, he received a university diploma in Mathematics from the University of Mainz, Germany. From 2001, Thomas Walenta is an adjunct professor for the University of Darmstadt and is a member of its MBA teaching team since 2006. In 2014 he became a global advisor for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

Thomas Walenta is a German citizen, married to a teacher, lives in Hackenheim close to Frankfurt, and speaks German and English. His interests include cycling and walking his dog.

This event is aimed at professionals with an early or intermediate level of experience from any sectors. The Annual General Meeting of the APM Programme Management SIG will take place at 6.30pm.

To learn more or To book a place at this event, click here.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management