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EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Library introduces Scholar Level access to EBSCO business publications databases

1 May 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced a new premium membership level for its PM World Library to allow project management educators, researchers and professionals low cost access to more general business resources. The new “Scholar” membership will allow access to EBSCO’s massive Business Source Corporate Plus database of thousands of business books, magazines, journals, reports and other publications. To see the new Scholar membership benefits, click here.

150501-pmwj35-massive-PMWL logoIncluded in the database resources now accessible from the library are the following:

Business Book Summaries – Access to summaries of more than 2,600 business books published over the last 30 years, including best sellers and classics by such authors as Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Edward De Bono, Peter Drucker, Jack Ferraro, Malcom Gladwell, Seth Godin, Walter Isaacson, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, John P. Kotter, Maribeth Kuzneski, John Maxwell, Henry Mintzberg, John Naisbitt, Tom Peters, Michael Porter and many others. To see the list of book summaries, click here.

Newspapers and News Wires from around the world – Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Seattle Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Times (UK), Times of India, Toronto Star, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wellington Times and many more. EBSCO’s Newswires provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis. This collection includes over 14,000 feeds covering a range of business and general news topics. To see the list of newspapers, click here.

Business Magazines and Journals – Access to over 5,000 magazines, journals and industry publications from around the world, including Australian Business, Business Week, California Management Review, Canadian Business, China Business Review, Construction Engineer, Datamation,  Engineering News Record, Enterpreneur, Euroweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Government Executive, Harvard Business Review, India Business Journal, Information Week, McKinsey Quarterly, New Zealand Management, Newsweek, PC Magazine, PC World, The Economist, Wired and many more. To see the full list of publications included, click here.

Research Database – Access to hundreds of academic journals, including AACE International Transactions, Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Australian Journal of Information Systems, European Journal of Business & Management, European Management Review, Engineering Management Journal, International Journal of Project Management, Journal of African Business, Project Management Journal, South African Journal of Business Management and many more. Search thousands of publications and sources for any topic related to program or project management (or anything else). To see the full list of journals, magazines and industry publications, click here.

Other Business Resources – Access to corporate, industry and market information including nearly 1,000 country economic reports, over 10,000 company profiles, over 5,200 full-text industry reports, SWOT analyses and more.

To learn more about the new Scholar Membership, click here.

To view PMWL membership options, click here.

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library: “This is the most important step we have taken since launching the library a year ago. We are now starting to realize our vision of becoming a real library, with access to information and resource databases normally only available through academic and public libraries. For those professionals no longer at a university or in locations where libraries are not readily available, this should be a tremendous benefit. We’re very excited about it.”

“For anyone researching a project management topic,” Pells adds, “for an article or paper, academic research project, book or even to solve a business problem, access to these databases may prove invaluable. The group memberships can also make these resources available to multiple students, professionals and teams at even lower rates.”

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 publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

UMD Project Management Center for Excellence Unveils Symposium Agenda

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

June Symposium to Feature Nearly 60 Project Management Experts Covering Nine Session Tracks

1 May 2015 – College Park, Md, USA – On Thursday, April 30, the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence unveiled full program details for the second annual Project Management Symposium, taking place June 8-9 on the university’s campus in College Park, Md.

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Symposium participants will have the opportunity to customize their event experience by following along one – or several – featured session tracks: people in projects, construction, agile/IT, project management methodology, risk and big data, federal programs, education, public private partnerships, and sustainability. Organizations looking to “divide and conquer” to cover all of this year’s featured tracks can take advantage of special group registration rates to get the most value from this high-demand event.

The Baltimore-Washington area’s premier project management event will join together 60 field experts under one roof, offering project managers across industry, government, and academe the opportunity to sharpen their skills and get a first look at how today’s trends will shape the future of project management. This year’s presentation topics will include:

  • (People in Projects) “A Not So Unexpected Journey: Communicating for Results,” by Tasha Boone (U.S. Census Bureau) and Emily Allen (MITRE Corporation, LLC).
  • (Agile/IT) “10 Agile Principles – Taking the Steps to Agile Success,” by Myles D. Miller (SUCCESSHQ)
  • (Education) “Mentoring the Next Generation of Project Managers,” by Todd Carothers (University of Wisconsin – Platteville)
  • (Sustainability) “Planning, Implementing and Measuring Sustainability,” by William J. Bertera (Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure), Crystall D. Merlino (Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense), and Lidia Berger (Dewberry)
  • (Risk & Big Data) “Project Intelligence through Data Science and Process Mining,” by William Brantley (University of Maryland)

Five highly esteemed keynote speakers will share their unique perspectives and equip both veteran project managers and those new to the field with invaluable insights and action items they can bring back to the office.

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; Dr. 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 will join forces to provide a big-picture view of the many ways project management is transforming the way government, industry and academe operate.

In addition to providing project managers with an unmatched learning experience, this year’s symposium will offer a networking reception on Monday afternoon, bringing together experts from across the country and around the world. Even more, PMI members can earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining their PMI credential.

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

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

Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice; (301) 405-2057 – [email protected]

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

EXPO2015 and IPMA Italy

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

Reported by Roberto Mori in Milan

17 April 2015 – Milan, Italy – The attention of 148 Countries is being focused on the event Expo2015 (www.expo2015.org) that Milano (Italy) will host from May 1st to October 31st 2015.

For the first time in BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) Expos history, the 412 direct Stakeholders are going to develop the really universal theme of the event (Feeding the Planet, Energy for life) in an innovative way, with the stage left to mankind. The expected millions of visitors will then have the privilege to see and judge in how many different ways the theme has been developed by all the Stakeholders.

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But the opening day will be the end of a long route started in 2008 and driven by an unparalleled program comprised of much more than 500 individual projects, each of them independently managed under the general coordination of the Organizing Authority, in line with the guidelines issued by BIE.

It is apparent that the extent and constraints of the program, the so many world cultures involved, along with the area of just one sq km where all the projects must be simultaneously implemented and completed by April 30th, present countless challenges and require widespread Program and Project Management competencies.

IPMA Italy could not have disregarded such a unique combination. Therefore it devoted the last annual conference to the main challenges that Expo2015 program and project managers have been tackling along these years:

  • Risks analysis and management prior to application to BIE and during both the implementation of the program and the event itself.
  • Choice and development of the Expo theme.
  • General and sustainability principles that have inspired the program.
  • Organization of the operations management structure, up to the site activities.
  • Relationships with all the Stakeholders and impact of global multi-culture context.
  • High surveillance and direction of construction site for sub-contracts of own direct responsibility.
  • External infrastructures and urban modifications.
  • Projects for post-event destination of the area.
  • Relationships with the many partners and civil society organizations.

A round table with several project managers from the expositing Countries has concluded the day, followed by an extended time for Q&A.

The list of challenges is far from being exhaustive, but it is sufficient to highlight the uniqueness of the program.

The appreciation expressed by the professional audience to all the speakers in charge of the above areas has been the best reward for IPMA Italy, along with the post-event interest shown by professionals who could not attend the Conference.

On the occasion, the winners of two IPMA 2014 Project Excellence Awards (Tecnimont, GASCO Abu Dhabi Habshan5 process plant, and General Electric Oil & Gas, Priolo Ethylene project)) and one of the three Young Project Managers of the Year awarded in 2014, presented the excellence characteristics that led the related projects to the Awards. It is probably not by chance that the latter project is part of the Expo program.

Further the winners of the first Award IPMA Italy 2014 for best articles on project management topics have presented the visions and experiences as described in the awarded articles.

The Conference has given evidence that there are also other reasons to visit the Expo than just the 412 different ways of the theme development and presentation. It is enough to mention that the projects of the world most renowned architects are displayed in one sq km.

Finally recalling that food is life, culture, civilization, history, art, pleasure, senses, projects, sport, creativity; that it involves the four primordial elements (earth, water, air, fire); that it is protagonist of one of the most sensitive paradoxes of the modern world that could only be resolved through political projects correctly devised and implemented, IPMA Italy looks forward to welcoming to Milano project management professionals from all over the world for an unrepeatable experience.

Visit Expo2015 website here: http://www.expo2015.org/it/index.html

Welcome to Milan!

 

Winners of April Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

P/PM EDUCATION NEWS

Winners in 11 countries to receive free books by registering at www.pmworldlibrary.net

29 April 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The winners of the April drawing for free project management books among members of the PM World Library have been identified. 11 people in 11 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 1344 registered PMWL members on 28 April 2015. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

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

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  • Sigifredo Arce – Colombia
  • Patrick Sulivan – Australia
  • Marco Sampietro – Italy
  • Manuel Da Silva Neto – Brazil
  • Maha Abousharkh – Canada
  • Raul Marquez – Venezuela
  • Shushil Sharma – Nepal
  • Victor Martins – South Africa
  • Elizabeth Tait – UK
  • William Potter – New Zealand

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

Project Management 2.0: Leveraging Tools, Distributed Collaboration and Metrics for Project Success; Author: Harold R. Kerzner, PhD; Publisher: Wiley (2015); For more about the book, click here.

Project Management Maturity Model, 3rd Edition (eBook); Author: J. Kent Crawford; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value (eBook); Author: Stephen A. Devaux; Publisher: CRC Press (2014); For more about the book, click here.

The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.

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

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

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

Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques; Author: Murali Chemuturi; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (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.

Advanced Multi-Project Management: Achieving Outstanding Speed and Results with Predictability; Authors: Gerald M. Kendall, PMP; Kathleen M. Austin; 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.

 

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].

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library: “Congratulations to all of the winners this month! This is the first drawing where winners were all in different countries, and no winners were in the United States. It really reflects the global composition of the library membership now, as well as why more publishers are offering eBooks as prizes.”

If winners have not received an email about this drawing, they can contact David at [email protected].

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

 

Indonesian Society of Project Management Professionals enters IPMA

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo

27 April 2015 – Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland – The Indonesian Society of Project Management Professionals, locally known as Ikatan Ahli Manajemen Proyek Indonesia (IAMPI), application for membership in the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was approved unanimously by the IPMA Council of Delegates (CoD) at their council meeting on the March 28th and 29th 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. IAMPI was warmly welcomed into the global family of IPMA Member Associations by all participants of the IPMA Council of Delegates.

IAMPI was represented in the Council of Delegates meeting by Mr Ir. Darma T. Saptodewo, Deputy Chairman of IAMPI, and Dr Ir. Nurahma Tresani, Head of Organizational Development of IAMPI. Mr Saptodewo delivered a presentation in which he highlighted IAMPI strategic goals, credentials, organization structure, membership application processes, the PMSA member profile as well as its member value through a range of benefits.

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In the photograph (from left to right): Mr Darma T. Saptodewo, IAMPI Deputy Chairman, and Mr Reinhard Wagner, IPMA President, signing the IAMPI membership agreement (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

150427-pmwj34-indonesia-IMAGE2Mr Saptodewo was very happy with IPMA membership, and said “Indonesia as one of the MA member in IPMA will be able to develop project management competences in areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies in 57 countries around the world. This is possible because the reputation of IPMA as the world’s oldest project management association and it is the leading authority on competent project, program and portfolio management. In the next five years the government of Indonesia will build infrastructure projects worth 300 billion USD and it will be a requirement that experts in Indonesia should improve their competency in the field of Project Management. I am very proud that IAMPI has been accepted as a member of IPMA and I believe that this opportunity will lead to an increase in construction quality, efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure development in Indonesia.”

Mr Saptodewo can be contacted at [email protected] and at [email protected] . For further information please navigate to www.iampi.org .

150427-pmwj34-indonesia-IMAGE3Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 58 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA annual World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2015 and 2016 is Mr Reinhard Wagner. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helsinki, Finland, who attended the IPMA meetings in Ireland

Photo courtesy of Jouko Vaskimo

 

Show your individual competences and win IPMA Achievement Awards!

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Reported by Bikash Dhar and Ewa Bednarczyk in Kraków

20 April 2015 – Kraków, Poland and Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Award Management Board together with the Young Crew Management Board announces a call for nominations for the individual awards: IPMA Project Manager of the Year and Young Project Manager of the Year 2015, which are part of the IPMA Achievement Awards.

All applications are due for submission by July the 30th 2015 for consideration.

 

150420-pmwj34-call-for-IMAGE1“The most valuable thing of this award is that they not only evaluate the project size or complexity but also the individual capabilities and skills.” Cristian Soto, Bolivia, 2nd Finalist of Young Project Manager of the Year 2013.

Competences, personal qualities and excellent performance of individuals within project management are recognized and awarded in those two categories:

 

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The IPMA Project Manager of the Year

A winning individual will be one who demonstrates, through narratives and documentary evidence, excellence and/or innovation in project management over a cumulative period of not less than two years. The project(s) undertaken may be of any size or value, from either the public or private sector and can be located anywhere in the world.

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Photo: Award ceremony at the IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam 2014.

The Award recognizes the individuals who provide the most effective demonstration of their project management competence, no matter the scale, number or type of projects referenced. It is the individual qualities that will be evaluated, not those of any project worked on. The Award Winners will be announced during the Award Gala at the 30th IPMA World Congress in Panama on 29 September 2015.

 

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The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year

The Young Crew initiative renown for being the most vibrant and engaging network for young and emerging project management professionals – in collaboration with IPMA, the world’s premier project management association – announces the call for nominations for the 2015 edition of its globally acclaimed IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year.

For the third year in 2015, the Young Project Manager Award became part of the IPMA Achievement Awards and being named Young Project Manager of the Year.

The Young Crew is a community of seasoned professionals who passionately promote the very essence of project management as a practice and process across all sectors of industry. As an initiative the Young Crew is extremely keen in actively supporting the development of project leaders within the project management domain. This award gives an insight into the rapidly increasing number of dynamic young professionals who have embraced project management as a profession, which has evidently resulted in a rapidly growing number of both emerging and young project managers worldwide. The award is aimed at recognizing the laudable achievements of young project professionals who have participated in or led the successful delivery of outstanding projects. Projects whose outcome has had a remarkable effect towards service delivery, business transformation and likewise social change.

150420-pmwj34-call-for-IMAGE5Winning the 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager Award is certainly a great recognition for me and my teams. This has not only contributed in elevating my career but has also branded my company with a great honour. The IPMA is the world’s largest professional project management body, so this is recognition on an international scale. I would strongly encourage project management professionals to apply for the award and get internationally recognised.”  Mehmood Alam, UK- Award Winner 2014

The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year is open to project managers aged from 18 to 35 at the time of applying. The criteria for evaluation of the award is based upon the ICB (IPMA Competence Baseline), and finalists will be chosen based upon the strength of their overall competence development. Members and non-members of IPMA are eligible to apply. The finalists will each receive a financial sponsorship package to attend the 30th IPMA World Congress and Young Crew Workshop in Panama City, Panama from 25th September -01st October 2015.

150420-pmwj34-call-for-IMAGE6“We are now in the third year, as part of the IPMA Achievement Awards, and the Young Project Manager of the Year opens doors for the young crew members to present their great results and being rewarded for it. This award is a great opportunity for young professionals to apply and get recognition within and outside our community, and setting the career path to be a successful and known senior project manager.” says Bikash Dhar, project manager of the individual Achievement Awards Categories.

Application process:

Applications need to be handed in by 30th July 2015 23:50CET.

To apply for this year’s award and download all the material, including award process, award guidelines and application form, please visit: http://ipma.ch/awards/achievement-awards/young-project-manager/

Applicants will be notified of their application status and for further steps for consideration of the award in early August. Finalists for this year’s award will be selected by end of August 2015.

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For more information contact the IPMA Award Office at [email protected]

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

Source: IPMA

 

PMI New Zealand 2015 Project Management Conference set for September in Wellington

 

FUTURE P/PM EVENTS

15 April 2015 – Wellington, New Zealand – The PMI New Zealand (PMINZ) Chapter will host the 2015 Project Management Conference in Wellington during 2-4 September 2015. The 2015 event with the theme “Shaping the Future” marks the 21st anniversary conference for PMINZ. The conference will be held at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, set on a spectacular waterfront site overlooking Wellington harbour.

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A call for abstracts has been issued, with responses due by 21 May. Early registration is open. Corporate and speaker discounts are available. Award nominations are also being accepted until 3 June.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city also known as the café city of New Zealand. Pre-conference master classes are available, along with several site tours to fascinating local projects. The conference will include keynote speakers, professional presentations and all of the usual networking and social activities of an international conference. A welcome reception at the museum is planned for 2 September; the PMINZ 2015 Awards Dinner will be on 3 September.

For information, go to http://www.projectmanagementconference.org.nz/home/

The Project Management Institute of New Zealand (PMINZ) is proud to promote the Project Management Conference in Wellington this year. PMINZ is a chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). With over 700,000 members in over 180 countries, the PMI is the leading membership association for the project management profession in the world. Established in 1969, PMI is actively engaged in advocacy for the profession, setting professional standards, conducting research, and providing access to a wealth of information and resources. PMI also promotes career and professional development and offers certification, networking, and community involvement opportunities.

PMINZ was officially granted its charter to operate in New Zealand on March 12, 1994 and has experienced exceptional growth since then and remains one of the largest chapters outside North America, with over 1700 members. PMINZ has three active branches: South Island Branch (based out of Christchurch and including Nelson and Dunedin Sub-Branches), Central Branch (based out of Wellington includes Sub-Branches in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and Taranaki) and Northern Branch (based out of Auckland and including Waikato and Northland Sub-Branches). PMINZ has regularly received international PMI awards in recognition of its success. For more information about PMI please go to http://www.pmi.org.nz/

Conference contact: Neil McDougall at [email protected]

 

Why aren’t more IT projects successful?

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PM World Journal seeks articles and papers about managing information technology projects and programs

17 April 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 topics related to information technology (IT) projects.  Articles and papers that discuss issues related to starting, managing or completing IT projects and programs are sought.

Studies seem to show that the success rate for IT projects is not improving very fast. Are there additional complexities or other special issues associated with planning and implementing technology projects that are not yet well understood? Do stakeholders sometimes get in the way? Are reliable cost estimates for IT initiatives always unreliable or impossible? What are some secrets to success?

150417-pmwj34-why-PMWJ LOGOSome examples of works might include:

  • Featured Papers – new research results related to launching and completing IT projects successfully
  • Advisory Articles – how to avoid pitfalls, reduce risks or increase the probability of successful outcomes
  • Personal Stories – description of how you or your organization managed to succeed with a successful software, system or technology development project
  • Case studies – stories about actual IT programs and projects, what worked and what went wrong
  • Commentaries – personal opinions on this issue; what do you really think?
  • Student Papers – papers developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • 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, “Many writers and professional leaders today seem to imply that IT projects are both different and more difficult than those in other sectors. I’m just not sure that is true. For example, many projects in aerospace, defense, semiconductors, telecommunications, transportation and other industries have included software, technology development and systems integration for decades.”

“So why aren’t more IT projects more successful?” Pells adds. “Is it because of increasing complexity? Constantly changing technologies? Time-to-market pressures? Weak business cases, poor estimates, immature budgeting processes, unreasonable executives, governance shortfalls? Let’s try to shed more light on the subject.”

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. Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider submitting an article or paper on this topic now or later to [email protected]

 

High Earners in Project Management

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

16 April 2015 – Haywood, Manchester, UK – Arras People, the UK’s project management recruitment specialists, have released their latest Project Management Salary Guide. An independent annual report on the project management industry, of over 2000 practitioners polled, it was found that the highest earners* in project management are males in their forties. The highest earners also work for large organisations within the professional services and consultancy fields and are delivering ‘business transformation’ projects and programmes.

150416-pmwj34-high-IMAGEHigh earners work in positions such as Portfolio, Programme and PMO Management roles and report to the Board of Directors within their businesses. High earners are educated, obtaining at least a Master’s degree.

The latest report also shows that high earners are not necessarily undertaking qualifications and accreditations. Those high earners who opt for development favour PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and APM’s APMP. 30% of high earners do not have any recognised accreditations.

The Project Management Salary Guide covers both permanent employee salaries and contractor day rates and shows how different aspects of a project practitioner’s life impact their earning potential some highlights include:

  • Those leaving education at high school level are less likely to earn in the £60-75K bracket than those taking degrees and vocational training.
  • Civil engineering and construction Master’s degrees bring a higher earning potential, followed by business and IT.
  • Popular membership choices for higher earners include PMI and the Chartered Institute of Management.
  • Those earning between £60K – £75K are the least likely to undertake project management training and accreditations.
  • Lower earners in project management are more likely to work within community and research based projects.
  • Those working within the £40-50K salary range were less likely to receive a bonus on top of their working wage.
  • High earners are not managing the largest project budgets. Those working in the £50-70K salary range are more likely to be managing budgets over £10 million.

For further insights the Project Management Salary Guide can be downloaded at:  http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/camel-blog/projectmanagement/the-project-management-salary-guide-2015

*High earners are classed as earning over £75,000 per annum

Arras People is the Project Management Recruitment Division of Arras Services Ltd. Arras People provides programme and project management professionals and professional project office support personnel across all industry sectors, for either permanent, contract or interim positions. Arras Services began trading in February 2002, and now provides services to many of UK’s leading blue chip organisations. Visit Arras People at www.arraspeople.co.uk.

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

Source: Arras People

US $140 million for Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Airport Expansion Project

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

16 April 2014 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Cairo, Egypt – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a US $140-million loan for Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Airport Expansion Project. The project, to be implemented within 44 months, is expected to provide an additional capacity for 10 million passengers per year. This will bring the airport’s total passenger capacity to 18 million annually, and operations capacity to 68 operations per hour.

Egypt’s economy, Egyptian Airports Company (EAC), private sector enterprises in the tourism, and aviation and services industries are expected to benefit directly from the project. Others beneficiaries are travellers using the airport, airline operators, and Egypt’s labour force.

150416-pmwj34-egypt-IMAGESharm El-Sheikh airport has been Egypt’s fastest-growing facility and is Africa’s third-busiest airport, with an average of 10% annual growth rate in traffic over the past decade (excluding year of revolution). The total number of passengers using the airport reached 8.2 million in 2010, which is above its design capacity.

Over the years, the Government of Egypt’s development plans have focused on transport infrastructure and the establishment of well-developed transport links and systems as a means to accelerate economic growth. This is in light of the country’s large geographical area, and its reliance on economic sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and services. All this is aligned with the country’s Vision 2022, and its five-year macro-economic policy framework (2014/2015 to 2018/2019).

At a recent Economic Development Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in March, the government launched the Strategic Development Strategy (SDS) entitled Egypt’s Vision 2030. The document cites tourism as a key strategic sector for investment, and one that promotes growth of medium-term investment and large scale infrastructure.

In March, a high-level Egyptian delegation led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visited the Bank’s Executive Directors and management in Abidjan, and sought the Bank’s support to the government’s ongoing economic reforms. It also asked the Bank to boost its ambitious development and investment programme.

The Bank’s contribution to the project represents 21% of the total estimated cost of US $671 million. The project is co-financed with the Islamic Development Bank and the Government of Egypt.

For more about AfDB projects and investments in Egypt, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/egypt/.

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

Source: African Development Bank

 

Hill International Acquires Turkish Project Management Firm IMS

 

P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS

15 April 2015 – Marlton, NJ, USA and Istanbul, Turkey – Hill International has announced that it has acquired IMS Proje Yonetimi ve Danismanlik A.S., a firm that provides project management services for international developers, institutional investors and major retailers. IMS, which has approximately 80 professionals, is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

150415-pmwj34-IMS-IMAGE“IMS has always been a delivery-focused company and this is the main factor in our successful track record,” said Serdar Gucar, President of IMS and now also Vice President and Managing Director of Turkish operations for Hill’s Project Management Group. 

“The blend of our two companies’ cultures will enhance the value delivered on our projects and will improve our ability to meet our clients’ expectations and requirements,” added Gucar. “The addition of IMS strengthens Hill’s project management resources and capabilities not just in Turkey but throughout the region as well,” said David L. Richter, Hill’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We welcome IMS and all of their professionals to the Hill International family,” added Richter.

IMS, founded in 1989, is one of the leading project management firms based in Turkey. The company has provided services on hundreds of commercial real estate projects in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. IMS offers a wide range of high-quality services, including project development, design management, construction management, monitoring, due diligence and other consulting services. For more information on IMS, please visit their website at www.ims.com.tr.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,700 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

 

Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice Workshop

 

P/PM EDUCATION & FUTURE EVENT NEWS

3rd Megaprojects Workshop at GWU in Washington, DC announced for 4-5 June 2015

15 April 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – The George Washington University (GWU) School of Business’ Master of Science in Project Management program has announced their third annual workshop on megaprojects. The event will be held on June 4 from 08:00 am from 06:15 pm and on Friday, June 5 from 08:00 am until 12:00 pm. Event location will be The GWU School of Business, 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 151 and Oglethorpe Hall, Washington, DC, USA, 20052. For more, click here.

150415-pmwJ34-megaproject-IMAGEThe workshop will again bring together scholars and practitioners to further a collective understanding of megaproject performance, along with fundamental issues of governance structures, development processes, procurement strategies, product designs, and environment changes.

What is a high-performing megaproject? Performance is a notion to our understanding of the megaproject phenomena and to advance the debate on this complicated organization form for producing capital and designed assets. Performance is also a fundamental notion in the practice of megaprojects, and thus, in the exercise of leadership and governance megaprojects. Paradoxically, our understanding of megaproject performance is still emerging. Aside from the traditional econometric cost-benefit analysis, the notion of a high-performing megaproject remains surprisingly ambiguous and prone to misconceptions.

Making sense of a high-performing megaproject is the theme of this year’s workshop. Attendees can receive 8.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs), 0.85 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 10.2 Continuing Professional Education (CPEs) hours for their attendance. Information and registration can be found at http://business.gwu.edu/events/megaprojects-workshop/.

Founded in 1996, the Masters of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is one of the oldest project management-specific master’s degree programs in the world. For more information, go to http://business.gwu.edu/programs/specialized-masters/mspm/

 

Professor Young Hoon Kwak named Academic Advisor

 

PEOPLE NEWS

George Washington University professor joins PM World academic advisory team for journal and library

14 April 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that Prof Young Hoon Kwak has joined the organization’s academic advisory board for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Prof Kwak is a globally-respected educator, researcher, author and editor in the fields of engineering, construction and project management. He joins an international team of academic leaders who provide periodic advice and feedback to the PMWJ editorial team.

Professor Young Hoon Kwak is a faculty member in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., USA. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management as well as Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting assistant professor at the Florida International University, a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute, and currently holds a visiting professor position at department of management information science and operations management in the faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium.

150414-pmwj34-kwak-PHOTODr. Kwak serves as a specialty editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE) and an associate editor for Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE) and serves on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald) and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM).

Dr. Kwak is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend. His research that was partially funded by PMI titled “Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines” received the 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award. He recently published a new book titled “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs” (2014 PMI Publications).

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations including World Bank, US Department of State, US Department of Education, US Navy, NASA, FAA, IBM, Active Risk, Independent Project Analysis, Seoul National Univ., Yonsei Univ., POSTECH, POSCO, Hanmi Global, Daewoo, LG, etc. and presented and published over hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly works appear in California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Risk Management: An International Journal, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Journal of Management in Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, Korean Management Review and other academic outlets.

Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include strategic issues of project management; project control; project performance evaluation and improvement; management of technology; and engineering, construction, and infrastructure project management. Additional information can be found at http://home.gwu.edu/~kwak.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWJ is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced and maintained by PM World which also operates 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/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

 

Last Call for Early Bird Registrations for June Project Management Symposium at University of Maryland

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

UMD Symposium to Feature Speakers from NASA, Clark Construction Group, and More

13 April 2015 – College Park, Md, USA – Wednesday, April 15, is the last day to take advantage of early-bird registration rates for the Second Annual Project Management Symposium, hosted by the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence this June 8-9, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

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In addition to nearly 60 session speakers, this year’s blockbuster event will provide attendees with an inside look at how today’s trends will shape the future of project management for years to come. Attendees will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to customize their symposium experience by choosing from sessions on topics ranging from people in projects and construction, to project management methodology and public-private partnerships.

Project managers at all career levels across government, industry and academe will take away invaluable insights from this information-packed event. Topping the star-studded line-up of speakers are five highly esteemed keynotes who will share their unique perspectives of the ever-changing field of project management.

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; Dr. 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 will serve as this year’s keynote speakers, providing symposium participants with a big-picture view of the many ways project management has evolved in recent years.

Kernzer’s June 8th presentation, “Project Management 2.0: Planning for the Future of Project Management,” will explore the hows and whys behind changing perceptions of the value of project managers.

Davis’s presentation, “Happiness Works – Rethinking Competitive Advantage,” will demonstrate why high morale is key to being sustainably competitive in all sectors. And, to help close out day one of this year’s symposium, Hastie will provide a case study of the first social infrastructure project in the U.S. procured using the Performance Based Infrastructure (PBI) delivery methodology during his presentation, “Long Beach Courthouse: Influence of Performance Based Infrastructure on the Design-Build Process.”

To open day two, Hoffman will present, “Creating Knowledge Services for Modern Technical Project Organizations: The REAL Knowledge Approach,” during which he will demonstrate how organizations and practitioners can best leverage project knowledge and knowledge services to get things done in the modern complex project environment. Following Hoffman’s presentation, Richey will provide an insider’s view of the inner workings of the U.S. Government Accountability Office during her presentation, “GAO Cost Estimating, Scheduling, and Earned Value Management: Best Practices and Recent Audit Findings.”

In addition to providing project managers with an unmatched learning experience, this year’s symposium will offer multiple networking receptions, bringing together both area project managers and field experts from across the country and around the world.

Those interested in attending this year’s symposium are strongly encouraged to register by the April 15 early-bird deadline, as this event is on track to top last year’s attendance numbers.

Additionally, those attending this year’s symposium can qualify to earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

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

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

Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice; (301) 405-2057 – [email protected]

Source: UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

Free Project Management Books Announced for April Drawing

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

April PM World Library drawing to feature 11 project management books for lucky winners around the world

13 April 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Eleven project management books are again being offered for the April 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 2014 in connection with the official opening of the online library. The drawings have proven popular and are continuing through 2015.

150413-pmwj33-books-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of project management books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of 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 April 2015 drawing include:

  • Project Management 2.0: Leveraging Tools, Distributed Collaboration and Metrics for Project Success; Author: Harold R. Kerzner, PhD; Publisher: Wiley (2015); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Construction Management of Healthcare Projects (eBook); Authors: Sanjiv Gokhale, Thomas Gormley; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Engineering Project Management for the Global High Technology Industry (eBook); Author: Sammy Shina; Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Advanced Multi-Project Management: Achieving Outstanding Speed and Results with Predictability; Authors: Gerald M. Kendall, PMP; Kathleen M. Austin; 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, “The next drawing will be on 28 April. Now that free basic memberships are included in the drawing pool, more people can win each month.”

To win, one must be a registered individual 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/.

“I want to thank the authors and publishers who have offered their books as prizes this month,” Pells adds. “The free book drawings provide good visibility for the books, but it is still great that these valuable books are being offered to our members at no cost. For some of people, the free books are a very big deal.”

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.

 

Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications

 

FUTURE PM EVENT

UMD 2015 Project Management Symposium on Track to Shatter Previous Attendance Record

By John H. Cable, R.A., PMP
Director, University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

11 April 2015 – College Park, MD, USA – Last June, more than 250 project management professionals from across the Baltimore-Washington region and around the world filled the University of Maryland’s Stamp Student Union ballroom and conference areas, eager to learn from and network with some of the most renowned game-changers in the field of project management.

Reflecting back on the planning process, my colleagues and I at the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence first envisioned our annual symposium as an opportunity to demonstrate the capital region’s significance and contributions to the field. Located just a short drive from downtown Washington and little more than 30 miles from Baltimore, our symposium in many ways represents both the geographic and symbolic epicenter of project management, joining together government, academia, and industry.

Recognizing an unmet need for a cross-disciplinary event that would draw experts representing all walks of project management, we opened registration for the 2014 symposium and were immediately blown away by the overwhelming response we received.

On the heels of last year’s capacity event, we look forward to an even bigger audience for this year’s symposium, taking place June 8-9 in the same location.

Project Management Institute chapters and their leaders, as well as practitioner groups, work tirelessly throughout the year to organize invaluable conferences and workshops that provide critical “how-tos” and updates on changes impacting the field. Conversely, the research community and academics host and contribute to annual events, during which up-to-the-minute project management facts and statistics are freely exchanged between fellow researchers.

We at the Project Management Center for Excellence realized that bringing together these two groups could take project management education to a whole new level. Together, these project management leaders and researchers are able to take top-level discussions beyond lessons learned and common practices, to provide a vision of what the future of the field might look like and why.

Driven further by the goal of “Connecting Academically Rigorous Research with Practical Applications,” each of this year’s speakers will draw from his or her own experiences and focus areas to tackle some of the most pressing topics in project management today.

Topping this year’s star-studded line-up are 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; Dr. 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.

Kerzner will kick things off with a June 8 morning presentation, “Project Management 2.0: Planning for the Future of Project Management,” during which he will discuss how executives have increasingly recognized the value of project managers in recent years.

Switching gears a bit, Davis will present, “Happiness Works – Rethinking Competitive Advantage,” demonstrating why high morale is key to being sustainably competitive in all sectors. Later that afternoon, Hastie will provide a case study of the first social infrastructure project in the U.S. procured using the Performance Based Infrastructure (PBI) delivery methodology during his presentation, “Long Beach Courthouse: Influence of Performance Based Infrastructure on the Design-Build Process.”

Kicking off day two of the symposium, Hoffman’s presentation, “Creating Knowledge Services for Modern Technical Project Organizations: The REAL Knowledge Approach” will demonstrate how organizations and practitioners can best leverage project knowledge and knowledge services to get things done in the modern complex project environment. Following Hoffman’s presentation, Richey will provide an insider’s look at the inner workings of the U.S. Government Accountability Office during her presentation, “GAO Cost Estimating, Scheduling, and Earned Value Management: Best Practices and Recent Audit Findings.”

Along with this year’s keynotes, nearly 60 session speakers will cover a wide range of topics, allowing symposium attendees the unique opportunity to choose from tracks in human factors, construction and sustainability, agile and information technology, federal programs, project management methodology, public-private partnerships, and more. As such, the breadth and depth of the topics covered in this year’s symposium reflect the myriad interests of the project management community.

This event is the only of its kind to join together project managers and researchers from across the globe – right on the outskirts of the most powerful region in the world.

We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in the field to the University of Maryland campus this June for what promises to be a high-value opportunity for project managers of all career stages and disciplines. For that, we encourage interested parties to register before the early-bird deadline of April 15. Additionally, PMI members will receive an additional discount of $50.00.

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

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

 

Polio Eradication Project in Nigeria to get another $200 million

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

10 April 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today US$200 million of International Development Association (IDA) additional financing for the final push to eradicate polio and sustain routine immunization for children under five years and women of reproductive age in Nigeria.

Nigeria is making significant progress towards polio eradication, with no new cases of polio virus reported since July 2014. The disease surveillance system, even in insecure areas, continues to perform well. This additional financing will build on the positive results of the original project approved in July 2012 and help sustain the gains achieved to date.

150410-pmwj33-nigerial-IMAGEThis new financing for the Polio Eradication Support Project will assist Nigeria to increase and sustain the coverage of oral polio vaccine immunization. With five more months of zero cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV), Nigeria will have officially interrupted transmission of polio, which is a significant milestone toward eradication.

“Eradicating polio is a global public good because of its epidemic potential and devastating impact on children and adults,” said Oluwole Odutolu, Task Team Leader for the Polio Eradication Support Project. “Polio remains a lethal and crippling disease that is entirely preventable and ending it makes the world a safer place for all children.”

This additional financing will also help sustain the coverage of routine immunization in the country and the prevention of vaccine preventable-diseases, which is a major cause of under-five mortality in Nigeria.

“Sustaining routine immunization is critical to completing polio eradication and improving the health of children and mothers in Nigeria,” said Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria.

The World Bank has been a proud partner with other global agencies in efforts to eradicate polio through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and to strengthen routine immunization, with partners including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

“With no new cases of polio in Africa, efforts to interrupt transmission of polio as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are looking extremely promising,” said Tim Evans, Senior Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group.

“However, polio anywhere is a threat everywhere. As we reach the finish line in Nigeria, we must also focus on getting to zero new polio cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Only two countries in the world, Afghanistan and Pakistan, reported polio cases this year.

“This important contribution from the World Bank comes at a critical time to help Nigeria sustain its strong progress against polio eradication,” said Hamid Jafari, Head of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. “This investment in Nigeria and further investment in Afghanistan and Pakistan will help galvanize support and strengthen routine immunization of children, particularly building on the lessons learned from polio eradication in these countries.”

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Annual commitments have averaged about $18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.

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

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

Source: The World Bank

Innovations and New Trends in Turkish Construction Industry Conference

 

FUTURE PM EVENT

Innovations and New Trends in Turkish Construction Industry Conference will be held on the 16th of May in İstanbul

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

10 April 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey – The International Project Management Institute (UPYE) and Boğaziçi University will hold their new conference ‘Innovations and New Trends in Turkish Construction Industry’ in Istanbul on May 16, 2015. Chairmen, top managers and academicians from distinguished Turkish companies and universities will be attending the conference.

150410-pmwj33-innovations-IMAGE1The conference will be held in Boğaziçi University, Garanti Kültür Merkezi Ayhan Şahenk Hall, under 4 main sessions: In the first session, new developments in the real estate and construction industry will be discussed. Second session will cover the new trends in green design. Innovation and new trends in project management will be the main topic of the third session, and in the last session, the technological developments and solutions will be discussed.

Visit http://www.upye.org/ for free registration and details.

UPYE (International Project Management Institute) was established in 2010 in order to extend the Project Management knowledge in Turkey. As an NGO and a non-profit organization, UPYE’s vision is being an internationally recognized Turkish organization which shapes the future of project management globally.

UPYE was established by 10 co-founders with background and expertise from different industries which include construction, real estate, information technology, energy, marketing and nanotechnology, and currently it has more than 300 online professional and student members. Prof. David Arditi, the IIT Construction Engineering and Management Master Program Director is an honored member.

150410-pmwj33-innovations-IMAGE2One of the major points that distinguishes UPYE from other similar organizations is that the solution and event partners of UPYE are universities. UPYE completed many seminars and organizations in the last 5 years and Bogazici University was the host and the major supporter of those events. In addition, Ozyegin University was another university that organized an important event together with UPYE about the real estate industry in Turkey in 2014. More information can be found at http://www.upye.org/.

“Project Management from Different Perspectives”, “Construction Cost Management”, “Integration and Communication Management in Construction Industry”, “Institutionalization and Human Resources Management in Construction Industry” and “The Past, Today and Future of Real Estate Industry in Turkey” were some of the major events that the UPYE previously completed successfully.

 

40 new works by 42 different authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1330 project management articles, papers & other works by 579 different authors in more than 60 countries

9 April 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 40 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) were added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 42 different authors in 19 countries were published in the April 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/.

150409-pmwj33-40-PMWL logoThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to around 1330 original works by 579 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30-40 new works by many different authors; of the 42 authors in December, 10 were new to the journal and library. All works in the PMWL can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/pm-world-collection/. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We introduced a new series again this month, articles from the College of Performance Management related to the integration of Agile and EVM. The first two articles are introductory in nature and were published in the April PMWJ. This seems to be one of the hottest topics in the earned value community so we thought they were worth sharing.”

New authors in March include John Campbell (USA), Luis Contreras (USA), Rangika Halwatura (Sri Lanka), A J Holley (USA), Patrick James (USA), Chris Jones (UK), Chinwi Obari Mgbere (Nigeria/Kazakhstan), Nalesendja Muhammad (Indonesia/Singapore), Ruth Murray-Webster (UK) and Serin Zatar (USA). New works from 32 authors already included in the library were also added.

“Our other authors and correspondents contributed some nice work this month,” Pells adds. “The report from Rocio Zelada in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is great since this is from a country where the project management profession is really just getting started. She shared some enthusiastic messages from other passionate leaders in the PMI chapter there. But I want to thank all the authors for their contributions.”

In addition to the original papers, 30+ news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,250 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 www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Editor’s note: Access to all authors and works in the PM World Library is now free, with the new Free Basic Membership introduced in March. Registration is still required. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/

 

Not too late! Attend 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

8 April 2015 – Riga, Latvia – The 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 16-17 April 2015. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia. It’s not too late to register; if you live anywhere in northern Europe, you should attend this important project management conference in Riga. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.

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The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. Official conference language is English.

To see the final conference programme, click here.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Economics and Management Faculty of the University of Latvia together with the Professional Association of Project managers organize an international conference on project management, gathering professionals from a number of countries. In 2014 sixteen countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Russia, Island, Hungary, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Poland, Australia, Chez Republic, Norway, Palestine, Finland, Netherlands, Turkey and other), and this year several others have joined in. The conference aims to host a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

Project management has been developing rapidly over the last 30 years and became an important factor in business success. It opens new opportunities for businesses to increase their competitiveness in the market. Project management methods improve project transparency – cash flow tracking, project risk assessment, and risk prevention planning, project stakeholder analysis, project implementation planning and supervision.

This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large-scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization.

Project management is currently one of the most topical forms of task organization. The necessity for its application is dictated by several factors. The most important among them are the ever increasing complexity of products and services, and market competition. The complexity of products and services causes higher requirements for interdisciplinary knowledge, and the growing competition in markets forces businesses to make better use of their resources, become better and quicker than their competitors, and make swifter changes in their organizations, pursuing their clients’ interests. In such conditions, project management opens new opportunities for businesses.

The Professional Project Managers Association (PVPA) together with the University of Latvia are organizing already the fourth international conference on project management, giving practical and theoretical specialists from various countries the opportunity to exchange their opinions on practical and theoretical aspects of project management. Such exchange of knowledge and opinions enables us to develop project management as a professional activity not only within an individual country, but on an international level as well.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. If you live in Northern Europe and have an interest in advancing professional project management or learning about the latest in project management applications and ideas, don’t miss this major regional conference. To see the final conference programme, click here.

This conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers and the Baltic Controlling Institute. The conference website is http://www.evf.lu.lv/pmconf2013/

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