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Winners of September Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

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

30 September 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – The winners of the September drawing for free project management books among members of the PM World Library have been identified. Ten people in nine different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 1849 registered PMWL members on 28 September 2015. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

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

  • 150930-pmwj39-winners-BOOK STACKMaxim Pankov – Ukraine
  • Duy Nguyen – Canada
  • Bill Petropoulos – Greece
  • Stephen Duffield – Australia
  • Sahar Jim – Iran
  • Klaus Bierwisch – Germany
  • T. P. Singh – India
  • Mustafa Saraҫlar – Saudi Arabia
  • Mujahed Ruzzeh – Saudi Arabia
  • Jimmy Alvarez – USA

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

The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader; Author: Susanne Madsen; Publisher: Kogan Page (2015); For more about the book, click here.

Real Project Management: The Skills and Capabilities You WILL Need for Successful Project Delivery; Author: Peter Taylor; Publisher: Kogan Page (2014); For more about the book, click here.

The Essentials of Project Management, 4th Edition (eBook); Author: Dennis Lock; Publisher: Gower (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Bridging the Business-Project Divide: Techniques for Reconciling Business-as-Usual and Project Cultures (eBook); Author: John Binkworth; Publisher: Gower (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Effective Complex Project Management: An Adaptive Agile Framework for Delivering Business Value; Author: Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D.; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

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

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, 7th Edition; Author: Robert K. Wysocki, PhD; Publisher: Wiley (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

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

Strategic Project Management Transformation: Delivering Maximum ROI & Sustainable Business Value; Author: Marc Resch, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2011); For more about the book, click here.

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library, “Winners of these monthly drawings continue to represent many different countries, nine again this month. So even the book drawings support our global mission or promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning around the world.”

To win, one must be a registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. The Free books are provided by authors and publishers; if you are an author or publisher of a project or program management books and would like to offer a free copy of your book through this contest in exchange for significant publicity, contact [email protected].

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

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

 

AfDB approves US $428 million in energy and infrastructure, transport and water projects in eight African countries

 

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30 September 2014 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved combined loans and grants amounting to US $428.43 million to finance projects in energy, infrastructure, transport and water and sanitation in eight African counties – Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.

150930-pmwj39-$428-AFDB LOGOUnder the approvals, Ghana Airports Company Ltd. will receive a loan of US $120 million to finance its capital investment programme which entails the construction of a new terminal at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and the rehabilitation of other airports at Kumasi, Temale, Ho and Wa, respectively.

In Tanzania, the approved investment comprises a US $97.42-million AfDB loan and US $44.29 million from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) to finance phase two of the Dar es Salaam’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. The project involves the construction of 20.3 km of exclusive BRT lanes and Non Motorised Transport (NMT) facilities along Kilwa Road corridor as well as Kilwa road itself.

Zimbabwe will receive a US $16.15-million grant from the resources of the Zimbabwe Fund (ZIM-FUND) to finance the second phase of the country’s Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation (UWSSRP) project to be implemented in Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Redcliff with an estimated 1.9 million population. The project aims to protect public health through service improvement, preservation of physical assets, and resuscitation of capacity and improvement of financial sustainability of the water and sanitation service providers.

The Board also approved a multinational Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG) Energy Project which will benefit The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Senegal with combined loans and grants financing amounting to US $64.93 million.

The project, which falls within the framework of the countries’ regional cooperation and integration, seeks to promote the sharing of energy and improve electricity supply by providing renewable, clean and affordable power. It comprises: (i) the development of a 128-MW hydro-electricity dam with an annual output of 402 GWh; and (ii) an interconnection network of 1,677 km, comprising 15 transformer stations and two dispatching centres.

The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau will each receive a soft loan and a grant amounting to US $5.26 million and US $6.32 million, respectively; while Guinean and Senegal will each receive US $64.94 million and US $59.66 million in soft loans.

Finally, the Board approved a US $14.4-million grant to help Côte d’Ivoire rebuild its production capacity destroyed during the conflict which affected the country throughout the 2000s.

The Support to Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Project (PARCSI) will leverage the competitiveness of (1) industrial sector firms; (ii) associations of fruits and vegetables producers; (iii) companies involved in the fruits and vegetables value chain (suppliers of inputs, packaging, transport, etc.); (iv) provide decent job opportunities to youths and women within the modern Ivorian economy; and (v) strengthen State agencies in charge of supporting the enhancement of the industrial sector’s competitiveness.

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

 

AXELOS announces new Professional Development Programme

 

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Millions of IT and project management professionals around the world should benefit

28 September 2015 – London, UK – For the first time, millions of professionals across the globe qualified in ITIL®, PRINCE2® and PRINCE2 Agile™ will be able to track and record their professional development through a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of the new AXELOS Professional Development Programme, which launches today.

The AXELOS Professional Development Programme is an online membership programme aligned to the global best practice frameworks of ITIL, PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile, that provides members with a range of specialised tools.  Members will be able to assess their ability against industry benchmarks and gain access to exclusive content and activities designed to develop their skills and knowledge.

The programme will give practitioners the confidence and tools to keep up-to-date and relevant in their field while supporting them in their professional development. By completing the required CPD points, members will earn a digital badge that can be shared via online platforms to demonstrate their relevance and commitment to professional development.

150928-pmwj39-axelos-HEPWORTHPeter Hepworth, AXELOS Chief Executive (pictured), said: “There are millions of practitioners with either ITIL or PRINCE2 qualifications, and we want to champion these professionals by giving them a means to develop their knowledge and skills.  This new programme is all about offering additional value for IT service management and project management professionals which goes beyond passing an exam and gaining a qualification.

“Ongoing investment in professional development also benefits organizations as well as individuals.  Employers can ensure that their employees are continually developing their skills and the new digital badges will also help employers source the right talent by using them to differentiate against individuals who haven’t kept their skills up to date.

“The scheme will enable ITIL and PRINCE2 practitioners to achieve industry recognition and enhance their own personal brand. In addition, employers who invest time and money in CPD can develop their teams and drive up standards while improving staff loyalty and morale.”

Those wishing to join the scheme must hold and ITIL or PRINCE2 qualification.

AXELOS are running a promotion so anyone joining in 2015 can save £100 on annual membership costs, and just pay the initial £25 registration fee.

The Professional Development Programme is the latest addition to the best practice portfolio owned by AXELOS – a joint venture between the UK Government and Capita plc. More information can be found on the AXELOS website: https://www.axelos.com/professional-development

AXELOS is the Joint Venture company formed in 2013 by the Cabinet Office to deliver and commercialize the UK Government’s portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation and publishing services, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products. AXELOS owns the intellectual property of the whole Best Management Practice portfolio and is developing products in new areas. The organization has an ambitious programme of investment and growth focused on establishing an international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations. Latest news from AXELOS can be found on their website or contact [email protected].

Media contact: [email protected] 

Source: AXELOS

 

 

Fluor Selected as Sasol’s Collaboration Partner for projects in South Africa

 

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28 September – Irving, Texas, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa – Fluor Corporation has announced today that it has signed a three-year agreement with Sasol Group Technology to perform a range of projects as an integrated team at Sasol’s facilities in Secunda and Sasolburg, South Africa.

150928-pmwj39- sasol-PLANT IMAGEThe primary objective of the agreement is for Fluor and Sasol to collaborate on small and mid-sized oil and gas projects. Fluor will also share its expertise on proprietary engineering and project execution tools and systems with selected Sasol Group Technology employees through on-the-job participation. Projects covered in the agreement range from conceptual studies to full engineering, procurement and construction management.

“We are delighted that Sasol has selected Fluor as its partner to execute a wide range of projects across their facilities in South Africa,” said Taco de Haan, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Europe, Africa and Middle East business line. “With this collaboration agreement our organizations will work jointly to maximize capital efficiency across a broad range of Sasol projects. This marks the continuation of a successful relationship that has spanned more than half a century and includes some of South Africa’s landmark projects.”

Fluor’s relationship with Sasol dates back to the award of the first project in Sasolburg in the early 1960s. In 1975, Fluor was named the managing contractor by Sasol to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for Sasol II, and later for Sasol III, the oil-from-coal complexes, and has since supported various other Sasol projects.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering and construction firm that designs and builds some of the world’s most complex projects. The company creates and delivers innovative solutions for its clients in engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, maintenance and project management on a global basis. For more than a century, Fluor has served clients in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, mining and power market sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 136 on the FORTUNE 500 list. With 40,000 employees worldwide, the company’s revenue for 2014 was $21.5 billion. For more information, visit www.fluor.com or follow us on Twitter @FluorCorp.

Source: Fluor Corporation

 

Registration is open for PMSA Western Cape Regional Project Management Conference in Cape Town

 

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November event aims to promote project management for growing the South African economy

27 September 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South African (PMSA) has announced that Early Bird Registrations for the PMSA Western Cape Regional Conference close this Wednesday, 30th September 2015 so be sure to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the discounted pricing. For your convenience the Early Bird prices are provided below:

PMSA Professional Members – R2300
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PMSA Members – R2500
Non-members – $3100

A late registration fee of R4000 per delegate will be applicable for all registrations after Friday, 30 October 2015. All prices include VAT.

REGISTER NOW

The two-day PMSA Western Cape Regional Conference taking place on the 11th and 12th November 2015 at The Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town will feature thought leaders addressing the themes of project leadership and strategy, and case studies of exciting regional and national projects that demonstrate benefits realisation and strategic enablement through project management.

Each industry sector in South Africa seeks to foster competitiveness and contribute to economic growth through the strategic projects that are undertaken. Project management as a profession and competency area is manifesting as an enabler in more industries than ever before, resulting in a deepening and broadening of the body of knowledge.

In November 2015, PMSA’s Western Cape Region celebrates the project management profession by highlighting the application of project management in ‘traditional’ industries such as infrastructure development and ICT, and ‘new’ industries such as film and major event management.

We invite you to have a look at the full programme and hope that you will be able to join us at this insightful event. Please follow this link for further information: 2015 PMSA Western Cape Regional Conference

DATE: Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th November 2015

VENUE: The Lagoon Beach Hotel, 1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton, Western Cape

CONTACT HOURS: Earn twelve contact hours for attending this event (Contact hours can be submitted towards professional development points)

FEATURED SPEAKERS: In the lead up to the event features on speakers will be regularly provided. Speaker announcements and features can be found on the Featured Speakers page.

REGISTRATION: Online registration is essential and payment confirms your booking. Click here to register.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Meisie Lebethoa on 011 257 8003 or by email at [email protected]

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].

Source: PMSA

 

New CDC Zimbabwe head advocates for increased efforts towards elimination of HIV

 

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Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

25 September 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – New Country Director at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Beth Tippett Barr, says she will continue to advocate for more U.S. support to make the virtual elimination of HIV a reality in Zimbabwe.

150925-pmwj39-cdc-BARR“My passion lies with ensuring that high quality data from HIV-related services is routinely gathered and reviewed.  It is only through the iterative process of reviewing program performance and adjusting our activities accordingly, that we can hope to reach 90-90-90 in Zimbabwe,” said Dr. Barr at a reception held by Ambassador Bruce Wharton to introduce her to partners in the health sector.

90–90–90 is an ambitious treatment target set by UNAIDS to help end the AIDS epidemic. It’s goal is to see 90% of all people living with HIV  knowing their HIV status; 90%  all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression by 2020, in order to achieve epidemic control by 2030.

A veteran in the field of public health, Dr. Barr has worked for the last 15 years in HIV prevention, care and treatment, the majority of which has been in Southern Africa. She has worked in Botswana and Malawi, and provided technical support to the government health ministries in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Sudan as they planned and transitioned to PMTCT Option B+. Her most recent assignment was in Malawi where she was Branch Chief for Health Services at the U.S. Embassy in Malawi.

She believes Zimbabwe’s achievement in the HIV and AIDS field puts it in good stead to reach the 90-90-90 targets. “Zimbabwe is on a strong trajectory to reach 90-90-90, and I am excited to join you all in the ongoing fight to make the virtual elimination of HIV a reality,” said Dr. Barr. She will use her wide range of experience in research, program design and implementation; monitoring and evaluation and health policy development to lead CDC-Zimbabwe work with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and other partners to achieve these targets.

Her organization, with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care in implementing the Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA). ZIMPHIA is a nationally representative, population-based HIV impact assessment survey whose aim is to measure the burden of HIV and the impact of Zimbabwe’s HIV prevention, care and treatment services. The results from the survey will benchmark progress towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets and help to further improve programs and resources towards populations at greatest risk and most in need of services and to guide future investments.

Dr. Barr replaces Dr. Peter Kilmarx, who is now based at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in the United States.  She comes to Zimbabwe at a time when the United States Government has for the third year running approved the annual budget of $95 million dollars to fund HIV and AIDS programs in Zimbabwe under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The approval, announced in July this year, will enable CDC Zimbabwe and other United States Embassy agencies to support the implementation of HIV and AIDS activities aligned to the Zimbabwe National Strategic Plan (ZNASP) for 2011-2015 and the UNAIDS Fast Track Strategy.

CDC leverages its core strengths to advance four overarching global health goals of improving the health and well-being of people around the world as well as working to improve capabilities for preparing for and responding to infectious diseases and emerging health threats.

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

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

 

Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration

 

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New book from J. Ross Publishers supports partnership between business analysts and project managers

20 September 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – J. Ross Publishing in the United States has announced the publication of a new book by Ori Schibi and Cheryl Lee titled “Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration: Delivering Business Value through Projects and Programs Successfully.” The book shows how to address the challenges associated with the definitions of the BA and PM roles and the gaps, intersections, overlaps, and touch points between them to reduce waste, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and increase benefits to the organization.

150920-pmwj39-effective-BOOKAccording to the book’s announcement: Since the first few years of the 21st century, the number of organizations and people using projects and programs to achieve their goals and objectives has grown dramatically, particularly within the IT and software development sector; yet failure rates continue to be quite high. According to reports issued by leading research groups, poor stakeholder requirements gathering and management continues to be one of the leading causes of project and program failure.

The role of the business analyst (BA) has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and for good reason. Business analysis is a hybrid function that evolved from the systems analysis role over several decades into one where the individuals performing it have both a good understanding of the business and of the IT and software used to support the business. One set of activities that is the BA’s specialty is the eliciting and management of accurate product requirements. Recent research has shown that when this BA role is properly executed in collaboration or partnership with the project or program manager (PM), higher quality product and project requirements are produced and managed resulting in higher success rates, with solutions that deliver business value and products and services that better satisfy stakeholder and customer needs.

While leading experts agree that collaboration between the PM and BA roles is key, the matter of how remains a subject of debate. This book demonstrates how this can be achieved without adding resources, or going through duplication of effort, waste, and misunderstandings that lead to failure. The authors provide readers with concepts and approaches for developing a partnership between the PM and BA roles, within their own context and specific challenges, in a manner which has proven to result in a synergistic, functionally harmonious relationship that maximizes the business value these roles produce for the organization.

Ori Schibi is President of PM Konnectors, a Toronto-based privately held corporation. This author and speaker is an instructor and part-time professor, Project Management Professional (PMP®), and certified PRINCE2® (Practitioner), with an MBA from York University.  He co-founded the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter—Business Analysis Community.

Cheryl Lee is President of BA Konnectors, a Toronto-based consulting firm that offers consulting and training services within the realm of business analysis, project management and change management. She served as a Director with the IIBA Toronto Chapter where she initiated and facilitated the CBAP study group and co-founded the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter – Business Analysis Community, the first Business Analysis Community within a PMI chapter, with her co-author Ori Schibi.

For more about this book and the authors, click here.

Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. Visit http://www.jrosspub.com/.

See their project management titles at http://www.jrosspub.com/business/project-program-management.html?mode=list.

Source: J. Ross Publishing

 

Urban Regeneration Project in Lviv, Western Ukraine

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

State-of-the art retail centre to create new jobs, promote new industry standards

25 September 2015 – London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine – The Ukrainian city of Lviv is getting a boost with the opening of Forum Lviv, a 35,000m2 modern retail and entertainment centre, financed with a €52.1 million syndicated loan provided by the EBRD and Unicredit Bank, today.

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The retail centre incorporates international and local retailers, as well as restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment area for children. The centre will create new jobs, help promote economic activity and stimulate environmentally-friendly regeneration in the municipality of Lviv. It will also encourage further investment in the city and western Ukraine in general, where Lviv is the regional capital.

Claudia Pendred, EBRD Director, Property and Tourism, said: “This is an important investment for Ukraine. It sets new standards in resource efficiency and sustainable development for Ukraine and the EBRD, while also providing much needed employment opportunities in a challenging economic environment.”

Gawein Minks, Country Director of Multi Ukraine, added: “Multi and its local partners Galereja Centre and Budhouse Group are proud to have worked on Forum Lviv in partnership with the EBRD. We believe the EBRD brings more than just financing to the project, but also includes a vision to support developers of urban regeneration projects. The centre will make an important impact in central Lviv and stimulate the regional economy in many ways.”

Forum Lviv is the first retail and entertainment centre in the country, which will be certified according to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) – the highest-regarded seal of approval in the construction industry. This is particularly important for an urban regeneration project, which helped reclaim a derelict plot of land adjacent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-protected area.

The BREEAM assesses various aspects of the project, including health and safety procedures on site, energy efficiency solutions, liaison with neighbouring residents and many others. With its BREEAM certification, Forum Lviv is raising the bar in the construction industry and becoming a new benchmark for other real estate projects across Ukraine.

Forum Lviv is owned by Multi Veste Ukraine, a private joint stock company, majority-owned by Multi Corporation BV – a high-quality international real estate developer and operator. The successful commissioning of the retail centre, which is already 94 per cent leased out, sends a strong signal to international and domestic investors and retailers about the opportunities in the Ukrainian market.

The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. As of 1 September 2015, the Bank had a total cumulative commitment of €11 billion in 346 projects throughout the country.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, story by Anton Usov

International Financial Institutions back New Global Development Agenda with Stepped-Up Support

 

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25 September 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hailed today’s adoption of a sustainable development agenda for the next generation and are fully committed to stepping up their support to ensure its success.

150925-pmwj39-new-UN general assemblyAt the United Nations General Assembly in New York taking place from 25-27 September, world leaders endorsed new Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious agenda that aims to end poverty, promote prosperity and to protect the environment.

Leaders of the MDBs – the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank Group — and the IMF described the agreement as an historic landmark.

“The well-being of our planet and its people are at the heart of the new goals. They point the way towards greater prosperity and equality and will ensure more robust and sustainable economic growth,” the leaders said.

In July this year, at a Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, the institutions unveiled plans to scale up their finance and support for countries seeking to achieve the development goals, pledging to increase their financial contribution to more than $400 billion over the next three years.

They vowed to examine how they could increase their own financing and also to work to ensure a greater mobilization of domestic resources and expanded funding from the private sector.

Quotes from the Heads of Multilateral Development Banks and the IMF

Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB: “The African Development Bank is fully committed to the successful implementation of the SDGs. We will work with our member countries, the private sector, civil society and other partners to deliver on the SDGs for Africa. The SDGs must work -and they must work for Africa.”

Takehiko Nakao, President, ADB: “We are committed to supporting the 2030 agenda and helping our member countries in achieving these ambitious new goals in Asia and the Pacific. We will increase our support for inclusive and sustainable development by up to 50% from 2017 to around $20 billion a year. By 2020, ADB will double its climate financing to $6 billion a year, about 30% of its overall financing. We will also increase cofinancing with other development partners, catalyze private sector investment, and help mobilize greater domestic resources.”

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, EBRD: “The new goals overlap with core areas of the EBRD’s operations and with its strategic priorities. As a development bank specialised in working with the private sector, the EBRD is well placed to support the delivery of an agenda in which private firms will play a key role.”

Werner Hoyer, President, EIB: “The adoption of the SDGs shows our collective determination to safeguard the future of our planet. At the EIB we stand ready to work with our peers, other public authorities, and the private sector, and put our finance and expertise at work to support the implementation of the new goals.”

Luis Alberto Moreno, President, IDB: “The Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious, but the citizens of our countries expect no less than our full commitment to end poverty, promote sustainable and equitable economic development, and protect the environment. The IDB pledges to work closely with governments and with the private sector throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure a prosperous future for all.”

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF: “The SDGs are ambitious, but achievable with determined implementation. We all have a responsibility to achieve these goals, at the country level and through our collective action at the global level. The IMF, with its 188 member countries, will play its part.”

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group: “The international community showed wisdom and courage fifteen years ago in adopting the Millennium Declaration, which set out eight ambitious goals to improve the lives of billions and bring the world together in closer cooperation and partnership. We cut poverty in half five years earlier than the declaration’s deadline, so I am confident we can achieve the great aspirations 150925-pmwj39-new-Global Goals logoof these new global goals – particularly the first, which is to erase the scourge of extreme poverty from our planet by 2030.  We can, and must, end this terrible blot on our collective conscience.”

To learn more about the 17 new global development goals embraced by the United Nations and international financial institutions today, visit http://www.globalgoals.org/

Source: The World Bank

 

APM Project Management Conference 2016 to be 21 April at Kings Place in London

 

FUTURE P/PM EVENT NEWS

Theme: World Class – Transforming you, your organisation and our profession

23 September 2015 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management has announced the date and venue for the 2016 APM Project Management Conference, and annual event that brings together some of the world’s most influential and thought-provoking speakers from around the project management profession.

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The theme for the APM Project Management Conference 2016 will explore how the project profession can transform into one recognised as being world class. It will consider how to create a world-class mindset and how that can transform you, your organisation and our profession.

In a competitive, globalised and connected world, the challenge to set new standards of achievement grows exponentially. How do we go beyond good practice, beyond best practice and all the way to world class when delivering change?

View full theme details

According to APM, benefits of attending include:

  • Influential speakers sharing thought leadership so you can stay up to date with the latest techniques for successful project delivery.
  • Interactive sessions so you can leave the conference with all your vital project management questions answered.
  • Multiple streams ensuring a rich choice of session making the event relevant to your industry.
  • Networking with the most senior figures in the profession will help raise your profile and develop your career.
  • Earn up to eight hours of CPD which equates to nearly a quarter of your expected professional development for the year.
  • Exhibition with leading organisations giving you the opportunity to discover how the latest products and services can generate a competitive advantage for your business.

Conference venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, UK N1 9AG

Conference Date:   Thursday 21st April 2016

Target audience:   Project professionals / project managers from across all sectors and all levels of experience

Bookings:    Save up to £191 if you book your place by 28th January 201

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than over 21,150 individual and 547 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

 

NNSA Releases 2015 Enterprise Strategic Vision in USA

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

20 September 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the United States has announced the publication of the 2015 DOE/NNSA Enterprise Strategic Vision.  This document aligns with the Department of Energy Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 and provides a framework for integrating our missions and direction for pursuing DOE’s strategic goals

150920-pmwj39-strategic-NNSA IMAGEAccording to NNSA, the vision is a guide to advancing world-class science and engineering, supporting our people, modernizing our infrastructure, and developing a management culture that operates a safe and secure enterprise in an efficient manner. The NNSA release stated: “With the release of the Strategic Vision, we must remain mindful of our obligation to continually improve today and into the future. NNSA is comprised of talented people who do important work each and every day. We are proud of what you do on behalf of our Nation and are happy to showcase that with the publication of our Enterprise Strategic Vision.”

The NNSA Strategic Vision can be downloaded here.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. More about NNSA can be found at http://nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus

 

New Report: Organizational Agility Drives Project and Program Success

 

PM PUBLISHING & INDUSTRY NEWS

PMI research reveals 6 key practices for establishing agile culture

15 September 2015 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The 2015 Pulse of the Profession® in-depth report Capturing the Value of Project Management Through Organizational Agility, recently released by Project Management Institute (PMI), reveals how organizations can create a culture of agility that enables projects and programs to be completed faster and more efficiently by establishing a framework around strategy, culture, leadership, people and process.

150915-pmwJ39-pulse-IMAGEThe report outlines concrete leading practices at the core of agile organizations. They start with a firm grounding in the basics of project management, including an appreciation for the value of experienced and well-trained professionals and the standardized project management practices they use.

Agile organizations also actively engage executive sponsors, align projects to strategy and establish a well-aligned and effective PMO. In addition, they have better communicators, more collaboration, and greater engagement throughout an organization. They are change enablers and manage risk effectively.

Agile organizations succeed by embedding and adhering to six Foundational Practices:

• Responding quickly to strategic opportunities
• Shortening production/review/decision cycles
• Eliminating organizational silos
• Aligning new business capabilities to strategy
• Focusing on change management
• Integrating the voice of the customer

The results of the Pulse research focus on the value placed on the cultural elements of high organizational agility. A highly developed culture of agility exists when value is placed on ideals and behaviors such as collaboration, diversity, communication, creativity, transparency, and inquisitive thinking.

Above all, organizations that establish the following framework are better positioned to enable agility:

Supportive Culture: Identifying the value of openness, transparency, respect, knowledge, improvement, and adaptation
Strategic Flexibility: Capturing opportunities and responding quickly to varying demands
Collective Leadership: Sharing a common view of strategy
Capable People: Applying the right talent management resources
Adaptive Process: Assessing and establishing new means to respond to change

“Agility allows a company to react quickly to internal logistical changes and unforeseen shifts in the marketplace,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “It’s a critical competency for any organization whose core business is affected by the variability and volatility of evolving technologies and economies.”

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® in-depth research on organizational agility was conducted in June 2015 among 1,397 project management professionals and senior leaders around the world. Additional telephone interviews were conducted for the purpose of obtaining deeper insights into opinions and examples of situations. To download the full report, visit www.PMI.org/Pulse

Conducted since 2006, PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® is the annual global survey of project management professionals. The Pulse of the Profession charts the 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. To access PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® please visit www.pmi.org/Pulse.

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

41 new works by 60 different authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to more than 1400 project management articles, papers & other works by 684 different authors in more than 60 countries

10 September 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 41 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 60 different authors in 18 countries were published in the September 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/.

150825-pmwj38-50-PMWL LogoThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 1420 original works by 684 different authors from 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by 30-40 new works by many different authors; of the 60 authors this month, 39 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This month we have included papers originally presented at three recent project management conferences, the April conference at the University of Latvia in Riga, the June event at the University of Maryland, and the August symposium at the University of Texas at Dallas. Republishing these papers in our Second Editions section dramatically increases the number of new authors in the journal and library, which is great.”

New authors in September included Bruno Aguiar (Brazil), Prof Gregory Baecher (USA), Steve Boronski (UK), Rick Bouter (Netherlands), Prof Christophe Bredillet (Canada/France), Prof Nicholas Chileshe (Australia), Gopa Choudhury (India), Thomas Coonce (USA), Cresilda Cross (New Zealand), Sharon De Mascia (UK), Thomas DiNetta (USA), Prof Ravikiran Dwivedula (UAE), Prof Margaret Emsley (UK), Jeff Fanning (USA), Danny Forrest (USA), Jeff Furman (USA), Mahdi Ghaffari (UK), Luis Gallaro Estrella (Mexico), M. Reza Hosseini (Australia), Bryan Howard (USA), Swarnima Kunwar (India), Danielle Lambert (USA), Dr. Dianne Leveridge (USA), Mary Martin (Australia), Prof Jasper Mbachu (New Zealand), Prof Ralf Müller (Norway), Dr. Michael Oladokun (Nigeria), Marinella Padlan (USA), Rick Price (USA), Dr. Martina Ryan (Ireland), Dr. Morteza Shokri-Ghasabeh (Australia), Raji Sivaraman (Singapore/USA), Ralph Stillinger (USA), Sandra Rijswijk-van Tilborg (Netherlands), Dr. Francis Udoudoh (Nigeria), Chris Wilson (UK), Bryan Wolfe (USA), Chris Wright (USA) and Prof Bo Xie (Australia). New works from 21 authors already included in the library were also added.

“This is a big edition with great variety,” Pells adds. “The featured papers and second editions are serious, research-based papers. Some are somewhat academic but many address important topics and all add to the P/PM literature. The advisory articles, series articles, commentaries and reports are not only educational and interesting but often quite entertaining. We hope all of our readers find something useful in this month’s journal”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,400 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.

 

Editor’s note: Access to all authors and works in the PM World Library is free although registration may be required. See the new Scholar Membership launched May 1st for access to major databases of business books, magazines, journals and other resources.

 

Comparative Glossary available from Praxis in UK

 

P/PM EDUCATION NEW

New glossary compares project management definitions in PMBOK Guide, PRINCE2 and ISO21500 standard

9 September 2014 – London, UK – A very good comparative glossary of project, programme and portfolio management (P3M) terms is now available through The Praxis Framework in the UK. Praxis encompasses knowledge, methodology, competence and maturity in a single, integrated and consistent package

150909-pmwj38-Praxis-LOGOPraxis is also completely free and community driven. Users do not need to register to access its content and the aim is to evolve and enhance the framework through practitioner and user contributions. The Praxis Framework and the new glossary have been created by Adrian Dooley, a well-known project management expert and Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM)

According to Adrian this month: “We are still working at making basic P3M material more open and accessible, and also pushing the idea that all P3M guides say pretty much the same thing but using different taxonomies and terminology. I’m trying to dispel the view that you should be in one camp or the other – often with attitudes that border on religious zeal. To that end I have produced a comparative glossary. As well as being a conventional glossary of terms it also relates the terminology (including processes) from guides such as the PMBoK, PRINCE2 and ISO21500. We’ll be adding more guides on a regular basis.

Until now practitioners have used bodies of knowledge, methodologies, competency frameworks and capability maturity models from different sources that use different taxonomies and terminologies. This has meant that anyone wishing to use these guides to implement organisation-wide P3 management has had to map them to eliminate overlaps, fill gaps and remove incompatibilities. Praxis is available at http://www.praxisframework.org/

As with all things in Praxis the glossary is covered by Creative Commons and can be downloaded free at http://www.praxisframework.org/resource-pages/praxis-glossary

PRINCE2® is a trademark of Axelos Ltd.
PMBOK® is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute (PMI®)

 

IPMA Young Crew announces Global eCollaboration Competition

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo) event organized by IPMA Young Crew enables young project management professionals to get competences and skills that will help them in their future career to work in virtual international teams

Reported by Vlatka Večerin & Oluwaseyi Sodola

7 September 2015 – The Young project managers in IPMA Young Crew are organizing Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo 2015) – international case study competition in virtual teams – for the 4th year in a row. The aim of the event is to get young project managers to experience work in virtual teams and in multicultural environment that becomes usual in project management nowadays. Information at www.become.pm/gecco

150907-pmwj38-gecco2015-IMAGEVirtual project teams are a usual part of project management in the global economy nowadays. Striving for lower costs and performance optimisation drives companies beyond the border or beyond their continent enabling global benefits. Virtual project teams are very well defined by Powell, Piccoli and Ives in their literature “as groups of geographically, organizationally and/or time dispersed workers brought together by information and telecommunication technologies to accomplish one or more organizational tasks.”

On this collaboration many factors influence the output of the work and different challenges are found on that way. Project management literature and many experiments are covering this topic providing guidelines and real situation examples but for young project managers, with lack of experience it is hard to follow.

Young PM professionals will work on virtual projects throughout their career so the virtual international environment is something they will meet in their professional life. In this different environment it is hard to learn unless they are given the opportunity to practice. This is the reason why Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo) should be an important experience for any young PM professional.

For the 4th year in a row, Young Crew is organizing the GeCCo event – the event whose goal is to bring together all YCs, enhance the cooperation between them and to spread awareness of the importance and benefits of virtual teams.

The concept of GeCCo is to connect participants in multinational teams in a virtual environment to work on a project management case study for 24 hours. During the competition, not everything is about work; it is also about getting to know each other, share knowledge and experience with team mates, and get insights from professional keynote speakers and GeCCo organizers. This year the event enables even more learning by introducing GeCCo Academy that will take place every 2nd week starting from 14th September.

This year GeCCo will be held on 7th and 8th November and for participating 16 national Young Crews have applied. Now is the time for young project managers to embrace the opportunity that they have and apply for individual participation at their Local Organizers.

All information about application and GeCCo are avilable on the official web site www.become.pm/gecco .

In order to develop PM skills, the best performing team assessed by the Jury Committee will have a chance to take the IPMA Level D certification that would built their competences and provide global recognition of them. It is important to be aware that today the road to virtual project success is a trip around the world and GeCCo is the best starting point.


IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew strives to provide experiential learning through interaction and information exchange with young project managers. For more information about IPMA Young Crew, visit www.ipma.ch/young-crew/

Founded 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 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management experts, researchers, professionals and leaders each year. For further information go to http://www.ipma.ch/.

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for September 2015

 

PM EDUCATION NEW

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

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOYou are looking for an employment opportunity. You’ve done your homework and now have been invited to an interview. Do you know what questions you might be asked and how to answer them? Read our review of Lavie Margolin’s book: Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions in our Papers section this month

You have to shorten the project schedule without cutting scope or quality and your team is already maxed out with overtime? How many people do you have to add to shorten the schedule, and is it worth it? Our Guest Joe Marasaco provides the solution with his Answergraph™ nomogram

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

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

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

 

 

Winners of August Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

PM PUBLISHING NEW

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

31 August 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – The winners of the August drawing for free project management books among members of the PM World Library have been identified. Ten people in nine different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 1770 registered PMWL members on 28 August 2015. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/

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

  • 150831-pmwj38-winners-BOOK STACKUmer Lone – Saudi Arabia
  • Jacques Brittz – South Africa
  • Daniel Simon – USA
  • Bruce Boyes – UK
  • Jacob Chan – Macau
  • Shiv Sivaguru – India
  • Paul Sitshebo – Zimbabwe
  • Leo Penovic – Croatia
  • Muhammad Shinwari – Pakistan
  • David Mercer – UK

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

The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader; Author: Susanne Madsen; Publisher: Kogan Page (2015); For more about the book, click here.

Real Project Management: The Skills and Capabilities You WILL Need for Successful Project Delivery; Author: Peter Taylor; Publisher: Kogan Page (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Organizational Project Portfolio Management: A Practitioner’s Guide; Author: Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Unchartered Territory (eBook); Author: Prof Darren Dalcher (Editor); Publisher: Gower (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Gower Handbook of Project Management, 5th Edition (eBook); Author: Prof Rodney Turner (Ed); Publisher: Gower (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Project Management Best Practices: Achieving Global Excellence; Author: Harold Kerzner, PhD; 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

Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success: A Knowledge Integration Framework and Value Focused Approach; Author: Ori Schibi, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.

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

Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald, Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here

According to David Pells, Managing Director of the PM World Library, “It was another good drawing with winners from nine different countries. Several were students again and several are residents of low income countries, which is great. The book drawings program also supports our mission to support the sharing of project management knowledge.

To win, one must be a registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. The Free books are provided by authors and publishers; if you are an author or publisher of a project or program management books and would like to offer a free copy of your book through this contest in exchange for significant publicity, contact [email protected]

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

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

 

Survey on Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Resilience

 

P/PM RESEARCH NEWS

Invitation to participate in graduate research on the impact of emotional intelligence on organizational resilience; participants to receive report

28 August 2015 – Lille, France – A PhD student at SKEMA Business School in Lille, France is conducting research on the impact of leaders’ emotional intelligence on organizational resilience. She has launched a survey and is seeking participants around the world to provide input. A questionnaire assesses an individual’s emotional intelligence and resilience and can help estimate the resilience of organizations. 

150828-pmwj38-survey-SKEMAKey terms, according to the researcher:

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a set of brain abilities and skills to recognize, analyze and understand our and other’s emotions as a source of information to achieve better thinking and decision-making (Salovey & Mayer, 1990).

Resilience is a dynamic process that includes positive adaptation and bouncing back from adversity stronger than before.

Organizational Resilience is the ability of an organization to survive a crisis and thrive in a world of uncertainty.

Take the survey

Take the survey at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2285065/Emotional-Intelligence-and-Organizational-Resilience

After clicking on the link, you will be directed to a questionnaire that takes about 15 minutes to complete. For each item, choose the answer that best describes you. There are no right or wrong answers. It is important to complete the full survey otherwise it cannot be used as part of the overall research.

Participation is voluntary and one can stop at any time, even though it is hoped you will complete the survey. You will participate as anonymous person unless you wish to receive a free report or/and to participate in the lottery.  If this is the case, please kindly write your email address at the end of the questionnaire. All personal and organizational information will be deleted before data analysis. The organization name is asked only to reconcile the responses from the same organization and will not be used for any analysis.

As a thank you, participants will be provided with a report with participant’s score and invited to participate in a lottery to win books on leadership and organizational resilience. Please note that the survey works the best on computers and laptops.

SKEMA Business School is an international business school with 6 campuses (three in France, one in USA, one in china, and one in Brazil). It has 6700 students with over 100 nationalities. There are several and diverse programs from Bachelor to PhD.  It has three PhD programs in Corporate Finance, Knowledge Technology and Organization, Project and Programme management. For more about SKEMA, go to http://www.skema.edu/

The PhD in Project and Programme management aims to develop students’ research skills, managerial and entrepreneurial competencies. It provides an in-depth knowledge in project management and links PhD candidates with professional bodies and research networks at national and international levels. For more information, visit http://www.skema.edu/programs/phd/phd-in-strategy-programme-and-project-management

 

Procuring Successful Mega-Projects

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEW

New book shares procurement and legal best practices for managing large contracts on major programmes and project

15 August 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of a new book by Louise Hart titled Procuring Successful Mega-Projects: How to Establish Major Government Contracts Without Ending up in Court. Among other things, this book provides advice on how to develop and negotiate a contract that doesn’t contain undeliverable obligations or perverse incentives but does contain the necessary provisions for successful project management. It describes how to structure and follow a procurement process that is fair to bidders and delivers great outcomes.

150815-pmwj38-procuring-BOOKAccording to Gower: Mega-projects descending into chaos and litigation embarrass governments all over the world, as the public sector presides over fiascos that waste billions and destroy reputations. Inquiry after Inquiry finds the damaging and costly failures of major government projects can be traced back to the contract establishment process.

Procuring Successful Mega-Projects, a mentor’s guide for project directors, provides frank, fearless, practical advice on how to set up a major government contract that won’t end up in court. The book provides useful advice for everyone with a stake in the success of a mega-project: public sector executives; Ministers; private sector tenderers; infrastructure lenders; legal, financial and technical professional service providers; and procurement and project management professionals.

Louise Hart has been involved with mega-projects in Sydney and London for around 30 years. She has led major procurements for the public sector, including as Project Director for the establishment of the $3.6 billion public private partnership for the double deck Waratah passenger trains now serving Sydney’s network. Her past roles, which span the public and private sectors, include: solicitor in international law firms in Sydney and London; adviser to the Latvian Ministry of Economic Reform; Privatisation Legal Adviser for the flotation of Railtrack, then the owner of Britain’s rail network; and transaction manager for two major restructurings of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project. Louise is now is an independent consultant and speaker specialising in major projects and procurement.

For more about the book, click here.

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

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

5th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

FUTURE EVENT NEWS

April 2016 International Project Management Conference in Riga announced

Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

26 August 2015 – Riga, Latvia – The 5th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 14-15 April 2016. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia. The Call for Papers remains open, with abstracts accepted through 15 November 2015. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

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 manager

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In 2016 we will have 5th anniversary 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 2015 twenty countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Iran, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Italy, Norway, Palestine, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal, Romania, Lithuania 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

150826-pmwj38-riga-IMAGE25th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries
Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives

Conference language is English. Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration,
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funds project management (implementation),
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management,
  4. Investment project management,
  5. Culture project management,
  6. IT project management,
  7. Construction project management,
  8. Renewable Energy Projects,
  9. Social project management,
  10. Standards on project management,
  11. Professional education and science in project management,
  12. Capacity of organization in project management,
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing,
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory,
  15. Project controlling,
  16. Project Risk Management,
  17. Project finance,
  18. Social aspects in Project management,
  19. Marketing, innovation, creativity in project management

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts. 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. Key dates

November 15, 2015 – Applications for participation at the conference and submission of abstract (see requirements)

December  20, 2015 – Notification of acceptance and invitation to prepare report

Until December 30, 2015 – Payment of reduced conference fee

February 8, 2016 – Submission of paper for conference proceedings

February 28, 2016 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers

March 18, 2016 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference programme

Benefits and reasons for joining the conference:

  1. Meet the professionals, scientists and Ph.D. students in Project Management and listen to their experience from different countries all over the world
  2. As PMP, PMI-ACP or other PMI certified professionals you could earn PDU’s to be claim for maintaining your certification
  3. Publish your research paper in conference proceeding book with ISBN number and direct indexing with EBSCO.
  4. Selected papers will be considered to publish on Project Management World Journal (PMWJ). The PMWJ (ISSN 2330-4480), a non-refereed electronic publication registered with the US Library of Congress, is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest intermediary between publishers and libraries. Contents of the PMWJ will be included in EBSCO’s Business Source Complete databases.
  5. Enlarge your network with new professional peers
  6. Widen your knowledge from European top Project Management speakers
  7. Stand up from the crowd and make your voice heard in interactive discussions
  8. Increase your sociability by gaining new friends who share the same ideas as yours
  9. Get the latest information about growing your professional career
  10. Help the Project Management community to grow and to have a stronger voice

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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 fifth 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 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

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.balticpmconference.eu/

For more information, visit the conference website or contact conference coordinators at [email protected] or [email protected]

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