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Alexander Ehms completes Project Management Research Internship

 

P/PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Graduate student at State University of New York at Buffalo completes 16 week internship for PM World Library

4 April 2016 – Dallas, TX and Buffalo, NY, USA – PM World has announced that Mr. Alexander Ehms has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Alexander began his internship in late October 2015 and completed the program on 31 March 2016. See his intern profile and contributions at https://pmworldjournal.net/alexander-ehms/.

160404-pmwj45-Ehms-PHOTOMr. Ehms (pictured) is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York) in Buffalo, New York, USA. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and Associates of Science in Business Management, and has completed a four year university level certification program in Business/Environmental Sustainability.

The PMWL project management research program was launched in October 2015 to offer project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.

In addition to Alexander, other university student interns currently in the program include the following:

  • Arif ud Din, recent graduate with MS in Project Management, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Gary Mitchell, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Programme Management at the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Alok Kaushik, currently pursuing Post Graduate Program in Business at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai, India
  • Anton Setiawan, currently pursuing his Erasmus Joint-Master’s degree in Strategic Project Management European at Heriot-Watt University (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and Umeå University (Sweden)
  • Dena Crnkovic, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Risk Management at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Nitish Mohan, currently pursuing his Post Graduate in Business at Mumbai International School of Business Bocconi in Mumbai, India
  • Marina Plećaš, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Oke Yusuf Olawale, currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria
  • Saya Askarova, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Gianluca Scopetta, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy
  • Assylkhan Ziyash, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Andrew Shadrach Osayande, currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

To learn more about these dynamic project management students and their research results, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Alexander Ehms was our first intern back in October, helping us work out the process and benefits on both sides. He demonstrated creativity and commitment, and contributed some very interesting and educational resources to the library. Thank you, Alexander!”

Alexander Ehms stated, “I wasn’t sure what to expect when Professor Hayden suggested this program. But it turned out to be educational and stimulating; plus I met some other interesting interns around the world and saw what PM World is creating with their library. I plan to take full advantage of the five year free library membership, which should also be useful to future employers.”

Pells added, “In addition to resources for the library, Alexander also contributed some interesting news articles about projects in and around Buffalo. That was a great side benefit for our readers. Alexander has our gratitude. He now joins Giulia Gasparini as alumni of the internship program.”

Interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. Internship may or may not qualify for university credit (students are responsible for applying for university credit). To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge. 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.

 

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 April 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/.

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOIn Papers this month, Max Wideman asks: Are we ready for A New Project Management Framework Standard? Max points out at least nine areas that are generally poorly understood by the project management community-at-large and that should be tackled first. He provides supporting reasons and suggested resolutions.

Note that in this case “Project Management” refers to the whole domain of project activity from the portfolio level, through Program Management down to the individual project. I.e., not just “Single Project Management” (SPM).

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.

 

 

Kevin Kane Named VP Customer Strategy & Solutions at Dassian

 

PM INDUSTRY & PEOPLE NEWS

Seasoned Former SAP Aerospace & Defense Executive joins Arizona based SAP solution provider

31 March 2016 – Scottsdale, AZ, USA – Dassian, Inc., the leading SAP® add-on software company specializing in ERP solutions for project-centric businesses, has appointed former SAP executive and DCMA leader, Kevin Kane, to the new post of VP of Customer Strategy & Solutions. Mr. Kane, with an extensive 25+ year background in Aerospace and Defense and U.S. government compliance industries, will serve as a trusted advisor to Dassian customers and help accelerate Dassian’s transformation to an industry solution provider.

160331-pmwj45-dassian-kevin-kane-PHOTO Early in Kevin’s career, he was a U.S. Government Contract Specialist and served 3 years within the DCMA, establishing policy and providing executive leadership for business system compliance reviews in the area of Earned Value Management Systems. Kevin received special recognition from the joint A&D industry team for his significant contribution toward the original EIA-748 standard for EVMS in January 2002. Kevin and his EVMS team also received the “Hammer” award from then Vice President, Al Gore, provided to leaders during DoD acquisition reform era who developed and fostered reinventing government initiatives.

During the first several years of his 9 year tenure at SAP America, Kevin focused on the successful early adoption of SAP ERP for large enterprise Aerospace and Defense companies. Leveraging his U.S. government compliance background, Kevin, helped SAP mature their A&D industry solution offering in key areas such as actual manufacturing costing and various aspects of business systems compliance. Kevin also led a large Aerospace and Defense consulting practice at SAP Systems Integration, where he and his team delivered complex solution architecture services to many of today’s largest Aerospace and Defense contractors. In recent years, Kevin has been instrumental in providing strategic solution and IT roadmap guidance to this same A&D industry client base.

“I am looking forward to joining the Dassian team,” Mr. Kane says. “We share a common goal in helping project-centric companies achieve more robust and profitable government compliant business processes. I intend to leverage my background in the A&D industry to enable Dassian to better serve their customer base.”

Mr. Kane will work closely with the Dassian executive team under the leadership of Magnus Bjorendahl and Simon Pugsley, Co-CEO’s of Dassian Inc. “Kevin will help further cement our position in the Aerospace and Defense industry as thought leaders and trusted advisors, while also ensuring our customers are tremendously successful. With his knowledge, he will also help accelerate our transformation to become a world-class industry solution provider,” said Magnus Bjorendahl.

Previously, Kevin held SAP A&D Executive leadership roles at EY and IBM. Kevin holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and a BS degree in Mathematics from State University of New York at Fredonia.

Dassian is a global company headquartered in Scottsdale AZ that serves the ERP needs of project-focused industries specializing in SAP-based software solutions in government contract accounting and integrated program management. Dassian is an SAP software solution and technology partner in the SAP PartnerEdge® program. More at http://www.dassian.com/

 

 

Hill International Receives Contract to Support Construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

30 March 2016 – Philadelphia, USA and Athens, Greece – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from Technipetrol Hellas S.A., an affiliate of Technip S.A., to provide project management support services in connection with construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project.

160330-pmwj45-Hill-MAPTAP is the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, a complex value chain of energy projects that links natural gas supplies from Azerbaijan to Europe.  Europe needs new sources of gas to meet its long-term energy demand, replace its own declining energy production, fuel economic growth and diversify its energy supply.  Natural gas is expected to play an increasingly important role in the European energy mix for decades to come. As the cleanest fossil fuel, it has clear environmental advantages over other energy sources such as coal and oil.  Also, it provides an important and flexible energy option in conjunction with renewable energy.

The 870-kilometer pipeline will connect to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border, and will run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in southern Italy.  The project is expected to be completed by 2020.  For more information on TAP, please visit the project’s website at http://www.tap-ag.com/.

“This is a massive undertaking that will have an enormous impact on the energy supply and overall regional economy of Southern Europe,” said Raouf S. Ghali, Hill’s Chief Operating Officer.  “Hill is very excited to be assisting Technip with this important project,” added Ghali.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,800 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.   For more information on Hill, please visit our website at https://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International

 

 

$16.5 billion community investment planned in New York

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Bank merger in New York expected to lead to billions of investment in low income communities

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

30 March 2016 – Buffalo, NY, USA – KeyBank and First Niagara originally entered into a merger agreement back in October. The agreement has now been signed and KeyCorp’s acquisition of First Niagara approved by shareholders on Wednesday March 23rd. This acquisition will lead to the largest community investment by any single bank in recent history.

160330-pmwj45-Ehms-Bank-IMAGEKeyCorp originally had intentions of $12 billion in community investment, but in order to seal the deal the company raised the bar an additional $4.5 billion. Of this total investment, $5.8 billion is expected to come directly to the Western New York region.

A total breakdown of this investment would be as follows; $5 billion in residential mortgage lending, $2.5 billion in small business lending in low income urban communities. $9 billion will go toward community development and investment, and another $3 billion will be put into a product innovation fund that will create new products for low income communities. Finally, KeyCorp will invest $175 million in philanthropic activities, which includes affordable housing and building technical assistance. These dollar amounts are set to be distributed over the course of five years.

First Niagara currently ranks 9th locally in deposits according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. report, with approximately $450 million in deposits. KeyBank has nearly 1,000 branches stretching from Maine to Alaska and with this acquisition KeyCorp will rank as the 13th largest commercial bank in the country.

For more information, click on the following:

http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-lehigh-valley-investment-from-bank-deal-20160323-story.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/03/18/keycorp-agrees-to-16-5-billion-community.html

 

 

 

Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Bob Prieto published by CMAA in USA

29 March 2016 – Princeton, NJ, USA – The management of projects is an increasingly important endeavor across all industries and all organizational types. It is no longer solely the purview of engineers and other students of the scientific method which represent its intellectual foundation. Today, organizations of all types, public, private and non-governmental organizations, rely of the management of projects to deliver the services and outcomes that represent their respective areas of focus. Similarly, these organizations utilize so called “change projects” to improve efficiency and effectiveness as well as transform themselves to meet the ever expanding array of challenges faced by organizations in the 21st century.

160329-pmwj45-Prieto-BOOKProjects come in many sizes, are varied in duration, and cover the full spectrum of complexity. Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects, authored by construction industry executive Bob Prieto, focuses on a subset of this universe of projects, namely large complex projects that often are undertaken over extended durations. While this is the dominant perspective throughout this book, the constructs suggested and the lessons conveyed are more broadly applicable.

The world of large complex projects is challenging to say the least, with a majority of these projects significantly underperforming. It is this weak performance regime that underpins the key premise of this book – project management theory as it currently exists and is applied to large complex projects falls short, significantly short, of what these projects require.

The book explores some of the performance challenges large complex projects face; question current project management underpinnings and suggest a new construct and considerations for the management of large complex projects. Finally, it offers some insights into how to respond to the challenges this new construct highlights.

The essence of the “Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects” can be captured in three central thoughts. First, that project readiness is a good but not sufficient first step in the broader project initiation process. Project readiness typically presupposes that the owner’s organization is itself ready to undertake the project. This is more often than not, not the case.

Second, that the classical theory of project management which focuses on the “transformational” processes which occur in discrete activities, strung together such that the output of one or more is the input to others, is no longer adequate in considering large complex projects. This activity based focus, memorialized in work breakdown structures, neglects the importance of “flows” within the project context. As we more tightly link supply chains into project processes, we begin to see some of the flow considerations that are core in the realm of logistics as being analogs for efficient project management. Precedence’s and unnecessary coupling of activities may harm a project’s performance in ways that may not be evident on initial inspection. Additionally, these flows are no longer static or predictable.

Third, a core underlying premise that projects are “bounded” is breached in the world of large complex projects. Rather than well-defined boundary limits we discover semi-permeable boundaries across which “influencing flows” transit, impacting the transformational flows within the project proper. These flows arise from a multiplicity of stakeholder’s and other agents who in turn are influenced by the project itself.

Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects; ISBN 580-0-111776-07-9 may be found as an e-book on the Construction Management Association of America website at http://cmaanet.org/ebooks

 

 

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman to deliver keynote address at PMSA KZN Regional Conference

 

FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENT NEWS

Registration open for April Kwa Zulu Natal Project Management Conference in Durban

29 March 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – From hostage negotiations to the provision of water to desperate farmers, from assisting cities in their recovery from natural disasters to helping shack-dwellers regain their dignity after losing everything to fire, aid agency Gift of the Givers has consistently illustrated its service to humanity and ability to mobilise at short notice and make a difference when it matters most.

160329-pmwj45-pmsa-kzn-LOGOBesides attracting the volunteer services of some of our most expert emergency medical and rescue teams, Gift of the Givers epitomises crisis management through projects, stakeholder engagement, risk management and mastery of logistics.

PMSA is honoured to feature Gift of the Givers founder and CEO, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman at the upcoming PMSA Regional Conference taking place on 18 and 19 April 2016 in Durban, where he will deliver a keynote address. Dr Sooliman has an inspiring message and is an example of an authentic leader, and if you haven’t had the privilege of listening to his message before, now is your chance.

Dr Sooliman shares the programme with handpicked presenters who will describe best practices and case studies related to economic development in the KZN region.

PMSA KwaZulu Regional Conference 

More of the exciting speaker line-up is detailed below (or follow this link for further information):

  • The first keynote address will come from Ruben Reddy, who brings to the event his insights gained from decades of contribution to sport architecture, healthcare facilities and public sector buildings, including large scale transportation hubs, spatial planning and urban design.
  • Economist, Dr Clive Coetzee will present his views on the economic outlook for the KZN Region and what this means for Project Management.
  • Busa Mkhize will discuss the iLembe District Broadband Project as a case study designed to connect citizens, contribute to economic growth by assisting new business startups, enabling new industries and supporting SMMEs; creating jobs and introducing a new revenue source for iLembe District Municipalities.
  • Xolani Shange will speak on measuring the outcomes of the Hlabisa Hospital Project Delivery in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Vusi Mazibuko, General Manager of the Moses Mabhida Stadium will speak on deriving ongoing value from infrastructure projects.
  • Frank Stevens will share insights into the role of innovative technology and project management in delivering the Durban Harbour Sub-Aqueous Service Tunnel.
  • Andrew Thompson, shares the lessons learned in terms of stakeholder management as well as innovation in negotiating towards resolution to achieve project success using the Blythedale Resort as a case study.
  • Louise Worsley will use a story-telling approach to examine several stakeholder sensitive projects in Southern Africa interpreted against stakeholder management models.
  • Dr Clive Enoch speaks on Benefits Realisation Management: Changing the way we see Project Delivery, saying in the past, projects and programmes have been delivered with the focus being on delivery excellence. In challenging economic times, it is even more imperative to ensure the benefits used to motivate and secure project investments, are realized.

  • Panelists: Dr Clive Coetzee, Economist, KZN Treasury & Dr Musa Gumede, Deputy City Manager: Community and Emergency Services will offer their perspectives and field questions from the audience on the major project undertakings due to stimulate the KZN local economy, including reference to the recent selection of Durban as host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and what this means for project managers. 

Online registration is essential. Please click here to register or visit our website http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ for more information. Registrations close on Friday 8th April 2016.

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 over 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

Giulia Gasparini completes Project Management Research Internship

 

P/PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Graduate student at Bocconi University in Milan completes 16 week internship for PM World Library,  first completed internship

28 March 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Ms. Giulia Gasparini has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Ms. Gasparini (pictured) is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Organizations at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

160328-pmwj45-Gasparini-PHOTOGiulia began her internship in November 2015 and completed the 16 week program on 18 March 2016. See her intern profile and contributions at https://pmworldjournal.net/giulia-gasparini/

The PMWL project management research program was launched in October 2015 to offer project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.

In addition to Giulia, other university student interns in the program so far include the following:

  • Alexander Ehms, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Arif ud Din, recent graduate with MS in Project Management, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Gary Mitchell, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Programme Management at the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Alok Kaushik, currently pursuing Post Graduate Program in Business at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai, India
  • Anton Setiawan, currently pursuing his Erasmus Joint-Master’s degree in Strategic Project Management European at Heriot-Watt University (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and Umeå University (Sweden)
  • Dena Crnkovic, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Risk Management at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Nitish Mohan, currently pursuing his Post Graduate in Business at Mumbai International School of Business Bocconi in Mumbai, India
  • Marina Plećaš, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Oke Yusuf Olawale, currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria
  • Saya Askarova, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Gianluca Scopetta, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy
  • Assylkhan Ziyash, currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain and Project Management at Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Andrew Shadrach Osayande, currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Project Management Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

To learn more about these dynamic project management students and their research results, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Giulia Gasparini demonstrated the talent and commitment that we hoped to attract to this research program. She contributed some very interesting and educational resources to the library, some of which should be quite useful to practitioners worldwide. Thank you, Giulia!”

Giulia Gasparini stated, “I enjoyed the research internship and would like to continue contributing to the PM World Library. I learned a lot more about project management and also how much other information might be useful for planning projects, not just those things labeled as ‘project management’. I also met some interesting people in distant places. I would definitely recommend this program to other students.”

Pells added, “I’m happy to have our first completed internship. The students have been very active, keeping us busy adding their resources to the library each week. I hope they are benefiting as much as our readers now are.”

Interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. Internship may or may not qualify for university credit (students are responsible for applying for university credit). To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships.

Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge. 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.

 

 

2016 Project Governance and Controls Symposium in Canberra

 

FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENT

May event to showcase project governance and project controls practices in Australian government and industry

27 March 2016 – Canberra, Australia – The Project Governance and Controls Symposium hosted by UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) will feature a range of national, and international speakers on Wed. 11th and Thur. 12th May 2016.

160327-pmwj45-pgcs-LOGODescribed as “impressive by any standards”, the speaker line-up includes:

  • The UK civil servant who just lead the review into the performance of the British Government’s Major Projects Authority
  • A recognised expert on US Government major capital acquisition project techniques for project and contract surveillance
  • The permanent head of a large Australian Federal Government department
  • A project portfolio manager from a large national organisation
  • The lead public servant coordinating the Defence First Principles Review implementation program
  • And a number of other speakers who are leaders in their field.

The Symposium is designed as a forum for the exchange of ideas, focused on building the overall project management abilities of Australian Government agencies and the wider project management community. Papers from previous years are available in our library and we facilitate connections between our distinguished speakers and project management leaders in Australia.

PGCS 2016 has added significance in the shadow of the recently released report ‘Learning from Failure’ by Professor Peter Shergold which was critical of the ‘low priority that [project and program management] have received, compared to other professional disciplines in the Australian Public Service’.

The Symposium is an opportunity to advance down the path Shergold advocates – building knowledge and learning from people who know project and program management and understand the underlying project governance and control mechanisms that are essential for success.

The speaking program for 2016 is almost complete, the Master Class scheduled for the 10th is almost full and registrations are building quickly. To be part of the action visit the Symposium website at http://www.pgcs.org.au/ and start making your plans!!

 

 

Affordable Housing Project for the City of Tonawanda, NY

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

People Inc. embarks on the organizations 125th housing project for the region, to convert old school into affordable housing

Reported by Alexander Ehms in Buffalo

24 March 2016 – Buffalo, NY, USA – Western New York is plagued with vacant school buildings. Buildings that at one time had served the community, but with decreasing enrollment rates have gone into disrepair. Many of these former schools have been redeveloped into senior living facilities. For the first time People Inc. plans to renovate one of these dilapidated giants into an affordable housing apartment complex aimed at the general public.

160324-pmwj44-Ehms-Tonawanda-IMAGEDuring the course of negotiations and purchase of the property, the local zoning board had troubles accepting this proposal. There were concerns that the local income housing would cause damage to the local property values and increase traffic. People Inc. took the case to the state supreme court, and ultimately the zoning committee passed the proposal allowing People Inc. to begin this $10 million dollar project.

The project will include 38 apartment units, 15 of which will be reserved for individuals with disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. There is something to be learned from both the proposal process and ultimately the project itself once it is underway. With the neighboring Kenmore-Tonawanda school district set to close up to 3 schools within the next two years, our community may learn from the results of this People Inc. project and hopefully find innovative ways of redeveloping other vacant properties.

With financing from First Niagara Financial Group Inc. and funding from FHLBNY, Homeless Housing and Assistance Corp, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the renovations are expected to be completed by March of 2017.

For more information, click on the following:

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/03/23/people-inc-begins-apartmentconstruction-at-former.html

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/city-of-tonawanda/affordable-housing-plan-wins-a-victory-in-a-divided-city-of-tonawanda-20150702

 

 

NASA announces Globe-Spanning Expeditions in 2016

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

23 March 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA is sending scientists around the world in 2016 – from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet to the coral reefs of the South Pacific – to delve into challenging questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.

160323-pmwj44-nasa-IMAGEWhile Earth science field experiments are nothing new for NASA, the next six months will be a particularly active period with eight major new campaigns taking researchers around the world on a wide range of science investigations. The public is invited to follow this journey of exploration online through NASA’s social media channels and the new Earth Expeditions webpage, which will feature regular video, photos and blog posts from these missions and other ongoing field activities.

Image: Eight major new NASA field research campaigns get underway this year from the Greenland ice sheet to Pacific coral reefs that will provide scientists with a deeper view of how our home planet works to complement what they’ve learned from space. Credits: NASA

“Combining the long-term global view from space with detailed measurements from field experiments is a powerful way of deciphering what’s happening in our world,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “Scientists worldwide use NASA Earth science field data together with satellite data and computer models to tackle many of today’s environmental challenges and advance our knowledge of how the Earth works as a complex, integrated system.”

NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future with a fleet of orbiting satellites and instruments. To gain a more complete picture of how and why our planet is changing, NASA also sponsors intensive field studies targeting critical science issues that can benefit from a deeper look.

The first of the new projects, currently in the field, is an examination of the extent to which the oceans around Greenland are melting the edges of the ice sheet from below. The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) team is now conducting its first airborne survey of the ice edge around the entire coast of Greenland. This fall, they will return to measure coastal water temperatures by dropping sensors in the sea from a plane.

Air quality is the focus of the Korea U.S.-Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) campaign in South Korea, which begins in May. This joint study between NASA and the Republic of Korea will advance our ability to monitor air pollution from space, with coordinated observations from aircraft, ground sites, ships and satellites.

Also in May, the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) takes to the sea and air for the second year to study how the world’s largest plankton bloom gives rise to small organic particles that influence clouds and climate.

Throughout much of this year, teams of scientists working on the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) will be in the tundra and forests of Alaska and northwestern Canada investigating the role of climate in wildfires, thawing permafrost, wildlife migration habits and insect outbreaks.

In June, the COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) project team will begin testing airborne and in-water instruments in Hawaii to assess the condition of threatened coral-based ecosystems. CORAL’s next stop, in the fall, will be Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Three airborne research campaigns will take to the skies this summer, focusing on critical climate-related components of the atmosphere. Flying tracks over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans thousands of miles long, the team of the Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission will gather measurements on more than 200 different chemical species from the ocean surface up to approximately seven miles in the atmosphere to understand how the movement and transformation of short-lived greenhouse gases, such as ozone and methane, contribute to climate change.

Focusing on the skies over the eastern half of the United States, the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) research team will track the movement of atmospheric carbon to better understand the sources and sinks of greenhouse gases. Flights will originate from Louisiana, Nebraska and Virginia.

The Observations of Clouds above Aerosols and their Interactions (ORACLES) study will use airborne instruments to probe the impact on climate and rainfall of the interaction between clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean and smoke from massive vegetation burning in southern Africa. A better understanding of how the smoke particles alter stratocumulus clouds that play a key role in regional and global surface temperatures and precipitation will help improve current climate models.

KORUS-AQ and ABoVE originated from NASA’s ongoing research program in the Earth Science Division. The other six new experiments are the latest in a series of multi-year NASA Earth Venture Suborbital investigations selected in 2014. Earth Venture projects provide the U.S. scientific community with regular opportunities to accommodate new Earth science research priorities. Earth Venture is part of NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder program managed at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

To follow all the NASA Earth Expeditions, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/earthexpeditions

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA

 

 

LG Chem cancels $4 billion project in Kazakhstan

 

PROJECT NEWS

Plastics Industry Latest Victim of Low Oil Prices

Reported by Assylkhan Ziyash in Almaty

23 March 2016 – Almaty, Kazakhstan – Nearly five years ago, LG Chem had agreed to build the plastics complex near Atyrau in western Kazakhstan in a 50-50 joint venture with Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI). The state-owned KazMunaiGas Exploration Production owns 51 percent of KPI, and the privately owned Kazakh company SAT owns the remaining 49 percent of KPI.

160323-pmwj45-Ziyash-IMAGEThe joint venture between LG Chem and Kazakhstan was to help the Kazakh government develop its petrochemical industry. The complex near Atyrau was to have processed ethane, a component of natural gas, and process, or “crack,” it into ethylene. The project was to have been owned and operated by KPI.

The complex had been designed to produce as many as 840,000 metric tons of ethylene per year and 800,000 tons of polyethylene per year. Since it agreed to the joint venture in Kazakhstan, though, LG Chem has decided it should invest in “more promising” ventures elsewhere.

For more information please click on the following link:

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Plastics-Industry-Latest-Victim-Of-Low-Oil-Prices.html

 

 

26 new works by 33 authors added to PM World Library

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 1614 project management articles, papers & other works by 745 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 March 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 26 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 33 different authors in 15 countries were published in the March 2016 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 1614 original works by 745 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 33 authors this month,13 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, “I was pretty excited about this edition of the journal. With seven featured papers and seven series articles, this is a robust edition with some very good works included. The case study is also a serious research-based paper. In fact, all of the contents are very well written and worth reading this month.”

New authors in March included Benedict Amade (Nigeria), Musheer Ansarie (India), Jennifer Arroyo (USA), Ivan Calamani (Italy), Tororiro Chaza (Zimbabwe), Konstantin Koehler (Austria/Germany), Katharina Machovsky (Germany), Baninder Malik (India/USA), Punit Namdeo (India), Paul Pelletier (Canada), Jeta Sahatqija (Kosovo), Prashant Sinha (India) and Michel Thiry (UK). New works from 20 authors already included in the library were also added.

“Everyone should read Mónica González’ paper titled ‘The Legacy: Project Management for Peace’,” Pells adds. “She rightly argues that trillions of dollars of valuable resource are wasted each year through wars and fighting, resources that can be better used for projects that help society. I think we need more project management leaders to speak out on global social problems. So Bravo, Mónica!”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 1,500 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 free although registration may be required. See the Scholar Membership for access to major databases of business books, magazines, journals and other resources. If you have any comments or questions, contact [email protected].

 

 

AIPM offers dual Project Manager Certifications

 

P/PM PROFESSION NEWS

Australian association offers both national and international certifications

15 March 2016 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced another leap towards professional recognition for project managers with the announcement of our new certification offerings.

AIPM will continue to have one project management certification framework, which will now include both the national RegPM certification system and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) certification system. Certification is your official recognition as a project management professional. It provides the same recognition within industry afforded to other disciplines such as accounting, engineering and law.

AIPM members have a rare opportunity to achieve dual certification in the national and international systems. AIPM is one of only two project management associations in the world where this is possible.

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AIPM Certification

AIPM certification involves an individually designed competency-based workplace assessment program. AIPM recognises the critical interplay between behavioural, contextual and technical competences. These competence elements provide a best-practice framework for organisations to build a sustainable project management capability and position the project manager as a facilitator of organisational outcomes.

Can you afford not to be a certified project manager? Can your organisation afford not to use certified project managers to successfully deliver organisation outcomes?

Introduction of International Certification

AIPM now offers both national and international certification programs. International certification offers members the opportunity to gain a certification which is recognised globally. The international certification has 4 levels covering the range of roles within project/program management. Information on the International certification can be found on the International Certification page on the AIPM website.

New Certified Practising Senior Project Manager Level

We have added another level to our national program, the Certified Practising Senior Project Manager (CPSPM) to reflect the change in roles in project management. For more information about the CPSPM certification visit the AIPM Certification page on the AIPM website.

RegPM and CPD Administration Changes

From April 1, 2016 there will be changes made to the administration of the RegPM certification. From this date, candidates will be paying a standard assessment fee directly to AIPM.

There will also be changes made to the audit and approval process for CPD activities effective from the same date. Certified members will still log their CPD activity through the website, but these claims will now be automatically approved. Random audits will be conducted across certified members, who will still need to have 70 CPD in the system to recertify.

AIPM certification is available to Associate and Full members of the AIPM, so become an AIPM member and begin your certification journey; visit their website today.

160315-pmwj44-dual- AIPM LOGOFormed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM at http://www.aipm.com.au/.

Source: AIPM

 

 

European – Russian Mission to Mars launched from Kazakhstan

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

14 March 2016 – Paris, France – The first of two joint ESA-Roscosmos missions to Mars has begun a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, where it will address unsolved mysteries of the planet’s atmosphere that could indicate present-day geological – or even biological – activity. The Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator lifted off on a Proton-M rocket operated by Russia’s Roscosmos at 09:31 GMT (10:31 CET) this morning from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

160314-pmwJ44-exomars-PHOTOSignals from the spacecraft, received at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany via the Malindi ground tracking station in Africa at 21:29 GMT (22:29 CET), confirmed that the launch was successful and the spacecraft is in good health. The orbiter’s solar wings also unfolded and the craft is on its way to Mars.

Photo: ExoMars liftoff in Kazakhstan; photo courtesy of ESA

“It’s been a long journey getting the first ExoMars mission to the launch pad, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of our international teams, a new era of Mars exploration is now within our reach,” says Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA’s Director General.”I am grateful to our Russian partner, who have given this mission the best possible start today. Now we will explore Mars together.”

Igor Komarov, General Director of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation, adds, “Only the process of collaboration produces the best technical solutions for great research results. Roscosmos and ESA are confident of the mission’s success.”

“We’re not only looking forward to the world-class science data that this mission will return, but it is also significant in paving the way for the second ExoMars mission, which will move our expertise from in-orbit observations to surface and subsurface exploration of Mars,” says Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science.

The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli will travel to Mars together before separating on 16 October at distance of 900 000 km from the planet. Then, on 19 October, Schiaparelli will enter the Martian atmosphere, descending to the surface in just under six minutes.

Schiaparelli will demonstrate key entry, descent and landing technologies for future missions, and will conduct a number of environmental studies during its short mission on the surface. For example, it will obtain the first measurements of electric fields on the surface of Mars that, combined with measurements of the concentration of atmospheric dust, will provide new insights into the role of electric forces on dust lifting – the trigger for dust storms.

Meanwhile, on the same day, TGO will enter an elliptical four-day orbit around Mars, taking it from about 300 km at its nearest to around 96 000 km at its furthest point.

After a year of complex ‘aerobraking’, during which the spacecraft will use the planet’s atmosphere to lower its orbit slowly to a circular 400 km, its scientific mission to analyse rare gases in the atmosphere will begin. Of particular interest is methane, which on Earth, points to active geological or biological processes.

One of the mission’s key goals is to follow up on the methane detection made by ESA’s Mars Express in 2004 to understand the processes at play in its generation and destruction, with an improved accuracy of three orders of magnitude over previous measurements.

TGO will also image features on the surface that may be related to trace-gas sources such as volcanoes. In addition, it will be able to detect buried water-ice deposits, which, along with locations identified as sources of the trace gases, could influence the choice of landing sites of future missions.

The orbiter will also act as a data relay for the second ExoMars mission, comprising a rover and stationary surface science platform, which is scheduled for launch in May 2018, arriving in early 2019.

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement. ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. ESA launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.

Source: European Space Agency

 

 

Project Management for Research: A Guide for Graduate Students

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from CRC press provides guide for PhD students in all disciplines

March 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Project Management for Research: A Guide for Graduate Students, by Adedeji B. Badiru, Christina F. Rusnock and Vhance V. Valencia. This new book takes a project management approach to planning and implementing technical research in various disciplines, describes research tools and techniques, and includes templates and formats for research planning, development, management, and implementation. It also covers research proposal preparation

160312-pmwj44-crc-BOOKAccording to the CRC release: Graduate research is a complicated process, which many undergraduate students aspire to undertake. The complexity of the process can lead to failures for even the most brilliant students. Success at the graduate research level requires not only a high level of intellectual ability but also a high level of project management skills. Unfortunately, many graduate students have trouble planning and implementing their research.

Project Management for Research: A Guide for Graduate Students reflects the needs of today’s graduate students. All graduate students need mentoring and management guidance that has little to do with their actual classroom performance. Graduate students do a better job with their research programs if a self-paced guide is available to them. This book provides such a guide.

Adedeji B. Badiru, PhD, is dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He previously was professor and head of Systems Engineering and Management at the AFIT, professor and department head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and professor of Industrial Engineering and dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified project management professional (PMP), a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

Major Christina F. Rusnock, PhD, is an assistant professor of Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a faculty research fellow for AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management, and program chair of the Systems Engineering Distance Learning Program. She is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Association of Military Industrial Engineers. She earned her BA in economics-government from Claremont McKenna College, an MS in research and development management from AFIT, and an MS and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Major Vhance V. Valencia, PhD, is an assistant professor of Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He currently is a faculty research fellow for AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management, director of the Graduate Engineering Management program, a registered professional engineer (PE), and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University and then pursued his graduate studies at AFIT, earning his MS in engineering management and PhD in systems engineering.

For more about this book, click here or go to https://www.crcpress.com/Project-Management-for-Research-A-Guide-for-Graduate-Students/Badiru-Rusnock-Valencia/9781482299113?utm_source=new_book_alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CSL02

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

Source: CRC Press     

 

 

Leading and Managing Innovation by Russ & Shane Archibald published by CRC Press

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Late Breaking News

Second edition explains what every executive team must know about project, program, and portfolio management

10 March 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has published the second edition of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management by Russel and Shane Archibald.

160310-pmwj44-archibald-BOOKPublished in December, this new edition of this short but important book describes how effective project management can substantially improve innovation and strategic execution in an enterprise. The book also explains how to use a project management office to lead effective innovation and presents a list of 31 demands that senior executives must place on their staff members to ensure excellent project management.

A primary cause of many project failures is that responsible executives, because of their lack of knowledge about project management, fail to demand that their managers and staff properly utilize well-proven best practices, processes, systems, and tools that are now available in this field. This book remedies this situation by providing executives at all levels with the understanding and knowledge needed to best take advantage of the power of effective project management and thereby lead and manage innovations within their enterprise.

Russell Archibald is a globally recognized author, consultant, and lecturer on project management with a career spanning more than 65 years. He has broad international experience in engineering, operations, program and project management as Management Consultant (Archibald Associates, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, CPM Systems, Inc.), Corporate Executive (Bendix, ITT), and Military/Aerospace leader (USAF Senior Pilot, Hughes Aircraft, Aerojet-General.) He has consulted to a wide variety of large and small organizations in many industries worldwide.

Russ is a Fellow and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) (member No. 6, one of the five original members) and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM) in the UK. He holds Bachelor of Science (University of Missouri, 1948) and Master of Science (University of Texas, Austin, 1956) degrees in Mechanical Engineering. As a pioneer in the field, Russ received an honorary PhD in strategy, program, and project management from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lille (ESC-Lille), France, in 2005, and earned the Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling in 2006.

Shane Archibald has 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of advanced, integrated project management processes and systems on large, complex projects and programs in several industries and governmental agencies. Most recently, he implemented the first phase of Project Controls applications and procedures for a large, international, heavy equipment design-manufacture-installation corporation, including advanced planning, scheduling, cost management, contract management, change management, and risk management processes

For more about this book, click here or go to https://www.crcpress.com/Leading-and-Managing-Innovation-What-Every-Executive-Team-Must-Know-about/Archibald-Archibald/9781498751209

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

Source: CRC Press

 

 

American and Russian Astronauts return from historic one year mission in space

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS / PROJECTS

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns Safely to Earth

2 March 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time).

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Photo: NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko enjoy the cold fresh air back on Earth after their historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. Credits: NASA TV

Joining their return trip aboard a Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft was Sergey Volkov, also of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who arrived on the station Sept. 4, 2015. The crew touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

“Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advance deep space exploration and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Scott has become the first American astronaut to spend a year in space, and in so doing, helped us take one giant leap toward putting boots on Mars.”

During the record-setting One-Year mission, the station crew conducted almost 400 investigations to advance NASA’s mission and benefit all of humanity. Kelly and Kornienko specifically participated in a number of studies to inform NASA’s Journey to Mars, including research into how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight. Kelly’s identical twin brother, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, participated in parallel twin studies on Earth to help scientists compare the effects of space on the body and mind down to the cellular level.

One particular research project examined fluid shifts that occur when bodily fluids move into the upper body during weightlessness. These shifts may be associated with visual changes and a possible increase in intracranial pressure, which are significant challenges that must be understood before humans expand exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The study uses the Russian Chibis device to draw fluids back into the legs while the subject’s eyes are measured to track any changes. NASA and Roscosmos already are looking at continuing the Fluid Shifts investigation with future space station crews.

The crew took advantage of the unique vantage point of the space station, with an orbital path that covers more than 90 percent of Earth’s population, to monitor and capture images of our planet. They also welcomed the arrival of a new instrument to study the signature of dark matter and conducted technology demonstrations that continue to drive innovation, including a test of network capabilities for operating swarms of spacecraft.

Kelly and Kornienko saw the arrival of six resupply spacecraft during their mission. Kelly was involved in the robotic capture of two NASA-contracted cargo flights — SpaceX’s Dragon during the company’s sixth commercial resupply mission and Orbital ATK’s Cygnus during the company’s fourth commercial resupply mission. A Japanese cargo craft and three Russian resupply ships also delivered several tons of supplies to the station.

Kelly ventured outside the confines of the space station for three spacewalks during his mission. The first included a variety of station upgrade and maintenance tasks, including routing cables to prepare for new docking ports for U.S. commercial crew spacecraft. On a second spacewalk, he assisted in the successful reconfiguration of an ammonia cooling system and restoration of the station to full solar power-generating capability. The third spacewalk was to restore functionality to the station’s Mobile Transporter system.

Including crewmate Gennady Padalka, with whom Kelly and Kornienko launched on March 27, 2015, 10 astronauts and cosmonauts representing six different nations (the United States, Russia, Japan, Denmark, Kazakhstan and England) lived aboard the space station during the yearlong mission.

With the end of this mission, Kelly now has spent 520 days in space, the most among U.S. astronauts. Kornienko has accumulated 516 days across two flights, and Volkov has 548 days on three flights.

Expedition 47 continues operating the station, with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra in command. Kopra, Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos will operate the station until the arrival of three new crew members in about two weeks. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on March 18.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA’s next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

For more information about the one-year mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/oneyear

For more information about the International Space Station and its crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space. For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management. Additional information about NASA can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/.

Source: NASA

Image: courtesy of NASA

 

Final Call for Papers for 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in USA

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Presenters can attend 2-day conference free and receive up to 16 PDUs

29 February 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – Abstracts for proposed papers to be presented at the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium are due by Monday, 14 March 2016. The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in the Naveen Jindal School of Management in Richardson, Texas, USA. Theme of 2016 conference is ‘Project Management: A Key to Business Success’

150624-pmwj36-early-UTD IMAGEThe two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

Abstracts are requested for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues project managers face today, including the following:

  • Innovative Program/Project Management
  • Project Management’s Impact on the Bottom Line
  • Team Collaboration and Virtual Teams
  • Portfolio Management and Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Project Management
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Program/Project Management Offices (PMOs)
  • Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management
  • Solving Project Complexity
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Topics should be aimed at industries and areas of interest relevant to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, New Product Development, Oil and Gas, Sports, and Public Projects and Programs. Those whose abstracts are selected will be expected to complete the paper, attend the symposium and make a formal presentation as identified in the final program schedule. Note that presenters can attend for free (a $450 value) and can receive up to 16 PDUs for PMP recertification.

Abstracts with bio and photo are due by Monday, March 14, 2015

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Speaker Application form are available online at http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/ or for more information, contact [email protected] or +1-972-883-2656.

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

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components. To learn more, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

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

 

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for March 2016

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

29 February 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max (pictured):

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOThis month our Book Review looks at Bridging the Business-Project Divide: Techniques for Reconciling Business-as-Usual and Project Cultures by John Brinkworth. John provides a thorough description of the two cultures, that of the Business-as-Usual cohort and likewise that of the project management people. At the same time, this book explains how to connect the two, and thereby ensure a successful project outcome.

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.