Wideman Project Management Website updates announced



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

150701-pmwj36-wideman-PHOTOThis month, Guest Patrick Weaver concludes with Part 2 of his paper in which he describes the four management layers that make up the Project Delivery Capability and its five levels of potential management maturity. It is climbing this ladder that brings home the added value.

In Musings, author Kiron Bondale presents some warnings and advice about Crossing the Sector Expertise Chasm, while Max does a reality check – on switching jobs from one industry to another.
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.


Brexit! UK citizens vote to LEAVE European Union



David Cameron issues statement prior to resigning; impact and implications far and wide

24 June 2016 – London, UK – Citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a special nation-wide referendum on Thursday, 23 June, to leave the European Union (EU). The voting results were 51.9% leave to 48.1% remain. David Cameron’s office issued an official statement from the Prime Minister on the results of the referendum this morning. Below is an excerpt:

160624-pmwj48-UK-CAMERON“The country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise – perhaps the biggest in our history. Over 33 million people – from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar – have all had their say.

We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people with these big decisions.

We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we are governed, there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves, and that is what we have done.

The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believed was the national interest.

And let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign – for the spirited and passionate case that they made.

The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered. It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.

So there can be no doubt about the result.

Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made. I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong.

And I would also reassure Brits living in European countries, and European citizens living here, that there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances. There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.

We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union. This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced…”

To read the full statement by the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron, click here.

The Prime Minister also announced his resignation this morning.

To access more information about the referendum and what it means for Britain, click here.

News of the UK’s referendum on EU membership has been carried by the media worldwide for many days, and around the clock for the last 48 hours. To learn more, conduct your own internet search on this topic.


Editor’s note: Major political events or changes can have a significant impact on the project management profession. The departure of the UK from the EU will have many and widespread repercussions, not only across the UK and Europe but also in the United States and globally. What will the impacts be on investment, projects and the PM profession? What will the affects be on international supply chains and trade, financial markets, global security and geopolitics? What will the impact be, if any, on the campaigns and upcoming presidential election in the USA? Will other European countries follow the UK example? Will Scotland go for independence again? How will any of these issues or changes affect your project, organization or career? If you have an opinion, please consider authoring a Commentary article for publication in the PM World Journal; send articles to [email protected]




Survey on the Use of Project Management Methods



PhD student at the University of Manchester seeks participants for short survey on how organisations select and embed PM methods

23 June 2016 – UK – David Biggins, a PhD student and researcher at the University of Manchester, lecturer in PM at Bournemouth University and PM practitioner, is conducting research on the “use of project management methods” and is seeking participants for his 15 minute questionnaire.

If you work in projects anywhere in the world, please spend 15 minutes to complete a questionnaire. Help with academic research into project management methods, including PRINCE2, PMBOK and Agile. How do organisations select and embed PM methods?

David is undertaking research into project management methods for his doctorate. The focus is on how organisations select and implement project management methods such as PRINCE2, PMBOK or in-house, bespoke methods to manage their projects.

A broad range of view from those involved in projects is being sought to help form a complete picture of how this happens in organisations. If you are working in projects, would you be willing to complete an anonymous and confidential survey please? Survey ends 31 July 2016, so please click now.

Link to survey: https://bournemouth.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pmm-questionnaire-v8

If you have colleagues who work in projects, would you mind asking them if they would fill out the questionnaire please? That would really help this research.

160623-pmwj48-Biggins-MANCHESTER LOGOThe University of Manchester (UoM) is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The main campus is south of Manchester city centre on Oxford Road. In 2014/15, the university had 38,590 students and 10,400 staff, making it the second largest university in the UK. PM research is carried out in the Manchester Business School and also in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.


Dr. Mladen Vukomanović in Croatia named International Academic Advisor for PM World



Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Zagreb joins academic advisory team for PM World Journal and Library

22 June 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Dr. Mladen Vukomanović has joined the organization’s academic advisory council for the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Dr Vukomanović is an assistant professor in the construction management department at the University of Zagreb where he teaches project management and construction management courses.

160617 - Vukomanovic 150xHolding a Ph.D. in Performance Management Systems in Project Environments, during the last ten years Dr Vukomanović has published and presented on the global scene. He was involved in four research projects which have resulted in more than 70 publications, among which are 4 books. He has participated in many international conferences, delivering four keynote speeches. His is particularly interested in: Performance management, Benchmarking, TQM, Strategic Management and Project Management Processes, and Building Information Modeling.

He leads an IT project for developing a BIM construction management system – GALA, and a research project, ”Business Excellence in the Construction Industry in Croatia“. Since 2009 he has been the managing editor of the international scientific journal: Organization, Technology & Management in Construction and member of the editorial board of the Project Management Research & Practice journal.

Besides working for the university, Mladen is actively involved with the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He was the member of the IPMA Council of Delegates (COD) for 6 years; he took part in the core teams of the two major IPMA global standards: Organizational Competence Baseline (OCB), version 1 and currently takes part in IPMA ICB version 4.0. He served as project director for the 2013 IPMA World Congress held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He is a member of the IPMA President’s Advisory Board (PAG) and chairs the IPMA Young Crew Management Board.

University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. As a comprehensive public Central European university, University of Zagreb offers education and research and in all scientific fields (arts, biomedicine, biotechnology, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences) and a broad spectrum of courses at all study levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. With 29 Faculties, 3 Art Academies and the University Centre for Croatian Studies it is the flagship educational institution in the country, a place where more than 7900 teachers and 72480 students develop knowledge and acquire skills. The Faculty of Civil Engineering and its Department of Construction Management and Economics is proud to be the first to introduce Project Management and Building Information Modeling courses at the University. Furthermore the department proudly hosts the Croatian Association for Project Management – IPMA member. More information about the faculty can be found at: http://www.grad.unizg.hr/

According to David Pells, managing editor of the PM World Journal, “We are honored to have Prof Vukomanović join our advisory team. I first met Mladen in Crete in 2012, then saw him in action as the director of the highly successful 2013 IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik. Since then I have learned much more about both his background and the University of Zagreb. Recently he has sponsored two interns for the PM World Library, both of whom have reflected very highly on his academic program.“

According to Mladen, “I am happy to join PM World’s academic advisory board. They are creating a unique project management library that already offers some interesting opportunities for students and researchers. We are also discussing some collaboration on the subject of BIM and project management, an exciting new topic bringing the fields of architecture, construction, project management and information technology together.”

Pells adds, “As chair of the IPMA Young Crew, Mladen is in a unique position to support students and influence young project managers. We want to support him in that role as much as possible with both the journal and library. His knowledge of construction management is also highly valuable for us.”

Dr. Mladen Vukomanović joins an illustrious group of academic leaders and professors from around the project management world who act as honorary advisors for the PMWJ and PMWL. Participation is by invitation only. To see all International Academic Advisors, click here.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



Coca Cola opens new US$130m plant in Mozambique



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

23 June 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The world’s largest beverage company Coca Cola has announced on 17 June 2016 the official opening of its world-class bottling facility in Matola Gare, near Maputo, Mozambique, Southern Africa. The project, planned and implemented over three years at a cost of $130 million, is the largest green-field facility in Coca-Cola Sabco’s history across its seven-country regional market in Africa.


The plant’s 300-ml glass bottling line – capable of bottling 48 000 bottles an hour – is the largest bottling line in Sabco’s regional footprint that includes Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. In a statement, Coca-Cola Sabco said the opening of the bottling facility was part of the company’s ongoing investment in world-class manufacturing capabilities on the African continent.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said Coca-Cola was one of the first global companies to invest in the country after independence. “Its investment in job creation and the growth of skills in Mozambique is testament to the company’s commitment to assisting us grow the economy of the country. We would like to congratulate Coca-Cola on the opening of this technologically advanced bottling plant,” Nyusi said at the inauguration of the plant.

Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive of The Coca-Cola Company, said the company had been investing in Africa for almost 90 years and was present in every African country with more than 70 000 employees across 145 bottling and canning facilities. “We have continued to increase investment in our business in Africa with $17-billion committed across our system for investments in distribution, infrastructure, manufacturing and marketing during this decade,” Kent said.

Coca-Cola said the Matola Gare site combines operations from two other sites in Maputo – Distribudora and Machava – with the aim of increasing operational efficiencies. Coca-Cola Sabco is 80 percent owned by Gutsche Family Investments and its headquarters are in Port Elizabeth South Africa.

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices.


AfDB approves USD 245 million to finance Uganda-Rwanda transport project



Investment in good roads will boost regional trade and incomes in East Africa

22 June 2016 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced approval of USD 245 million in loans and grants to the Governments of Uganda and Rwanda to finance a transport project that will boost regional trade and decongest traffic from Kampala (Busega) city to Mpigi. Uganda and Rwanda are landlocked countries and transport infrastructure is a key factor to stimulate socio-economic activities and improve competitiveness.

In Uganda, the Bank’s USD 151 million will finance the construction of a 23.7-kilometre expressway, which will facilitate the journey between Kampala (Busega) and Mpigi on the Northern Corridor, a major trade route in the region. In Rwanda, the USD 94-million Bank loan will finance the rehabilitation of a 208-km road (Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo) in eastern Rwanda. These roads are vital links, which support the regional integration objectives of the East Africa Community (EAC) and the Great Lakes Region, contributing to poverty reduction and regional integration across Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The project also includes the construction of two cross-border markets at Kagitumba and Rusumo; training of women traders and entrepreneurs.

In Uganda, the existing Busega-Mpigi road is highly congested especially at Busega, handling over 26,000 vehicles per day on a two-lane road. Average vehicle travel time from Busega to Mpigi will be reduced from one hour to 20 minutes on the completion of the project. In Rwanda, the average vehicle travel time on the Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo road will be reduced by 50%, from six to three hours. The road construction will be completed in 2½ years.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are traders and transporters who use the Northern Corridor via Mirama Hills/Kagitumba and the Central Corridor, via Rusumo and the 2.14 million people living within the Busega-Mpigi and Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo areas. “The project will contribute to poverty reduction, improve the quality of life of people in the area by providing socio-economic facilities. It will also contributes to agriculture development and food security; and facilitates industrialization through reduced transportation and logistics costs”, said Amadou Oumarou, Director of the AfDB’s Transport & ICT Department.

The total project cost is estimated at USD 376.5 million, co-financed by AfDB (USD 244.6 million), Japan International Cooperation Agency (USD 56.3 million), European Union (USD 22.4 million) and the Governments of Uganda and Rwanda (USD 53.2million).


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 www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank


Oracle Acquires Textura


Late Breaking News


Oracle adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

22 June 2016 – Redwood Shores, CA, USA – Oracle announced in late April that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura’s cash.

Textura’s cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura’s cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.


Oracle Primavera offers a complete suite of cloud solutions for project, cost, time and risk management. The Oracle Primavera flagship products have been completely re-architected for the Cloud, and the result is a set of cloud services that are growing rapidly as construction and engineering companies embrace digital transformation. Together, Oracle Primavera and Textura will form the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns, and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle. “Together, Textura and Oracle Engineering and Construction will have the most comprehensive set of cloud services in the industry.”

“Textura’s mission is to bring workflow automation and transparency to complex construction projects while improving their financial performance and minimizing risks,” said David Habiger, Chief Executive Officer, Textura. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring our cloud-based capabilities to help extend the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform.”

The Board of Directors of Textura has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Textura stockholders tendering 66 2/3% of Textura’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing (as required by Textura’s certificate of incorporation) in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit http://www.oracle.com/.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Oracle


APMG launches new Public-Private Partnerships Certification Program with Five Multilateral Development Banks



New body of knowledge for professionals working on PPPs around the globe also available

21 June 2016 – London, UKAPMG International has announced the launch of a new Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Certification Program in collaboration with five multilateral financial institutions. The Certification Program has been developed to establish good practices across the globe for professionals working on PPPs.

Responding to the need to enhance knowledge around PPPs and in the absence of a global certification program on PPPs – the APMG PPP Certification Program is an innovation and a collaboration between the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is part funded by the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).


Authored by many of the world’s top PPP experts with contributions from the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the PPP Certification Program Guide is at the core of the APMG PPP Certification Program. The PPP Guide is the definitive body of knowledge on PPPs, compiling a range of quality materials on PPP good practices – it can be used to support study for the APMG PPP Certification Program or as a stand-alone downloadable publication on PPPs.

“This is the first time the multilateral development banks have joined forces to promote a global program for building capacities for PPPs. We are delighted to partner with APMG to share with the world this unprecedented certification program on PPPs. This new curriculum aims to build capacity through foundation exams and a thorough PPP Guide. We hope this will serve as a comprehensive resource for PPP professionals and enable better understanding of how to deliver PPPs globally,” said Laurence Carter, Senior Director, Public-Private Partnerships, World Bank Group, on behalf of the MDBs involved in this initiative.

Thomas Maier, Managing Director for Infrastructure at the EBRD, said: “As a multilateral development bank we finance PPPs directly and mobilise financing from other investors. We also help create a legal environment enabling greater levels of private sector investment in infrastructure. But laws and access to finance are not enough. Our experience shows that institutional capacity to structure, negotiate and implement PPPs is essential. We are pleased to support this very first global PPP certification programme to help professionals deliver more and better projects.”

To date, the EBRD has invested over €3 billion across some 40 PPP projects and has mobilised an additional €6 billion in other commercial financing. Roughly 40 per cent of all EBRD financing in infrastructure projects are under public-private schemes.‎

The Foundation level exams are now available for self-study and work is underway to develop the Preparation and Execution level exams. The Foundation exam is aimed to test that candidates have sufficient understanding of the first chapter of the PPP Guide – ensuring they will be able to act as an informed member of a PPP finance project.

Once all three of the APMG PPP Certification Program levels are available – candidates will have the opportunity to gain the Certified Public-Private Partnerships Professional (CP3P) credential – providing them with global recognition of PPP proficiency.

The APMG PPP Certifica tion Program and the PPP Guide will benefit PPP practitioners and can improve the quality of PPPs worldwide, while PPP professionals around the world can benefit from this opportunity to access this specialized knowledge and achieve a certification from a globally recognized program.

By helping to build a sounder knowledge around the management of PPPs as an option for governments to deliver basic infrastructure needs, the program intends to build capacity and knowledge access of professionals that are or will be working in their countries respective PPP programs, from government officials or their advisors.

For further information, to download the PPP Guide by chapter, or to begin studying for your Foundation exam please visit: https://www.ppp-certification.com/

APMG at https://www.ppp-certification.com/media/news/2016/june/ppplaunch
EBRD at http://www.ebrd.com/news/2016/ebrd-welcomes-new-ppp-certification-programme-.html
Image courtesy of EBRD


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai establishes Innovation in Project Management Awards program



Ruler of Dubai issues Decision on ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management’ with five individual award categories

18 June 2016 – Dubai, UAE – In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Decree No (18) of 2016 on the establishment of the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management’. The Award aims to promote innovation in project management by encouraging the use of smart and sustainable solutions and recognising innovators in project management locally, regionally and internationally. It also seeks to provide a platform for sharing, exchanging and implementing new project management ideas and expertise.

160618-pmwj47-dubai-IMAGEThe Decree specifies the categories of the Award, which include: Innovative Project Manager, Innovative Project Management Office (PMO) Manager, Innovative Project Team, Innovative Project Management Idea, and Innovative Portfolio Management Idea.

Crown Prince of Dubai and the Patron of the Award His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also issued Decision No. (2) of 2016 approving the Award’s rules and regulations, which cover nomination criteria, the Award jury, categories and the official language of the Award.

Under the Decree, a Board of Trustees will manage the Award. The Board will have upto five members in addition to a Chairman and Vice Chairman. Three members of the Board will be from the Road and Transport Authority (RTA). The members will be appointed for a term of three years through a Decision issued by the Award Patron.

The Decree also specifies the roles and duties of the Board of Trustees and the Secretary General, who is appointed by the Award Patron. Winners of the Award will be announced at the ‘Dubai International Project Management Forum’ or on another occasion chosen by the Board of Trustees.   All nominees who meet Award criteria will be considered for the Award irrespective of whether they have won an Award previously.  RTA is tasked with providing administrative and technical support for the Award, and will organise the award ceremony.

As per Decision No (2) of 2016, Arabic is the official language of the award. The Board of Trustees can also approve the use of another foreign language in addition to Arabic.

The Decision also outlines nomination procedures. The Board of Trustees is tasked with the formation of the ‘Technical Consultative Committee’ that will conduct a technical review all Award submissions. The Committee will have a minimum of three members qualified and experienced in the areas of innovation, sustainability and creativity. The members of the Committee are required to maintain strict neutrality and cannot nominate anyone or endorse any nomination.

The Board of Trustees is also tasked with forming the jury panel, which apart from its Chairman, and Vice Chairman, will have upto five members. The jury panel will evaluate nominations referred to it by the ‘Technical Consultative Committee’, and recommend the winners to the Board. The jury has the right to recommend that an award be shared in cases where there is a tie between nominees. The jury can also withdraw awards if it has been found that the nominee has not met the Award criteria. The jury panel has the right to recommend specialised jurors for categories that require special expertise.

The decision of the Board of Trustees is final. The Decision also specifies the procedures for committee meetings, request of data, approval of the final list of winners and award submissions. The rules and regulations of the Award cannot be altered or waived without a Decision issued by the Patron of the award.

Source: http://hamdan.ae/News-Detail/Hamdan-issues-Decision-on-Hamdan-bin-Mohammed-Award-for-Innovation-in-Project-Management


Arif ud Din in Pakistan completes Project Management Research Internship



Graduate of COMSATS University project management master’s degree program completes research internship for PM World Library

15 June 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mardan, KPK, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr Arif ud Din has completed his project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL). Arif began his internship in October 2015 and completed the program earlier this month. See his intern profile and research results at https://pmworldjournal.net/arif-ud-din/

pmwj45-Apr2016-ud-Din-PHOTOArif ud Din (pictured) has completed his MS in Project Management and also a research thesis under title of “Evaluation of Project Manager Competencies and its impact on NGOs Project Success” at the COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Arif holds a MBA degree specialized in Management. During 9 years of professional experience he has held titles such as Project Officer, Deputy Team Lead, Project Coordinator and Program Coordinator.

The PMWL project management research program was launched in late 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. To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Arif has contributed some excellent resources that will be of interest to many in developing economies. For example, case studies and resources related to project management competency in NGOs and community based organizations. He has also educated us all on project management education in Pakistan, providing links to five major universities there offering MS degrees in PM.”

Arif stated, “Participation in the PM World Library intern program was a good experience, and five years of access will be highly useful. In the future I will plan to stay in touch with the library and journal, and hope to publish more articles or papers there.”

Pells added, “We are gaining more readers and library members in Pakistan, partially due to Mr. ud Din’s efforts and the local resources that he has provided access to. We thank him for his excellent work and support.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. 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.


Early Registration for 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium remains open through 11 July


High quality regional conference in North Texas offers low cost source of 16 PDUs for PMP recertification

15 June 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – Early registration remains open through 11 July for the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The theme of the 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.

Presentations each year are aimed at industries in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, New Product Development, Oil and Gas, Sports, and Public Projects and Programs – and topics of interest to project management professionals in those industries, including Agile, PMOs, leadership, teamwork, value creation and many others. Attendees can receive up to 16 PDUs by attending the full two-day symposium. To read abstracts and speaker bios, click here.

The annual UT Dallas PM symposium is a traditional two-day conference, with keynote speakers each morning and to conclude the event, multiple tracks of professional presentations by both experts and practicing professionals whose abstracts and papers were accepted (through a blind peer-review process), a Thursday evening reception, networking lunches and multiple opportunities to listen to experts, meet new people and increase knowledge. The full program including keynotes will be announced soon.

Early registration and group discounts remain available through 11 July – click here.

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/

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



EBRD, Silk Road Fund agree to cooperate



Memorandum of Understanding paves way for joint projects with fund set up to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative

15 June 2016 – Beijing, China and London, UK – A cooperation agreement has been reached between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Silk Road Fund, established to implement China’s Belt and Road initiative, inspired by the ancient Silk Road connecting China and Europe. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today in Beijing, China, was a further step forward in the Bank’s cooperation with China which became the EBRD’s 67th shareholder on 15 January this year.


In the MoU, the Silk Road Fund and the EBRD agree to boost cooperation at an institutional level and to inform each other of any potential co-investment opportunities in their common regions of operations.

Phil Bennett, EBRD First Vice President (at left in photo), said at the signing: “Today’s Memorandum is a new step in an already close working relationship with the Silk Road Fund which we regard as a key partner in China and potentially in the EBRD countries of operations. Our regions have a funding gap of about US$ 400 billion a year for necessary infrastructure investments. A joint effort by all stakeholders is needed to bridge that gap and we see working with partners like the Silk Road Fund as the most efficient way forward.”

For the Silk Road Fund the MoU was signed by Wang Yanzhi, Board Member and President of the Fund (right side in photo), who said: “We are glad that our working relationship with the EBRD is signified with the signing of the Memorandum today. Stretching from central Asia to central and eastern Europe to northern Africa, the EBRD’s areas of operation cover many strategic nodes along the Belt and Road Initiative, and are important investment destinations for Chinese corporates. We look forward to seeing the two institutions co-finance important projects soon and together promote regional and global connectivity for common development.”

The Silk Road Fund is a development and investment fund dedicated to supporting infrastructure, resources and energy development, industrial capacity cooperation and financial cooperation in countries and regions involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The Belt and Road Initiative runs through Asia, Europe and Africa. It is aimed at promoting the orderly and free flow of economic factors; the highly efficient allocation of resources and deep integration of markets; encouraging the countries along the Belt and Road to achieve economic policy coordination and carry out broader and more in-depth regional cooperation of higher standards; and jointly creating an open, inclusive and balanced regional economic cooperation architecture that benefits all.

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/home

Source: EBRD


Call for Research Papers for PMSA 2016 Conference in Johannesburg



Invitation to academic and professional researchers to support Innovation in project management theme

15 June 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will hold their 2016 biennial national conference under the theme of “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg, Gauteng during 9-11 November 2016. PMSA is now inviting researchers to submit abstracts for scientific research papers for presentation at the conference. To access the conference website, click here.

160615-pmwj47-pmsa-IMAGEThe speed of change is increasing exponentially, often to the detriment of organisations who struggle to determine which change is applicable and how to manage it to their benefit. Many see “innovation” as the solution. The call is often for creativity and a shift in culture which will enable leaders and employees to optimise change. But how to achieve this is the question.

Project management often provides the ideal environment in which to harness innovation. It requires project managers’ skills sets to include the ability and know-how to encourage and develop creative thinking to achieve results within the parameters set by the project. It’s about developing the ability to marry the traditionally structured, output-driven project management approach with “out-of-the-box thinking. The PMSA 2016 Conference aims to aid project managers in developing their own innovative skills which they can apply to their teams, as well as to intrinsically innovative projects that they have to manage.

PMSA cordially invites researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts to submit high-quality, original abstracts for research papers. All abstracts that successfully pass the review process will be followed by a final research paper for presentation at the 2016 conference and publication in the official conference proceedings. Abstracts not longer than 500 words in English are due by email to [email protected] not later than 6 July 2016. Click to access the 2016 PMSA Conference, First Call for Research Papers or click here for full call for papers.

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: Project Management South Africa


Parsons Projects win Top Awards from California Transportation Foundation


P/PM Industry News

14 June 2016 – Pasadena, California, USA – Parsons has announced that the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has selected two Parsons projects for top honors in the 27th Annual CTF Transportation Awards: the Foothill Gold Line extension for Transit/Rail Project of the Year and the I-15 Integrated Corridor Management System (ICMS) for Operational Efficiency Program of the Year. Acknowledging project teams—including major partners and contractors—the CTF Awards recognize excellence in transportation, considering all modes of transportation and both public and private organizations throughout California.

“Parsons is always pushing the bar higher for innovative solutions to today’s transportation challenges,” said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group President. “We are honored to have two of our California projects acknowledged among the California Transportation Foundation’s 13 project-specific award categories. And, we’re grateful to our California customers for their partnership, which allowed us to deliver these best-in-class infrastructure and technology solutions.”

In a design‑build joint venture with Kiewit, Parsons served as lead designer and provided engineering and construction support services for the Foothill Gold Line extension. The project added 11.5 mi of commuter rail service, 6 new stations, 24 bridges, 14 at‑grade rail crossings, and a 24‑acre operations campus. It also included a new maintenance and operations facility that is the first building of its kind to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

As the I‑15 ICMS integrator, Parsons installed its cutting‑edge Intelligent NETworks® product to help connect multimodal and multiagency transportation systems along a 20‑mi section of I‑15 that serves as the primary artery for California’s San Diego County. A key component of the ICMS is a decision support system (DSS) that recommends and activates response plans for different types of scheduled and unscheduled events that may occur along the freeway, managed lanes, or parallel arterials. It is the first DDS to integrate network traffic prediction and online micro simulation into a single advanced transportation management system.

160614-pmwj47-parsons-IMAGEParsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com.

Source: Parsons


Call for Papers on the Program Management Office


PM World Journal invites articles and papers about all aspects of PMOs for programs

14 June 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Program/project management experts, practitioners and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to the program management office.  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to establishing and successfully operating a program-level PMO.

PMW-Journal-Cover 150x188The project management office (PMO) is one of the best known approaches for implementing mature project management processes on large projects. There are many articles, papers, books, conferences and communities focused on the PMO. But programs are different, normally larger than individual projects and often much more complex. The complexities of programs can include the planning and coordination of multiple projects (and project-level PMOs), multiple internal and external stakeholders, communication issues, enterprise financial and political aspects, operational factors, sustainability, return on investment and other considerations.

This call for papers on PMOs for programs is intended to expand the literature, identify new examples and successful experiences, and stimulate new research on this topic.

Subjects for original works might include:

  • Featured Papers – research results related to application of the PMO approach on programs
  • Advisory Articles – how to set up, launch or manage a program level PMO, or deal with the many challenges that entails
  • Personal Stories and Case Studies – examples of a program PMO
  • Commentaries – personal opinions on this issue; what do you think?
  • Second Editions – older works previously presented at conferences or previously published that address this topic

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

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “A program PMO deals with different challenges than a project-level PMO. I think it’s also quite different from an enterprise PMO, especially in large organizations such as government agencies. We’re looking for some experience and knowledge that might help program offices and management teams in those situations.”

“In some cases, a manager or leadership team might inherit a program where effective project management has not yet been implemented, either at the enterprise level or on lower-level projects,” Pells adds. “I think this is in fact a big challenge in government and large global organizations. How does one take the bull by the horns, create effective PM policies and processes while helping plan, implement and manage a program consisting of multiple projects. We would like to grow the resource base on this topic in the PM World Library.”

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

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, 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 portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

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


PMSA 2016 Conference: Harnessing the Power of Innovation



Registrations for the 2016 PMSA Conference are now open on the Deja Vu rate

13 June 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has announced the dates, location and theme for their 2016 biennial national conference. The PMSA 2016 Conference with theme of “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” will be held at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg, Gauteng during 9-11 November 2016. To access the conference website, click here.

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Registrations for the 2016 PMSA Conference are now open on the Deja Vu rate. For a limited time only attendees are able to register at a discounted rate of R6000 per person. Please note: This price is excluding VAT and includes conferencing for all three days and attendance at social functions…Read more

The national PMSA conference also provides researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts the opportunity to contribute to the local body of knowledge by responding to the Call for Research Papers and Call for Symposium (Industry Presentations). Please follow the links below for more information:
2016 PMSA Conference, First Call for Research Papers
Abstract submission deadline: 29th June 2016

2016 PMSA Conference, First Call for Symposium (Industry Presentations)
Summary submission deadline: 20th July 2016

The speed of change is increasing exponentially, often to the detriment of organisations who struggle to determine which change is applicable and how to manage it to their benefit. Many see “innovation” as the solution. The call is often for creativity and a shift in culture which will enable leaders and employees to optimise change. But how to achieve this is the question.

Project management often provides the ideal environment in which to harness innovation. It requires project managers’ skills sets to include the ability and know-how to encourage and develop creative thinking to achieve results within the parameters set by the project. It’s about developing the ability to marry the traditionally structured, output-driven project management approach with “out-of-the-box thinking.

This means learning, practising and honing innovation skills including what the various methods are and how they are applied in different contexts, as well as measuring the methods and their results, determining what works and what doesn’t. The PMSA 2016 Conference aims to aid project managers in developing their own innovative skills which they can apply to their teams, as well as to intrinsically innovative projects that they have to manage.

The Conference organisers have also created a comprehensive set of sponsorship opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss this chance to showcase your products or services to the PM community. Kindly click here for more information.

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: Project Management South Africa


How to Manage Complex Programs



New book by Tom Kendrick published by AMACOM

12 June 2016 – New York, USA – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book by Tom Kendrick – How to Manage Complex Programs: High-Impact Techniques for Handling Project Workflow, Deliverables and Teams. The 336 page book was published in May 2016 and is available in hard cover or eBook format.

160612-pmwj47-kendricks-BOOKAccording to AMACOM: Successful program management begins with a good command of project management processes, but these are never sufficient. Once a program exceeds a certain scale, project processes become unwieldy. To see a program successfully through to completion, you must break the work down into simpler, smaller pieces and organize it into interdependent tasks.

Complete with diagrams, graphs, and real-life examples, How to Manage Complex Programs explains the ins and outs of program management and provides concrete and effective techniques for structuring deliverables, workflow, and staffing. You’ll learn to: Decompose complex deliverables into manageable chunks • Develop coherent plans for component projects • Handle cross-project dependencies • Organize program staff and project leaders into a high-performing team • And more.

Tom Kendrick, PMP, has nearly 40 years’ experience practicing and teaching project and program management, including senior positions with Hewlett-Packard and Visa. He is the author of Identifying and Managing Project Risk and other popular titles.

More can be found at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814436929

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance. AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists. Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

Source: AMACOM


30 new works by 43 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 1741 project management articles, papers & other works by 780 different authors in more than 60 countries

10 June 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 30 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 43 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the June 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 www.pmworldlibrary.net.

150309-pmwj32-31-PMWL LOGOThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 1740 original works by more than 780 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 43 authors this month,15 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, “We published 10 featured papers this month, the most ever. Several dealt with serious issues in emerging economies, those by authors in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan. Perhaps one of our most important roles is to provide a publishing vehicle for project management researchers and leaders in those countries to get their works out. All of the featured papers are worth reading, as are the second editions.”

New authors in June included Dale Albrecht (USA), Saif ul Amin (Pakistan), Kelli Conrad (USA), Heather Creer-Rygalski (USA), Eva Dikjsterhuis (Netherlands), Harry Doscher (USA), Alexander Ehms (USA), Michael Haase (USA), Martin Hopkinson (UK), Oluseye Olugboyega (Nigeria), Samuel Oludare Omojola (Nigeria), Amna Shahid (Pakistan), Asiya Sohail (Pakistan), Abid Tabassum (Canada), and Marc Zocher (USA). New works from 28 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The series, advisory and commentary articles all deal with very practical issues,” Pells adds. “The reports showcase recent major project management events in Spain and Turkey, and the five book reviews create new knowledge. This was another good month of content in the journal, and now the library.”

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].


C-WASH program to provide potable water in Zimbabwe



USAID and DAPP partner with communities to improve health and sanitation

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

9 June 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – With assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Community Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Natural Resources Management (C-WASH) activity, communities in Nyanga District of Zimbabwe will be able to construct facilities to dramatically improve their health and sanitation.

160609-pmwj47-cwash-IMAGEToday at the Ruwangwe District Development Fund Rest Camp, Robert Chawatama, the Provincial Water and Sanitation Sub-Committee Chairperson for Manicaland, officially handed over to the people of Nyanga District $40,000 in materials to construct or rehabilitate 83 boreholes, 45 pumps to extract water, 105 drinking troughs for animals, and 102 latrines.

Chairperson Chawatama also presided over the graduation of 18 community latrine and water pan builders and 16 village pump mechanics, who had been trained by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe with funding from USAID.  With guidance from the District Development Fund, these builders and mechanics will assist the communities in constructing and repairing their water infrastructure and ensure long-term sustainability.

“USAID is proud to support Nyanga District to improve access to safe, potable water,” said USAID Zimbabwe Acting Mission Director Bruce Abrams.  “With this newly acquired technical expertise and building materials, these communities are now able to protect themselves against water-borne diseases.”

In total, USAID’s C-WASH activities will provide safe and clean water to 2,400 households and six schools in the district (Sanhani Primary, Mbiriyadi Primary, Chapataronga Primary, Kazozo Primary, Chimusasa Primary, and Fombe Secondary Schools).

The communities of Nyanga North have long grappled with access to safe and clean water due to frequent breakdowns of boreholes.  Some families travel for 10 kilometers to access safe water while others sleep queuing for water at the boreholes.  Many boreholes in the district are being chained and locked as communities try to safeguard limited water resources.  Others have introduced strict water rationing with households only allowed to collect two 20 liter buckets per day regardless of the household size.

C-WASH is a two-year, $1.5 million activity launched in 2015 and funded by USAID.  It seeks to address the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and natural resource management challenges in targeted rural areas of Zimbabwe.  DAPP Zimbabwe and Zim-AHEAD jointly implement C-WASH, which targets four districts in Zimbabwe: Chimanimani, Mutasa, Chipinge, and Nyanga.  In total, the activity will provide 8,000 households and 20 schools with sustainable access to clean and safe drinking water sources and 937 households and 20 schools with sustainable access to improved sanitation facilities.

For more than 30 years, the American people, through USAID, have invested over $2.6 billion in Zimbabwe.  Current projects include initiatives to increase food security, support economic resilience, improve health systems and services, and promote a more democratic system of governance.

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected].

Source: USAID

Prof Erling S. Andersen receives inaugural PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award in Paris



BI Norwegian Business School Professor and PMWJ advisor wins prestigious new research award from world’s largest project management professional organization

5 June 2016 – Paris, France – The Project Management Institute’s Academic Resources has established a new award to honor “an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the conduct of academic research and the adoption or adaptation of research into practice.”

160605-pmwj47-Andersen-PHOTOThe first recipient of the PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award is Professor Emeritus Erling S. Andersen, BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway  (pictured). Prof Andersen is also an International Academic Advisor for the PM World Journal. The award was presented to Professor Andersen at the EURAM (European Academy of Management) conference in Paris on 4 June 2016.

Before joining BI NBS he was Associate professor in economics at the University of Oslo and Dean of the NKI College of Computer Science and Professor of Information Science at the University of Bergen.  He has been a visiting professor to the University of Tokyo in Japan and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Professor Andersen has published several books and articles on information technology, systems development, project management and management in general. His widely respected book “Goal Directed Project Management” has been translated into several languages.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. Founded in 1969 and based in the United States, PMI delivers value to more than 3 million professionals working in nearly every country through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and matures the profession of project management through globally recognized standards, certifications, research, publications, courses and other resources. For more information, visit www.PMI.org