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Wideman Website updates announced for October 2016

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 October 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 our Musings looks at green project management and questions just exactly what does the “green” part of the label mean, and to what extent is it really relevant to managing a project?

You would think that Defining the term “project” in the context of project management would be fundamental to understanding the workings of the PM discipline. Unfortunately, such is not the case. A recent blog by Dr. Lynda Bourne describes the history, the problem and how that could be solved.

So our Paper this month picks up on Lynda’s work and tries to take it a step further by analyzing the pronouncements of 34 different sources extracted from the Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms. The findings are instructive but a final recommendation still eludes us.

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.

 

PRINCE2 Agile ® Certification now Easier to Obtain

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

PRINCE2 Agile® prerequisite updated to open certification up to millions of project managers worldwide

30 September 2016 – London, UK – Based on community feedback and the results of a successful pilot, AXELOS has taken the decision to lower the prerequisite for PRINCE2 Agile to PRINCE2® Foundation level in addition to a number of other recognized project management certifications. This means the door has been opened to millions of business professionals who are now eligible to take the PRINCE2 Agile qualification.

160930-pmwj51-axelos-logoPRINCE2 Agile combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of the world’s most recognized project management method, PRINCE2. It is supported by a manual, training, an examination and a globally recognized qualification.

Until today PRINCE2 Agile was only available to project managers with a current PRINCE2 Practitioner certification. Following a successful pilot in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, AXELOS is extending the trial globally, meaning PRINCE2 Agile training is now open to anyone with the PRINCE2 Foundation certification. This expansion will commence from the 1st October and is initially set to run until the end of 2017.

AXELOS has also opened PRINCE2 Agile up to other project management professionals who hold qualifications awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA), in recognition of the level of competence and understanding demonstrated by the candidates who hold these certifications.

Therefore in order to take PRINCE2 Agile, a candidate must hold only one of the below qualifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)

Nikos Paxos, AXELOS head of product experience, said: “The challenges faced by professionals today are becoming more varied and adopting Agile techniques is a perfect fit to help address these new demands. People appreciate the flexibility and the potential to deliver results sooner, which working in an agile way brings. That is why we have seen an increasing number of PRINCE2 Practitioners apply agile concepts to their project delivery.

“We believe that the update to the prerequisite will enable more organizations and end learners to benefit from adopting a more Agile approach to their business.”

The official PRINCE2 Agile publication is available via the AXELOS Store and training courses and exams, which can be taken either in a classroom or online, can be booked now with an Accredited Training Organization via the AXELOS Training Partner Finder. To celebrate this announcement, throughout October AXELOS is running PRINCE2 Agile Month, which involves a range of activities and offers. Until the 3rd November AXELOS’ official publisher TSO, is offering one month’s free subscription to the online version of PRINCE2 Agile as well as 25% of the hard copy of the official guidance. To find out more about the month, please visit www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2-Agile-Month from the 3rd October.

For more information on PRINCE2 Agile please go to: www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2agile

About AXELOS

AXELOS is a joint venture company co-owned by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Capita plc. It is responsible for developing, enhancing and promoting a number of best practice methodologies used globally by professionals working primarily in project, programme and portfolio management, IT service management and cyber resilience.  The methodologies, including ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP® and the new collection of cyber resilience best practice products, RESILIA™, are adopted in more than 150 countries to improve employees’ skills, knowledge and competence in order to make both individuals and organizations work more effectively.  Visit www.AXELOS.com or contact [email protected].

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Source: AXELOS

 

 

Managing and Working in Project Society wins PMI 2016 Literature Award

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Book by European researchers wins coveted PMI David I Cleland Project Management Literature Award as PMI book of the year

28 September 2016 – Philadelphia, USA and Cambridge, UK – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the book Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations has won the prestigious PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award for 2016.  The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

160928-pmwj51-2016-bookManaging and Working in Project Society is co-authored by professors Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden; Tim Brady, CENTRIM, University of Brighton, UK; Eskil Ekstedt, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Christophe Midler, CRG, École Polytechnique in Paris, France; and Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

In this book, leading authorities on project organizing explore the growing deployment of projects and other types of temporary organizations, with a focus on the challenges created by projectification. The way projects are coordinated and handled influences the success of innovation and change within organizations and is critical for strategic development in our societies, yet it is often at odds with the institutions of traditional industrial society.

Drawing on both theoretical perspectives and real-world cases, this book sheds light on the transformation toward a project society and explores the effects, opportunities, and conflicts it has created. As change continues, the authors make a case for renewing institutions and mind-sets and provide a foundation from which to discuss societal changes for the future. This is an invaluable book for researchers and students in project management and organizational theory programs, as well as professionals involved in the management of projects.

More about this book can be found at http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107077652

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, the world’s oldest publishing house (est. 1534) and the second-largest university press in the world (after Oxford University Press). With publishing hubs and offices in more than 40 countries, it publishes over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries. Its publishing includes academic journals, monographs, reference works, textbooks, and English-language teaching and learning publications.  For more, visit http://www.cambridge.org/

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

 

 

PMI announces new Officers and Board of Directors

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

27 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) announced its 2017 Officers and Board of Directors at the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America this past weekend in San Diego, California. This governing body of PMI is elected by PMI’s membership to serve three-year terms. Four directors are then elected by their colleagues to serve as PMI’s Officers.

160927-pmwj51-pmi-logoThe following individuals have been elected as Officers and Governance Committee for the 2017 PMI Board of Directors:

  • Chair: Mark Dickson, MBA, PMP, FAICD
  • Vice Chair: Caterina La Tona, BCS, PMP, PfMP
  • Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Performance Oversight Committee (APOC): Jennifer Tharp, PMP
  • Chair of the Strategy Development Oversight Committee: Cecil White, MBA, EdD, PMP

The following directors have been elected for the 2017-2019 term of service:

  • Margareth Carniero, MBA, MSc, PMP
  • Tony Appleby, MBA, GRCA, PMP
  • Teresa Knudson, MBA, CPA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
  • Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP
  • Thomas Walenta, PMP, PMI Fellow

The following directors will continue to serve in 2017:

  • Randy Black, P. Eng., PMP
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Wagner Maxsen, PMP, PMI-RMP
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, MBA, PMP – Immediate Past Chair
  • Kathleen Romero, MBA, PMP, CSM, and SAFePM/PO
  • W. Stephen Sawle, PE, CMC, PgMP, PMP, PgMP

About PMI

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

DOE’s National Synchrotron Light Source II wins PMI Project of the Year Award

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROJECTS

26 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) project has been awarded the profession’s highest accolade — the 2016 PMI Project of the Year Award.

The ten-year, US$912 million project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York has resulted in creation of the world’s most powerful photon microscope. The microscope creates X-rays that allow scientists to see how materials in systems — such as batteries or fuel cells — behave at the nano-level while operating in real-world conditions.

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Image: NSLS-II from above, courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

PMI’s Project of the Year Award recognizes the large (budgets of US$100 million or more) and complex project that best delivers superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society. This year’s award was presented in San Diego, California as part of PMI’s annual Professional Awards Gala the PMI® Global Congress 2016 — North America.

The ambitious design for NSLS-II centered around a light source that would be 10,000 times brighter and five times larger than the lab’s original facility. When the project began in 2005, the specifications were state-of-the-art, and the project team soon discovered that vendors had difficulty meeting the lab’s demanding requirements. The microscope’s electron beam, for example, must vibrate no more than 25 nanometers in any direction — 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

The team worked with the advisory committees to identify which requirements could be relaxed without compromising performance and held regular workshops with global scientific stakeholders throughout the project cycle to ensure the facility would achieve best-in-class status. By the time the project was completed in March 2015, it was six months ahead of schedule and under budget. An additional $US68 million in scope enhancements was made possible through careful planning and cost management across the ten-year span.

“The NSLS-II project gives researchers worldwide an incubator for the development of knowledge in science and technology that addresses pressing problems facing humanity today, and will continue to drive innovation,” said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of PMI.  “By honoring this project as the 2016 Project of the Year recipient, we honor sound project management practices at their finest, and we provide an example of project and program success that other project managers can use in their own organizations and industries.  Congratulations to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the Brookhaven National Laboratory on this achievement.”

The nature of the project made it critical to mitigate the risks that come with innovation, noted Dr. Steven Dierker, PhD, former project director for the NSLS-II project and now a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Collaboration with industry experts produced a comprehensive risk registry that could be managed proactively throughout the process.

The Department of Energy expects the NSLS-II to drive innovation for the next 30 years, a result of the project’s team close collaboration with facility end users and its commitment to long-range planning throughout the project cycle.  To learn more about the NSLS-II project and facility, go to https://www.bnl.gov/ps/nsls2/about-NSLS-II.php

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, go to www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

PMI announces 2016 Award Winners

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

26 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced winners of its 2016 professional awards.  The Institute celebrated the recipients of its 2016 Professional Awards this past weekend at its annual gala preceding PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego, California.

Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards Program has honored practitioners who achieve the highest standards of performance in project management and make a lasting impact in their field. “Every year, PMI leads the project management profession in recognizing the industry’s most outstanding accomplishments,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “The recipients inspire the profession through their significant contributions and we commend them on their achievements.”

160927-pmwj51-pmi-logoThe 2016 PMI Professional Award recipients are:

PMI Project of the Year Award

  • Winner: National Synchrotron Light Source II Project
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA
  • Finalist: Guaiba 2 Project CPMC Celulose
    Riograndense, Guaiba, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Finalist: Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
    Aurecon, Norman Park, Queensland, Australia

PMI Fellow Award

  • Walter Ginevri, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
  • Ralf Müller, DBA, MBA, PMP
  • Beth A. Partleton, MPM, PMP

PMI Award for Project Excellence

  • Desjardins New Online Banking Services
  • Scripps Health ICD-10 Program

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award

  • Business, Inc. by Octigo

PMI Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award

  • Projectcoach®

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award

  • Connie Plowman, PMP
  • Dr. Prasad Kodukula, PMP, PgMP

PMI Community Advancement Through Project Management Award

  • Corporate/Government Agency Category
    • Caterpillar, Inc. – Global Project Management Team
    • The Children’s Home Association of Illinois
  • PMI Chapter Category
    • PMI Northern Italy Chapter
  • PMI Chapter Category—Nonprofit Partner
    • Mazao Onlus
  • Individual Project Manager Category
    • Tracy McKinney

Donald S. Barrie Award

  • John Breismeister

James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award – EMEA

  • Dr. Saadi Adra

James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award – North America

  • Trenese McNealy

PMI Research Achievement Award

  • Stewart Clegg, PhD, University of Technology Sydney

PMI Scholar-Practitioner

  • Erling S. Andersen, Masters Candidate. Oecon BI Norwegian Business School

PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award

  • “Breakthrough R and D Stakeholders: The Challenges of Legitimacy in Highly Uncertain Projects” by Sophie Hooge PhD, and Cédric Dalmasso

PMI Teaching Case Competition

  • First Place: “Odisha’s Disaster Risk Reduction: Coping with the Challenges of Cyclone Phailin” presented by Hadiya Faheem and GV Muralidhara
  • Second Place: Raphael O. Boyd, J.D., MBA; Lila L. Carden, PhD. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP; Jamison V. Kovach, PhD., Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Professional Training Program Director; Calixo Mejia II, Master of Technology Project Management; Alix Valenti, PhD, JD, LLM

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award

  • “Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations”
    Authors: Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Tim Brady, University of Brighton Eskil Ekstedt, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; Christophe Midler, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Jörg Sydow, Freie Universitat Berlin

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

Call for Papers open for UMD 2017 Project Management Symposium

 

CALLS FOR PAPERS

University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence Now Accepting Abstracts for 4th Annual Symposium – Deadline to Submit: 6 November 2016

25 September 2016 – College Park, Maryland, USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence is seeking speakers for its fourth annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 4-5, 2017, at the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

151001-pmwj39-3rd-UMD LOGOSupporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” the Baltimore-Washington area’s premier project management event welcomed its largest-ever audience this past May, with more than 260 experts from industry, government, and academe from all areas of the world.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts of papers or presentations to be included in program sessions for the symposium. These papers and presentations on case studies, best practices, and research findings should be of interest to project managers, consulting engineers and architects, construction managers, policy and agency personnel, and researchers and educators.

Requested topics include:

  • Agile/IT
  • Construction Management (including BIM)
  • Defense Best Practices
  • Disaster Management
  • Education
  • Federal Programs
  • Integrated Program Performance Management
  • People in Projects (Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Motivation, Negotiation)
  • Risk & Big Data
  • Technology in Project Management

Given the tremendous turnout for the 2016 Project Management Symposium, interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts well in advance of the Nov. 6, 2016 deadline.

In May of this year, symposium attendees took part in nearly 50 information-packed sessions. Building on this momentum, the Project Management Center for Excellence will soon announce its lineup of sought-after keynote speakers, and unveil new sessions, including several with a heavy focus on how technology is reshaping the field. Past speakers have included NASA’s Ed Hoffman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Karen Durham-Aguilera, Lockheed Martin’s W. Michael Hawes, and PMO Strategies’ Laura Barnard.

If you do not wish to submit a paper but would like to attend the 2017 symposium, you may now take advantage of early-bird registration rates.

About the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center. Visit www.pm.umd.edu.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence

 

 

Call for Papers for IRNOP 2017 at Boston University

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks – Papers due 31 January 2016 for world’s foremost project management research conference

23 September 2016 – Boston, MA, USA – During 11-14 June 2017, the IRNOP conference will be hosted by Metropolitan College, a multi-disciplinary school within Boston University (BU). Metropolitan College is globally recognized for the excellence and academic rigor of its project management programs, and for its pioneering stance in the development of online education.

160923-pmwj51-irnop-bu-logoIRNOP, the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, is the world’s largest network of academic researchers in the program and project management field.  In keeping with its vibrant international spirit, the bi-annual IRNOP conference has been held in 12 cities across the globe since it began. This is the first time that the IRNOP conference has been held in the USA.

A “Call for Papers” has now been issued for the INOP 2017 research conference, the largest of its kind.  IRNOP 2017 website: http://irnopboston.org/

IRNOP 2017 theme

The theme of the 2017 IRNOP conference is The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks. Project management is evolving, and over the last two decades it has shifted from a set of tools that could assist in the execution of actions, to a more complex and dynamic set of process-based and behaviorally-based activities, underpinned by a growing and significant body of research. The modern understanding of the project domain embraces complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty in turbulent environments, and has moved towards an

alignment with broader academic concepts, including complex adaptive systems, operations management, improvisational working practices, and evidence-based management.

IRNOP 2017 is an opportunity to examine the progress made in developing, synthesizing, and challenging the increasing body of knowledge and theory in the project domain, and to assess the current standing of the project-based knowledge base. It may also be an opportune moment to increase our linkages to wider organizational theory, and to consider project management’s interactions with knowledge management and knowledge generation, with change management, with organizational behavior and theory, and with other academic domains. At IRNOP 2017 we also offer the opportunity to examine the research-based foundations for the management of the modern project.

The scope of this call for papers is deliberately drawn widely, to encourage a range of submissions covering many topics and themes, including behavioral and process areas, tools and techniques, and theoretical frameworks. Authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches to defining and developing our understanding of the modern project.

Submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit full papers of no more than 8,000 words. Papers should be formatted according to APA/Harvard guidelines and include:

  • Title page
  • Abstract [200 words or less]
  • Keywords
  • References
  • Illustrations and tables, with captions
  • Biographical details for each author

Please submit a pdf of your full paper to [email protected] by 31st January 2017.

About IRNOP

The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) was founded in 1993 as a community of scholars and practitioners with a common passion for projects and project organizing in temporary organizations. The IRNOP network includes members from all over the world, with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in business, economics, engineering and management. The network prides itself on its independence – avoiding any central administration – and aims to share local project initiatives and innovations on an international platform.  For more about IRNOP, visit http://www.irnop.org/

 

 

APM launches Careers Hub in UK

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

23 September 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced their new APM careers hub to provide tools and resources for developing project management careers. The careers hub is now featured on the APM’s website as the focal point for jobs and careers-related information and services.

160923-pmwj51-apm-imageExplore the most up-to-date trends and insights in the project management profession by downloading the APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2016. The survey clearly showed that qualifications and professionalism through membership to professional bodies proved worthwhile.  Full members of APM earn £10,000 more annually than the industry average and £14,000 when compared to a non-member. Full members also receive an additional £2,500 in benefits.

You will also find the new APM Role Profiler tool, exclusively available to members of APM. Quick and simple to complete, the tool has been developed to help one compare existing project management skills and knowledge to either your current role or a future role you aspire to. You can then search our qualifications in order to refresh your CV.

Looking for a new challenge? Upload your CV to the new APM Jobs Board and let recruiters match your details to the best available project management jobs. What’s more, let APM do the hard work; sign up for a free personalised alert service and get the latest project positions from top employers sent straight to your inbox.

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

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

The Performance of Projects and Project Management

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New Gower book on sustainable project management published by Routledge

22 September 2016 – London, UK and New York, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of The Performance of Projects and Project Management: Sustainable Delivery in Project Intensive Companies.  The new book is edited by Prof Laurence Lacoeuvre and published in the Gower series on program and project management.  Prof Lacoeuvre is the director of project management at SKEMA in France.

160922-pmwj51-gower-lecoeuvre-bookAccording to Routledge, in the increasing number of heavily projectized organizations, sustainable, commercial performance depends on their ability to measure and develop the performance of project management. This involves developing new skills and capabilities, such as a learning approach across projects. It also involves transforming established approaches such as corporate governance to match the new project-oriented context and, finally, it involves learning to use projects to enable key organizational objectives, such as sustainability, as well as the project-specific outcomes.

The Performance of Projects and Project Management offers perspectives on all of these fundamental aspects of project performance. As such, it is an important book for those concerned with project strategy, project delivery and business sustainability.  To visit the book’s web page, click here.

Professor Laurence Lecoeuvre was formerly an International Director within the industrial sector and car industry (1984–2001). She joined SKEMA in 2001. After a few years as Business Programs Director, she is today Director of Project Management Department and Director of the PhD in Programme and Project Management. Laurence is mainly teaching project management fundamentals and research methodology. Her PhD focused on the links between project marketing and project management; she continues to develop her research on this topic but also on governance.

Founded in 1967 and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group. Over the years, Gower published over 1000 business and project management books addressing some of the most challenging and cutting edge topics. The Gower series on Advances in Project Management can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM.  Project management titles by Routledge publishers can be found here.

 

 

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 passed by US House of Representatives

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Formal legislation supported by PMI promotes professionalism in program and project management in the United States

22 September 2016 – Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that The U.S. House of Representatives today approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government.

capital-domeThe Project Management Institute (PMI) strongly supports this important legislation reforming federal program management policy in four important ways:

  1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
  3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in federal agencies to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.

“This critical legislation will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley. “We are pleased this landmark bill has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, and we would like to thank Rep. Todd Young from Indiana, Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia, Chairman Jason Chaffetz from Utah, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings from Maryland, for their leadership in advancing this bipartisan, legislation.”

The legislation will return to the United States Senate, where it was previously approved unanimously, to be re-passed as a final piece of legislation. “We encourage the Senate to accept the changes made by the House and send this bill to President Barack Obama’s desk as soon as possible.” Langley said. “The PMIAA is an important step to improving the government’s ability to effectively manage its portfolio of projects and programs and will help ensure program managers are able to serve as stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

The reforms outlined in the PMIAA are consistent with PMI member input and research that demonstrates that organizations that invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The findings demonstrated by PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® report also indicate that standardized approaches, engaged executive sponsors and certified professionals are fundamental building blocks to all organizations achieving their highest levels of performance. Improving program management leads to benefits such as increased collaboration, improved decision making and reduced risk.

PMI’s report also uncovered that only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent — and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs. The research also shows that these best practices result in improved efficiency and less money being wasted. Most importantly, organizations see more projects delivering expected value to stakeholders on time and within budget.

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea fibre-optic mega project in Turkey goes

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

New generation data network to increase internet traffic between Europe and Asia receives EBRD loan and green light

21 September 2016 – London, UK and Istanbul, Turkey – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is funding Turkey’s investment in a new high-tech fibre-optic submarine communications cable system that will carry data between 17 countries, from Singapore to France and Italy. The Bank is providing a US$ 50 million loan to Türk Telekom Group, Turkey’s largest telecommunications company, which is building the new submarine cable system in a consortium with 17 other telecommunications operators.

160921-pmwj51-turkey-fibre-optic-imageThe financing will be used to lay cables under the sea and build a branching unit in Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast, in Muğla Province, southwestern Turkey. Branching units are used in submarine cable systems to provide traffic and power routing between the trunk and branch cables.

The US$ 700 million network, dubbed SEA-ME-WE 5 (South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5), will be approximately 20,000 kilometres long and is expected to become operational in late 2016, connecting South-East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.

The cable’s design capacity is 24 terabits per second on three fibre pairs. Once completed, its advanced 100 Gbps1 technology is expected to meet the rapid growth in demand for fast internet traffic between Europe and Asia.The system will also bolster Turkey’s internet infrastructure as the country’s growing economy needs greater connectivity and ever-stronger commercial ties with Europe, the United States of America and Asia.

Turkey has experienced a steep increase in internet use over the last couple of years thanks to investments by telecommunications operators and to enhanced competition in the market. Demand is also growing due to the popularity of video streaming, with high definition replacing lower picture qualities. The increased capacity for data traffic will result in higher quality for internet connections in Turkey and the neighboring countries.

Jean-Patrick Marquet, Director of EBRD Operations in Turkey, said: “This mega internet infrastructure project will serve as a brand new platform for future telecommunications business. It can help build a strong digital industry in the country and attract high-tech companies, content providers and major players in the digital economy.”

Cem Velipaşaoğlu, Chief Financial Officer at Türk Telekom International, added: “We are proud to receive the EBRD loan to finance Turkey’s SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium membership. The EBRD has long been an indispensable partner for the people of Turkey in sustainable growth and development, and now, by facilitating the expansion of our digital infrastructure, the EBRD is recognising the enormous economic potential created for our customers by this essential international project.”

Speaking on behalf of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium, Linette Lee, Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee, said: “This new SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system is a matchless, PoP (point of presence) to PoP, multi-regional data superhighway. It is a technological breakthrough which will mark a global communications milestone when it launches by the end of 2016. Designed with the latest upgradable 100 Gbps technology, enabling initial system capacity of 24 Tbps, it will provide the lowest latency, further enhancing the diversity and resilience of the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route.”

The EBRD started investing in Turkey in 2009 and currently operates from offices in Istanbul, Ankara and Gaziantep. Some 98 per cent of the Bank’s investments in the country are in the private sector. To date, the EBRD has invested over €8 billion in Turkey through some 200 projects in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, industry and finance. It has also mobilised about €17 billion for these ventures from other sources of financing.  For more about EBRD projects in Turkey, go to http://www.ebrd.com/turkey.html

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

Source: EBRD

 

 

Prof Christophe Bredillet honored with IPMA 2016 Research Achievement Award

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Professor of Project Management at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières recognized at IPMA 2016 Research Conference in Iceland

20 September 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland and Reykjavik, Iceland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that Dr Christophe Bredillet, professor of organizational project management at the Management Department, School of Business Administration, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Canada, has been awarded the 2016 IPMA Research Achievement award.  The award was presented to Prof Bredillet at the 2016 IPMA Research Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on 15 September.

160920-pmwj51-ipma-bredillet-photoProfessor Dr. Dr. Christophe N. Bredillet, PhD, IPMA Level A, FAPM, is Director of the DBA program and Director of the joint committee for the masters’ in project management programs network, including five universities under the umbrella of Université du Québec. He is Vice-President and Scientific Director of the Société française pour l¹avancement du Management de Projet (SMAP) and adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology’ (QUT) Project Management Academy.

From 2012 to 2015, he was the Director of the QUT Project Management Academy. Before joining QUT, he was Senior Consultant World Bank and, from 1992 to 2010, he was the Dean of Postgraduate Programs and Professor of Strategic Management and P3M at ESC Lille where he founded and developed the very successful masters, MBA and PhD programs in Strategy and Project, Program & Portfolio Management (P3M), leading these programs to be the first, and the fourth worldwide, to accredited outside North America by The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) in 2005. He also created at ESC Lille the first « International Project & Programme Management Week (IPPMW) » in 2001. This friendly research and thought-leadership event was accredited as part of the « European Doctoral Education Network (EDEN) » in 2008 by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). The IPPMW welcomed number of Young Crews over the years. To date, he has been principal supervisor of 36 doctoral students.

Professor Bredillet’s main interests and research activities are in the field of Philosophy of Science and Practice in P3M, including dynamic of evolution of the field, bodies of knowledge, standards, and their link with capability development, capacity building, governance and performance. These research interests are reflected in five interconnected dimensions of his work: 1) Understanding the nature of the P3M field, schools of thoughts and its dynamic of evolution; 2) Learning and acting, capacity building and organizing in complex and uncertain P3M situations; 3) Relation(s) project management deployment, cultural factors and socio-economic development; 4) Work motivation in P3M and temporary organizations settings; 5) Philosophy of Science, Practice and Ethics in P3M. He has published more than one hundred articles in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and research/advanced practice books.

Besides these activities, Professor Bredillet has been continuously involved with IPMA since the beginning of the 90s, as well as with other PM professional bodies, contributing to standards development, certifications & award assessment, research activities, conferences, and the early development stage of IPMA Young Crews. He was Editor-in-Chief of Project Management Journal® between 2004 and 2012, leading the journal to be covered by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Web of Science. In 2012, he received the prestigious Manfred Saynish Foundation for Project Management (MSPM) – Project Management Innovation Award for his contribution to a philosophy of science with respect to complex project management.

IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers, established researchers, and teams. The IPMA Research Award Management Board also recommends outstanding researchers of international repute for the IPMA life-time achievement award. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. To learn more, go to http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/.

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

Source: International Project Management Association

Editor’s note: Professor Bredillet is an international academic advisor for the PM World Journal.  We congratulate Christophe on this well-deserved honor and award.

 

 

Dr Ofer Zwikael wins IPMA 2016 Research Award

 

PM RESEARCH & PEOPLE NEWS

Australian National University professor recognized at IPMA 2016 Research Conference in Iceland

20 September 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland and Reykjavik, Iceland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced that Dr Ofer Zwikael from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, has received the IPMA Research Award 2016 for his research Project Benefit Management.

160920-pmwj51-ipma-ofer-photoHis research provides frameworks, processes, models, and tools to enhance the realization of benefits at project completion, contributing to project management areas such as business case development, project investment decision-making, project governance, stakeholder management and performance measurement. This research supports the realization of strategic project goals, ensures that the project management discipline is meaningful for business and takes project managers up to the executive table. This research positions project managers and the project management discipline at a central and strategic place in organizations.  Read more at http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/ipma-research-award-winners/

Dr Ofer Zwikael is an Associate Professor in the ANU College of Business and Economics. His research focuses on project selection, management and evaluation. He is the author of three books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers published in leading outlets, such as the Journal of Operations Management (FT45), Journal of Management in Engineering and the British Journal of Management. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management.

Dr Zwikael’s research excellence has been recognised in several ways. In addition to this year’s IPMA research award, he has been awarded multiple best paper awards by the Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management. For the impact of his research, Ofer Zwikael received the 2015 Emerald Citations of Excellence award.

Dr Zwikael’s teaching excellence has also garnered recognition. In 2014 he was awarded by the ANU Vice Chancellor Commendation for outstanding contribution to student learning. In 2013 he was recognised by the ANU College of Business and Economics for Program that Enhances Learning Award. Previously he has received awards for top PhD supervisors and Best lecturer.

Dr Zwikael is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute (PMI) international chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). His biography and list of publications can be found at https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/zwikael-oy.

IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers, established researchers, and teams. The IPMA Research Award Management Board also recommends outstanding researchers of international repute for the IPMA life-time achievement award. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. To learn more, go to http://www.ipma.world/awards/research-awards-2/.

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

Source: International Project Management Association

 

APM Governance Conference on 6th October in London

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

Theme: Successful Change – Good Culture and Governance Matter

18 September 2016 – London, UK – The APM Governance SIG will hold its second autumn conference on 6th October 2016 at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, Carburton Street, London W1W 5EE, with registration from 9.00am. The conference will build on the success of their first conference, by addressing the theme ‘Successful Change – Good Culture and Governance Matter’.

160918-pmwj51-apm-photoThe keynote presentation will be given by Melanie Franklin of Agile Change Management Ltd and Chair of the Change Management Institute, on practical steps for creating an effective change culture.

The right culture needs to be present to nurture and sustain good governance and ensure project success. You can’t have one without the other. Speakers will discuss how the intrinsic link between good culture and governance are necessary in order to achieve successful change outcomes.

Recent research has confirmed a direct correlation between good governance and change success. Good governance is the critical success factor in delivering successful outcomes. Should boards not take note? Should they ensure that ’making improvements to governance’ is a strategic objective?  But good governance can only exist if the culture of an organisation is right.

It is a major concern of all stakeholders in the change process. The level of accountability in the P3M environment is now greater than ever, and as the scale of projects and programmes increases (and success rates are still low) their complexity demands fully informed effective decisions to be made at the right level and within an appropriate culture. So we need to get better.

The conference programme will appeal to two audiences, with speakers who have practical experience of good culture and project governance in their fields: those who are in a position to influence the organisation board on matters of P3M governance; and those who are actively involved in the delivery of project, programme and portfolio change on a day to day basis.

Other speakers at the event will include:

  • Richard Palczynski (Crossrail) – Crossrail’s approach to creating a world class mindset
  • Tanya Durlen (TfL) – TfL Surface Transport Governance Journey
  • Adrian Pyne – No project is an island – the Agile Governance of projects – process and culture
  • Boris Lucic of Network Rail – Keeping collaborative delivery arrangements in focus and on course…a case of LBSR
  • Joanne Bradshaw of DWP – The challenges of blending waterfall and agile cultures and governance processes in transformation projects
  • Ivor Bennett (BMT-HQS) – Managing Change in a multi-national, multi-market environment
  • Danny Trup of Thames Tideway – Project sponsorship
  • Iain Murdoch, Shell – Culture and change within the oil and gas industry

The afternoon session will include workshops led by Ivor Bennett and Adrian Pyne, based on the topics of their preceding presentations.

Delegates will be free to attend whichever presentations they wish.

The conference will be supported by Wellingtone, the project management consultancy. Wellingtone is an Association for Project Management alliance partner.

Full details of speakers and how to book are on the APM website

Delegates attending the conference will receive on the day a 50% discount code to purchase the Directing Agile Change guide, which has recently been published by the Governance SIG and APM.

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

Source: APM Governance SIG

 

 

Call for Papers on Project Management in Healthcare

 

PM World Journal invites articles and papers about present practice and future project management in health services, hospitals and the medical field

16 September 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to planning and managing programs and projects in healthcare.  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to managing projects in the health services and medical field, including hospitals and health networks.

160916-pmwj51-healthcare-imageHealthcare and medical treatment are basic necessities for all societies, and represent a huge part of every country’s annual budget and GDP.  In developing economies with young populations, massive investment is needed for provision of basic services.  In countries with aging populations, including many in Asia, Europe and North America, costs and budgets are increasing apace.

In addition, innovation and technology are leading to thousands of projects to introduce new products and services and to upgrade facilities and systems.

Subjects for original articles, research papers or case studies might include planning, implementing and managing projects related to:

  • Emergency health and medical services and treatment;
  • New healthcare facilities and services in rural areas;
  • New facilities and services for aging populations;
  • New hospitals, clinics and medical networks;
  • New healthcare systems and services;
  • New medical information systems;
  • New technologies and solutions;
  • New products;
  • Others

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

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “Last year it was Ebola that scared the world, leading to emergency responses, massive investments, procedural changes in many hospitals in most countries, and scaring many.  This year, the Zika virus has emerged as a pandemic in equatorial countries, including the Caribbean and Latin America.  This is one example of where many projects and project management are needed in health care.”

“In many countries as the population ages, we will see many more healthcare programs and projects that need professional project management,” Pells adds.  “This is already a huge industry in the United States, with growth projected for decades to come.  We need to grow a robust body of knowledge for managing programs and projects related to healthcare and medical treatment.”

Researchers, practitioners and experts 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.

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 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 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]

 

Hill wins $10M program management contract for Amtrak in USA

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Hill International Selected by Amtrak as Program Management Consultant for Multi-Billion-Dollar Gateway Program in New York and New Jersey

12 September 2016 – Philadelphia and New York, NY, USA – Hill International has announced that announced today that the company has been awarded a contract by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide program management support services in connection with the Gateway Program.  The initial three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $10.0 million.

160912-pmwj51-hill-imageThe Gateway Program is a proposed set of strategic rail infrastructure improvements designed to improve current services and create new capacity that will allow the doubling of passenger trains running under the Hudson River.  The program will increase track, tunnel, bridge and station capacity, eventually creating four mainline tracks between Newark, New Jersey and Penn Station in New York City, including a new, two-track Hudson River tunnel.

The program also includes updates to, and modernization of, existing infrastructure, such as the electrical system that supplies power to the roughly 450 weekday trains using this segment of the Northeast Corridor, and rebuilding and replacing the damaged components of the existing, century-old Hudson River tunnel, which was inundated with seawater during Super Storm Sandy.  By eliminating the bottleneck in New York and creating additional tunnel, track, and station capacity in the most congested segment of the Northeast Corridor, the Gateway Program will provide greater levels of service, increased redundancy, added reliability for shared operations, and additional capacity for future increases in commuter and intercity rail service. To learn more, go to https://nec.amtrak.com/content/gateway-program

“We are very excited to be involved in helping Amtrak to manage this critically-needed infrastructure program,” said John Milano, P.E., Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,500 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services.  For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

 

AIPM to recognize PM Qualifications from Other Organizations

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

15 September 2016 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the launch of automatic recognition for the Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) level of their RegPM certification program.

This means that the AIPM will automatically grant CPPP certification to AIPM Associate or Full members who have previously completed approved project management courses and certifications from organisations including PMI, AXELOS, APMG and IPMA amongst others. For more information on becoming a member of the AIPM, please visit the membership page on the AIPM website.

160915-pmwj51-aipm-logoDeveloping project management capabilities is now firmly on the agenda of key organisations, and this change gives AIPM members the opportunity to get recognised as a project management professional as RegPM certification provides similar recognition within industry afforded to other disciplines such as accounting, engineering and law.

For more information on automatic recognition for CPPP certification and to see a full list of approved courses and certifications, visit the AIPM website.

AIPM offers 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. For more information about AIPM’s certifications, visit the certification page on the AIPM website

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

Source: AIPM

 

Capital Projects by Paul Barshop published by Wiley

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

What Every Executive Needs to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Investments Pay Off

15 September 2016 – New York, USA –John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of America’s largest publishers of technical, educational and management books has announced the publication of Capital Projects: What Every Executive Needs to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Major Investments Pay Off (Wiley; Available Now; ISBN: 978-1-119-11921-0; $40; Cloth)

160915-pmwj51-barshop-bookThe book provides an empirically-based framework for capital project strategy and implementation, based on the histories of over 20,000 capital projects ranging from $50,000 to $40 billion. Derived from the detailed, carefully normalized database at preeminent project consultancy IPA, this solid framework is applicable to all types of capital investment projects large and small, in any sector, including technology, life sciences, petroleum, consumer products, and more.

Although grounded in empirical research and rigorous data analysis, Capital Projects is not an academic discussion or a conceptual dissertation; it’s a practical, actionable, on-the-ground guide to making your project succeed. Clear discussion tackles the challenges that cause capital projects to fail or underperform, and lays out exactly what it takes to successfully manage a project using real-world methods that apply at any level.

Businesses report that 60 percent of their projects fail to meet all business objectives, and IPA’s database shows that projects’ final average net present value undershoots initial estimates by 28 percent. Capital Projects provides concrete, actionable solutions to help you avoid the pitfalls and lead the way toward a more positive outcome.

Paul Barshop is Chief Operating Officer of IPA (www.IPAGlobal.com), a preeminent capital projects consultancy. In this role, Paul is responsible for IPA’s day-to-day operations, including implementation of IPA’s business plans.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. To see their recent project management books, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html

 

Blue Line Trolley in San Diego secures $1 Billion from US DoT

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

14 September 2016 – Washington, DC and San Diego, CA, USA – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $1.04 billion federal grant agreement with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to extend existing Blue Line Trolley service from downtown San Diego to the growing University City area. The extension will improve access to employment hubs and numerous educational and medical facilities north of downtown, making it easier for people to travel throughout the city.

160914-pmwj50-blue-line-imageFTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers made the announcement to commit the funds during a ceremony with representatives from SANDAG and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), which will operate the service once it is built.

“The Obama Administration is committed to investing in transportation projects that improve mobility and provide ladders of opportunity for residents,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “San Diego’s Trolley extension will do just that by helping thousands of transit riders to access employment, education, healthcare and other important services.”

The 10.92-mile light rail extension, referred to locally as the Mid-Coast Trolley, will serve major activity centers such as Old Town, Mission Bay Park, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, UC San Diego, and the Westfield UTC shopping center. Officials estimate the project will serve 24,600 transit trips every weekday, with service anticipated to start in 2021.

“FTA is proud to partner with San Diego to bring new transit options to this growing region,” said FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers. “With the population along the Mid-Coast corridor expected to grow nearly 20 percent in the coming decades, this trolley extension will offer a much-needed alternative to traffic congestion in the years ahead.”

With the signing of the federal grant agreement, FTA is committing a total of $1.04 billion through its Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program to the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project. In addition to the $100 million that will be awarded with the signing of the grant agreement today, the remaining federal funds will be provided over the course of 10 years on an annual payment schedule, subject to Congressional approval during the annual appropriations process.

The CIG Program is the nation’s primary grant program for funding major transit capital investments. Projects accepted into the highly competitive program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law in order to be eligible for and receive program funds

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