AfDB scales up to a record US $11 billion for projects & programs



Growth propelled by the High 5s and New Development and Business Delivery Model

24 May 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Ahmedabad, India – With the roll-out of its High 5s priorities and a new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) in 2016, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), delivered a record US $11 billion worth of projects and programs during the year, targeting creation of 630,000 jobs mainly for youths and women, according to the Bank Group’s 2016 Annual Report released at its Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

In real terms, the 305 operations approved during the year will bring electricity to some of the darkest parts of the continent, unlock growth potential for small businesses, nourish thousands of children, empower young entrepreneurs, and strengthen connectivity between African regions and cities. These are located in the realm of the Bank’s High 5 priorities (Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa) and the Bank’s agenda to “transform the Bank to transform Africa.”

According to the Report, actual disbursements on these approvals reached US $6.3 billion, a 55% increase over the figures for 2015 when approvals and disbursements stood at US $8.78 billion and US $4.20 billion, respectively.

“The mixed economic performance among African countries underscores the urgency for structural economic transformation on the continent – to build resilience and drive sustainable, inclusive growth. Fulfilling its role and mandate, the Bank stepped up its support to Regional Member Countries (RMCs) through higher levels of lending and more policy-relevant knowledge,” said AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina.

The Bank’s “High 5s” serve as vehicles for the delivery of its Ten Year Strategy 2013–2022, which aims to foster inclusive growth, and transition to green growth.

Approvals for Light up and power Africa increased 72.8% to US $ 2.0 billion; operations in the Feed Africa priority rose by 66% to US $1.2 billion; approvals for Industrialize Africa were up 43.5% to US $1.3 billion. The highest approval of US $5.6 billion went to Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa, representing a 52.3% of the total approvals for Integrate Africa fell 18% to US $661.9 million.

Viewed from the sectoral angle, approvals to infrastructure (comprising water and sanitation, energy, communication, and transport), went up by 43.7% to US $4.72 billion in 2016. The financial sector came second with 23.3%, while projects grouped under multisector activities received 17% of the investments. Agriculture and rural development and the social sector received 9.3% and 6.7% of the total investments, respectively.

In terms of financing windows, loans and grants were the key financing instruments, accounting for 92.1% of total approvals in 2016, followed by guarantees (3.3%), equity participation (2.6%), and special funds (2%). The substantial (55%) increase in disbursements are attributable to a range of systemic changes and institutional reforms launched in late 2015, which effectively slashed the time between approval and first disbursement by 96 days.

“Strong impacts, both from projects completed during the year and ongoing ones, have been registered in all areas of the High 5s, confirming that the Ten Year Strategy, the strategic priorities, and the new business model, are all delivering for Africa’s transformation,” the report says.

The Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Bank’s operations in its 54 Regional Member Countries during financial year (1 January to 31 December 2016). It describes various reforms of the Bank Group to improve its business delivery, effectiveness, corporate management, and highlights the Group’s financial performance.

Read the full report

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

Photo: Courtesy of the African Development Bank

Source: African Development Bank



Beating the odds – tips for jump-starting developing countries



Important new book for project sponsors in developing economies launched at AfDB annual meeting in India

22 May 2017 – Ahmedabad, India – A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Titled “Beating the Odds : Jump-Starting Developing Countries”, the book is co-authored by two development economists – AfDB’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Célestin Monga and the Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin.

According to the AfDB release, the book will undoubtedly contribute to the history of Africa’s development. It is a detailed strategy that comes as “tips for jump-starting developing countries”, at a time think-tanks from around the globe and key policy-makers, businesses, academia, civil society as well as media representatives are reflecting on a new paradigm that will effectively help create wealth in the continent, through agricultural transformation. The book demonstrates how African countries would aptly move their development agenda “out of the low-income trap regardless of their circumstances.”

Why was the book written? The authors affirmed that poverty is not predestined: it can be changed, provided the right policy is implemented. For them, there is a good window of opportunity for African countries to transform. There is a for countries to be pragmatic in the choice of policies, the authors argued, adding that growth always starts from a poor business environment.

Building on the successful experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the authors said, “By attracting foreign investments, poor countries would improve their trade logistics and increase the knowledge and skills of local entrepreneurs. That would also help gain the confidence of international buyers, and gradually make local firms competitive.” They also underscored that the strategy needs not be limited to traditional manufacturing, but can also include agriculture, the service sector, and other activities.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, congratulated the authors for producing a comprehensive and pragmatic book that encourages less privileged nations “to swiftly jump directly into the global economy.” She also said she was attracted by the content and the fundamental lessons learned from the book. However, she pointed out that institutions are the missing links in Africa’s development. “Our countries need strong institutions,” she said.

The book is published by Princeton University Press in the United States. For more about the book, go to http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10931.html

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

Source: African Development Bank

Photo courtesy of AfDB



Commercial Project Management



New book from Routledge aimed at companies selling project services

21 May 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Commercial Project Management: A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services, by Robin Hornby. Officially published in early May 2017, this new book is available in hard cover, paperback and eBook versions – see more on the book’s webpage.

According to Routledge: Selling and delivering a project to a satisfied client, and making a profit, is a complex task. Project manager and author Robin Hornby believes this has been neglected by current standards and is poorly understood by professionals in the field. Commercial Project Management aims to rectify this deficiency. As a unique ‘how-to’ guide for project and business managers, it offers practical guidance, and a wealth of explanatory illustrations, useful techniques, proven checklists, real life examples, and case stories. It will give project managers a needed confidence boost and a head start in their demanding role as they go ‘on contract’.

At the heart of Robin’s approach is a vendor sales and delivery lifecycle that provides a framework for business control of projects. Unique elements include the integration of buyer and vendor project lifecycles, the recasting of project management as a cyclic set of functions to lead the work of the project, and the elevation of risk assessment from a project toolkit to a fundamental control process.

Beyond project management, the book proposes a comprehensive template for the firm whose business is delivering projects. This is a how-to book for project and business managers working in a commercial environment looking for practical guidance on conducting their projects and organizing their firm.

Robin Hornby worked in the information technology industry for over 35 years, migrating from systems engineering to project and then delivery management. He taught project management at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, for 10 years and currently writes, consults, and conducts seminars. He pioneered many of the delivery practices described in this book.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Commercial-Project-Management-A-Guide-for-Selling-and-Delivering-Professional/Hornby/p/book/9781138237681

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge



Early Registration Open for August UT Dallas PM Symposium



Early bird discount pricing now available – don’t wait!

20 May 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that early registration is now open for the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium. The 2017 symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is organized 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.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Disruptive Leadership”. Abstracts were received, keynote speakers have been identified and the full program is now set. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Projekt 202, on the topic of “The Empathetic PM”
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, on the topic of “PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession®”
  • Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company, on the topic of “Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Reflections of an Expatriate Program Manager”
  • Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas, on the topic of “Defeating the Status Quo…Why Leaders Matter”
  • Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA, on the topic of “Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are you Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters?”

This annual project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others. This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and researchers to share their experience and knowledge with their peers. All participants can receive up to 16 PDUs, with plenty of networking opportunities. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, 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/

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



Aerospace Project Management Handbook



New book from CRC Press describes project management for complex air and space programs

18 May 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Aerospace Project Management Handbook, edited by author name. Just published in May, this new 423-page book covers aerospace project development topics; project management processes and control topics; project technical implementation aspects; project communications, leadership and other special topics; and emerging project management topics, including agile. For more, visit the book’s webpage here.

According to the CRC release: The Aerospace Project Management Handbook focuses on space systems, exploring intricacies rarely seen in land-based projects. These range from additional compliance requirements from Earned Value Management requirements and regulations (ESA, NASA, FAA), to criticality and risk factors for systems where repair is impossible. Aerospace project management has become a pathway for success in harsh space environments, as the Handbook demonstrates. With chapters written by experts, this comprehensive book offers a step-by-step approach emphasizing the applied techniques and tools, and is a prime resource for program managers, technical leads, systems engineers, and principle payload leads.

Ann Garrison Darrin has an extensive background in technology and engineering management in government (NASA and DOD), academia and industry, and has worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for more than 17 years. She is the Managing Executive of the Space Exploration Sector at the Laboratory. Ann is a member of the principal staff and previously was in the research center and manufacturing areas. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Ann worked at NASA Goddard Space Center in aerospace engineering and was the Division Chief for Assurance Technologies which includes electronic components and packaging and material science. She is the author/co-author of over 60 papers, and an author and editor of the three books published by CRC Press. As a technologist, Ann has participated in numerous exciting technology “firsts” in space. Ann is the founder and co-chair of the MEMS Alliance Mid-Atlantic and holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, University College. Ann sits on the board of the Maryland Space Business Round Table and the Science Council of the Maryland Science Center. Ms. Darrin is the 2005 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award the Johns Hopkins University Women’s Network.

Dr. Patrick A. Stadter has more than twenty-five years of system engineering and program management experience in space, air, and undersea domains. He has successfully led staff in expanding The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s cross-enterprise ability to contribute in new technical areas, providing opportunities to apply and improve staff cross-domain knowledge, developing new program focus areas, and effectively engaging complex sponsor organizations. He is recognized for leadership and development of line and program organizations, including complex, multidisciplinary teams established across APL sectors, government, laboratory, and industry contributors. Dr. Stadter’s technical focus includes system engineering, distributed, autonomous systems control, data fusion, and information theory. He has over 50 publications, two patents, has held a review panel appointment to the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council and is an active member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Stadter’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering and include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Aerospace-Project-Management-Handbook/Darrin-Stadter/p/book/9781498776523

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

Source: CRC Press



Participants needed for Survey on Project Management Software



17 May 2017 – Palermo, Italy – PM World has received a request from a managerial engineer who is working on an experimental thesis to achieve a master’s degree at the University of Palermo (Italy) as part of project management. His study is related to the classification of project management software.

The study will end in the next two months, and it aims to evaluate project management software. To do this, a decision-making method will be applied to classify the major software on the market. The classification will be based on how each software tool addresses the features identified. The objective of the survey is to determine the weights for these functions (in order to determine which are most important for project management software).

For any further clarification, please contact Massimo Castiglione at [email protected]

Access the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCdB_FPvunV0DLvEdbEf4AkAUkRl2nmSpMNkFlj7QgJYxYNA/viewform?usp=sf_link



Hill International Receives Project Management Contract from the University of Texas System



15 May 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction of the University of Texas System to provide project management services during the construction of various higher education and healthcare capital projects.

Services to be provided by Hill under the contract are expected to include staff augmentation in the areas of project management, construction management, construction inspection, cost and schedule control, administration, construction project auditing and other areas associated with design and construction of the university’s capital projects.

“We are proud to have supported the University of Texas System on their capital program since 2007,” said Robert A. Ferguson, CCPM, LEED AP, Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are confident that our team will continue to deliver exceptional service to our client,” added Ferguson.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 professionals in more than 70 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States.  For more information on Hill, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International



It’s not too late to register for EVM World 2017



15 May 2017 – Virginia, USA – Organized by the College of Performance Management (CPM) in the United States each year, EVM World 2017 will be held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana during 31 May through 2 June. Registration to this major earned value management event is still open. To access program information – click here

CPM is offering the following latest information.

The Program Schedule is final – click here

This year’s list of education sessions is filled with dynamic topics presented by industry leaders and current article authors from publications such as Defense AT&L and CrossTalk.

EVM Past, Present and Future – come see the development of our EVM History Timeline – a living document that you can help to populate during WS01 “On the Shoulders of Giants: Talking about Key Historical Moments in the Development of EVM”.

NEW to EVM World is our Pro Tools Training Sessions – innovative opportunities to network with industry leaders in products and services and talk about what is on the horizon in EVM all during non-compete times.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with people who have been instrumental in the growth of EVM over the past 50 years. EVM World is where stakeholders from across the enterprise come to learn, network, address challenges and find opportunities with integrated program performance management.

Come for the wide range of educational sessions like this:

PS-20 “Variance Analysis Report (VAR) and Knowing your Audience”

  • The Best EVM Training in the World. Expert instructors with years of experience provide a solid foundation in the principles of EVM and a thorough understanding of EVM data analysis techniques.
  • Exploration of hot topics. Leading edge professional development with practitioners and world leaders in integrated program performance management.
  • Workshops from Thought Leaders showcasing emerging techniques.
  • Practice Symposia tracks in Science & Integrated Program Management (IPM), Contracts & Implementation, IPM System Definition, Project Scheduling, Agile Integration, Data Analysis & Reporting, System Validation, IBRs and Surveillance
  • Network and Experience a Welcoming Community of dedicated integrated program performance management professionals
  • Earn up to 15 PDUs!


Wednesday Keynote Stephen Shinn, CFO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Thursday Keynote Gary Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses, PARCA

Friday Keynote Sandra Fairchild, Project Services Support Director, Savannah River Remediation

Click here for keynote biographies

For workshop registration – click here

CPM Members save $100 on the event. Join CPM now for $85 [click here] to receive a discounted registration and all of the benefits of being a CPM member

For more information about EVM World, call +1-703-234-4147 or visit www.evmworld.org

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management (EVM) and other performance management techniques. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

Source: College of Performance Management



U.S. to maintain HIV programme funding in Zimbabwe



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

11 May 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has shared a recent announcement from the U.S. embassy in Harare. The United States Ambassador says his country will maintain, and even increase, HIV funding levels in Zimbabwe despite a change in administration.

“We are very heartened that our Congress just passed the budget within the last few days and our President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding is remaining constant. In fact it will likely grow to almost $150 million next year,” said Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. “This means we are able to continue saving lives through PEPFAR as well as feed about 2.4 million people a day in Zimbabwe through other assistance programs.”

“International aid has not been affected. Congress did not cut international aid,” said Ambassador Thomas.

In picture: Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. with members of the U.S. based acapella group, Street Corner Symphony at the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage on Friday.

The top U.S. diplomat was addressing journalists during a tour of the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage during the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) which ended on Sunday. With support from his Embassy, several organizations working on HIV and related health services showcased their work along First Street as well as provided HIV-related services to members of the public. Musical and other entertainment groups, including the visiting U.S. a capella group- the Street Corner Symphony- provided entertainment.

“We think music, education, fun saves lives,” said the U.S. Ambassador. “Despite tremendous success in reducing HIV incidence in Zimbabwe from 2.63 per cent to 0.48 per cent since 2000, we still need to educate people – especially the young.  And the way to reach the young is through music. You are not just preaching to them, you are helping them to have a good time and see that, like the young people who I just met who were born with HIV, what vibrant lives they live.”

Since 2006, PEPFAR has provided nearly US$800 million to Zimbabwe for HIV interventions.  Over the past two years, PEPFAR’s allocation of resources have been focused on achieving the greatest impact to reach epidemic control in a short space of time by focusing new and renewed efforts in geographic areas with the highest burden of disease.

“These areas are home to at least 80% of Zimbabweans living with HIV, and receive a comprehensive package of HIV services tailored by age, sex and risk for their populations. In 2016, PEPFAR reached over 1.9 million individuals with HIV testing and counseling services and expects to reach over 2.5 million individuals in 2017 through revised strategies such as index testing (contact tracing), innovative interventions such as HIV self-testing to reach older men and young adults, and a short-term surge in human resources to increase provider-initiated testing and counseling in facilities in 2017,” explained Mark Troger, PEPFAR Zimbabwe Coordinator.

The USG remains a leading provider of bilateral HIV assistance to Zimbabwe. It was the first, and remains the largest contributor to the Global Fund by contributing over $7 billion dollars to date.

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 http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected]

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe



May PM Summit by PMI Turkey Chapter in Ankara



Major project management conference on Human Factors in Project Management to feature global PMI leaders and industry executives

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

10 May 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – PMI Turkey Chapter organizes two Project Management Summits every year, one in Ankara and one in İstanbul. This year the Summit taking place in Ankara, Turkey, on the 23rd and 24th of May, puts emphasis on the Human Factor in Project Management and bring the project management professionals to discuss and share experiences on human-focused topics such as Talent Management, Teamwork, Motivation, Communication, Stakeholder Management, Coaching, Leadership, Delegation, Human Resources Management and so on.

People play a very important role in project management. Regardless of the kind of project or the sector; the team, the leader and the stakeholders together determine the destination of the project. Without a great team or a leader, a successful project can never take place and without determined and dedicated stakeholders, the right environment for the project cannot be provided.

Similarly, one of the biggest challenges in the timely completion of a project with a limited amount of budget and resources is to manage the development of the project team in the right direction.

Working with a team of people with different backgrounds, experiences and expectations results in conflicting agendas, personal conflicts and unresolved issues. When it happens, the situation may delay the progress of the project or even suspend or halt the project. Thus, we cannot ignore the importance of the human factor in successful project management. Paul C. Dinsmore, the author of the book Human Factors in Project Management also emphasize this factor as

“Getting things done through people is project management’s main goal. For a project to be successful, people must work together. Team building, conflict management, and communication skills are people-related abilities needed to make a project activities work. Everything on a project starts with people. And a project progresses as a result of human interaction“.

7 international speakers will include PMI’s Immediate Past Chair Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, PMI’s past board members Steve DelGrosso and Deena Gordon Parla, president of the PMI-Metrolina chapter Jennifer Baker, international speakers Kevin Ciccotti and Dave Harbath; top executives like Microsoft Turkey’s Deputy General Manager Levent Erkan, CEO of CCN Investment Holding Murad Bayar, CEO of Selex Turkey Sinan Senol, CEO of Meteksan Defence Co. Tunc Batum, Business Development and Project Management Director of Turksat Co. Omer Faruk Colluoglu and 20 other valuable speakers.

For more information or to register, go to http://pmi.org.tr/summit/ankara/en/



Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Jacobs as Project and Construction Manager



Role to support multi-billion dollar construction program at Los Angeles International Airport

10 May 2017 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Jacobs has announced that it has been awarded a seven-year professional services prime contract for project and construction management by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to support its Landside Access Modernization Program, Airline/Tenant Improvement Program and Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The City of Los Angeles anticipates an increase in travel into the Southern California region resulting from the addition of new entertainment facilities, a sports stadium and a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In anticipation of this growth, and with the intent of improving the overall guest experience, LAWA has initiated the planning and development of more than $14 billion in capital improvements at LAX.

Jacobs’ role includes a broad range of project and construction support services to deliver programs from definition to construction and final closeout. Services include planning; project, construction and design management; construction logistics and impact analysis; staff training and development; change management; and environmental reporting. Jacobs is supporting LAWA as the operator guides and approves major improvement plans by its airline tenants at LAX including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines.

“Jacobs has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports for the past 15 years, delivering both airside and landside projects,” said Bob Pragada, Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure and Industrial. “Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help implement this program and solidify LAX as one of the great airports of the world.”

Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as LAX, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, LaGuardia, Heathrow, Brisbane, Melbourne, Manchester and Dubai. Jacobs’ services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to planning, design, program, construction and asset management.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering



EBRD to invest in West Bank and Gaza



10 May 2017 – London, UK and Amman, Jordan – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Board of Governors has approved the engagement of the EBRD in the West Bank and Gaza for an initial period of five years to support the development of the economy with investments through a trust fund.

The West Bank and Gaza are in the EBRD’s southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, which also includes Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, where the EBRD has been investing since 2012 and engaged in policy dialogue. To date, the Bank has provided some €4.8 billion to these four countries alone in the form of loans and equity. Eighty per cent of these investments are in the private sector.

EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti welcomed the decision to extend the Bank’s activities to the West Bank and Gaza, saying: “The EBRD can make an important contribution to the economy alongside other international financial institutions and donors. Building on the strong entrepreneurial tradition our goal is to strengthen the private sector.”

Operating in the West Bank and Gaza from the EBRD office in Amman, the Bank will provide support for private sector competitiveness and innovation, increasing access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, fostering a sustainable supply of energy and promoting private sector participation in energy efficiency and infrastructure.

Azzam Shawa, Governor of the Palestinian Monetary Authority, said: “We welcome the EBRD’s engagement in West Bank and Gaza. The Bank’s financing model and policy advice could provide valuable support for private entrepreneurship and market-oriented transition in the West Bank and Gaza.”

To date, the Bank has invested some €4.8 billion in 120 projects across the SEMED region in natural resources, financial institutions, agribusiness, manufacturing and services as well as infrastructure projects such as power, municipal water and wastewater and upgrading transport services.

The EBRD was established in 1991 with the goal of supporting market economies and promoting the private sector. Having started in central and eastern Europe, today the Bank operates on three continents and in 36 countries, from Morocco to Mongolia and from Estonia to Egypt. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD 



Free PM World Library membership for residents of Mongolia


Free full access to PMWL available to residents of Mongolia and other low income countries around the world

8 May 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Residents of Mongolia are offered free memberships in the PM World Library. Residents of all low income countries, as listed in the World Bank’s listing of low and low middle income countries, can now gain free full access to the PM World Library. See the list of countries for Free Library Access at http://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/.

to PMWL Director David Pells, “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free memberships for residents of Bolivia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ukraine and Zimbabwe, hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in those countries under stress or in transition. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Mongolia and many other countries.”

The PM World Library contains all original articles, papers and other works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, along with profiles of all authors of those works. The library also contains access to professional information, books, journals, websites, public information and many other resources related to projects and project management. Access to several major EBSCO databases of business books and publications is also provided, which will be of interest to students and researchers in low income countries where access to those databases is either expensive or unavailable. Visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ to learn more.

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to knowledge transfer worldwide and have established a policy of offering free memberships to residents of low income countries. We hope the library can provide a useful resource for those working on projects, teaching or learning project management, or growing the PM profession in those countries.”

Those working or living in Mongolia can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/. Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries. If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected].



Proceedings of 6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States now available



Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

3 May 2017 – Riga, Latvia – The 6th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States has been successfully held in Riga, Latvia during 27-28 April 2017. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference was convened at the University of Latvia and included researchers and speakers from many countries.

The conference proceedings have now been published and are available through the PM World Library. Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-profession/ to access.

The aim of the conference was to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. The conference entertained a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

The 6th anniversary conference was organized and hosted by the Economics and Management Faculty of the University of Latvia together with the Professional Association of Project managers of Latvia. The proceedings include 35 papers covering both theory and practice authored by researchers and professionals in 16 countries.

The conference website is http://www.balticpmconference.eu/

Proceedings from all six project management conferences held at the University of Riga are now available in the PM World Library. These proceedings are also included in the EBSCO business source database and available for access by researchers worldwide.



EVA22 – London – 17-18 May 2017



Annual earned value management conference to again featured leading speakers in historic venue

1 May 2017 – London, UK – EVA22, the annual conference for project management, project controls and earned value professionals, will again be held in historic Armourers’ Hall in London during 17-18 May 2017. This year’s theme is “Brexibility”; Keynote speakers are revealed below.

Brexibility: This year EVA focuses on the New Normal. A fantastic place for a kick-start and a reboot of Project Controls in your career, your projects and your life.

Speakers will include:

Alison Messom,
Chair of the Clinical Research Institute outlines the challenges presented by Brexit for this currently UK based organisation.


Sandi Rhys Jones
, Trustee of UK Engineering and compulsive constructor urges us to focus on Wellbeing. Our own and the people we work with.



Mathew Riley
, Managing Director of Ramboll thinks it’s time for Project Controls to pull its finger out and make more out of Digital Engineering.



Chiara Mainolfi, APMG Italy Region manager and champion of Talent Club thinks no-one should get left behind. She got 50 unemployed women jobs in IT and thinks it can be done in the UK, even for men – Above all in a time of serious skill shortages.


Steve Messenger, Chair of ABC
thinks that the arrival of Agile Portfolios will make the truly benefits-driven portfolio management actually work. He might be right.


There is nothing better than a perceived crisis to make people get serious. In times of prosperity many of you will have seen how slack and undervalued Project Controls and Governance can be. But we have entered a window of opportunity to have another go at getting things right.

Governance that really does join projects to portfolios, in an agile flexible way! Project Controls are central to the PMO toolset, properly managed and executed. A proper career path with some qualifications! Performance Management which is understood implemented and used.

Getting your voice heard, your input sought and valued. There has never been a better time to prove your worth, to get the attention of the people at the top. Or you might be at the top wondering whether to jump. Come along talk listen learn discuss and see where it leads you. As ever, #eVa22 will be different, entertaining and informative. Dinner will be served in the Hall by candlelight.

Attendees are middle to very senior professionals with interests in project management generally, project controls, earned value and wanting to learn more about wider issues of transformation, successful change and benefits-driven portfolios. They will also be very keen to set Project Controls onto a formal career path this year and are looking for like minds who will lobby for and champion this, as well as networking and business leads.

Government Pharma Defence Aerospace Construction Utilities Transport Power Generation and IT sectors will be represented. Click here to book a place, get 20% off by using code PROJCONBREX. For more information, go to http://www.evaintheuk.org/



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced



1 May 2017 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max:

This month Mark Seely, in Part 5 of his Guest paper, points to best practices for deployment of each of the five distinct project management levels, and concludes with a set of DBM “Ten Commandments“. His Appendix A confronts “complexity” and points to simplifying options.

In Musings, our preliminary observations on a new conceptual approach called “Praxis” that describes project management in its broader sense. It has a number of special features: It is new, is a single integrated framework, can be tailored to all manner of different contexts, and incorporates practical lessons learned. It is also free to use!

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.



Call for Papers on Agility in Project Management



PM World Journal invites articles and papers about agile program and project management processes and experience

26 April 2017 – 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 agility in program or project management.   Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to managing projects with agility, or using agile techniques.

Since the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001 for managing software projects, Agile project management has grown in popularity around the world, not only for software development but across most information systems/technology and many other industries. While Agile PM generally remains most useful for relatively small teams, and sometimes multiple small teams, it has stimulated widespread interest in the broader use of more “agility” in program and project management.

What does agility really mean in the program/project management context?  What are some examples of agile decision making, organizations where it has been employed, or successful agile project management?  What are the trade-offs, the risks or rewards?  When or where should agility be increased or too much agility be avoided?  Answers to these and many other questions are welcome.

Submitted works for publication can be in any of the following categories:

  • Featured Papers – research based, conference quality, professional papers
  • Student Papers – research reports or papers created for university courses
  • Case Studies – descriptions of real world applications of Agile or agility
  • Advisory Articles – how to implement agile or improve agility
  • Commentaries – short opinion pieces on any related topic
  • Personal Story – discussion of personal experience
  • Creative Works – art, fiction, play, poetry or other imaginative creation
  • Second Edition – previously published paper, if author retains copyright

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

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “There remains quite a lot of debate about the applicability of Agile project management for many industries and types of projects.  The concept of agility, however, would seem to be widely useful.  Maybe we can attract some knowledge or perspective on this topic.”

“Many traditional project management models and standards are based on well-established project lifecycle models and systematic approaches,” Pells adds.  “For some projects and organizations, agility and/or agile project management might then carry more risks. So what does experience show?”

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]



Major Projects Association launches Knowledge Hub



Gower’s former chief editor joins MPA in UK to manage Major Projects Knowledge Hub

24 April 2017 – Oxford, UK – The Major Projects Association (MPA) has announced the launch of their Major Projects Knowledge Hub. The Hub consists of two elements: a knowledge repository, where users can access and add insight from their own major projects in a way that allows the material to be freely used, modified and further shared; and a major projects community, where they can communicate, interact and connect directly with their peers.  The following is based on the MPA news release.

This is a substantial undertaking. MPA is connecting users not only with their own content but also with insight drawn from as many learning legacy and other knowledge hubs that are happy to collaborate. The development site isn’t yet complete but already contains abstracts and links into the material in the Crossrail and London 2012 Learning Legacies. MPA is endeavouring to encourage and facilitate a community of practice to model and share the behaviour associated with social learning.

The speed of change, complexity and uncertainty associated with major projects such as large infrastructure, social, government or business transformation requires an ability to draw on the data, techniques and lessons of every major project as it happens and to problem solve, learn and collaborate in real time.

Whilst organizations espouse the idea of continuous, work-based learning, few have yet built the requirement or the processes into their projects. And there are plenty of questions we need to answer if we are to be successful: how can we attract and motivate sufficient people from all levels within organizations? How can we encourage their organizations to provide them with the time and support to look up from the pressure of day-to-day processes? How can we overcome a natural risk aversion and reticence to share amongst businesses, large and small? How do we help all those involved to identify and realise the often apparently, intangible value associated with working collaboratively?

On the other hand, the benefits, if we can realise them, are substantial. Faster problem solving; access to pertinent data and experience for any organization trying something for the first time; a culture of sharing and collaboration that will break down siloes inside the business; employees who are instilled with an understanding of risk and opportunity and motivated to continually question and improve. And the benefits should extend to the UK PLC; with better projects; improved return on investment and the growth of the kind of skills that both industry and government require for us to succeed post-Brexit.

Given the complex challenge we have set ourselves, we are keen to build on any insight and prior knowledge we can find. Do you already have experience in solving some of these obstacles to collaboration? Have you been involved in the development of knowledge sharing or community of practice activities? If you are willing to share your advice and experience with us, then please contact Jonathan Norman, Major Projects Knowledge Hub Manager ([email protected] or Tel: 07387 268596).

The Major Projects Association (MPA) is a member association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios.  Established in 1981 and based in Oxford, England, MPA was founded specifically for sharing experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects – both successes and failures – to help others avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered.  Membership comprises organisations engaged in a wide range of commercial and public enterprises, operating in a wide variety of fields.  For more information, visit www.majorprojects.org.



18 new works by 24 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2074 project management articles, papers & other works by 900 different authors in more than 60 countries

15 April 2017– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 18 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 24 different authors in 14 different countries were published in the April 2017 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.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 2070 original works by 900 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 20-30 new works from many different authors; of the 24 authors this month, 6 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 fewer works this month, but several of those included are really worth reading. The letters to the editor are also interesting, and Kik Piney’s ‘Devil’s Dictionary of Project Management Terms’ is very entertaining.”

New authors in February include Rasoul Abdolmohammadi (Iran), Ian Brooks (UK), Catherine Cockrell (USA), Jean-Pierre Debourse (France), Mats Ragnarsson (Sweden) and Fred Vokoboynikov (USA). New works from 18 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The reports from Argentina, Finland, Spain and UK are again really interesting,” Pells adds.  “The second edition papers this month are by pioneers in the project management field, Russ Archibald and Bob Youker.  And I hope I did not offend too many with my editorial, ‘Agile from a Distance’, about which I would welcome feedback.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,200 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, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of thousands of business books, magazines, journals and other publications.  Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected].



June PMO Conference 2017 in London



11 April 2017 – London, UK – London’s PMO conference returns for a third year and takes place in Central London on the 7th June 2017. The event has been specifically curated for people who are currently managing and leading PMO functions within their organisations today.

The one day conference brings together expert speakers from the US, Europe and the UK, presenting 19 sessions all focused on current challenges PMOs are facing today.

The event kicks off with the leading PMO thought-leader, author and speaker, Mark Price Perry – the opening keynote The Business Driven PMO – Testing Your Convictions, followed by sessions that cover the latest thinking in PMO, practical skill topic areas for PMO practitioners and case studies from leading organisations on their own PMO successes.

Presentations will include:

  • Involving the PMO in Project Stakeholder Engagement
  • Governance and Governmentality in Projects – The Role of the PMO
  • Knowledge Management and the PMO
  • The Agile PMO
  • Beyond the Tricky Third Year
  • The Top 10 Drivers for PMO Change
  • Planning and Delivering Value with an Agile PMO
  • The Future of the PMO – The Chief Change Officer

Event Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017 8.00am – 6.00pm
Location: etc venues, St Paul’s, Central London

For further information and registration details please visit www.pmoconference.co.uk