PMI Fellow needs your help with PM research



More participants needed for short survey on Project Success Factors

31 January 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Alfonso Bucero, PMI Fellow and well-known European professional leader, has been conducting research on project success since June 2017.  He needs a few more participants and more data.  Project managers worldwide are therefore again invited to help with this research related to project success factors.  The research is in support of a PhD thesis at MONDRAGON University.

The target audience for the research includes project managers, managers of project managers, project sponsors and functional managers, associated with various project types and sizes in all industries worldwide.  Participants are asked to complete a simple survey, which should only take a few minutes.  Link to survey here

Participants will receive a copy of the research results.


Project success has been and still is a researched subject in literature. It is obvious that some projects are successful and other projects unexpectedly fail. When organizations are initiating and managing projects they are looking for project and organizational success, but even when extensive research has been done in the field of project management, organizations have invested a huge amount of money educating their professionals in project management, and professional project management practices have been implemented over last decade, a number of projects are still failing.

On the other hand, professionals and organizations can learn from failure, gaining better understanding and knowledge that may contribute to the success of future projects. Every organization is different and has a different environment but in this research the author wants to demonstrate that there are several factors that contribute most to project success.  After reading and reviewing project management literature, no general consensus has been reached on the factors that contribute to project success. This research will explore what are the right factors to create a better environment for project success.

Research Aims

The objectives of this research are:

  • To identify most common project success factors
  • To determine what factors contribute most to project success

For information about Mondragon University, visit http://www.mondragon.edu/en

For more information about the research, contact [email protected]

Editor’s note: Alfonso Bucero is an international advisor and correspondent for, and a frequent contributor to, the PM World Journal.  View his background summary and original works at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/.  Please take a few minutes to complete his survey.


Jacobs wins East Midlands Airport Construction Projects in UK



Manchester Airport Group selects Jacobs for Integrated Project Delivery services

31 January 2018 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that it has received a framework agreement from Manchester Airport Group (MAG) to deliver building and infrastructure construction & maintenance/refurbishment works for East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. This includes the ongoing expansion projects which will improve capacity, throughput and overall customer experience at the airport.

Jacobs’ scope of work includes project management, procurement, construction and commissioning activities for airport buildings and associated infrastructure. Jacobs’ initial framework agreement with MAG runs until 2020, with options for extensions up to 2025.

“In alignment with our vision of creating a more connected world, we are leveraging our airside aviation construction knowledge to help enhance the experience travelers will have while visiting East Midlands Airport,” said Jacobs Buildings & Infrastructure and Industrial President Bob Pragada. “Jacobs will support Manchester Airport Group through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach led by our knowledgeable project management and construction experts, along with a right-sized supply chain management approach.”

Rob Williams, Head of Procurement and Contracting – Capital and Asset Management for MAG, said, “Manchester Airport Group framework agreements are a key part of our overall strategic procurement strategy, across all aspects of our extended supply chain. The framework agreements for building, civil and M&E works provide a platform for us to work with a small number of high-quality, efficient contractors, managing and executing a wide range of projects that include construction, refurbishment, maintenance and infrastructure works at our airports.

“We look forward to working closely with Jacobs over the next few years and utilising their skills and experience to broaden and strengthen the resources available to our capital delivery team.”

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the largest UK-owned airport operator, serving around 52 million passengers every year in addition to handling 600,000 tonnes of air freight annually. MAG owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. More at https://www.magairports.com/

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $15 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets with engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 74,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering


University of New Mexico and Sandia to cooperate on new Master’s Degree in project management



Sandia to provide input on curriculum and offer internships and jobs for graduates

30 January 2018 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Sandia National Laboratories has announced that it has reached a new agreement to collaborate on project management education and professional development with the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

The memorandum of understanding to be signed Wednesday supports creating a Master of Science degree in project controls, project management and program management at UNM and hands-on internship opportunities at Sandia. Sandia will provide input on course curriculum, desired skill sets needed at the labs and expertise that will help prepare graduates for a career at Sandia or any future employer.

“Sandia wants job candidates who are best qualified and prepared to contribute to its national security mission,” Sandia program planning and control standards director Jennifer Plummer said. “This agreement helps us accomplish both. Sandia is growing its project management competency, and this will be an extraordinary benefit for the labs.”

Dean Craig White said the agreement forms the basis for an ongoing benefit to the Anderson School, Sandia National Laboratories and the overall community.

“Sandia National Laboratories has indicated a strong desire to hire New Mexico students with graduate-level project management education,” White said. “This MOU provides a framework for direct collaboration in developing an outstanding program through internships, continuing education and advice on curriculum and delivery.”

Sandia currently has about 300 project management positions, and 38 percent of those are held by UNM graduates. Tristan Walters, a Sandia manager, said the labs has about 20 job openings in project management and project controls and expects the need to hire skilled project management professionals will continue, especially due to current and upcoming nuclear weapon life extension programs.

“When you look at the demand that came from the B61-12, the W88 ALT and now with the W80-4 and the W78/W88-1 life extension projects on the horizon, we know the need for project management is not going away,” Walters said. “In fact, Sandia’s new prime contract places more emphasis on project management and earned value. This agreement not only positions Sandia to be better prepared to meet those requirements, it also helps us manage our work better.”

Sandia will offer hands-on, project-management internships focused on providing practical project management experience on real programs. Walters said Sandia currently has nine students, and “demand is currently exceeding supply.”

Walters joined Sandia about nine years ago with a Master of Business Administration in finance and international management from UNM. He started as a project financial analyst, but said he “caught the project management bug” because he wanted to become more involved with Sandia’s projects and programs. He earned a project management master’s certificate from George Washington University and ESI International and completed his project management professional certification while working at Sandia.

“I had to learn and figure it out as I went along,” Walters said. “I see this as a real opportunity to better prepare these students. They will enter the workforce ready with the foundation and analytical skills associated with project controls and project management and be better prepared to hit the ground running instead of working through training and qualification. It will be a more direct path for early staff members.”

UNM already offers several project management courses, and current students can work toward a master’s certificate in project management. The new degree is expected to be approved in 18 months to two years, and students will be able to transfer credits from their master’s certificate toward the new Master of Science degree.

“One of the key things about the Master of Science degree is that we want incoming staff to have a broad and general understanding of engineering practices and approaches,” Walters said. “It helps our project management controllers and managers be successful at Sandia. Having a systems engineering approach, or at least understanding those concepts, is going to help them integrate better with their technical teams.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. More at http://www.sandia.gov/

Source: Sandia National Laboratories



Managing Project Competence




New book from CRC presents project management competence in new ways

25 January 2018 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop, by Rolf Medina. Published in January 2018, this new book presents practical ways to acquire new knowledge and skills. Readers of the book are given new insight into the concept of competence and how both people and organizations can be more competitive, innovative, and open to learning.

According to the CRC release: This book describes how we as individuals, as well as organizations, can be efficient in the development and utilization of competence. It takes two perspectives of competence and connects them in a project-intensive and knowledge-intensive context. The first perspective is the “Lemon,” which focuses on individual competence and the role of organizational culture. The Lemon framework takes the concept of competence based on knowledge and experience and explains how a person can apply knowledge and experience to different contexts. It changes the concept of competence from being static to being agile and dynamic.

The second perspective of competence is the “Loop,” which models how organizations can manage not only to the benefit of organizational strategies and goals but also to an individual’s future career. The Lemon and the Loop are the basic tools to make competence and performance management agile and effective.

Rolf Medina has conducted research in organizational development and innovation, in which competence and projects have been cornerstones leading to several academic publications in well-ranked journals. His previous research is one of the bases for the present book. In parallel with his professional career, Rolf is guest lecturer and supervisor at Umeå University in Sweden, SKEMA Business School in France, and University College of London in the UK. Rolf holds a PhD in Programme and Project Management from SKEMA, France; a MSc in Project Management from Karlstad University in Sweden; and a BSc in Computer Engineering and Mechatronics from University College of Halmstad in Sweden.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Project-Competence-The-Lemon-and-the-Loop/Medina/p/book/9781498784382

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 learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/



The Earth Bio-Genome Project



New Initiative aims to Sequence Genomes of All Life on Earth

23 January 2018 – Davos, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announced today an ambitious partnership to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth and create an inclusive bio-economy, as part of its Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative.

The Earth Bio-Genome Project (EBP) will sequence all the plants, animals and single-cell organisms on Earth – the eukaryotic species – now possible due to the exponential drop in costs of genomic sequencing.

Meanwhile, the Earth Bank of Codes (EBC) aims to make nature’s biological and biomimetic assets accessible to innovators around the world, while tackling bio-piracy and ensuring equitable sharing of the commercial benefits.

Today’s announcement follows warnings by scientists in a paper last year that a “sixth mass extinction” is under way in which 20,000 species are in danger – a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization.”

The EBC part of the partnership will boost the economic incentives for local communities and global businesses to preserve the environment. It aims to unlock the potential of the planet’s biodiversity and boost the global marketplace for bio-inspired chemicals, materials, processes and innovations that solve human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested strategies.

Such advances include harvesting the next generation of antibiotics from Amazonian frogs to combat the antimicrobial resistance threat, and pioneering self-driving car algorithms using inspiration from Amazonian ants – see video.

Only 14% of the estimated species of plants and land animals have been classified and less than 0.1% have had their DNA thoroughly sequenced, meaning there is a huge gap in our knowledge of the vast scientific, economic, social and environmental potential of our biodiversity. Yet, this tiny percentage has delivered all of our modern knowledge of biology and the life sciences.

Like the Human Genome Project, which delivered at least $65 to the US economy for every public dollar spent as well as myriad benefits for human health, molecular medicine and scientific understanding, the EBP aims to create an inclusive bio-economy and enable the conservation and regeneration of biodiversity.

“The rate of biodiversity loss is sobering. Those born since 2012 have inherited a planet with fewer than half the number of animals on land and below water than those born before 1970. There is an urgent need for innovations that can quickly make natural habitats worth more intact for local people than cutting them down for other land uses. The Fourth Industrial Revolution in biology could offer such innovations if linked to new models for biodiversity management. This is why this partnership could be very exciting,” said Dominic Waughray, Head of Public-Private Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

The partnership will take 10 years and cost an estimated $4.7 billion – now possible due to the drop in costs of genomic sequencing. The Human Genome Project, by comparison, took more than a decade and cost $4.8 billion in 2017 to sequence the first human genome.

Putting the plan into action

The EBC will work by providing an open, global, public-good and digital platform that registers and maps the biological IP assets on the blockchain. This code bank will record the provenance, rights and obligations associated with nature’s assets – their intellectual property – to track their provenance and use. When value is created from accessing these assets, smart contracts would facilitate equitable sharing of benefits to the custodians of nature and to the bio-diverse nations of origin.

An important proof of concept for the EBP and EBC will be located in the Amazon basin in light of its rich biodiversity.

The pilot – known as the Amazon Bank of Codes – can be seen as an initiative that offers practical means to indigenous and traditional communities and local actors in the Amazon basin, and the Convention on Biodiversity at the international level, to eliminate bio-piracy. Bio-innovators in the Amazon and worldwide would tap into a store of data that accelerates the likelihood of scientific breakthroughs with a one-stop shop for nature’s assets. A fair share of the economic value created from such breakthroughs would automatically be returned to the custodians of the various components of nature’s assets in the Amazon.

For indigenous and local communities, the value could be immense. At the same time, it helps shift local incentives away from short-term forest clearance towards longer-term preservation. This platform would help support national regulators in the Amazon and implement the fair and equitable sharing of benefits as intended by the 2017 Nagoya Protocol, which governs access to genetic resources.

Following this proof of concept, the EBC, in partnership with the EBP, would facilitate a similar approach in other areas rich in biodiversity on land and in the oceans.

The World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security will offer its platform and networks to help advance the development of the EBC as a discrete project in its wider partnership with the EBP. This will form an associated workstream of the System Initiative’s Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative. By providing a platform for the partnership between the EBP and the EBC, the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth Initiative will enable experts from across the public, private and research sectors to work together on developing guidelines that maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks to society from such an innovation.

“Scientists and entrepreneurs are now able to tap into a new source of knowledge that could be the driver behind the next generation of novel technologies. If the dividends are shared equitably, an inclusive bio-economy could be created that provides a significant new funding stream for conservation and sustainable development efforts centred on the custodians of nature,” said Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Founder and Chairman of Space Time Ventures, Founder of the Earth Bank of Codes and member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Environment and Natural Resource Security.

“The partnership will construct a global biology infrastructure project to sequence life on the planet to enable solutions for preserving Earth’s biodiversity, managing ecosystems, spawning bio-based industries and sustaining human societies,” said Harris Lewin, Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology, Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair, University of California, Davis, member of the United States National Academy of Science and Chair of the Earth BioGenome Project.

There is still work to be done. For example, the additional $4.7 billion needed for ongoing scientific research has still to be raised. Also, the regulatory framework, governance and data-sharing principles and protocols will need to be developed alongside the research to ensure that the risks to society are minimized, the opportunities for societal benefit are maximized, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits is operationalized.

To address these challenges, the partnership will rely on convening multistakeholder collaborations that draw in science, research, technology and ethics communities, along with governments and the private sector.

The goals of the EBP are supported by some of the world’s leading universities and research centres, in addition to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen, China, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, the FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) in Brazil and the Department of Agriculture in the United States – and the list of partners is expanding. The EBP is working closely with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network, the Earth Bank of Codes and a number of biotech and innovation start-ups.

The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. It engages with business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is independent, impartial and not tied to any interests. It cooperates closely with all leading international organizations (http://www.weforum.org/).

Source: World Economic Forum



Massimo Pirozzi named International Correspondent in Italy



Seasoned project executive and ISIPM official to represent PM World in Rome and throughout the region

22 January 2018 – Dallas, TX, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced the appointment of Massimo Pirozzi as an International Correspondent for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and PM World Library (PMWL) in Italy.  Based in Rome, Mr. Pirozzi is Secretary of the Executive Board, Member of the Scientific Committee, and accredited Master Teacher of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM). ISIPM is the largest project management society in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, is a principal consultant, project manager, and educator. He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a researcher, lecturer, and author about stakeholder identification and management, relationships management, complex projects management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

According to David Pells, PMWJ managing editor, “We are honored to have Massimo Pirozzi join our team of global correspondents in Rome.  I am also excited to start following the Italian context about Project Management more closely, as well as to learn more about ISIPM and to start receiving news about their activities, not only in Rome but also across Italy.  Massimo is very experienced and well connected, and has chaired various meetings and events himself.   I look forward to working with him, and sharing his news from Italy with our readers.”

Massimo Pirozzi stated, “I am happy to represent the PM World Journal in Italy. I believe that PM World is a high-quality example of those Project Management values, such as knowledge sharing and networking, which are foundational to promote and develop our discipline in today’s world.  I have been a regular reader of PMWJ for many years: I love the journal’s approach, I appreciate the state-of-the-art range of its publications, I have been honored to have several papers published in the PMWJ in the last year, and I am pleased to contribute further.  Definitively, I am pretty sure this will be a very good partnership.”

PM World offers opportunities for professional leaders to report news from their cities and countries as international correspondents for the PMWJ.  Share information, gain visibility and join the global correspondents network; contact [email protected] for more information.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly electronic publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and other works 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, one of the world’s largest providers of databases for libraries and schools. 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.  To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.


FuturePMO 2018 – October PMO Conference in London



Wellingtone announces next edition of their popular future-oriented PMO conference in UK

18 January 2018 – London, UK – Wellingtone have announced their 2018 FuturePMO, a one-day unique, fun, informative, inspiring and friendly PMO Conference that is designed to push the boundaries of PMO thinking, to look towards the future. The PMO event on 4 October 2018 will be attended by PMO Practitioners at all levels and will bring together leading experts from across industry to share their PMO knowledge, experience, challenges and solutions.

Last year they went back to the future with a DeLorean and a futuristic robot. This year they will look to a galaxy far, far away to find out what is in store for PMOs.


“FuturePMO is the best PMO conference I’ve been to, you should definitely book yourself a ticket” Compass Group

“For a truly inspiring, involving and invigorating PMO experience, attend FuturePMO 2018!” University of Cambridge

Networking: Spending time with your PMO peers is always valuable. Spending that time in an environment tailored to the challenges and opportunities you don’t only face today, but tomorrow; will enable both your personal development and the development of your PMO.

Have Fun: FuturePMO isn’t your average project management or PMO conference. We want you to have fun so we’ve packed the day with surprises to enhance your experience.

Take-Aways: Delegates can focus on their PMO; current and future, thanks to technology enhancements that are forecast, and the capabilities and scope of PMOs. Delegates will return to the workplace, not just empowered and passionate about their journey, but loaded with solutions.

Get Inspired: From our highly motivational speakers and interactive workshops, you can tailor your day to focus where you need to. The format of this day will leave you feeling educated and inspired to go back and make a change to your PMO for the better.

Speaker Line-up

A few more BIG announcements will be made over the upcoming weeks but the speakers so far are:

  • Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer, Consultant & speaker in Project & Programme Management, Cranfield University School of Management
  • Ben Brownlee, Programme Assurance Director, BBC
  • Americo Pinto, Chair, PMO Global Alliance
  • Susie Palmer Trew – Head of Portfolio, The Open University (Winners of the APM PMO of the Year Award 2017)
  • Paul Jones, Head of PMO, Fujitsu
  • Allan Rocha, Managing Director, PMOtto
  • Carlos Serra, Group Project Office Manager, Colart
  • Mark Parker, Project Porfolio Manager, Welcome Break
  • Michael Cooch, Partner, PwC
  • Alison Moore – Director of Programme Management and PMO, Home Group
  • Alicia Eason-Smith, PMO Manager, The Coal Authority
  • Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, Director of Consulting Services, Wellingtone
  • Marisa Silva, PMO & PPM Consultant, Wellingtone


The conference will be doubling in size this year and will be held at Hotel Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London.

Ticket Prices

  • Early-bird tickets are priced at £225 and will be available until 30th April 2018
  • From 1st May 2018, tickets will be full price at £275
  • For groups of 4+ people, contact the Event team to discuss a discount

To find out more and book tickets, visit www.futurepmo.com

Wellingtone Project Management is a specialist project management company based in Windsor, Berkshire working with clients across the UK and internationally. Established since 1995, their clients come from all industries, both public and private sectors and range from household names to SME’s. Wellingtone is a corporate member of the Association for Project Management (APM), an APM Accredited Training Provider and an APM alliance partner for delivering career development services to the project management profession. To learn more, visit http://www.wellingtone.co.uk/



35 new works by 40 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2426 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,033 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 January 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 35 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 40 different authors in 15 different countries were published in the January 2018 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 2,426 original works by 1,034 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 25-35 new works from many different authors; of the 41 authors this month, 20 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “This month’s journal included 11 featured papers and 10 student papers, all representing serious research by the authors. The student papers are again from graduate students at SKEMA Business School in France, at both their Paris and Lille campuses. We are delighted to share their work with our readers and members.”

New authors in January include Umair Abid (Canada), Nathan Agu (Nigeria), Uchenna Ajatar (Nigeria), Fidelis Ezeokoli (Nigeria), Clifford Gray (USA), Ardalan Honarmand (Canada), Ferdinand Huc (France), Jad Karakira (Lebanon), Marine Kuhn (France), Victor Labrousse (Frane), Marie Lanvin (France), Christelle Leonetti (France), Lucas Louf (France), Binny Malik (USA), Mats Malmstrom (Sweden/USA), Garielle O’Donovan (Ireland), Lore Paganet (France), Lucien Rock (France), Marta Santos (Brazil/USA) and Clemence Simon (France). New works from 20 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We also published more excellent articles, reports and book reviews,” Pells adds.  “2018 is off to a great start, with good submittals for February coming in.  I hope readers will visit the PMWL after reading this month’s edition of the PMWJ. Identify favorite authors, find their author showcase pages in the library, then check out their previous works.”

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, one of the world’s largest providers 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.

See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

Editor’s note: Access to the PM World Collection, Author Showcase and many other resources 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].



EVM World 2018 “Intelligently Linking Information for Better Program Management”



Links are live to accept Practice Symposia and Workshop Abstracts, Registration and Exhibit/Sponsorship opportunities

January 11, 2018 – Reston, USA – CPM is announcing that the Annual Workshop – EVM World 2018 – will be held May 30-June 1, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  This is the Premier Event in Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM).  This year’s theme, Intelligently Linking Information for Better Program Management, embodies CPM’s mission and how we are leading the industry by helping you fit all the pieces together to gain a more comprehensive picture that allows for better program management.


EVM World was named a 2018 Project Controls Conference You Don’t Want to Miss by Shohreh Ghorbani, Director, Project Control Academy.  This is an annual list that boasts the best events held for education and innovation in the fields of project controls, cost, scheduling, EVM, planning, etc.  The list includes associations like AACEi, PMI, ICEAA, RICS and many more.

According to CPM’s President, Wayne Abba, in his most recent Presidential letter to the membership “[Performance Measurement]…principles remain intact …in government-wide acquisition and procurement regulations, in national and international standards, in professional and industrial associations, and in company management procedures.  CPM’s professional education and certification programs, workshops and symposia support all these disparate needs and help to advance the state of the art of integrated program performance management using earned value management and other techniques.”

According to Gordon Kranz of Enlightened Integrated Program Management, “We believe that the aerospace and construction industry can learn to manage programs better by using Building Information Modeling…At the center of earned value management is the requirement to claim technical progress based on objective criteria. During the development phase of programs objective criteria for progress claims are sometimes not straight forward. But if the cost and schedule could be electronically tagged to the system design artifacts as the design matures the technical, cost, and schedule status would be naturally integrated. The vision of BIM is to address this current lack of data integration issue throughout the project lifecycle.”

CPM is asking for abstract submissions for the education sessions at EVM World 2018. Go to www.evmworld.org/speakers for the requirements and submission.

See the program information as it unfolds at www.evmworld.org.

CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement. We assist the earned value professional and project manager in professional growth and promote the application of earned value management and integrated performance measurement. We are a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. For more, go to www.mycpm.org



Renee Škulić named 2017 best young PM researcher in Croatia



Young researcher from University of Rijeka wins coveted recognition

10 January 2018 – IPMA Young Crew Croatia has announced the winners of their annual Project Management Awards for 2017.  The award for Best young researcher in the field of project management went to Renee Škulić, a 24 year old young woman from Rijeka, Croatia. She graduated in July 2017 from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of tourism and hospitality Management in the top 10% of her graduating class. The award was announced at a ceremony in Zagreb on 9 December 2017.

Since October 2017 Renee works as the expert associate in the Centre for EU projects on the same Faculty. Her bachelor’s thesis (The importance of Goals Setting for a successful project realization) and master’s thesis (Virtual Project Teams as a Feature of Contemporary Business) were both related to project management and with her master’s thesis she won the prize of the best young researcher in the field of project management under the Project Management Awards by the IPMA Young Crew Croatia. She is a project management enthusiast and will stream to develop her career in the field of project management.

Renee Škulić (on right) with friend Tina Gojak; photo courtesy of Young Crew Croatia

Award winning research

With the increasing globalization and development of communication technologies, more and more people work in multifunctional, geographically distributed teams. The challenges of virtual project teams’ operations are to create trust among members and to choose the right information communication technology. Based on the aforementioned, a survey was conducted with the aim of obtaining specific data. Research questions that were being explored and verified are: Are virtual project teams a feature of contemporary business, is it more difficult to gain trust in virtual teams than in traditional ones, and can, once that the high level of trust is achieved within the team, a virtual project team be as efficient as the traditional one.

The above mentioned research questions have been empirically proven in the research part of the paper. The research was conducted through an online survey that contained 23 questions and covered 5 research areas. Most questions contained statements with which the respondents had to agree with according the Likert scale of five degrees. The sample consists of business consultants for projects and 90% of them usually work in virtual teams within which most of them carry out the duties of project managers. The research has shown that virtual teams require a significant level of trust between virtual team members and that the impossibility to read nonverbal signs is one of the greatest challenges for this type of team. In exploring the effectiveness of virtual teams, the respondents believe there are no significant differences in the issue compared to traditional teams.

Furthermore, the research has shown that sophisticated communication technology improves collaboration within virtual teams, and that the defined communication plan contributes to the success of virtual teams. The respondents for everyday communication with team members mostly use e-mail and phone. The conducted research has resulted in project management contributions through understanding of the general features of virtual project teams, understanding the importance of trust and collaboration for virtual and traditional teams, and through various findings related to ICT and effectiveness in virtual project teams. Contributions to this paper can also be found in defining the methodological approach to researching this interesting issue within the project management. The application of defined methodologies in other researches and other samples of respondents would increase the comparability of results and their generalization.

Practical contribution to the work relates to the fact that the research results point to project managers on which elements to pay more attention and invest more effort while leading virtual project teams (and partly traditional ones). The conducted research and the obtained results represent a foundation for future research regarding the virtual project teams. It can be concluded that the virtual project teams have more room for improvement, and after realizing the potential of improving virtual team operations, and after implementing them in practice, high quality virtual project teams could become the key competitive advantage of each organization.

Young Crew Croatia (YCC) is a part of IPMA Young Crew, the global network for young professionals enthusiastic about project management. It is a platform for young project management professionals and students up to the age of 35 and it is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is a part of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

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

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the IPMA is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of 60+ national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For further information navigate to www.ipma.world



Call for Short Papers for the 6th IPMA Research Conference



International project management research conference to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helskinki

3 January 2018 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a call for papers for the next IPMA project management research conference.  With the theme of “Project Management and its impact on societies”, this important gathering of project management researchers and scholars will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018.

The IPMA Research Conference was founded in 2013, and as a Think Tank it aims to bring researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in project management together who share a common passion for their discipline. During the conference, they discuss and exchange research ideas and achievements on the topic of projects and its management. The distinctive feature of this small in size conference is the intense dialogue between practitioners and academics which can neither be found at scientific or professional conferences.

The annual international conference has been held in Germany, China, South Africa, Iceland and South Korea since its beginning and aims to bring together experts from all countries worldwide to increase the mutual understanding of the global challenges of project managers in diverse environments and industries. The special spirit of the IPMA Research Conferences can be particularly felt in the World Café sessions where the participants can gain new insights and perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.

2018 conference theme: “Project management and its impact on societies”

Modern project management was developed in the 1970s in industrial sectors like aerospace, aeronautics, defence and construction industry. From here the methods were taken over to industries like automotive, mechanical engineering, but also IT, insurances or banking. Today project management is applied in education, the health sector, sports, public administration and politics, but also in private life as professions like career planner show. The global trend of “Projectification” that comprises all areas of professional and private life is ubiquitous.

The scope of the 6th IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to develop an overview about the degree of projectification in the different national economies. Are there differences between the levels of projectification between developed, emerging and developing countries? Is the level of projectification higher in national economies that are based on the service sector or on the manufacturing industry? What are the key drivers for projectification? Does the economic cycle have an impact on the level of projectification of a national economy? And if this is the case, how does it work: as a leading indicator or as a lagging indicator?

A second aim of the IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to explore the consequences of the global trend of projectification on societies. In times of increasing automatisation and digitalisation of the standard line processes in organisations, more and more people work in projects to realize the strategies of executives, to create innovations and to further develop these ideas into new products and services, to develop marketing campaigns or to improve internal processes in organisations. Employment contracts are becoming increasingly limited to the duration of a project. This seems to give greater flexibility both to the employer and the employee. Long-term or even life-long employment will become an exception. But what does this projectification development mean for the individual, for the organisations and for the societies, for the social security systems like unemployment insurances or pension systems, for the planning of the private life and family planning, or for decision making processes e.g. for private mortgage lending? The IPMA Research Conference 2018 aims to pursue answers to these urgent questions.

Projectification leads to the fact that public projects like infrastructure projects become more transparent as the introduction of project management leads to transparent project governance structures in public administration. The approval and execution of major public projects like streets, public transportation, schools and universities, hospitals or high-speed data networks can lead to better way of value creation for a country for the sake of its citizens and a better life for everyone.

This call for short papers is meant to encourage a broad range of submissions. The authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches for further developing our understanding of project management.


The following subtopics and workshop streams are planned:

  • Status of projectification of societies
  • Consequence of the global projectification trend for individuals, organisations and societies
  • Public administration based on transparent project governance structures
  • National project maturity levels / index measurement
  • Value creation through projects/ project management for the society

Submission guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit proposals for short presentations of their work in progress, new ideas or recent results. We encourage submissions from all areas related to project management. Short papers should be of no more than 500 words by March 31, 2018. Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by May 31, 2018 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the IPMA Research Conference.

  • Short outline of the content (500 words)
  • References
  • Biographical details of the author

Please submit a .pdf file of your short paper by March 31th 2018 to: [email protected].

For further information please contact: [email protected].

The 2018 IPMA Research Conference coordinators: Yvonne Schoper, Helgi Thor Ingason, Raphael Albergarias, Marcos Rego

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, IPMA is one of the world’s oldest project management professional organizations. IPMA is a federation of more than 55 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.world.

Source: IPMA



Making Organizational Change Stick



New book from Routledge addresses the need for project managers and change managers to work together more effectively

2 January 2018 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Making Organizational Change Stick: How to create a culture of partnership between Project and Change Management, by Gabrielle O’Donovan. Published in 2018, this new book is written for change managers, project/programme managers, design thinkers, business architects and anyone concerned with the structure, process and people of business change.

According to the Routledge release: Business needs change. And it needs it in ways, at a rate and on a scale that is unprecedented. Current success rates for business change projects are dismal and are likely to remain so until organizations learn how to integrate Change Management and Project Management successfully. Gabrielle O’Donovan shows you how to how to design strategy, structures and processes to realise this integration and deliver sustainable and commercially powerful business change.

She opens the book by providing the context: describing the problem with change projects; the issues that feed the 40% – 70% failure rate; the strengths and weaknesses of the project management and change management disciplines and, crucially, the value proposition of these respective disciplines and the models and tools they employ. In the second half of the book she makes a change partners culture explicit and measurable, by articulating those cultural assumptions that will support an effective change management/project management partnership, and that relate to universal problems all organisations face regarding the macro environment, external adaptability and survival, and internal integration.

From there, she describes how project managers and change managers can divide work packages and activities throughout the end-to-end project lifecycle, offering a toolkit to enable you to bring this change partners culture to life and ensure change is not only implemented – but embedded. Learn more about the book here.

Gabrielle O’Donovan has clocked up more than 30,000 hours over 20-plus years working on transformational change projects that have cover the full spectrum – culture transformation, process reengineering, restructuring, regulatory, infrastructure, technology plus M&A. Edgar Schein, Professor Emeratis, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA has remarked on Gabrielle’s work on culture as ‘notable’. She is an accomplished Change Management and Organizational Culture practitioner, author, university lecturer and conference speaker.

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



Wideman Website updates for January 2018



Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms updated

1 January 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.

According to Max this month:

We are very excited to announce that we have completed the conversion of our ubiquitous Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms V5.5 for presentation on line. This will be the last version available in this linked form for free from this website – just go to PM Glossary in the left hand column. As announced in our headline last month, our V6.1 database outputs are being produced in separate project and product domain related versions; see details at http://www.maxwideman.com/order_formV61/order_info.htm

We have good advice in this month’s Musings: Are you doing enough to Optimize your Project Administration in this Digital Age? A Xerox Report on Digitization at Work offers Five Suggestions on how to find out.

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.



Project Management for Education



New book from PMI Education Foundation supports both teachers and learners

28 December 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) has announced the publication of a new book aimed at helping both teachers and students, “Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning.” The book is authored by Bernie Trilling and Walter Ginervi.

According to the PMIEF introduction to the book: Project Management for Education (“PM4Ed” for short), aims to help build indispensable bridges between project management and education, to support the evolving transformation of education to equip students with the essential skills to tackle our world’s “glocal” (global and local) problems, and to empower all learners to successfully manage their personal, social, and life challenges.

PM4Ed is two books in one: an Educator Guide and a Project Manager Guide bringing the advantages and benefits of project management’s powerful and practical principles and practices to the world of primary and secondary education. By flipping this book over, you can switch between the two guides to explore how both educators and project managers (PMs) are increasingly moving toward the same goal—to help all students become more successful 21st century learners, well prepared for future work, citizenship, family, and community life.

According to the PMIEF introduction, “after reading this book both teachers and project managers will be able to answer the critical question, How do we manage learning projects, and how can we help students be more effective designers and managers of their own learning?”

Bernie Trilling is Founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors. He is an active member in a variety of organizations dedicated to bringing 21st century deeper learning methods to students and teachers across the globe. Walter Ginervi has a long experience as a practicing project, program and portfolio manager. With PMIEF’s support, he is strongly committed to spreading the project language in the schools all over the world.

For more about the book, visit https://pmief.org/library/project-management-for-education

Learn more about the PMI Education Foundation at https://pmief.org/



Bocconi University graduate student completes PMWL internship



Domenico Moccia in Milan completes project management research internship with December contributions

26 December 2017 – Dallas, USA and Milan, Italy – PM World has announced that Domenico Moccia, a graduate student in the business school at Bocconi University in Italy, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Domenico is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan.

Domenico holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics. During his studies and work abroad, Domenico has operated with international teams and faced a wide range of managerial issues: this led him to discover his passion for Project Management and Business Process Analysis and Improvement. His major fields of study are marketing and business administration.  His research interests have included strategy, supply chain, marketing project management and entrepreneurship.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Domenico researched a variety of project management topics for the library, most recently discovering Susanne Madsen’s leadership website in UK.  We really appreciated his diligence and contributions, even while completing an important on-the-ground internship on the island of Majorca in recent months.”

According to Domenico, “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the PM World Library this year. This virtual internship forced me to conduct research that I would not have done otherwise. That has already been helpful to me, both in school and during my current work.”

Pells added, “I want to also thank Professor Marco Sampietro at Bocconi University who referred Domenico to us.  Mr. Moccia was great; he helped populate several section of the library with very useful resources.  The interns from Bocconi have all proven both intellectually stimulated and reliable, which we greatly appreciate.”

PM World offers virtual project management research internships to university students worldwide who are studying at recognized universities.  Internships offer students an opportunity to research specific program/project management topics, network with other interns, gain visibility, enhance their CVs and contribute to PM World’s dual missions of promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Domenico’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/domenico-moccia/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. The PMWL is administered by PM World, which also produces the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing knowledge related to portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition



Merger creates $15 Billion Project and Program Services Giant

18 December 2018 – Dallas, TX and Denver, CO, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of CH2M via a cash and stock transaction. The combination, which received broad affirmative support from CH2M shareholders, is expected to further drive the company’s profitable growth strategy.

“This is a transformative step-change that brings together the industry’s foremost expertise and services to fulfill our vision to provide leading-edge solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” said Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou (pictured). “Since our August announcement, we have held meetings with thousands of CH2M and Jacobs employees, and I cannot overstate the enthusiasm we share about our future together. Today, we are celebrating the creation of a new Jacobs with even greater aspirations to do meaningful work around the world, heartened by clients who have eagerly anticipated this combination.”

Demetriou stressed the combined firm’s continuing emphasis on talent retention and hiring as a top priority. “People are the heart of our organization, and we are calling on the best and brightest to join the new Jacobs to drive our growth strategy and be part of our exciting future.”

Focused Integration Discipline

Jacobs formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) early in August to begin integration planning following the announcement of the proposed CH2M acquisition. The IMO identified rigorous processes and protocols to drive realization of cost and growth synergies, for which Jacobs’ executive team and Board of Directors will continue to provide active oversight.

“We are applying lessons learned from past integration experiences and adopting best practices for critical factors, such as talent retention, and building on the excellent cultural foundations of both organizations,” said Demetriou. “We are well positioned to capitalize on the differentiated value proposition created by this combination, and our continued efforts to drive incremental focus and accountability will be supported by a simplification of our operating model. Most important, our clients will be able to better realize the benefits of our industry-leading, innovative capabilities.”

Reaffirms Financial Outlook

Both organizations reported strong performance in 2017, bolstering confidence in prospects for enhanced value creation in the newly combined firm and reinforcing the expectations for integration synergies and returns on the transaction.

For more, to read the full news release, click here.

About Jacobs

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector, delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 74,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

7th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States



Reported by Emils Pulmanis in Riga

1 November 2017 – Riga, Latvia – The 7th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 19-20 April 2018. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia.

The Call for Papers remains open, with papers accepted through 15 February 2018. However if you are interested to present or publish your paper you can contact conference coordinators by e-mail [email protected]  or [email protected].

By the end of March 2018 registration for listeners and those who wish to present their reports without publication still remain. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.
To see the conference brochure, click here

The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers.

In 2018 we will have 7th anniversary that the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers organize an international conference on project management, gathering professionals from a number of countries.

In 2017 eighteen countries were represented (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Iran, United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Palestine, Iceland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania), and this year several others have joined in. The conference aims to host a vast exchange of ideas, thoughts, and experience in the benefits of applying project management to resolving practical problems.

Call for Papers

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

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

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts. The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed.

Important Date·

November 25, 2017 – Applications for participation at the conference and submission of paper abstract (see requirements)

December 10, 2017 – Notification of acceptance

Until December 30, 2017 – Payment of reduced conference fee

February 15, 2018 – Submission of full paper for the conference proceedings

March 15, 2018 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers

April 1, 2018 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference programm

Benefits and reasons for joining the conference:

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

This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large-scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization.

Project management is currently one of the most topical forms of task organization. The necessity for its application is dictated by several factors. The most important among them are the ever increasing complexity of products and services, and market competition. The complexity of products and services causes higher requirements for interdisciplinary knowledge, and the growing competition in markets forces businesses to make better use of their resources, become better and quicker than their competitors, and make swifter changes in their organizations, pursuing their clients’ interests. In such conditions, project management opens new opportunities for businesses.

The Professional Project Managers Association (PVPA) together with the University of Latvia are organizing already the fifth international conference on project management, giving practical and theoretical specialists from various countries the opportunity to exchange their opinions on practical and theoretical aspects of project management. Such exchange of knowledge and opinions enables us to develop project management as a professional activity not only within an individual country, but on an international level as well.

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. If you have an interest in advancing professional project management or learning about the latest in project management applications and ideas, don’t miss this major regional conference.

This conference is organized by the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers.

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

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

The PM World Journal is a media partner for this important regional conference.


Call for Papers announced for 12th UT Dallas PM Symposium



Premier project management conference for professionals and organizations in North Texas and central USA

25 October 2017 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that the Call for Papers is now open for the 12th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium.  The conference will be held during 17-18 May 2018 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The theme for the 2018 symposium is “Project Management: Leading Innovation!”

The symposium will focus on topics relevant to organizations, industries, and the economy in North Texas. Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

  • Innovative project/program management approaches and techniques
  • How organizational design promotes or hampers innovation
  • Planning for innovation on products
  • How does risk management factor into innovation?
  • Tools to enhance creativity and innovation
  • How Agile project management can foster innovation
  • Implementing innovation during a project
  • How does change management factor into innovation?
  • Managing innovative product development
  • Case studies and lessons learned

Abstracts are due by Monday, January 15, 2018. For instructions and template, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/

Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to prepare a full paper and deliver a presentation at the UT Dallas symposium in May.  Papers must be original, not previously published and free of commercial content. Selected papers will be republished after the symposium in the PM World Journal.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, software, telecommunications, transportation, local government and others.  To access conference website, click here.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process, offering opportunities for PM professionals, experts and academic researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free and can receive PDUs for PMP recertification. It’s also reasonably priced. You can see keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2018 symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include multiple plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 50 different speakers in breakout sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 15 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, you should plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website 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 www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a monthly digital publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. Registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), 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 www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/.