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CALL FOR PAPERS

Final Call for Papers for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

25 December 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The 13th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) PM Symposium will be held during 21-22 May 2019 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA (just north of Dallas).  This is the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, so consider presenting a paper and mark your calendars to attend.

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, telecommunications, local government and others.  The 12th UT Project management Symposium attracted 400+ participants and was successfully concluded during May 17-18, 2018.  More information on the conference website.

The theme of the 2019 symposium is “Project Management in a VUCA World”.  The call for papers ends on 14th January, so now is the time to submit a proposal and abstract for a paper or poster presentation.  Potential topics include:

  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Project management during crisis
  • Opportunities during disruption
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams
  • Agility, dealing with change, flexibility
  • Cyber security for project managers and teams
  • Digital transformation of project management processes
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • VUCA impact on stakeholders
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value

To see the official call for papers and presentation guidelines, click here

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind-review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free. It’s also reasonably priced. See keynote presentations, papers and photos from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2019 symposium will be held in world-class facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include keynote speakers, professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 13 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

The annual UT Dallas PM Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The UT Dallas, in partnership with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.

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

 

 

SKEMA doctoral student appointed first PMWL Research Scholar

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Lucky Edjenekpo researches the use of EVM in Nigerian and African projects

19 December 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that Lucky Edjenekpo has become the first participant in the PM World Library’s research scholar program.  Lucky is currently residing in Warri, Nigeria while pursuing a doctoral degree through SKEMA Business School in France.

Lucky Enajite Edjenekpo, CCP, PMP is an oil and gas professional with over 25 years’ experience in project management and operations management. He is currently serving as a volunteer project manager with Project Managers without Borders (PMWB), working out of Nigeria, when the opportunity arises. He engages in independent research work, pro bono consulting and volunteering.

Lucky holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria, an MBA in leadership and sustainability from the University of Cumbria, UK, and is currently undertaking study of project and program management at the doctoral level at Skema Business School, Lille, France.

Lucky is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), and Project Management Professional (PMP) driven by passion to advance project management practice delivery. He currently lives in Warri, Nigeria. The subject of his research is “Project Delivery in Nigeria: Using Earned Value Management to Improve Project Performance.”  To learn more about his research and to follow his progress, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/lucky-edjenekpo/

Announced in November 2018, the research scholar program offers free access to the PMWL to qualified scholars who are conducting research on important P/PM topics. Candidates are expected to be PhD or doctoral level students, those recently granted PhD or doctoral degrees, or professors of project management. Participating scholars will be encouraged to post their research results in the PMWL and to help expand the resources in the library related to her or his research topic.  This program will provide project management researchers with additional visibility, resources and support. To learn more, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/research-scholars/

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World in the United States which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  Contents of the PMWJ and PMWL are created by experts, practitioners and scholars worldwide.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net and www.pmworldjournal.net.

 

 

Hill wins big PM contract renewal in Ohio

 

Hill Reselected to Provide Program Management and Inspection Services for the City of Cleveland on Dominion Energy’s $4 Billion-Dollar Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement Program

18 December 2018 – Philadelphia, PA and Cleveland, OH, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a new three-year contract to continue providing program management and inspection services to the City of Cleveland for Dominion Energy Ohio’s (DEO) Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) Program.

DEO’s PIR initiative is an overall $4 billion, 25-year program. PIR, launched in 2008, will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of DEO’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.

Having served the City of Cleveland since 2015, Hill will continue providing program management and inspection expertise for Dominion Energy’s distribution line replacement work within the City of Cleveland. Hill’s role includes design review, permitting, and overseeing ancillary restoration work for roadways, curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping.

Said Vic Spinabelli, PE, LEED AP, Hill’s Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, “For the last three years, Hill has provided specialized services to the City of Cleveland to help manage and control this complex and aggressive pipeline infrastructure replacement. Hill is committed to continuing to provide the City of Cleveland with attentive and thorough services as it navigates through this critical 25-year program that has wide-ranging impacts.”

To learn more about the DEO pipeline replacement program, click here.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 2,800 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

 

Dr. Ginger Levin: 1948 – 2018

 

7 December 2018 – Florida, USA – Well known and widely respected project management author, mentor, scholar and teacher Dr. Ginger Levin passed away in Florida on November 15, 2018.  Dr. Levin was the author of many books, papers and presentations on various aspects of program and project management, delivered presentations and courses for PMI chapters, professional associations and organizations around the world, and was associated with universities in Australia, France, South Africa and the United States.

Dr. Ginger Levin was a senior consultant and educator in portfolio, program, and project management.  Her specialty areas included business development, maturity assessments, metrics, organizational change, program evaluation, portfolio management, knowledge management, and the Project Management Office. (photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

She was also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its M.S. in Project Management program, and at the doctoral levels, she was an Adjunct Professor for SKEMA (formerly Esc Lille) in France and at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  She taught online courses for the University of Texas at Dallas and other schools.

She was the second person in the world to receive the PgMP® credential from PMI.  As an OPM3 certified Professional, she has conducted over 25 assessments in the past three years using Product Suite.  She was a member of the Project Management Institute’s Registered Consulting Program and an active volunteer for the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dr. Levin’s 50-year career revolved around project management, beginning long before it was a recognized profession of choice.  She served as project manager for numerous efforts for Fortune 500 and public sector clients.  Representative clients included: MARTA, Medtronic, CHEP, Abbott Vascular, Beckman Coulter, EADS, TRW, UPS, Citibank, Cargill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), General Electric, The Timken Company, L3, BAE Systems, Sony Ericsson, Genentech, John Deere, New York City Transit Authority, Pearson Educational Measurement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For General Electric, she assisted in project management support for major radar programs.  At the New York City Transit Authority, she conducted an evaluation of project management processes, conducted an organizational assessment of its Information Services Department and implemented a configuration management system.  At Citibank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she was responsible for project management assessments as these organizations worked to achieve Level 2 certification by the Software Engineering Institute.  For Citibank, she also supported software quality assurance efforts.

At the Department of Agriculture, she prepared a project management methodology and a handbook about this methodology for use throughout the National Finance Center.  She facilitated a two-day session of project managers on the methodology.  For the FDA, she was responsible, as project manager, for its national milk drug residue data base system (project under way since 1992), served as a mentor and executive coach, and conducted numerous facilitation and organizational development efforts.

As one of the first to be certified as an Assessor and Consultant in OPM3, she conducted over 25 assessments for organizations such as Cincinnati Bell Telephone Service in conjunction with its work for General Electric, for the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Abbott Vascular, and CHEP. As a volunteer, she contributed toward the development of the Project Management Institute’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model as an industry standard.

To learn more about her many accomplishments and contributions to the project management field, click here.

To read the tribute to Dr. Levin by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, visit  https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education-announcements/remembering-dr-ginger-levin

To offer a memorial or remembrance for Ginger, go to https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pompano-beach-fl/virginia-levin-8064175.

Dr. Levin was admired and respected throughout the project management world, where she befriended, mentored and supported many past, present and future leaders in the PM field.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

May you rest in peace, Dr. Ginger Levin!

 

 

Nokia’s 5G research and development programme receives financial boost

 

PROJECT / PROGRAMME NEWS

Nordic Investment Bank loans EUR 250 million to Finnish telecom

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helsinki

3 December 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has announced that NIB and the Finnish multinational telecom company Nokia have signed a loan agreement totaling EUR 250 million to finance research and development activities related to 5G mobile technology.

The loan, which has an average maturity of approximately 5 years after disbursement, will finance Nokia’s extensive research and development programme focused on fifth-generation (5G) activities in Europe in 2018–2020. The investment will especially concentrate on developing new 5G-related end-to-end product offerings for different business areas.

5G is the next generation of wireless systems beyond the current 4G standards, providing a substantial increase in network capacity, reducing latency delays and enabling network slicing. Network slicing gives network operators greater ability to differentiate their services to match clients’ needs.

Nokia’s 5G research and development program also focuses on the implementation of the “Internet of Things”, machine-type communication between the things humans have invented. In practice, this means a network of different devices, such as home appliances, vehicles and other electronics, being able to exchange data wirelessly.

“The business opportunities of 5G are numerous, as it will be the first mobile generation designed from the beginning for machine-type communication. Nokia’s research and development is likely to benefit not just the telecom sector, but also several high-technology operators in our member countries,” says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

“We are pleased to receive this financing commitment from the NIB, which shares our view of the revolutionary nature of 5G. This financing will further support 5G research and development in Europe and it bolsters the momentum we have already seen this year as the era of 5G begins,” says Kristian Pullola, CFO, Nokia.

Nokia is a Finnish multinational telecommunications and information technology company founded in 1865. In 2017, Nokia employed approximately 102,000 people across over 100 countries, did business in more than 130 countries, and reported annual revenues of around EUR 23 billion.

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. Learn more about NIB at https://www.nib.int/

Source: Nordic Investment Bank

 

 

Wideman PM Website updates announced for December 2018

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

1 December 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 have the following additions:

PapersProject Management Body of Knowledge Revisited, 2018. This Paper is essentially a repeat of what I wrote over 30 years ago when PMI was “inventing” the “PMBOK” (1986-7). It sets out our project management expectations of those days. Read it in conjunction with this month’s Musings – A Look Back – where I make the comparison with where we are today. 12/18

Musings — It is typically a valuable exercise to look back over the years to examine how you got to where you are today. So this month I Look Back at the Original PMBOK document and draw some comparisons between our project management expectations of over 30 years ago, and compare that with where we are today. Best to read this Musings in conjunction with our paper: PMBOK Revisited – December 2018

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.

 

Editor’s note: At the age of 92, Max is still contributing to the project management world.  Thank you, Max!

 

 

New Research Scholar Program Announced

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

PhD and post-doctoral researchers worldwide invited to become PM World Library Research Scholars

23 November 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the launch of a project management research scholar program through the PM World Library (PMWL).  Free access to the PMWL is offered to qualified scholars who are conducting research on P/PM topics, especially research aimed at solving regional or global problems.

Candidates are expected to be PhD level graduate students, those recently granted PhD or doctoral degrees and engaged in post-graduate research, or professors of project management.  Participating scholars will be encouraged to post their research results in the PMWJ or PMWL and to help expand and enhance the resources in the library related to her or his research topic.  This program is intended to provide project management researchers with additional visibility, resources and support.

Each Research Scholar will have a scholar showcase webpage posted on the PMWL and PMWJ websites where the scholar’s profile, research interests/activities, and access to publications will be posted. Each scholar will also receive unlimited free access to everything in the PM World Library; recognition with research results posted in the library; publishing opportunities in the PM World Journal; ongoing visibility; a certificate; and other benefits. To learn more and to see participating scholars, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/research-scholars/

According to David Pells, PMWL Director, “We’ve had a successful research internship program for graduate students running now for about two years.  We thought it might be useful to offer a similar program for PhD and post-doctoral researchers, to help stimulate and support PM research at the highest levels.”

For more information, contact David at [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, a small private company based in the United States but owned and managed by stakeholders in Australia, Europe and North America.  PM World also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  Contents of the PMWJ and PMWL are created by authors, experts, practitioners and scholars worldwide.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net and www.pmworldjournal.net.

 

 

Using Earned Value Management in Nigeria

 

PM RESEARCH NEWS

Research into the potential impact of EVM on Project Delivery in Nigeria underway – survey participants sought

11 November 2018 – Lille, France and Warri, Nigeria – Mr. Lucky Edjenekpo, a PhD candidate at the SKEMA Business School in France, is researching the use of earned value management (EVM) in Nigeria.  His research project is titled “Project Delivery in Nigeria: Using Earned Value Management to Improve Project Performance.”

Research objectives include the following:

  • To understand the relationship between elements of EVM and dimensions of project performance in Nigeria
  • To determine how value systems of practitioners influence the relationship between elements of EVM, analyzing the observed characteristics of project performance in Nigeria
  • To contribute to the scholarly debate exploring untapped evidence from with Nigeria

How does EVM look in Nigeria by industry, sector and type of project?  How do practitioners rate EVM? Does EVM usage related to practitioners’ project achievement levels?

A survey is underway.  If you live or work in Nigeria, have experience with EVM on projects there, and are willing to participate in a short survey, go to https://www.esurveycreator.co.uk/s/838940a.

Lucky Enajite Edjenekpo, CCP, PMP is an oil and gas professional with over 25 years’ experience in project management and operations management.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria, an MBA in leadership and sustainability from the University of Cumbria, UK.  He is currently undertaking study of project and program management at the doctoral level at SKEMA Business School, Lille, France. To learn more, go to https://pmworldlibrary.net/lucky-edjenekpo/

SKEMA Business School is a private establishment of higher education and research with the legal status of a non-profit association under French law. SKEMA was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger between the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC), Lille and CERAM Business School, Sophia Antipolis. The Lille school had been ​founded in 1892 and CERAM in 1963. Learn more at https://www.skema.edu/

 

 

The Art and Science of PhD Research

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book for PhD students and researchers by Waffa Karkukly published by Friesen Press

2 November 2018 – Ontario, Canada – The Art and Science of PhD Research: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving a Doctorate Degree and Conducting Academic Research, a new book authored by Waffa Karkukly has been released by Friesen Press.  This book aims to increase the success rate of academic research in general and PhD research specifically.

The book provides scholars, researchers, and students with the knowledge pertaining to planning and executing the art and the science of academic research, and PhD research in particular, to successfully deliver the expected outcome. It provides insight into motivations and the challenges associated with academic research and illustrates these motivations and challenges by sharing the results of a survey that expresses the views of PhD students.

By leveraging project management techniques to help the researchers to break down and structure dissertation work, the book provides a ready-to-use toolkit for the required research deliverables. In addition to templates, it offers sample work from the author’s dissertation as practical guidance.

The book offers tips on how to write the dissertation and prepare for the defense as well as providing an insightful summary into the evaluation criteria used by the defense jury. It takes the reader, step-by-step, through all the stages and aspects of the PhD research journey. It will thus serve as a useful and insightful manual or guidebook.

For more about the book, click here.

 

Dr. Waffa Karkukly is the President and Managing Director for Global PMO Solutions. During her career, she has been involved in managing technology and project management offices for fortune 100 as well as small size organizations. She is a strategist and change agent transforming organizations through alignment between strategy and operation and delivering through projects, programs and portfolios.

Waffa is the author of three books on project management office (PMO), and contributor to a chapter in a fourth book. One of her books is used as a reference for the PMO course by the University of Toronto (U of T). She is a coach, a frequent speaker and panelist at the various conferences, and a guest lecturer at project events globally. Waffa launched a “self- tech” online courses pertaining to PMO, PPM, Agile, OCM, and many other courses; in addition, to be an academic supervisor to PhD and Masters’ students at Skema business schools, overseeing thesis pertain- ing to Project management, PMO, Agile and strategy implementation. Through the “Art and Science of PhD Research,” Waffa looks forward to providing her students, and other students with valuable insights to execute and deliver academic research successfully.

Waffa has a BSC in Information Systems from DePaul University and an MIT from Northwestern University, and a PhD from SKEMA School of Business. She is a (PMP) and (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), as well as a Change Management Practitioner (CMP).

 

Editor’s note: Ms. Karkukly has previously contributed articles for the PM World Journal, which you can find on her author showcase page in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-waffa-karkukly/

 

Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book from Routledge offers new insights on people in projects and strategy in a volatile world

30 October 2018 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change, by edited by Darren Dalcher. Published in late August 2018, this book brings together some of the best writing by leading authorities on such topics as trust, ethics, people, psychology, requirements, project performance, audits, uncertainty, anti-fragility, strategic initiatives, governance, change management and commercial management.

According to the CRC release: Project management is at a crossroads: There is a pressing need to rethink the approaches used in initiating, managing and governing projects, programmes and change initiatives. The aim of this book is to progress the dialogue around project practice by shifting the focus from instrumental methods and prescriptive techniques towards a context-sensitive consideration of people, strategy and change.

Projects are initiated to deliver agreed outputs that can be translated into meaningful outcomes capable of satisfying the wishes and expectations for improvement and development. Yet, people, strategy and change, which are largely ignored by the conventional bodies of knowledge, are clearly central to the sustainable and enduring success of projects, efforts and initiatives.

The collection offers an invaluable new resource for informed managers looking to engage with the latest thinking and research. For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Projects-in-a-World-of-People-Strategy-and-Change/Dalcher/p/book/9781138326637

Darren Dalcher is Professor in Strategic Project Management at Lancaster University Management School. He is the Founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management. He has written over 200 refereed papers and book chapters and published over 30 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process and Editor of two established book series focused on managing projects and change initiatives, published by Routledge. He is an Honorary Fellow of the APM.  To learn more about Darren Dalcher, click here.

Routledge is the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish 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.  See their books and other resources at https://www.routledge.com/

 

 

David Pells honored by ISIPM in Rome

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

PM World Journal editor presented International Award, named Honorary Fellow of Instituto Italiano di Project Management

29 October 2018 – Rome, Italy – At the recently completed PM Expo 2018 https://www.pmexpo.it/, the major Italian event dedicated to project management and organized by Istituto Italiano di Project management (ISIPM), David L. Pells was introduced as the winner of the ISIPM 2018 International Award.  Pells, the managing editor of the PM World Journal and a keynote speaker at the PM Expo conference on 26 October in Rome, was also installed as an Honorary International Fellow of ISIPM.

According to Massimo Pirozzi, ISIPM Director who introduced the award presentation, “The 2018 ISIPM International Award is presented to David Pells, the creator and editor of the PM World Journal, the leading digital publication serving the global project management community.  Like ISIPM, the PM World Journal is independent and supports all project management standards and professionals worldwide.  We are really happy to have him here with us, to have his contribution to PM Expo this year.”

After receiving the award, Pells briefly introduced the audience to both the PM World Journal (www.pmworldjournal.net) and PM World Library (www.pmworldlibrary.net) websites.  He stated, “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, and very gratifying to have the PM World Journal recognized so positively.  We are happy to partner with ISIPM to advance the project management profession in Italy and worldwide.  I am also very impressed with the professional organization of this event, the large turnout and the quality of the presentations.” (photo: David Pells receiving award from Claudia Spagnuolo, ISIPM’s project manager of PM Expo 2018)

The PM Expo event takes place on a yearly basis in late October in Rome. International Seminars this year focused on Innovation: David Pells spoke about “Innovation 360! Views from a PM Globalist”, while Professor Darren Dalcher, Lancaster University in UK, spoke on “Who killed innovation? … and what we can do about it”.  Massimo Pirozzi presented “Stakeholder Perspective in Project Management: the effective innovativeness of people centrality”. Workshops covered different practical issues, including Agile. Registration this year was 1,700.

Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short) is the major Italian Association of Project Management. ISIPM is a non-profit independent cultural association which promotes both the knowledge and the diffusion of the Project Management discipline. ISIPM offers several PM certifications based on national requirements, activities and services around the country, and big annual PM Expo each October.  Over the last five years, in which ISIPM invested deeply in increasing quality of its delivered contents, services, and events, the Association became a center of competence and reference for Project Management in Italy. Membership across Italy is approximately 10,000.  For more, visit https://www.isipm.org/

 

 

Call for Participation for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

 

PM EVENT NEWS

Opportunities for both paper and poster presentations offered for 2019 project management conference in north Texas

20 October 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has issued a call for participation for their 2019 Project Management Symposium. The 13th UT Dallas PM Symposium, under the theme “Project Management in a VUCA World”, will be held during 21-22 May 2019 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA (just north of Dallas).  This is the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, so mark your calendars.

The term VUCA was coined by the U.S. Army War College to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the world after the Cold War. VUCA has taken root in the corporate world to express emerging ideas in strategy, leadership and vision. The relevance of VUCA today relates to how people view the conditions under which they make decisions, manage risks, plan for the future and solve problems.

Important Dates

Proposals due January 14, 2019
Selections will be announced by February 15, 2019

Proposal Formats

Proposals are sought for presentation in the following formats:

Research Papers

  • Paper submitted
  • 45-minute presentation with 15-minute Q&A

Poster Session

  • Poster submitted
  • One-hour presentation

Topics

Of greatest interest are new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following topics:

  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Change Management
  • Project management during crisis
  • Agility
  • Opportunities during disruption
  • Team collaboration and virtual teams
  • Cyber security
  • Project management’s impact on the bottom line
  • Innovative or new project/program management approaches and techniques
  • Digital transformation of PM processes
  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Entrepreneurial project management
  • VUCA impact on stakeholders
  • Minimizing complexity, maximizing value

To see full Call for Participation, click here.

For more information or to submit a proposal, click here.

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, telecommunications, local government and others.  The 2019 UT PM Symposium is expected to attract 400+ participants.  More information on the conference website.

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

As it is each year, the 2019 symposium will be held in world-class facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include keynote speakers, professional paper and poster presentations, interactive sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, and a networking reception.   Attendees can receive up to 13 PDUs for attending, while paper presenters can receive far more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, 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 web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management.  To read the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.