APM 2018 Project Management Conference: 25 April in London



1 April 2018 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s chartered body for the project profession, presents its award-winning APM Project Management Conference 2018, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions Ltd., in London on 25 April 2018.

This year’s conference, Future Proof, will aim to inspire the profession of today for the challenges of tomorrow and will feature a number of exceptional and influential speakers. We invite you to join us for an inspiring and insightful experience; on the day you can expect a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of interactive sessions, plus opportunities to network and engage with fellow project professionals. Expect to learn and be challenged on building your career and ensuring future project success.

Future Proof: Inspiring today’s profession for tomorrow’s challenges

In an ever-changing world, how can project managers adapt their practices to ensure they continue to deliver success, consistently? The 2018 APM Project Management Conference will challenge project managers to ‘future proof’ their approach.

This year’s APM Project Management Conference will focus on key areas of the profession, offering delegates the opportunity to hear the background behind some truly transformational projects. The conference will cover outcomes that transform society, explore communication and engagement methods that get results and discover ways that mega trends will inevitably affect the way that project managers work in the future. Prepare to be inspired.

Venue: Central Hall, Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Date: 25 April 2018


  • Member  £510 (inc. VAT)
  • Non-member £645 (inc. VAT)
  • Corporate Partner / Affilliate £510 (inc. VAT)
  • Student £195 (inc. VAT)
  • Discounts available on group bookings

This is APM’s big annual event; if you live in the UK, don’t miss it. To learn about featured speakers, exhibitors, registration and other information, go to https://www.apm.org.uk/apm-conference/

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management



MISB Bocconi graduate student completes PMWL Research Internship



Rajamahender Rapelly in Mumbai completes project management research internship program in just two months

20 March 2018 – Dallas, TX, USA and Mumbai, India – PM World has announced that Rajamahender Rapelly, a graduate student at the Mumbai International School of Business (MISB) Bocconi, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Rajamahender completed the 16-week program in just 10 weeks.

Rajamahender is currently pursuing his post graduate degree in Business at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai, India. Rajamahender holds a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and has 2.6 years of work experience in the field of Railway Signalling. During his professional experience, Rajamahender has coordinated with different clients assisting in the design, installation, integration and maintenance of Indian Railway projects.

His major fields of study are Operations and Business Administration. His research interests include project management, projects execution and control, PM in global and multinational contexts, PM in the railway industry, supply chain and International logistics, and operations management.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Rajamahender was an outstanding intern for us.  Based on his prior work experience, he focused his research on project management in rail transport industries. This was another new topic for the PMWL; if you visit that section of the library you will find many new resources that he found.”

According to Rajamahender, “Thank you very much for providing this wonderful opportunity. This internship was very interesting and very useful. It helped me to learn about various projects and project management practices in the Railway Industry and in other industries as well. During my research I was able to clearly relate my past experience with the topics I was researching and it helped me to understand more clearly how things will be in real time projects. This experience will surely help me in my professional career.”

Pells added, “Rajamahender would frequently deliver multiple research results at a time, and ended up contributing more than the internship commitment required.  He was motivated and active, and we really appreciated his unique contributions.”

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 mission to advance 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 Rajamahender Rapelly’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/rajamahender-rapelly/

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.



4th SENET – IPMA Regional Conference on Project Management

June conference on project management in central and southeastern Europe to be held on historic Brijuni Ilsands in Croatia

18 March 2018 – Zagreb, Croatia – The Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM) has issued a call for papers and workshops for the 4th SENET project management conference to be held during 7-9 June 2018. Abstracts are due by 30 March 2018. The 4th SENET conference on project management will be held in Istria, Brijuni Islands, Croatia with the theme of “Project Management for Society Development.” For more, click here for conference website.

Conference goals include the following:

  • endorse the development of the project management profession in the region
  • employ the potential of the project management profession for society development
  • share experiences and practices suitable and proven in project management
  • learn about the recent trends in project management
  • present new ideas, concepts, methods and tools gathered through research or practice
  • provide stronger visibility of the project management profession in the region

The following main topics to be covered by the 4th SENET Project Management Conference:

  • Project Management for Driving Business Success and Serving Community Needs
  • Advancing PM Competences
  • Regional Projects – Multi Win Opportunity for Stakeholders
  • PM Certification – Future Trends
  • Products and Services for PM Profession Support
  • Research in PM – State of the Art and Future Trends
  • PM in Practice

The Conference is composed of two main streams. The first stream is reserved for presentations submitted by academics and practitioners. Academics should submit papers, which will be reviewed, while practitioners choose between paper and presentation or presentation only. All accepted papers/presentations will be published in a proceeding book in electronic form within 3 months after the Conference. Call for papers for 4th SENET Conference on Project Management

4th SENET Conference – Brijuni Islands, Croatia (Istria, North Adriatic), June 7th – 9th, 2018. The opening will be on Thursday, June 7th at 4:00 PM. Visit the conference website at http://capm.hr/senet/. For additional information about Brijuni Islands National Park, visit http://www.np-brijuni.hr/en/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brijuni.

SENET Association was founded in 2000, with the aim to promote and facilitate development of the Project Management profession in the regions of Central and Southeast Europe. SENET now brings together IPMA member associations from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The first SENET Conference was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and was dedicated to “Regional Development and Restructuring Projects”. The second Conference was organized in Cavtat, Croatia and focused on “Development of Project Management Profession in Transition Economy”, while the third one presented the topic “Project Management paving the way to the European Union” in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The local organizer for the 4th SENET Conference is the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), Zagreb, Croatia (www.capm.hr/senet/). You are welcome to address all questions or enquiries about the Program, SENET or IPMA to the following email: [email protected]



The Age of Agile



22 March 2018 – New York, USA – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book by Stephen Denning titled The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done.  Denning is a renowned American management innovator and popular Forbes.com columnist.

According to AMACOM:  An unstoppable business revolution is under way—and it is Agile. Companies that embrace Agile Management learn to connect everyone and everything . . . all the time. They can deliver instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale.

Agile began emerging many decades ago, but truly took off in the software development industry. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement is now spreading quickly throughout all kinds of companies. It enables a team, a unit, or an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs. And the process is applicable anywhere—companies don’t need to be born Agile, like Spotify. Even centuries-old Barclays is making the transition and reaping rewards.

Filled with examples from every sector, The Age of Agile helps readers: Master the three laws of Agile Management (team, customer, network); Embrace the new mindset; Overcome constraints; Employ meaningful metrics; Make the entire organization Agile; and more.

A former World Bank executive, Stephen Denning serves on the advisory board for the Drucker Forum and is the author of several books including The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.

More about this book can be found at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814439098

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

Source: AMACOM



PMI Zimbabwe Chapter officially launched



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

2 March 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – The Project Management Institute (PMI) Zimbabwe Chapter was officially launched in Harare on 23 February 2018 at a colourful evening reception hosted at the Meikles Hotel and attended by close to 100 local project management practitioners. Ex PMI Nigeria Chapter President and current PMI mentor of PMI Africa Chapters Mr Ike Nwanko was the guest of honor at the launch.

The PMI Zimbabwe Chapter was first chartered as a potential PMI Chapter in April 2017 and elections to appoint a seven member Board  were held in October 2017. Miss Mary Phiri is the President of the new Zimbabwe Chapter. With this launch Africa now has a total of 23 PMI Chapters across the continent and more Chapters are set to be inaugurated by the end of the year raising hope for Africa countries to elevate their project management standards.

Here are some photos from the event.

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe



Keynote Speakers announced for 2018 UT Dallas PM Symposium


Early registration opens for premier project management conference in Central USA

1 March 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – Keynote speakers have been announced 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 annual PM symposium at UT Dallas is organized in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access conference website, click here.

The 2018 symposium theme is “Project Management: Leading Innovation!”  With a focus on innovation, the following keynote speakers have been announced.

Chris Bhatti, Assistant Dean, Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Chris Bhatti is responsible for executing the development, alumni relations and external relations strategy for the school. Prior to his current role, Chris was also the Director of External and Alumni Relations in the Office of the Dean at SMU’s Simmons School of Education. Chris was an integral part of the Simmons School Campaign that brought in the largest single gift in SMU’s 100 year history.

Prior to SMU, Mr. Bhatti was a Science Instructor at The Hockaday School where he spent six years in the classroom teaching science and coaching Cross Country and track and field. Chris is an entrepreneur. In 2013, he co-founded Vissero Group, LLC, a global and diversified consulting firm focused on cross border transactions specific to real estate investments and successfully exited the company. In 2005, Chris founded a tutoring company, Mindful Learning, LLC, which worked in Dallas ISD and other school districts. In 2010, Chris successfully executed the sale of the company. Chris served as a Board Member to Group Excellence, the largest tutoring company in Dallas and 18th fastest growing company in D/FW in 2010 which was eventually sold to a local private equity firm. More about Mr. Bhatti can be found on the symposium website.

Bryan Chambers, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Mr. Chambers is a business development and investment professional experienced in portfolio management and venture capital transactions. Bryan is the Director of Blackstone’s Launchpad for the University of Texas at Dallas where he advises students, entrepreneurs, and early stage ventures. Bryan also serves as the Director of the UT Dallas Seed Fund and an adjunct professor for UTD’s top twenty ranked entrepreneurship department.

Since 2012 Bryan has also been the President of Chambers Venture Capital, LLC and has been responsible for managing early stage venture capital investments in the internet and software technology sectors, as well as advisory services to various domestic and international institutional investment partners. Bryan is a Partner at Capital Factory, Executive Advisor to TechWeek, and an Engagement Director of the US China Investment and Innovation Summit. Chambers received his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. More about Mr. Chambers can be found on the symposium website.

Angela Chen, Director of International Investor Relations, Chalak Mitra Group of Companies, will speak on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Angela Chen is also the Vice President and Co-founder of Golden Fields (US) Holdings Corp, a real estate investment firm in Dallas. She specializes in international investor relations and foreign capital management. She has facilitated cross border transactions between the U.S. and China, India, Canada and Australia.

Prior join Chalak Mitra Group, Angela was the Vice President of Investor Relations at FIG Tree Capital Ventures and Market Analyst at Encore Enterprise. Since 2012, Ms. Chen has organized and co-hosted many U.S. – China Investment Summits, focusing on cross boarder investment and technology transfer, where she has helped to provide platform and solutions to companies from China and United States, and has successfully raised millions of dollars of foreign investment capital used in the development of distressed areas in U.S. and the creation of hundreds of jobs. Ms. Chen currently serves as the President of Chinese Association of Science and Technology Texas Chapter, and is a founding member of Chinese Alumni Network at University of Texas at Dallas. She received her MBA degree in Finance and Real Estate at University of Texas at Dallas, and Bachelor Degree in Finance from University of Macau.

Robert S. Kaplan, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will speak on Friday, May 18th at 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the thirteenth president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed. Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.

He is the author of several books, including What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner; What You’re Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential; and What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm’s Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. Previously, he served as global co-head of the Investment Banking Division. He was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee and chairman of the Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program. More about Mr. Kaplan can be found on the symposium website.

Jayadev Gopinath, General Manager, Advanced Tech, Platforms, Innovation, Data & Analytics, Toyota Motor North America, will speak on Friday May 18th at 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Mr. Gopinath is responsible for enabling technology, data and analytics to drive innovation and efficiency allowing Toyota to have closer connection with its customers, dealers, and partners. He is deeply involved in a number of initiatives such as Customer 360, Manufacturing Analytics, IOT, Product Quality Analytics and Connected Car.

Mr. Gopinath has been with Toyota for 10 years. Prior to joining Toyota, Jay spent more than nine years with Hitachi Consulting where he oversaw the development and management of the Southern California and Arizona practices as a key member of the Pacific South West Leadership Team. Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India and a MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

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 plenary sessions with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 40 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and door prizes.   Attendees can receive up to 16 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/.



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced




1 March 2018 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

Below is my site update for March 2018. Folks about to tackle the next PMBOK Upgrade should be particularly interested on Part 2 of Kik Piney’s Guest paper about Project Life Cycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas and how serious anomalies should be fixed!



We are trying to find Cyril Souchon who wrote the article: Impediments to Defining Stakeholder Needs, (June 2004). His quoted email is no longer active. If anyone knows how he may be reached, please drop an Email to Max Wideman.

March – This month we have Part 2 of Crispin (Kik) Piney’s Guest Article on PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge in which he describes the Confusion and Proposes changes for the next PMBOK® Guide update. This is valuable advice especially for all those teaching and practicing under the Project Management Professional® designation.

Have you ever thought about adopting New Year Resolutions that apply to your management of projects? Guest David Miller starts out by explaining why such resolutions are hard to keep followed by Resolutuions worth taking.

That pesky stairway project at the corner of a local city park, where local residents can grow some garden vegetables, ended up having a new life. The project caught the attention of the Mayor of Toronto who declared: “The original cost estimate for the City of Toronto to build stairs in Tom Riley Park was absolutely ridiculous . . . [but] . . . Anything the City builds has to be absolutely safe and has to be able to stand the test of time.” So, the homemade stairs were demolished and replaced by city-built stairs. We don’t know how much those cost.

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.



May 2018 5th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium


Full program and keynotes announced; early registration ends 2 April

1 March 2018 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence will hold their fifth annual project management symposium at the university during May 10-11, 2018. The conference will again be held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union in College Park, Maryland. Registration is open, with early registration deadline ending April 2nd. Visit the symposium website at Project Management Symposium.

Attendees can select from 56 sessions and panel discussions in five unique tracks and earn up to 11 professional development units in the Project Management Institute Talent Triangle. Networking opportunities throughout the event also provide an opportunity to connect with other project managers from federal, state, and local governments, academia, private consultancies, non-profit agencies, industry associations, and construction management firms.

Keynote speakers will include

  • Michael Schlegel, Bozzuto Construction Company – Presentation Title: Is the Construction Industry Ripe for Disruption?
  • Sarina Arcari, Amtrak – Presentation Title: If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come: Engineering Solutions, the Human Factor
  • Lauren Alexander Augustine, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine – Presentation TitleOperationalizing Resilience One Community at a Time
  • William Eggers, Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights – Presentation Title: Where Tomorrow Will Take Us: A Journey into the Future of Work and Management
  • Jeff Gravatte, CADD Microsystems – Presentation Title: Technological Advances in Managing Design and Construction Projects
  • Bob Rovinsky, Deep Water Point – Presentation Title: A Case Study in using EVM to improve Project Management and gain funding: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Story

Session topics will include:

  • People in projects
  • Construction management / BIM
  • Federal programs
  • Agile/IT project management
  • Integrated Program Management
  • Risk and big data
  • Smart buildings and cities
  • Stakeholders and technology in project management

If you live in the Washington, DC area of the USA, don’t miss this world class project management conference occurring in the relaxed atmosphere at the University of Maryland. For more information or to register, click here.

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

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



Former Editorial Director of Il Project Manager in Italy named PMWJ Editorial Advisor



Federico Minelle joins international editorial team for PM World Journal in Rome

28 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Rome, Italy – PM World has announced that Mr. Federico Minelle has been appointed an International Editorial Advisor for the PM World Journal (PMWJ) and by extension for the PM World Library.  Mr. Minelle recently retired from the position of Editorial Director of the popular Italian professional publication Il Project Manager.  Based in Rome, Italy, he remains Scientific Director for that publication.

Federico Minelle graduated in Physics at “Sapienza” – Rome University, presenting a Master’s degree thesis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, he immediately joined the Operations Research group in Olivetti & Co, Ivrea, Italy. Afterwards, for more than 40 years he consulted in Business Organization, Information Systems and Project Management.

Previously as a partner at Accenture and then as senior partner of Italian consultancy firm PRS – Planning, Ricerche e Studi, he managed and monitored significant projects in several industries, mainly in Engineering and Construction (e.g. manufacturing and nuclear power plants, transportation infrastructures) and in Government (ICT and process innovation).

He taught for more than 20 years Business Information Systems in the Computer Science Dept. of “Sapienza” – Rome University, where he currently teaches Project Management & ICT for the academic Master Degree in ICT Governance and Audit. At the same time he taught similar topics to Government officers attending SNA (National Public Administration School) courses.

For the last 4 years he was Editorial Director of the Italian journal “Il Project Manager”, developing a fruitful cooperation with the PM World Journal. Just after retiring at the end of 2017, he was appointed as Scientific Director of the same Italian journal, where he writes editorial notes, papers and book reviews.

In the late ’70 he was co-founder of AICE (Italian Association for Economic Engineering), member of ICEC (International Cost Engineering Council). He is an honorary member of ISIPM (Italian Institute for Project Management).

In the early 1990s he co-authored 2 books on strategies and management of Engineering & Construction business, edited by the relevant Industry Associations, while more recently he contributed to the “Guidelines for Quality ICT Procurement”, edited by the Italian Government Agency for ICT, and to the book “Project Life Cycle Economics”, edited by M. Pica (Gower, 2015).

Federico has authored several papers and seminars on Cost/Benefit analysis for ICT Government projects and on PMO functions in ICT organizations. He is a Certified Project Manager according to the UNI 11648:2016 standard, in accordance with the ISO 21500:2013 international standard (Guidance on project management).

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “We are honored to have Prof Minelle join our editorial team.  He brings both deep understanding of project management in the Italian context as well as knowledge of the publishing industry.  As a member of our executive team, he will be welcome to offer advice and feedback on an active basis.”

Mr. Minelle stated, “Over the last four years, I have become familiar with the PM World Journal and with their editorial goals, which I fully support.  I was happy to see my colleague Massimo Pirozzi named an international correspondent for PM World in January. The PMWJ is already quite popular in Italy; perhaps we can now make it even more so.”

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.



The Africa of My Dreams



African Development Bank launches writing contest for young Africans to make their voices heard and accelerate Africa’s industrialization

23 February 2018 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – What does the future of Africa look like? How will the fourth industrial revolution shape the economies, jobs and lives of tomorrow? The African Development Bank is prompting Africa’s youth to think about these questions, put pen to paper and enter The Africa of my Dreams writing contest, launched on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

The contest aims to reinforce the Bank’s commitment to Africa’s youth and bring their voice and perspective into discussions of the continent’s development. Four winners will get the opportunity to participate in the Bank’s Annual Meetings taking place in May this year in Busan, Korea.

Young media professionals as well as the general public between the ages of 20 to 29 can enter the competition.  Participants must be a national of one of the 54 African countries and submit an unpublished journalistic piece, in the media category, or an unpublished essay or creative writing piece, in the general category. Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words, be in English or French—the Bank’s two official languages—and be related to the contest’s theme, “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization”. The deadline is 23h59 universal time, March 26, 2018.

By recognizing the energy, creativity and innovative thinking that they bring to the table, the Bank aims to encourage the youth to reflect on the pivotal role they play in the development of their countries and the continent. It is expected that the population of the youth will double from the current 480 million to reach 840 million, by 2050, and Africa will be the youngest continent in the world.

Today, however, Africa’s youth bear the brunt of unemployment. In order to change this, the African Development Bank has put youth at the forefront of its priorities, spearheaded by the Jobs for Youth strategy.

Accelerating Africa’s development through industrialization is also one of the Bank’s strategic priorities, the High 5s. The rise and diversification of investments in the continent as well as the structural factors that have contributed to its sustained economic growth, such as demographics, growing internal markets, urbanization and technological developments, represent a driving force to accelerate the Africa’s industrialization.

Leveraging the youth’s innovative and creative potential can play a crucial role in industrializing Africa.

More information on The Africa of my Dreams writing contest, including its requirements, rules and regulations, and prizes can be found at: http://bit.ly/2EJUt9Z  .

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

Source: African Development Bank



Orange Region Creative Campaign



Renowned Mexican artists join campaign to transform Latin America and the Caribbean into a world-class creative hub

The IDB presents the Orange Region Campaign, which promotes the creation of a region-wide network of creative talents

22 February 2018 – Mexico City, Mexico and Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that celebrated Mexican creatives and artists such as Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Aleks Syntek, Ana María Olabuenaga, Eugenia León, Guadalupe Pineda, Yvonne Domenge, María Barracuda, Mario Lavista, Sandra Pani, and Sara Galindo have joined the Orange Region, an endeavor led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a network of talents capable of turning Latin America and the Caribbean into a global creativity hub.

The Orange Region creativity campaign was launched today at the Universidad Centro during the Demand Solutions event, where over two dozen innovators from Mexico and other nations from all over the world presented creative solutions to development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The launch event included a video with testimonies of emerging artists and celebrities who have joined the campaign, and the presentation of www.regionnaranja.org , a website where all those who are interested can sign up and express their support.

“I encourage the entire creative community to get to know the Orange Project, to think beyond our borders, and above all, to not miss this chance to make the talents’ network a reality,” Mexican author Alberto Ruy Sánchez , winner of the National Arts Prize 2017 said.

In a press conference, Tomás Bermúdez, IDB Representative in Mexico; Ernesto Miranda, Digital Agenda Director for the Mexican Secretariat of Culture; and Eric Descombes, President of FCB —the advertising agency that developed the campaign— presented the results of the February 21 Orange Meeting, where over 80 guests, including architects, singers, filmmakers, chefs, authors, software developers, and designers shared ideas on how to develop it in other countries in the region.

“The technological revolution is putting growing pressure on governments, companies, and institutions like the IDB to find new ways to offer solutions to improve the lives of our people, and to find partners to help achieve this goal,” Bermúdez said. “In the next decade, creativity will be one of the most coveted talents, and the only unlimited resource at our disposal.”

Sara Galindo, President of Mexicouture; filmmaker Norman Christianson and writer Alberto Ruy Sánchez, all underscored during the event the key role that the initiative can play to help transform Mexico into a creative power.

Orange Economy is a concept coined by the IDB to refer to goods and services that rely on creativity and intellectual capital as core components with a potential to create jobs, wealth, and well-being. It encompasses art and the performing arts, tourism and cultural heritage, new media, content software including video games, and traditional cultural industries, among others.

The creative and cultural industries accounted for 1.9 million jobs in the region in 2015, and produced revenue equivalent to 2.2 percent of the area’s GDP. The TV industry leads the pack, exporting shows all around the world. Filmmaking is a key sector in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, and the region produces over 400 movies a year.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank



The Butterfly Affect: UPMK2018 in Ankara on 21 March


National Project Manager’s Conference organized by the Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

18 February 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (TPPMI) has announced the date and theme for their 2018 National Project Manger’s Conference (UPMK). This year the conference will be held in Ankara on March 21st. The theme of UPMK2018 is the ‘Butterfly Effect’ and the subject of the discussion panel is ‘Industry 4.0 – Digital Transformation in Industry’.

UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference, is an annual professional convention and networking activity for Turkish project managers, aiming to create/enhance the recognition of the profession, while also establishing and declaring the project managers’ position and opinion on current national issues, as a prominent stakeholder. The scope of the convention includes a discussion panel, delivered talks, posters and a series of achievement awards. UPMK is the yearly physical meeting venue for the TPPMI, a social media platform (see below).

UPMK is held since 2010, with the purpose of creating solidarity among Turkish project managers and project management team members, sharing professional issues and suggestions and compiling project management approaches, methods, knowledge, culture and a common language.

The conference focuses on current, national project managers’ and team members’ issues, rather than only project management methodologies. The main theme emphasizes the persons, working conditions, professional hardships, related original solutions and expectations.

The conference also includes The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards”. The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards” in the categories of Best Project Manager – Woman and Man, Best Assistant Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project Team, Best Young Project Manager  – Woman and Man, Best Project and Contributors to The Profession are given to winners from among nominees, since 2014.

Announced keynote speakers and panelists this year will include:


Hande Didem ALTOP – Managing Director, Endeavour Turkey

Zeynep TOKMAN CESUR – Marketing Director, Solidwork, Dassault Systems

Can PAPUÇÇUOĞLU – Founder Partner and CEO, Junction İstanbul

Baki ŞENSOY – Acting Vice President, ALTAY Software Defense Industry

Yeliz TURUNÇ – Business Development and Sales Manager, Microsoft MEA


Prof. Bülent ÇAPLI – Moderator

Suat BAYSAN – Board Member, Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV)

Alper GERÇEK – Senior Lead Designer, ASELSAN

Hasan KEMAHLI – General Manager, PROJESIS

Hilal ÜNAL TÜRKAN – Gökser Machine Energy

Please follow TPPMI from the following links and social media:






TPPMI Turkish  Professional Project Managers’ Institute (www.tpyme.org), is a Social Media and Solidarity Platform. It is a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (www.norm.org.tr).

TPPMI was established unanimously during the convention of the National Project Professionals’ Conference (UPMK) (www.upmk.org), first held In May 2010. The institute is composed of professionals and peers, building recognition and reputation, collaborating, researching and creating awareness/standards and training, all based on qualification and volunteering. The institute aims to: determine project management techniques and approaches suitable to the Turkish culture and traditions, validate and determine the reliability of global applications, support, defend and network for the establishement of legal frameworks for project management applications, support the development of project team members and companies in terms of project knowledge areas, determine professional principles and standards, and prepare, monitor and update certificates of recognition and reputation.

Project Manager Occupational Standards

TPPMI developed the project managers’ occupational standard based on European Qualifications Framework (EQF) based on the UPMK 2012 Conference Output.

We led the study of the definition of ‘Project Manager Occupational Standards’ and the specification of ‘National Qualifications for the Project Manager Occupation’, as TPPMI under NORM. This study was completed, approved and published in the national Official Gazette. The defined standard and qualifications are independent both from the business areas and methodologies used in some sectors. The next step is certification and a training program for the occupational certification based on the approved standard and qualifications has been announced.



Southampton graduate student completes PMWL internship in record time



Ömer Dağli completes project management research internship in just one month

17 February 2018 – Dallas, USA and Southampton, UK – PM World has announced that Ömer Berkay Dağli, a graduate student in the business school at the University of Southampton in the UK, has completed the PM World Library’s project management research internship. Ömer completed the 16-week program in just four weeks, a new record.

Ömer Berkay Dağlı is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes all round the world where he served Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. Major Field of Study: Project Management, Stakeholders Management, Logistics and Inter-Modal Transportation

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Ömer came to us highly recommended by his supervising professor at the University of Southampton. He was motivated to contribute and very interested in the research involved. He primarily contributed resources related to project management in marine industries, the field where he’s already had experience. This was an entire new topic for the PM World Library and quite welcome.”

According to Ömer, “I thought this internship might be very interesting and useful, and it was true. I learned more about project management research, how it can be useful in so many industries and types of projects. This experience will help me during my studies of project management and on future researches. I advise all project management students and project-interested people to live this experience. I hope I can continue to contribute to the library and to PM World.”

Pells added, “Omer did a great job for us. He started in early January and finished at the end of the month, delivering four research results at a time; I could not keep up with him. We still have several of his research results to post in the library. But it was great and impressive. It’s nice to see such interest in project management by young professionals and students.”

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 Ömer Dağli’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/omer-berkay-dagli/

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 https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



European Spallation Source Campus Project



NIB finances ESS laboratories and offices in Lund, Sweden

16 February 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the special-purpose vehicle SKR Spallation AB have signed a 23-year loan agreement of EUR 30 million for the construction of offices and laboratories at the site of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Southern Sweden.

The project is referred to as the ESS Campus, and includes the construction of laboratories and workshops to support the research conducted at the ESS facility. In addition, office premises with up to 450 work places and a canteen for 200 people will be built.

ESS is based on what will be the world’s most powerful neutron source yet constructed and, upon completion, will provide research opportunities in fields such as life sciences, energy, environmental technology, telecommunications and fundamental physics. Construction of the ESS Campus is scheduled to begin in 2018, and is to be completed in 2020.

“Together with the neighbouring MAX IV synchrotron lab, ESS forms one of the largest research centres in Europe, and will provide research opportunities for up to 5,000 scientists every year. The investment in related infrastructure will enable the efficient operation of the facility”, says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

The European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) is a joint European organisation for neutron-based research. Located in Lund, Sweden, ESS will open for researchers in 2023. SKR Spallation AB is a special-purpose vehicle owned by the real estate developer Skandrenting AB, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more about ESS, go to https://europeanspallationsource.se/

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/



Ronald Waller, PMI Fellow: 1941 – 2018



15 February 2018 – Wisconsin, USA – Ronald P. C. Waller, PMP, PMI Fellow, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ronald was born on March 27, 1941 and was a resident of Eagle River, Wisconsin, USA at the time of passing. Ronald served in the US Navy during Vietnam. He was employed by Johnson Controls for over 25 years.

According to the Project Management Institute, Ron Waller was a past president of the PMI Midwest Chapter (now the PMI Chicagoland Chapter), Mr. Waller was on the PMI Board of Directors for six years, initiating formal strategic and financial planning processes and serving as its president in 1996, its chair in 1997 and its ex-officio chair in 1998. A PMI member since 1978, he earned the 78th Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. He was awarded PMI’s Fellow Award in 1999. (Photo: Ron Waller at PMI Awards ceremony, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1999, Courtesy of David Pells)

Ron helped develop the role definition for PMP certification, and assisted in the development of PMI Chapter-supported PMP credential exam training and guidance. In addition to originating and expanding PMI’s online presence and being an honorary PMI India Fellow, he was Chair of the PMI PMP board, a member of the original PMI OPM3 development team, and member of the original development team for the PMI Risk Management credential.

For many years, he served as a judge for PMI’s Project of the Year award. He proposed and then coordinated the joining of the Performance Management Association and PMI, forming the former PMI College of Performance Management, PMI’s first college.

Mr. Waller spent more than four years helping develop the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management’s (asapm’s) project manager competency programs, served as chair of their certification board. He also worked on the development team of the IPMA USA National Competency Baseline.

Condolences for the Waller family can be posted at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ronald-P.-C.-Waller-105826669

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. For more about PMI, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Editor’s note: I was saddened by the news of Ron Waller’s death. He and I served on the PMI Board of Directors together and received the PMI Fellow award together in 1999. We worked on many PMI matters together, had some adventures and remained friends. He had a lot of influence on PMI during the 1990s, was a good person with strong convictions, and will be missed by those who knew him. David L. Pells, PMI Fellow


Fall Armyworm Management Project



United States works with 350,000 Zimbabwean farmers to tackle dangerous pest targeting maize crop            

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

12 February 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, fall armyworm can feed on 80 different crop species, including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, including Zimbabwe, posing a significant threat to food security, income, and livelihoods.

If proper control measures are not implemented, the pest could cause extensive maize yield losses, estimated between $76 million and $191 million in Zimbabwe, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) in September 2017.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in coordination with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and their respective implementing partners, created a hands-on fact sheet to help small-scale farmers combat the spread of fall armyworm. This factsheet, along with the new publication Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for Integrated Pest Management, First Edition, January 2018, offers mitigation measures that are easy to understand and implement by farmers, extension agents, researchers, and governments. The guide was jointly produced by USAID, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (CRP MAIZE).

USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk stated: “The United States is partnering with 350,000 Zimbabwean farmers and other local experts to stop the spread of this dangerous pest. This is an important part of USAID’s ongoing efforts to improve food security in Zimbabwe by strengthening the resilience and productivity of small-scale farmers.”

USAID/Zimbabwe is also working with CIMMYT, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and a University of Zimbabwe entomologist to bring stakeholders together from all relevant sectors to share information and create a platform for continued open dialogue to tackle the voracious fall armyworm.

USAID promotes agricultural recovery and livelihood development through the Feed the Future initiative. USAID’s two Feed the Future activities aim to reduce rural poverty and increase incomes and food security through increased agricultural production, productivity, and market linkages for small-scale crop farmers and dairy and beef producers.

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

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe



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/



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



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