Green Growth programs and projects in Africa



African Development Bank and Global Green Growth Institute announce partnership, sign MOU

25 May 2018 – Busan, South Korea – The African Development Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings in Busan, to promote programs, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries.

The African Development Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute will cooperate in several areas, including conducting a joint study on green growth readiness in Africa and exploring ways to align both organizations’ activities with the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Further, the two organizations will work together to generate synergies in areas, such as the Global Green Growth Institute’s cities programs and the African Development Bank’s initiatives on clean energy, sustainable landscapes, green cities and water and sanitation, with the ultimate goal of strengthening climate resilience in Africa.

The MoU was signed by Amadou Hott, VicePresident, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank, and Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Deputy Director General and Head of Green Growth Planning and Implementation, Global Green Growth Institute. (pictured)

“The African Development Bank believes in building strong partnerships to accelerate Africa’s development. This MoU with the Global Green Growth Institute strengthens our cooperation for effective delivery of the High 5s agenda in a manner that transitions African countries towards green growth. We very much look forward to this collaboration with GGGI,” said Vice-President Amadou Hott.

Deputy Director General Hyoeun Jenny Kim said, “The MoU we sign today will also support the sharing of green growth knowledge and best practices from GGGI’s Member and partner countries. We look forward to conducting joint research activities with African Development Bank in designing and developing green growth projects and programs and sharing knowledge and experience through launching joint publications and participating in and co-organizing events – all of which will help to promote green growth in Africa.”

This partnership reinforces the work of the Africa NDC Hub hosted by the African Development Bank, in accelerating climate action to transition Africa towards a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway.

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 27 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on www.gggi.org

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



US$30million Pepsi Plant opens in Harare



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

22 May 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has announced the completion of a major international project in Zimbabwe. International beverage manufacturing giant Pepsi Corporation is set to give stiff competition to rival market leader Cocacola in Southern Africa after opening a new US$30milion bottling plant in Harare.

Pepsi brands landed on the local market at 30% to 50% cheaper than Cocacola brands, a development that will certainly see competition in the sparkling beverages segment  growing.  Cocacola beverages are manufactured and sold in Zimbabwe by a local bottling company, Delta Beverages. Varun Beverages, an Indian soft drinks manufacturer controls the new Pepsi operations franchise in Zimbabwe and is expected to create over 2000 jobs directly and indirectly locally.

Pepsi is selling its two-litre, 500ml and 330ml beverages for $1,65, 65c and 50c respectively; while Delta is trading similar beverages at $2,15, 95c and 50c respectively, and the 330ml price is promotional at the moment.

Zimbabwe has a population of close to 14 million people and Delta Beverages has a market share of about 70%. Demand for Delta’s products is, however, expected to remain firm supported by a favourable outturn in the mining and agricultural sectors. Given a stable political and economic environment Pepsi is expected to grab and control 20% share by the end of the year.

Zimbabwe is expected to hold general elections this year in July to choose new political leadership. A one-off surge in demand may arise from election spending through various political party campaigns. An improvement in tourism arising from significant infrastructure upgrades in airports coupled with the opening up of the skies to new airlines is expected to improve beverage spending in city and resort hotels where beverage companies will benefit.

Delta is Zimbabwe’s largest manufacturer and distributor of lager beer, traditional sorghum beer and soft drinks. Pepsi has other bottling plants in neighbouring countries Zambia and Botswana which have been feeding the Zimbabwe market in recent years.

Delta is still trading under a cautionary with regard to The Coca Cola Company and potential termination of the bottler agreement with the company. Management indicated that negotiations are still in progress and finer details are too sensitive to disclose at this point in time. They did indicate that The Coca Cola Company is unlikely to terminate the agreement and if it does, a favourable franchise agreement would be brokered. Ironically Cocacola announced in a statement in mid May 2018 that they will be investing US$65million into Zimbabwe operations this year only.

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



42 new works by 47 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2591 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,119 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 May 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 42 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 47 different authors representing 18 countries were published in the May 2018 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,591 original works by 1,119 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 30+ new works from many different authors; of the 47 authors this month, 24 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We have been publishing more student papers and book reviews this year, which dramatically increases the number of works and new authors each month. At the same time, we’ve added two new series recently and we continue to receive multiple featured papers which are more academic in nature.  So the variety continues, which we hope is useful for more readers.”

New authors in May include Rony Al Helou (France), Maxime Bequin (France), Eugenie Blanchard (France), Hassan Coulibaly (France & Lebanon), Anne Dacy Ecklin (USA), Qianhang Fang (China & France), Les Foley (USA), Vitalis Irouke (Nigeria), Pierre Levaslot (France), Mark Loiselle (USA), Yadnyesh Nikam (India), Hitesh Patil (India), Cassandra Picasse (France), Lawrence Reid (USA), Michael Rosato (USA), Sarah Safarian (UAE & France), Ben Taylor (USA), Kurt Verweire (Belgium) and Assylkhan Ziyash (Kazakhstan.  New works from 23 authors already included in the library were also added.

“I hope the student papers attract many readers,” Pells adds.  “I’m happy that we are supporting more students and universities and hope this trend continues to grow.  Even when these student research papers are only indirectly related to projects and PM, they often include some quite interesting information as well as new perspectives. I learn something new from every one of them.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

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


Sapienza University graduate student completes PM Research Internship



Faith Onwunalu in Rome completes PM World Library research internship program

10 May 2018 – Rome, Italy and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced that Faith Onwunalu, a graduate student at Sapienza University in Rome has completed a PM World Library project management research internship. Ms. Onwunalu completed the 20-week program in late April 2018.

Faith Onwunalu is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University (State University of Italy) in ROME, LAZIO, ITALY. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Nigeria. During four years of professional experience, Faith held titles such as Computer Instructor, Maths/Computer Science Teacher. Her major field of study is Computer Science. Her research interests include Information Systems, Project Management, Networks and Security.

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Faith started her internship last June, took some time off to visit Nigeria, then came back and finished her internship this year with some tremendous resources.  She was very active in March and April, providing new resources related to basic PM, cybersecurity and other topics.”

According to Ms. Onwunalu, “Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about project management; it really complemented my university studies.  It was also interesting to read the PM World Journal and to see so many authors from Nigeria represented in both your journal and library. Perhaps I can meet some of them after my study in Rome.”

Pells added, “Faith became more enthusiastic as her internship progressed. Her latest research results were highly useful, especially those related to cybersecurity for project managers. This is an important topic for every project, project manager and organization today. We definitely appreciated her good work.”

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 and enhance their CVs. Interns also receive five years of free PMWL membership.  To see participating university interns, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/university-interns/

See Faith Onwunalu’s research results at http://pmworldlibrary.net/faith-onwunalu/

To learn more about the PM World research internship, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to “internships” or contact [email protected]

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.



PMI Southern Germany Chapter Celebrates its 20th Birthday with a new President



9 May 2018 – Munich, Germany – Domiciled in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, the Chapter of the Project Management Institute for the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg will become 20 this year. Founded in 1998 as the PMI Munich Chapter, its outreach covers the whole of Southern Germany.

The celebrations will be done in November this year led by Jörg Glunde, PMP, the new Chapter President, who took over the position from Oliver F. Lehmann, PMP, in April 2018. Oliver presided over the Chapter for 5 years, during which the membership grew by over 40%. He said he will spend his time in future focusing on his work in Project Business Management (PBM), which deals with projects performed by often complex and international project supply networks (PSNs).

Jörg Glunde, PMP, attended the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and has worked as a project manager for many years. He has co-authored a book on requirements engineering and volunteered at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informatik (German Association for Computer Science). He has been a lead volunteer at the PMI Southern Germany Chapter since 2009, managing and governing projects with volunteers. Jörg works as a project manager at Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH.

Jörg Glunde has been a member of the Chapter for 10 years and managed its first project management congress named PM-Summit in 2010. He has been the Chapter’s Vice President Projects since 2012 and governed a number of major chapter projects performed solely by volunteers.

For more information, contact: [email protected]



English Website of China’s PMR Magazine Launched



English version of popular Chinese publication offers new window to the world of project management in China

24 April 2018 – Beijing, China and Dallas, TX, USA – The English website of Project Management Review (PMR) magazine in China has been launched. The goals of the website are as follows: to promote the development of project management; to bring project management professionals closer; to spread China’s voice in project management. By adhering to the principle “In Step with Projects, In Pace with Progress”, they are making tremendous efforts to make the website useful and interesting to readers.

For more information, click the website: http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

Here is a brief introduction to different columns of PMR English website:

China Wisdom. The column will draw project management wisdom from traditional Chinese culture and make China’s voice in PM heard across the globe. Viewpoints, academic research, case study, etc. by Chinese experts are the focus of this column.

International Perspective. In this column, the latest international observations about the profession will be presented. Articles about PM trends, tools and methods, case studies will be included. Authors share their enlightening and thought-provoking observations about the profession from different angles.

Interview. As the name indicates, this column covers interviews with influential experts in PM who share their experiences, stories and thoughts.

Experts. This is a gathering of experts with their photos and short bios. By this means, respect and admiration will be shown to those who are “watchmen, cultivators and forerunners” of this profession.

Magazines. Printed magazines published by PMR multi-media platform are presented. So far, there are two magazines: Project Management Review (PMR) and Project Management Watch (PMW). The brief introduction to every issue may provide you with some insights into project management.

Books.  A collection of books published, translated, promoted, or advertised by PMR multi-media platform. 

Besides, Wechat and LinkedIn pages are introduced on the website in hopes of building an interaction platform for readers.

Upon the launch of the English website of PMR magazine, many congratulatory notes from experts around the world have been received. Here are some:

Congratulations on the launch of the English website of PMR. This is very good and important news, as so few PM professionals outside of China read Chinese. Now we will have an opportunity to learn more about developments in the Chinese project management profession and about major Chinese projects and programs. We will help spread the news through our journal and library. Hopefully we can all work together to create a better world with more knowledgeable and professional project management. Good luck with this important new initiative.                                        

——David L. Pells, Managing editor of PM World Journal

Congratulations to PMR Magazine’s editors, journalists, and sponsors for the new English website! I have used the Chinese version before, and have benefited from finding some pages to be available in English. With your update, you will add even broader global impact, and will increase benefits for the practice of project management. I already see some of my favorite friends in your new draft release: Xue Yan, Ding Ronggui, and Ou Lixiong, in your list of Experts, and the mention of your interviews with Rodney Turner and David Pells. May your new English website carry on the great traditions of PMR!        

——Stacy Goff, PM expert, author, past President of IPMA-USA

Congratulations on the launch of the English website of PMR. There is so much happening in projects and project management in China that we are not aware of in Europe. My colleagues in project management who are more often in China than me are really always excited about the Chinese achievements. While we are struggling with our comparatively small new Berlin Airport, we can learn from the planned new Beijing Airport. China will also be a leading market for a variety of frugal innovations; thus we can also learn how to manage innovation projects from China. A leading market is a market in which a new innovative design will first become a mass product and this design will later on also diffuse in many other lag markets. Wish PMR all the best!

   —— Hans Georg Gemünden, professor, Ex editor-in-chief of Project Management Journal

Congratulations! Project management develops very fast. Aspects such as psychology, leadership, culture, agile organizations and many others are being addressed in modern project management, highlights what´s going on in China as well as on a global level. Through this, it shapes the future of our profession and the society at large. Get involved, share your opinions, your experience and get into a dialogue with the international community. At least that´s what IPMA is doing since 1965 in order to enable a world in which all projects succeed.

—— Reinhard Wagner, Chairman of the IPMA Council

I warmly congratulate the opening of PMR website, since it will provide a window of exchanging information on the progress of project management between China and the rest of the world.                                               Especially when we are in the transition stage from industrial economy to knowledge economy, different countries will have their different experiences in exploring project management techniques under Internet+AI era. I hope PMR website every success in the cause of promoting PM prosperity in the future!                                

——Lin Shaopei, Professor of Shanghai Joaotong University, Chairman of PMI-GAC China Committee.

Project management is the best method for managing projects and Project Management Review should also be the best medium for reviewing project management. Congratulations on the launch of English Website of PMR. 

——Dr. Wang Shouqing, Professor of Tsinghua University; Chief Expert at Center for Public-Private Partnership, Tsinghua University

Congratulations on the launch of the PMR English Website. The global development of project management requires global communications in the global community of project management practitioners. I believe the website will play an indispensable role in promoting the global communications.

              ——Wang Xiaojin, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of Yunnan University

For more information, please click the website: http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

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NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way into Outer Space


Another successful launch on SpaceX Falcon rocket

19 April 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, FL and Washington, DC, USA – NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, lifted off at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At 7:53 p.m., the twin solar arrays that will power the spacecraft successfully deployed.

NASA’s next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 18, 2018. TESS will search for new worlds outside our solar system for further study. Credits: NASA Television

“We are thrilled TESS is on its way to help us discover worlds we have yet to imagine, worlds that could possibly be habitable, or harbor life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “With missions like the James Webb Space Telescope to help us study the details of these planets, we are ever the closer to discovering whether we are alone in the universe.”

Over the course of several weeks, TESS will use six thruster burns to travel in a series of progressively elongated orbits to reach the Moon, which will provide a gravitational assist so that TESS can transfer into its 13.7-day final science orbit around Earth. After approximately 60 days of check-out and instrument testing, the spacecraft will begin its work.

“One critical piece for the science return of TESS is the high data rate associated with its orbit,” said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge. “Each time the spacecraft passes close to Earth, it will transmit full-frame images taken with the cameras. That’s one of the unique things TESS brings that was not possible before.”

For this two-year survey mission, scientists divided the sky into 26 sectors. TESS will use four unique wide-field cameras to map 13 sectors encompassing the southern sky during its first year of observations and 13 sectors of the northern sky during the second year, altogether covering 85 percent of the sky.

TESS will be watching for phenomena called transits. A transit occurs when a planet passes in front of its star from the observer’s perspective, causing a periodic and regular dip in the star’s brightness. More than 78 percent of the approximately 3,700 confirmed exoplanets have been found using transits.

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found more than 2,600 exoplanets, most orbiting faint stars between 300 and 3,000 light-years from Earth, using this same method of watching for transits. TESS will focus on stars between 30 and 300 light-years away and 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler’s targets.

The brightness of these target stars will allow researchers to use spectroscopy, the study of the absorption and emission of light, to determine a planet’s mass, density and atmospheric composition. Water, and other key molecules, in its atmosphere can give us hints about a planets’ capacity to harbor life.

“The targets TESS finds are going to be fantastic subjects for research for decades to come,” said Stephen Rinehart, TESS project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s the beginning of a new era of exoplanet research.”

Through the TESS Guest Investigator Program, the worldwide scientific community will be able to conduct research beyond TESS’s core mission in areas ranging from exoplanet characterization to stellar astrophysics, distant galaxies and solar system science.

TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT and managed by Goddard. George Ricker, of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, serves as principal investigator for the mission. TESS’s four wide-field cameras were developed by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes and observatories worldwide are participants in the mission.

For more information on TESS, go to: https://www.nasa.gov/tess

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Source: NASA; Images: courtesy of NASA



Managing Project Ending



18 April 2018 – New York, NY, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book by Virpi Havila and Asta Salmi titled Managing Project Ending. Virpi Havila is Professor of Business Studies at Uppsala University. Asta Salmi is Professor of International Business at Helsinki School of Economics. The book was published in April 2018.

According to the Routledge release: Understanding project endings is a significant part of project management, yet there is relatively little work published in this important area. This book addresses the gap, focusing on the successful management of project endings, showing how to plan for the ending of a project, how to create ending competencies, and in particular, how to successfully manage relations with different stakeholders of a project as it is coming to an end

Havila and Salmi use a real-life case in the airline industry to show how the successful ending project was achieved and in doing so portray ideas and experiences not typically considered in the field. Through the case discussion, the complexity of the process is unveiled and the achievement of success for all parties is explained.

The book portrays three key success factors: ending competencies, to be developed both at the organizational and individual levels; efficient management of the business network around the ending project; and involvement at the strategic managerial level. It concludes that project endings are often complex and have far-reaching effects, and therefore, call for close managerial attention.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Project-Ending/Havila-Salmi/p/book/9781138980334

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

Source: Routledge



38 new works by 46 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 2549 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,092 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 April 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 38 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month.  These contributions by 48 different authors in 18 different countries were published in the April 2018 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at www.pmworldlibrary.net.

The new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to 2,549 original works by 1,092 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 30+ new works from many different authors; of the 46 authors this month, 20 were new to the journal and library.  Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We continue to attract authors from around the world who are willing to share their research, knowledge and experience with our readers. I’m happy to see original new works in many categories, including featured papers, interviews, advisories, commentaries, series articles, student papers and reports. Some authors are academic researchers; others are very experienced project management experts.”

New authors in April include Chloé Barroso (France), Joana Bértholo (Portugal), Alice Chiang (Taiwan/USA), Marie Dasque (France), Benjamin Diamond (USA), B.K. Gamble (USA), Louison Marguerite (France), Michael Marshall (USA), Charles Nnamdi Nonuju (Nigeria), Warlei Oliveira (Brazil), Léo Peigna (France), Louis Roland (France), Amélie Tonneau (France), Prof Festus Prince Okechukwu Ukwuoma (Nigeria), Shawn Waghorn (USA), Manon Wambre (France), Huiru Wang (China/France), Xiyuan Wu (China/France) and Melissa Zahn (USA). New works from 26 authors already included in the library were also added.

“We’re continuing to publish many student papers, primarily from graduate students at SKEMA campuses in France,” Pells adds.  “We’ve also launched book review programs at PMI chapters in San Antonio, Texas and Silver Spring, Maryland this year, so publishing more book reviews. It’s all good stuff and always interesting!”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, Inc. that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world.  The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, one of the world’s largest providers of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

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

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



Managing Complex Construction Projects



12 April 2018 – New York, USA – Routledge and CRC Press have published a new book by John K. Briesemeister titled Managing Complex Construction Projects: A Systems Approach. Published in March 2018, this new book presents a systems-based approach to construction project management that can facilitate a greater understanding of the complexity inherent in large construction projects and how that complexity can be effectively managed.

According to the Routledge release: To many program, project, or construction managers, a complex project seems to be a labyrinth with many hidden dangers. This book is a guide through that labyrinth. It explains best practices and provides insight so they cannot only identify hidden dangers but also effectively manage the construction process to either mitigate or eliminate these risks.

The problem with complex programs and projects is that many managers are only equipped with a knowledge of project management. A system for construction is a collection of many processes effectively working together to produce a specific deliverable, which is usually defined in the program or project’s contract. This system has a series of specific inputs and outputs, which are what the customer expects from the company or companies performing the work. This book develops checklists based on these inputs and outputs, which managers can use when first arriving onsite, and provides a “nuts and bolts” approach for managing a complex construction project onsite.

John Briesemeister has worked in the power industry as an engineer, construction manager, site manager, and project manager since the mid1980s. A mechanical engineer, he has holds an MBA, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Project Management. He has worked in the field on various large, complex construction projects for the past thirty years. In 2016, he was awarded the Donald S. Barrie Award in Construction Management at the PMI® Global Congress for his paper “Construction Execution Plan Alignment for Successful Construction Projects.”

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Managing-Complex-Construction-Projects-A-Systems-Approach/Briesemeister/p/book/9781498783118

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

Source: Routledge



EVA23 – London – 16-17 May 2018



Annual conference for earned value and project controls professionals to again feature leading speakers in historic venue

11 April 2018 – London, UK – EVA23, the annual conference for project management, project controls and earned value professionals, will again be held in historic Armourers’ Hall in London during 16-17 May 2018.  This year’s theme is “ANTICIPATION: Forward Facing Project Controls”.

Now in its 23rd year EVA in the UK is a leading independent event for project controls and earned value management founded and curated by Steve Wake.  Originally conceived to champion the use of EVM in the UK, EVA has grown in focus and perspective. It champions new thinking and original thought and avoids treading the same grapes year in year out. It’s one of the best networking opportunities for senior practitioners and exhibitors in the UK.

This year EVA23 will focus strongly on the things that enable us to be ready! Things that prepare us for anything that lies ahead. More than ever a redefinition, a re-setting of what Project Management actually is for, what you use, how you do it and above all, how you communicate with it, is urgently required.

About EVA23

The annual two-day conference takes place at the superb Armourers’ Hall in Moorgate, London. The event provides an interesting group of high-level speakers covering a range of topics and industries. EVA23 will be different, entertaining and informative. Dinner will be served in the Hall by candlelight. Come along to talk, listen, learn, discuss and see how best to get project controls right. 3 Specialist workshops are also available outside the conference dates. Speakers will include Steve Wake introducing EVM and its use as a management tool for the present day. To learn more or to register, click here.

Who should attend?

Attendees are middle to very senior professionals with interests in project management, project controls and earned value and keen to learn more about wider issues of transformation, successful change and benefits-driven portfolios. Attendees can claim 15 hours of professional development on attending this event.

It’s not too late to sponsor or exhibit. Sponsor doc available on request.  Groups of 4 or more can get a 20% discounted rate or free dinner by applying directly to Steve Wake

Steve can be contacted on [email protected]

For more information, go to www.evaintheuk.org

Source: evaintheuk.com


2018 Women in Project Management Conference: September in London



11 April 2018 – London, UK – In its 25th Year the APM Women in Project Management (WiPM) SIG is proud to present the 2018 APM National Conference for Women in Project Management sponsored by BAE Systems, which will be held on Tuesday 25 September at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

The conference, which this year explores the theme ‘Empowerment’ aims to give women who work in all areas of project management the tools to develop a highly rewarding career, create a powerful profile and empower their teams as respected leaders. Three streams will cover a range of topics:

  • Empowering Self: Raise your profile and take charge of your career.
  • Empowering Teams: Lead your team to successful projects.
  • Mini Masterclass Delivery Skills: Enhance your project management delivery skill set.

Project managers at all stages of their career will benefit from attending this conference – prepare to feel empowered!

To learn about featured speakers, exhibitors, registration and other information click here.

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



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]



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/.



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



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/