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45 new works by 49 authors added to PM World Library in June

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

PM World Collection grows to 2636 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,146 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 June 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 45 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 49 different authors representing 16 countries were published in the June 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 2,636 original works by 1,146 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 35+ new works from many different authors; of the 49 authors this month, 27 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, “Our book review program in partnership with three PMI chapters in the USA is now producing a lot of good book reviews.  The reviews are of project management titles as well as more general topics such as leadership and teamwork.  The book reviews that we publish all create new knowledge, so I hope our readers take them seriously.”

New authors in June included Stavros Barmpas (Greece), Simon Bryard (France), Michael Carlew (USA), Mukuka Chipanta (USA), Edozie Chukwuma (Nigeria), Mbosowo Ebong Ekpo (Nigeria), Calvin Flemmings (USA), Kimberly Mae Escalera (The Phillipines), Sarah Bennani Kemmoun (France), Marton Marosszeky (Australia), Kevin Martin (USA), Juan Martinez (USA), Roy Mikhael (France), Maureen Njoki Munyori (Kenya), Frank Murphy (USA), John Oakland (UK), Solene Paillart (France), Linda Hughes Peterson (USA), Mathieu Sabadie (France), Gus Sanchez (USA), John Schlichter (USA), Vedna Sharma (India), Linus Toy (USA), Kimberly Varner (USA), Fei Wang (China), Peng Wang (China) and Shangxin Yang (China). New works from 21 authors already included in the library were also added.

“All of the works this month are worth reading, in my opinion,” Pells adds.  “Read John Schlicther’s account of a secret meeting of PM leaders in 2000 for some real news and useful commentary about the future of standards.  The featured papers also include some important new knowledge, and the reports and student papers are fascinating.”

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].

Hill International receives $9 Million Program Management work on LA Metro

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Contract amendment to help relieve traffic congestion and drive transit development for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Project in Los Angeles

14 June 2018 – Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received Amendment No. 2 to continue to provide program management services to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority in support of the award-winning Foothill Gold Line Extension project – Glendora to Montclair. The fee for services will not exceed $9 million under a total contract amount of $27.5 million.

The Glendora to Montclair Foothill Gold Line extension project will extend the light rail line by 12.3 miles and add 6 passenger stations, relieve congestion in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and drive transit-oriented development. Phase 2B of the extension recently broke ground, with Hill providing program and construction management services.

“We are grateful to the Authority for their confidence in Hill, as well as the opportunity to continue supporting the residents and commuters of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel communities,” said Hill International Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager, John K. Skoury, PE. “Our team looks forward to providing unparalleled services to support our client’s vision for this program.”

The completed segments of the Metro Gold Line Extension project have already received many accolades, including Outstanding Rail Project of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Project Achievement Award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and a Best Projects Award from Engineering News Record (ENR) California.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,000 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International

 

 

SDA Bocconi graduate student in India completes PM Research Internship

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

Ovya RK at SDA Bocconi Asia Center in Mumbai completes PM World Library research internship program

10 June 2018 – Mumbai, India and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced that Ovya RK, a graduate student at SDA Bocconi Asia Center in Mumbai, India has completed a PM World Library project management research internship. Ms. Ovya completed the 20-week program on 9 June 2018.

Ovya RK is currently pursuing her post graduate degree in Business at the SDA Bocconi Asia Center (formerly MISB Bocconi). Ovya holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Biotechnology. During her professional experience, Ovya has coordinated with different clients in the Pharmaceutical sector assisting in the execution, monitoring and control of various projects. This steered her towards discovering her passion for Project Management and Consulting.

Her major Field of Study: Consulting and Business Administration.  Research interests: Project Management, Strategy Management, Management Consulting, Supply Chain and International logistics, Projects execution and control, Agile Project Management, Risk Management

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Over the last six months, Ovya completed research for the PM World Library, identified some good resources and provided those results on a very regular basis. She found some interesting and sometimes unusual articles and papers, access to which were added to the library almost every week.”

According to Ovya, “This internship was a great opportunity to learn more about project management; it was actually interesting and sort of fun.  It was also nice to be recognized with each research result posted.  It then became an opportunity to showcase my research to friends and professors.”

Pells added, “Ovya researched a wide variety of project management topics, ranging from agile to project failures to the internet of things.  Her enthusiasm and energy seemed to increase as her research and contributions progressed.  We really appreciated her efforts.”

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 Ovya RK’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/ovya-rk/

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.

 

 

Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

PMI releases latest Pulse of the Profession report

10 May 2018 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI) has published its latest Pulse of the Profession report titled “Next Practices: Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects”.

According to PMI: ‘Organizations all over the world are being impacted by disruptive technologies that are displacing established technologies. Those that want to understand and manage the impact of these technologies can look to proven project management practices to survive and thrive during these times of change.

As they embrace project excellence, organizations will experience greater success with their strategic initiatives and higher project success rates—71% versus 60% in those that do not embed proven project management practices within their organization.’

To access the report, click here.

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit professional membership association for project, program and portfolio management. Founded in 1969, PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, academic research, publications, courses and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

FAA announces $677 Million for U.S. airports

 

First allotment of Infrastructure Grants for 214 Airports in 43 U.S. States announced by Transportation Secretary Chao

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

8 June 2018 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, the first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals. These projects are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

“If you want a strong transportation system, you have to invest in airport infrastructure,” said Secretary Chao.  “Airports are the backbone of aviation.  These communities are going to reap greater safety, efficiency, and economic dividends for years to come.”  

The U.S. infrastructure, and especially its 3,323 airports and 5,000 paved runways as an essential piece, moves the country’s competitiveness and lifts its citizens’ quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under the Secretary’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports.

Airports can get a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Some of the grants awards include:

King Salmon Airport in King Salmon, AK, $12.8 million – the funds will be used to repair the runway and taxiway. The project is important to the local community who mainly use air transportation as their form of travel moving people and goods and services.

H.L. (Sonny) Callahan Airport in Fairhope, AL, $3 million – the airport will use grant funds to construct a taxiway.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers in AR, $13.6 million – funds will be used to repair a taxiway.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ, $7.2 million – grant funds will be used to reconstruct the airport apron.

San Diego International Airport in San Diego, CA, $12.1 million – grants will fund the repair of the taxiway.

Denver International Airport in Denver, CO, $ 14.2 million – several grants will fund projects to repair runways, taxiways, and runway and taxiway lighting.

Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, IA, $6.6 million – funds will be used to repair the runway.

Chicago Rockford International Airport in Chicago, IL, $3.1 million – grant funds will expand the cargo facility at this airport helping move goods across the country.

Liberal Mid-America, Salina Regional and Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airports in KS, $3 million – the three airports will either receive snow removal equipment or aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment.

Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, $5.8 million – the funds will be used to repair the taxiway.

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC, $12.6 million – the grant will be used to expand the airport apron.

Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, UT, $16.3 million – funds will be used to repair the apron area on the airport where aircraft park.

Visit the FAA website for a complete list of the grants.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the national aviation authority of the United States. An agency of the United States Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the organization under the name Federal Aviation Agency.  Information about FAA programs and projects can be found at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  DOT provides financing for hundreds of transportation-related programs and projects around the United States each year.  For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

 

PEPFAR adds strength, endurance to Homeless World Cup preps in Zimbabwe

 

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

6 June 2018 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) can report some news coming from the U.S. Embassy in Harare related to two good programs.  The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) tested over 100 individuals for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and shared health information with over 1000 community members at the first preparatory tournament for the Homeless World Cup held in Harare’ Hatcliffe township on June 2nd.

“Statistics received from the International Training and Education Center for Health (ITEC) show that 126 individuals voluntarily tested for HIV with three of the seven that tested positive being initiated for anti-retroviral therapy,” said Gay Nyakwende, PEPFAR Communications Specialist. “Our partner, I-TEC, collected the contact details of the four individuals who deferred ART and a follow up will be conducted with the aim of bringing them back to care.”

In Pic: U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Jennifer Savage with FiFPro representative Edward Sadomba in Hatcliff

On June 2, PEPFAR collaborated with Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD) at the first preparatory tournament for the Homeless World Cup in Hatfcliffe’s high-density suburb. The event enabled YASD to recruit Zimbabwe’s representatives to the 16th edition of the Homeless World Cup scheduled for Mexico City from November 13-18.

At the event, participants who included players from 17 teams of eight participants contesting had access to health services and health information from PEPFAR partners. These included The Union, providing information about Tuberculosis (TB), HIV, asthma, tobacco and lung disease; and Mavambo Orphan Care, which works in Mashonaland East to initiate empowerment programs for vulnerable people such as orphans and young mothers. Other organizations present were FHI360 – which works to increase the availability of care and treatment services for people living with HIV, among other services and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) working mostly on pediatric HIV care and treatment programs. Another PEPFAR partner, Population Services International (PSI) promoted HIV prevention services such as voluntary medical male circumcision to the significant number of adolescent and young boys attended the event.   Similarly, FACT explained their multiple interventions that transform the lives of vulnerable communities in a sustainable way.

Senior U.S. Embassy officials, local Member of Parliament Mudambo Tongesai and FifPro representative Edward Sadomba, among other dignitaries, attended the Homeless World Cup selection tournament. Officiating at the event, Jennifer Savage, Charge d’ Affaires at the U.S. Embassy reminded the participants that participating in sports mirrored the strength, endurance and stamina the U.S. support to the health sector has demonstrated.

“Among our top goals as the U.S. Embassy in Harare is to foster a healthy Zimbabwe,” said Savage.  “Sports and physical activity are integral parts of a healthy lifestyle, and we thank YASD for organizing these exciting games.”

She said 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of PEPFAR- announced on January 28, 2003 and signed into law on May 27, 2003.  “When PEPFAR began, an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence in many countries around the world,” said Savage. “Today, we are closer than ever to controlling and ultimately ending AIDS. In Zimbabwe, new HIV infections are averted with every 8 voluntary medical male circumcisions performed and 306,000 males will have participated by the end of the year.  2.5 million individuals received testing and counselling services for HIV and received their test results during the past 12 months with 880,000 adults and children receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) through support from PEPFAR.”

PEPFAR has availed $150 million dollars towards the national response to HIV and AIDS.  This amount is a huge commitment towards the attainment of the 95-95-95 targets for ending AIDS by 2030.

Sadomba, a former national team and Dynamos Football Club player shared a testimonial about his humble beginnings in Mbare and encouraged young sports persons to shun drugs.

“Sports can uplift your life like it did mine. My father passed on when I was two years old and I grew up with limited resources,” said Sadomba. “But because of discipline I have managed to play for the national team, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and to play for Dynamos. I want to encourage you stay away from drugs because these limit your potential,” he added.

YASD officials said they were finalizing the list of players for the Homeless World Cup. 17 teams participated in Hatcliffe and more are expected to participate from Epworth and Mbare.

The first Homeless World Cup took place in Graz in 2003. The Austrian city welcomed 144 players form 18 countries. Since then the tournament has traveled to 15 different cities across the world and has grown to accommodate over 64 teams and more than 500 players. ZimPAS © June 6, 2018

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

 

 

Shaping the Future of Construction

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

A new report from the World Economic Forum considers new digital technologies and megatrends and recommends preparatory actions

5 June 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Dramatic changes on the horizon indicate an uncertain future for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry and its more than 100 million employees worldwide. Advancing digital technologies, which include building information modelling, prefabrication, wireless sensors, automated and robotic equipment, and 3D printing, are affecting the entire industry. The substantial impact of full-scale digitization could help the industry escape its decades-long lack of productivity progress and generate an estimated $1.0 trillion-$1.7 trillion in annual cost savings.

In parallel, global megatrends should motivate E&C companies to rethink industry practices that have not advanced over the years. Rapid urbanization – with more than 200,000 people a day relocating from rural areas into cities – climate change, resource depletion and the widening talent gap are just a few of the most powerful of these trends. Shaping the Future of Construction: Future Scenarios and Implications, a new report from the World Economic Forum and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), integrates consideration of the new technologies and trends into consistent scenarios of the future.

“The investigated scenarios and their implications clearly show that incremental change is not an option any more. By redefining the ultimate frontier, leapfrogging innovations in construction will finally help to address major societal challenges, from mass urbanization to climate change,” said Michael Buehler, Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at the World Economic Forum. “The widespread adoption of game-changing innovations that consider a variety of possible futures is going to make a serious impact, socially, economically and environmentally.”

Over the past year, the World Economic Forum and BCG worked with more than 30 leading companies from the E&C industry, conducting workshops in Berlin and London. The result of those workshops was the development of three future scenarios for the E&C industry. Although all three scenarios, outlined in the report, are extreme, they are plausible. In the “building in a virtual world” scenario, which many experts consider highly likely, design and engineering software systems are powered by artificial intelligence, and autonomous construction equipment replaces most manual work throughout the E&C value chain.

Although the report indicates that it remains unclear which scenario or scenarios will unfold, there is little doubt that the future will include elements of all three. Michael Burke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at AECOM and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Future of Construction initiative, said: “Current business models, strategies and capabilities will not be sufficient in any of these future worlds. This underscores that players along the construction value chain need to prepare strategically to thrive in the face of anticipated disruption.” In addition to recommending specific actions in response to each of the scenarios, the report provides a set of actions that will be relevant in any possible future.

The report states that 74% of the E&C company chief executives who participated in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos in January said they considered that attracting new talent and improving the skills of the existing workforce to be among the top three actions for keeping pace with upcoming disruptions. The other two priorities they named were improving integration and collaboration along the value chain (65%) and adopting advanced technologies at scale (61%). For each scenario, the report describes the most important changes that E&C companies must anticipate; explains how customer requirements, segment demand, regulations, processes and technologies would change; and provides details on how the competitive position of existing industry players would be affected, what new entrants could be expected and what new business opportunities will arise.

Luis Castilla, Chief Executive Officer of Acciona Infrastructure and until recently a co-chair of the World Economic Forum Future of Construction initiative, summarized the relevance of the new report: “The construction industry’s decision-makers should understand the disruption outlined in the future scenarios as a wake-up call and use the identified key actions as a foundation for companies in the construction industry to prepare and shape a prosperous future that will allow the industry to fulfil its role in promoting economic growth, social progress and environmental responsibility.”

To download a copy of the report, please go to http://www3.weforum.org/docs/Future_Scenarios_Implications_Industry_report_2018.pdf

The new report follows two earlier reports from the World Economic Forum Future of Construction initiative published during the past year. Find earlier reports at: Shaping the Future of Construction: An Action Plan to Accelerate Building Information Modeling (BIM) Adoption, and Shaping the Future of Construction: An Action Plan to solve the Industry’s Talent Gap.

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

Source: World Economic Forum

 

 

Wideman June 2018 website updates announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

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

This month’s paper is a book review of Oliver F. Lehmann’s latest work: Situational Project Management – The Dynamics of Success and Failure.

Here, Oliver provides a host of examples for learning and solutions derived from worldwide case reports of large project challenges and outright failures, what went wrong and why.

These examples are backed up by the author’s personal contacts and interviews with managers and others directly involved.

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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.

 

Karen Richey receives Gary Christle Leadership Excellence Award

 

Prestigious award presented at the 34th Annual International Workshop EVM World

May 31, 2018 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) announces that Ms. Karen Richey is the recipient of its prestigious Gary Christle Leadership Excellence Award. The Award, named for a distinguished executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was established in 2009 and has been awarded only once before, to Dr. Robert B. “Bob” Rovinsky.

Award recipients are leaders in their community who have promoted an environment of cooperation whether between customer and supplier or within the government or a company. This is not a one-time effort but ongoing examples of leadership. Awardees have made significant contributions to the development and/or understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) that will continue to distinguish their work. The contributions are represented by a definable body of work as demonstrated through speaking, teaching, training, research, publications, and professional practice.

In her role as the Assistant Director for Applied Research and Methods at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Ms. Richey led the development of a series of “best practice” guides that contributed significantly to effective understanding of EVM within the GAO, and throughout government, industry and academia. The guides were created to address best practices for ensuring credible program cost and schedule estimates for both government and industry by providing effective linkage between cost estimating, scheduling, and EVM.

The guides have been cited in U.S. Office of Management and Budget regulation and have been adopted as policy by some federal agencies. More than 1,000 experts worldwide continue to contribute best practices as the family of guides is growing to include scheduling, technical readiness, and Agile software development.

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 an ever-growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. Based in Reston, Virginia, USA with chapters in Tennessee, California, Washington DC, and Colombia, CPM serves members and organizations in the Aerospace, Defense, Energy and other industries where EVM, IPPM and Project Controls are highly desired and often required.  www.mycpm.org

 

 

Green Growth programs and projects in Africa

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

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

 

NEWS FROM FASCINATING PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

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

 

 

Sapienza University graduate student completes PM Research Internship

 

PM PEOPLE & RESEARCH NEWS

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.

 

 

2018 Women in Project Management Conference: September in London

 

FUTURE PM EVENT NEWS

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

 

 

FuturePMO 2018 – October PMO Conference in London

 

FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENT

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.

Feedback

“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

Venue

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/