NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data



18 July 2018 – Washington, DC, USA – While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization. NASA’s Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote commercial use of this data and the software tools needed to work with it.

With the Remote Sensing Toolkit, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The toolkit provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. The toolkit will help users search for data, as well as ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools.

Through its constellation of Earth observation satellites, NASA collects petabytes of data each year, including this image of the Chukchi Sea acquired on June 18, 2018, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. Thanks to a new Remote Sensing Toolkit created by NASA’s Technology Transfer program, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant remote sensing data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. Credits: NASA/U. S. Geological Survey/Norman Kuring/Kathryn Hansen

“This new tool makes finding and using NASA satellite data easier than ever before, and we hope it sparks innovation among the entrepreneurial community and leads to further commercialization of NASA technology and benefits people across the world,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive. “Our mission to bring NASA technology down to Earth is expanding with the release of this remote sensing toolkit.” 

Through its constellation of Earth observation satellites, NASA collects petabytes of data each year. The variety of open source tools created to access, analyze and utilize the data from these satellites is familiar to millions of science users, but accessing and utilizing this data remains daunting for many potential commercial users.

For example, NASA’s remote-sensing data and tools are spread out across dozens of sites. The NASA Technology Transfer program reviewed more than 50 websites and found that no source provided a comprehensive collection of information or a single access point to begin a search.

While the Remote Sensing Toolkit is new, using NASA satellite data to create commercial products isn’t.

“Over the years, many organizations around the world have found innovative ways to turn NASA satellite data into beneficial information products here on Earth,” said Kevin Murphy of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “Remote Sensing Toolkit will help grow the number of users who put NASA’s free and open data archive to work for people.”

The Technology Transfer program will host a tutorial of Remote Sensing Toolkit. To participate, potential users should sign up to be notified of future webinars.

NASA’s Technology Transfer program, managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, ensures technologies developed for missions in exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximizing the benefit to the nation.

For more information about the Remote Sensing Toolkit and NASA’s Technology Transfer program, visit: https://technology.nasa.gov/

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

Image: courtesy of NASA


Final Call for Papers for PMIRAC 2019 Conference in India



15 July 2018 – Kerala, India – A call for papers for the Project Management Institute’s PMIRAC-2019 Conference has been extended to July 31st, 2018.  The venue of the conference is Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kerala, India. Please click here for more details

According to the notice received from conference organizers:

Dear Researcher,

Greetings of the day!

We are delighted to invite you and your team of research scholars to the fifth PMI India Research & Academic Conference (RAC) 2019 to be held from 28th February – 2nd March, 2019 at the beautiful city of Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

The theme of RAC 2019 is: “Project Management in the Emerging World of Disruption” and it is being hosted by Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) and co-hosted by Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IITMK).

We look forward to receiving high-quality original research papers, surveys, case studies, technical notes and write-ups that link with the theme as well as other aspects of Project Management.

To express interest in submitting papers, please click the following

Look forward to your participation and would request you to encourage your research scholars and students to register too.

Thank you and warm regards,
PMI RAC 2019 Conference Committee

For more details and ongoing updates of the RAC 2019, please visit: https://pmi.org.in/rac2019/



Mark Your Calendars for 13th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium



2019 dates set for the premier project management conference in north Texas, USA

13 July 2018 – Richardson, TX, USA – The dates for the 13th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Project Management Symposium in 2019 have been set. The 13th UT Dallas PM Symposium will be held during 21-22 May 2019 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA (just north of Dallas).  This is the premier project management conference for organizations and professionals in North Texas, so mark your calendars if you live in the area.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  The annual 2-day project management conference focuses each year on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, information technology, telecommunications, local government and others.  The 12th UT Project management Symposium attracted 400+ participants and was successfully concluded during May 17-18, 2018.  More information soon on the conference website.

This is a traditional PM conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind-review process, offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and present their work to their peers. Unlike most conferences, paper presenters attend for free. It’s also reasonably priced. The symposium theme and call for papers will be announced soon, but you can see keynote presentations and papers from previous years on the conference website.

As it is each year, the 2019 symposium will be held in world-class facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The event will include keynote speakers, professional paper presentations, 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 far more. If you are a project manager or project management professional living in Texas or nearby states, plan to attend this world class symposium. For additional information or with questions contact [email protected] or visit the UTD symposium website here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With around 500,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more, visit www.pmidallas.org

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



Project Management Lessons Learned



New book from CRC Press offers process feedback and improvement framework for project management

7 July 2018 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Project Management Lessons Learned: A Continuous Process Improvement Framework, by Mel Bost. Published in June 2018, this new book is intended for project managers, PMO professionals and students of project management who wish to apply performance-based feedback to their process and project improvements.

According to the CRC release: Special focus is given to technology development in projects and sustainability implications of process design. The book emphasizes rationale for a robust project risk management program which capitalizes on lessons learned. PMO leaders can use the organizational dynamics and systems archetype applications presented in the book to define project policy standards and procedures to align PMO behaviors with performance objectives.

Mel Bost is a project management consultant specializing in project lessons learned and best practices. He is currently teaching “project management for research” to digital humanities research students at Arizona State University. Previously he was a PMO Practice Leader with BOT International. He has conducted lessons learned training in Dubai and in Panama for the Canal Expansion Project. For over 35 years, Mr. Bost managed major projects for Ford Motor Company, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), UNOCAL and ConocoPhillips.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Project-Management-Lessons-Learned-A-Continuous-Process-Improvement-Framework/Bost/p/book/9781498747776

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  To learn more about CRC and their books, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press



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



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].

SDA Bocconi graduate student in India completes PM Research Internship



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



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



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



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/