PM Summit Istanbul 2018



Annual conference of PMI Turkey Chapter takes place during 14-15 September

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

3 September 2018 – Istanbul, Turkey – PM Summit Istanbul 2018 held by PMI Turkey Chapter will take place on 14-15 September 2018 at Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall.

The theme is “Project Management in Industry 4.0”

Last week to register is now at: https://www.pmi.org.tr/summit/istanbul2018/



Project Management Praxis


New PM book by Dr. Kenneth Smith published in Philippines

2 September 2018 – Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – Central Book Supply, a Philippine publisher, has released a new book by Dr. Kenneth Smith titled “Project Management Praxis: A ‘Treasure Trove’ of Practical Innovations to Classic Tools and Techniques for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Projects, Programs and Portfolios, for ‘Quick and Easy’ application by Project Management Practitioners.”

Dr. Kenneth F. Smith has been a project management consultant for ADB, the World Bank, and USAID for decades. He earned his DPA (Doctor of Public Administration) from the George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia and his MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology/MIT (Systems Analysis Fellow, Center for Advanced Engineering Study). A long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Dr. Smith is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of PMI®-Honolulu Chapter.

To learn more or to order the book, click here.

Central Book Supply, Inc. has been in the publishing business since 1945. It is one of the most established publishers and distributors of law books and other professional books in the Philippines. CentralBooks is also at the forefront of Print On Demand technology, On Demand Book Publishing and Electronic Publishing. It is marrying its long experience in book publishing and printing with the most innovative technologies to bring true next generation publishing today. Visit http://central.com.ph/centralbooks/




Wideman website updates announced for September 2018


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

This month in Papers, we have reviewed a new book by Gina Abudi on the subject of Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach. The book contains good advice on managing a significant re-working and re-staffing within a private sector organization. We are hoping that she will come out with a corresponding book for the public sector

In Musings we have another update on our case study of A Simple Park Stairway. Behold a magnificent entrance (and cost!

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.


AI could boost Latin American and Caribbean Economies



IDB Study also urges governments to anticipate consequences of artificial intelligence in labor markets

29 August 2018 – Artificial intelligence (AI) can facilitate trade negotiations and add one additional percentage point of growth to Latin American and the Caribbean economies, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The study by the IDB’s Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) predicts that AI could boost regional GDP in the mid-term to 4 percent from current 3 percent projections.

Brazil, for instance, could grow 4.1 percent a year instead of 3.2 percent. Colombia’s economy could hit 4.5 percent growth instead of 3.7 percent. Overall, economic growth of countries that embrace artificial intelligence is expected to be 25 percent higher, on average, than those that do not, the report finds.

Almost half of this increase comes from improvements in productivity, as workers spend more time on tasks that add more value, according to Algorithmlandia: Artificial Intelligence for Predictive and Inclusive form of Integration in Latin America .

The report, which contains inputs from 40 experts in artificial intelligence, also warns that artificial intelligence will bring difficult ethical considerations and labor market challenges.

“Artificial intelligence is much more than a new technological fad,” said Gustavo Beliz, the director of INTAL. “It is a unique hybrid of work and capital. It is an entirely new productive force, capable of teaching itself. These new technologies need to be inserted into our productive processes and in our exports. Failure to do so means falling behind more developed economies.”

Better trade negotiations

The report predicts the emergence of a “new trade techno-diplomacy,” where complex trade negotiations are simplified, and supply chains become more productive. Artificial intelligence can bring this about by analyzing vast amounts of data relating to trade flows, tariffs, rules of origin, and sanitary regulations, among others. Artificial intelligence can help find consensus areas in tough multilateral trade negotiations. With the help of anticipatory analytical tools, artificial intelligence can also construct sophisticated predictive regional trade scenarios. Artificial intelligence models have a 300 percent greater predictive capacity than traditional econometric models.

In finance and capital markets, algorithms can be 95% more effective in predicting investor risk profile. Artificial intelligence can help the region narrow physical infrastructure connectivity gaps. By using sensors and the internet of things, artificial intelligence can assign port container slots in real time to optimize inventory management. Electricity consumption can be lowered by up to 10 percent by using smart networks that can better match supply with demand.

In health, diagnosing illnesses with image recognition has a 96 percent accuracy rate. Personalizing education plans with the help of artificial intelligence reduces remediation costs by 40 percent and increases exam passing rates by 15 percent.

Labor market consequences

AI also brings important political and ethical challenges. The risk of job losses due to automatization varies between 10 percent and 65 percent of the work force. Algorithmlandia offers a new way of measuring that risk, by factoring in education levels, the economy’s productive structures, and the ratio of robots per industrial worker, among others.

Between 36 percent and 43 percent of jobs could be lost due to artificial intelligence in Latin America – putting the region in the middle of the more optimistic and more pessimistic forecasts. Countries with lower GDP per capita and greater inequality are at a greater risk of suffering jobs losses, the report says.

“To better manage the transition for displaced workers, governments must put in place policies and strategic plans that are designed for artificial intelligence,” says INTAL’s Gustavo Beliz. “And an artificial intelligence ‘rebellion’ can sound a bit farfetched, but we need to anticipate the ethical risks around the data management, production and analysis. Artificial intelligence can bring us prosperity, but we need to ensure we do it in a way that secure and inclusive.”

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

Source: Inter-American Development Bank


Dr. David Cleland, 1926-2018



Globally recognized project management author, educator and researcher, most respected mentor to generations of PMI leaders

3 August 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has learned that Dr. David Cleland has passed away at the age of 92. According to his obituary, Dr. David Ira Cleland, age 92, of Harmony, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 while under the care of Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. David was born on March 21, 1926, in Harmony, PA, the son of the late Ira Lamont Cleland and Florence Martha Stickel Cleland, and the youngest of nine children.

Dr. Cleland was one of the most published authors of project management books in the world, one of the most respected members of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and a legendary figure in the academic world of project management researchers and teachers. He was widely respected, even adored by many generations of PMI leaders. He received PMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Project Management in 2010.

According to PMI, Dr. Cleland contributed to PMI in countless ways, including moderating the PMI Body of Knowledge Workshop in 1985, finalizing the development of the PMI Student Paper Award Program, and attending and presenting at many PMI Seminars & Symposia and Congresses since 1972. A charter member and advisor to the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, Dr. Cleland received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award from PMI three times. He was an author and editor of 44 books and of many articles published in technological, management and educational periodicals. He was considered to be the most published author of project management textbooks in the world.

He received the PMI Fellow Award in 1987. In 1999, PMI honored Dr. Cleland by establishing the annual David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award to recognize authors of published books that significantly advance project management knowledge, concepts and practice.

After working from 1954 as a project manager in the U.S. Air Force, retiring eventually as a lieutenant colonel, Dr. Cleland began his academic career in 1967, teaching project management for 35 years at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cleland served as global consultant to many organizations. He was also co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center, which provides manufacturing systems technology assistance to small and mid-sized manufacturers in Western Pennsylvania.

According to Wikipedia, Dr. Cleland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Business in 1958, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He started working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio as a project manager in the development of weapon systems. He was also very active in Project Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He eventually retired as Lieutenant Colonel. In 1967 he started his academic career, teaching Project Management for 35 years at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

PMI is expected to publish a memorial to Dr. Cleland in the October issue of PM Today, their internal newsletter for PMI members.

To read his full obituary or to pay tribute, click here.

Photo courtesy of Boylan Funeral Home



Wideman PM Website updates announced for August 2018



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

When you think about it, our publications last month were all about failure of communication in one form or another. This month we thought we should level the playing field, so to speak, by giving advice on how to be impressive without giving away anything vital. So here’s our Musings – The art of Bafflegab for speech makers.

At the same time, you want to be influential. So here’s a Review of Stacey Hanke‘s book Influence Redefined. In it, Stacey first explains what she means by “influence” and then poses the rhetorical question: “Are you as influential as you think you are?”

Read the book to find out, and then what you can do about it.

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.


PM Expo 2018: Great Event dedicated to Project Management in Rome on October 26th


Highlights to include presentations by Dalcher, Pells, Pirozzi and other well known international experts

30 July 2018 – Rome, Italy – PM Expo is a major Italian Event dedicated to Project Management sponsored and organized by Istituto Italiano di Project management (ISIPM) https://www.isipm.org/.  The event takes place, on a yearly basis, in late October in Rome.

The participation to PM Expo is completely free of charge, is open to everybody, including professionals and followers, and requires only a preliminary registration on the website of the Event. Both English and Italian Languages will be used, and a real time translation service will be provided. Last year there were more than 1000 participants.

The Program of PM Expo 2018 https://www.pmexpo.it/ is particularly rich, and integrates, in a peculiar innovative formula, Seminars by International Speakers, Workshops, Awarding of Prizes, Speeches by National Authors, Sponsors’ Exhibitions, and even a Lottery for ISIPM’s Members.

International Seminars will focus on Innovation: David Pells will speak about “Innovation 360! Views from a PM Globalist”, while Professor Darren Dalcher will speak about “Who killed innovation? … and what we can do about it”.  Massimo Pirozzi will speak about “Stakeholder Perspective in Project Management: the effective innovativeness of people centrality”.

Workshops will cover different practical issues, including Agile. Different Prizes will be awarded: International ISIPM Award 2018 will be given to David Pells, for his extraordinary contribution to the dissemination of Project Management Discipline; there will be Prizes for best Dissertations in Universities on Project Management issues; and there will be special Prizes for Projects submitted by Schools, too.

For more about this event, visit https://www.pmexpo.it/

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

PM World Journal is a Media Partner for the 2018 PM Expo in Rome.



Project Management Review Celebrates Third Anniversary



Strategic partnership launched, international award winners announced and symposium conducted

Reported by Yu Yanjuan in Beijing

27 July 2018 – Beijing, China – On July 26th, 2018, Project Management Review (PMR) held a special event to celebrate its third birthday. The half-day event included three parts: signing of strategic cooperation agreement with Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) in China; Awards Presentations; and a Project Management Symposium.

During the signing of strategic cooperation agreement between PMR and EPPEI, the two sides agreed to maximize their own strengths to upgrade project management competencies in the electric power industry and to promote the development of best practices in China.

In the second part, five categories of awards were presented to experts, authors and translators for their support of PMR in the past three years. For the international side, “PMR Craftsman Award” goes to David Pells and Rodney Turner for their companionship and help. “PMR Excellent Partner Award” goes to the PM World Journal (PMWJ). As an international cooperative partner, PMWJ has offered tremendous assistance to us. On the 3rd Birthday, we present PMWJ “PMR Excellent Partner Award” in hope of further productive cooperation.

“PMR Outstanding Contribution Award” goes to Stacy Goff, Reinhard Wagner, Darren Dalcher, Oliver F. Lehmann and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez for their selfless contributions. All the awards winners will receive the digital certificates soon.

In the third part, a small project management symposium was held. Four keynote speakers shared their views on excellence and management. During the event, we also play the collection of video congratulations across the globe. The speakers in the video expressed good wishes for the future of PMR. View the video at: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzc1MzkwMTM1Mg==.html?spm=a2h3j.8428770.3416059.1  See further details of the anniversary celebration and symposium at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/Home/article/detail/id/205.html


On July 26th, 2015, the first issue of PMR magazine was launched. For three years, we have been devoted to providing all-dimensional multi-perspective introduction of latest domestic and international project management research advances and application cases. We are committed to promoting project management theory research and application and enhancing the competitiveness of companies. Our columns include Cover Articles, Top Interview, Foresight, Chief Viewpoint, International Perspective, Special Research, Career Pulse, PM+, etc.

Project Management Review (PMR) Magazine, sponsored by State Grid Yingda Media Investment Group, is a leading source of project management news, knowledge and information in China. The magazine provides an all-dimensional multi-perspective introduction to the latest domestic and international project management research advances and application cases. PMR pays special attention to project management accomplishments, experience and lessons learned from companies’ going international, with a focus on globalization, specialization of project management and professionalization of project managers. For more about PMR and to see the latest edition, visit http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

Source: PMR



APM in UK appoints new Chief Executive



Chief Operating Officer Debbie Dore selected to succeed Sara Drake

26 July 2018 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that the board of APM has unanimously selected Debbie Dore (pictured below) as the new APM chief executive.

Chairman John McGlynn confirmed: “We are delighted to make this appointment. Debbie was selected as our preferred candidate following a very thorough recruitment exercise. It’s very pleasing to be able to recognise an exceptional internal candidate and appoint from within. The board are confident that Debbie is the right candidate to successfully lead APM through its next stage of development. APM continues to progress as a professional chartered body and this is an exciting time for us. I’d like to reiterate the board’s thanks to Sara Drake for her sterling work.”

Debbie Dore will take up her appointment on 1st August following the planned departure of Sara Drake. Debbie has worked at APM since 2015, initially as chief commercial officer and latterly as chief operating officer. Prior to joining APM, Debbie served as a senior executive on the board of a multi-national subscription organisation delivering global transformation projects across sales, IT and customer service.

With responsibility for teams in 25 countries she also has huge international experience which will prove invaluable as APM seeks to grow its international presence. Debbie has also served as a non-executive director for a member association connecting the knowledge community.

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



Call for Papers & Presentations for 30th Annual IPMW in November



25 May 2018 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced that the 30th Annual Integrated Program Management Workshop (IPMW) will be held at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC, USA during November 13-15, 2018. The theme of this year’s event is “Providing Intelligent Pathways for Management and Leadership”.

Call for Papers is now open – Abstract Submission Deadline: September 6, 2018

CPM is seeking innovative topics to be considered in the development of the education program.  IPMW participants hail from all levels of government and industry in the broad field of Integrated Program Performance Management.

Submit your abstract here to be considered for this prestigious event.

All materials must be in the format as described in the Speaker Requirements.

Abstracts should be submitted for the following session types:

  • Practice Symposia
  • Topical Workshop

Detailed information about the Workshop and Practice Symposia Category topics can be found in the Speaker Requirements. For more information contact: Beatrice Barry at [email protected] or 703-234-4147

Registration is now open

The 30th Annual Integrated Program Performance Management Workshop – IPMW 2018 is the leading event for sharing information, obtaining training, and building partnerships among government, industry, academia and vendors in the practice of Integrated Program Performance Measurement (IPPM). IPPM provides a structured management methodology and a common language for all program stakeholders to better ensure the health and successful outcome of projects.

The innovative and collaborative environment of IPMW 2018 will spotlight pioneering programs and practices through industry and government-leading keynotes, training, workshops and practice symposia.

Registration is open – Early Bird Rates last until October 14th.


Exhibit / Sponsor at IPMW 2018

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of earned value, performance measurement and project management. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, USA, CPM is the world’s leading source of education and information related to earned value management (EVM) and other performance management techniques. For more information, visit www.mycpm.org.

Source: College of Performance Management




Preparing Decision Makers for the Real Projectified World



Southampton Graduate Student seeks participants for dissertation research

23 July 2018 – Southampton, the UK – Ismail Kürtük, a graduate student at the University of Southampton in the UK and a research intern for the PM World Library, needs participants for a research project he is conducting in support of his dissertation.  Below is information provided by Ismail.  If you are a project manager with at least a year’ experience in any industry in the UK, please consider helping him out. The copy of the research result will be given, ıf the participants will require. There is no time limit to join this research however it would be really helpful for the researcher if you can attend as soon as possible.

Study Title: Preparing Decision Makers for the Real Projectified World

Researcher Name: Ismail Can Kürtük

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research.  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What is the research about?

Managing a project is a complex process, so the person who wants to manage projects successfully needs soft skills that are interpersonal ability, technical competencies and cognitive ability, along with understanding the conditions and people and then dynamically combining with suitable leadership behaviours (Baroudi and Pant, 2008). Moreover, Brown and Bowen said that organizations are increasingly anticipating from the delegates who are studying project management education to cogitate developments of their soft skills (2009).

Accordingly, making decisions is one of the necessary soft skills for project managers. Virine and Trumper (2008) described that decision making is a necessary skill for project management that can be enhanced by training. Therefore, it can be provided to improve the quality of project management thanks to giving more importance to the education of decision making. In this context, the aimed research is to explore the current state of decision making in project management education and the expectations of the business world about the decision making. The researcher aims to provide proper study for improving decision making education in the PM context regarding explored necessities for improving decision making quality thanks to interviews.

Why have I been asked to participate?

The main component of this research is your experience. Because the researcher will determine potential business needs of decision making regarding your comments and insights.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you accept to take a part in the research, the researcher will carry out an online interview with you. I will ask several questions about the decision-making process that you have been facing in the business world to discover your comments and insights. In case of need, a second round of the interview will be also carried out.

Are there any benefits to my taking part?

This research doesn’t offer any individual benefit. However, a potential benefit of this study is that the results of the research will contribute knowledge about decision making.

Are there any risks involved?

The only risk of this research is the slight possibility of psychological discomfort or distress you can feel. Please immediately inform the researcher if you feel any kind of discomfort, to avoid or to arrange relevant precaution.

Will my participation be confidential? 

First, this research will comply with the Data Protection Act/University policy. Accordingly, data from interviews will be stored in an encrypted cloud account provided by the university until the end of the study. Also, only the researcher will be able to access these data. That should be said that there will be no any identifiable and private information collected within this study. Please be aware that this research would result linked anonymity due to the transaction period and so, participants can be identified through the coded data.

What should I do if I want to take part?

Please immediately contact the researcher via email (Ismail Can Kurtuk – [email protected] )

What happens if I change my mind?

You have the right to withdraw at any time. However, please note that fully anonymous data (e.g. anonymous questionnaires) cannot be withdrawn after they have been submitted. Please also be aware that the data collected up to the point of withdrawal will be destroyed.

What will happen to the results of the research?

The researcher will use the obtained data in his dissertation. Furthermore, it could be used in the further studies.

Where can I get more information?

Ismail Can Kurtuk – [email protected]

What happens if something goes wrong?

In case of concern or complaint, please immediately contact with Research Integrity and Governance Manager via 023 8059 5058 or [email protected].



Sapienza University graduate student in Rome completes PM Research Internship



Srikanth Varma Datla completes PM World Library research internship program

21 July 2018 – Rome, Italy and Dallas, TX, USA – PM World has announced that Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla, a graduate student at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy has completed a PM World Library project management research internship. Mr Srikanth Varma completed the program on 20th July 2018.

Venkata Srikanth Varma Datla is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (The State University of Italy) in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Srikanth Varma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed a three year university level certification program in Computer Science. During a year of professional experience as a volunteer, Srikanth Varma has worked as a supervisor, organizer, and a volunteer manager. Major Field of Study: Computer Science. Research interests: Information Systems, Project Management

According to PM World Library Director David Pells, “Srikanth Varma focused on the human computer interface during the software and IT system design process.  He contributed a number of articles and papers that should be highly useful to many people involved in planning and implementing information and communication technology projects.”

According to Srikanth, “This internship provided good stimulus for me to determine serious research interests, then to conduct some interesting research.  I think human-computer interface issues are critical for IT project success, especially when user-friendly solutions are required. So this internship was pretty useful.”

Pells added, “Srikanth was one of several Sapienza University students introduced to us by Professor Federico Minelli in Rome, for which we are grateful.  They’ve done good work and conducted useful research; we look forward to working with more Sapienza students in the future.”

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 Mr. Datla’s research results at https://pmworldlibrary.net/venkata-srikanth-varma-datla/

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.



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


IPMA-USA Announces New Officers



18 July 2018 – New York, NY, USA – IPMA-USA has announced the results of the 2018 Election for the IPMA-USA Board of Director positions for the 2018-2021 term.  Newly elected board members are:

Dr. Joel Carboni – President, for a second term

Joel Carboni is a leading figure on sustainability in project management.  He is a graduate of Ball State University, holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment and has over 23 years’ experience in portfolio, program and project management spanning government, the banking and legal sectors as well as big five consulting.

He is a frequent speaker at project management and sustainability symposiums, congresses and conferences all over the globe and has worked in over 50 countries advancing sustainable development.  He is the President of the International Project Management Association in the United States and the founder of GPM (Green Project Management). He is also Project Management’s lone representative to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a founding signatory of the UN’s Business for Peace Initiative & Anti-Corruption call to action, and one of only fourteen listed supporting organizers of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education Program (PRME).

He is the architect of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology, the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and co-architect of the PSM3 Organizational Sustainability Model.  He has authored training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management that are currently offered in over 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities in six languages.  He is the co-author of Sustainable Project Management an Amazon bestseller and is a member of the Forbes Non-Profit Board.

Neil Goldman – Secretary-Treasurer

Neil Goldman has held numerous local and global leadership positions within non-profits and is the current IPMA-USA Secretary/Treasurer. He has held similar positions in other organizations. Neil holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI).

Mr. Goldman is a certified Project / Program Manager with 30 years of extensive experience in managing large and strategic projects in Fortune 500 companies in Information Technology. Neil’s goal for IPMA-USA is to support its growth and support good organizational governance.

Nanci Love – Director of Education

Nanci Love delivers a strong career of project management in a range of services, including strategic planning, execution, and commissioning.  Nanci focuses on developing and executing solutions that encompass overall client project goals. She has more than 25 years of diversified experience in corporate architecture, design, and construction management for clients with various scopes and budgets, including multimillion-dollar projects.

Her specialties include an in-depth knowledge of the real estate process by working closely with brokers in the initial budget and schedule development. Her extensive knowledge of the contract furniture industry consistently benefits clients in controlling the overall budget. She has worked on several of the city’s premier corporate headquarters relocations, which include RaceTrac and HD Supply.

Nanci serves on the Communications Committee of CoreNet Atlanta and is active in the International Project Management Association. She has published articles and blog posts in Atlanta Network Magazine and Commercial Real Estate Women Atlanta (Utilizing Tenant Improvement Dollars, 2015). Nanci is a certified trainer for U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification (USGBC), The American Institute of Architects (AIA), PDH Academy and Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

Nanci participates in several Atlanta area nonprofit groups, the Bill Law House for Families First project, past Community Services liaison for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry for International Facility Management Association, Atlanta Food Bank service projects and Habitat for Humanity builds. Nanci was selected to manage Georgia’s first Federal funded Faith-Based Grant.

Nanci graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Counseling. She is eager to take on the role of Director of education to support IPMA’s objectives in supporting institutes of higher learning with programs centered on competence development.

Aman Gaur – Director of Young Crew

Aman Gaur has 3 years of experience in the construction and real estate industry and has worked on office, industrial and retail tenant build-out projects ranging from 20K to 300K SF, spread across various locations in the US. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus on Building Construction.

Mr. Gaur works as a Financial Analyst for the Office and Industrial Sales teams. His primary responsibilities at Colliers include tenant research, market analysis, credit analysis, due diligence, and valuation. Mr. Gaur also specializes in construction management and value engineering component of real estate.

Aman has been instrumental in the development of our young crew program, facilitating workshops at Universities all over the United States and is running to succeed Meghan Crumble who vacated the position when she became IPMA-USA Vice President.  His goals are to grow the young crew membership and compete internationally at the IPMA Global Young Crew Championships.

According to Meghan Crumble, IPMA-USA Vice President, who sent out the news, “We are excited to welcome them to the board and expect great things from their contributions.”

Carboni, Goldman, Love and Gaur join remaining IPMA-USA board members Meghan Crumble, Bill Duncon, Diego Arimany, Peter Millsom, Neville Goedhals and Ken Brooks.

Founded in 2001, IPMA-USA is a member-driven, not-for-profit professional association formed to meet the unfilled needs of today’s Program and Project Managers, stakeholders, and their Enterprises. We offer advanced, professionally assessed certifications, an organizational performance improvement assessment standard, and a website filled with thought-leader articles and blog posts. As the USA member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the world’s first project management professional association, we work with over sixty other global professional associations to accomplish our Vision: A World where all projects succeed! More at http://www.ipma-usa.org/

For more information about IPMA, visit https://www.ipma.world/

Source: IPMA-USA


44 new works by 48 authors added to PM World Library in July



PM World Collection grows to 2680 project management articles, papers & other works by 1,170 different authors in more than 65 countries

15 July 2018 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 44 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 representing 17 countries were published in the July 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 2,680 original works by 1,170 different authors in 65+ countries.  The collection is growing each month by 35+ new works from many different authors; of the 48 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, “With the increasing number of student papers and book reviews coming in, we are adding more new works and authors every month now. It’s a good trend.  New knowledge related to project management is created in many ways; we welcome these new contributions by authors around the world, both young and more experienced.”

New authors in July included Mikael Aboudarham (France), Maryem Banachour (France), Lisa Brooks (USA), Kemberly Brown (USA), Xingshi Guo (China/France), Dirk Huck (USA), Mattias Jacobsson (Sweden), Montrae Jemison (USA), Abhinay Jha (India/France), Sacha Lefils (France), Charlotte McKenzie (USA), Yashwanth Mula (India/France), Chicheta Nissi (Nigeria), Regina Parks (USA), Curt Rashke (USA), Adriane Rivers (USA), Dale Roberts (UK), Peter Rogers (USA), Julian Van den Berg (Australia), Sani Venkatesan (USA), Yang Xu (China), Yu Yanjuan (China) and Rui Zheng (China/France). New works from 24 authors already included in the library were also added.

“All of the works this month are worth reading,” Pells adds.  “Please see the series articles and reports for significant new works by our regular contributors, all of whom are very experienced thought leaders.  Then read the new articles and featured papers.  Support our authors; read their work.”

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/.



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



Shaping the Future of Construction



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



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/