Wideman PM Website updates announced for February 2019



1 February 2019 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular and educational project management website, www.maxwideman.com.  According to Max:

This month we have the following additions:

Breaking News: For the last several months we have been working on a project that we have had in mind for several years now. It is to resurrect the original Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed “PMBOK” by me) which was published by the Project Management Institute in 1987. The idea is to make it available as a PDF document.

Remember this publication was before personal computers were readily available, and the PDF file format was not yet invented. The original document has required considerable editorial work to correct grammar, spelling errors and repetitions. It is of interest because it is a statement of project management and not a Guide. As such it contains advice still of value today. Any day now, so stay tuned . . .

Guests — Our Guest this month is Miroslav Anicin who offers Five Indispensable Qualities of Top Project Managers as valuable advice. This should be of interest to those aspiring to manage a significant Intellect type project, such as in the Manufacturing, Information, or High Tech. industries, and do do as a “top project manager”.

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.



April Dynamics 2019 PM Conference in Istanbul



20th PM Congress organized by the Istanbul Project Management Association scheduled for 11-12 April

22 January 2019 – Istanbul, Turkey – The Dynamics Project Management Congress is organized annually by the Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD, www.ipyd.org) with the goal of bringing project managers and those who are interested in project management together to share their knowledge and experiences and to showcase project management successes in their fields.

“Dynamics 2019/20th International Project Management Congress”, Turkey’s first and biggest project management congress, will take place on 11-12 April, 2019, at the Kozyatağı Hilton Hotel.  The goal is to create an environment where national and international attendees from different sectors, such as telecommunications, construction, IT, finance, healthcare, the public sector, sciences and NGOs, can come together to exchange information.

Technology is moving fast and we need to keep up with the speed in order to stay afoot in our sectors. We need to be aware of the blessings that progress brings and to use them wisely. As we serve our customers, we need to compete with our rivals and use all the channels available to us to reach potential customers. We have a lot of work to do, but our time and resources are limited. It is necessary to track the changes in the world and the global economic crisis and to take precautions when necessary.

The Istanbul Project Management Association invites you to the Dynamics 2019 Congress, where attendees from leading organizations in our country from different sectors come together. Present yourself and your company at this congress that is organized annually and is the preferred venue for project managers.

Meet people that you have been trying to reach through social media and other marketing channels. Let’s include your stand at our congress.

Be our sponsor. Come and tell about your project management successes to our local and foreign guests. Support professionals who want to benefit from your experiences. Let us mention you in all our congress announcements, whether it be on our website or our press releases. Let’s work together to give you exposure in the written and visual press. Click here for brochure.

Attend our international project management congress, which was established as a recognizable brand long ago. Increase your knowledge through your attendance. Turn your professional connections into collaboration. The success stories that tell about how to be more productive and effective will benefit your projects, too.  Click here for conference website.

The Istanbul Project Management Association (IPYD) was formed in 1997. Today, IPYD continues to pursue its founding goals of enabling project management to be accepted as a career across all disciplines, advance and expand project management theory and application, encourage professionalism and quality in project management, and develop and protect ethical rules, professional standards and accreditation conditions. IPYD sponsors various networking and educational activities, with the Dynamics project management congress its largest event.  For more, go to www.ipyd.org.



Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide



New BRM guide joins PMI family of program and project management standards

16 January 2019 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the publication of Benefits Realization Management: A Practice Guide. As with all PMI standards and publications, this practice guide aligns with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® – Sixth Edition; The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition; and The Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition.

According to the PMI summary:  Benefits realization is the common thread that runs from organizational strategy through project deliverables that contribute benefits. Yet, according to PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession Report: Success in Disruptive Times, only one in three organizations reports high benefits realization maturity.

This practice guide provides a comprehensive look at the topic of benefits realization in portfolio, program, and project management and will help you tackle this important topic and drive more successful outcomes and better strategic alignment in your organization.  Inside this practice guide you will find:

  • Standardized definitions for benefits realization, benefits realization management and associated benefits realization terms.
  • The core principles of benefits realization.
  • The benefits realization management life cycle from organizational mission, vision, and strategy through project deliverables and success measurement, and how it contributes to the expected benefits and value that the organization intends to realize.
  • A framework and guidance to help practitioners manage benefits realization in organizational project management and portfolio, program, and project management.

To learn more about this book, click here.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than one million practitioners in more than 200 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books and standards from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org.

PMI members receive discounted pricing on all PMI products.

Source: Project Management Institute



Turning Knowledge into Practice at UMD in May



Registration Open for University of Maryland’s 6th Annual Project Management Symposium in May 2019 – The Washington DC area’s major PM conference

11 January 2019 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence will hold its 6th Annual University of Maryland Project Management Symposium during 9-10 May 2019.  Held at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, this is THE major project management conference in the Washington, DC area and one of the largest in the Eastern United States.  Registration is open at https://pmsymposium.umd.edu/pm2019/

Supporting the theme, “Turning Knowledge into Practice,” project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington, DC area and abroad will come together to share best practices and lessons learned, plus discover the latest advances in project management.  The 2018 Symposium welcomed an audience of more than 400 experts from industry, government, and academe. The 2019 event should be larger yet.

2019 Keynote Presentations

Eric Letvin
, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mitigation Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Presentation Title: Opportunities for Resiliency in the Pre- and Post-Disaster Environment


Jack Moran,
Manager, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Services.

Presentation Title: National Air and Space Museum BIM



Wanda Peters
, Deputy Director for Planning and Business Management in the Flight Projects Directorate (FPD).

Presentation Title: Performance Management – Should We Manage to a Single Data Point? A NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Perspective


Karen Richey
, Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School; previously: Assistant Director, Applied Research and Methods, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Presentation Title: U.S. Government Accountability Office Best Practice Guides.


Elyse Roeser
, Senior Project Manager, Clark Construction Group, LLC. (pictured left)

Presentation Title: Building the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on a National Historic Landmark.


Session Topics for 2019

  • Agile / IT Project Management
  • Construction Management (including BIM)
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Enterprise Project Management Offices
  • Federal Programs
  • Integrated Program Management
  • People in Projects
  • Change Management
  • Risks and Big Data
  • Stakeholder Management

Project management practitioners and professionals in the Washington, DC area are encouraged to attend this world class symposium.  Registration for the event is now open.  For more information, visit the University of Maryland’s Project Management Symposium website.

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

Editor’s note: The UMD campus can be reached by Metro from Washington, DC.  This is a good conference with world-class presentations, educational content and networking opportunities.  The PM World Journal endorses and acts as media partner for this event.