Future Trends in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management – February IPMA Expert Seminar in Zurich still open for registrations


28 December 2013 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) will hold their IPMA Expert Seminar 2014 during Thursday 13th February 2014 morning until Friday 14th February 2014 evening at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (pictured below right), ETH, Rämistrasse, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.  Programme and project management professionals are invited to attend this major annual workshop and seats are still available.

Themes will include:

131228-pmwj18-zurich-IMAGE1 PP&P roles and responsibilities (Martin Sedlmayer) – As project management evolves and companies get more mature in applying project management to their core business, it gets increasingly important to focus not on the project managers’ role in particular, but to related roles like project owner, steering committees, PMO, programme managers or project portfolio managers, PM Consultants. But how are responsibilities shared and properly allocated to the different role owners? What specific competences do these role owners need to have? How can their performance and their contribution to project success be measured?

2 Intercultural Project Management (Raffaella Bossi Fornarini) – Culture has been identified by many researches as the single element that can endanger projects success. Studies proved in fact that we act, plan, control, manage, deliver, execute in different ways. That’s why Inter-cultural Project Management can really guide people to enrich PM tools and skills in the light of using differences of cultures on a project to secure success instead of risking failure.

3 Service Contracts (Veerendra K Rai) – The world of outsourcing is large and complex and intricately relates to project management competence and delivery excellence. It involves decision at several levels- objectives and expectations from outsourcing, selecting right functions or business processes to outsource, selecting the right service provider, right location for outsourcing and appropriate service provisioning and pricing models. This also involves transitioning from one service provisioning model to another. The service contracts and their effect on project decisions define the basis for executing a service engagement and the performance management criteria.

4 Managing projects in the new societies (Daniel Collado Ruiz) – Company structures reflect general structures in society, and more and more societies are taking the shape of networks. This seems to be leading into less hierarchical companies that need people rather capable of managing stakeholders than managing processes, more flexible than risk-averse, and overall rather leaders than directors. People change jobs along their career more than ever, leading to more flexible organizations. How will project managers look in this new environment? Will we need more project managers? Will it require similar competences in different priority, or new ones?

Visit http://www.spm.ch/veranstaltungen/expert-seminar/ for to see agenda and to register.  The program director is Dr. Hans Knoepfel. The IPMA 2014 Expert Seminar in Zurich is organized by the Swiss Project Management Association. http://www.spm.ch/home/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. Chair of the IPMA Executive Board is Mr. Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch.

Source: IPMA