Jose Reyes and Martin Barnes deliver keynote presentations at the 26th IPMA World Congress


by Jouko Vaskimo

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Professor José E. Reyes G., Project Manager of the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project, Chairman of the Panamanian Association of Project Management Asociatión Panameńa de Gestion de Proyectos (APGP), and Professor of Project Management at Universidad Interamericana Panama (Laureate University), and Dr Martin Barnes, Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and the President of the Association for Project Management (APM), presented their keynote presentations in the second-day plenary session of the 26th IPMA World Congress. Professor Reyes’ presentation was titled “Key success factors to deliver large scale projects, the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks (TSL) project challenges”; Dr Barnes’ presentation was titled “We can and should raise the standards”.  Both attracted a full auditorium of congress participants.

Professor Reyes talked about the Panama Canal, and the challenges the current canal design is having with the trends in the global logistics requiring vessels with more and more capacity: The existing locks can handle the “Panamax” vessels with capacities up to 4400 Twentyfoot Equivalent Units (TEUs). Based on the decision to expand the locks the new Panamax vessels will have an estimated maximum capacity of 12000 TEUs. He proceeded to introduce the issues Panama Canal TSL project considers critical for TSL project success:

1)    Top management support and visibility

2)    User / customer involvement

3)    Detail project schedule and use thereof

4)    Having competent people and a competent team

5)    Appropriate risk management

6)    Effective and sufficient communication

7)    Frequent monitoring and feedback

8)    Appropriate change management

9)    Maintaining the quality of works

10) Maintaining an issue log

Professor Reyes indicated the success of the Panama Canal TSL project is dependent on successful implementation of these issues. Professor Reyes can be contacted at [email protected] .

Professor Rayes presenting his keynote presentation (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Dr Barnes talked about the fact that standards are much more than simply processes:  Standards allow us a framework for activities as well as provide a benchmark for performance. He proceeded to tell the audience the story behind the project management “iron triangle” – traditionally understood as time, cost, and quality – which he originally conjured for his keynote presentation for the 1972 IPMA World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden: Dr Barnes soon realized quality was not an appropriate component of the iron triangle – performance would make a much better component as projects are so much more about the results, and in cases with state-of-the-art project management the project might finally be useless unless the outcome fits the client needs.

Dr Barnes also described how he came up with the New Engineering Contract, a simple and straightforward contract format for project managers to use, much to the disappointment of a number of his friends in the legal profession.  Dr Barnes proceeded to describe his astonishment and pride, when Sir John Armit, the Chairman of the London Olympic Delivery Authority, indicated in a television interview that the single most important factor for being able to deliver the Olympic Game venues on time was the New Engineering Contract which was used on all construction projects for the games. Dr Barnes can be contacted through APM.

Dr Martin Barnes presenting his keynote presentation

For further information on the 26th IPMA World Congress please navigate to www.ipma2012.gr .

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About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo


Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .