Thomas Walenta to address APM meeting in London



Former IBM Executive in Germany and PMI Fellow to keynote APM Programme Management SIG annual meeting

2 February 2015 – London, UK – The Programme Management SIG of the Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the agenda for their annual general meeting on 14 May 2015. In addition to election of committee leaders, attendees will hear from Thomas Walenta, PMI Fellow on the topic of “Project and Programme Management are two different animals, don’t underestimate the gap”. The meeting will be held at CH2M Hill, Elms House, 43 Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7EF and will begin at 6 p.m. Registration required.

150202-pmwj31-Walenta-PHOTOThis presentation will shed some light into the gap between project and programme management and may help with arguments to support establishment of programme management as a separate role and career.

Projects still go wrong, despite more than two decades of investment in project management research and improvements. Achieving benefits that provide value to organisations is seen by many as the main goal for projects, yet project managers are not selected and educated to have capabilities supporting this goal.

Also, successful project managers seem to lack the attitudes to create benefits and even to understand business, which successful programme managers seem to have. The standards and textbooks for project and programme management focus on different topics, e.g. deliverables for projects and benefits for programmes.

Programme management has evolved as the tool to close the gap, but is not yet understood and implemented well across the board. Too often, project managers are pushed into defining and creating business benefits and align to strategy, but lack the tools and capabilities for doing so.

The tendency to ‘extend’ project management falls short of understanding the fundamental differences. It is, to some extent, a similar tendency in looking at subject matter experts for the next project manager.

Like lions and elephants that live as neighbours in the same areas, they are not the same species and nobody would ask a lion to perform the tricks of an elephant. So why expect excellent project managers to behave like programme managers?

From 1983 until March 2014, Thomas Walenta was employed by IBM Germany and acted as Project and Program Manager as well as a PMO manager for a variety of IBM clients.

Since 2009 he led the sales team for a global integrated account in EMEA, working with clients and teams across Europe, in Japan, Russia and India. In spring 2014, Thomas Walenta took early retirement from IBM. He is now available for new engagements in coaching, training and consulting. Thomas Walenta, Dipl. Math., PgMP, PMP, is a volunteer member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1992 and of the German Project Management Association GPM since 1996.

In 2005, he was elected as a member of the PMI Board of Directors for the term 2006-2008. After this tenure and also in 2014, he serves a member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee. In 2012, Thomas Walenta received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award.

Thomas Walenta is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1998, a Program Management Professional (PgMP) since October 2014 and an IBM certified senior Project Manager since 2002. In 1983, he received a university diploma in Mathematics from the University of Mainz, Germany. From 2001, Thomas Walenta is an adjunct professor for the University of Darmstadt and is a member of its MBA teaching team since 2006. In 2014 he became a global advisor for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

Thomas Walenta is a German citizen, married to a teacher, lives in Hackenheim close to Frankfurt, and speaks German and English. His interests include cycling and walking his dog.

This event is aimed at professionals with an early or intermediate level of experience from any sectors. The Annual General Meeting of the APM Programme Management SIG will take place at 6.30pm.

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Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. 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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management