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Volume V, Issue 1 – January 2016

Interview with Wang Xiaojin

    Project Management Is a Way of Thinking Interview with Wang Xiaojin Professor, Yunnan University Kunming, Yunnan Province, China Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)   Journalist’s notes How does it feel to stick to one thing with passion for 35 years? “It is a pleasant pursuit journey of self-improvement [...]

Agile in ERP Projects

  FEATURED PAPER By Stefano Isetta and Marco Sampietr Milan, Italy   ERP Implementation Projects Implementing an ERP system is a major project requiring a significant level of resources, commitment and changes throughout the organization. Often an ERP implementation project is the single biggest project that an organization has ever launched (Moon 2007) and very [...]

Process and Communication Serving as Catalysts

for Successful Capability Management in the Department of Defence   FEATURED PAPER By Maj Jason Povey, SANDF ARMSCOR, South Africa Prof. André Watkins. D.Phil., D.Com., Ph.D Cranefield College, South Africa Prof Jan A. Meyer, PhD North West University: Business School, South Africa   ABSTRACT Given the current economic conditions in the world and, specifically, in [...]

The wisdom of teams revisited

Teamwork, teaming and working for the common good   Advances in Project Management SERIES ARTICLE By Prof Darren Dalcher Director, National Centre for Project Management Lancaster University Management School United Kingdom   One of the distinctions of project work is that it is done by dedicated teams of people, often acting outside the normal organizational [...]

Leading Brainy Teams

  Advances in Project Management Series SERIES ARTICLE By Peter Cook United Kingdom   Imagine a world where we work 15 hours a week with greater access to leisure, pleasure, intellectual and social stimulation? We’ve been promised this for decades, but the advent of computers has hermetically attached us to our iPods, iPads and office [...]

Communication Management Processes

  Project Workflow Management SERIES ARTICLE By Dan Epstein New York, USA   Note: This article is based on the book Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman, published by J Ross Publishing in 2014. The book describes PM Workflow® framework, the step-by-step project workflow guiding approach using project management methods, practical techniques, [...]

The Lifecycle of a Project Risk

  Risk Doctor Briefing SERIES ARTICLE Dr David Hillson, PMI Fellow, HonFAPM, FIRM The Risk Doctor Partnership United Kingdom   As we manage individual project risks, they pass through a lifecycle which can be described using a set of status values. These can help us to understand where each risk is in its lifecycle, so [...]

Culture Clashes and Speed of Change in Project Environments

Can Agile Transformations Be Forced?   Project Business Management SERIES ARTICLE By Antje Lehmann-Benz Munich, Germany   In May 2016, the US Department of Homeland Security started a new method of conducting their IT procurement processes. They wanted to be more agile and have less administrative overhead when finding and contracting sellers for the software [...]

Realizing the Benefits

Earned Benefit tells you how much, but you need to know when!   Applying Earned Benefit Management SERIES ARTICLE By Crispin (“Kik”) Piney, PgMP, PfMP Southern France   This article builds on all of the ideas described so far in this series, to provide an innovative and powerful tool for forecasting, optimizing and tracking the [...]

A M.A.T.U.R.E way

to describe highly developed project risk management capabilities   ADVISORY ARTICLE By Robert J Chapman, PhD Director, Dr Chapman and Associates Limited United Kingdom   Introduction The benefits of risk management derived by organisations during the execution of their programmes and projects will depend directly on the maturity of their risk management capabilities[1]. Hence for [...]

The Passion Factor

  ADVISORY By Alfonso Bucero Madrid, Spain   When I looked for ways to motivate myself early in my career, I saw every project not only as a learning opportunity but also an opportunity to make people happier. And the key to doing that was fostering enthusiasm. As a project manager, there’s a way to [...]

A commentary on “commercial management”

in the program/project context   COMMENTARY ARTICLE By Alan Stretton, PhD (Hon) Sydney, Australia   INTRODUCTION Quite recently, Dalcher 2017 and Hornby 2017b wrote articles in this journal about commercial management in the project context. Both were concerned, in somewhat different ways, with a lack of recognition in the project world about the key importance [...]

Will Data Science Change Project Management Forever?

A Future Vision   COMMENTARY By Martin Paver CEO/Founder, Projecting Success Ltd England, UK   Abstract Data science is impacting a number of professions, yet its influence on project delivery is limited. Reports have been published on the future of project management but the timescales in which this future becomes a reality are beginning to [...]

On Leadership

A collection of viewpoints on leadership by recognized thought leaders from around the project management world   COMMENTARY By Yu Yanjuan PMR Magazine China   Introduction There have been many quotes on leadership since ancient times. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they [...]

Finland Project Management Roundup for September 2018

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project   REPORT By Dr Jouko Vaskimo International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor Espoo, Finland   INTRODUCTION This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter, [...]

A Portfolio Management and Benefits approach

to improving the Health and Wellbeing of people living in the Mid West of Ireland ‘A Step in the Right Direction for the Health and Wellbeing of the Mid West 2018’   CASE STUDY By Seamus Woods Chief Projects Officer, Portfolio Management Office Mid West Community Healthcare Ireland   PMO Vision: Right projects the Right [...]

Critical Success Factors for Earned Value Analysis

in Managing Construction Projects   SECOND EDITION By Mohamed Morad and Sameh El-Sayegh American University of Sharjah Sharjah, UAE    Abstract Completing construction projects on time and within budget is important to achieve project objectives. Project Managers use Earned Value Analysis (EVA) in order to evaluate project performance at certain points in time to ensure [...]

Using Schedule Data to Improve Project Management

  SECOND EDITION Anne E Johnson Contributing Author: Susan Hostetter Demographic Statistical Methods Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census Washington, DC, USA    ABSTRACT Like many project managers, I faced challenges such as under-estimated costs and effort, timelines and budgets too tight to meet the needs of sponsors, and the inability to make data-driven decisions. [...]

Is the Matrix Fad a Fast Fading Flower?

  SECOND EDITION Robert Youker (Formerly of the World Bank Institute)   Maryland, USA   Abstract Fads come and go.  Matrix has come.  If it goes, it will have been a fad.  Is the bloom off the matrix rose and will the matrix soon fade away? This paper reviews current criticisms of the matrix organizational structure, [...]

CPM Scheduling and Pull Planning

Two Pillars of the Bridge to Innovation   SECOND EDITION Satinder Baweja and Lori Vidak Texas, USA     Introduction In business, there are misperceptions of and a need for innovation, especially in the construction industry, which trails behind other industries. Causes of this failure to innovate are examined. Two competing methods of planning are [...]

Taming the Tsunami

Governance Strategies for Project Portfolio Management   SECOND EDITION Susan Hostetter and Sherri Norris United States Census Bureau Washington, DC USA       Executive Summary The U.S. Census Bureau has made project portfolio management a priority for its programs over the past five years. The best known program at the Census Bureau is the [...]

Increase Resource Capacity without Hiring

  SECOND EDITION By Chris Vandersluis HMS Software Montreal, Canada   Introduction Good project management practices can make the most out of available resources but lack of sufficient resources is a universal challenge. Collaboration at the project tracking and timesheet level between project personnel and human resources personnel can generate resource capacity you didn’t know [...]

Alternative dispute resolution

in the contract field in the wine industry   STUDENT PAPER By Augustin Weiss-Maurin SKEMA Business School Lille, France    ABSTRACT A recent trend in business is to settle contract disputes by other alternative ways, by other means than going to court. Then, it could appear interesting to understand why? What are these alternatives and [...]

Exploring the necessity of prompt payments for companies

  STUDENT PAPER By Justine Renier SKEMA Business School Lille, France    ABSTRACT Late payment remains one of the biggest issues for companies. In 2016, a research shows that 60% of businesses must wait 60 days for being paid and nearly half (47%) say some invoices require 90 days to be honoured. This problem is source [...]

A Deeper Understanding of the European Funds’ Call

by the NGO’s Perspective   STUDENT PAPER By Giuseppe Gagliardi SKEMA Business School Paris, France    ABSTRACT NGO and civil society organisations are a natural target group eligible for a vast part of EU funding, as they are involved in many areas covered by EU policies on a non-profit basis, a precondition for receiving funding [...]

Take independent consultant contract in project management

to the next level   STUDENT PAPER By Gregoire Chaintron SKEMA Business School Paris, France    ABSTRACT Independent consultant contractor in project management can struggle sometimes to have a good prospect client conversion rate. One of the key elements for improvement is contract management. Contract management can be an important barrier to overcome with clients and [...]

Managing Sustainability into Contracts

Conditions of CSI, AIA, FIDIC and EJCDC   STUDENT PAPER By Mohamed Boudiaf SKEMA Business School Paris, France    ABSTRACT Nowadays, sustainability is a key issue in all aspects of our life. Unfortunately, it is a topic, which is not enough considered as an important matter as humans tend to look at the short term [...]

Comparison of “the terms of use”

between an American and a French video sharing website (YouTube/ Dailymotion)   STUDENT PAPER By Elise Barruet SKEMA Business School Paris, France    ABSTRACT Nowadays, we can notice that consumption patterns are constantly evolving whether it is products or services. The new generations thanks to new technologies have allowed the appearance of new online tools [...]

Fairtrade Standards for Contracts in Production Projects

  STUDENT PAPER By Sarah Asfaha SKEMA Business School Paris, France    ABSTRACT At present, huge inequalities persist between the industrialised countries and those in the process of becoming one, and also within the same national community. Indeed, by continually seeking maximum profit, the global economic market keeps on increasing them, and the gap between [...]

Project Procurement3

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    Project Procurement: A Real-World Guide to Procurement Skills Author:  Ajay Bhargove Publisher:  Project Management Institute List Price:   .95 Format: Soft cover, 118 pages Publication Date: Feb 2018 ISBN: 978-1-62825-468-6 Reviewer: Cassandra de Souza Review Date: August 2018   Introduction Although procurement is a major part of project management, many [...]

Evolutionary Learning in Strategy-Project Systems

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    EVOLUTIONARY LEARNING in STRATEGY-PROJECT SYSTEMS Authors:  Paul Gardiner, Adil Eltigani, Terence Williams, Richard Kirkham, Lixiong Ou,  Antonio Calabrese, Jonas Soderlund. Publisher:  Project Management Institute List Price:   .95 USA Format:  Paperback, 274 pages. Publication Date:   2018     ISBN: 978-1-62825-484-6 Reviewer: Jorge Galvan, PMP Review Date: July, 2018   Introduction This book [...]

Agile Approaches

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations Author:  Brian Hobbs and Yvan Petit Publisher:  PMI List Price:   .95 Format:  Soft cover, 133 pages Publication Date:   2017 ISBN: 978-1-62825-175-3 Reviewer:     Anita Goldshine, PMP Review Date:   August 2018   Introduction Agile is known to work well for small [...]

Raise Your Employee Engagement Score

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    Raise Your Employee Engagement Score Author:  Richard P. Finnegan Publisher:  American Management Association List Price:   US.95 Format:  Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, Overdrive Publication Date:   2018     ISBN: 978-0814438626 Reviewer:     TereLyn E. Hepple, MS, PMP, PSM Review Date:   July 2018   Introduction Employee engagement is a business metric of the [...]

The Relationship

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    The Relationship Between Knowledge Transfer, Team Learning and Project Success in the Information Technology Field Author:  Dixie D. O’Connell Overton, PhD Publisher:  Xlibris List Price: .64 Format:  Soft bound, 183 pages Publication Date: 2/24/2018         ISBN: 9781543483536 Reviewer: Govindasamy Manavazhahan        Review Date: June/July 2018   Introduction The birth of this book [...]

Managing Project Competence

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:  Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop Author:  Rolf Medina Series:  Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series Editor: Ginger Levin, PhD Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group List Price:  UKP 55.99 / US$ 89.95 Format: Hard cover, 170 pages Publication Date:   2018     ISBN: 978-1-4987-8438-2 Reviewer:     [...]

PgMP® Exam Test Preparation

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title: PgMP® Exam Test Preparation: Test Questions, Practice Tests, and Simulated Exams Author: Ginger Levin, PhD, PMP, PgMP Publisher:  CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group List Price:   .95 Format:  Soft cover, 360 pages Publication Date: May 2018 ISBN: 978-1-138-57979-8 Reviewer:  Masood Said, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP Review Date:   August 2018 [...]

How to get Executives to Act

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    How to get Executives to Act for Project Success: Building a Strong Mutual Partnership Author:  Michael O’Brochta Publisher:  Zozer, Inc. List Price:   .50 Format:  Soft cover Publication Date:   February 2018 ISBN: 978-1981283439 Reviewer: Kimberly Scott, PMP Review Date: July 2018   Introduction Michael O’Brochta is passionate about Project Management.  [...]

Bridging the PM Competency Gap

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title:    Bridging The PM Competency Gap: A dynamic Approach to Improving Capability an Project Success Author:  Loredana Abramo, PMP & Rich Maltzan, PMP Publisher:  J. Ross Publications List Price:  .95 Format:  hard cover, 294 pages Publication Date:   July 2017        ISBN: 978-1-60427-140-9 Reviewer: Joseph Stein, PMP Review Date: July 2018   [...]

The Business of Portfolio Management 4

  BOOK REVIEW Book Title: The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value Through Portfolio Management           Author:  Iain Fraser Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ Publisher:  Project Management Institute List Price:   .95 Format:  Hard Cover, 166 pages Publication Date:   2017 ISBN: 9781628253726 Reviewer: Kimberly S. Varner, PMP Review Date:   August [...]

How to Kill a Project Before it Kills You

and Survive to Tell it   SECOND EDITION By Edgardo Suáre Air Liquide Houston, Texas, USA   Abstract What happens when a project is raised out of very good reasons and intentions, but the timeline puts it in the midst of other major efforts that would come at the same time? Are you as a [...]

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