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December 2014 – London, UK – Magnox Ltd and CCG (Scotland) Ltd both did the double at Monday night’s APM Project Management Awards 2014 sponsored by T-Systems, as Shell walked away with the company of the year award.
Magnox Ltd’s Steve Walters was named Project Professional of the Year sponsored by Network Rail with the company also picking up Programme of the Year sponsored by Program Framework. The management contractor won it for their Wylfa Extended Generation Programme that enabled Magnox’s largest nuclear power station to continue to safely generate power 21 years longer than its life expectancy.
Ceremony host and Breakfast business reporter Steph McGovern also called CCG (Scotland) Ltd to the stage twice. They collected the Social Project of the Year award sponsored by Project for their regeneration of the Anderston area of Glasgow.
The Scottish construction company also won the Shell HSSE Award for their organisational focus on cultural improvement in health, safety, security and environment performance.
Shell saw off tough competition to claim the coveted Project Management Company of the Year award sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight. The team at Shell developed the organisation, its processes, assurance and people to safely and competitively deliver successful projects across the globe.
30 September, 2014; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IPMA has recently posted the testimonies of new 2014 IPMA Delta® certification high-achievers in the Certification section of our website. IPMA Delta is a unique organisational assessment that moves beyond benchmarking and improvement opportunities. It does so by offering Certification of your organisation at achieved maturity levels.
Recent high-achieving organisations include:
Citec Oy Ab (2014), IPMA Delta Class 2 Defined certificate; Finland and India. Director PMO, Kaj Björkqvist says: “The prework for IPMA Delta assessment gave us already some fresh ideas to evaluate. We feel that the combination of different angles in the Delta assessment digs up the reliable scenery for our next development steps.”
Kela IT (2014), IPMA Delta Class 2 Defined certificate; Finland. Laila Vihersaari-Johnston, Development Manager, Head of PMO says, “We are proud to be the first IPMA Delta certified organization in Finland and the forerunner of project management awareness in the public sector.”
CSR Research (2013), IPMA Delta Competence Class 3 Standardised certificate; China. Feng Jinghua, President of CSR Research says, “Through the IPMA Delta assessment, Electric Technology and Materials Engineering Institute of CSR fully and objectively evaluated its organizational project management competence situation by a third party professional authority.”
Litex AG, (2013), IPMA Delta Competence Class 3 Standardised certificate; Switzerland. Sasha Petschnig, Litex CEO says, “Every project manager holds a valid IPMA® certificate and as a company, we relate to professional project management as a philosophy. This is the reason why we decided to undertake the IPMA Delta® certification.”
5 December 2014 – Zurich, Switzerland and Beijing, China – The Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm), Project Management Research Committee (PMRC, IPMA-China), and International Project Management Association (IPMA) joined together in Beijing, China, for this highly successful two-day event.
With the theme, Driving Business Value Through Delivering Project Success, hosted by PMRC, and organized by PMRC and apfpm, this great event attracted over 400 National, Asia Pacific, and International speakers and participants.
Magnificently organized by PMRC and Secretary-general and Vice President Dr. Ou Lixiong, with the assistance of apfpm Chair Dr. Bill Young, the event began with an Opening Ceremony, with sequentially-translated speeches by a wide variety of organizing sponsors and dignitaries, from Beihang University, and from China, Asia Pacific, and International associations.
After the traditional photo-session break, keynotes included a unique dual-speaker keynote by IPMA President Mladen Radujkovic and IPMA VP Marketing & Events, Stacy Goff (as usual, what a team!); their topic: When and How Project Managers Add Value and Increase Benefits. Next, Li Jin, of Alibaba, discussed Project Management in the Era of Big Data, and Ms. Tan Mei discussed Lunar Exploration Program Management.
14 November 2014 – Milan, Italy;Breaking News: Webinar, Thursday November 27th, 2014: ‘’From Project Management to Business Objectives. How to align the project goals to the business strategy.” Many organizations do apply structured Project Management processes, sometimes with a lack of results, or a huge gap, compared to the business objectives.
Organizations that are able to support and develop their growth successfully, act on two dimensions: I.e. they define their best practices of project management processes; and at the same time they link these practices to the business strategy.
This will be the main theme of the next JMAC (Japan Management Association Consultants) – EU webinar. The event – free of charge and limited to the first 100 subscribers, is scheduled for Thursday November 27th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm CET.
This initiative responds to the need of companies that suffer a gap between the results of the projects and company business objectives. Participants attending the webinar will learn how applying a strategic/planning management system for projects, portfolio and resources facilitates the effective delivery of improved business and organizational results.
Furthermore, a strong emphasis will be given also to the competences necessary to fulfill the above, especially focusing on the Organizational Competence Baseline by IPMA® (International Project Management Association).
The panel and the discussion will include comments by Mr Alessandro Savioli – Innovation Division Manager at JMAC Europe and Senior Consultant, Luca Cavone- Consultant at JMAC Europe and expert of Project and Portfolio Management methodologies and Mr. Giuseppe Pugliese – Director of Certification for IPMA® Italy.
The webinar will be provided through the GoToWebinar platform. To register, please see here.
IDM PARTNERS TAKE OUT THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2014 FOR TRANSPORT NETWORK RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
In what was one of the most eagerly anticipated contests in recent years, IDM Partners were announced as the winner of the Australian Institute of Project Management’s – Project Management Achievement Awards 2014 Project of the Year last week in Brisbane, QLD. The PMAA recognise the most outstanding projects and individuals across the project management industry from the previous year.
The award winners were announced at the gala dinner, which was held on the penultimate day of the AIPM’s 2014 National Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Some of the winners of the state level PMAA were represented as finalists at the awards, with several of the national winners now going on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management PM Achievement Awards. The winners of the regional awards will be announced at the APFPM 2014 Congress in Beijing at the end of November.
“The judges of the awards this year were very impressed with the breadth and maturity of the projects submitted for this year’s awards. Australian project managers and organisations achieving business outcomes through project management continue to display that they are truly world leaders when it comes to innovation and delivery,” said Yvonne Butler, CEO of AIPM”. “Each and every year the winners set new heights which are really making the rest of the project management world stand up and take notice. We are really at the forefront of an exciting time for the industry” she said. (more…)
30 September, 2014. Yvonne Butler named as new Chief Executive Officer of Australian Institute of Project Management. The Board of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Yvonne Butler FAIPM as the new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.
Ms Butler comes to the CEO role with a unique combination of deep industry knowledge, consulting expertise and global management experience. She has previously held senior positions in Allens, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Ernst & Young, the Palladium Group, APP Corporation and Transfield Services, and is regarded as a thought leader in strategy, governance and risk management.
Yvonne is widely respected in the business and project management community as well as in the government and the not-for-profit sector. As a Fellow of the AIPM, Ms Butler comes to the Institute with a wealth of knowledge in the project management area, including extensive experience as a past member of a number of Institute committees and project groups.
National President Dr Steve Milner said “The Board has decided that Yvonne is the best person to lead AIPM in a changing global environment and we have every confidence in her ability to lead our organisation to its next level of maturity. She is very considered and determined, and will be a real asset at the helm of our organisation”. (more…)
This report, and photos, are by Jouko Vaskimo, Finland.
Professor Mladen Radujković, International Project Management Association (IPMA) President and Mr Joop Schefferlie, IPMA Nederland (IPMA-NL) President opened the 28th IPMA World Congress at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 29th September 2014. The theme of the 28th IPMA World Congress, the second one to be organized in the Netherlands, was “Innovation through Dialogue”. Mr Tom Taylor, Association for Project Management (APM) President, performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies at the congress plenary events, including opening and closing.
The congress comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by renowned experts in project management, parallel streams with practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program. The congress, organized by IPMA-NL, took place in the World Trade Center Rotterdam on 29th September … 1st October 2014, and attracted over 120 presenters and 1000 participants from 60 different countries.
For more information on the 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, including photos of the sessions and copies of the presentations (for registered participants only), please navigate to www.ipma2014.com .
An IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) preceded the World Congress on 26th … 28th September, 2014. The Global Young Crew Workshop was organized as an opportunity for young project-oriented people around the world to get to know one another. The GYCW comprised interactive workshops, streams, and presentations from renowned keynote speakers. Participants had the opportunity to expand their horizons and bring new and creative views to the way they manage their projects. A special emphasis was on group discussions, interactive learning, networking and having fun. The GYCW can be considered the premium IPMA event for young project managers and people building a career in project management.
IPMA Member Associations, such as asapm, IPMA-USA, were among the earliest supporters of International Project Management Day, going back to 2004. And, we continue to support this noteworthy, and free, full-day virtual event. From its start, the event has been an initiative of speaker, trainer and author Frank Saladis. When he involved IIL, the international pm training firm, the event’s enrollments soared!
We encourage you to consider participating in this year’s even, planned for November 6, 2014. For a look at the event, and to register, see the IPMDay website. Scan the right-hand column of featured speakers, and you can see that this universal event is well worth your time.
The keynotes are live, with q&a afterwards, and most of the other sessions are pre-recorded—just to handle the huge volume of participants. The keynotes begin at 10AM US Eastern Standard Time (6PM CET in much of Europe). Each keynote has a duration of an hour. They continue at Noon, 2PM and 4PM. Between keynotes are the stream sessions; you cannot yet see timing of the stream sessions on the schedule, but they will be available soon. The Speakers tab contains a list of all the sessions, with their high points. We encourage you to register now, because this event will have massive attendance.
Last year, IIL started naming this event IPMD, for International Project Management Day. Although the name is similar, the name has no relationship to IPMA, the International Project Management Association. IPMA does, however support the concept. We must admit that we have teased a bit, that … the member nations of IPMA, who support 365+ days per year of International Project Management competence, excellence, performance and results, are pleased to help highlight and celebrate one special day. Bravo IPMDay!
30 September, 2014; Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates announces the election of Reinhard Wagner as IPMA president for the years 2015-2017.
Reinhard is the current president of the German Project Management Association and has served as IPMA vice president for research for the last two years. IPMA also announced their new Executive Board (ExBo) for the next two — three years. The announcements were made at the 28th IPMA World Congress held in Rotterdam this week.
IPMA Executive Board for 2015+: (from left) Mladen Radujkovic, Croatia, Chairman of the Council; Bernhard Haidacher, Guatemala, Vice President; David Hudson, Australia, Vice President; Inga Klaus, Poland, Vice President; Mary McKinley, UK, Vice President; Nuno Ponces, Portugal, Vice President; Jesus Martinez-Almela, Spain, Vice President; Amin Saidoun, France, Executive Director; Reinhard Wagner, Germany, President (photo credit: Les Squires; courtesy of IPMA)
IPMA leaders completing their roles on the IPMA ExBo this year include Andrew Bragg, UK (vice president); Stacy Goff, USA (vice president); and Roberto Mori, Italy (outgoing chair). Mladen Radujkovic moves from president to chairman in 2015.
Abstracts are due 15 October; the event will be 1-2 December, 2014, in the Business School of Nankai University, Tianjin, China. This is the official IPMA research conference, organized by Research Management Board of IPMA to gather academic researchers, consultants and practitioners together to discuss “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.”
TOPICS OF INTEREST Topics should focus on “How to make Research meet the needs of PM Practice.” Examples of topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:
Applications of theories in managing projects and best practice of project management
Things happening in China that are helping Research meet the needs of Practice in PM
Research on complex project management and emergency project management.
Research on project integrated management and project risk management
Research on organizations for projects or project oriented organization.
GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Language is English
Abstracts up to 1000 characters including blank characters.
Deadline for Abstract is 15th of October 2014.
Deadline for Full Text is 1stof December 2014.
Additional Guidelines for the paper:
Text size 20,000 characters incl. blank characters and incl. literature citations
Illustrations Up to 5 figures, black and white, as editable PowerPoint graphics
Character format Time New Roman font size 12 pt, 1.0 line spacing
2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIG Leaders celebrates Project Management Offices as key enabler for project-oriented organisations
The Project Management Office is not an invention of this century, but it is getting more and more recognition throughout the world. This is the main message from IPMA´s 2014 PMO Summit. At the end of June. about twenty experts from twelve countries met in London to share their experiences. PMOs are a hot topic for IPMA´s member associations; about twenty of them have a Special Interest Group (SIG), and more are considering forming such a group in near future. The 2014 IPMA Summit of PMO SIGs aimed at bringing together key people of the PMO SIGs within the context of IPMA, informing about respective activities, exchanging ideas as well as forming an international network of PMO SIGs.
As with all IPMA events, the PMO Summit was planned for a maximum of interaction using a variety of facilitation methods, such as Elevator Pitch, World Café and Workshops.
After a general introduction, the participants shared their understanding of what a PMO is. The answers demonstrated the huge variance in PMO practices. Some see a PMO as standard setting body. Others define the PMO as support unit, helping the practitioners to apply the standards according to their needs. Only a few participants defined a PMO as a project management unit, performing project management (e.g. for internal projects) and being accountable for the results. PMOs have definitely a role in managing multiple projects, portfolio management or as support for the Governance function / body in the world of projects, programmes and portfolios (e.g. supporting the decision making).
June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mladen Radujković, IPMA President, and Bill Young, President of the apfpm, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with apfpm, the Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management. Leaders of the two organizations have maintained a dialogue of support for each organizations’ initiatives.
The dialogues often include leaders of related industry associations. For example, in the photo below, Mladen, at left, joined Wu Tao (center), Chair of China Construction Management Association (CCMA), and Bill Young (at right), in Beijing during Summer 2013. They discussed ways for the respective organizations to further increase joint efforts.
CCMA is a strategic alliance partner of IPMA and of PMRC, the Project Management Research Committee. PMRC is IPMA’s member association in China, and is also a member of apfpm, reflecting the common interests of the organisations in this MoU.
About the MoU
IPMA and apfpm have similar interests in applying the power of effective project management to significantly increase the success of project teams, organizations, and nations. This MoU engages the organisations in jointly promoting the profession of project management in the Asia Pacific region, emphasizing common interests and objectives. Priorities among these include:
General sharing of information where practical, particularly in relation to knowledge, education and research development in Project Management.
The apfpm will actively promote IPMA’s Project Excellence Awards program and IPMA membership.
Participate in each other’s featured events.
Collaborate on new opportunities to advance our common interests and objectives.
June 1, 2014: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Reinhard Wagner, IPMA VP of Standards, Research and Awards, with the support of the ICB4 Project Team, recently announced the public availability of the summary results of an extensive survey for ICB4, the fourth release of the IPMA ICB®, the Individual Competence Baseline.
The ICB4 project team has been working on the structure, definitions and support materials for ICB4 since early 2011, and surveyed professional programme and project managers to discern trends, innovations, priorities, preferences and perceptions about our profession. This sense of stakeholder engagement and attention to customer needs is one reason why IPMA’s standards tend to have nine or ten year lifespans.
Survey Drawing Winner
ICB4 Project Secretary and Project Lead Tim Jaques (shown at right) announced the survey results and drew the Survey respondent winner at the March Council of Delegates meeting in Toronto, Canada.
The survey ran in February-March 2014. To increase survey engagement, IPMA offered a drawing for an iPad Mini for those who completed the survey. An IPMA member from Egypt (her name is withheld) won the drawing. She is an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager, and her husband is also an IPMA Level C® Certified Project Manager. Congratulations!
About the Survey
“This survey demonstrates the need for true competency based PM certifications. In today’s world of faster business cycles and projects, having a strong team is more important than ever,” said IPMA Vice President Reinhard Wagner. “These results directly support the long term goals of IPMA to make our certification process even more relevant and effective for individuals.”
“Our goal for the survey is to gather evidence that will help IPMA define the market needs and desires for a new, even better, Individual Competency Baseline,” said Tim Jaques, ICB Project Secretary and Product Lead. “We have received some excellent feedback and insights that will help us to shape the forthcoming ICB4.” ICB4 will be released at the IPMA World Congress in Panama, in October 2015.
Key findings include:
Project Managers are using standards and tools in their day-to-day work.
It is imperative to continue engaging younger project management practitioners into project management. We can do this via university programs.
The PMI PMBOK® Guide and the IPMA ICB3 are the top industry standards, according to the respondents.
Project managers today make good use of online communities. More than 75% of respondents interacted with a community daily, weekly or monthly.
Project managers, sponsors and other stakeholders view compentence as important to project success.
According to Tim, “these findings represent just a fraction of the trove of data to be found in these results. We are immensely grateful to the participants for taking the time to respond.”
Summary Survey Results Are Available Now While the ICB4 Project team scours the survey responses and insights, IPMA Member Associations—and their Standards, Education and Certification bodies–will also receive the detailed results. A summary of the survey results is available to the public and to respondents, at the IPMA website. Just click this link to download the Survey Summary.
And, we are beginning a dialogue about the implications of the survey findings at the IPMA LinkedIn Group. That dialogue begins with this announcement of the availability of the results. Please note: a LinkedIn login and joining the IPMA group are both required to see and participate in these discussions. And, because IPMA’s insights about project and programme management include our focus on people, we do require that those who wish to join our LinkedIn group must post your photograph in your LinkedIn profile.
About IPMA Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the World’s first global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
The IPMA World Congress is one of the most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. This year, the Congress is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 29 September—1 October. We hope to see you there!
President of IPMA for 2014 is Professor Mladen Radujković. For further information about IPMA’s contributions to programme, project and organization success, please navigate to www.ipma.ch.
PRESS RELEASE:23 May 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.AXELOS and IPMA to work together on the development of Global Best Practice in project management. AXELOS and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have reached an agreement which will lead to the two organizations working closely together in the development and improvement of project management products, services and practices.
The 12-month memorandum of understanding(MoU) announced today sets out a framework of how AXELOS and the IPMA will cooperate in multiple countries worldwide.
As well as agreeing to work together on the improvement of products, the agreement includes a commitment by the two parties to promote each other’s activities and services via appropriate media such as websites, conferences and seminars.
Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO, says “Since the formation of AXELOS our user community has asked us to continue to show how our products fit with other frameworks and approaches. The MoU with IPMA demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling such requests.
“PRINCE2 and the IPMA framework, IPMA Competence Baseline, are complementary approaches for project management. It can only be good that the owners of these two approaches are working together to clarify how PPM practitioners can get the best of both worlds.”
IPMA is a federation of over 60 nations’ project management Member Associations (MAs). The MAs develop project management competencies in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.
Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President of Standards, says “This is a wonderful opportunity for two globally recognized organizations to work together to progress the profession of project management. Practitioners will understand our respective frameworks better and when to use them, while our members and partners will profit through synergies between these offerings.”
We offer the announcement below from the World Congress organizers, with some reminders about World Congress links. We hope to see you in Rotterdam, September 29-30 and October 1.
We are pleased to invite you to the 28th IPMA World Congress from September 29th to October 1st in the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s theme is…Innovation through Dialogue. In 3 days, experts from the business and academic worlds will share their experiences and insights about innovating the world through dialogue.
With already over 300 tickets sold, this event includes site visits to impressive projects, informative and compelling paper presentations, an extensive exhibition area, and exciting social events. We are well on our way to making this the most comprehensive and inspiring PM event of 2014. All this in the City of Rotterdam, recently voted 10th in the list of 52 Places to Go by the New York Times.
Over 300 papers from over 30 countries submitted.
Gert van de Donk Conference Organizer, tells us that the Call for Papers for the 28th IPMA World Congress has resulted in over 300 submissions from over 30 countries (both Academic and Best Practice). A great result and our thanks goes out to all submitters for their effort. Due to the number and quality of the submissions, the program teams face the challenging task of making the best selection. First notifications will be sent out soon (now estimated for mid-May–the notifications were delayed due to the volume of papers and the extension of the submission date). (more…)
Gower Publishing is a valued partner of the IPMA World Congress. They will not only be present with a PM Book Store at the World Congress in Rotterdam, but will also give away 40 e-books of choice to our delegates.
The first 10 delegates to register for World Congress in each of the months of April, May, June and July may choose a free e-book from the Gower PM catalogue.
So time your registration carefully and you can choose from a range of over 100 titles from classic project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge works. Thank you, Gower Publishing!
Gordana Blazevic, Croatia, has announced the publishing of selected Scientific Papers from the 2013 IPMA World Congress. Gordana (Goga) is Young Crew Croatia Chair and key leader of the team that, with Project Manager Mladen Vukomanović, organized one of the best-ever Congresses.
On behalf of the 2013 IPMA World Congress organizers; Croatian Association for Project Management and International Project Management Association, we would like to thank you once again for attending, engaging and participating and thus making this congress a tremendous event.
John-Paris Pantouvakis, PM Greece, pioneered this relationship with Procedia for the 26th IPMA World Congress in 2012. The juried publishing of selected scientific papers helps IPMA move forward in research, academic citation, and improving the practice of competent and performing project and program management. As mentioned in our January newsletter, see 49 Scientific papers from the 2012 Congress at this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/74
We hope to see you all again this year, September 29th to October 1st, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (www.ipma2014.com).
Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences–sciencedirect.com
Published in the online version of Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences at ScienceDirect.com, the world’s leading platform for high quality peer-reviewed full-text journals.
13 March, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IPMA, the International Project Management Association, announces today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IPMA and Project Management Institute. This is a renewal of cooperation between the two professional organisations that began in 1996, and has continued since, in multiple areas of common interest.
Discussions of the areas of interest for this renewal of the MOU began in mid-2013, and were finalized at the two professional associations’ respective Congresses. At the IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in early October, 2013, Carla Messikomer, PhD, Manager, Academic Resources with PMI®, met with IPMA board members, including Mladen Radujkovic (Croatia), IPMA President, and Reinhard Wagner (Germany), IPMA VP of Research, Awards and Standards.
Later in October, at the PMI North America Congress, in New Orleans, Mladen and Stacy Goff (USA), IPMA VP of Marketing & Events, met with Carla Messikomer and Stephen Townsend. Stephen is Director, Global Alliances & Networks at Project Management Institute. “Stephen has been a key participant in helping to coordinate the interests and approvals of the organizations,” acknowledged Stacy, thanking Stephen for his efforts. (more…)