ipma-usa logoWelcome to the IPMA-USA June, 2012 Newsletter!


This opt-in Newsletter is from IPMA-USA, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management. We are the USA member association of the International Project Management Association. Enjoy!

In This Issue
1. Project Managers Are Change Agents: Blog Post by IPMA-USA President Stacy Goff
2. IPMA-USA Elections: Get Out The Vote!
3. IPMA World Congress Update, Greece, 29-31 October
4. IPMA-USA Certification Introduces Management Complexity Evaluation Tools
5. IPMA Publishes PM/Product Manager Product Team Performance Paper
6. Invitation to Participate in Project Management Methodology Research
7. Adult Learning for Earned Value Management Analysts, by Cole J. Kupec II
8. Two More Articles by Byatt, Hamilton, and Hodgkinson; and a Guest Author
9. Sustainability in Project Management; Book Review by Joel Carboni
10. Taking Advantage of the Economic Recovery With Project Management
11. IPMA Young Project Manager Award Application Deadline Looms on July 15
12. Please Participate in This PPPM Software Tools Training Survey
13. Senior Project Manager /Program Manager Position in King County (Seattle), WA
14. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

1. Project Managers Are Change Agents: IPMA-USA President Stacy Goff
Our Change Agents blog embraces the change that the practice of Project Management brings to the USA, and to society. We post below a teaser from this month's blog posting; click the bold heading to see the posting.

What Do You Manage, the Leading or Lagging PM Factors?
We again represented IPMA-USA at the outstanding-as-usual 2012 Resource Planning Summit, organized by the irrepressible Dick Rutledge, dean of the PM-related conference providers. Only a few others operate at the same level of excellence. One of the key differentiators of Rutledge’s events is his ruthless demands of his speakers for audience take-aways and truly new ideas, as opposed to retreads of tired themes. And this time, we experienced those demands first-hand, as we were a presenter–our first opportunity in the four events we have supported.

Our presentation, Tip of the Iceberg: Managing the Entire ‘berg Improves PM Performance, was developed for this audience of key managers and enterprise leaders. The presentation looked at project and program decision-making from the perspective of top Executives–the tip of the iceberg, as it were. And we identified key practices that Managers in the Middle follow when they add clear value for their executives, their project teams and their organizations.

We asserted, as we did in our 2005 article, Project Levers and Gauges, that the most-effective project and program managers don’t just provide lagging data, they also provide leading information. And, in this session we carried the theme further, pointing out that this leading information is a well-kept secret of the most effective managers of project managers ... More

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2. IPMA-USA Elections: Get Out The Vote!
Nominations Status: The IPMA-USA 2012 elections are coming soon; we have one nomination each for the open offices. And, the ballots will soon come out. The nominees are:

Members, watch for your ballot in the next few days. In addition to our members who are running for IPMA-USA office, we still need volunteers to staff each of these project teams:

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3. IPMA World Congress Update: Crete, Greece, 29-31 October
"What were we thinking," they ask? An IPMA World Congress in Greece? With all these economic challenges?

No, it is not that we were identifying the greatest opportunity to practice Risk Management--a living lesson, as it were. Back when we set the venue for the 2012 IPMA World Congress, there was no hint at the potential problems. And we remain committed to our October 29-31 IPMA World Congress on the island of Crete.

With that burning question out of the way, here are a few highlights and updates for the 26th IPMA World Congress:

Call For Professional Abstracts Extended to July 15
The due date for Professional presentations has been extended to July 15. Academic papers are no longer being accepted; we have reached our limit. This flood of Academic interest is due in part to a special arrangement, where papers will be juried and published through Elsevier's Scopus. Professional Abstracts are still welcomed, and require no written paper--just your presentation. We'd like to see more Professional presentations from IPMA-USA members--and from all the Americas, for that matter! Contact Stacy if you have questions about presenting, about travel from the US (we thought about booking a retired nuclear submarine, but we needed 50 people), or about the Congress venue.

Young Crew Global Workshop Seat Offered
One of the highlights of the IPMA World Congress is the Young Crew Global Workshop. Each IPMA Member Association has the opportunity to select one Young Crew member to support this event. That person will be a candidate (based on their application) for a prepaid seat to the YCGW and a day pass for the World Congress event (evening events not included). Please contact IPMA-USA Director of Education Neeraj Parolia for more information.

Sustainability Track
An entire Congress track will feature special sessions and presentations on Sustainability in PM (see the book review below). It seems that the actions leading up to the book review submitted by IPMA-USA member Joel Carboni has resulted in a significant collaboration of interested specialists in the subject, from a half dozen countries. See more information about this at the World Congress website (navigate to the links Congress/Preliminary program), or watch for a press release on this and other interesting Congress events.

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4. IPMA-USA Certification Introduces Management Complexity Evaluation Tools
As announced by IPMA-USA Certification Chair William Duncan last year, we have been working on two new certification self-assessment tools; and they are now available. Each may be used for workgroup or individual performance improvement, or as preparation for certification at IPMA Level A, B, or C.

IPMA-USA> certification uses a management complexity evaluation tool for projects. At first, it was proprietary, and not available to candidates. Then we made it available in spreadsheet form, for self-assessment, so candidates could see how we review the management complexity of your sample project. In addition to partial inclusion (in a simpler form), we have recently made it available in a web-based format. This is great for those considering our advanced ppm certifications, and for managers and PMO managers who wish to reduce the risks of not-yet-qualified project managers, or to match the right project managers to projects.

You can use it for career learning and development purposes, in addition to identifying whether your sample projects qualify you for IPMA Level C®, Certified Project Manager, or for IPMA Level B®, Certified Senior Project Manager. You may find that our exam-based certification, IPMA Level D®, Certified Project Management Associate (and other exam-based certifications in the USA), are most suitable for you if the management complexity of your projects is not enough to score at least 35 points in our Project Management Complexity Evaluation tool.

We also have a management complexity evaluation tool for programs, to distinguish between those practitioners whose sample programs qualify for IPMA Level B, Certified Program Manager, and those who should seek IPMA Level A®, Certified Senior Program Manager.

See this page on the IPMA-USA website that explains more about these project and program management complexity tools, with links to the actual project and program tools. Please contact IPMA-USA Certification Chair William Duncan, and let us know what you think about these two new IPMA-USA certification and performance development tools!

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5. IPMA Publishes PM/Product Manager Product Team Performance Paper
You’ve seen the movie; now, you can read the book! The Whitepaper describing the results of The Study of Product Team Performance is now available. IPMA members and friends can acquire your copy of this unprecedented report at the IPMA-USA website, for only $19.95. The reference to “the movie”? Two webinars about this study are available at the IPMA site. And, watch for our next webinar, in the series, planned for June 28.

Background:
In early 2012, IPMA, IPMA-USA, and a range of other not-for-profit and other organizations worked together with Actuation Consulting and Enterprise Agility to host a survey on the interactions of Project Managers, Program Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts and others involved with new product development projects. The survey findings were so interesting, that while the final results were being compiled, we hosted two webinars that explored the insights and opportunities uncovered in the study (see the webinars at the IPMA website).

Product Team ReportFrom the Executive Summary
Actuation Consulting and Enterprise Agility recently conducted a global survey of product teams. The goal of our research was to better understand the dynamics of product team performance and to uncover the practices that make these teams successful.

What makes this survey unique is that it enjoys the support of various industry associations and market players — groups and individuals that don’t often work together…

Specifically, we found that there are five key factors that are common to high-performing product teams. The statistics show just how important these five factors are: the likelihood of a product team performing at a high level is 67% if all five factors are in place. In their absence, the likelihood of a product team achieving high performance is only 2%!

This paper details these five factors and offers suggestions for how you can apply them to your own product development practices.

See more about this Whitepaper: click the link for an immediately-available download at the IPMA-USA website.

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6. Invitation to Participate in Project Management Methodology Research
Jouko VaskimoOur great friend Jouko Vaskimo (IPMA-Finland) has asked if we can help him find interviewees for his Doctoral Research Study, as named in the title of this section. We have known and worked with Jouko for years; he leads the IPMA-Finland Certification body, and has always been a great supporter of IPMA-USA and our programs.

As opposed to typical survey-based research, Jouko is seeking qualified interview participant. He is seeking individuals who can share their experiences with their (quoting from his invitation) organizational project management methodology, to gain an understanding of the related logics, structures, contents, and their connections to organizational backgrounds, circumstances and targets. Jouko has supplied us with an explanation of his research plan, and you can download it here.

In a recent email, Jouko commented, "I have the participants for my PhD research pretty much signed up, however I have no public IT / ICT organization from outside of Finland and I have no one participating from US. Would you have a connection to a suitable governmental organization that might be willing to participate in my research?" If you are interested in participating, please contact Jouko; his email address is in the downloadable attachment, above. Thanks!

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7. Adult Learning for Earned Value Management Analysts, by Cole J. Kupec II
On August 4, 2005 the federal chief information officer of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo to encourage better management on technology acquisition and weapons systems by applying Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS). By doing this the OMB signaled the need for increased accountability in the acquisition process to better understand cost, schedule and performance. The need for members of the acquisition community to better understand Earned Value Management (EVM) principles has never been higher and more necessary (Evans, 2005).

“Earned Value Management is a methodology for determining the cost, technical, and schedule performances of a complex program or project by comparing work that is planned with work that is accomplished in terms of the dollar value assigned to the work (Damaré & Peterson, 2005).” EVM is a project management tool that can effectively manage the cost, schedule and scope of a project through careful data collection and data analysis. To effectively gather and analyze data generated from the EVM process requires training in the fundamentals of the acquisition process and the fundamentals of EVM metrics. (Damaré & Peterson, 2005) The training is based around adult learners and the adult learning process that is grounded in adult learning theory ... More

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8. Two More Articles by Byatt, Hamilton, and Hodgkinson; and a Guest Author

Should Project Managers be Professionally Licensed or Chartered?
One of our goals when writing articles is to create awareness about the thinking within the global project management community. One subject in particular that we have been considering for a while (since July 2010) is the case and discussion in the community for being ‘professionally licensed’ as a project manager. In this article, we present our research and perspectives on the subject. The formal licensing of project managers is perhaps a contentious subject; however, we hope that our readers will appreciate the information we present and will think objectively about the subject.

Three factors led to our agreeing on this topic:
* The current state of project management
* The licensing requirements in other professions (e.g., architecture, medicine, accounting)
* The recent discussions and increase in opinions being voiced on this topic in online forums and other media ... More

A Risk Management Implementation; with Guest Author Phil Terrill
As program or project managers, we have our hands full with the day-to-day management of our initiatives, and it is difficult enough to keep a lid on all the tactical actions that are taking place, let alone plan for the future. Nonetheless, we all know that planning is a key element to success. Most successful program or project managers are effective because they simultaneously balance the immediate challenges and demands facing them with future needs, opportunities and risk-avoidance.

In particular, they are able to do so because they identify and communicate these elements at the right levels throughout the organization. How do successful program and project managers remain successful in their day-to-day work while spending only the minimum amount of effort directed towards long term ends?

The focus of this article is a specific risk management strategy which we believe is simple to implement and can directly help to improve one’s ability to identify, manage, and effectively communicate risks... More

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9. Sustainabillty in Project Management; Book Review by Joel Carboni
Editor's note: This book came on our radar a year ago, when the authors submitted their manuscript to IPMA to request approval for their use of references and graphics from the IPMA ICB®, the IPMA Competence Baseline. We were impressed with the insights and advancements of the authors in the topics of the title, bringing them together in a very elegant way. As a result of our review, we helped establish a Sustainability track in the 26th IPMA World Congress, to be held in Crete, Greece, October 29-31, 2012. You will have a unique opportunity to meet the authors, and also meet reviewer Joel Carboni at this event in Crete.

The book: Sustainabillity in Project Management; by Gilbert Silvius, Ron Schipper, Julia Planko, Jasper van den Brink and Adri Köhler; Published May 2012; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-4094-3169-5.

Overall Assessment: This book serves as an excellent call to arms for all project managers, that will allow us to evolve and embrace our roles as the key agents of change in a new era where the emphasis on sustainability is at an all-time high.  The authors have done a wonderful job in conveying and demonstrating the academic principles and practical methodologies of sustainability from around the world in project management practices with a direct correlation to environmental and organizational prosperity ... More

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10. Taking Advantage of the Economic Recovery With Project Management, by Curt Finch
There’s been nothing pretty about the economic recession. The business landscape has changed, established companies have disappeared, and industries everywhere have been operating in safety mode, trying to avoid risks that would leave them vulnerable. Once known as retail giants, Blockbuster and Borders proved that you have to constantly innovate and at the forefront of market trends to survive.

But it hasn’t been all negative. With the clearing of slow, cluttered or inefficient businesses, the recession has created opportunity for other businesses to flourish. For companies that made it through and are navigating the current landscape, playing it safe is no way to succeed but neither is moving forward recklessly. A key factor that will make a difference is the intelligent execution of projects. By acting on projects that are the most profitable, and proceeding with very slim margins of error, businesses can maximize the value of their activities and make sure they operate profitably for years to come... More

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11. IPMA Young Project Manager Award Application Deadline Looms on July 15
About the Young Crew’s Young Project Manager Award
This award recognizes the rapidly increasing number of young professionals who have embraced the practice of project management. The prestigious award is aimed at identifying young (under age 35 at the time of application) professional project managers who have participated in or led the delivery of successful projects, where the outcome had an impact on international business or social change. Learn more about the award, and how to apply for it in the Young Crew section of the IPMA website.

Read the Interviews with the 2011 YPM Winners!
Read the interviews with the finalists and the winner of the 2011 Young Project Manager Award. This is a unique opportunity for our new candidates to read about their experience, their involvement with project management and of course the adventure they experienced with us last year. These great interviews are hosted by APM – Association for Project Management. See them now!

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12. Please Participate in This PPPM Software Tools Training Survey
IPMA-USA is requesting your participation in a web-based survey to explore the benefits of various types of training in the implementation of project, program, and portfolio management software and supporting toolsets. Andrew McCarty is the Primary Investigator for this project and the research will become part of his dissertation. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Organizations can use training to maximize the benefits realized through the implementation of project, program, and portfolio management software. However, the relationship between Project Management Information System (PMIS) training and the creation of organizational value is not well understood. The objective of this research is to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how organizations can maximize the positive outcomes of PMIS training.

Members and friends of IPMA-USA, both in the USA and internationally (through IPMA), are invited to participate in this research as primary data sources because of our highly-relevant professional experience, exposure to current industry training practices, interaction with modern PM software packages, and demonstrated interest in expanded PM knowledge.

This research builds on a significant existing research initiatives to better understand project management software training practices and outcomes. Expert input from a panel of 9 practitioners averaging 16.7 years of professional experience related to PM, and 15.1 years of years of professional experience related to PM software usage was solicited to develop this survey. More than 120 scholarly references were cited in the development of the underlying conceptual theory.

The survey was pretested by a sample of 21 members of a collaborative project management research consortium (The e-Construction Group; e-construction.pm.umd.edu), and has been formally reviewed and approved by the University human research ethics board.  The survey contains 23 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

IPMA-USA strongly supports surveys such as this, that clearly help us all in Moving Forward. If you are involved with Project, Program and Portfolio Management software and tools, and in the training and implementation of those tools, please click this link and helping us get a good turnout on Andrew's survey. Thank you!

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13. Senior Project Manager /Program Manager Position in King County (Seattle), WA
Make a difference! Facilities Management Division (FMD) is looking for a Project Program Manager IV with our Strategic Initiatives Unit in the Director’s Office. This position will be responsible for the coordination, analysis and oversight of various projects of the Strategic Initiative program.

Our ideal candidate will be innovative, adaptable, and action-oriented with excellent problem solving, analytical and writing skills. He or she will lead successful teams in complex projects while promoting King County policy objectives and Executive goals.

The Project Program Manager IV must possess experience in developing objectives that define the desired results in measurable terms. He or she must be highly skilled at presenting technical results to non-technical audiences utilizing mixed-media such as presentations, workshops, briefings, formal reports, etc.

WHO MAY APPLY: The recruitment for this career service position is open to all qualified King County career service employees, and the public...

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14. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership
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Now that most organizations and PM practitioners have figured out that the so-called "Soft Side" is key to project success, what are we doing about it? In addition to practicing those skills, we have an author, Tim Herd, who will share a regular series on Leadership. We are publishing two of his articles per month, until we catch up with his current series.

Meanwhile, Chasing the Dream…
One of my dreams is to act in a film with my hero, Kermit the Frog. I love his natural optimism and team leadership as he artfully leaps from mayhem to mishap with his company of "frogs and dogs and bears and chickens and things" in pursuit of their dreams. In The Muppet Movie, they trek across the country through one misadventure after another until they rambunctiously arrive in the office of The Big Hollywood Producer, played by the indomitable Orson Welles. He glowers at the ragtag gang for several long moments, then summons his secretary to fetch the "Standard Rich and Famous Contract." Jubilant Pandemonium! Slap-happy Music Reprise! Crack-brained Credits! The Blissful End!... More

The Rght Inner Stuff
As an environmental educator, I've often pointed out the many similarities among all living things. And as I've cultivated my particular interest in tapping trees to make maple syrup, I've come to see that we and the trees are strikingly similar in our layers of inner resources. Working together for our overall growth and development, these intrinsic assets, when properly developed, produce high value in the marketplace. Let's look at the comparisons: In the very center of the tree grows the heartwood: hard, dense wood, usually dark in color that gives strength to the tree ... More

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