ipma-usa logo  Welcome to the IPMA-USA January, 2013 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. Change Agents Post, Speaking Naked Without PowerPoint
2. IPMA-USA Welcomes Jeff Hodgkinson as USA Lead Certification Assessor
3. Last Chance for Renewals, IPMA Journal of Project Management
4. Announcing: The Study of Product Team Performance, 2013
5. Third Time's a Charm: Three Short Articles by Peter Taylor
6. UT Dallas Announces Call For Papers; Due March 15, 2013
7. IPMA-USA Launches Awards Program, Appoints Acting Awards Director
8. IPMA-USA Seeks Volunteers, Board Candidate Nominations for 2013 Elections
9. Try This Personality Test; How Does It Relate to PM?
10. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

Breaking News Flash: Plan now to attend the 2013 Resource Planning Summit. Hyatt Regency Chicago, May 5-7, 2013. We'll be there--will you?

1. Change Agents Blog, by 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.

Speaking Naked Without PowerPoint
The title of this article is a reference to a 1988 book I read as I began doing more public speaking engagements, in addition to teaching project management workshops. The book, “I Can See You Naked, A Fearless Guide to Making Great Presentations,” by Ron Hoff, was first published about the same time as the first release of PowerPoint. The book was insightful, easy and fun to read, and filled with great insights. Still an excellent book, the 1992 edition remains available for bargain prices on Amazon.com. We do suggest that you stay away from the $499.97 offers.

But the purpose of this article is not to promote the book, but to acknowledge the challenges involved in reducing OPD, Overwhelming PowerPoint Dependency, in speeches and public presentations. By the way, this is not a diatribe against PowerPoint; used correctly, it remains a very useful tool. But this year there were at least three occasions where I did not have the convenience of using PowerPoint and its projected images. I had to Speak Naked–Without PowerPoint. Those occasions include Lew Ireland's funeral, the Helsinki PMAF Congress, and my own Father's funeral. Below are my insights from each ... More

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2. IPMA-USA Welcomes Jeff Hodgkinson as USA Lead Certification Assessor
Editor's note: In his own words, Jeff discusses his PM practitioner philosophies and new US Lead Assessor volunteer role. Jeff has been around the program and project management scene for years; among his achievements that IPMA-USA members and friends are familiar with is the series of articles he has been working on for several years. Between Gareth Byatt, Gary Hamilton, and Jeff, they have developed nearly one hundred articles, and IPMA-USA has published most of them..

Of course, all of that when he is not drumming up excitement on LinkedIn, or managing programs. Even with all that, Jeff has been an IPMA-USA member for several years. Jeff sent us several photos, but we prefer the one showing his newest area of interest; see his photo at the end of the article. Thanks Jeff!

I’ve been involved in program and project management for over 30 years. It is a broad scope as there are several levels of responsibility from ‘coordinator’ to a ‘principle program manager’ and different tangents such a managing a PMO, trainer, coach/mentor, or department manager/Director. Regardless of your experience and current position I believe there are five important habits for success. The five important success habits are:

  1. Have a passion for what you do
  2. Strive for continuous improvement
  3. Volunteer and give back in some manner
  4. Always network, network, network
  5. Have an alternative plan

Have a passion for what you do
Simply put, if you are not enjoying what you are doing for a living, go do something you enjoy or strive towards it. Most professionals spend about 25-30% of their life working to make a living to provide for themselves and family and earn sufficient savings for a decent retirement. It’s all about your ‘QOL’ or Quality of Life and happiness in what you do for a living goes a long way to promote that. I assume you’re a pm practitioner because you want to be or desire to be over the situation that you have to be because you could not find another career that interested you ... More

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3. Last Chance for Renewals, IPMA Journal of Project Management (IJoPM)
As you know, your IPMA-USA membership automatically includes an IPMA membership. This means you are eligible to subscribe to the International Journal of Project Management (IPMA Journal) at 70% off the regular subscription price ($72 vs approximately $250).

Subscription Period Expires January 31 2012
We are now in the Annual Subscription Period for the 2013 IPMA Journal. The way this works, the publisher, Elsevier, lets us know each December what the new year's subscription rate will be. We enroll the paid-up, current members who wish to subscribe, and on January 31, we send a list of subscribers and your addresses.

The International Journal of Project Management (IJoPM) is the premier, juried journal for International Project and Program Managers. Available at the same price as last year, the IPMA Journal is available to paid-up and current IPMA-USA members at a significantly discounted price. It is especially useful for those who are involved with Universities, plus those PM Practitioners who wish to stay on the leading edge of the practice. Published 8 times a year, you can subscribe or renew during this December-Jamuary sign-up period. New members can subscribe when they join, and they receive the whole year's magazines, even if they join in November.

Sorry, but this is a members-only benefit. On the other hand, IPMA-USA membership plus the subscription is only half the price of the normal subscription price! The Journal section of the IPMA-USA website has instructions for the steps you take to see samples of the IPMA Journal. It walks you through several different ways to find it on the Elsevier website. The site also points you to the Journal Order Form, and offers several payment methods. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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4. Announcing: The Study of Product Team Performance, 2013
IPMA-USA invites you to participate in the 2013 Study of Product Team Performance, a follow-on to last year's popular survey, that looked at the interaction of key roles, including Project Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, and others. This groundbreaking survey is presented by Actuation Consulting and Enterprise Agility and co-sponsored by IPMA.

Other sponsors include; the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM), the Chicagoland Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and Planbox. Product Team Survey

Promotional partners include; the Chicago Product Management Association (CHIPMA), Lee Lambert of the Lambert Consulting Group, the Orange County Product Managers (OCPM), PCamp Chicago, the Project Management Institute’s Chicago Chapter, the ProjectTimes, and the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).

This study will assess the dynamics of product team performance and determine what factors impede or improve product development outcomes. For the purposes of this study, the core product team consists of product managers, project and program managers, user experience professionals, business analysts, development managers, and engineers. Results will be compiled and the aggregate survey results will be made available to participants through our sponsors and partners.

Take the Survey!
The survey takes approximately 9 minutes to complete, and is scheduled to be available January 15. We had great representation of project and program managers (with an IPMA-USA and IPMA flavor) last year, and we'd really like to enjoy that representation of our perspectives this year. Click Here to Take the Survey (on January 15 or later).

You may take this survey any time between January 15th and February 28th, 2013. Your input is very important to us and your responses will remain confidential. On behalf of IPMA-USA, IPMA, Actuation Consulting, and all of the sponsors, and promotional partners, thank you for your time! We look forward to sharing this year’s results.

See Last Year's Survey Summary
For a limited time, while this survey runs, you can download the results from last year's survey! And, see the (see the related webinars at the IPMA website).

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5. Third Time's a Charm: Three Short Articles by Peter Taylor
We have confirmed that Peter Taylor will be a speaker at the Young Crew Global Workshop, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 1. Peter has long been a contributor to the IPMA-USA newsletter, is, as we understand, a compelling speaker, and we look forward to seeing him! His topic will be, "Quick Tips to Productive Lazy Heaven."

This Month's Three Charming Articles (in one pdf):
1. Visibility of Purpose
2. The PMO as Sponsor
3. Communication Breakdown

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6. UT Dallas Announces Call For Papers; Due March 15, 2013
Begin planning now to attend the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, planned for August 15-16, 2013, in Dallas Texas. We have participated in four of the six events so far, and believe it to be one of the best regional project management symposiums in the country. In 2012, IPMA-USA President Stacy Goff delivered the IPMA Keynote, and followed up with a standing-room-only Track session.

The conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at The University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World, Inc. The two-day Project Management Symposium will focus on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas. Abstracts are requested that address topics related to major issues faced by project managers in today's world. Abstracts are welcome on any topics related to project management; however of greatest interest are the following topics: 

You probably noticed the "stakeholder"theme: The new ISO Standard for Project Management, ISO 21500, adds Stakeholder Management to the list of most-important management areas of projects.

Dates and Details:

IPMA-USA strongly supports this event, and IPMA has been a featured participant, with a special keynote speaker for every year's event. If you have any questions about speaking or attending, please Contact Stacy. Bonus: See the Keynote videos from 2012 at the UT Dallas website.

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7. IPMA-USA Launches Awards Program, Appoints Acting Awards Director
Ïn a recent Board meeting, IPMA-USA launched the development of our Awards program. We have appointed Ms. Meg Infiorati as acting IPMA-USA Awards Director, and her area of responsibility will be to develop our program. Meg is already an IPMA Awards Assessor, has helped Nepal (Project Management Association of Nepal) to develop and launch a successful program. Meg will focus on the specific needs of the USA market. Project Excellence Awards

The concept of Project Awards is not new to the USA. For example, US company Applied Materials Solar Business Group was a IPMA Global Award Project Excellence Finalist at the IPMA World Congress in 2009 for their efforts in Europe. And, Meg has assessed a US company in the last few years, travelling from Nepal to do so. We also have assistance from other IPMA Awards experts from around the world. More details on IPMA-USA awards will appear in a coming IPMA-USA newsletter, and on our website.

The USA Awards model will benefit from IPMA's successful Awards program, as adapted to the needs of USA companies and government agencies. You can learm more about IPMA Awards at the IPMA website. Interestingly, the Project Excellence model deals not just with processes, as is typical, but also uniquely rates projects based on the business results they achieve.

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8. IPMA-USA Seeks Volunteers, Board Candidate Nominations for 2013 Elections
As you are aware, IPMA-USA is a professional organization dedicated to and run by volunteers from the project management community. These members and volunteers drive the strategy and direction of our organization based on what the community and our members see as the most pressing problems facing the practice of project management.

Each year roughly one-third of our Directors and Officers come to the end of their terms and those with vision and who are willing to serve must be called upon to take their place. The Board is currently accepting nominations for the positions listed below. Each position serves a three-year term.

Vice-President: vicepresident
Director of Marketing: marketing
Director of Member Services: memberservices

If you wish to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their permission) please review the Responsibilities and Duties (follow the links provided above). Then, submit a short Statement of Qualifications and Statement of Goals for the position. These will be included in IPMA-USA website and with the election ballot.

Thank you!
Trevor K. Nelson, Vice-President -- IPMA-USA
Reply to Trevor

Volunteers Needed
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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9. Try This Personality Test; How Does It Relate to PM?
No, the purpose of this test is not just to find out if you have a personality--of course you do! But, which flavor is it? Note that many of the popular tests are more for fun, rather than really relevant to aspects of your style. But given that even other organizations are now beginning to realize that your Behavioral Skills have something to do with project success (as in 90%, according to ours work), everyone seems to be interested. See this link; note that you need to print the results--the email link does not seem to work. Based on your answers to 50 questions, this test looks at five aspects of personality: Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, and Openness. We found the results to be very interesting! Enjoy! Please let us know how you think this relates to project and program management!

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10. 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 feature Tim Herd, who shares his perspectives on Leadership.

Let's dance! Love learning to lead in discerning
“Knowledge is Power” was my junior high school’s motto prominently displayed in large Old English script. Mr. Lahovski, my English teacher, loved to tell us he made that up.

(Or at least had suggested the old maxim for the motto. But still we rolled our eyes.)

He liked to try to impress us with his store of Knowledge—Knowledge with a capital Old English-style K!  And here is the kind of quiz he used to give: (But first, his instructions: “Use only a No. 2 pencil. Do not make any stray marks on the test paper. Do not start until told to do so. You may start…  now.”)

“What manufactured item is expanding more than twenty times faster than any other product on the planet? And has been increasing at the rate of greater than 150 percent per year for many decades?”

A. Knowledge    B. Ignorance       C. both A and B     D. neither A nor B

Today, the fastest growing thing in the world is information (as calculated by Google’s economist Hal Varian), which paradoxically drives both knowledge and ignorance. Technological wonders like the Hubble telescope and the electron microscope have not only expanded what we know, but also what we don’t know, since each new discovery breeds at least two more questions... More

You can't make me! (But I can be persuaded)
Leadership, by definition, prohibits the use of coercive power.

Think of a time in your adult life when someone forced you to do something despite your better judgment or convictions. How did that affect your relationship with that person or your inclination to act as that person subsequently directed?

Chances are, not positively.

True leadership—the kind that derives not from position or title, but through mastering the art of positively influencing people—is the only way to mutually elevate and empower lives, institutions and ideals.

The more proficient a leader becomes in the persuasive arts, the more likely the goals of the organization will be successfully met—and with less hindrance and resistance. (I am not speaking of manipulation here, which is the devious, dark side of controlling people: such is a coercive tool for dictatorial purposes.)

Abraham Lincoln, a lawyer by profession, recognized that this sometimes-illusive and counterintuitive practice does produce desirable results. Before he ever took on the mighty challenge of preserving the entire nation, he discouraged his clients to resort to litigation. Instead, he advised, “persuade your neighbors to compromise wherever you can.”... More

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