ipma-usa logo  Welcome to the IPMA-USA March-April, 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, Declare Victory, Take the Weekend Off
2. 27th IPMA World Congress 30 Sept-3 Oct; Early Bird Rates Expiring Soon
3. Featured Article: Do Private Sector Small To Medium Sized, Entrepreneurial
    General Contractors Comply With ANSI 748?
By Dr. Paul Giammalvo
4. Update on the Project and Product Team Performance Survey, 2013
5. Goff to Present, IPMA-USA to exhibit, at the May 5-7 Resource Planning Summit
6. Peter Taylor, the Lazy Project Manager, To Be IPMA World Congress EmCee
7. IPMA to Keynote, IPMA-USA to speak at UT Dallas Symposium, August 15-16
8. IPMA News From Around the World of PM
9. IPMA-USA Seeks Volunteers, Board Candidate Nominations for 2013 Elections
10. The Evolution of Music
11. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

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 our latest.

Declare Victory, Take the Weekend Off
Is it time now, to “Declare Victory, Take the Weekend Off?” You’ll have to read more than this first “teaser” part of this article to find out.

We founded IPMA-USA in 2001 to accelerate the advancement of project and program management (PM). Our founders, many of whom had key roles in the success of other professional associations, felt that the momentum of beneficial change had slowed during the 1990s. Our discipline had not kept pace with the increased complexity of initiatives. This despite the heroic efforts of industry thought leaders like Lew Ireland, William Duncan, Bob Youker, and others.

Our Industry Vision
We started IPMA-USA with a number of unique insights and a perfectly useful Vision statement. Recently we adopted (with permission) a much more elegant, succinct Vision, that says much the same thing: A world in which all projects succeed. Thank you, APM, IPMA-UK for allowing us to adopt your Vision statement. We established a list of insights that we felt would redirect the practice of project management towards our vision. Some were practice-improving, and some were intended to get better results. Some were easier than others; some were more measurable than the rest. But we listed them, and focused on their achievement.

Our Original Insights for the PM Industry’s Needed Changes


2. 27th IPMA World Congress, 30 Sept-3 Oct; Early Bird Rates Expiring Soon
ev-2013-wc-logoAlert: The Early Bird Registration Rates expire 31 May, 2013. And, the special discounted rates for the hotels cannot be guaranteed beyond 31 May. And this year, we have even more participants, from IPMA, and from ICEC, the International Cost Engineering Council. Register Now! The IPMA World Congress is the premier project, programme, and portfolio management event of the year. Intended for practitioners, managers, executives, educators, trainers, consultants, researchers and students, we have something for everyone!

IPMA World Congress Organizer
The Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM), in cooperation with the University of Zagreb, the International Cost Engineering Council and the Baltazar Adam Krcelic College of Business and Management; and under the patronage of Government of the Republic of Croatia, is proud to host the 27th IPMA World Congress.

Congress Theme and Insights
The theme of this IPMA World Congress is “Finding Balance and Moving Forward”. Case studies, best practices, research results, new methodologies, tools and technology developments on project, programme and portfolio management will be covered. See the list of Topics or Streams at the Congress website.

Important Congress dates:
Abstracts submissions closed April 15, 2013
Abstracts acceptance notifications May 1, 2013
Author registration closes June 15, 2013
Papers submissions closes June 15, 2013
Papers accepted July 15, 2013
Presentation Schedule posted Sept 15, 2013
27th IPMA World Congress Sept 30 –Oct 3

About Dubrovnik
Plan to visit the City of Dubrovnik, the historical republic from 1358-1808 http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr, whose cultural monuments still bear witness to projects from past centuries. Dubrovnik is without doubt currently one of Europe’s most fashionable destinations. Steeped in history and virtually unchanged since the 13th Century the old quarter provides a fascinating distraction from the day’s business. See the great video about Dubrovnik on the front page of the Congress website (the second video). See more about Dubrovnik and Excursions at the Congress site.

About the Congress Venue
The Congress will be held at the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel and Conference center, just north of Dubrovnik Old Town, on the peninsula facing Italy. The Valamar Resort has a range of hotels, all at excellent prices. See the interactive map, where you can view the locations of the hotels (may not work in all browsers). Or, see more details about the hotels.


3. Featured Article: Do Private Sector Small To Medium Sized, Entrepreneurial General Contractors
Comply With ANSI 748? If yes, how, if not, why not?
By Dr. Paul Giammalvo (Indonesia)
We selected this as our lead article for several reasons, not the least because Paul Giammalvo is one of our long-time favorites. We came across it in the April PMWorld Journal, which is continuing to increase its leading PM e-publication content and reputation. We were apprehensive about getting into the article--just the title is a bit overwhelming. But we waded in, and gee, were we glad to do so. Paul broadens the landscape about what project management really involves.

Note that, while this article deals with Construction projects, we found the insights to be totally relevant in most other project management-related applications. We especially appreciated the grocery analogy beginning on page 12 (of 16) of the full article. Reproduced and linked here with the permission of Dr. Paul Giammalvo and PMWorld Journal. Note that the actual article link is to PMWorld Journal. Thanks Paul!

Over the past year or two, there have been many debates, some of them quite heated, on one or more LinkedIn Forums as to whether the private sector, small to medium sized contractors, working on firm fixed price contracts using the traditional “Design>Bid>Build” delivery method do or do not use Earned Value in full or at least substantial compliance with ANSI 748, in accordance with the NDIA Intent Guide. (To be clear, “compliance” as used in this paper means “to comply with the [agency’s] implementation of ANSI 748”.) 

How private sector contractors use earned value management is sometimes derisively referred to as “Earned Value Lite”, but what this paper hopes to demonstrate that there are only a few differences in HOW the private sector contractors use earned value management (small letters) but how we use Earned Value Management is important to understand for those at the state or federal levels trying to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Earned Value Management (capitalized).

The theme underlying many of these debates, is there are some (many?) of us who believe that the way the US Government uses earned value is too bureaucratic and focused on audits rather than on being proactive in managing the project, which is how entrepreneurial contractors use earned value.

And given the rather abysmal failure rate of projects funded by local, state and federal government and given that save for Ben Bernanke’s printing presses, the US Government would be technically bankrupt, the premise of these debates and the rationale for this paper is by looking at the differences between the way the Federal Government mandates the use of Earned Value Management compared to the way entrepreneurial contractors use earned value management, it MAY offer some ideas to the Federal and State governments on how better to use EVM as an effective project planning and execution management tool?

And to be clear, the author fully understands and appreciates that “the public sector is not driven by the same financial motivation that drives behavior in the commercial world” but that doesn’t preclude the possibility that the way the private sector, entrepreneurial contractors use EVM cannot or will not provide ideas on how the public sector can or should be doing it. While contractors have a fiduciary obligation to our shareholders, government officials should have a fiduciary obligation to the taxpayers.

The author also realizes and recognizes that there are examples where the government has been flexible in their interpretation of ANSI 748 and the NDIA Guidelines to accommodate some of the suggestions being made in this paper.  But the point being made here is that some numbers of technocrats DO take the NDIA Guidelines literally and that there needs to be a scalable model and not just a one size fits all approach ... More


4. Update on the Project and Product Team Performance Survey, 2013
Product Team SurveyThe Project and Product Team Performance Survey, showing how Project Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, and others work together to improve project success is is closed for responses and is already showing some very interesting trends in the preliminary analysis of the results. The results will be available in the June timeframe, but some of the ahas will be posted soon.

Meanwhile, an interview between Survey host Greg Geracie and IPMA-USA's Stacy Goff is available at Greg's website, in the blog area. The interview covers a series of questions and insights about how the roles featured in the survey work with project and program managers, and the possible role of the new ProdBOK in improving the effectiveness of that collaborative work.

Below are the questions Greg asked; you'll need to go to his website for the answers.

  1. Results are an important measure of performance. However, I understand that an evolution in the thinking about results is currently taking place within the project management community. What's your take on this?
  2. Over the last several years I have had the pleasure of collaborating with you on a variety of different efforts. I know how passionate you are about creating effective collaborations across the distinct professional disciplines. What is the driver behind your passionate belief that professional silos need to be overcome?
  3. Do you think the new ProdBOK Guide will help span some of these divides at the professional level?
  4. Why did you decide to contribute to the ProdBOK effort Stacy?
  5. Any final thoughts or comments?


5. Goff to Present, IPMA-USA to exhibit, at the May 5-7 Resource Planning Summit
Resource Planning Summit 2013The 2013 Resource Planning Summit is approaching sellout status. Among the latest developments, IPMA-USA President and IPMA VP of Marketing and Events, Stacy Goff, will present a session, Tip of the Iceberg: Managing the Entire 'Berg Improves PM Performance. This session explores the role of middle managers in "keeping the enterprise afloat, " and improving PM Performance.

This event, planned for May 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, will be one of the USA's best PM events of the year. IPMA-USA has participated in Dick Rutledge's events four times in the last few years, and we have always been impressed with this Dean of the PM Conference world. Originator of the Project Leadership Conferences in the 1990s, others "went to school" on Dick's conferences, to discover the secret sauce of successful project and program management-related conferences.

As the Resource Planning Summit website states, this is the thought leadership event for those IT, Product Development and Financial executives and managers seeking cutting edge information on Resource and Capacity Planning. The Summit will present the electrifying results being achieved by companies where resource planning formerly was a challenge. The 2013 Summit will add hands-on sessions, a panel on overcoming the obstacles to implementation and professional speakers on team building and change management.

At the Summit's LinkedIn site, our friend and IPMA-USA member Terry Schmidt says, "Dick, You put on superb events, absolutely top notch, ever since you pioneered outstanding events in the project management world. I look forward to meeting the many thought leaders who attend." Of course, Terry may be a bit biased: He is again delivering one of his unique presentations, this time covering Strategic Planning For Your Career and Life. Terry is also kicking off the pre-conference activities Sunday night. See the list of all the speakers and topics in the Summit program; and scan the agenda at the website for the special ice cream desserts. And don't miss the cruise!

Our friend Frank Saladis is also on the Summit agenda. In addition to his key topic, Postive Leadership in Project Management, we hope he brings along his banjo. IPMA-USA will be once again staffing a booth at this Resource Planning Summit 2013, May 5-7, in Chicago. Stop by and say hi! Until then, watch the Resource Planning Summit LinkedIn page for session highlights and ongoing commentary. Register now and we hope to see you there!


6. Peter Taylor, the Lazy Project Manager, To Be IPMA World Congress EmCee
Yes, this is the same Peter Taylor you have enjoyed in the IPMA-USA pages for four years. He must have a life beyond writing. In fact, he does, and he has regaled us with his travel and speaking adventures for years. A PMO Manager for a major company before he found writing and presenting to be more fun, this will be a blast. Below are:

Global Young Crew Workshop
Gordana Blažević announces, in a press release, one of our speakers for GYCW2013: Peter Taylor. The workshop title: Quick tips to productive lazy heaven. Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in Project Management. His background is in project management and marketing across three major business areas over the last 27 years and with the last 8 years leading PMOs. He is also an accomplished communicator and is also a professional speaker, workshop trainer and consultant – specializing in PMO coaching.

Peter is the author of 'The Lazy Project Manager', The Lazy Winner' and 'The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell' (Infinite Ideas), as well as 'Leading Successful PMOs' (Gower) and forthcoming books 'Project Branding' (RMC) and 'Strategies for Sponsorship' (Management Concepts). More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com and www.leadingsuccessfulpmos.com and www.thelazywinner.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes. You can find his video featuring him and his workshop on YouTube.

IPMA 2013 Host: Why Peter Taylor is Already Causing People Register for the Congress!
Peter Taylor is the much beloved author and a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in PM business.  His credo is: "Progress isn't made by early risers, it is made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’. And on top of it all, he will be the host (EmCee) of the 27th IPMA World Congress.

And Peter responds, "My name is Peter Taylor, also known as 'The Lazy Project Manager', and I am always keen to make sure people 'work smarter and not harder', and that is why I don't think you should attend the IPMA World Congress in Croatia in September 2013. Don't get me wrong; I think you should definitely be at the World Congress. But not just 'attend' instead really be involved in finding balance and moving forward." See more of Peter's response at the World Congress website.

Our Response to Peter's Hosting Announcement, from Stacy Goff, on LinkedIn
Peter is excited, and we should be excited, too! At IPMA-USA we have worked with Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager, for nearly 4 years. He has been a valuable contributor, with many articles and many more insights over that time.

I can tell you that Peter is not really lazy, this is just unique "branding." Instead, he is smart, effective, and an excellent enthusiasm builder. For a taste of Peter's style see this article, THE ART OF PRODUCTIVE LAZINESS, from the IPMA-USA website: ProductiveLaziness.pdf. Thanks Peter!


7. IPMA to Keynote, IPMA-USA to speak at UT Dallas Symposium, August 15-16
IPMA VP of Education & Training and Young Crew Jesús Martínez Almela will be a featured Keynote Speaker at this year's Symposium. Jesús, who is from Spain, but attended college and has worked in the USA, is "turning on the lights" for PM competence in Latin and South America. In keeping with the Symposium's theme, Jesus will speak to "Local, Regional and Global Cultural Impact on Stakeholder Engagement."

IPMA-USA President and IPMA VP of Marketing and Events Stacy Goff will present a paper that evokes his race-car days, "Navigating the S’s (Esses): Engaging Stakeholders for Project Success." Plan now to attend the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, August 15-16, 2013, in Dallas Texas. IPMA and IPMA-USA have participated in and supported all the events to date.

The Symposium 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. We recommend that you attend this event, in our opinion, one of the best of the regional PM events in the USA. See you in Dallas!


8. IPMA News From Around the World of PM
This is a series of small, but noteworthy topics we have collected over the last few months.

Young Crew Newsletter
The latest IPMA Young Crew Newsletter has a new editor, and great coverage of the International and National Young Crew activities and events around the world. And don't miss the announcements for GeCCo, a great competition that combines teams from different nations in a virtual experience. See the current and previous Young Crew Newsletters at the IPMA website.

IPMA Newsletter
The current IPMA Newsletter features an interesting report from Austria about the poor quality of Job Advertisements (we see the same problem in the USA). It contains summaries of completed events, and announcements of coming events. A very interesting mention is that of Dr. Rajat Baisya, Inda, being recognized as India's best professor in Marketing Management. Congratulations, Rajat! Of course, we have known his talent all along, as we have worked with Rajat in his role on the IPMA Research Board for years. See the current and previous IPMA Newsletters at the IPMA website.

IPMA Young Crew Adds New Nations
Alenka Vejsadová, of the IPMA Young Crew Board, recently announced that the Young Crew family is growing fast. Please, welcome Young Crew Lietuva who became Established lately.

We have more Developing Young Crews who joined us recently:
YC Estonia
YC Iceland
YC Nepal
YC Nigeria
YC Sweden
YC Switzerland

Congratulations guys! You're doing amazing job! Let's move things forward :).

PM Channel Features Dr. Martin Barnes on his famous Triangle
PM Channel has been a Media Partner with the IPMA World Congress for the 2012 and 2013 events, and we are very happy with this relationship. Selected videos of the 2012 Congress have been made available to participants, and we are working on an arrangement with wider distribution.

PM Channel also recorded interviews with key IPMA visionaries, and this video with Dr. Martin Barnes (APM, IPMA-UK), recorded at the World Congress in Crete, is very interesting. Watch this video very soon (today is 21 April, 2013), because PM Channel switches the featured videos on a regular basis.Watch for his admission of what he got wrong on the third corner of the triangle--which has dogged practitioners for 40 years. Our test question: What does he state that the third corner should actually be? He has been trying to convince people of this ever since, and only a few have gotten it right.


9. 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.

Director of Marketing
Director of Member Services

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 the IPMA-USA website and with links in 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:


10. The Evolution of Music
How has music changed over the last 1000 (or so) years? Here is a selection that can help you answer that question. The Evolution of Music, a 4 minute Youtube video, traces musical style starting from the year 1100, a big jump to 1600, and then to the present. And what is the project management connection?

Watch how five team members with different styles and skills each contribute to the result. For added interest, here is a project review question: At what point does video change from grayscale to color? And, wouldn't you know it, they have a deadline. They limit their scope to all they could touch upon in 4 minutes. Like most deadlines, partly arbitrary, partly realistic. how long is your attention span? Enjoy The Evolution of Music!


11. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

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.

Are you talking to me?!
talking to me?Of all the people with whom you interact every day, there’s just one who both starts and ends your day with you: that familiar, good-looking one in the mirror!

As a leader, that’s the one who spends a major part of each day helping to create the future by casting the vision, developing buy-in and partnerships, investing in relationships, and influencing decision makers. What you do makes a difference in people’s lives.

The crucial aspect of your success is your ability to engage in meaningful communication with those you direct. And because you’ve earned their trust, they willingly accede and remain accountable to your leadership, and together you are able to accomplish much. It’s a great relationship.

But does that accountability extend to that one in the mirror?

It’s easy to hold others responsible; after all, it’s part of your job description. But the sharp leader recognizes that to remain sharp, accountability starts and ends with the first person singular

In the interest of devoted self-development, I herewith agree and execute the following ... More

Transformative firepower! Blazing brilliantly for the bestTransformative Firepower
During one of the seemingly annual debilitating October snowstorms in my area, a branch fell across the power lines outside my house and caught on fire.  As we gazed, the blaze soon fired the wire itself, then ran with it all the way to the transformer at the edge of our property.

An immediate and mighty flash lit up the entire Eastern Hemisphere (remember that!?), then we and many others were promptly plunged powerless into the cold dark night, where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth…

Fortunately, we have a fireplace in the living room. So we purposely employed some of that downed branch’s relatives and invited the fire inside.

There, the small heap of formerly dry, inert logs, now ablaze with colorful, dancing flame, sustained us with light and heat. As the cordwood released its sizzling potential, occasionally spit-firing cascades of tiny shooting stars skyward, we watched, warmly mesmerized, as it altered our plight and prospects.

That’s the thing about fire and other catalysts of change. Their very appearance sparks significant transformations in themselves, their surroundings and ultimate destinies ... More


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