ipma-usa logo  Welcome to the IPMA-USA September - October, 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, "It's a lot more fun when you're up there!"
2. IPMA-USA 2013 Election Results Announced
3. 27th IPMA World Congress Closure Report
4. The Project Management Office: The Missing Secret Sauce, by Ahmad Iqbal
5. Summary Chart Added to our Comparing PM Certifications Article
6. Bob Youker Named as IPMA Honorary Fellow
7. IPMA Achievement Award Announced for Joel Carboni's GPM Global, USA
8. Reminder of Event: Managing Your SAP Projects 2013 , Nov. 20-22, Orlando, FL
9. 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.

"It's a lot more fun when you're up there!"
The title of this article comes from a comment by a young lady at the IPMA World Congress, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 30-October 2. I had been “on stage” a number of times in the Congress in my role as IPMA VP of Marketing & Events. In most of those brief sessions, I co-hosted with Prof. Mladen Radujkovic, President of IPMA. Together, we make a very good presentation team. And, I agree with the young lady: It is a lot more fun for me too, when I am up there!

Four events in two months
This was a relatively slow year for my speaking activities–until July, when a series of invitations popped up. An opportunity to do a keynote in Wuhan, China; a long-planned presentation at the UTD PM Symposium, sponsored by University of Texas-Dallas, PMI-Dallas, and PMWorld Journal. A webinar on Stakeholder Engagement for Project Management Institute’s IS Community of Practice. And of course, the IPMA World Congress.

The UTD PM Symposium continues as one of the best US regional PM events of the year. Last year I presented the IPMA Keynote; this year, we brought in Jesus Martines Almeda (Spain), who regaled the audience with his insights into global project management. I spoke in a stream session on Stakeholder Engagement, using familiar analogies of being engaged versus managed, and recalling my racing days in managing the Esses.

The keynote in China was for PMRC, IPMA-China. I had done a keynote for the PMRC Congress two years earlier in Xi’an, China, and China is always a rewarding experience for a speaker. Because of the small pauses due to sequential translation, you have the opportunity to study the entire roomful of participants, gauging the audience reaction. Of course, the choice of translator helps: Translation was again excellently done by PMRC Leader Xue Yan, a previous IPMA Executive Board member. In Wuhan, my keynote followed Mladen’s keynote speech, and again we established a complementary sequence of similarities and contrasts.

The webinar was a special challenge: Over three thousand hopeful participants were signed up, with only a thousand seats available (first arrived, first served). And while I have spoken to well over a thousand people in one room, speaking to that many people scattered all over the world is a bit different. How do you keep people engaged, excited, and benefiting from the session, rather than checking their email? I decided that the key was to establish key points in the session that involved participants in responding to questions ... More

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2. IPMA-USA 2013 Election Results Announced
The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management has announced the results of elections of our 2013 Board of Directors (BoD).  The announcement was made by IPMA-USA President Stacy Goff, as follows:

Congratulation to all! They join current BoD members, Stacy Goff, President; Dennis Milroy, Secretary Treasurer; Bill Duncan, Certification Chair; Meg Infiorati, PhD, Director of Awards and Dr. Neeraj Parolia, Director of Education.

According to Goff with the announcement, “Welcome to all our new IPMA-USA board members, and may our next few years be even more exciting and effective than our recent ones!”

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3. 27th IPMA World Congress Closure Report
ev-2013-wc-logoWhat a team, what an event! 3 October, Dubrovnik, Croatia. From 30 September to 3 October 2013, Croatia had a great privilege of hosting the 27th IPMA World Congress and welcoming some of the most prominent and the best project managers from around the world. The Congress was held in Dubrovnik and it was organized by the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM).

The Croatian Association for Project Management is one of IPMA’s (International Project Management Association) 55 non-profit member associations. The IPMA World Congress has a long tradition, and it is recognized as one of the world’s leading events in the field of project management, program and portfolio management which gathers the world’s prominent experts, managers, company representatives as well as academics and young people interested and involved in the field. The Congress was held under the patronage of the Croatian president Ivo Josipović, the Croatian Government and the University of Zagreb.

The congress was attended by about 700 participants from over 60 countries worldwide. The master of the ceremony was Peter Taylor, a prominent UK consultant, speaker, writer and trainer, known as the "Lazy Project Manager." The Congress was opened by its project manager Mladen Vukomanović and Mladen Radujković – the president of the Croatian Association for Project Management. 

More World Congress News:

And now, announcing the 2014 IPMA World Congress, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. See you there!

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4. The Project Management Office (PMO): The Missing Secret Sauce, by Ahmad Iqbal
All too often, organizations find themselves implementing multiple initiatives, often with conflicting priorities and resource limitations. Many projects end up becoming victims of politics, interdepartmental turf wars, budgetary miscalculations, and other impediments. Larger organizations often establish a Project Management Office, or PMO, to provide governance, artifacts, best practices, and methodologies. In reality, however, a significantly high percentage of PMOs, especially in IT organizations, either fold or fail to live up to their expectations within the first year of existence.

Jane Walton, Managing Director of Clarity Decisions, LLC pointed out: “Building a successful PMO has structural components similar to any other construction project: a strong foundation and floor, solid structural supports, and a strong exterior are essential components of building your PMO.”. Unfortunately, what is often overlooked is the secret sauce that makes the structural components stick together.

Of course the approach to building a PMO can vary based on the nature and culture of the organization. What works for the Marine Corps may not work as well at the Peace Corps. Despite being “corps” these two organizations have very different cultures.
A lot of PMOs are too consumed with the formalities and subsequent compliance with the project framework, methodology and other project-related artifacts. While compliance is one of the essential functions of PMOs, too much focus on enforcement will turn them into dreaded ‘Project Police’ especially due to the narrow focus and almost cult-like devotion to methodology frameworks. Some project leaders are so caught up debating the superiority of waterfall vs. agile that they miss the larger picture of why their projects are undertaken in the first place ... More

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5. Summary Chart Added to our Comparing PM Certifications Article
Certifications ComparedAs our Comparing PM Certifications article continues to increase its global redistribution, we are now responding to reader and reviewer suggestions. One such suggestion was that we should add a summary chart.

Given the rich and useful charts in the article, the assertion was that we were leaving our audience without a clear illustration of the results. They asserted that the table of results was not enough.

So our most recent update now includes the chart at the right. Meanwhile, the article continues to be translated and posted by IPMA Member Associations and others around the world.

Have you read Comparing PM Certifications yet? We are very interested in your critical feedback!

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6. Bob Youker Named as IPMA Honorary Fellow
IPMA-USA President Stacy Goff announced today the selection of the first IPMA-USA member to be named as an IPMA Honorary Fellow. In a process that began in early 2012 with the selection of Bob as an IPMA-USA Distinguished Fellow, Bob’s long-awaited recognition for his contributions to our profession is complete.

Robert Youker, IPMA Honorary Fellow, IPMA-USA Distinguished Fellow
Bob Youker

See the full Press Release. Congratulations Bob!

Also honored as an IPMA Honorary Fellow is Ed Naughton, a great friend of IPMA-USA from Ireland. Congratulations Ed!

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7. IPMA Achievement Award Announced for Joel Carboni's GPM Global, USA
aw_GPMThe Project: Applying Sustainable Principles to Project Delivery.
As IPMA-USA VP Joel Carboni recalls: "In 2008 at the IPMA World Congress, Mary McKinlay stated in her keynote address, that Project Management needed to take responsibility for sustainability. GPM Global feels that sustainability is the key to meeting the needs of society. Our project's goal was to establish an enhancement to existing project management methodologies using a framework for sustainability, while also capable of integrating sustainability.

While planning the project we felt a strong sense of commitment for incorporating elements from the UN Global Compact's "Ten Principles", the IPMA® ICB 3.0, as well as ISO standards and guidelines for sustainability. As we incorporated these important elements, we found Projects-integrating-Sustainable-Methods (PRiSM) was capable of delivering beneficial change both locally and globally." Congratulation Joel!

About the IPMA Achievement Awards 2013
In 2013, as part of the International Project Management Associations (IPMA) Awards program, projects from around the globe have been given the opportunity to celebrate their success and achievements. The development of the IPMA Achievement Awards has seen the catalyst for projects from Europe, Asia and the Americas seeking global recognition for the innovation and achievement in the management of their projects.

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8. Reminder of Event: Managing Your SAP Projects 2013, Nov. 20-22, Orlando, FL
We often identify and help promote other pm-related events that are of interest and value to our members and friends. This one came to us through our IPMA connections, and what better time to be in Florida than late November!

The premier event for planning, executing, and managing SAP upgrades, rollouts, implementations and systems consolidations. Learn to :
• Optimize limited resources and budgets to complete projects on time, on target, and under budget
• Leverage the experiences of your business and project manager counterparts at other companies
• Apply proven techniques for managing project budgets, timelines, and resources

For more information, or to register, see the event site: www.sapprojects2013.com.

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9. 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.

Have your people call my people…
I never drink coffee—except when it’s the only thought brewing at a meeting.

According to a survey by Robert Half International, 45 percent of senior executives believe their employees would be more productive if their companies banned meetings at least one day each week.

If only.

Right? Meetings are notorious time wasters. I once stared at the second hand of my wristwatch for a full ten minutes straight. (Wait—that was in a Penn State Humanities lecture.) But it could’ve happened in any number of real meetings. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith once declared that meetings are indispensable—when you don’t want to do anything. How many of these have you survived? ... More

How to live a great story
What would your life be like if you could write your own story?

Donald Miller, the author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, wrestled with just that question. As a writer, he knows all the techniques of character development, plot twists, and juxtaposing actions, scenes and conflicts that tell the kind of story people want to read.

If your life was made into a movie, would it be worth watching?

After writing a successful memoir, Don’s life stalled and he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility and even questioning the meaning of life. But when a pair of producers proposed turning his book into a movie, he discovered the power of editing his own life’s storyline to create a new life engaging risk, courting possibility and discovering meaning.

How would your life change if you could determine your own trajectory? ... More

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