ipma-usa logo Welcome to IPMA-USA's October-November, 2014 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. PM Change Agents Blog, Learning Project Success Secrets From Product Managers
2. IPMA's 2014 World Congress Wrap-up: A Smash Success!
3. Duncan Asks: Are You Smarter than the Average PM?
4. Featured Article: Sustainability in Project Management; by Joel Carboni
5. Product Team Performance Study 2014 Published
6. When and How PM Change Agents Add Business Value, by Stacy Goff
7. IPMA News and Updates, From Around the World
8. Latest Industry Reports and Articles From PM World Journal
9. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

1. PM 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.

Learning Project Success Secrets From Product Managers
In the early 1990s, a corporate executive and I were talking about the talent in his organization, and he asked me a question: “What’s the difference between a project manager and a product manager?” I knew he had his own answer already, so I asked him: “I can think of a dozen differences, but what do you think is the difference?”

He replied, “The Product Manager has a personality.”

I was shocked. As a practicing project manager and consultant, his reply stung. But then, this company was a major Aerospace/Defense contractor, and despite the Integrated Product Team initiatives of the 1980s, some of the old-timer Project Engineers were still not known for their interpersonal skills and scintillating style. But to make such a blanket statement? Even by the early 1990s, I had had worked with thousands of project managers who had great interpersonal skills—and personality galore!

A Product BOK
I was reminded of this discussion several years ago, when PM Consultant/Speaker/Author Gary Heerkens suggested that I should assist in a new initiative, to develop a Product Management Body of Knowledge. Gary put me in touch with Greg Geracie, who had completed a useful and popular book on the subject (Take Charge Product Management), and was working with a professional organization on this Body of Knowledge project ... More


2. IPMA's 2014 World Congress Wrap-up: A Smash Success!
This report, and the photos here and in the detailed report, are by Jouko Vaskimo, Finland. Thank you, Jouko, you have been our faithful and insightful correspondent to IPMA interests for over five years!nw-wc2014

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.

For the full report, download Jouko’s World Congress Wrap-up, from the IPMA website! Thank you Jouko!

2015 IPMA World Congress in Panama!

Here is a sneak preview for 2015: The 29th IPMA World Congress will be in Panama City, Panama, on September 29-October 1. Headquarters for this will be the Panama City Hard Rock Hotel, which evokes the challenges of successful project management today: Rhythm, Creativity, Elegance, and sometimes, lots of Noise. Announcements to watch for include the celebration of the Panama Canal's 100th anniversary, IPMA's 50th anniversary, and Young Crew's 10th anniversary. Expect the Call For Papers in January-February 2015, and plan to attend!


3. Duncan Asks: Are You Smarter than the Average PM?
Bill Duncan, IPMA-USA’s Director of Certification, is looking to expand our database of examination questions for both IPMA Level C®, Certified Project Manager, and  IPMA Level D®, Certified Project Management Associate. We need both multiple choice questions and short answer questions.

Multiple choice questions must have 4 options, 1 and only 1 right answer, and be constructed in accordance with best practices. For example, the stem should generally be phrased as a question, negatives should be avoided (do not use “not”!), and the idea to be tested should be in the stem, not the options.

Short answer questions should be designed to be answered in 8-10 minutes. As an example, here’s one of our favorites: “List three (3) categories of stakeholders. Describe how each would typically be affected by the project.”

All contributions will be acknowledged. And you will earn our undying gratitude. Are you interested? Contact Duncan!


4. Featured Article: Sustainability in Project Management; by Joel Carboni.
With its full title, Sustainability in Project Management; Governance and Integration of the P5 Standard, this article, by IPMA-USA VP Joel Carboni, lays the foundation for new dimensions in improvement of project and program management practice. Enjoy!

Abstract: In 2012, The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development centered on the notion that sustainable development is dependent upon both public and private sectors being fully engaged by leveraging frameworks that support the advancement of sustainable development initiatives, taking into account the importance of corporate social responsibility (Rio, 2012).

With the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, giving way to the Post-2015 Engagement Architecture, a framework that is expected to establish priorities and strategies for the next era.

Project management is uniquely positioned to drive these efforts through both governance and use. This paper focuses on the key integration points for sustainability to project governance and methods using the GPM P5 Standard for People, Planet, Profit, Project Products and Processes. 

P5 provides for useful benchmarking across industry and fundamentally helps organizations demonstrate the reality of their commitment to sustainability by allowing stakeholders to better understand the organization’s contribution to sustainable development.

Introduction: Extreme Weather, Melting of the icecaps, and rising sea levels are topics that frequent the news, social media, and conversation.  According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, scientists have pieced together thousand of years of the earth’s climate history and environmental problems prior to the industrial revolution in the 1700s can be explained by natural causes while warming since the mid 20th century cannot be. (US EPA, 2014)

While there is no quick fix, there are lessons that we can learn from our past to ensure that our today and our children’s tomorrow is not compromised beyond repair.

Organizations are increasing the importance of sustainability as a survey conducted by Accenture with the support of the UN Global Compact of 1000 CEOs from 27 industries across 103 countries concluded with 93% regarding sustainability as the key to success. (Accenture, 2013) This same study uncovered that:


5. Product Team Performance Study 2014 Published
ProdManRespondents to the Study of Product Team Performance, 2014, managed by Greg Geracie, of Actuation Consulting, have been anxiously waiting for the published results.

From the Executive Summary:Through this year's results, we identified five factors that contribute to the success of high-performing teams:

This series of studies is truly unique as it enjoys sponsorship across a range of professions, including the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM), Boston Product Management Association (BPMA), Chicago Product Management Association (ChiPMA), the International Institute of Business Analysis’s Chicago Chapter (IIBA), the International Project Management Association (IPMA), Orange County Product Managers (OCPM), the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and Planbox.

Interested readers can download this year's study results here on the IPMA-USA website. you can also download the results of the two previous years' studies, those for 2012 and 2013. For interesting commentary on these studies, see the blog series on Greg Geracie's Actuation Consulting website. few bits of personal data that you need to fill out, and then you have access to the full report.

Over the last few years, in addition to helping sponsor, and then publishing the results of the study, we have offered a series of webinars discussing the implications. You can see these at the IPMA website, by selecting the ProdMan Part 1, 3 and 3 webinars on that page. Thank you Greg!


6. When and How PM Change Agents Add Business Value, by Stacy Goff
This paper was originally presented in August at the University of Dallas PM Symposium. This event, cosponsored by the PMI Chapter and by PM World Journal, is consistently one of the best regional pm events of the year. You may have seen bits of it in our Change Agent blog series, as we were working out the details. The article will also be the basis for a keynote at the PMRC (IPMA-China) and apfpm (Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management) Congress in Beijing, later this month. But you get to see it first!

Abstract. What parts, which actions, what results, of your projects add the greatest business value? Which results are you missing? Whose responsibility is to assure project value? And, if success means more than on time, within budget, and acceptable quality, how do we manage to our stakeholders’ expectations? These are the questions executives, functional managers, market leaders and great project managers have asked—and answered—hundreds of times in our experience as a Change Agent.

The Challenge: The most effective project managers have always known that you provide the greatest value when you move beyond merely managing “the triple constraint.” Now that this insight is (finally!) going mainstream, how will you stay ahead of the stampede? Many will clearly show how you have been leading the way all along. But it is often the newcomers who think they created each innovation.

A Solution: It’s all about the timing and nature and results of effective stakeholder Engagement. This is a key insight, because without the right stakeholder engagement, needed business change does not occur, and the project’s value is diminished. Given that insight, the proper timing and processes for achieving early engagement can easily follow. Of course, the right roles must take responsibility for needed actions, and the ongoing care of their results, all the way through Benefits Realization.

The Result:Imagine a world where all projects succeed; where all stakeholders are satisfied; where all project-oriented enterprises thrive. This is the value delivered by competent and performing project managers, who seize your role as a Change Agent for your organization. ... More


7. IPMA News and Updates, From Around the World
As part of our "two memberships in one" in addition to other IPMA news in this newsletter, we present some of the latest featured news items. Enjoy the IPMA Family!

Young Crew Newsletters, July and September 2014
Young Crew is IPMA's special group for young project managers and students, aged up to 35. Their activities are exciting, and tremendous learning experiences, with true dialogue and engagement, rather than the typical "talking heads" you see in most other groups. You won't find these recent newsletters on the IP:MA website, but here are links to the recent IPMA Young Crew newsletters:

July 2014, with a message from YC Board Member Luca Cavone (Italy), the Global Young Crew Workshop, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, results from GeCCo 2014, a challenging competition; and an Interview with John Hermarij, Keynote Speaker GYCW 2014.

September 2014, featuring a message from YC Board Member Natalia Majcher (Poland), the Global Young Crew Workshop, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Achievement Awards Finalists, and an interview with up-and coming superstar Kamil Mroz, IPMA's 2013 Young  Project Manager of the year.

The IPMA Newsletter, 3rd Quarter 2014
IPMA Newsletters, produced quarterly, offer news from IPMA and from around the World from our 55+ Member Associations. They are available from the IPMA website. The 3rd quarter newsletter features the winners for the IPMA Project Excellence Award 2014, and IPMA's 2014 Project Manager of the Year. The newsletter also features a report on a Scientific and Professional conference in Croatia, and an update on bridge-builder Toni Rüttimann, a great keynote speaker for IPMA's 2008 World Congress in Rome. Over 250 people listened to his 3 hour speech in the new premises of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Toni Rüttimann: building 660 suspension bridges for 2 million people.

In another update, APM announces the next phase of its Strategy 2020 programme; this is a subject of great interest to many readers of our IPMA-USA newsletter. This news-packed edition of the IPMA Newsletter also mentions the handover of the iPad to its winner; this was engineered by IPMA-USA member Tim Jaques, one of the leaders of the ICB4 (IPMA Competence Baseline) team, as a way to increase survey responses. Other news includes Austria's pma focus 2014: "Our industry needs more Leadership," and a pma opinion piece, "What drives me as a Project Manager today?" Excellent newsletter!

Of course, you will find the latest IPMA news, articles, events, and more in the Resources section of the IPMA website.

PM World Journal8. Latest Industry Reports and Articles From PM World Journal
An interesting challenge surrounds the PM World Journal. No, it's not the one where each month when it comes out, we lose a day or more just going over the magnificent selection of articles and news. No, it is that when we are "on the road," and have no time to read an issue before the next month's issue arrives. After that, the previous issue is a bit difficult to find.

We have two solutions: First, we save the announcement email Editor David Pells sends out. It has a link to each item in the issue, and a link to a pdf explaining all the month's content. The second solution: We use the PM World Library, where all the content goes after its month in the limelight. What? You don't subscribe to the Library? We encourage our readers to subscribe to the free 10 Day Trial to the PM World Library. This is an important repository of articles and papers from major events and project management associations from around the World. Then you can decide, after the free period, if this keeps you current in the World of PM; if so, you then sign up for a paid subscription. .

Recent Articles and News of Interest
* Project Followership: How Project Team Members can Contribute to Project Success. By Marco Sampietro, PhD (Italy)
* Is it time to rethink project management? (Advances in Project Management Series).By Prof Darren Dalcher (UK)
* How to manage Serendipitie. By Prof Lennart Svensson and Göran Brulin (Sweden)
* Designing a PMO By Dan Vickers (USA)
* The Effect of Organizational Unwritten Rules on PMO Success. By Essam Lotffy (UAE) and Frank Parth (USA)
* How Acquired Knowledge is transformed into Competencies (IPMA Education & Training Series). By Morten Fangel, PhD (Denmark)
* Maturity in Project Management: The Italian Experience (Project Management Maturity Series). By Andrea Fraticelli (Italy), Russell D. Archibald (Mexico), Darci Prado (Brazil)
* The Role of Critical Thinking in Project Management. By Phil Caputo (USA)

Thank you David!


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.

12 most engaging investments for a more rewarding return
Tim's Intro: Think about your favorite job of all time: what did you like best about it? I’ll bet it wasn’t the paycheck. You likely enjoyed it most because you were able to make both an emotional commitment and a difference. (What were they?) And you were probably well-respected by your supervisor who encouraged and enabled you in the job. (How did he or she do it?)

Such are the simple but intentional keys to personal satisfaction, employee engagement, and organizational vitality that we're all about this month. Apply them to hone your edge—and stay sharp! and now, his article, 12 most engaging investments for a more rewarding return.

Respect—it's everywhere you want to be
Tim's Intro: My Dad was an insurance agent, and he had his office in our house. As a teenager, I was in the adjoining room one day when an irate client stormed in. He was blowing his stack quite loudly over some decision the insurance company had made, and taking it out on Dad.

Just overhearing this guy rant got me seething in the other room. How dare he barge in here like that! I almost barged in on him to give him the fight he was looking for! (I could be a hothead myself sometimes.)

Instead, from the other side of the wall, I witnessed how Dad listened to him, and responded to him calmly and rationally. I heard him call the company to see if they could resolve the issue. I saw him handle the man and his concerns firmly and fairly, with respect and dignity, and ultimately diffuse an ugly situation. From my hidden vantage point, I watched my Dad model the way to treat other people, in spite of their own ill manners or graces, or even according to such stirred-up passions as my own outrage.

It's a timeless lesson in respect. Wield it—and stay sharp! And now, Tim's article, Respect—it's everywhere you want to be. Thanks Tim!


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