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Welcome to IPMA-USA's July-August, 2015 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, Imagine a World Where All Projects Succeed!
2. IPMA-USA Announces 2015 Election Results, Officers and Board of Directors
3. IPMA World Congress (September 28-30) August Update
4. GAPPS Sponsor Standard Released
5. ICB4 To Be Introduced at September IPMA World Congress
6. Featured Article: Demand Better PM Instructional Learning Objectives
7. Product and Project Team Performance 2015 Update
8. IPMA News and PM Updates From Around the World
9. IPMA-USA Jobs Board Has August Updates
10. Featuring Tim Herd in Our Series on Leadership

1. PM Change Agents Blog, by IPMA-USA Director of Marketing, 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.

Imagine a World Where All Projects Succeed!
trophyI have used the above statement as my kick-off phrase at a half-dozen project-related keynotes and presentations over the last few years. Most audiences immediately “lean into” the thought, and its ramifications. For example, in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tianjin, Brussels, and in the USA, my audiences immediately took notice, became engaged, and were eager to hear more.

This August (2015) was the first exception I’ve had to that typical reaction: As I voiced the introductory statement, I immediately detected disbelief among many in my audience. This was at one of the USA’s best PM Symposiums: I think this is one of the best because of the high-level audiences, the speaker selection process, and excellent event organization.

When I sensed this audience's disbelief, I immediately asked the question, “How many think this (for all projects to succeed) is even possible?” Less than a quarter raised their hands. So I launched into an extended introduction, pointing out that …

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2. IPMA-USA Announces 2015 Election Results, Officers and Board of Directors
Colorado Springs, CO, 15 July 2015—IPMA-USA, the not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the project management discipline in the United States, and member of the International Project Management Association, announced its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors. The governing body of IPMA-USA is elected by its membership to serve three-year terms.

The following individuals have been elected to the board of directors (pictured left to right).

President: Joel Carboni, Ph.D., IPMA Level B®, GPM®
Vice President: Tim Jaques, PMP®
Director of Marketing: Stacy Goff, PMP®
Director of Education: Thomas Baumann, Ph.D.
Director of Standards: Meg Infiorati, Ph.D.

About the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (IPMA-USA)
IPMA-USA is the United States member association of IPMA, the International Project Management Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. IPMA-USA promotes global standards in competence-based certification while retaining local control and sensitivity to nation-specific customs and standards. Our Multi-Level competency based certifications, standards and programs are recognized worldwide. For more information about IPMA-USA and our distinctive offerings, see our website: www.ipma-usa.org

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3. IPMA World Congress (September 28-30) August Update
Westin Playa BonitaPanama City, Panama The World Congress Agenda is complete, with Professional Speaker tracks and Scientific paper sessions announced soon. If we do not receive them before this newsletter goes out, we will announce them when we receive them.

The LATNET tracks currently appear on the agenda. LATNET is the network of collaborating Latin American countries that benefit from being IPMA Member Associations.

Of course, the Evening events are always just as rewarding as the daytime sessions in all IPMA World Congresses. And, participants are encouraged to learn the words of the song we will sing the first night. And, a highlight will be the third evening, as we all celebrate IPMA's 50th anniversary--celebrating the world's first project management association.

Plan now to join us in Panama, September 28-30, 2015 for the first-ever American IPMA World Congress! While this global peak experience has been held in Australia, India and China, in addition to European offerings, this is the first time that the IPMA World Congress has come to The New World.

For those who are interested in Young Crew, IPMA's young project leaders program, see the agenda for our September 26-28 Global Young Crew Workshop.

Learn More at the IPMA 2015 World Congress Website! See you in Panama, 28-30 Sept.

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4. GAPPS Introduces a Guiding Framework for Project Sponsors
August 18, 2015; GAPPS, the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards, has released a new guide for project sponsors which was finalised and approved at a recent thought leadership forum in the UK.

The framework contains 34 performance criteria within 10 elements and three major areas of responsibility in which project sponsors should be competent: taking accountability for the project; supporting the project manager; and, supporting the project.

The development of the guiding framework included a broad spectrum of project stakeholders from professional bodies, the corporate world, government bodies and regulators and academics. As good sponsors are the key to a successful project, the release, which is published at the GAPPS website ( www.globalpmstandards.org ), is expected to be welcomed by the business and project community worldwide.

GAPPS would like to thank our reviewers who helped build this invaluable tool.

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5. ICB4 To Be Introduced at September IPMA World Congress
ICB4, the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline, for Project, Program, and Portfolio Managers, is now ready for approval by the IPMA Council of Delegates, September 26-27, in Panama. And, after approval, it will be released to the public at the ensuing 2015 IPMA World Congress, also in Panama.

ICB3, the current version of IPMA's competence baseline, was introduced in 2006, after over three years of development. It has been the foundation for advanced, competence-based certification of project and program managers in over fifty nations since its introduction. And, it has served as a foundation for PM education, training, learning, and development, that moves far beyond explicit knowledge transfer and testing.

For example, ICB3 is ideal for development and transfer of tacit knowledge, reflecting skills, attitudes, competences, and the other ingredients for PPM Performance. So much so, that most other professional organizations have embraced IPMA's recognition that a) There is more to project results than tested technical knowledge; and b) Knowledge alone does not result in project and business success. What does? Applied knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competence, across a wide range of relevant domains.

What's In It?
So what is in ICB4, that distinguishes it from ICB3? ICB3 has served well for nine years now, and has not required frequent updates. But we can't tell you what's in it, until the standard is approved by IPMA's Council of Delegates. We can tell you some of the areas of updates that IPMA-USA members have advocated, including:

We are not sure all these improvements are fully implemented in the initial release of ICB4--but we know the foundation is here, And, we know that more-rapid updates will be possible, as ICB4 lays the foundation for a more-dynamic standard, that can support continuous feedback and improvement.

Question: How does ICB4 affect practitioners, managers, education and training, and other project management associations?
Answer: It provides an immediate opportunity to begin reviewing existing approaches, to significantly improve our PPPM practices.

Watch the IPMA.ch website, or our IPMA-USA website, for our initiatives that will leverage the strengths of ICB4. And, our thanks to the many ICB4 volunteers and core team members, including Martin Sedimayer, ICB4 Project Manager, and IPMA-USA's own Tim Jaques, Project Secretariat, and William Duncan, the initial ICB4 Project Manager, and continuous contributor to this initiative!

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6. Featured Article: Demand Better PM Instructional Learning Objectives
Given the mention above of the World Congress release of IPMA's ICB4, Individual Competence Baseline, and the addition of Key Competence Indicators for each Competence Element, we have updated a popular article from 2010. This article was originally written by Stacy Goff for the IPMA project team that was updating and integrating a major five-week Project Management curriculum. He provided it to the team to help in evaluating the curriculum's Learning Objectives, comparing them to the content to assure they matched, and adding the special strengths that IPMA uniquely brings to the world of project and program management. Good Key Competence Indicators are structured very much like Learning Objectives, and they will go a great way to increase consistency and effectiveness in the training that IPMA-savvy educators, trainers, and learning professionals share in their curriculum. Enjoy!

Introduction: Alert! Managers, Project and Program Managers (PM)! If your teams and team-leads cannot perform, they damage your results. And, despite billions of dollars spent in “pm training” over the last 30 years, in too many companies, projects and programs often fail. In our articles, and in our consulting practice, we distinguish between training and learning, between mere knowledge memorization and true PM Performance. We assert that most real learning happens not in the classroom, but in the workplace environment, as classroom exposure merely “plants the seed” for applied learning. And yet, the vast majority of trainees (and their managers) do not know this secret: For all effective learning experiences, the prerequisite is use of clear, appropriate Learning (or Performance) Objectives.

Some workshops to which you send your Project Managers and teams have great Learning Objectives. These tell you exactly what your talent should be able to do after mastering the learning. Of course, that assumes that they actually apply the content within that two-week half-life of newly-acquired, but not-yet-applied knowledge. By the way, that lack of application is one reason why some classes that you send your PM talent to have no beneficial impact on project success. Other workshops have Learning Objectives that are weak, or very weak. And some training providers show no Learning Objectives—they merely post their lecture topics; perhaps that is the best testimony they can give for their lack of savvy about true learning and development.

In our consulting role as PM Per4mance Coaches, we continue our initiative to improve PM competence, performance, and learning Return on Investment. In this article we suggest ways to develop, evaluate, and measure smarter Learning Objectives. The resulting objectives are a superior foundation for knowledge and competence self-assessment, for instructional design for adult learning, a basis for scope measurement of any learning experience, and for evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning and its on-the-job application. More

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7. Product and Project Team Performance 2015 Update
Product Management 2015For the last four years, IPMA-USA and IPMA have supported an annual survey that studies the effectiveness and influence of Product Managers in today's organization. Our interest has been to further improve the working relationships between program and project managers, product managers, and other team members in new product development. With the guidance of Greg Geracie, of Actuation Consulting, the survey leader, we have been successful. Thank you Greg!

This year's survey takes on a few new topics, such as "which Product Team roles have the most influence?" Another finding, that we suspected, is that 64% of teams believe that insufficient resources and staffing are barriers to effectively launching their products.

You can download the results of the 2015 Study of Product Team Performance. The link to the download does require submitting your email address and name, but we have worked with Greg for five years, and he has never abused this information. And, watch for next year's survey announcement, usually broadcast by IPMA-USA in the Spring. Questions? Contact Stacy.

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8. IPMA News and PM Updates From Around the World
IPMA LogoAs 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. We mentioned the IPMA World Congress above, planned for September 28-30, in Panama, and here's more, below. Enjoy the IPMA Family!

IPMA 2nd Quarter, 2015, Newsletter, with news from member nations around the world.

IPMA Young Crew Newsletter, Autumn, 2015 Issue

Recent IPMA Blog Posts

IPMA and Related PPPM Events

a. IPMA Expert Seminar/ Call for Papers: Planned for Zurich, Switzerland, this event will be held on February 18th and 19th, 2016 and is organised by spm (IPMA-Switzerland). The topic of this event is: Trends in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management.

Experts from various sectors of the economy, universities, and institutes as, well as different cultural backgrounds will explain the issues and trends for four different themes.

1  Business Orientation of Projects (Antonio Calabrese, Italy)
2  Governance, Permanent organisation and Project organisation (Rodney Turner, UK and France)
3  Classical vs. Non-Classical Project Management (John Hermarij, Netherlands)
4  Strategic Project Management (Mladen Vukomanovic, Croatia)

We invite everyone to submit Abstracts for Papers relating to one of the four themes or the general title of the IPMA Expert Seminar until September 15th, 2015! You can find the original leaflet containing more details about the event, registration and deadlines for the submission of papers online.

b. IPMA Advanced Courses, in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 12-14 2016, will soon be open for registration. The IPMA website still shows the registration information for the 2015 offering, but now is the time to begin considering attending this annual offering. The overall idea of the IPMA Advanced Course Concept is:

c. 2015 IACCM Annual Americas Conference - Henderson, NV, Oct. 6, 2015. IACCM, the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, is a strategic alliance partner of IPMA-USA and IPMA. Their conferences are absolutely great, and are a model for all professional associations! Focused on contract managers and business managers, this event adds the perspective that all advanced project and program managers need, to succeed in our initiatives. IPMA-USA has participated and spoken at several of the IACCM events, and recommend them to all!

Can't attend this event, but need to know more about contract competences? Our friends at Van Haren Publishing have published the IACCM book, Fundamentals of Contract and Commercial Management. See this useful book's description at the Van Haren website.

d. Asia Pacfic apfpm July Newsletter Promotes Two Events!
IPMA-USA is also a member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management, a network of Pacific Rim nations. This regional network offers a range of additional project and program-related actions, including events, education, research, publishing opportunities, and awards. The July newsletter includes an update on the resilient people of Nepal, recovering from the April earthquake.

The apfpm newsletter also includes the opening of nominations for the 2015 Project Management Awards. See the invitation for Awards submission at the apfpm website. IPMA-USA supports this initiative, in addition to supporting the IPMA Excellence and Achievement Awards, as part of our regional recognition efforts. apfpm Award Winners will be announced and awards presented at the apfpm 2015 Congress in Kuala Lumpur held by the Association of Construction Project Managers, Malaysia (ACPM) on 16 November 2015. Finally, for a sneak peak of some of the speakers for the IPMA World Congress, see that section of this useful newsletter; apfpm seems to have received an early news release about our IPMA World Congress speakers--but we'll have to add IPMA-USA President Joel Carboni to this tentative list.

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9. IPMA-USA Jobs Board Has August Updates
We have two new job postings at the IPMA-USA website:

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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 and program success, what are we doing about it? In addition to promoting and practicing those skills and competences, we close our newsletter by featuring insights by Tim Herd, who shares his perspectives on Leadership.

Leading and defining organizational culture and why it matters
How would you describe the overall atmosphere in your office? Are your public statements verified or disproved by your employees’ behaviors? What kinds of perceptions are revealed in their candid comments? Do your people feel appreciated—or depreciated? How does their collective demeanor affect the quality of their work and the comprehensive customer experience?

Like water to a fish, the culture of our organizations surrounds us and provides the media in which we fail, flail, or flourish. And although we may pay little attention to it, it nevertheless defines us—and our clientele.

Consider the overall ambiance and kinds of service you would expect at each of the following types of restaurants: a middle school cafeteria, truck stop diner, bar & grill, fast food outlet, concession stand, casual dining, coffeehouse, smorgasbord, supper club, and dinner theatre. While they all serve food (or what is at least ostensibly edible!), the great variation in their conduct and standards—and our expectations—is governed by their individual cultures. -- More

How to hire the right people for the right jobs
One of my most challenging and delicate personnel issues involved a young man I had hired for his first professional job. Unfortunately, a number of disturbing shortcomings surfaced soon after he completed his orientation and assumed his duties. Despite his willing cooperation and our collective best efforts in seeking ways to improve, he was unable to significantly improve his customer interaction and meet most of his responsibilities.

After a few intense months, he and I both realized that he was floundering in a position for which he was simply unable to perform adequately. I asked him to look for another job and assisted him in his search. -- More

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