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Welcome to IPMA-USA's February 2016 Newsletter

This opt-in Newsletter is from IPMA-USA. We are the USA member association of the International Project Management Association. Enjoy!

In This Issue
1. Subscribe to the 2016 International Journal of Project Management!
2. February Dialogue Series Event Is Open for Registration
3. Participate in Our IPMA Project Excellence Training, April 10-12
4. Plan Now to Attend GPMC 2016: Globalized Project Management Competence, April 13-14
5. New Version of PM-SAT Is Now Live; Build Your PM-SAT Badge!
6. Call for Papers for 10th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium in August 2016
7. IPMA-USA Urges you to participate in the 2016 Study of Product Team Performance

1. Subscribe to the 2016 International Journal of Project Management!
IJoPMWe are now collecting orders for the 2016 International Journal of Project Management (a.k.a. the IPMA Journal and a.k.a. the IJoPM). If you have already subscribed, based on the appearance of the notice on the IPMA-USA website, you need not do so again.

The IJoPM is the premier, juried journal for international Project and Program Managers. It is available to current IPMA-USA members only.

Instead of paying the publisher's individual rate of $340, IPMA-USA members can receive the print version of the 2016 IJoPM for only $92 (that's a big discount!). That's because IPMA-USA members are also members of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), and so we get this special rate.

Is the IJoPM for you? If you are a PM Practitioner who wants to stay on the leading edge of project practice, then the IJoPM probably is for you. You can decide for yourself by viewing a sample issue before you order.

The Journal section of the IPMA-USA website has instructions for seeing samples and for ordering. Anyone can see the samples. But only current IPMA-USA members can subscribe. If you have questions, please contact us.


2. February Dialogue Series Event Is Open for Registration
Topic: Engaging Talent Management to Increase Project Success
Presenter: Stacy Goff

This Dialogue Series webinar event shows the role of Talent Management (with insights from Knowledge Management) in helping savvy organizations to improve business success through projects. Click here to see the video trailer for this event on YouTube!

Event Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 3:00PM EST, for one hour
Cost: No charge; limited seats available!
To Register: Use this GoToWebinar Link. Register Now!

Talent TetrahedronThe topics we will discuss include:
1. What Is Talent? Where do we get it?
2. Project Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention
3. Desperately Seeking Talent: The Talent Tetrahedron
4. The Stairway to Talent Development
5. Project Roles and Talent Requirements
6. Managing Talent Retention

In this session, we identify a new way of rating the progression from low-impact, easy to transfer talent levels, to high business impact, difficult to transfer talent levels. And, acknowledging that the talent areas we seek go beyond technical processes, most professional organizations understand that we are also seeking Leadership and interpersonal skills, plus Strategic linkage and Business Context savvy. But that's still not enough. What is the secret sauce, the rare Talent Area, that is often missing? Where do we find it, because it rarely comes from the project or program manager?

Audience--This Dialogue Series Webinar is for:

About Our Presenter
STACY A. GOFF, the PM Per4mance Coach, is CEO of ProjectExperts®, a USA-based global Project, Program & Portfolio Management (PPPM) consulting and training company. He is co-founder and past President of IPMA-USA, was 2011-2014 VP of Marketing & Events for IPMA® (the International Project Management Association), and in September 2015, was named an IPMA Honorary Fellow.

Coming March 16: Tim Jaques regales us with: Meet the New Individual Competence Baseline!

See the full 2016 Dialogue Series Schedule


3. Participate in Our IPMA Project Excellence Training, April 10-12
PEB_Image.pngIPMA-USA Director of Standards Meg Infiorati, announces that registration is now open for the USA’s first-ever training on the IPMA Project Excellence Model. The event, planned for Southfield, MI, near Detroit, will be three intensive days of learning, discussion, case study application, and assessment preparedness.

The focus is the globally-in-demand IPMA Project Excellence Model, and the new release of the Project Excellence Baseline (PEB). This new update reflects the experience of IPMA and our Awards Teams over 15 years of assessing the world’s most important, and most successful projects and programs.

If you already know you are interested in participating, You Can Register Now!

In addition to this training, other offerings of this event around the world this Winter and Spring include Amsterdam, Warsaw, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, and Milan. See the schedule, locations, and sign-up links for all these IPMA Awards events.

What You Will Do In This Training

About Our Presenters
The training presentation team consists of Pau Lian Staal-Ong, Grzegorz Szałajko, Meg Infiorati, and Peter Milson; they are from (respectively) The Netherlands, Poland, USA, and Canada. The reason for this large number of team members is the intensive case application and coaching in this unique, intensive training.

Entry Criteria

For More Information

Are You Ready for Project Excellence? Register Now, for April 10-12!


4. Plan Now to Attend GPMC 2016: Globalized Project Management Competence, April 13-14

Global PM ConferenceHosted by our Director of Education, Thomas Baumann, and co-sponsored by IPMA-USA, you must consider attending this event! Planned for Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI (near Detroit), April 13-14, 2016; join us there!

Why Attend?
You will meet speakers from around the world will share their experiences and success stories in managing global projects.

Featuring speakers of global stature in industry, education, and professional associations, you can engage in our discussions, and reap new insights! Here are a few of the speakers; you may know them already::

Invest in one day or both days! See the Event Registration page for more information on the venue, event details, and our sterling list of speakers! And, watch the front page of the IPMA-USA website for the more-detailed event brochure, with presentation abstracts, more details about our speakers, and lodging and transportation options!


5. New Version of PM-SAT Is Now Live; Build Your PM-SAT Badge!
PM-SAT Triangle BadgeThe PM-SAT Badge, shown at right, illustrates your PM-SAT percentage scores on each of the three competence areas of Perspective, People and Practice. As you complete (and print for future reference) your three self-assessments, be sure to record your percentage scores. Then you can build your own custom badge, and then paste it into your Facebook page, or other locations. See the instructions at the PM-SAT link above.

For Project Managers
Use PM-SAT with your project team (including Sponsors and Resource or Functional Managers) at project start-up, to assess the risks of team members who are weak in their exposure to specific competence areas. Then, engage with your organization's learning managers; or partner, reassign, or work with managers to develop strength in each area of weakness. This is one of the most effective proactive project risk management actions you can take.

For Educators and Trainers
Use PM-SAT to assess yourself and your curriculum. As the demand for competence in the areas beyond technical elements continue to increase, you can differentiate by providing a more complete offering, that aligns with the proven framework of the IPMA Competence Baseline. How does your curriculum score, by percentage, in each of the three PM-SAT areas?

For Managers
You can benefit from an analysis of PM-SAT results, either by using the tool to identify your best-informed Project Managers for your most strategic initiatives, or to reduce the risks of your projects by filling key learning gaps. Do so by having all your project managers self assess (or sit with them while they do so), then placing your top-scoring, highest-scoring project managers on your most strategic projects, while continuing to develop the talents of the rest of your project managers.

Beyond Knowledge
IPMA-USA's advanced certifications move beyond Knowledge to also evaluate skill, attitudes, competence, and demonstrated performance. This PM-SAT is a great first step in the progression, and the most effective individuals, teams and organizations apply the entire progression--to competence, and then to performance. Explore your PM foundation with PM-SAT, then get your PM_SAT Badge!


6. Call for Papers for 10th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium in August 2016
12 January 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – The Call for Papers for the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium has been issued. The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in the Naveen Jindal School of Management in Richardson, Texas, USA. The two-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. To access the conference website, click here.

Abstracts are requested for paper presentations at the symposium addressing topics related to major issues project managers face today. While abstracts on any topics related to project management are welcome, of greatest interest will be those on new ideas, concepts and experiences associated with the following:

Topics should be aimed at industries and areas of interest relevant to project managers in the North Texas area, including: Healthcare, Information Systems and Technology, Telecommunications, New Product Development, Oil and Gas, Sports, and Public Projects and Programs. Presenters attend the symposium at no charge and can claim PDUs for PMP recertification.

Abstracts with bio and photo are due by Monday, March 14, 2015

IPMA-USA strongly supports this event, and IPMA supports it as well, with a special keynote speaker for every year's event since the event's founding. If you have any questions about speaking or attending, please contact Stacy.Abstract Submission Guidelines and Speaker Application form are available online at http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/project-management/pm-symposium/or for more information, contact pmsymposium@utdallas.edu or +1-972-883-2656.


7. IPMA-USA Urges you to participate in the 2016 Study of Product Team Performance
IPMA-USA Director of Marketing Stacy Goff announces the fifth year of a cross-industry study on Product (and project) Team Performance. For the last four years, IPMA-USA has participated, together with IPMA, in this Global Study of Product Team Performance, managed by ProdBok editor Greg Geracie, of Actuation Consulting. The survey, while targeted at Product Managers, also very much reflects and involves Project and Program Managers who work with new products.

Product Team SurveyWe also know that that the most savvy project and program managers pay close attention to the issues and innovations of adjacent professional groups, such as Product Managers, Business Development Managers, Proposal Managers, Contract Managers and Business Analysts. The 2016 survey is available, and awaiting your responses now. Click the image at right to start. Note: We found that we needed to click the orange box at bottom right of the screen to start the survey.

Each year's survey asks a standard set of questions that help to closely monitor industry trends including product development methodology adoption rates, how product teams perceive the effectiveness of their performance, and a wide range of other topics. This year additional questions explore what we have learned from previous studies and what we are witnessing in the marketplace in real-time.

If you are interested in seeing last year’s study – to get a sense of the output of this unique market research – you can download the 2015 Study of Product Team Performance study results here. The link to the download does require submitting your email address, name, and organization, but we have worked with Greg for five years, and he has never abused this information. For those of you who don’t care for white papers (we know you are out there!) there are six pages of infographics summarizing key data points that are very Twitter friendly. You can access them by clicking on this link.

This year’s new questions focus on product engineering and project life cycle methods, requirements prioritization methods, and User Experience. To take this survey, click the picture at above right. A reminder from above: you advance or go back to the prior survey page by clicking the orange buttons at lower left and right; we missed that at first.

The survey takes approximately eight minutes to fill out and it’s very user friendly. All responses are anonymous. There is an option to self-identify if you decide you would like to participate in future studies or be the first to receive this year’s white paper.
The survey closes in late March, and we really need a nice proportion of competent and performing project and program managers in the survey results. If you provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a random drawing for a new IPad Mini! IPMA-USA strongly encourages you to participate in this study!


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