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Welcome to IPMA-USA's March 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. April Dialogue Series Event on IPMA Certification Is Open for Registration
2. Featured Article: How To Avoid Issues Over Deliverables, by Steve Olson
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. Duncan Updates: Moving Certification Forward
6. Article: Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Project Talent, by Stacy Goff

1. April Dialogue Series Event on IPMA Certification Is Open for Registration
Topic: Leveling the Field--Certification and ComplexityBill Duncan
Presenter: Bill Duncan, IPMA-USA Director of Certification

Designing and building Burj Khalifa presents challenges that are missing when building a single family home. Implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning system presents challenges that are missing when implementing a read-only website.

IPMA’s Four-Level-Certification (4-L-C) System addresses this vital aspect of certification through the use of a management complexity rating tool that qualifies projects, programs, and portfolios for each of the three advanced levels of certification. The tool reflects all of the indicators from other popular tools such as the Delivery Environment and Complexity Analytic (DECA) and the Crawford-Ishikura Factor Table for Evaluating Roles (CIFTER) as well as several proprietary tools.

In this webinar, we’ll present a brief overview of IPMA’s 4-L-C System to provide context, then go into depth on the use of the tool for certification, talent development, and job assignments. We’ll also rate several sample projects to illustrate how the tool works.

This tool will replace the ones currently in use by IPMA-USA’s certification program. As with virtually of our intellectual property, it will be available for free on the IPMA-USA website.

As executives, shareholders, and other stakeholders demand better business results from projects, complexity ratings and advanced certifications are the path to personal, professional, and organizational success in projects, programs, and portfolios.

Webinar Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 3:00PM EDT, for one hour
Cost: No charge; limited seats available; book quickly, when registration opens!
To Register Use this GoToWebinar Link. Registration is open now!

The topics we will discuss include:
IPMA Level B1. The difference between entry-level and advanced certifications;
2. Role-specific certification vs. generic certification;
3. The IPMA 4-L-C System;
4. Complex vs. complicated;
5. Management complexity vs. technical complexity; and
6. How to rate your projects, programs, and portfolios.

The 62+ national Member Associations of the International Project Management Association pioneered the Eye of Competence, seeing the clear need for professional development beyond the technical processes of successful projects. Since the mid-1990s, IPMA-validated Certification Bodies have assessed leadership and other behavioral competences, perspective competences, and practice competences. Smart decision-makers are now demanding role-based certifications.

Audience--This Dialogue Series Webinar is for:

About Our Presenter
William R. Duncan is the President of Project Management Partners of Lowell, MA USA. He has over forty years of management and consulting experience and has helped clients in North America, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Europe improve both organizational and individual competence in project management. He was the primary author of the original (1996) version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is currently Director of Certification for IPMA-USA.

Coming May 18: Joel Carboni regales us with:
What do the Sustainable Development Goals Have to do With Project Management?

See the full 2016 Dialogue Webinar Series Schedule


2. Featured Article: How To Avoid Issues Over Deliverables, by Steve Olson
In our continuing mission to bring together practitioners in pm-related disciplines, this month we feature Steve Olson's insights in contract deliverables. Steve is a member of IPMA-USA, and of our strategic partners, the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM), and The National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Thank you, Steve!

Abstract: This article points out the challenges Project Managers and their teams have when deliverables are not crisply defined and acceptance criteria is ambiguous or not available at all. It provides actionable steps to remedy the problems that deliverables cause when they aren’t documented, defined, and agreed by both parties (buyer and seller).

The intended audience is:

Readers will find out the issues that undefined deliverable requirements and acceptance criteria can cause when not defined in the contract, or by not having a common and agreed list of deliverables (between buyer and seller). They will find actionable steps they can take to mitigate or eliminate the risk of non-compliant and rejected deliverables.

A Project Manager’s Challenges: Project and Program Managers are the “promise keepers” that deliver their company’s contracted products and services (the promises”) to the client/buyer. I think of the Contract Managers who write and sign the contracts as the “promise makers.” Contracts are full of “provider will” or “provider shall” statements. The “wills or shalls” (the “promises) can range in size, complexity and cost from simple tasks and obligations to critical deliverables and milestones with money (penalties or incentives) associated with them ... More


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!

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 Milsom; 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.

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; See the exciting agenda for this event, then 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, where they are from, and their topics. The link goes to their presentation abstracts.

Invest in one day or both days! See the Event website for more information on the venue, event details, and all our sterling speakers!


5. Duncan Updates: Moving Certification Forward
Daniel Minahan of Booz Allen Hamilton has joined our volunteer ranks as Quality Systems Manager. Dan’s primary role is to make sure that our assessment practices remain fair, valid, and reliable. He has already reviewed several aspects of our operations and made useful recommendations ... all of which we have implemented. Welcome to the IPMA Family, Dan!

Have you delayed signing up for certification because our testing centers aren’t convenient? If so, no need to delay any longer! We’ve recently tested a new process for video proctoring that allows you to take the Level C or Level D exam in the comfort of your own home or office. Combined with our web-based video assessments, you no longer have an excuse! Hawaii ... Alaska ... Area 51 ... Monson, Maine ... as long as you have an internet connection, we’ve got a certification for you!

Are you a training provider looking to expand your offerings? We’re looking for a few good firms to partner with. Contact us at the email below to discuss how we can help both you and your clients.

IPMA-USA has volunteered to be one of the pilot Certification Bodies for IPMA’s new International Certification Regulations (ICR). The ICR is designed to ensure consistency within IPMA’s Four-Level-Certification (4-L-C) System: a candidate who would pass in one country should pass in all countries, and a candidate who would fail in one should fail in all. Our plan is to implement the new regulations, along with the new Individual Competence Baseline (ICB 4.0) starting no later than September 1, 2016.

We’ll be updating forms, educating assessors, and rewriting procedures to make this happen. Should be fun! We’re particularly interested in getting help developing questions for the new Level B exams (Senior Project Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Senior Portfolio Manager), and writing guidance for our expanding database of Level C and Level D short-essay questions.

Another upcoming project is making the Level D (Certified Project Management Associate) exam available online. We need someone with a bit of technical expertise to evaluate both tools and environments.

Contact us at Cert-Operations@IPMA-USA.org to volunteer or to get your questions answered.


6. Article: Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Project Talent, by Stacy Goff
Goff has used "Talent" for over 25 years to describe those most-valued project participants who make a huge difference in project time, cost, quality, and business results through projects. This article was originally inspired by a consulting assignment with a Defense contractor, as explained in the article. Last year, he expanded the article while researching a virtual presentation to an estimated 12,000 participants in Project Management Institute's 2015 Talent Management Conference. This resulting article was first published in the January 2016 PM World Journal, and is now being translated for Russian and Chinese Journals. He presented the IPMA-USA version in the February 2016 Dialogue Series webinar, and now, shares it with you. The recording of this webinar session is available on YouTube.

Introduction: This article builds upon an article I wrote in 2008. It sets the stage with my original "Talent Scout" story, and then explores Talent acquisition, the steps needed to develop Talent, and the challenges of retaining Project Talent. Finding, developing, and managing project talent is both a serious challenge and a great opportunity. Talent is essential in two project dimensions: Application Area talent in the disciplines needed to deliver the project's product, and in the Project Management competences needed by all parties to leverage that talented team.

Talent ScoutsYears ago, I worked with a Human Resources group from a major Defense Contractor. They wished to apply more-effective Project Management methods to their daily project activities.

One of this group's primary responsibilities was to search for qualified program and project managers. Early in our sessions, I observed that they are Talent Scouts, and the phrase struck a chord with them.

The most-savvy Talent Scouts not only discover and recognize talent; they also amplify it, nurture it, and reward it. They use the entire progression of learning, beyond Knowledge, beyond Skills, beyond Attitudes, and beyond Competence, to attain Project Performance.

Talent From Then To Now. In ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times, Talent was a term for measures, often related to value. You may recall historic mentions of Forty Talents of Silver, either in Akhenaten's Tomb (on a translated copper scroll) or other sources. As often used, a talent was the weight of the water or wine contents of an amphora; about 60 pounds (a significant amount!). Even then, a broader definition was forming ... More


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