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September 2019 PM Update from Spain

Volunteering at PMI Madrid Spain Chapter

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

 


 

Interview with Gerald Richli

PMI Madrid Chapter volunteer

Gerald Richli

PMI Madrid Spain Chapter volunteer

As a PMI Madrid Spain Chapter founder member and second former president, I’m proud to encourage all volunteers that helped and still are helping the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter and PMI globally on the continuous development of our profession.

In our interview we had the pleasure to interview Mr. Gerald Richli, who is a PMI Madrid Chapter volunteer at their Mentoring Program. We thank Gerald because of giving us the opportunity to talk to him for a while to run our interview.

What is your professional role, for which industry are you working for?

First of all thanks so much for this interview. It is an excellent initiative that allows to know PMI Volunteers in Spain, and also to know better each other among PMI Spain volunteers.

I have a Business Management degree by the Webster University Misuri (EEUU) and I am PMP since 2013. At the beginning, my professional career was more focused on finance and internal and external audits.

I always worked for the financial sector in Switzerland, where I was born, Greece and finally in Spain and Portugal since 1995, initially as an internal auditor for Citibank before moving to Financial Control. From there I moved to the management la gestión de proyectos, because of the EURO project coordination in 1999.

From that implementation, I continued in project management activities focused on technological migrations, but also by launching new financial products following legal compliances such SEPA, MiFID, LSP, FATCA, CIRBE at Citibank Spain and Portugal till 2015. I was a project manager till 2007 when I took over the PMO, as a Senior Programme Manager.

In 2016, due to the acquisition of “Banca Retail” from Citi in Spain by “Grupo Banco Popular”, I joined Banco Popular IT area, as Demand Management responsible for means of payment. In 2017 I moved to Operations as a Control Manager, with the challenge of facilitating the integration of Popular Bank Operations at “Banco Santander”.

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How to cite this report:  Bucero, A. (2019). August 2019 Project Management Update from Spain, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Bucero-report-Spain-ENGLISH.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain

 

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at alfonso.bucero@abucero.com.

To see other works by Alfonso Bucero, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

September 2019 PM Update from Buenos Aires

Visit of the PMI Global Board of Directors

(Report from Argentina)

 

REPORT

By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


 

Things are not going very well in Argentina. Unfortunately, the political-economic situation is very difficult and the prospects are not very encouraging.

Despite the context, country’s PMI Chapters continue to work and carry out their projects.

Last July, the PMI Chapter Buenos Aires had the honor of hosting the Global PMI Board of Directors meeting, with the presence of the PMI President and CEO, Mr. Sunil Prashara, the Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr. Randy Black, and the rest of the global directors, who have had the opportunity to meet with local organization authorities and interact with the chapter volunteers.

The visit of Sunil Prashara to local company Techint Ingeniería y Construcciones and to the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation as well as the meeting with authorities of Argentine Trains Infrastructure Organization – ADIF has been highly valued.

The three mentioned organizations have published in their internal communications and professional and social networks highlighting the strategic nature of these meetings.

Meanwhile, the PMI Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr. Randy Black, visited organizations in the province of Cordoba and Mendoza, accompanied by the leaders of the PMI Cordoba and Nuevo Cuyo Chapters, and Director Thomas Walenta traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay.

These meetings have reinforced the commitment to quality in project management carried out by the aforementioned organizations in our region and serve as an example for many others.

The agenda also included two receptions with leaders and volunteers of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, held in a beautiful palace with tango music in background.

Photo: President and CEO of PMI, Sunil Prashara and Chair of Board of Directors, Randy Black at Reception with PMI Buenos Aires Chapter leaders

 

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To cite this article: Boggi, C. (2019). Project Management Report from Argentina, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Boggi-argentina-regional-report-english.pdf

 


 

About the Author


CECILIA BOGGI

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

Cecilia Boggi, MBA, PMP, CSM is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

Graduated in Computer Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 25 years both in the government and private sector, in different countries in Latin America.

Cecilia has an Executive Master in Business Administration from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain and also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA, Argentina.

She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths©, is a Professional Executive Coach accredited by Association for Coaching, UK, PMO-CP from PMO Global Alliance, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) form Scrum Alliance and alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012.

Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter.

She was PMI’s Mentor for Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2017.  Cecilia participated in the development of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team; she is professor of Project Management and Leadership in some Universities and Business Schools in Latin America.

She can be contacted at Cecilia@activepmo.com and www.activepmo.com

To view other works by Cecilia Boggi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/cecilia-boggi/.

 

 

Project Management Update from Harare

Project News from Zimbabwe

 

REPORT

By Peter Banda

International Correspondent

Harare, Zimbabwe

 


 

USD$96.5 Million Zimbabwe Cyclone Idai Recovery Projects Rolled Out

World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Government have launched two (2) major Cyclone Idai recovery projects worth US$96.5, the mega-projects are aimed at restoring livelihoods and infrastructure development. The two projects namely the US$72 Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) is being funded by the World Bank while the US$24.5 million worth Post Cyclone Idai Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (PCIREP) is funded by AfDB. The launch ceremony that was held in the capital Harare on 02 September 2019 was presided over by the Government of Zimbabwe, The United Nations Country team, foreign dignitaries, private sector partners, Civil Society Organisations, and Key development partners in Zimbabwe.

Both projects will be implemented by UNOPS working with other United Nations Agencies namely UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO. Ranier Frauenfeld, Director of the UNOPS Kenya Multi-Country Office said: “The UN in Zimbabwe is committed to supporting the recovery of communities affected by Cyclone Idai to ensure that Zimbabwe gets back on track with its development agenda. ZIRP and PCIREP represented a coordinated multi-sector response to this emergency that will build resilience and sustainability into the targeted communities.”

Cyclone Idai struck Zimbabwe in March 2019, causing extensive damage worth an estimated $622 Million. Over 50 000 households were destroyed, directly affecting 270 000, including 60 000 who were displaced. The $72 million fund by the World Bank will provide immediate support for the most affected communities across nine districts. ZIRP will focus on rebuilding community infrastructure and restoring livelihoods through cash transfers, restoring agricultural crops and livestock production, and revitalising basic healthcare services. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Regional Director for Social, Urban and Rural Resilience said: “Ensuring integrated and coordinated support for affected communities, this project will assist in the renewal of livelihoods with a focus on building back smarter and longer-term resilience rebuilding. Through these unique partnerships we hope to contribute to how national and regional authorities; development and humanitarian partners can and must work together in providing critical development assistance.”

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How to cite this report:  Banda, P. (2019). Project Management Update from Harare, PM World Journal; Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September.  Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Banda-Zimbabwe-Report.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Peter Banda

Harare, Zimbabwe

 

 

 

Peter Banda is an agile Portfolio Manager with Change Management, Marketing & Project Management Skills, and an accomplished entrepreneur with broad stakeholder management experience. He is a founder of Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers with a membership of over 1000, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – formerly called Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe). He has worked in both the private & public sectors during the last 20 years in Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa. Peter is a born & passionate teacher, mentor & trainer with skills ranging from Personal Development Planning to Project Management. Peter has presented & published over 20 papers at high profile international conferences & leading newspapers & publications respectively during the last 8 years.

Peter is currently Secretary- General & CEO of PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE (PMZ). Responsibilities cover strategic navigation of PMZ towards the vision covering board advisory and stakeholder management. He was previously a Higher Education Examiner, Facilitator, Lecturer, Curriculum Developer and Assessor for both local and International Diploma and Degree courses for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education.  He also served as an Examiner, Assessor and Facilitator on for SpringSoft in South Africa. Peter holds a Bachelors (Hon.) degree and MSc qualification, and is currently studying for a PhD & PMP exams.  A God fearing father of 2 lovely daughters & 1 son, Peter likes reading & researching current affairs, coaching others to realise their dreams, and watching soccer & cricket.

Peter Banda can be contacted at PMIZ National Secretariat Office projectmanagementzimbabwe@gmail.com

To view original works by Peter Banda, visit his author profile in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/peter-banda-2/

 

 

 

August 2019 Italy Project Management Roundup

Project Management in Italian Public Administrations, the Decennial of “Il Project Manager” Magazine, PM Expo® 2019 is coming

 

REPORT

By Massimo Pirozzi

International Correspondent

Rome, Italy

 


 

INTRODUCTION

This fifth Regional Report focuses on an overview about Project Management in Italian Public Administrations, in which an increasing success of project management discipline goes together with a context that both is rapidly changing and still maintains some degree of uncertainty, on the decennial of “Il Project Manager” magazine, a traditional, constant, and important reference for Italian professionals and practitioners in project management, and on next PM Expo® 2019, the major Event in Italy dedicated to Project Management, which is being organized by the major Italian Association of Project Management, the “Istituto Italiano di Project Management” (Italian Institute of Project Management, ISIPM for short), and which will take place on November 8, this year too in Rome.

WHAT IS GOING ON FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN ITALIAN GOVERNMENT?

While the importance of Project Management in Italian Public Administrations is more and more growing, and increasing numbers of officers acquire project management certifications (in largest measure ISIPM’s ones), some issues are not completely specified yet, and this leads to a certain degree of uncertainty.  I asked to Federico Minelle, a major expert of Project Management in Public Administrations, an ISIPM’s Honorary Member and Member of the Scientific Committee, and a Member of PMWJ’s Team, to share his point of view with us.

“The context hereby described is my viewpoint, based on witnessed news, but in front of an unforeseen near future. This environment is mostly relevant to civil works (e.g. infrastructures) and hopefully less to ICT projects. In addition, Italian political scenario is changing, and this will probably have a significant impact, because public projects and related procurement are big and debated issues. Present status of government rules is the following. The government Authority against corruption (ANAC) was in charge to deliver new rules for public procurement, mainly to contrast corruption, therefore 2-3 years ago, along with many other important rules, it prescribed that every governmental officer in charge of large procurement contracts must have been trained on Project Management: see Guideline n. 3 – Chapter 4, 7 (www.anticorruzione.it/portal/rest/jcr/repository/collaboration/Digital%20Assets/anacdocs/Attivita/Atti/determinazioni/2017/del.1007.2017.det.linee.guida.n.3.2017agg.pdf).

The Project Management approach to be considered was not specified, being hopefully a “de-facto” professional framework. It was mentioned that this framework has to be compliant with national and international standard, therefore it can be easily argued that these standards are the ISO 21500:2012 guideline (Guidance on project management), the Italian standards UNI ISO 21500:2013, and UNI 11648:2016, which allows a third-party certification on project manager competencies, and, eventually, other standards as PMI’s PMBOK® Guide or IPMA®’s ICB 4.0. In any case, a big effort in PM training was already spent by government organizations, using different sources: among them the National Administration School (SNA paf.sna.gov.it/scheda_corso.html?cid=1691), academic institutions, and other highly qualified professional trainers.

But a couple of months ago, the ANAC President, who was appointed since the establishment of the Authority itself, probably for the various critiques he received by Government in charge (obviously not on PM matters) unexpectedly resigned. Former Government promised to develop new rules on the subject, trying to simplify some constraints on required procurement procedures and contractor profiles, and, as a matter of fact, the former Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports asked for public opinion about this subject on a dedicated website https://regolamentounico.mit.gov.it/ .

As ISIPM (Italian Institute of Project Management), we are asking to better qualify public officer both for the procurement phase and the implementation phases. Enrico Mastrofini, President of ISIPM, synthetizes: “I am, of course, happy and proud, since several hundreds of managers and directors that belong to Italian Public Administrations selected our project management training path, and I would stress both the importance and the opportunity of acquiring credentials in project management that are released by those well-known, and globally recognized, organizations, as international PMI and IPMA, and, in Italy, ISIPM, which act strictly in coherence with International and/or National Standards…

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How to cite this report: Pirozzi, M. (2019). August 2019 PM Report from Italy, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Pirozzi-5th-Report-from-Italy-English.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Massimo Pirozzi

Rome, Italy

 

 

 

Massimo Pirozzi, MSc cum laude, Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Principal Consultant, Project Manager, and Educator. He is a Member and the Secretary of the Executive Board, a Member of the Scientific Committee, and an accredited Master Teacher, of the Istituto Italiano di Project Management (Italian Institute of Project Management). He is certified as a Professional Project Manager, as an Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor, and as an International Mediator. He is a Researcher, a Lecturer, and an Author about Stakeholder Identification and Management, Relationship Management, Complex Projects Management, and Project Management X.0.

Massimo has a wide experience in managing large and complex projects in national and international contexts, and in managing relations with public and private organizations, including multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutes, and non-profit organizations. He worked successfully in several sectors, including Defense, Security, Health, Education, Cultural Heritage, Transport, Gaming, and Services to Citizens. He was also, for many years, a Top Manager in ICT Industry, and an Adjunct Professor in Organizational Psychology. He is registered as an Expert of the European Commission, and as an Expert of the Italian Public Administrations.

Massimo Pirozzi serves as an international Correspondent in Italy for the PM World Journal. He can be contacted at pirozzi@isipm.org

To see other works by Massimo Pirozzi, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/massimo-pirozzi/

 

September 2019 UK Project Management Round Up

Good News, Other Project News, Not So Good News, BREXIT and Singing with Monty Python

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 


 

INTRODUCTION

No prizes for guessing the topic of this month’s report – BREXIT rules!  However, not in the way most readers, especially in UK would have predicted.  As the deadline for departure draws inexorably closer, minds should be concentrating on what this all means for those of us who make up the Project World.

GOOD NEWS

There is precious little good news to report this month but there is always something positive in most situations.  Broadly speaking, Project People should be in a good position come the dreadful day as we are the ones who bring beneficial change.  Actually, we should have been in a good position with our skills ever since Article 50 was triggered in 2017.  BREXIT is by far the largest programme we have faced since the last World War.  We will see many changes, some expected, like the trading rules under which the nation operates and the movement of people in and out of the country; some will not be anticipated either because no-one bothered to think the situation through clearly or because the risk simply did not occur to anyone.

OTHER PROJECT NEWS

I reported last month on the review of the business case for High Speed 2.  The future of Europe’s largest infrastructure project hangs in the balance as the planning for the go – no go review takes place.  Douglas Oakervee will undertake the review with a remit to report by the end of the year.  Oakervee has previous form in chairing reviews as he reviewed the case for the Mayor of London’s proposal for a new airport on an island to be constructed in the Thames estuary.  Curiously the Mayor was a guy called Boris Johnson…It will be interesting to see the results as Oakervee was also the Chair of Crossrail in 2009 and of HS2 from 2012 – 2013.  He is also an Honorary Fellow of the association for Project Management. (photo: Ben Gurr)

And there’s more to celebrate as a £10 million project cuts drug misuse in British jails.  The introduction of body scanners, metal detectors and extra staff has resulted in a major reduction in assaults and drug use.

Other successful projects include the construction of more Type 26 frigates by BAE Systems…

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2019).  August 2019 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj85-Sep2019-Shepherd-uk-project-management-roundup.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

 

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at miles.shepherd@msp-ltd.co.uk.

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for September 2019

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 


 

INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter and some of the key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with 4000 individual and over 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. This year Projektipäivät will take place on 29 … 30.10.2019 with an overarching theme With luck or skill? Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for general information on PMAF and its annual events.

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as a community where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference took place on May 23rd with an overarching theme Inspire. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for general information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its annual events.

OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, is expected to start commercial power generation in July 2020. The latest delay – moving the start of commercial power generation from January 2020 to July 2020 – came up when Areva delivered an updated commissioning schedule in mid-July. Areva had promised to provide the updated schedule in June, however, missed this deadline by a month.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). Finland Project Management Roundup for September 2019, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VIII, September.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pmwj86-Sep2019-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo@aalto.fi. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

 

Finland Project Management Roundup for August 2019

 

Updates about Project Management Association Finland; PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant; Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension; Raide-Jokeri light rail project

 

REPORT

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

 

 


 

INTRODUCTION

This roundup continues the coverage of Project Management Association Finland, PMI Finland Chapter and some of the key projects currently going on in Finland.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION FINLAND

Project Management Association Finland (PMAF), Projektiyhdistys ry in Finnish, is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, PMAF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with 4000 individual and over 200 organizational members.

PMAF promotes the development and dissemination of project and project management knowledge. PMAF members are able to enjoy information sharing, workgroups, development projects, project management forums, conferences and certification services PMAF provides. PMAF organizes two annual conferences: Project Days (Projektipäivät in Finnish) in early November, and 3PMO in early June. This year 3PMO took place on June 6th in Tampere with the theme Capabilities that determine success. Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en , https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo/?lang=en and www.projektipaivat.fi for general information on PMAF and its annual events.

PMI FINLAND CHAPTER

PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as a community where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring. This year the conference took place on May 23rd with an overarching theme Inspire. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org and www.conference.pmifinland.org for general information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its annual events.

OLKILUOTO 3

The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, has run into yet further delay, and is estimated to start commercial power generation in July 2020. This means the power plant supplier Areva will need to pay TVO additional delay penalties as per the agreement reached in March 2018. The latest delay – moving the start of commercial power generation from January 2020 to July 2020 – came up when Areva delivered an updated commissioning schedule in mid-July. Areva had promised to provide the updated schedule in June, however, missed this deadline by a month.

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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). Finland Project Management Roundup for August 2019, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VII, August.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/pmwj84-Aug2019-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

 

 

 Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo@aalto.fi. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

To view other works by Jouko Vaskimo, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jouko-vaskimo/

 

August 2019 UK Project Management Round Up

 

Prime Ministerial Impact, BREXIT, APM News, IPMA Research Awards, A Conflict Over Project Success and Buckingham Palace needs a Project Manager

 

REPORT

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK

 


 

INTRODUCTION

Well, it’s all happening here in UK.  We have a new Prime Minister, APM has a new President, England won the World Cup Cricket and we are at the start of the Ashes (for non-cricketing readers – this is the series of international 5 day matches between England and Australia).  To cap it all, we have basked in scorching hot sunshine in some parts of the country but shivered and soaked under violent thunderstorms in other parts.

I don’t think I can fairly categorise news in the Project World as good, bad or indifferent so I will leave you to sort out your own views on the impact of a new Prime Minister (not PM as the press have it, we reserve that abbreviation for Project Managers) on the Project world, what is going on in BREXIT, developments at the Association for Project Management (APM) and the International Project Management Association.

PRIME MINISTERIAL IMPACT

We now have Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.  He is a divisive figure as followers of the national press will know all too well but he is also prime mover in the BREXIT movement and so we can expect considerable action on that front, as explained in the next section.  However, Mr Johnson made interventions in June on the future of High Speed 2 (HS2), hinting his opposition to the latest cost challenges.  However, He appears to have rowed back from a critical position by asking the Chairman of HS2 to review the business case.  Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, had earlier threatened to kill off so called “white elephant” projects, including HS2, as Ministers have been told to use this Summer’s Spending Review to decide which Whitehall departments will get more cash and which will be asked to tighten their belts.  Truss moved to International Trade Secretary in the BoJo Cabinet Reshuffle so can still keep an eye on some major projects, but latest reports claim that the Prime Minister said he was not currently intending to scrap any major infrastructure projects despite estimates suggesting the HS2 high speed rail line will cost more than £100bn,  Of course, this position is subject to expediency corrections – the latest You Gov poll  has found a distinct lack of support for HS2 in the Midlands – the one region expected to benefit most.

BREXIT

Now we have a strongly pro-BREXIT Prime Minister, we also have a new administration with similar views.  Several Departments have issued new spending priorities.  The Prime Minister is said by many to be turbo charging preparations to leave on 29 October and instructed cabinet ministers to mount a publicity blitz along the lines that UK is planning to leave with no EU deal.  In essence, he is saying that neither UK nor the EU want a no-deal exit but without some shift in the EU position, especially on the Irish border issue, UK will be forced to leave with no deal.  This pushes the “blame” back to M Barnier, the chief EU negotiator.

The situation is complicated by confusion over the rights of EU citizens to remain in UK post BREXIT.  Successive regimes in UK have stated that EU citizens of “settled status” will be welcome to remain and the new Prime Minister said the rights of EU citizens would be “guaranteed in law” as early as possible.  He also pledged a massive overhaul of the UK’s migration system following the end of free movement.  Both will take primary legislation and that will take time.

Outbound delays at Dover – supply chain problems to come.   Photo – Rohan Josh

It is quite clear that there will be considerable disruption to the supply of imported goods post Brexit.  Some of these shortages will affect projects, probably construction as steel and concrete need to come from overseas.  Other project will have problems recruiting specialist staff and will be unable to recruit overseas.  Some of these problems offer opportunities for firms as they seek other suppliers and also significant opportunities for the project profession as demand will likely rise against a static supply of trained staff and even fewer experienced practitioners will be available.  An interesting situation, I think!

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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2019).  August 2019 UK Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VII, August.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/pmwj84-Aug2019-Shepherd-UK-Project-Management-RoundUp.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK

 

 

 

Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at miles.shepherd@msp-ltd.co.uk.

To view other works by Miles Shepherd, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/.

 

August 2019 PM Update from Spain

 

PMI Madrid Chapter, Agile Initiative

 

REPORT

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

 


 

 

The PMI Madrid Spain Chapter continues with its AGILE Initiative in Spain

Joaquín Azcarraga Urteaga
PMP, PMI-ACP, Agile Project Manager

We have had the opportunity to get the review comments from an AGILE practitioner and member of the PMI Madrid Chapter about the PMI Agile Guide. Thanks to Joaquin’s review.

As it was explained by PMI, says Joaquín Azcárraga, this guide is especially aimed to project managers familiar working on “traditional predictive or cascade” environments – in such a way that it can be adapted to more agile environments. This is very well reflected in the contents that specifically focuses on issues of cultural shift and hybrid approaches.

As a difference among other PMI standards, the style is more informal and has pictures aside with examples, tips, etc… something that is welcome since it makes its reading a lighter task. As well, the guide is divided into four sections:

  • An introduction to Agile,
  • Life cycle (from predictive “pure” to “pure” agile),
  • implementation and,
  • Organizational considerations (although the management of organizational change is outside of the scope of the Guide, concerning PMI expressed in change management in the organizations-guide practice).

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How to cite this report:  Bucero, A. (2019). August 2019 Project Management Update from Spain, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VII, August. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/pmwj84-Aug2019-Bucero-Regional-Report-Spain-ENGLISH.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain

 

 

 

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at alfonso.bucero@abucero.com.

To see other works by Alfonso Bucero, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

 

 

Report from EURAM

A brief overview of the Euram conference in Lisbon in June 2019

 

REPORT

By Prof Helgi Thor Ingason, PhD

Reykjavik University

Reykjavik, Iceland

 


 

Euram or European Academy of Management is one of the larger academic conferences in the field of management. This annual conference typically attracts about 1000 people from across the globe, but it is usually held in Europe. In June 2019 the Euram conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal. A record number of participants attended the conference or 1800 people, and more than 1200 studies were presented, within different fields of business and management. The conference venue was ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).

It is of course impossible to explain the vast number of research papers presented at this conference in a short article, but one of its many streams is dedicated to project organising. As a consequence, many of the word leading scholars came to Lisbon for the conference, much-admired researchers from universities in North America, Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The editors of four important academic journals in project management presented their journals. These were Martina Huemann, editor of the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM), Ralf Müller, editor of the Project management Journal (PMJ), Natalie Drouin, editor of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (IJMPB) and Young Hoon Kwak editor of Journal of Management in Engineering (JME). All of these journals have a different focus, and the editors briefly outlined the aims and scope of their journals and how their impact has grown.

A total of 80 lectures on project management were given, divided into a number of themes. Action research was discussed, a useful research method within project management. The management of portfolios was discussed, and the development of new knowledge for that purpose.

 

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How to cite this report: Ingason, H.T. (2019). A brief overview of the Euram conference in Lisbon in June 2019, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VII, August.  Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/pmwj84-Aug2019-Ingason-report-from-euram-2019-conference-in-lisbon.pdf

 


 

About the Author


Helgi Thor Ingason, PhD

Professor, Reykjavik University
Reykjavik, Iceland

 

 

 

Helgi Thor Ingason (b. 1965) holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and a Stanford Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (B level).

Dr. Ingason is a professor at Reykjavik University. He is co-head (with Dr. Haukur Ingi Jonasson) of the MPM – Master of Project Management – program at the university. The research fields of Dr. Ingason range from quality- and project management to system dynamics and renewable energy, production, transport and utilization, changes in the energy infrastructure and energy carriers of the future.

Dr. Ingason has reported on his research at conferences and in several reviewed conference and journal papers. He is the co-author of 7 books in the Icelandic language on project management, strategic planning, product development and quality management. He is also co-author, with Haukur Ingi Jonasson, of the books Project Ethics (2013), Project: Leadership (2018), Project: Strategy (2018), Project: Communication (2019) and Project: Execution (2019). To learn more about these books, visit the Routledge publishing site here.

Dr. Ingason was interim CEO of Orkuveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Energy) from 2010 to 2011. A co-founder of Nordica Consulting Group, Dr. Ingason is a management consultant and a recognized speaker. In his spare time he plays piano and accordion with the South River Band (www.southriverband.com), and Kólga (www.kolga.band), two Icelandic world music ensembles.

More information on Dr. Ingason can be found on www.academia.edu and on www.helgithoringason.com. Information about the MPM program at the University of Reykjavik can be found at http://en.ru.is/mpm/why-mpm/.  Dr. Ingason can be contacted at helgithor@ru.is.