No. 150, August 2016

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Community Update

Project Management Highlights

Event Highlights

The Latest

Don't Forget

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EMEA Diary Dates

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The Next Level – There’s More Than One Way to Develop Professional Skills

What else should you be doing to develop yourself in project management? The direct experience of a new PMI member and Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder, Lindsay Scott, director of programme and project management recruitment at Arras People in London, England, will provide a fresh guide to newcomers in the PMI world.

Congratulations! Your next step should be planning how to earn professional development units (PDUs) to maintain your PMP. Start with PMI’s Project Manager Competency Development Framework. This simple assessment will give you a clearer idea of your skill gaps. Next, choose which gap areas are the most important to address today and over the coming three years. It makes sense to align your thoughts with what’s important to your current organisation.

But don’t be afraid to pursue skills that your organisation might not see as important. Remember: You’re developing yourself as a project manager—not just as a project manager working for a specific organisation. Take time to understand the PDU model. You can mix in thing like attendance at chapter meetings, reading books and journals, keeping up with blogs, listening to webinars or podcasts, using online resources like Coursera and taking part in web chats such as Twitter’s #PMChat.

As you weigh different professional development options, consider the three sides of the PMI Talent Triangle: Technical project management skills, leadership capabilities and strategic and business management expertise.

You also should try volunteering. It’s a great way to network and build your professional circle. Another area of development you should seriously consider is being mentored. This on-the-job sounding board and guiding hand in the early years is, perhaps, one of the best development experiences.

I’ve been working in project management offices (PMOs) for years, primarily in a programme management office. I’m excited about developments in portfolio management. How should I position myself to work in a portfolio-focused PMO?

With a strong background in a programme PMO, you already should have the technical capabilities to carry out the main roles in a portfolio PMO. You are probably also familiar with investment appraisals, project prioritisation, resource management and benefits realisation. If you’re not, consider those areas as development opportunities.

The biggest shift when moving into portfolio management has to do with your understanding of the business and its competitive environment and your ability to work with more senior members of the organisation. You need the gravitas and knowledge to be able to deliver information that drives difficult decisions.

What’s the difference between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager?

Typically, a consultant in any business field is focused on advising organisations in business areas that need initiating, changing or developing. A project management consultant often advises, but also provides a hands-on project delivery role. A freelance/contract project manager tends to be hired to deliver a specific project or well-defined deliverables, rather than advise.

Consultants are called on to assist in finding the right solution for the business, using their considerable experience in a specific area. Ideally, once the consultant finds the solution, he or she can successfully implement it as well.

The full story was originally published in the June 2016 issue of PM Network®.

A New Way to Age

The world’s population is greying—and fast. Within five years, there will be more pensioners than children in the United Kingdom, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. At the same time, family support networks are fraying. In the United Kingdom, 46 percent of residents over the age of 75 live alone. This trend has increased the burden on healthcare organisations and agencies charged with providing a social safety net for the elderly.

Both public and private organisations around the world are launching projects to fill this gap. In China, where 15 percent of the population is now over age 60, developers have flocked to the senior living sector over the last five years, says Tony Wang, CEO, Watermark Senior Living, Hong Kong.

“The government or other non-profit organisations own the majority of senior living communities in China now, but most are not of great quality and are targeting lower-income seniors,” says Mr Wang. “If a company has an active positioning of a housing project in the right location near a city centre, it can be very successful.”

New Visions

“Many construction companies with large senior living portfolios are re-envisioning the retirement home of the past to meet a surge in demand for facilities that offer a higher quality of life,” says Bruce Douglas, PMP, project manager at The Douglas Co., Toledo, Ohio, USA.

To keep costs down while increasing services, developers are trending towards remodelling projects rather than ground-up construction. In China, Mr Wang estimates that more than half of new senior-living projects will be generated by retrofits of hotels, restaurants and warehouses. Investors are visiting places like the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan for insights on how to develop the best model.

“These visits have emphasised the importance of addressing consumer demands, which often revolve around aging-in-place,” Mr Wang says. A recent economic downturn in Spain has halted a number of private senior living construction projects, so local governments have stepped in to retrofit residential and commercial structures to help seniors more easily engage with their communities.

These projects include installing automatic doors, access ramps and elevators in public and private spaces. Such a demand has opened the door for construction and engineering companies like Acciona to develop integrated, government-funded senior-living properties that offer everything from physical therapy to on-site drug stores as part of their health and wellness services.

“Senior facilities intersect many different types of people, so project managers have to identify and engage stakeholders early on,” Mr Douglas says. “You might start a project with only the developer, but you’ll end up working closely with nurses, a director of physical therapy, kitchen providers, executive chefs and a slew of licensing officials and inspectors. You have to know all of the building codes and health inspection codes going into a project,” he says.

Because those regulations vary by location, project managers need to learn the rules and plan ahead—or risk upending the project. “Part of the problem is that inspectors are usually brought in last on a construction project. In reality, you need inspectors and the health department to be part of the drawing review,” Mr Douglas says.

Safety First

Standards for safety features, such as emergency call systems, at assisted living or skilled nursing facilities are also location-specific, says Andrew Smith, PMP, director of innovation and strategy at Brookdale Senior Living in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Given the special needs of patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, memory-care facilities have unique requirements as well. For project managers, that means working actively with vendors and proactively suggesting design solutions in the planning stages, says Mr Douglas. Because residents in these types of facilities may try to leave without knowing where they are or where they’re going, project managers must also take a unique look at security.

Ask, Don’t Tell

“The urge to expand a project’s scope can be especially hard to fight on senior living projects. To resist the temptation to produce a bigger (and not necessarily better) result for elderly end users, project managers must stay laser focused on their initiatives’ objectives,” says Andrew Smith, PMP, director of innovation and strategy at Brookdale Senior Living in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. “We serve such a unique and vulnerable population. It is important to remain mission-centric,” he says.

Read the full story, which was originally published in the June 2016 issue of PM Network®.

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Community Update

PMI Egypt Chapter Launches Event

On 29 May 2016, the PMI Egypt Chapter was launched. From just an idea in the mind of Emad E. Aziz, PMI Egypt Chapter former president, it took over two years of hard work, dedication and commitment from the board members for the chapter to finally see the light.

The launch event was held at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Over 100 project managers and participants gathered together to mark the start of the chapter in Egypt.

The event started off with an opening speech given by Chapter President Qusay Salama, PMP. Mr Salama introduced the chapter and the board members to the audience. He then went on by sharing the chapter’s vision and plan for the coming years. Region Mentor Abul Nahid Kamal, PMP, then took the stage to give an overview of PMI, its global structure and the regional chapters.

“The level of interest, attendance and questions from audience reconfirmed my belief that the chapter launch was a success and it is a brand new day for the project management community in Egypt. I am honoured to be part of this launch, where the PMI Egypt Chapter is on solid footing with leaders who have vision and determination. I was truly pleased to see the high number of potential volunteers from all sectors (practitioners, academics and organisations) in the room. Given the volunteering opportunity, these members will shape the chapter and its services in the coming years,” said Mr Kamal.

“With the success of the pyramids, Egypt has an ancient history of world-leading project management practices,” said Todd Hutchison, MCom, MBA, PMP, member of the PMI 2016 Board of Directors and keynote speaker, at the start of his speech about global trends in project management.

The final session of the day was delivered by Fady Ramzy, PMI Egypt Chapter education director. The session introduced the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) in Egypt. Many participants showed great interest in PMIEF and were keen to volunteer and support it in Egypt.

The event closed with a networking lunch where the participants had the opportunity to get introduced to the board members and have fruitful and constructive discussions that helped lay the groundwork for shaping the chapter and its services in the coming years.

PMI Turkey Chapter Held PM Summit Ankara

The first of the two PMI Turkey Chapter Project Management Summits of 2016 was held on 12 May with the subject “Shaping the Future with Projects” in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.

More than 350 people from several business sectors—defence, technology, energy, education and finance—took part in the event. The audience was composed of project managers, team members, academic representatives, young graduates planning an academic career in project management and students. Many came from the capital of Ankara, as well as from other Turkish cities and from outside of the country to take the opportunity to get to know each other and create a wider network. Translation into both English and Turkish was provided by the organisers during sessions. By attending the event, participants also earned 7 PDUs.

In his opening speech, İsmail Kurtoğlu, PMP, PMI Turkey Chapter president, mentioned the changing world that is demanding continuously adaptable mindsets and project management approaches.

With the headline “The Future is Here,” our first keynote speaker, Dr Aaron Shenhar, emphasised that project managers will need to adopt a more strategic approach by taking on responsibility for the project’s business results as well as building new leadership skills of vision and inspiration.

The second keynote speech, “PMO Mindset Matters — Avoid the Triage Black Tag!”, was delivered by Phil Bristol, CMC, PMP, PMI-SP, who underlined the differences of leadership mindsets and communication styles, stating that great leaders will change their world. His presentation focused on the importance of developing three relationship-building leader mindsets: outward facing, emotionally intelligent and conversationally intelligent.

More than 12 speakers in three parallel sessions delivered presentations and speeches about their project management experience and new horizons.

Besides the presentations, two panels were held within the Summit. The first one developed around the topic, “Future Project Management Strategies with 2023 Vision,” which discussed what future changes may be faced by the project management world and which solutions are to be undertaken in terms of leadership and project management to see concrete improvements. The discussions focused on how having a consistent PMO in terms of organisation, business and strategy can lead to successful project management.

During the second panel, “Future’s Project Management in Growing Defence Industry,” the panellists shared their experiences on how effective project management added value to their business and how expectations can also be balanced because of it.

Some of the conclusions from the PM Summit can be summed up as follows:

  • Project management approaches are continuously changing and becoming more adaptable
  • The demand for business and strategy alignment is growing
  • The need for a compatible PMO is rising

The PMI Turkey Chapter is holding two PM Summits each year: Ankara PM Summit and İstanbul PM Summit. Save the date and let’s meet at the İstanbul PM Summit, “Projects in the Digital World,” 14-15 October 2016.

Please reach us at info@pmi.org.tr for any inquiries.

Opening session of PM Summit Ankara

Opening session of PM Summit Ankara

Mr. İsmail Kurtoğlu, PMI Turkey Chapter President delivering his speech

Mr. İsmail Kurtoğlu, PMI Turkey Chapter President delivering his speech

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Project Management Highlights


Selections from PM Port®

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IT Execs Losing Confidence in Ability to Execute New Initiatives

The TEKsystems survey revealed that positions such as programmers and developers, project managers and software engineers remained extremely difficult to fill. The percentage of IT leaders who are seeing budget increases this year is higher than anticipated, and while they are confident about satisfying core and line-of-business initiatives, they are losing confidence in the ability to meet the demands of new initiatives.

Hill International Wins ENR Global Best Projects Award

Hill International announced today that one of the company’s projects has been recognized as one of the Engineering News-Record magazine’s 2016 Global Best Projects. The award will be presented to Hill on 11 October 2016 during the 2016 Global Construction Summit at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

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Event Highlights

Take Your Organization’s Agility to the Next Level

Attend PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2016—FREE and Exclusive for PMI Members

Are there barriers delaying your organisation’s ability to be completely agile? Break the barriers with advanced insight—only available through PMI.

This free virtual event, exclusive to PMI members, is a master class in dealing with roadblocks—from complex team dynamics to existing processes that slow your organisation’s ability to be agile. We’ll cover:

  • Real solutions to your challenges
  • Techniques to create a holistic approach to organisational agility
  • Ways to deliver value to every level of your organisation

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, earn PDUs and network with the global PMI community.

Register now!

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Elevate Your Skills and Bring Success to Your Organisation’s Strategic Initiatives

Join fellow project and programme professionals in one of our upcoming European destinations for two days of intensive learning and build the key skills that will take your projects to the next level.

PMI SeminarsWorld® programmes explore hot topics in project, programme and portfolio management, and offer practical solutions to your daily project challenges. Learn new techniques that will boost your organisation’s projects and programmes, and align your skillset with the PMI Talent Triangle.

Seminars are organised in small groups to allow for dynamic interaction and best practice sharing. Participants will earn 14 professional development units (PDUs) to maintain their PMI certification(s) and 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Note, some seminars offer optional pre-work for an additional 1 PDU (0.1 CEU).

Save your seat today to avoid disappointments!

Reserve your seat today!

Athens, Greece
12–13 September | 14 PDUs 1.4 CEUs per seminar

Courses offered:

London, United Kingdom
14–15 November | 14 PDUs 1.4 CEUs per seminar

Register by 3 October for early bird rates!

Seminars include:

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The Latest

Survey Seeks Answers on Ethics in the Workplace

Do you ever stop and think about ethics in the workplace? Have you been confronted with an ethical dilemma and been unsure of how to respond?

These and other questions are at the heart of an ethics survey that PMI will launch in August—and we encourage you to participate. PMI has partnered with Alan Richter, PhD, president of QED Consulting and a leading corporate advisor on leadership, values, culture and change, to develop the survey. Our goal is to capture broad, global feedback on aspirational or hypothetical behaviours and actions in the workplace that invoke a particular set of values with an aim to look at how they might differ across cultures.

The survey is based on the assumption that confronting ethical issues is a common global phenomenon. But how people respond to various situations is often locally influenced by culture and other factors such as age, gender and education. The survey results will not be about right or wrong answers. Instead, the survey is designed to illuminate differences in ethical decision making, specifically in the workplace.

Both PMI and Dr Richter believe that workplace ethics is about making the best possible decisions with regard to people, resources and the environment, and that successful leadership depends on ethical choices. From the survey results, we hope to gain more insight into those choices.

Take the Survey

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Welcome New R.E.P.s in EMEA

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
United Arab Emirates

Skills4All
France

Mashreq University
Sudan

ANO APE “CROC’Ok”
Russian Federation

PWC Academy LLC
United Arab Emirates

Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations approved by PMI to offer project management training to help you earn professional development units (PDUs) to maintain your PMI certification(s).

View the R.E.P. web pages on PMI.org to find a provider of project management education and products in your country.

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Don't Forget

2017-2019 PMI Board of Directors Election — Influence PMI’s Future with Your Vote

Once a year, PMI’s members have a chance to influence the future direction of the Institute by voting for PMI Board of Directors candidates. Electronic ballots were sent out starting 18 July. They will contain eight nominees for the 2017–2019 PMI Board of Directors.

The five directors selected by you, the members, will serve on the PMI Board of Directors for a three-year term and help govern the Institute. They are “directors at large,” selected to serve the entire membership. Remember that, according to PMI Bylaws and other governing documents, the Board carries out the Institute’s purposes and objectives. Board members are solely responsible and accountable for strategy direction and approval, strategy assurance and for fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities entrusted to them by the PMI membership.

All completed ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4), 29 August.

YOUR PMI BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES:
Anthony Appleby, MBA, PMP
Dino Butorac, Dipl. Ing., PMP
Margareth Fabiola dos Santos Carneiro, MBA, MSc, PMP
Teresa Ann Knudson, MBA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
Titilola Park, PMP
Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP
Thomas Walenta, Dipl. Math, PMP, PgMP
Dr Al Zeitoun, PMP

Read more about PMI Board of Directors candidates in the July 2016 edition of PMI Today®, pp. 12-16

Close the Gap Between Strategy Development and Implementation - PMO Symposium® Early Bird Rate to End on 15 August

Gain behind-the-scenes insight into strategies that drive success. The PMO Symposium aims to intrigue, challenge and inspire attendees through the sharing of actionable and reliable information that is relevant to the attending organisational leaders. Remember that we limit attendance, so register today.

Early bird, reduced registration rates are available until 15 August. Special rates are available to public-sector employees and to leadership teams of five or more.

Included in the price of PMO Symposium registration are: All educational sessions and keynotes, an off-site OPM learning excursion, a physical copy of the 2016 PMI® Thought Leadership Series, the opportunity to earn 15+ PDUs, access to the Knowledge and Networking Pavilion, breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, lunches, networking receptions, meeting materials, Wi-Fi in the meeting areas at the Del Coronado and access to presentations from the educational sessions.

Register now for the early bird rate!

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Toolbox and Marketplace

Achieve PMP® Exam Success, 5th Edition, Updated January 2016 - A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager

This best-selling study guide provides busy project managers with a brief, yet proven comprehensive self-study programme for successfully passing the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam on the first attempt, while cutting study time in half. Readers will have free, web-based access to over 1,300 questions—including hundreds of situational questions—enabling users to perform practice tests by simulating actual 200-question exams and arranging questions by Knowledge Area.

Achieve PMP ® Exam Success is the best book out there to help project managers understand what they need to know, not only to pass the PMP® exam, but to be the most effective project manager they can. It is a must read for anyone managing projects.” —Scott Riley, CEO, Fintech, U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Best Business of the Year.

PMI Member price: US$61.70

Order now from the PMI Store:

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Agile for Project Managers

Agile project management is a proven approach for designing and delivering software with improved value to customers. Agility is all about self-directed teams, feedback, light documentation and working software with shorter development cycles.

The role of the project manager with agile differs significantly from traditional project management in that there is minimal upfront planning. Agile for Project Managers will help project managers from any industry transition to agile project management.

PMI Member price: US$56.95

Order now from the PMI Store:

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EMEA Diary Dates

Events

PMI Africa Conference 2016
30 August–1 September
Accra, Ghana

PMI SeminarsWorld® Athens
12–13 September
Athens, Greece

PMI Netherlands Summit 2016
15 September
Bussum, The Netherlands

PMI Rome Italy Chapter 20th Anniversary
PMI Rome Italy Chapter
6–7 October
Rome, Italy

PMI Belgium National Congress 2016 - Project Management Fair
PMI Belgium Chapter
7 October
Antwerp, Belgium

PM Summit 2016
PMI Turkey Chapter
14–15 October
Istanbul, Turkey

Synergy 2016
PMI United Kingdom Chapter
3 November
London, England

Art of Projects Conference
PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter
10 November
Budapest, Hungary

PMI Forum 2016
PMI Zagreb Croatia Chapter
10–11 November 2016
Zagreb, Croatia

PM Summit 2016
PMI Southern Germany Chapter
14 November
Munich, Germany

PMI SeminarsWorld® London
14–15 November
London, England

PMI Poland Chapter Congress
28–30 November
Warsaw, Poland

Examinations

PMI credentials involve a rigorous process designed to ensure the highest possible professional standard. All candidates for: Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®, PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® and PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® must first meet specific educational and experience requirements and then pass an examination.

After receiving their letter of eligibility, qualified candidates may schedule a computer-based examination online.

Candidates in regions without a computer-based testing centre may take advantage of the paper-based testing (PBT) opportunities listed below.

Interested parties should contact the PMI EMEA Service Centre Certification Department at +31 320 239 539.

All applications are subject to a five-day review period, except for the PMI-ACP® certification, which takes ten days.

10 September
Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Group ID: 0921091016
Deadline date for this PBT registration
6 August

10 September
Tallin, Estonia
Group ID: 0736091016
Deadline date for this PBT registration
6 August

14 September
Oslo, Norway
Group ID: 8107091416
Deadline date for this PBT registration
10 August

16 September
Skopje, Makedonia
Group ID: 0788091616
Deadline date for this PBT registration
12 August

17 September
Banjul, Gambia
Group ID: 1210091716
Deadline date for this PBT registration
13 August

19 September
Alicante, Spain
Group ID: 0905091916
Deadline date for this PBT registration
15 August

24 September
Seville, Spain
Group ID: 0780092416
Deadline date for this PBT registration
20 August

24 September
Zaragoza, Spain
Group ID: 0780092416
Deadline date for this PBT registration
20 August

8 October
Lagos, Nigeria
Group ID: 0975100816
Deadline date for this PBT registration
3 September

8 October
Bilbao, Spain
Group ID: 0845100816
Deadline date for this PBT registration
3 September

13 October
Windhoek, Namibia
Group ID: 1243101316
Deadline date for this PBT registration
8 September

13 October
Oslo, Norway
Group ID: 8107101316
Deadline date for this PBT registration
9 September

22 October
Logrono, Spain
Group ID: 0835102216
Deadline date for this PBT registration
17 September

24 October
Valencia, Spain
Group ID: 0652102416
Deadline date for this PBT registration
19 September

28 October
Seville, Spain
Group ID: 0780102816
Deadline date for this PBT registration
23 September

29 October
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Group ID: 0805102916
Deadline date for this PBT registration
24 September

29 October
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Group ID: 0805102916
Deadline date for this PBT registration
24 September

5 November
Lagos, Nigeria
Group ID: 0652111216
Deadline date for this PBT registration
8 October

12 November
Valencia, Spain
Group ID: 0652111216
Deadline date for this PBT registration
8 October

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