No. 117, November 2013
 

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Featured

Bernard Roduit, PMI Mentor Region 8 (north-west)

Bernard Roduit, PMI Mentor Region 8 (north-west)

 

My volunteering experience has been the best education I have ever had. Over time, you develop many relationships, based on mutual trust, and you gain new and broader expertise through the many great people and experts you meet and with whom you share your own experience.

Project Management Experience and Advice from a Swiss PMI Volunteer

Nearly 8,000 volunteers from all around the world have dedicated their time, talents and expertise to making a difference in the global project management community. This month, PMI EMEA e-Link was pleased to talk with Bernard Roduit, PMI Mentor Region 8 (north-west).

PMI EMEA e-Link: Can you tell us about your professional career and how you got involved as a PMI volunteer?

Mr Roduit: Holding an engineering degree, I spent the first decade of my professional life traveling Europe for U.S-based companies in pre- and post-sales activities. During the 12 following years, I managed a profit center in Switzerland in the service industry. Then I switched to the software industry and gained experience on enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and business processes for several years.

In 2002, I decided to leverage my broad experience in various industries by specialising in project and programme management. This was a turning point in my career and it gave me the opportunity to join PMI in 2003 and get involved with the PMI Switzerland Chapter as a volunteer.

As with many volunteers, I started at local events welcoming participants at the door. About a year later, I was elected as a chapter board member and since then, I have never stopped being actively involved in PMI.

Looking back, I spent six years holding different positions at the PMI Switzerland Chapter, as chapter vice president of membership, marketing and communications, and president. During that time, I was also part of the PMI French Translation Verification Committee (FTVC) for A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Third Edition and the FTVC chair for the PMBOK® Guide — Fourth Edition.

I also participated in the preparation of other PMI standards, including the Standard for Portfolio Management — Second Edition and the Standard for Portfolio Management — Third Edition, the Standard for Program Management — Third Edition, the Practice Standard for Earned Value Management — Second Edition and the Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management.

Since 2012, I have been the PMI Mentor for Region 8 (north-west), assisting 15 chapters in 12 European countries.

PMI EMEA e-Link: Good things happen when you get involved with PMI. Can you share with us one good thing that has happened to you during your journey as a PMI volunteer?

Mr Roduit: There are indeed many good things happening when you are actively involved and passionate about project management and about the people who really make our profession and our association grow.

If I must select just one aspect, I would say that my volunteering experience has been the best education I have ever had. Over time, you develop many relationships, based on mutual trust, and you gain new and broader expertise through the many great people and experts you meet and with whom you share your own experience.

Being a volunteer is also a nice way to give back to the professional association that made it possible.

PMI EMEA e-Link: How has volunteering with PMI helped you in your professional career?

Mr Roduit: First, your expert knowledge and active involvement bring a lot of credibility to supporting your actions and recommendations. Second, a volunteer-based organisation is a great context in which to “test” some new ideas or to exercise your soft skills. When you transfer your learning to your professional life, you become more efficient.

PMI EMEA e-Link: What are the qualities you feel a volunteer should have to take best advantage of the value of volunteering?

Mr Roduit: The first quality is having the trust in life-long learning and sharing. Then I would say being reliable, delivering to his or her commitment, enjoying differences and changes; and finally, simply being passionate about people.

PMI EMEA e-Link: What are your future goals and expectations?

Mr Roduit: I have committed to my mentor role until the end of 2014, with an additional transitional year. It is therefore too early to know what my next role will be. The only sure thing I know is that I will continue to enjoy volunteering for PMI and my profession.

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PMI Acquires Human Systems International

PMI has acquired Human Systems International (HSI), a UK-based assessment and benchmarking company with keen organisational insight developed over 20 years of collecting best practice project, programme and portfolio management data from commercial and government organisations around the world.

“HSI and PMI are like-minded organisations, focused on providing thought leadership, knowledge, and networking opportunities designed to improve company and practitioner capabilities in project, programme and portfolio management,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI.

Over the past two decades, HSI has developed the world’s largest and most robust database that highlights organisational project and programme management best practices. Using the insights assembled from this rich data source will accelerate PMI’s ability to develop relevant and credible thought leadership positions, content resources and knowledge sharing among members and other key stakeholders.

PMI believes this acquisition will further enable advancement of the project management profession and raise awareness of the value project, programme and portfolio management can deliver as strategic business drivers.

“HSI’s assessment and benchmarking tools integrate well into PMI’s value delivery plans for business and government. The real strategic value of combining the two organisations comes from integrating HSI’s data-driven perspective on project, programme and portfolio management best practices, with PMI’s global reach, to deliver business insight that has been previously unavailable,” said Deanna Landers, chair of PMI’s Board of Directors.

“PMI’s acquisition of Human Systems brings together two driving forces of thought leadership within the project management industry. PMI has a history of robust research in the area of project, programme and portfolio management (PPPM), which provides a cultural fit with Human Systems’ benchmarking and analysis for PPPM improvement initiatives,” said Terry Cooke-Davies, group chairman of HSI.

HSI’s benchmarking approach will remain methodology independent and standards-agnostic, focusing on the best practices that have emerged over two decades of data collection from multinational organisations.

Find out more about HSI

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Community Update

Dell and PMI Ireland Join Forces to Share Skills with Not-for-profit Sector

Dell, in conjunction with the PMI Ireland Chapter, recently hosted a seminar entitled “Project Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector” at Dell’s campus in Limerick, Ireland.

A key objective of the event was to highlight Dell’s PM4LIFE programme, in which Dell provides Irish not-for-profit organisations with a range of project management skills to maximise their effectiveness based on the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation’s (PMIEF) Project Management Skills for LifeSM.

Dell’s PM4LIFE course is freely available to any voluntary body in Ireland and it allows Dell to combine the PMIEF’s content with the experience of Dell project managers to deliver an interactive and engaging course on Dell’s campus.

Over 150 attendees, many from the not-for-profit sector, attended the event. In addition to the talks and panel discussions around project management skills from Dell and PMI, John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, also spoke about his organisation’s experience in implementing some of the practices shared with them by Dell.

Dell’s social media expert, Stephen Jio, showcased how the not-for-profit sector can use social media effectively, and another session focused on the legal aspects to managing projects within the voluntary sector.

To date, the Dell Limerick PM4LIFE team has delivered the PM4LIFE training course to almost 40 locally based and international not-for-profit organisations and is also planning to use the programme to work with the Irish team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. Dell’s PM4LIFE initiative has also gone viral across Dell’s campus network, with many other PM4LIFE programmes being set up at Dell’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, USA, as well as in Brazil and with more to come online.

Timmy O’Dwyer, site leader at Dell Limerick said: “Without proper project management skills, the ability of charities to perform their functions to best effect is severely limited. From fundraising events and other donor engagement activities to the day-to-day community-facing work of the organisation, project management skills are necessary for maximised productivity and optimum performance standards. When people are volunteering their time, every effort should be made to ensure that the time is put to its fullest use.”

Colum Horgan, PMP, president of the PMI Ireland Chapter said: “When project management is done well, it is invisible. Projects cycle through their planned stages on an anticipated schedule, bringing about the best possible results in the expected timeframe. The corporate world long ago adopted project management as an essential element of the workflow. This project taking place on Dell’s campus looks out from the professional sphere to the local community, where voluntary groups do essential work every day. Leveraging the expertise of project managers is vital to ensuring that the success of any voluntary effort is maximised.”

From left to right: Jerry Giltenane, PMP, Dell programme manager; John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society; Patrick Lucey, PMP, membership officer of the PMI Ireland Chapter

From left to right: Jerry Giltenane, PMP, Dell programme manager; John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society; Patrick Lucey, PMP, membership officer of the PMI Ireland Chapter

 

Group breakout at one of Dell’s PM4LIFE training sessions for not-for-profit organisations

Group breakout at one of Dell’s PM4LIFE training sessions for not-for-profit organisations

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Members of the PMI Jordan Chapter enhancing their knowledge on strategic planning in Amman, Jordan

Members of the PMI Jordan Chapter enhancing their knowledge on strategic planning in Amman, Jordan

 

Hussam Zeitoun, PMP, IT service management expert, highlighting possible pitfalls in strategic planning and explaining how to counter them

Hussam Zeitoun, PMP, IT service management expert, highlighting possible pitfalls in strategic planning and explaining how to counter them

Strategic Planning Seminar in Jordan

In its endeavour to enhance members’ knowledge and professional skills, the PMI Jordan Chapter hosted a seminar for its members and the local community on 14 September in Amman, Jordan.

This event aimed at presenting the strategic planning process model and explaining its components. Strategic planning is an organisation's process of defining its direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. Strategic planning implementation takes the form of action plans, which might include programmes, projects or initiatives.

Hussam Zeitoun, PMP, IT service management expert, gave an introductory, yet comprehensive and highly informative presentation on strategic planning, highlighting possible pitfalls and how to counter them.

Overall, the presentation outlined:

  • The concept of strategic planning
  • Questions and pre-requisites to good strategic planning
  • The process model of strategic planning
  • Definitions and explanations of the key terminology and concepts of strategic planning
  • Major components of the strategic plan

“Excellent structured seminar; ideas were well organised and seamlessly connected. I am leaving with new knowledge that will be utilised,” said a participant.

“The instructor is knowledgeable and presented a difficult topic clearly and in a way that was easy to understand. Many terms are now very clear to me,” commented another participant.

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PMI Belgium Chapter Went on Tour

Have you ever attended a chapter meeting on a bus? In Belgium, we did it as part of the PMI Belgium Chapter’s 15th anniversary celebrations. The participants had lots of fun too. Two buses were chartered to pick up the chapter’s members on 12 September from two main Belgian cities: Brussels and Antwerp. “We didn’t specify the programme; we just requested being on time for “check-in,” said Kris Troukens, PMP, president of the PMI Belgium Chapter.

The participants went to a surprise destination with some surprise speakers as well. Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI, addressed the passengers on video. Since not many members are able to join PMI global congresses, this was the chance to see Mr Langley, “in person,” on the bus.

A motivating speech pumped all the participants up while they were driving to the Tivoli Castle located in Mechelen, Belgium, which was booked for a networking activity. On the way over there, the passengers listened to Mr Langley’s presentation and some other motivational speeches from the chapter’s volunteers. By the time the recorded session was over, they arrived at the castle and everybody was curious to see who was on the other bus. An informal networking and chat session among the attendees was immediately initiated.

During the evening, participants had the opportunity to visit some parts of the castle and they learned about its history and reason for existence.

Bus seats could not be reserved; thus most attendees had a new neighbour sitting next to them during the trip back home, which again opened a door for new friendships and exchange of ideas.

It really was an atypical PMI chapter meeting, which received a warm feedback from about 120 enthusiastic members who jumped into the unknown when registering and attending. It was another memorable evening, which fitted perfectly with the 15th anniversary celebrations of the PMI Belgium Chapter.

This article was written by Kris Troukens, PMP, president of the PMI Belgium Chapter.

PMI Belgium Chapter going on a bus tour as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations

PMI Belgium Chapter going on a bus tour as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations

 

Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI, addressed the passengers on video at the PMI Belgium Chapter’s meeting on a bus

Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI, addressed the passengers on video at the PMI Belgium Chapter’s meeting on a bus

 

Informal networking activity among participants of the event PMI Belgium is Going on Tour

Informal networking activity among participants of the event PMI Belgium is Going on Tour

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Madhumalti Sharma, PMP, professional development director of the PMI Luxembourg Chapter, gave her own real-life example of how things changed for her before and after the adoption of the kanban board, used to help her son manage his homework

Madhumalti Sharma, PMP, professional development director of the PMI Luxembourg Chapter, gave her own real-life example of how things changed for her before and after the adoption of the kanban board, used to help her son manage his homework

 

Atreyam, 11, did a role play to depict his management of homework before and after he started using the kanban board

Atreyam, 11, did a role play to depict his management of homework before and after he started using the kanban board

Kanban a Powerful Approach to Improve Work Efficiency

On 27 June, the PMI Luxembourg Chapter hosted an event to introduce project management to kids. It was interesting not only because of the content of the event but also because the audience included children, ages 6 to 16 years.

Madhumalti Sharma, PMP, professional development director of the PMI Luxembourg Chapter, returned from the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this year and she was keen on initiating the “Project Management for Kids” project.

During a conversation with a fellow PMI volunteer from North Carolina, USA, she mentioned how she was using the kanban board — a visualisation tool to organise work — to help her son manage his homework. She then got the idea of having a chapter event around this topic to share with other interested parents.

The event was the first of its kind in Luxembourg, where children were welcomed to participate in professional networking and public speaking. The event attracted the participation of international and local Luxembourgish community schools.

It started with a keynote speech by Sylvain Chery, co-founder and director of Agile Partner. Mr Chery explained the history and origin of kanban in simple terms so it was understood by the diverse audience who came from professional and academic backgrounds and ranges in age, from 6 to 60 years old.

Mr Chery gave examples of how the manufacturing just-in-time process was adapted by the software industry and in his company too. Then Mrs Sharma gave her own real-life example of how things changed for her before and after the adoption of the kanban board to help her son manage his homework.

Atreyam, her 11-year-old son, did a role play to depict his management of homework before and after he started using the board. He was very skillful in successfully answering questions on whether he finds it beneficial and whether he uses it only for homework or also for his extra-curricular activities.

Learning to organise oneself and manage tasks to be done is no longer a skill that has to be learned when one enters the workforce. In this competitive world, it is useful to introduce simple project management concepts for children at a young age so that they are able to become successful project managers at work and at home.

The event was summarised by giving examples of other uses for the kanban board, such as families managing their chores. The event concluded with an activity during which the audience designed their own kanban boards within groups. For more information about this event, you can contact Mrs Sharma.

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Project Management Highlights


Selections from PM Port®

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Pakistan to Set up Two Coastal Power Projects

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, directed authorities to immediately start work on installing two power plants in Balochistan and Sindh provinces as part of his government's focus on overcoming a crippling energy crisis.

Time Now to End Infrastructure Dearth in Nigeria

Dr Margaret Kudi Ladipo, the rector of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, has called on professionals and academics to find a solution to the dearth of infrastructure in the country.

UAE's Infrastructure Projects Currently Stand at US$690 Billion

The United Arab Emirates, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, currently has a series of infrastructure projects worth US$690 billion, a senior official at a strategic government body told reporters.

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Don't Forget

Interested in Being a Congress Speaker in 2014?

The call for papers for the PMI® Global Congress 2014—EMEA is open. As already announced, the EMEA congress 2014 will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 5−7 May 2014.

To submit your proposal, click here.

Review the submission process and guidelines and if you need more information on how to apply to be a presenter at the EMEA congress 2014, please email Congress.Speakers@pmi.org.

The call for papers is open until 24.00 GMT 2 December 2013.

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The Latest

New! PMI Portfolio Management Credential

PMI is introducing the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)SM credential to distinguish the advanced experience and skills of portfolio managers.

Recipients of the new PfMPSM credential will have demonstrated their proven ability in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve organisational objectives.

Those who obtain the PfMP credential will be responsible for the execution of the portfolio management process, communication around portfolio progress and recommendations for action. If you are responsible for ensuring your organisation is “doing the right work,” this may be the credential for you.

For future career moves, this credential is not dependent on industry, geography or specialty, thereby allowing the credential to be globally transferable.

Having certified portfolio managers will allow organisations to advance their portfolio management maturity.

“The credential is a mechanism that can be used to validate the knowledge and skills of staff, ensuring that only qualified individuals are handling portfolio management responsibilities,” said Victor R. Carter-Bey, DM, PMI director of certification.

“Furthermore, the requirement for continuing professional development promotes an individual’s continued learning and refinement of portfolio management skills.”

Find more information on this new credential, including the PfMP Handbook and the Examination Content Outline.

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Welcome New R.E.P.s in EMEA

Pedro Manuel Martins Pardelinha, Portugal

FARVAHAR CONSULTING, France

Training Center R-Style, Russian Federation

 

Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations approved by PMI to offer project management training for professional development units (PDUs) to maintain your PMI certification(s) and/or credential(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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Toolbox and Marketplace

On-demand Webinars to Tackle Your Project Challenges

Are you looking for expertise and information to tackle your project challenges?

As a PMI member you can access a library of webinars addressing project management trends, best practices and how-to-guides. Learn from your peers’ experience on a variety of subjects and get the expertise and information to tackle your project challenges. The webinars are available to help you make meaningful contributions to the projects you lead or work on.

Webinars were created by PMI's communities of practice and are exclusive for PMI members.

Explore the library of webinars on topics ranging from risk, agile and scheduling to human resources, communications and more. Improve your skills and earn professional development units (PDUs) quickly and at no cost to maintain your PMI certification(s) and/or credential(s). One hour of webinar equals 1 PDU – Category A.

Featured Webinars:

Exploring the Connection between Organizational Change Management and Project Success (CM Series – Part 1)

Your Agile Leadership Gift

 

Project Management versus Organizational Change Management: Similarities, Overlaps, and Differences (CM Series – Part 2)

Rope Your Scope: Reining in Scope Creep

 

Integrating Organizational Change Management into the Project Life Cycle (CM Series – Part 3)

Portfolio Management and Decision Making: New Product Development
 

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A Framework for Value Management Practice — Second Edition

This book will provide you with the principles, tools and techniques to develop your own value management practices. Authored by value management expert Michel Thiry, MSc, PhD, FAPM, PMP, PMI Fellow, this edition reflects the latest developments in value management practice.

PMI member price: US$19.15

Order now from PMI's Marketplace

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage

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A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts

International Development Projects: Peculiarities and Managerial Approaches

Every year, hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars are spent on non-emergency international development (ID) projects. However, a recent global survey by McKinsey/Devex of more than one thousand ID professionals revealed that two thirds of them believe that their projects do not fully succeed.

In this book, researchers–practitioners from two of Italy's most prestigious universities provide practical insights into this phenomenon, and how the lessons learned in this high-stakes international arena can help anyone managing projects that span companies, cultures and continents.

Accessible to project managers at any level, this book by Ruggero Golini, PhD and Paolo Landoni, PhD, is an invaluable study of how to successfully manage high- profile, challenging projects in today's ultra-competitive global marketplace.

PMI member price: US$23.95

Order now from PMI's Marketplace

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EMEA Calendar

Events

PMdays 2013
PMI Romania Chapter
7–8 November
Bucharest, Romania

Synergy 2013
PMI United Kingdom Chapter
What Good Looks Like and How to Achieve It;
8 November
London, England

X Annual Congress of Project Management
PMI Valencia, Spain Chapter
People in Project Management and Projects in People Management
21 November
Valencia, Spain

Oman PMO Symposium 2013
Aspiring Excellence in Project Delivery
PMI Arabian Gulf Chapter
27–28 November
Muscat, Oman

PMI Poland Chapter International Congress
2–4 December
Warsaw, Poland

Passion for Projects 2014
PMI Sweden Chapter
10–11 March 2014
Helsingborg, Sweden

SeminarsWorld® Brussels
12–13 May 2014
Brussels, Belgium

PMI Netherlands Summit 2014
The Thin Line between Project Failure and Project Success
12 June 2014
Zeist, The Netherlands

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)®, PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® 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.

19 January 2014
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Group ID: 0895011914
Deadline date for this PBT registration
15 December

1 February 2014
Dakar, Senegal
Group ID: 0859020114
Deadline date for this PBT registration
28 December

15 February 2014
Sophia Antipolis, France
Group ID: 0759021514
Deadline date for this PBT registration
11 January 2014

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