Headline News and Press Releases
Press Release: asapm, Elects President and Two Board Members
asapm President Stacy Goff announced today, announced the election results for new and re-elected members of asapm's 2012-2015 Board of Directors. Elected to three-year terms are Stacy Goff, IPMA Level D®, PMP®, as President, Dr. Neeraj Parolia as Director of Education, and Joel Carboni, as Director of Standards.
Re-elected asapm Director of Education Dr. Neeraj Parolia (at left) will expand the number of universities offering asapm’s SCIPM program. This Student Certificate in Project Management includes an undergraduate curriculum, exam and certificate. He also heads an initiative to pilot asapm’s undergraduate and graduate project management programs in leading universities.
New asapm Director of Standards Joel Carboni (at right) will lead the rollout of asapm’s aPRO standard. aPRO is the asapm Performance Rated Organization assessment, that helps executives and managers identify the areas of greatest opportunity for PM performance improvement.
See the full Press Release.
May 2, 2012: Rest In Peace, Dr. Lewis R. Ireland
Dr. Lewis R. Ireland: Parent, friend, mentor, asapm co-founder, an inspiration to all who encountered him, and a gift to the practice of integrity in project management, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012. We grieve his passing, while celebrating his massive contributions to ourselves, members and friends,
our practice, and to society.
If you would like to add a special recolllection about Lew, that we can add to our Dr. Lewis Ireland remembrance page, please do so using this Tribute to Lew page. Thank you! In addition, please see our acclaim for Lew and his achievements in the Press Release below, written when naming Lew as our first asapm Distinguished Fellow, just two months earlier.
Press Release: asapm, IPMA-USA, Names Two asapm Distinguished Fellows at the PPM Symposium, in Arlington, VA, March 5, 2012: asapm President Stacy Goff announced today, at the 2012 "Delivering the Promise" Project and Program Management Symposium, the naming of the first asapm Distinguished Fellows, Dr. Lewis Ireland, and Robert Youker. See the full Press Release.
Dr. Lewis Ireland, asapm Distinguished Fellow
As the new millennium loomed in the late 1990s, Dr. Ireland worked with a handful of volunteers to form a fresh, practitioner-focused voice to advance the effectiveness of project management and program in the USA.
Under Lew’s guidance, asapm registered as a not-for-profit corporation in April 2001, and “opened for business” three months later on July 4th, 2001.
In October of that year, Lew became asapm’s President, serving into 2009. During his 8 years as asapm President, he has steadfastly, humbly, and with great integrity helped asapm achieve its mission: To improve PM performance competence and advance our practice, in the USA, and in the rest of the world. See more about Lew's achievements at the Fellows page in our Members section.
Robert Youker, asapm Distinguished Fellow
Long before helping found asapm, Bob Youker was a key contributor to the practice of project management. In addition to his long-term support of Project Management Institute, he was one of the USA's original IPMA members. He served as a Director of IPMA from 1977 through 1988.
Bob participated, published papers and presented in IPMA Conferences from 1974 through the 2000s. He presented keynotes at several of them, and organized panels and workshops in others.
Through World Bank, Bob taught project management to thousands of project managers, construction managers and government officials in developing countries. His World Bank Curriculum for project management is used today by many colleges and universities around the World.
Bob introduced IPMA into dozens of government agencies and businesses all over the World, and in many cases, connected those agencies and businesses with IPMA leaders. As one of the founders of asapm, IPMA-USA, from our beginning, Bob insisted that we must align with IPMA. See more about Bob's achievements at the Fellows page in our Members section.
Press Release: asapm PPM Symposium, March 5 in Arlington, to focus on "Delivering the Promise"
February 22, 2012; Colorado Springs, CO: asapm, President Stacy Goff noted today, in comments to DC area Federal Government agencies and contractors, that “competent and performing program and project managers (PPM) must be part of the solution to today’s economic challenges and budget cutbacks. Whether the need is to overcome the Federal deficit, improve program and agency performance, or to achieve more results using fewer resources, effective program and project management holds the key.”
Goff’s comments came up during discussions about the asapm PPM Symposium, “Delivering the Promise,” to be held in Arlington, VA on March 5, 2012. See the full press release. To register or get Symposium details go to http://asapm.org/Symposium/ or contact Mr. Goff at +1.719.488.3850 or through his asapm President email.
Press Release: asapm Publishes Report on Federal FAC-P/PM Competency
February 18, 2011; Colorado Springs, CO: asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, today announced the availability of a groundbreaking new report, "Federal Project Management: Understanding FAC-P/PM and Competency." After more than a year of research, interviews and analysis, this report offers insight into the strengths and opportunities in the federal certification for Program and Project Management, FAC-P/PM.
"Federal Information Technology (IT) projects too often cost more than they should, take longer than necessary to deploy, and deliver solutions that do not meet our business needs."
-- Peter R. Orszag OMB Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies June 28, 2010
All too often, we hear about federal projects gone awry. Whether it is cost overruns, extended timelines or unmet requirements, these projects represent millions of dollars in underperforming investments and waste. Increasingly, project manager competency is seen as a key contributor to project success.
To support the effective development of project and program managers, the Federal Acquisition Institute, under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget, has implemented the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). asapm is pleased to provide federal leaders with an effective roadmap toward FAC-P/PM.
This engaging report, first of a series of asapm initiatives to help Move Government Forward, will help federal leaders and managers understand the requirements of FAC-P/PM, and support a cost effective roadmap for implementation. Funded by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, this report delivers crisp analysis and fresh new ideas that will propel agency certification programs forward to success.
Download This Report! Record your name and email address, and you will receive a link to download the report.
Why asapm Initiated This Study: To contribute to the strengthening of PM Performance in Government, just as we are doing for USA Corporations. asapm leads the USA's advancement in Program and Project Manger Performance with a PM Certification program that applies IPMA's (International Project Management Association) world-recognized and sought-after advanced Certifications of PM Competence. We offer a full suite of professionally-assessed, role-based certifications of Senior Program Managers, Program Managers, Senior Project Managers, and Project Managers.
Press Release: Shailesh Nepal Wins IPMA’s 2010 IPMA Young Project Manager Award
December 1, 2010: IPMA Young Crew, the premier global organization dedicated to supporting future leaders in project management, is pleased to announce that Shailesh Nepal is the 2010 IPMA Young Project Manager Award reipient. He was honored for his contributions to the China Engineering Railway Corporation Project as the Deputy Contract Manager and Senior Construction Engineer.
Mr. Nepal was presented with the prestigious award at the IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop and Gala Dinner on October 30, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, he received a 350 euro stipend from Rambøll, a leading engineering, design, and consulting company, to commemorate his achievements in project management. See the complete Press Release.
Press Release: IPMA Executive Board Agrees on Remits for 2011 and 2012
November 28, 2010; Nijkerk, The Netherlands. The Executive Board (ExBo) of International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced it has agreed on the remits i.e. areas of responsibility each member of the ExBo will be in charge of for 2011 … 2012. The remits were agreed to in a meeting at the 24th IPMA World Congress at Istanbul, Turkey, in early November 2010. The IPMA President, the ExBo members, and the Chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates (CoD) were elected in the IPMA CoD meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, in late September 2010.
Mr Roberto Mori was elected to serve as IPMA President. Dr Nino Grau, Mr Stacy Goff, Mr Alexandr Tovb, Dr Mladen Radujkovic, Dr Xue Yan and Dr Sivathanu Pillai were elected to serve as the members of the ExBo. Mag. Brigitte Schaden was elected to serve as the Chairman of IPMA CoD. See the complete Press Release.
Press Release: Towson University to offer project management certificate
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 12, 2010)—The TU College of Business and Economics, in partnership with the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, now offers the Student Certificate in Project Management (SCiPM) for business administration majors enrolled in the project management and business analysis (PMBA) track.
The SCiPM—pronounced "skip-em"—certifies that a student has completed a rigorous course of study in project management. It demonstrates to potential employers that the student is prepared for an active role in project management and is ready to gain advanced knowledge in the field.
“A TU business administration degree supplemented with a certificate awarded by a premier professional organization provides our students with a distinct edge,” says Sharma Pillutla, chair of the Department of e-Business and Technology Management. "This certificate provides students an industry endorsement that will help them in today’s hyper-competitive job environment.”
The Student Certificate in Project Management will be awarded to business administration students who are pursuing the PMBA track and successfully pass the certificate exam. The exam is usually administered at the end of each academic term—December for the fall and May for the spring. The student certificate is valid for three years from the time it is awarded.
For more information about the certificate, please visit the Department of e-Business and Technology Management website or the University's page on SCiPM, or call 410-704-2783.
Press Release: IPMA Council Elects Goff as a Vice President in Iceland Meeting
October 8, 2010, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA. asapm® announces the election of asapm President Stacy Goff, IPMA Level D®, PMP®, as a Vice President of IPMA, the International Project Management Association. Goff won his position in a vote of the Council of Delegates at the semi-annual IPMA Council of Delegates, this time held in Iceland. Goff exchanged congratulations with IPMA President-Elect Roberto Mori, of Italy (who received unanimous votes for his two-year term), with Roberto saying: “thank you for your kind congratulations, which I return for your more than deserved election, that you know most of us in IPMA were anticipating for years.”
Goff will serve for a two year term, and with his bias for measurable results through collaboration, he expects to engage members and Member Associations worldwide in IPMA initiatives. Goff’s agenda as one of six Vice Presidents for IPMA will depend upon Executive Board Assignments that will be decided in November in Istanbul. Goff ran for Vice President of Membership and Young Crew, and/or Vice President of IPMA Marketing, and his responsibilities will be in some combination of those areas. Whichever the assignment, Goff will be building upon the significant accomplishments of his predecessors... See the complete Press Release.
Press Release: IPMA Young Crew Announces Finalists for the 2010 Young Project Manager Award
September 24, 2010, IPMA Young Crew, the premier global organization dedicated to supporting future leaders in project management, today announced the finalists for the 2010 IPMA Young Project Manager Award. IPMA Young Crew will honor three outstanding, global project managers who have demonstrated significant accomplishments early in their careers. The winner for the award will be announced at the 2010 IPMA Young Crew Workshop Gala Dinner at the Hilton Istanbul Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.
Introduced in 2006 at the IPMA Young Crew conference in Shanghai, China, the IPMA Young Project Manager Award recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers that have demonstrated invaluable impact to the profession and for the companies for whom they work, and are on the fast track to becoming project leaders and influencers on an international scale. See the finalists and the full Press Release. Our congratulations to the finalists, Sanchez, Hegazy and Nepal! We will unabashedly point out that our own Edward Logan has served as IPMA's Young Project Manager for two years, and will be present at the Istanbul Congress to recognise his successor.
Press Release: asapm Elects Trevor Nelson as Vice President
Colorado Springs, CO: asapm Headquarters, August 8, 2010. asapm President Stacy Goff announced today that our members have elected Trevor Nelson, IPMA Level C®, PMP® from Phoenix, Arizona, to serve as Vice President, from July 2010 through June 2013. Congratulations Trevor!
In addition to the responsibilities of the office of Vice President, Trevor will be involved with asapm’s outreach to other project and program management-related professional organizations, as well as ambassador to the wide range of business networking tools that are popular with today’s project practitioners. Trevor has been an active user of such sites as LinkedIn, Twitter, the IPMA Family collaboration site, and others.
Coming from the Construction industry, Trevor will add his perspective and background to the offerings of asapm. In his Qualifications statement, Trevor noted: “I am a professional Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in the construction and architectural industries, a dedicated leader, mentor and team-builder.”
He has a passion for project and program management, and a firm conviction that the next advancements will be made by focusing on sound principles and improving practitioner competence rather than looking for the “next new thing.”
Trevor succeeds outgoing Vice President Richard Toledo, who guided asapm through our website renovation, bringing us more of a corporate-friendly flavor. Richard’s last act as asapm VP was managing the election for his replacement. Thank you Richard! We welcome Trevor to the asapm Board, and look forward to even more insights for advancing project management in the USA. See the complete Press Release.
Press Release: asapm Involved With Asia Pacific Federation Launch
Colorado Springs, CO: asapm Headquarters, May 9, 2010. The new Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (APFPM) was successfully launched in Hong Kong on Saturday 24th April 2010. At the end of a long day of dialogue, the launch was celebrated at the Annual Dinner of the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management.
asapm was represented at this launch event by one of our favorites, Dr. Paul Giammalvo. He reported back on the events of the formation meeting, and the evening dinner. He also provided us with a copy of the official formation Press Release, which we have adapted for our audience. We were originally reticent to participate, until we did a bit of research on APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Community, that this federation is based upon, and encountered a State Department research report citing, "Why America Needs APEC". A range of other searches showed us that there are opportunities and challenges with APEC, and we thought, why not get project management, the discipline for society change, constructively involved?
The evening dinner included Hong Kong luminaries; the Hon. Dr. Raymond Ho Chung-tai - Member of Legislative Council, Ms. Ada Fung - Head of Hong Kong’s Public Housing, and the Federation meeting delegates from Hong Kong, India, China, Nepal, Japan, United States, Indonesia, and Australia; plus, 120 other guests. Presenting to the dinner Dr. Bill Young, the APFPM's new Chairman elect, announced the formation of the new Federation. APFPM is an organisation, he said, that will link and help develop and strengthen Project Management institutions across the Asia Pacific region. See the entire Press Release.
Young Crew Press Release: 2010 IPMA Young Project Manager Call for Nominations
IPMA's Young Crew has produced a Press Release that announces the call for nominations for the 2010 IPMA Young Project Manager Award. Introduced in 2006 at the IPMA Young Crew conference in Shanghai, China, the IPMA Young Project Manager Award recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers for their accomplishments early in their careers. These honorees have demonstrated invaluable impact to both their profession and their companies, and are on the fast track to becoming influential project leaders on an international scale.
The IPMA Young Project Manager Award is open to project managers ages 18 to 35 at the time of application who have worked or are currently working on a project for at least six months. The criteria for evaluation of the award are based upon the International Competence Baseline (ICB), and finalists will be chosen based upon the strength of their overall nomination package. Members and non-members of IPMA are eligible to apply. Finalists will each receive a financial sponsorship of 1,500€ to attend the IPMA Young Crew Conference and Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey October 30-November 3 2010.
This year, Young Crew has implemented an online application. Access the application at SurveyMonkey. All applications must be completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on June 30, 2010. In addition, Young Crew has selected an esteemed award jury that will assist in selecting the finalists for the award. See more information about the award at the IPMA website. IPMA is also looking for two additional professionals to join the jury. If you have any suggestions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full press release.
aPRO Goes Live, Website Updated, Press Release Posted!
Colorado Springs, CO – April 5, 2010. asapm Releases New Generation Standard for Organizational PM Assessment. asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, announces the release of the asapm Performance Rated Organization (aPRO™) standard. The aPRO standard offers a new-generation, results-oriented approach, to provide a complete picture of organizational performance competence in project and program management (P/PM).
The aPRO standard was published as an exposure draft in December 2009, and received hundreds of comments from around the world. The standard and its companion Assessor Guide offer organizations a path to certification for their performance in project management. “aPRO delivers a fresh, new, perhaps even radical approach, to assessing the factors that lead to P/PM performance in organizations,” said asapm president Stacy Goff. “Organizations now have an affordable new alternative for improving their project and program management results, while also differentiating themselves through certification.”
Organizations of all sizes will use the aPRO standard to differentiate themselves from their competition, and improve P/PM performance. They can benefit from the aPRO standard in two ways: They can download and use the standard for an informal self-assessment, or they can retain a Recognized Assessor (RA) for an external perspective. The use of a Recognized Assessor qualifies the organization for certification as an asapm Performance Rated Organization.
The Recognized Assessor program creates a turnkey market offering for consultancies qualified to conduct the assessments. Interested assessors participate in a formal training program offered by the aPRO team, where they learn specific methods for conducting the unique threshold performance assessment. The aPRO team anticipates that organization-internal assessors will also be interested in the training, and combinations of internal and external assessors will be yet another option. The aPRO website, at http://asapm.org/apro lists the contact information for current Recognized Assessors, and asapm plans to offer a Recognized Assessor training in June 2010. See the rest of the aPRO Go-Live Press Release.
Press Release: New Book Focuses On Project Management In Government (3/2010)
Vienna, VA—Management Concepts announces the publication of, Achieving Project Management Success in the Federal Government, by Jonathan Weinstein and Timothy Jaques, both asapm members.
This new book of project management best practices is based on research and interviews conducted by the authors on officials in a variety of government entities and involved in a wide range of projects.
Although project management is not new to the federal government, the discipline has taken on renewed importance in the face of the ever-increasing size, complexity, and number of mission-critical projects being undertaken by every branch and agency. The authors’ clear and insightful coverage of a selection of successful projects and the reasons for that success offer valuable guidance to all those in government related project management.
The authors, Jonathan Weinstein and Timothy Jaques, are founding partners of Line of Sight (www.Line-of-Sight.com), a program management, process design, and organizational change management services organization. Each has written extensively on project management and organizational change... See the whole press release.
aPRO Exposure Draft Comments and Update (1/2010)
Last month we sent out a special mid-December newsletter and press released announcing that the aPRO Exposure Draft was ready for comments. aPRO is the asapm Performance Rated Organization standard, developed by an asapm team to change the way organizations evaluate and improve PM Performance. See more abot the standard and the team at the blog posts mentioned above.
The comments we have received so far are not only useful and encouraging, they are coming from some of the most-savvy people in PM practice. Such comments as "elegant and useful" to "how do we sign up?" show that the team has a winner. Another observer commented that many available pm models appear to be a view of the organization from just a project managers' perspective.
This comment evoked the image of a child at a party of adults; all he or she can clearly see is legs and bums. We have seen many such "limited views of the organization", in pm writing, standards and tools, and perhaps that explains why executive management does not eagerly jump on board. Our correspondent appreciated that aPRO begins with the view from Executive Management, and works its way down the organization. They went on to observe this strength will help the aPRO model to be more successful in gaining traction in project and program-oriented organizations.
The Exposure Draft period ended April 5, 2010 with the publishing of the final standard.
Consultancies that are interested in offering aPRO assessments, and organizations that are interested in getting assessed, should contact the aPRO team at: aPRO Interest.
Your Participation Requested in Two Key Surveys (1/2010)
Intercultural Communication and International PM Survey: Your Participation Requested
Isabelle Ritz is writing her thesis about "Intercultural communication and International Project Management".
Her referee is Prof. Dr. Nino Grau, Vice President of IPMA, a very special friend of asapm, and of Young Crew-USA.
Ms. Ritz has set up a short online survey. She is seeking survey responses from project managers and project members with international experience. She plans to evaluate the results in a little over one month. It is always difficult to find qualified volunteers, so it would be extremely helpful and contributing if you could sacrifice a little bit of your precious time for the participation and support of the study.
The survey takes around 10 minutes and is simple to complete. Please go: http://onlineforschung.org/ipm?set=English.
Ms. Ritz and asapm thank you for your support.
Program Manager Survey: Your Participation Requested
If you are a Program Manager, please participate in this survey on leadership in program management. There are two parts of the survey. The first part asks questions about the nature of programs the program manager managed. The second part assesses program manager’s leadership style. The research findings will help program managers to adjust their leadership styles to the different program context, and will help top management to choose an appropriate program manager for the particular program. Go: http://survey.usbe.umu.se/research/tomas.blomquist/index.php?sid=5
This is part of the research of ESC Lille, France PhD candidate Jingting Shao. If you qualify as a Program Manager, please complete the survey. The information obtained from you will be held in strict confidence. No reference will be made to specific individuals or names of organizations. To thank you for your participation, you will have the opportunity to receive the research findings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the survey author at: email@example.com. Thank you very!
Press Release: asapm Releases Draft Standard for Organizational PM Assessment. (12/2009)
Colorado Springs, CO – December 16, 2009. American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm)today that it has released an Exposure Draft of its Standard for Assessing Organizational Performance in Project Management. Once approved, the standard will be used by both public and private sector organizations to evaluate their project management performance. The draft may be downloaded from asapm’s aPRO website, and comments are due by February 10, 2010.
Tim Jacques, asapm Director of Standards, said that the Standard will have two major uses. asapm will use it to certify a competent organization as an asapm Performance Rated Organization (aPROSM), while organizations will use it to identify opportunities to get better results from their projects. The aPRO toolkit consists of the standard, an assessor training program, and an assessor guide to help ensure consistent, valid, and reliable assessments. Jacques also noted that data from all assessments will be made available to academic researchers for free.
Stacy Goff, asapm President, added that, “We expect aPRO assessments to be in high demand, especially among Federal Government agencies trying to comply with the Federal Acquisition Certification For Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).” Goff also expects high demand from service providers in Information Technology, software development, biotech, and telecommunications who will use aPRO certification as evidence of their ability to deliver timely and cost effective results for their customers.
When asked about the need for a new organizational project management assessment standard, Bill Duncan, aPRO architect, said that other available standards are “mostly proprietary, prescriptive, or just too problematic to implement.” He went on to note that “several consultancies with their own proprietary models — including my own — have decided to use aPRO instead.” He added that the standard was designed so that it could be used to assess a department, an agency, a business unit, a geographic location, or an entire corporate entity. Click here for the full Press Release.
Press Release: asapm Wins IBM Grant. (11/2009)
Colorado Springs, CO – November 18, 2009. American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm) announces today that it has won one of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s highly sought after, internationally solicited, 2009-2010 Research Report awards. asapm’s proposal development team, Timothy Jaques, Reed Ulrich, Morgan Henrie and Brent Hansen, successfully presented that a need exists to better understand the relationship between project success and project management competence. Click here for the full Press Release.
APM Group & IPMA Agree; IPMA Certs Logical PM Progression for PRINCE2 Practitioners. (11/2009)
The International Project Management Association (IPMA) and The APM Group are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable the two organisations to support and recognise each other. IPMA President Brigitte Schaden and The APM Group Chairman Alan Harpham sign in the photo below.
The alliance of the two parties is designed to achieve the following objectives:
- To publicise the mapping between ICB.3® and PRINCE2® as developed by GAPPS and verified
by IPMA and APM Group.
- To encourage IPMA members and PRINCE2 qualified people to research and write articles
comparing and contrasting the ICB.3 and PRINCE2.
- To recognize that PRINCE2 provides knowledge and understanding of a number of the
concepts included in the ICB.3 and in due course IPMA will develop supplementary exams to
enable PRINCE2 Practitioners to achieve appropriate IPMA qualifications i.e. at levels C & D.
- To raise awareness of the IPMA member association’s individual membership schemes
among the APM Group’s examination candidates.
- To bring the IPMA member associations´ corporate membership schemes to the attention
of the APM Group’s Accredited Organizations.
Click here to see the full press release, then follow the asapm website for commentary on the implications.
asapm President Stacy Goff Speaks At Major PM Conferences in USA and Middle East (11/2009)
In Milwaukee: asapm President Stacy Goff spoke at two major PM conferences in October; one was in Milwaukee, for the 7th Annual Professional Development Day conference of the local PM Institute chapter. With over 300 people attending this very well-organized conference, the range of speakers was outstanding. Goff spoke in two sessions; the first was his popular topic (click the link to download the article): Essential Insights In Meeting the Rising Demand For PM Performance. Of great interest for this audience, as it has been for others, is the notion of moving beyond Entry-level PM certifications, to actually develop and certify PM Performance Competence with Advanced certifications. Both the need and the appeal for PM competence development, PM performance improvement, and asapm's Advanced certifications were clear in the questions-and-answers session.
Goff's second session in Milwaukee dealt with practitioner and society implications from Goff's chapter in the recently-published book, Project Management: Circa 2025. See more about the book itself, some background, information about Goff's chapter, Visions for the PM Software Industry, and a taste of the predictions at Goff's website (see the link below). Goff's presentation includes such predictions as the mainstreaming of Portfolio Management with a wholistic twist, an implantable "wisdom tooth" that provides instant access to 1000 project experts' knowledge and experience, and other exciting (or scary, if all you rely upon is knowledge) scenarios. A comment from one participant: "I spend so much time worrying about work needed by the end of the month, it was totally refreshing to look this far into my future. This was so different from other conferences!" In the interest of helping publicize the book, and with the permission of PM Institute, the book's publisher, Goff has posted his chapter at his ProjectExperts website, for download by future-seeking parties.
In the MiddleEast: This was an interesting project from the start! At an IPMA Council meeting, the representative of one of our MiddleEast Member Organizations asked Goff to present a Keynote at their major conference, with over 1500 PMs in attendance. Schedules were tight, so Goff suggested a Virtual Keynote. Given the economy this year, they readily agreed. Both parties agreed to the topic, the duration, and the technology. On the weekend before the event, they held an extensive test, connecting the conference facility to Colorado Springs. Flawless reception! The Conference Theme was Project Risk Management; and, the Keynote presentation supported that theme, Risk Management IS Project Intelligence. Ironic, because one risk remained: What if the internet connection is down at one location or the other? Goff recorded the complete Keynote, together with a personalized welcome, and a friendly shout out at friend and associate Adesh Jain (IPMA EXBO Member from India), who had spoken earlier in the conference day. Goff Flashed (translated video to Adobe Flash) the backup recording, posted it at his website, and urged the Conference Director to download it as a backup plan.
Wouldn't you know, on the first Conference day, no internet connections worked at the Conference facility! The pre-recorded backup was played to the 1500+ participants, the Keynote was a success, and the Conference organizers were very happy with the outcome. We truly understand that Risk Management IS Project Intelligence! This particular presentation was first offered in India, and updated for this event. Goff sent a notice about the downloadable copy to asapm members at the Members Only website the day before the Conference, and over 25% of asapm members downloaded the 38mb presentation.
Young Crew News: Two Press Releases (10/2009)
1. We are excited to announce that our Young Crew President, Jhaymee Wilson, has been listed as a 2009 Technology Rising Star in Women of Color magazine. You can download the formal press release in PDF format. We invite our supporters to send their congratulations to Jhaymee via e-mail at YoungCrew.
Please direct all media inquiries to Sloane Whiteley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of IPMA Young Crew, and continue to stay tuned for our official website rollout later this year!
-- Sloane Whiteley, VP YC Marketing
2. We are also excited to announce the finalization of our Young Crew logo. This is a major milestone. Look forward to seeing our logo on our new website, which we will be rolling-out in the up-coming weeks! You can see the logo by downloading the formal press release in PDF format. Thank you for your continued support of IPMA Young Crew! -- Sloane Whiteley, VP YC Marketing
asapm Appoints Brent Hansen as Director of Member Services (08/2009)
The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm - www.asapm.org) based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has appointed Dr. Brent Hansen, D.B.A, PMP® from Bountiful, Utah to serve as Director of Member Services. The position became open when Stacy Goff, formerly in that role, was elected asapm's President. Brent will serve the remaining two years in the position.
Brent’s interests include increasing membership and serving the current members, increasing affiliations with Project Management‐related professional organizations, and improving the visibility and results of asapm’s contributions to national and global project management performance. asapm is the International Project Management Association (IPMA – www.ipma.ch) representative in the United States. IPMA has over 40,000 members worldwide. asapm is a young and growing organization, yet offers the USA's only Performance competence-based certification of Project Managers and Senior Project Managers.
PMAC Has an Offer for asapm Members (07/2009)
The Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is now an IPMA member (Editor's note: Congratulations, Canada!), and we are setting up a slew of low-cost webinars and teleseminars as educational opportunities that generate revenues for our association and also create a member benefit (members get a significant discount on the events and can still earn <gasp> PDUs towards their recert at the same time).
Our board has agreed to extend the PMAC member discount to our cousins south of the border. We offer asapm members the same member discount that we offer to our own members to these events.
Here is the next event:
September 10, 2009 - Project Lessons from The Great Escape by Mark Kozak Holland - $9.95 members, $19.95 non-members [Details and registration at http://www.mmpubs.com/catalog/10-september-2009-pmac-project-lessons-from-the-great-escape-p-311.html.
For asapm members to get the member discount, enter the discount coupon code that can be found in the asapm Members Only area.
Kevin J.J. Aguanno, PMP®, MAPM, IPMA-B
Certified Executive Project Manager
Editor's comment: Kevin is an asapm Certification Assessor. We've seen Mark Kozak Holland's work, and he is a stellar act! We highly recommend that all members take advantage of this Offer!
IPMA Selects Mr. Veikko Välilä as Secretary General
Background: At its meeting of March 2008 the Council decided that IPMA should employ a full time person in the function of Secretary General.
After a public call for applications IPMA received 18 candidates' applications. In a structured and professionally-led process, the committee evaluated these applications. After an extensive screening and review process, plus preliminary interviews, on January 12th - 13th 2009, a final interview of 3 to 4 hours with the top three candidates took place.
The committee decided to nominate V. Välilä for the function of Secretary General and forwarded this decision to the ExBo. The committee was at the time of decision aware of the difficult situation, that V. Välilä was 2007/2008 President of IPMA, and today is the Chairman of Council. After careful evaluation the nomination was proposed, because the Committee came to the conclusion that from all candidates V. Välilä is the best qualified person -- in terms of international and intercultural experience and attitudes, in terms of managerial skills and in terms of knowledge about values, culture strengths and weaknesses of IPMA and its Member Associations. Congratulations Veikko!
The IPMA Council of Delegates voted to accept Project Management Association of Canada / Association de Management de Projet du Canada (PMAC-AMPC) as an IPMA member association in our meeting last month! A neighborly initiative supported by asapm, we now have twice as much presence in North America. This Canadian group has been forming and recruiting members for over two years, and have not yet had the chance to update their website with this great news (see www.pmac-ampc.ca).
If you live in Canada (or wish to support their efforts to promote PM Competence), we encourage you to join PMAC-AMPC and help to shape this new organization. The membership form and process is on the website. And now all of us in the USA must learn the correct way to pronounce the word project. Congratulations Canada!
Call For Papers, Annals of Operations Research
April, 2009: Operations Research is one of the fields contributing the most to the practice of Project Management, as it has proposed formal solutions to a wide range of problems. These contributions are mainly related to project scheduling and planning. However, one hundred years after Gantt proposed his popular diagram, most construction and engineering firms still use only simple methods, such as CPM, PERT, and Gantt diagrams. Click to see more about the desired topics. Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2009. Go: http://www.editorialmanager.com/anor.
International Business Development Council (IBDC) Updates
April, 2009: In March, asapm posted and distributed the Press Release announcing our signing of the Affiliation Agreement between seven PM-related not-for-profit organizations, and forming International Business Development Council. The IBDC mission is to connect professional and trade associations involved in the life-cycle of business development and program/project management.
The affiliates of the International Business Development Council had our first face-to-face meeting the week of April 6. In the meeting, we organized joint speaking and exhibit appearances at a variety of USA and World events, added new scheduled events, and exchanged key articles and speakers lists.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the announcement of a Business Development Competencies Research Project. Soon we will be soliciting Corporate sponsors for this project. Among the results of the project will be a list of the competences Business Development Managers would expect (for example) competent Program and Project Managers to demonstrate. We are discussing similar initiatives with other related disciplines. A unique differentiator we have with the IBDC alliance is the ability to tap and share the expertise of our related disciplines. Part of what makes this possible is our shared belief in the open exchange of intellectual property, rather than holding tightly to it.
Seven Organizations Agree to Form the International Business Development Council
ALEXANDRIA, VA ― On March 9, seven organizations signed an alliance agreement that forms the International Business Development Council, whose mission is to connect professional and trade associations involved in the life-cycle of business development. The seven founding organizations of the council, with a collective membership of more than 20,000, are:
- the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP),
- the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®),
- the Business Development Institute International (BD-Institute),
- the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM),
- the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm®),
the U.S. affiliate of the International Project Management Association (IPMA),
- the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and
- the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).
“This is a tremendous opportunity to advance the profession by collaborating on programs and services across the spectrum of business development,” noted Howard Nutt, Executive Director of the Business Development Institute International. Signing the agreement was the initial step for the Council to develop global partnerships that promote the value and recognition of the business development profession and benefit the associations’ members and respective professions.
From asapm's perspective, as reported by Stacy Goff, "this is a significant event in helping Programs and Projects to benefit from smarter actions taken to the left of the proposal". Given that in Contract Engagements, the vast majority of problems begin before the PM is even identified, this alliance, with its exchange of information, practices and competences, is a key step in improving PM Performance.
As its first joint project, the Council collaborated on content for the Business Development track at the NCMA World Congress in Long Beach, Calif., on April 5 – 8. Additional collaboration will take place at remaining events of 2009 and 2010, including the IACCM USA Conference on April 22-24, Orlando, FL. We encourage asapm members to participate in these events!
In Our Memory: Larry Kueppers, 1957-2008
asapm mourns Larry Kueppers, who died Thursday, October 9. Early indications are that Larry's death is the result of a blood clot in his lung.
Our hearts go out to Larry's family. We ask our friends to offer a silent prayer for him, and for those he left behind. They include his wife, Norma; sons, Christopher and Joshua Kueppers of Elkhart; daughter, Kaela Kueppers of Elkhart; brothers, Tim (Robin) Kueppers of Kalamazoo and Bob (Sherri) Kueppers of Byron Center, MI; and his mother, Marjorie Kueppers of Kalamazoo.
Larry joined asapm in early 2007 and immediately looked for ways he could help others. He flew to Colorado Springs to attend one of our Board Meetings, and decided to run for office as Director of Standards. He has represented asapm and IPMA in meetings to produce the next draft standard for Project Management, ISO 21500. Others in those meetings, including some of the best minds in Project Management, remarked at the time how thrilled they were with Larry's participation.
We mourn Larry's departure, and at the same time, because we have experienced his deeply religious beliefs, celebrate his everlasting peace.
An online guest book may be accessed at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.
July 13, 2008: The Netherlands. The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has decided to appoint a Secretary General. This will be a full-time role, possibly based in Holland, but the location will be open to discussion. A sub-committee from the Executive Board has been established to consider applications and plans to move forward quickly on this issue.
Founded in 1967, the IPMA is the world’s longest-serving project management professional organization. Its structure is unique, because IPMA is an international network of national project management societies. Interestingly, its original name was INTERNET. While the National local serve the specific project management development needs of each country in its national language, the IPMA, as an umbrella organization, represents them at the international level. The IPMA is truly a global organization with member associations throughout the world, including some 45 national representative bodies spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. This is the first two paragraphs. Click to see the entire Press Release.
Editor's note: We have seen other member organizations struggle with getting the right the balance between a professionally-managed organization and a member-run organization. IPMA relies on volunteers for all its efforts, and the commitments of National Council of Delegate representatives, special initiative Project Managers and Team Members, and especially the ExBo (Executive Board) members is huge. We serve on the IPMA Governance Committee that developed the position description for this new role, and will be helping to guide this IPMA transition. We are confident that this important step, that has the potential to significantly improve IPMA performance, will also assure ongoing responsiveness to member needs. --S. Goff
JC Consulting's Proportion Group Launches Series of USA IPMA Level D® Courses
John Colville, with his JC Consulting company, has trained more IPMA Level D certificants than any other company we know of. He is an asapm member, and for over two years has been offering his training, together with an IPMA Level D exam (proctored by asapm's Certification organization in North America). His participants' pass rate for the exam is excellent. Recently John Colville and asapm President Lew Ireland met to discuss John's support of asapm.
They discussed the actions participants could take to further improve their pass rate. Those suggestions, including one that just says read the NCB (USA National Competence Baseline) now appear on John's new website.
Note that asapm does not offer general or certification-related workshops; we feel that it is a conflict of interest to compete with our own members who offer stellar training. That is one reason why we offer our Competence Enabler program, to highlight providers who can Demonstrate the Competence Difference™. John's company has been an asapm Competence Enabler since 2006.
Proportion Training is the new website's name, and John has built it to focus on his USA-related offerings. His JC Consulting site shows his efforts all over the world, and some people had difficulty finding the USA listings. The new site has a crisp, clean look, and shows a list of classes and Level D exams for the remainder of this year:
June 26-29 Chicago, IL
July 17-20 Seattle, WA
Aug 7-10 Denver, CO
Sept 18-21 Las Vegas, NV
Oct 9-12 San Francisco, CA
Nov 6-9 New Orleans, LA
Click here to download the Chicago workshop registration form. Or, direct any queries to John Colville at Proportion (312) 329-9893. John has also scheduled classes for the first half of 2009, in locations that include Atlanta, Portland, Austin, Baltimore, Newark and Toronto. Note that our certifications do no require a workshop, but the right training will help, together with relevant experience and a good read of the USA NCB.
asapm and Business Development Institute International Sign Alliance Agreement! 02/2008
On February 5, 2008 Lew Ireland, President of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm), and Howard Nutt, Executive Director of the Business Development Institute International (BD-Institute), announced the two organizations’ signing of an Alliance Partnership Agreement.
In announcing the agreement, Mr. Ireland noted that, “As the USA’s premier competence-based credentialing organization for project and program managers, we are a strong advocate of effective project management practice and believe that part of that effectiveness must include the competences needed to fulfill the project manager's role in winning new business. This makes the partnership with the BD-Institute a strategic step toward the future of program and project management in the USA and the World.” Click here to see the rest of the Press Release.
USA's First Level C Project Managers Certified in Performance Competency! 08/2007
June 23 was a momentous day in the history of both asapm and project management in the USA. On that day, asapm certified its first Project Managers! We’re still dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s, so we can’t announce the names yet, but we will do so in the next newsletter. The deep discounts authorized by asapm's Certification organization to kick-start the program will only be available through the end of 2007, so if you’ve been thinking of getting a performance-based competence certification, this is the time to do it!
The next interviews, for Levels B and C are in late October, with applications due September 15. Our next Level D exam is in Boston, on October 29, 2007.
The currently-available USA Project Manager certifications now include:
Certified Senior Project Manager
Level C: Certified Project Manager
Level D: Certified Project Associate
To see more about Certification and details about all our levels of IPMA-compliant certification, click here.