Live from the PMI Global Congress!

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

I’m here in Orlando, Florida for the PMI Global Congress North America at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Centre.

Yesterday was the first day of Congress, and it’s the 40th birthday of PMI, so everyone is treating it as a very special occasion. The main events were the Global Accreditation Centre Academic Forum (which looked at innovations in project management education), annual meetings for each of the Virtual Communities and the final Leadership events for those members who are part of chapters or committees – the Leadership conference has been running for a couple of days already, and has now wound up. The biggest event of the day was the awards ceremony and reception.

The awards ceremony took place in the massive Osceola ballroom, and the idea was for us to “honour the best of the best in project management”. Heathrow Airport Terminal 1 was up for Project of the Year and as a London girl I was crossing my fingers for that one! Unfortunately it didn’t win, and if you’ve been following the Congress on Twitter using the hashtag #pminac you will have seen the winner being announced in real time: it was Fluor Enterprises for their Newmont TS Power Plant project – building a power plant in an inhospitable bit of Nevada, so congratulations to them.

Cirque Odyssey performed at the awards, which was brilliant, and broke up the ceremony a bit. There were other awards given out, on top of the Project of the Year. The award winners announced tonight were:

  • Distinguished Project Award: Freescale Semiconductor Inc for their final manufacturing organisation IT & Manufacturing partnership; also awarded to PMI Baltimore Chapter for their work with volunteers
  • PMI Community Advancement Through Project Management Award — Individual Category: Tim Mattimoe for his work in Africa
    PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award: Upendra Giri for cementing project management practices in India
    PMI Research Achievement Award: Jeffrey Pinto
  • PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award: Kathleen Hass for her book Managing Complex Projects: a new model
  • PMI Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Awards: Cadence Management Corporation for their master course in the multi-disciplinary approach of planning and implementing projects; and to IBM for their in-house work on their internal project management curriculum
  • PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award: Alpha Consultoria for their seminar on effective project management; and to Euro Bank SA for their ‘Mayday, Mayday’ workshop

On top of this, there were eight people receiving the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award
and seven new Fellows elected to the Institute. There were also awards for the PMI Components and the PMI Educational Foundation.  You can read some of the reactions of the award winners on the Voices of Project Management blog here.

After the awards were announced, PMI had laid on drinks and food – very nice dim sum!

You can see a video diary of the day’s events on A Girl’s Guide to Project Management here, and Jesse Fewell has also written about the day, with some photos.

Project Manager of the Year Award

Posted by Arjun Thomas

As reported in Trading Markets.

New York, NY, Jul 02, 2009 ( via COMTEX) — JW/A | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating — International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) has opened the application process for the 2009 Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year(TM) Award. A global leader in professional training in Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft(R) Office Project and Project Server, PRINCE2(R), and Lean Six Sigma, IIL established this prestigious international award in 2006 to recognize project management professionals who demonstrate superior performance, outstanding skills, and innovative project management techniques, as well as those who make significant contributions in business, industry, government, community, or not-for-profit environments. The Award bears the name of Dr. Harold Kerzner, Ph.D, M.S., and M.B.A., Senior Executive Director of IIL. Considered by many to be “the father of modern project management,” he is an expert in the areas of project, program, and portfolio management and is the author of a number of best-selling project management textbooks, including Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, which is now in its tenth edition. His most recent textbook, Value-Driven Project Management (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) will be released in September of this year.

“Dr. Harold Kerzner is a true visionary in the field of project management and it is with great pride that we pay tribute to his contributions through the Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year(TM) Award,” said E. LaVerne Johnson, Founder, President, and CEO of IIL. “IIL is delighted to reward outstanding professionals for their dedication to the pursuit of project management excellence.”

Previous winners of the award have seen tremendous growth in their professional endeavors as a result of the honor. “Following my selection as International Project Manager of the Year, I have been very satisfied to see my career make a ‘quantum leap’, my network expand, and my credibility grow. The honor has elevated my status in the field, resulting in a new career opportunity that has profoundly changed my life and the lives of my family,” said Scot Hanley, PMP, MCP, 2008 Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year. “I have also been asked to contribute to Dr. Kerzner’s latest book and have been invited to lecture regularly on project management at the University of Alabama.”

To be eligible, candidates must possess the PMI(R) PMP(R) cred

Australian project management to go international

Posted by Arjun Thomas

Source : Dynamic Export

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Project Management Association (IPMA) with view to becoming a member of the IPMA in September.

“Being linked in as a key member of this reputable international body will bring a wide range of opportunities,” said Dr Bill Young, AIPM national president. “Membership of IPMA will enhance opportunities for our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a large and growing global project management community.”

Young said the membership would assist the transferability of Australia project management skills internationally: “Ultimately we expect this initiative to raise project management standards and open doors for Australian project managers internationally.”

Signing of the memorandum occurred at the close of the 23rd IPMA World Congress in Helsinki yesterday. The AIPM will submit its membership application later this year and also make a submission to host the IPMA World Congress in Australia.

International Institute for Learning to Present The Virtual Learning Summit: People, Processes and Projects

Posted by Arjun Thomas

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 15, 2009 — International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global leader in professional training in the areas of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft® Office Project and Project Server, PRINCE2®, and Lean Six Sigma, today announced its first Virtual Learning Summit, “People, Processes, and Projects.”

Co-sponsored by PMINYC, the New York City chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the summit will provide an invaluable opportunity for professionals to examine and create dialogue with the company’s globally-recognized experts on the role project management will play as a discipline and strategic business tool in the 21st century.

In order to serve the needs of the global project management community, IIL is presenting three opportunities for attendance in August 2009, enabling participants to choose the offering that works best for their local time zone. The event is comprised of two unique three-hour sessions, each featuring three presentations and a question-and-answer period, providing attendees with direct access to IIL’s most senior subject matter experts — all through the convenience of a virtual venue.

“The Virtual Learning Summit will deliver strategic insights and best practices, empowering individuals with the knowledge to achieve continuous improvement in their day-to-day work with people, processes, and projects,” said E. LaVerne Johnson, Founder, CEO, and President of IIL. “Utilizing our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform, the Summit will afford professionals the unique opportunity to create dialogue with some of world’s leading authorities on Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Six Sigma, Microsoft® Project Server, and interpersonal development — in a format that is ideal for this economic climate.”

The Closing Keynote Address for the Virtual Summit, Project Management: The Key to Business Leadership in the 21st Century, will be delivered by Dr. Harold Kerzner, world-renowned expert on project management and Senior Executive Director, IIL. To view the complete event program, visit

Attendance will be limited to ensure interactivity. The first 100 registrants for each summit will receive a free copy of the upcoming textbook Value-Driven Project Management (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) by Dr. Harold Kerzner and Frank P. Saladis. Registration is now open at

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Seitz at +1-212-515-5107 or Jennifer.seitz @

Best Practice Showcase: it’s not too late to attend!

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

The Best Practice Showcase 2009 is taking place here in London at the QEII Centre this month on Tuesday 23 June 2009.  It’s been running for 7 years, and is billed as the UK’s number one event for project, programme and risk managers with over 2800 satisfied delegates to date.

I attended last year and there were many interesting stalls and presenters; the break out sessions I attended were particularly good, although you have to get in early to book a place.  And the best thing is that it’s free!

The organisers have added some new things for 2009:

  • 20% more “Birds of a Feather” sessions. A large body of research now recognises that a learning environment with real interaction is far more effective than straight lectures. The “Birds of Feather” workshops at Best Practice Showcase have always been the most popular feature of the event so this year there are five rather than four BoF sessions (and still finishing at the reasonable time of 16:30).
  • Repeated BoF sessions throughout the day. Delegate comments from last year indicated that people were often disappointed because two sessions that they would have liked to have attended were scheduled at the same time. To reduce the likelihood of session clashes the programme has been planned this year so that a number of BoF sessions are repeated throughout the day, ensuring that if you miss the first session you can catch the repeat later on.
  • Comfortable areas to sit down and eat lunch. In the past they tried to create an easy atmosphere for networking at lunchtime by ensuring that lunch was eaten standing up – but that’s impractical, especially once you have your conference bag in hand.  At the event this year there will be ample space at laid tables for sitting down to eat lunch.

In addition to the BoF sessions this year there will be:

  • Over 100 different sessions focusing on project, programme and risk management
  • Over 25 training companies, specialist consultancies and software companies in the project, programme and risk management arena
  • The opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and share experiences (this is one of the big perks, especially as the event is free)

The full programme is now available – so have a look and if you are in London come along!  Reserve your place now at