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PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

Each year, PMI awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research with themes and perspectives that have direct application to the theory and/or practice of project management.

For 2019, PMI has awarded four Sponsored Research Grants:

  1. Project Title: Knowing when to embrace ambiguity and when to fear it: developing the ability to manage uncertainty in project managers
    Investigators: Anna Wiewiora (principal investigator) and Peter O'Connor
    Affiliation: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  2. Project Title: Harnessing Social Capital with Community Stakeholders in Infrastructure Projects
    Investigators: Suresh Cuganesan (principal investigator), Kenneth Chung, and Pernille Eskerod
    Affiliation: The University of Sydney, Australia
  3. Project Title: Project Organizing for Tackling Grand Challenges in Emergent Markets
    Investigator: Nuno Gil (principal investigator)
    Affiliation: Manchester Business School, United Kingdom
  4. Project Title: P3M Implementation Framework for Grand Challenges Policies: The Case of Climate Change Mitigation Infrastructure
    Investigators: Vedran Zerjav (principal investigator), Efrosyni Konstantinou, Kate Gasparro
    Affiliation: University College London, United Kingdom

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! The next Sponsored Research Program grant funding cycle opens 1 February 2019 for funding in 2020. To learn more about the PMI Sponsored Research Program, visit pmi.org/SponsoredResearch.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 03, 2018 11:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

August Book Club

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August Book Club

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com August book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for August is Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach by Michael M. Bissonette

Mike Bissonette is a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, training consultant and author.  He has over 37 years of research and development experience within several industries (i.e., Aerospace, Commercial Electronics, Industrial Equipment and Services, Clean Technology, IT and SaaS), and has led the development of a myriad of products and services.  Mike began his professional career as a radar system engineer and progressed into several technical and project/program/portfolio manager roles.  His experience spans Fortune 500 companies and small start-up companies.  He has held executive level positions over many functional disciplines, including: Project Management Offices, Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Product Management, and Quality Assurance.  He has also held the position of division General Manager (SVP and Officer) of a public company.

Mike co-founded RTConfidence, Inc. (a company that is developing and innovative cloud-based management system which contains specialized IP, including Machine Learning technology), and Build2Scale, Inc. (a company that works with start-ups and young companies seeking investment and accelerated growth).

Mike is a certified PfMP® (Portfolio Management Professional), an EIR (Expert in Residence) at UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation Center, and currently teaches a blended (both in-person and on-line) class in Clarkson University’s MS in Engineering Management curriculum, entitled “Strategic Project Management.”

Mike is considered a thought leader in certain industries, has spoken at numerous events, and has taught many project management and product development related courses.  His unique professional experience has afforded Mike a broad and diverse perspective of project management and what it takes to be a successful project manager, not to mention, what it takes to be a successful company in this ever-changing, highly competitive, global marketplace.  He published a text book “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” through the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and has contributed to PMI’s recently released PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide, Sixth Edition, and The Standard for Portfolio Management, Fourth Edition. 

Mike holds a BSEE degree from Clarkson University, a MSEE from CSU, Long Beach, and an MBA from UC, Irvine.   

Mike is a volunteer in probation at juvenile detention facilities (in Orange County, CA), is a sports enthusiast, enjoys oil-painting, is married, has four children, and lives in Southern California.

About the book:

It’s not exactly news that putting the concepts of risk management into action can help make a project more successful. In fact, a solid understanding of risk management is a vital component of any project management professional’s training, regardless of the industry in which he or she might work. In today’s fast-paced, constantly changing, and extremely competitive environment, risk management is more important than ever for businesses hoping to find their footing in the global market.

In Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach, author Michael M. Bissonette not only provides insights into the best ways to implement the traditional techniques of risk management, but also explores innovative new methods that can help modern organizations build their culture, improve financial performance, and ultimately achieve greater success in all of their projects.

Our August book club host is David Maynard, PMP. Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from engineering school from the State University of New York, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center for many years.

He gradually gained responsibilities and participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training. Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, and he became a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, a Project Manager and Program Manager. David then moved to the Space Operations and Planning Complex (SOPC) where he again participating in overall technical design efforts.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations. Mr. Maynard left SMI for another attempt at retirement.

David now teaches at Purdue University in Indiana, is active the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter and volunteers for PMI in various capacities.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 30, 2018 10:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

June Book Club

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We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com June book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for June is The Practitioner's Guide to Program Management by Irene Didinsky

Early in her career, Irene Didinsky recognized that project and program management was her passion. She accepted roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, energy, utilities, food and beverages, power tools, and hospitality. Ms. Didinsky led global cross cultural projects at Deloitte. She delivered programs that implemented value-based care solutions for large healthcare systems at Evolent Health, a healthcare consulting firm, and she has influenced the delivery of millions of dollars of capital investment through project and program management at Kaiser Permanente. As there are very few books written about program management, Ms. Didinsky became a writer by night while working as a program manager. Her enthusiasm for helping people in all aspects of program management flows through in the expert program management knowledge that she has shared in this book.
 

About the book:

Programs serve as a crucial link between strategy and the execution of business results and organizations implement them to achieve strategic goals. Although the practice of program management has evolved in lockstep with the project management profession, the root causes of program failure remain.

In this step-by-step guide, Irene Didinsky offers a standardized approach to program management, closing the knowledge gaps and variations that currently exist across organizations and industries. For the first time, The Practitioner's Guide to Program Management walks the reader through all the key components of effective program management. Using a case study example of an actual process improvement program, Didinsky discusses the qualities of excellence in program leadership, the importance of organizational strategy alignment throughout the program life cycle, how a program realizes benefits, and how to manage conflicting priorities of stakeholders.

This comprehensive resource also includes an historical overview of the professionalization of the field, outlines the logistics of forming a program management community of practice, and concludes with a glossary of terms. With this desktop manual in their hands, practitioners can expect to thrive and guarantee the success of their programs.

Our June book club host is Tolitha Lewis, PMP. Tolitha has been a PMI Volunteer Leader since 2008.  She was elected as a Director to the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (PMI-ISSIG) in 2008 and served until the completion of the transition to a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. In 2012, Tolitha was appointed to the Leadership Team of the Consulting CoP, now referred to as the Consulting practice area, and has been a leader in the webinar program ever since. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tolitha is a Sr. Project Manager.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 05, 2018 10:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

April 2018 Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com April book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for April is Collaboration Tools for Project Managers: How to Choose, Get Started and Collaborate with Technology by Elizabeth Harrin.

Elizabeth Harrin has over fifteen years’ experience in leading IT, business change and process improvement projects in the UK and France. Today she works in healthcare and also runs her own company providing copywriting services to project-related businesses. Elizabeth is the author of four books and the award-winning blogger behind GirlsGuideToPM.com. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @girlsguidetopm.

About the book:

Today’s project leaders face the challenge of managing projects effectively using tested and reliable methods while innovating with new methods to meet the demands of their global and technology-savvy team members and stakeholders.

Information travels faster than ever before. Project managers are called upon to produce relevant and up-to-date project information, increase productivity, and deliver results through top-notch communication tools.

Social media and online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have rapidly changed our world outside of the workplace. These platforms and other tools such as wikis, instant messaging, and big data repositories offer exciting possibilities to improve project team collaboration and stakeholder communication in the workplace as well.

Since project managers rely on communication and effective team management skills, they need to keep up with the fast pace of change, technological trends, and the latest business drivers that help move organizations forward.

In Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Elizabeth Harrin builds upon her 2010 book, Social Media for Project Managers, by providing the latest information, success stories, and an easy-to-follow guide to implementing online collaboration tools and helping to overcome obstacles.

In order to communicate faster, work virtually with people across the globe, and get better business results, project teams should explore how online collaboration tools can deliver project success and improve business value.

Our April book club host is Tara McCallum. Tara A. McCallum is a CEO and founder of Tara A. McCallum Inc.; a minority woman owned business. As a strategic consultant she has partnered with such organizations as Bank of America, CHEP, VF Corporation, Accenture, and The Department of Defense.  Having worked as a consultant with various organizations Ms. McCallum has used her talents to complete projects in SAP, ERP, and OCM; often with a focus on Project Management. Ms. McCallum has also worked in Development, Training and Delivery, as well as Procurement. Additionally, she is a member of Project Management Institute, ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and Scrum Alliance. Ms. Tara A. McCallum graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources Management. She currently holds certifications from Purdue University in Lean/ Six Sigma, Instructional Design and is also a Certified Scrum Master.  In her spare time  Tara enjoys volunteering for The American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls club as a  big sister, Portamento’ of Hope – a homeless outreach kitchen, as well as her church.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: April 16, 2018 01:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

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We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com February book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for February is Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach by Gina Abudi, MBA.

Gina Abudi has 30+ years' experience in providing consulting services and training/education with a focus on projects, process and people to mid- to large, global organizations. She is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College. She blogs regularly at GinaAbudi.com. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects (J Ross Pub, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change (J Ross Pub, 2017).

About the book:

In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term.

Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail.

Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.

Our February book club host is David A. Maynard, PMP.  Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from college, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, where he worked for many years. 

He participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training.  Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, becoming a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando, FL. whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations. 

David teaches Project Management at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). He is active in the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member. He volunteers for PMI in various capacities.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 20, 2018 10:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)
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