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We had such a good experience at the PMI’s Synergy 2011 event – customers decended our book display, and a whole raft of Gower authors were on hand to sign their books - that’s why we are delighted to will be exhibiting again at Synergy 2012 (1st November 2012). This year’s event is, once again, at the Indigo O2. This is absolutely a project management event that lives up to its name: it’s a real synergy of ideas, people and time. If you’re involved in project management then do come along and, if you do, make sure you spend some time at the Gower book exhibit!
If you are in the UK, continental Europe or the Middle East, then Michel Thiry’s two-day seminar on programme management is coming to you. I’ve seen Michel deliver his material to a group and he does have a wonderfully pragmatic approach to what can often be an arcane and complex subject. The dates for his two-day PMI seminar are Dubai – 23rd and 24th September; Barcelona – 1st and 2nd October and London – 30th and 31st October.
Michel Thiry is author of Gower Publishing’s Program Management.
I am delighted to say that the virtual journal, PMWorld is back after a month or two’s absence while the site was redesigned. If you have not used the jounal yet, I thoroughly recommend it as a source of free, independent and very good quality articles, case studies, reviews and reports on the whole world of project management. The highlights of Volume 1 Issue 1, from our perspective are: an article by Waffa Karkukly on the PMO Lifecycle; our Series Editor, Professor Darren Dalcher, on the risks of overstating benefits; Stephen Jenner on the fundamentals of project realization; and David Hillson’s thought-proving article ‘Kill the Risk Manager’. In the book reviews section, there are reviews of two Gower books: No Waste and Project Psychology.
Waffa Kakukly is author of the forthcoming Managing the PMO Lifecycle; Stephen Jenner is author of Transforming Government and Public Services; David Hillson is author of a clutch of Gower titles, including Managing Risk in Projects.
Jonathan Whelan’s article on the British Computer Society website Business Architecture and the Management of Change is very clear on the need for a collaborative working strategy between architects and change agents. To many of us, that seems like just good, common sense but in a context that is often heavy with politics and power struggles, it cannot be repeated often enough. Exactly where the boundaries are between these two functions can develop through practice and should probably be situational to a given project; the main thing is that without them both pulling together, your organisation will go around in circles. Jonathan Whelan is co-author of Business Architecture.
Antonio Nieto Rodriguez is author of The Focused Organization published by Gower, and an expert in strategy execution and project management. He currently works with BNP Paribas as Head of Transversal Portfolio Management. Previously he was Head of Post Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, and Global Lead Practitioner for the Project and Portfolio Management practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a visiting professor to the MBA courses at Solvay, and Nyenrode Business Schools where he teaches strategy execution and program management; a founder member of the PMI European Corporate Council; and an active speaker and presenter on strategy execution and project portfolio management. Here is his speaker schedule for May/June:
22 May 2012 - ’The Focused Organization at Solvay Business School – Brussels.
13 June 2012 – PMI London Chapter meeting (Thomson Reuters) – London.
19 June 2012 – Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit – London, UK
26 June 2012 – European PMO Symposium 2012 – Berlin
A free case study chapter can be downloaded at: www.gowerpublishing.com/focusedorganization
The PM National Conference will take place in Ireland on April 19th 2012.
Politics. Every project has politics. In a Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin has interviewed Gower author Nita Martin, Managing Director of Pure Indigo. Nita’s book, Project Politics: A Systematic Approach to Managing Complex Relationships, deals with that difficult subject of projects and politics.
The Project Management Centre for Excellence at the University of Maryland has recently begun a partnership with PM World Today to launch a new book review program. PM graduate students have been asked to review a number of books from 11 different publishers with 8 books currently underway. In addition, doctoral candidate David Choy, has interviewed the first reviewer; Michael O’Connor, and created a podcast which has kicked off with a candid discussion about Gower author Michael Cavanagh’s new book Second Order Project Management.
This month Dr Lynda Bourne author of Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders talks to Elizabeth Harrin about helping project managers communicate more effectively with executive stakeholders.
Professor Chris Mowles, author of Rethinking Management: Radical insights from the Complexity Sciences has written an opinion piece for Economia on Complexity and Crisis in the Eurozone