Volume IX - Issue VIII - August 2007

Calls for Papers


Call for Abstracts - Center for Business
Practices Seeks Proposals for Presentations
at 2007 PM Summits & Benchmarking Forums

The Center for Business Practices (CBP) is seeking presentation proposals for its 2007 Project management Summits and Benchmarking forums. Presenters will receive free admission and full expenses paid to the event. Proposals are being sought for presentations at the following events:


CBP Benchmarking Forum: IT Project Management, Sept. 17-19, Bellagio Las Vegas This CBP Benchmarking Forum will provide senior IT project practitioners with a participative learning environment to exchange key success factors and core best practices, brainstorm new approaches to overcome the challenges of managing effectively in a project environment, and build a network for ongoing discussion and future problem-solving. The forum involves a high degree of attendee participation. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to case presenters, participate in breakout group discussions, and give reports back to the group at-large.

Presentations on the following topics are sought:

  • Agile Project Management
  • Measuring IT Performance
  • IT Process Management (ITIL, CMMI, PMBOK)
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Integrating Asset, Project, and Portfolio Management

CBP Benchmarking Forum: Government Project Management, Nov. 7-9, Caribe Royale, Orlando This CBP Benchmarking Forum will provide senior government project practitioners with a participative learning environment to exchange key success factors and core best practices, brainstorm new approaches to overcome the challenges of managing effectively in a project environment, and build a network for ongoing discussion and future problem- solving. The forum involves a high degree of attendee participation. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to case presenters, participate in breakout group discussions, and give reports back to the group at-large.

Presentations on the following topics are sought:

  • PMO Tools and Techniques
  • Measuring and Reporting Performance
  • Knowledge Management in Project Environments
  • Enterprise/Program Risk Management
  • People on Projects: Developing Project Management Competency
    CBP Summit presentations are 45 minutes; Benchmarking Forum presentations are 90 minutes (1 hour presentation and 30 minutes discussion). For consideration, please e-mail . with the following information by 26 January 2007:
  • Event Name (Summit, IT Forum, or Government Forum)
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Speaker name, title/position, institution, and contact details (address, telephone, email address)
  • An abstract of 200-300 words (in English)
  • Short biography

Attendees at CBP events are senior practitioners responsible for their organization's portfolio and project management practices, including vice presidents, directors of project management and/or PMOs, and senior project managers.

The Center for Business Practices (CBP) is the research and publishing arm of the management consulting and training organization PM Solutions. The CBP promotes effective strategy execution through sound portfolio, program, project, and performance management by capturing best practice knowledge and integrating it into actionable, fact-based information available through research reports, books, and benchmarking events. For additional information, visit www.cbponline.com or contact .


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Call for Contributors University of Dallas & True Solutions
to Sponsor Project Management Lunch Series

The University of Dallas and True Solutions, Inc. have announced a new program to foster communication and interchange in project management in North Texas. The two organizations have teamed up to produce the “Project Management Lunch Series”, a series of lunchtime project management presentations and seminars.  The first event was held on January 26, 2007. 

The lunchtime presentations are held at the University of Dallas’ Center for Professional Development, 2301 Ohio Drive in Plano, Texas.  They are intended for project managers who are actively performing project management in some capacity, students in professional development programs and other individuals who are interested in learning about project management.  Project Management Professionals (PMP’s) who want to interact with their peers, share ideas, or learn new information about specialized areas of project management are also welcome to attend and encouraged to participate as contributors.

Future events in The Project Management Lunch Series are scheduled for:

  • September 28, 2007
  • November 9, 2007

UD/TSI is seeking qualified contributors for this event. Each contributor must be a PMP certified Project Manager or a PGmP certified Program Manager. Each presentation should be planned for one hour and should be on a current, important or unique project management subject. Specialized project management subjects are acceptable and encouraged.

What is in it for the Contributors? Contributors can earn valuable Professional Development Units for creating and presenting a formal presentation on project management. And, each contributor also gets the opportunity to talk about their views or specialties in project management and the opportunity to interact with their peers.

How to submit your Proposal to be a Contributor: Only a select few individuals will be chosen to contribute to the UD/TSI Project Management Lunch Series. We encourage each potential contributor to provide the best description available of their proposed presentation.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please go to:

The University of Dallas (UD), known as "the Catholic university for independent thinkers," is a private, Catholic co-educational liberal arts university dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue as the proper and primary goals of education. Founded in 1957, the University of Dallas received its Phi Beta Kappa charter when the school was just 32 years old, the youngest college or university in the 20th century to be so honored.


True Solutions, Inc. (TSI) is a global provider of outsourced project management services, staff augmentation and project management training. The company is a Global Registered Education Provider as recognized by The Project Management Institute (PMI). The company is based in Dallas, Texas and has offices in Atlanta, Europe, Australia and India. It is a supplier to a number of Fortune 100 companies, educational institutions and government agencies. The company was founded in 1999 by Wes Balakian, who currently serves as president and CEO. TSI may be visited on the Internet at www.true-solution.com.


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Call for papers: VII International PM Seminar in
Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2007

Reported by PMF correspondent Alcides Santopietro, Jr in São Paulo, Brazil

The seventh edition of the International Project Management Seminar, organized by the Project Management Institute São Paulo, Brazil Chapter (PMI-SP) has opened its “Call for Papers” process.

The academic papers can be sent by August 31st. After being analyzed by a blind review process, the selected papers will have the opportunity to be presented at the event, which will be held from 17 to 19 of October, 2007. Papers must address one of the four tracks explored by the event, as follows:

Strategy – corporate positioning, program and portfolio management, Balanced Scorecard, strategic alignment, corporate governance and their relationships with the project environment.

Processes – planning tools, good methodology implementation and project management cases, project management office (PMO) and other topics related to the day-by-day of project management in a corporate environment.

Leadership – team forming and management, negotiation, leadership styles, conflict resolution methods, the project manager’s profile, communication, among others.

Trends – new learning, new techniques, experiences and cases of use of the traditional techniques in new industries, the future of the project management professional, agile project management and other topics linked to the future of this management field.

For a more detailed description of each track, please visit the conference website or contact .


Accumulating a continuous successful history which crescent attendance – last year the event brought over 600 attendees – the International Seminar is an annual landmark in the Project Management field in Brazil.

This year, the 3-day event will include academic paper presentations, regional and international keynote speakers, as well as a vendor exhibit fair and a CEO Panel.

The papers can be submitted directly through the seminar’s website, where full details of the submission rules can also be found: www.pmisp.org.br/viiseminario.

More information about the event:
VII International Project Management Seminar
Organization: PMI São Paulo Chapter (PMI-SP)
Web-site: www.pmisp.org.br/viiseminario.
Date: 17, 18 and 19 of October, 2007
Place: Centro de Convenções Frei Caneca - São Paulo, SP - Brazil
Expected Attendance: 700+
Main Content: paper presentations, keynote speakers presentations, CEO Panel, sponsors exhibition area, vendor's presentations
Tracks: Strategy, Processes, Leadership, Trends

With 240,000+ members in over 150 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest and best known project management professional society. PMI is actively engaged in advocacy for the PM profession, setting standards, conducting research and providing access to a wide variety of information and resources. PMI also promotes career and professional development and offers certification, networking and community involvement opportunities. PMI was founded in the USA in 1969, but is now a global organization with members, chapters and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.pmi.org. The PMI-SP chapter is the oldest and largest PMI chapter in South America – www.pmisp.org.br/


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Call for Papers: International Student Paper Award'08

Master and PhD students are invited to submit papers for the International Student Paper Award'08 in the framework of the international conference happy projects’08: PROJECTS & SALES, which will take place from the 29th – 30th May 2008 in Vienna, Austria.

The international student paper award has been established by the PROJEKTMANAGEMENT GROUP form the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration to offer an international platform for pm master and PhD students to submit and present excellent research papers.

The topics for the international student paper award’08 are:

  • Project management
  • Process management
  • Management of the project and process-oriented company
  • Sales processes and methods
  • Sales projects and programmes
  • Sales tasks of the project owner and the project manager
  • “Selling” project, programme and project portfolio management

The best three papers will be awarded by an international jury of researchers and practitioners. They will have the opportunity to present their contributions at the happy projects’08 conference.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is the 14th December 2007.

Key dates
Abstract submission: 14th December 2007
Notification of acceptance: 16th January 2008
Full paper submission: 29th February 2008

Abstract guidelines
A brief abstract of no more than 500 words must be submitted on a standard form, with the abstract addressing the major aspects of the paper. After the acceptance of the abstract, the full paper has to be submitted until the 29th February 2008. The full research paper must be submitted by students solely and shouldn’t have been published in scientific journals or at research conferences before.

All necessary information can be found on:

For any questions please contact

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