Volume IX - Issue VIII - August 2007



Project Management - A Key Contributor to
National Competitiveness!

By Ed Naughton

(Editor’s note: This article was published in the Sunday Business Post in Dublin,Ireland in late June and suggests the adoption of project management as a strategy at the national level to improve productivity and global competitiveness.  Modified and republished here with permission.)

Project management as a management discipline underpins much economic activity - it has become an essential reality for business and government.  Societies are becoming more & more project oriented. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine an organization that is not engaged in some kind of project activity.

Projects are not just capital investments in infrastructure or information technology. “Project Management” is a mindset, to cope with the increasing dynamics and complexity in our business life. Work practice changes, process and service delivery improvements, new product introductions, acquisitions, disposals, introduction of new standards for learning and certification are all examples of projects covered by this mindset.

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About the Author:

Ed Naughton

Ed Naughton
International Correspondent Ireland
Based in Dublin

Mr. Ed Naughton, BE, C. Eng., F.I.E.I, IPMA-a, PMP, is an International Correspondent for PMForum, Inc. in Dublin, Ireland.  Mr. Naughton isalso the founder and current Director General of the Institute of Project Management of Ireland.  Ed is a former Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and is currently the Co-chair of IPMA’s “Nation to Nation” Project Management Forum. Ed Naughton is a graduate of University College Dublin (BE, Civil), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a Chartered Engineer (Ireland), a Professional Engineer in Canada, and holds IPMA Level A certification.  Ed can be contacted at t . Additional information about Ed Naughton can be seen at http://www.pmforum.org/blogs/news/2007/03/ed-naughton-named-international.html. and at www.projectmanagement.ie



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From Technical Expert to Project Manager

Some technical experts are promoted to project manager’s position
without considering if they are prepared for that or if they want
to be in that position.

By Alfonso Bucero, PMP

I have met some project management professionals in Europe that were promoted to the job of project manager without going through any selection process in their organizations. I have looked at some big multinational organizations and I observed that some of them think that “any professional is valid for the project manager job”. Then they promote senior technical people to the project management position without going through any selection process.

People who have spent some years in the project management profession know that not everyone can be a good project manager. Most of companies worldwide do not spend time informing their people about the meaning of “the project manager job”, the content, the potential issues, challenges and/or difficulties to deal with, to do a good job as project manager. I believe that the main problem is that there is a lack of knowledge about project management in organizations, and then it is not its first priority.

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About the Author:

Alfonso Bucero

Alfonso Bucero
PM World Today Correspondent

Mr. Alfonso Bucero, PMP, is an International Correspondent for PMForum.org in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  He previously managed the office in Spain for the International Institute for Learning (IIL) for two years, and was a Senior Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) for thirteen years.  Alfonso is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), of the ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática), and of the Spanish Project Management Association, AEIPRO (afíliate member asociación of the International Project Management Association, IPMA). Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and President of the PMI Barcelona, Spain Chapter until April 2005, and he is an IPMA Assessor. He belongs to the LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group) of PMI.  Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, and is now studying for his Ph.D. in “Project Management”. He has 28 years of practical experience and has managed and consulted on projects in different countries throughout Europe. Mr. Bucero can be contacted at .


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Project Management is not so “Advanced” as Many Think!

By Paul Giammalvo

In PM WORLD TODAY EDITORIAL, July 2007 David Pells wrote “Why is Project Management so White Hot - Cool?”

Not to date myself, but at one time, Hula Hoops were once “cool”, as were 8 track tapes, Betamax and bra burning……

So what’s my point? We have to be careful to differentiate between fads and facts, propaganda and proof, sizzle and the steak……

Project management is certainly not “new”. The taming of fire, invention of the wheel……  the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Panama Canal, Empire State Building…..These and many more examples stand as ample evidence that project management is an integral part of mankind’s development and evolution. Stated another way, initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing of projects seems to be “hard wired” into the human psyche. And somehow, at least up until around the early 1980’s, these projects were all done without benefit of the PMBOK Guide, PRINCE2 or any certifications.

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About the Author:

Paul Giammalvo

Paul B. Giammalvo
Contributing Author

Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, PMP, CCE, MScPM, is Senior Technical Advisor to PT Mitratata Citragraha www.getpmcertified.com and Adjunct Professor of Project/Program Management, Lille Graduate School of Management, Paris, FRANCE. www.esc-lille.com. For over 14 years, he has been providing Project Management training and consulting throughout SE Asia, Middle East and Europe. He is active in the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, (AACE), www.aacei.org and the Construction Management Association of America, (CMAA), www.cmaanet.org. More recently, he has been elected to the Board of Directors, Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards, (GAPPS) www.global-mstandards.org. Paul can be reached at .


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