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Project management and societal challenges in Morocco: the first national conference of Moroccan Project management Association in Casablanca took place on 16 February 2017

20 February 2017 IN Featured News Opinions BY

In 2015, Moroccan Project Management Association (MPMA) was formed by some pioneers with the continuous support of IPMA. Since that time, MPMA developed its membership and strengthened its internal organisation. On 16 February 2017, MPMA organised its first national conference in Casablanca at the Sofitel Hotel with over 120 participants from many areas and sectors

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Projects and project management in Sri Lanka

15 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The name of “Ceylon” may still be more familiar for the island south east of India nowadays being the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Actually, the island´s name changed quite often. It was first called “Tambapanni”, later the Hindu mythology used the expression “Lankā”, in Tamil language the island translates to “Eelam”, the Greek

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!

13 February 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has published a new book with an attention-grabbing title: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Schwab explains that we have a chance to shape this revolution. It will fundamentally alter how we live and work. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing

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“Everything must change”

6 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

One of my favorite singers is Randy Crawford and I often listened to her 1976 debut album “Everything must change.” Those words have a different meaning in my mind now, when I work as a project management teacher, researcher and advocate. We, advocates of project management, sometimes claim that it is all about the ability

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GPM´s action program aims at strengthening project management in administration

1 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Airport, and Stuttgart 21 – only a few examples of failed projects in Germany clearly indicating that the public sector needs to strengthen project management. And it is not just about infrastructure projects in Germany. Other challenges such as migration, digitalization, the massive change in energy sector as well as security issues

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Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects

30 January 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Planning and performing projects means always dealing with ambiguity. We need to look forward and predict the future developments, which is quite a difficult tasks as we often do not have a clue about what is coming. Thus, competence in foresight and tools such as scenario techniques and wild cards are supporting us in our

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Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects

11 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

My first thought holding John Chapman´s book in my hand was: “what a weird title for a book on projects and project management”. However, it´s an extraordinary book and definitely worth reading it …. It differs from other project management books in perspective and depth. Neither boring theory, nor methodology is in the focus, rather

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Are we going to do things better in 2017?

9 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

“Well Mr. Buijnsters. Again full of good intentions for the new year?” This way the dental assistant welcomes me to the bi-annual dental check. And of course we all start the New Year with good intentions and promises. And despite all the issues in the world around us, we’re really going to do things better

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Starting your journey into 2017 – thinking it from the end

2 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

The year 2016 has ended and 2017 has just begun. After a few days of rest, relaxation and reflection we are going to start our journey. Typically, we commence the new year by looking backwards, reflecting what happened in the past and try to establish a “wish list” for 2017, e.g. losing weight, spending more

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Why I pursued IPMA Certification

30 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured News Opinions BY

Project management has become a global profession with project management established as the pre-eminent method for implementing change in the world with project, programme and portfolio managers are leading the way. The professionals of tomorrow will work in distributed environments with overlapping and often conflicting stakeholder interests. The burden has never been higher for these

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