Essays about Previous Congresses: Delhi, 2005
Tovb Alexander Samuilovich
Ogneva Marina Aleksandrovna
The 19th World Project Management Congress IPMA 2005
The 19th World Project Management Congress was held by the International Project Management Association in the capital of India, New Delhi on November 13-18, 2005 under the slogan: “Vision to reality - the Project Management way”.
Choosing India as a host country for another World Congress was largely determined by the fact that modern India is an actively developing project-oriented country. The energy and metallurgy industries, textile manufacturing, construction, modern information and communication technologies outsourcing, large-scale development projects in education, defence and social sectors define the high degree of demand for professional project management in modern India. Nowadays, the high technology industry in India is growing at 18-20% annually which is explained particularly by the effective use of PM technologies. According to projections, this tendency will remain in the coming years.
For the first time the World Congress IPMA was held outside Europe, thereby, there were more participants representing different continents among others than usual. Large PMI official delegation arrived to Delhi that included more than 30 people from Japan, numerous participants from Iceland, Australia, Republic of South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Brazil, China, and other countries. The Congress was actively attended by representatives from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
The Congress was represented by a one-day conference of leading specialists and heads of professional organizations in project management from different countries of the world - the 15th Global Project Management Forum which was attended by more than 100 experts from 23 countries. The participation of the Minister of States for Statistics and Programme Implementation of India Mr. Oscar Fernandes in the Global Forum greatly impressed the delegates. Opening the Session, the Minister gave an interesting speech about project management development in India. The World Leaders in PM like Adesh Jain (India), Vladimir Ivanovich Voropaev (Russia), Sergey Dmitrievich Bushuev (Ukraine), David Dobkins (Australia), Roland Garris and Brigitte Shaden (Austria), Iain Fraser (PMI and PMINZ, New Zealand). David Pells and Ken Hartley (the USA), Miles Shepherd, Martin Barnes, Tom Tailor and Alan Harpham (Great Britain), Hiroshi Tanaka and Masayuki Ishikura (Japan), Otto Zieglmeier (Germany), Veikko Valila (Finland), Hari Soeparto (Indonesia), Young Min Park (South Korea), Henrik Jonsson (Sweden), and other world renowned experts represented different approaches to global project management and its development in different countries. The key issues were discussed and they were related to promotion of project management as a professional discipline on a global scale with its standardization, education, certification, research in the world project management and constructive interaction of professional organizations.
The opening ceremony of the Congress was solemn. It began by lightning the sacred fire in honor of the goddess Sarasvati, the patroness of science, art and eloquence. After a short greeting from the 19th Congress Director - the IPMA President of India Adesh Jain, a comprehensive report was presented by Minister of Finance Mr. Palaniappan Chidambaram. Dr. Karan Singh who is an outstanding Indian thinker, philosopher, writer, orator, diplomat, and political leader made a vivid and remarkable presentation that described his own 7-steps approach in project management. Finally, the Minister of States for Statistics and Programme Implementation of India Mr. Oscar Fernandes made a speech. He was given the honor to present the highest personal awards to nine of the most outstanding professionals for their personal contribution to the development and promotion of project management in the world for the first time in IPMA history. We are particularly pleased that one of the awarded members is a founder and an irreplaceable president of SOVNET, an academician Vladimir Ivanovich Voropaev. The opening ceremony ended with warm congratulations to the awarded experts and numerous keepsake pictures. More than 1,3 thousand people from 62 countries took part in the Congress. More than 150 reports, more than 10 group discussions (panel discussions) and round tables were organized within twelve thematic sections and two plenary meetings. The Congress materials are very informative and deserve to have thorough analysis that requires a lot of time and effort. We are going to prepare publication in the magazine that will reflect the analysis of the status and development tendences of modern project management based on presented reports. Probably, we will dedicate one or two issues of the magazine especially for the Congress.
All submitted reports can be divided into two big groups by thematic focus:
1) Informal Aspects of PM:
- practical achievements;
- human relationships and psychological aspects of PM;
- professional competence and certification;
- information systems in PM, different aspects in project implementation, project management tools.
2) Formal Aspects of PM:
- risk management issues;
- program software models;
- decision support models, multi projects In the companies;
- monitoring and coordination of project programs and portfolios, strategic management;
- reallocation of the resources among projects;
- development of methods and algorithms in PM.
In this issue of the magazine we begin to publish the articles related to the materials from the best presentations on the Congress.
In the context of this article, it is impossible to mention every report that deserves attention. Therefore, we shall focus on those that we believe are the most curious. For example, the presentation made by a group of Russian and Israeli researchers V.I. Voropaev, S. M. Lyubkin, D. I. Golenko-Ginzburg, A. Ben-Yair: «Multi-parametric Optimization in Project Management» was the most informative from a scientific point of view and, additionally, was unanimously recognised in the Congress. That presentation attracted a lot of attention and generated lively discussion.
The report «Processes and Projects: There and Back Again» by G. L. Tsipes and A.S.Tovb focused on the analysis of possibilities of combination of process and project approaches in organization of the company activity and its harmonization in consulting practice. Despite the fact that on the Congress there were two more similar presentations related to the topic (one of them was a very comprehensive and extensive report of Roland Garris that accumulated wide audience), brilliant performance of A.S. Tovb aroused genuine interest and warmth in the attendees.
The audience was greatly impressed by the speech of our Ukrainian colleague S. K. Chernov dedicated to establishment of scientific innovative centers in the biggest modern high-tech scientific-industrial complex of the gas turbine manufacturing «Zorya» – «Mashproekt» in Nikolaev city (S.K. Chernov’s article based on the materials from the conference can be read in this issue of the magazine). Renowned project communications specialist Carol Dekkers (the USA) presented a brilliant report the topic of which can be translated as «Setting Up The Project Communication is a Key to Maximum Success of The Project».
Helen Cook’s presentation (the USA) was very compelling and useful. It was dedicated to practical experience of using maturity model OPM3 (the article related to the report will be published in one of the nearest issues of the magazine). As at several previous World Congresses IPMA, the audience was highly impressed by the reports of Japanese colleagues, particularly, one of the heads of IBM Japan Akira Tominagi (the report «Developing Excellence in IT Project Management»). The articles based on the outstanding report of the acknowledged world guru in PM Hiroshi Tanaka and the presentation materials of one of his students and followers Yuji Kishira will be published in the next issues of the magazine.
It is worth mentioning the joint report of well-known experts - David Pells (the USA) and Vladimir Mihailovich Miheev (Russia) where they presented a new paradigm of modern project management - the «third wave» understanding of which reveals new horizons in development and application of project management in current conditions.
Highly impressive speech was given by a representative of Siemens company that reflected how project management in a big modern multinational corporation can be and should be organized, its role and place, and, most importantly, — what specific results can be achieved by its implementation.
Main conclusions of the Congress substantial part can be tentatively formulated as:
- project management is becoming more practical discipline;
- scopes, limits and practical application of PM are expanding;
- the influence of informal factors in PM is increasing, the «third wave» in project management is becoming more developed and recognized in the world;
- PM trajectory in the world is shifting to the east (to Asia, Asia-Pacific region).
The Congress allowed us to develop and strengthen international contacts, to find more potential authors for publishing articles in our magazine. The agreement was reached about the participation of the IPMA, PMI and other associations colleagues in the next International Project Management Conference in Russia that we are planning to host in 2007 and dedicate it to the celebration of the 15th SOVNET anniversary, additionally, it was achieved about other joint events.
Special mention deserves to receive the presentation and conferment ceremony of the international IPMA «The Best Project of the Year» award for achieving excellent results in project management that is given to the best projects and their teams. Certainly, ceremonial award on the Congress is the «top» of a complex nomination process that also includes careful selection and multistage objective evaluation of applicants using the EFQM model (developed by the German Project Management Association), carried out by 120 specially trained assessors from 20 national associations. There were considered nine applicants from Austria, Germany (three projects), China and Switzerland. It was difficult to predict the winner among introduced projects. For instance, many people believed that the Siemens company project about the transport system development in Bangkok, Thailand or the Volkswagen project about turning the Braunschweig branch into a project-oriented company will be the leader, however, the victory was achieved by ONGC - Indian oil and gas corporation for the full-fledged implementation of the ERP system project. That, naturally, enthused numerous Indian participants and almost certainly would facilitate further promotion of project management in India.
The closing ceremony of the Congress was entertaining. The participants were highly attentive to intrinsically deep speech of the world famous philosopher, thinker and futurologist, member of the famous Club of Rome, founder and president of the Club of Budapest, Professor Ervin Laszlo. After, Chinese colleagues gave a speech about the Shanghai Congress 2006 and passing on the symbolic flame that marked the ending of the 19th World Congress and the beginning of the preparations for the 20th.
Congress participants used the festive atmosphere not only for enriching their knowledge, experience and further professional development, but also for communication with the colleagues, not only making useful contacts but also simply interesting acquaintances. The casual atmosphere in the Congress brought together a big group of participants that felt more comfortable and pleasant talking in Russian than in English, however, it didn’t interfere communication with other guests there. No doubts that group included former citizens of the USSR that were our colleagues from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Israel, the USA, also, our colleagues from Bulgaria joint us as well.
The 40th anniversary of the IPMA was solemnly celebrated during the Congress. The reception was organized in «paradise» gardens of the «Tivoli» hotel. The guests were welcomed by the painted elephant with «IPMA — 40 years» written on its side. Festive performance was entertaining. The world renowned experts showed themselves in a new light as performers. An ex-president and an ex-chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates Martin Barnes and Klaus Pannenbaecker presented an amusing performance: IPMA history in dances and songs.
Maxilinda Salach (ex-president of GovSIG PMI) performed two unforgettable ballet dances. A huge jubilee cake decorated with flags of all participant countries was a worthy end of the evening.
The most fascinating, entertaining and educational program was offered to the Congress members. Many of them brought children and didn’t regret about it. India is a country with specific charm that makes you want to get back there again and again.
Every evening one of the program’s part was dedicated to Indian classic and folk dances accompanied with fabulous sound of Hindi songs, well-known and loved by many Soviet people from their childhood with Indian movies. No doubts one of the most vivid memories remains attendance of the classic Indian ballet based on the ancient legends of Ram.
Everything that Congress guests have encountered with in India was delightful and unique. Everybody was pleased trying exotic Indian cuisine, many people bought items made of excellent Indian materials — cashmere, cotton, silk, not to mention, sandalwood and ivory gifts, products with famous Indian gems, finally, world-known handmade silk carpets.
Only lack of time could prevent the guests from getting acquainted with the "land of colors and beauty" Rajasthan, visiting the capital of the great Mughal dynasty Agra the "city of palaces" or the capital of the Rajput princes - Jaipur. However, "the eighth miracle of the world" - the famous "crown of palaces", the greatest monument of love Taj Mahal was certainly visited by everyone. The busiest participants found time to attend an excursion to the "capital of seven empires", the multifaceted and unique city — Delhi. The time for the Congress was chosen on purpose climatically perfect for the tourism and recreation, so it was possible to get some rest after the Congress visiting one of the world's most beautiful resorts — the Goa island, "the tropical kingdom of heavenly blue and green colors", spread on the western coast of India along the Arabian Sea.
Organization of the 19th World Congress in Delhi was excellent. The «host» of the Congress, the president of the IPMA association Adesh Jain and his team went an extra mile for the participants and guests, deserving the warmest appreciation and setting a new quality benchmark for all future congresses.
The Congress in Delhi was memorable for all its participants by new interesting acquaintances and meeting with old friends, by touching the unique ancient and modern Indian culture. We hope to have new meetings and creative achievements in Shanghai in 2006.