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Glodon Software Gift to Support Advancements in Smart ConstructionThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Maryland (UMD) last week announced a gift of $500,000 from Glodon Software, a Beijing-based company specializing in the development of construction engineering and project management software. The majority of the gift will establish the Glodon Software Research Fellowship and support improvements in the CEE curriculum in the areas of smart construction, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials and practices. “Glodon Software’s generous gift will allow us to provide graduate and undergraduate students alike with more hands-on learning opportunities incorporating the latest construction technologies, which is crucial to ensuring our . . . continue reading
Deliver Faster and More Innovative Solutions with Agile Project Management

Agile project management is often overly simplified as the project management practice of varying scope. This simplification loses the emphasis on the true benefits of Agile which are speed, innovation, leadership, and control. Proof that Agile can deliver these benefits in even the most complex environments is shown in its history. Agile project management can trace its roots back to World War II, when Kelly Johnson formed “Skunkworks” within Lockheed Martin. Johnson used his 14 Rules of Management to run Skunkworks and create the world’s first fighter jet, the P-80, in just 143 days. Kelly Johnson’s 14 Rules of Management . . . continue reading
2018 Symposium Speakers Featured in PM Point of View Podcasts

Highlights of speakers from our 2018 Project Management Symposium are being featured in (3) three PM Point of View Podcasts, “the Podcast that looks at project management from all the angles.” UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence has teamed with host Kendall Lott to produce these podcasts to share and engage the key knowledge and practice from the 2018 Symposium’s lineup of talented speakers. The first podcast, “Turning Knowledge into Practice, Part 1: Leadership and Conflict,” was released in June 2018 and features (5) five speakers from the People in Projects track.   The speakers and their presentation topics that are featured are . . . continue reading
UMD Risk Expert Contributes to National Academies Report on National Drone Policy

Originally Published June 13, 2018 by Anjanette Riley at University of Maryland (UMD) Professor Gregory Baecher is one of 14 authors of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update its methods of authorizing drone operations. Released June 11, 2018, the report was mandated by Congress and sponsored by FAA. Baecher and the other committee members found that the administration’s current safety regulations are hindering the spread of commercial drones by overestimating the likelihood and severity of the risks posed by their operations. FAA risk assessment techniques, originally developed for manned aviation, . . . continue reading
Mastering Agile Project ManagementA Short Course Series

In every industry, using Agile methods increases success rates and the overall value projects deliver to stakeholders. Between February and June 2018, the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence and the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter offered a five-part short course series on “Mastering Agile Project Management” that taught why and how Agile methods work regardless of the framework or delivery approach (Hybrid, Scrum, SAFe, etc.). Each four-hour session focused on a benefit (Speed, Innovation, Leadership, Control, and Scale) that could be immediately used to deliver project objectives despite increasing constraints and uncertainty. Above is a photo of a . . . continue reading
PM Graduate Student Participates in PMDoS

For the first time since its inception, a project management student from the University of Maryland (UMD) participated in the Project Management Day of Service (POMDoS) which has been held at the Stamp Student Union and hosted by the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland for the last three years.  Developed and organized by Project Management for Change, the PMDoS is held each year on Martin Luther King Jr. day and provides project management professionals the opportunity to give back to the community by assisting nonprofit organizations. Using project management best practices, project management volunteers guide . . . continue reading
Experiential Learning: Bringing Classroom Concepts to Life

A construction site is not traditionally what you would consider a standard classroom environment for a university undergraduate course.  However, if you understand the concept of experiential learning, then the setting is absolutely perfect. Approximately 50 University of Maryland (UMD) undergraduate students visited the site of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation that is currently under construction on the UMD College Park campus.  The students went to “experience” construction management, courtesy of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. The visit marked one of several the Introduction to Construction Project Management class will take over the course of the semester . . . continue reading
PM Graduate and Faculty Win ARCOM Emerald Research Methodology Award

The UMD Project Management Center for Excellence is pleased to announce that a paper entitled “Happiness for Project Managers: Framework and Empirical Analysis” won the Emerald Research Methodology Award at the Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) in September 2017 in Cambridge, U.K..  Authors of the paper include Clara Cheung PhD, Qingbin Cui PhD and Jocelyn Davis. Dr. Cheung is on faculty at the University of Manchester, U.K. and a May 2016 PhD graduate from the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Qingbin Cui is associate faculty and Jocelyn S. Davis is adjunct faculty . . . continue reading
Center Researchers Answer Questions about Record-Breaking Flooding by Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey unloaded more than 50 inches of rain in parts of Texas, the greatest amount ever recorded in the lower 48 states from a single storm. National and local news outlets turned to University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience for their disaster expertise to include in the narrative of this most extreme rain event in U.S. history. Senior Research Engineer Sandra Knight and Research Professor Gerald Galloway, both Professors for the Project Management Center for Excellence under the Clark School of Engineering and Center for Disaster Resilience, were interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Read and watch more . . . continue reading
PMI SoMD Prince George’s County Community MeetingsPMI Southern Maryland Chapter and UMD PM Center for Excellence Partner to Host Events

Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Southern Maryland Chapter has teamed up with the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence (UMD) to host a series of Prince George’s County community meetings to provide their current chapter members (and potential new members) living and/or working in Prince George’s County the opportunity to advance their project management knowledge, network work other project management professionals and earn the PDU’s necessary to maintain their PMP certification. Through this partnership with UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence, the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter are planning to offer “Prince George’s County Community Meetings” to meet the needs . . . continue reading
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