IPMA Young Crew is celebrating!

This year IPMA celebrates half Century Anniversary and IPMA YC celebrates 10th Anniversary. It is an excellent opportunity to reflect and strengthen IPMA network competencies, knowledge and experience transfer among senior and junior project managers. In order to emphasize significance of IPMA network competencies, knowledge and experience exchange, newsletter team interviews the IPMA Vice President for Young Crew. We are excited to share with you the interview with Dr. Jesús Martínez Almela, the leading figure of Young Crew development in IPMA.

Jesús Martínez-Almela, PhD, brief introduction:

Is IPMA Vice President for Education, Training & Young Crew.  He is a Professional Engineer (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering), Certified Projects Director (IPMA-A), and the Principal of Bioagroprojects Biotech based in Spain.  He is very active for many years in Latin America, as visiting professor, lecturer and researcher at the Politechnical Universities of Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Murcia and Valladolid in Spain, and in a few countries in North, Central and South America. He was member of the IPMA EU Task Force in Brussels, former member of IPMA’s Education & Training (E&T) board, Certification Validation Management Board (CVMB) Validator, and Training Aid Programme – Latin America Caribbean Countries (TAP-LACC) Director.  He is Foreign First Assessor and IPMA Delta Assessor. He is also the 1st VP of AEIPRO and OCDP Chairman as well (The Spanish IPMA MA and CB).

  1. How does IPMA facilitate dialogue among experienced IPMA members and YC members?

IPMA is part of the 21st Century Societies around the Globe, this year IPMA will celebrate its half Century Anniversary and IPMA YC as well is 10th Anniversary, only 10 years ago (2005)  the Planet Earth housed 2 billion people less (5 billion) that today (2015, with more than 7 billion inhabitants). The History suggest us that the new generations will contribute to many changes. And these changes must be based on a balanced combination between experts, mature people with young people with new perspectives, hopes and challenges. IPMA in fact facilitates the exchange and permanent dialogue through National YC’s and  VP and YC Management Board by means local, regional and international projects and initiatives, a.e. iPMC, GeCCo, GYCW, just indicating few ones.

  1.   International network of young project managers should be one of the most valuable assets of IPMA; How does IPMA facilitate integration of new YC members?

During last 8 years IPMA combines YC initiatives with E&T and Membership initiatives. TAP-Training Aid Program is an initiative that combines a primary stage to show IPMA, standards and initiatives. Usually a TAP evolves to a future MA (IPMA National Association) and during the first two years after IPMA CoD-Council of Delegates approval , the TMA (Transitional Member Association) must develop and achieve a National YC initiative well established and sustainable, during this primary stage (2 years), VP YC through the YCMB by means Mentoring and Coaching Programme helps to those people involved in national YC’s. As well at Regional Level, IPMA is growing and growing faster, we’ll achieve more than 60 MA’s this year 2015, and following our Strategy 2020 we’ll achieve 90 MA’s. In this new context, IPMA will evolve since a new dimension by Regionalisation, cultural and other nexus are critical in order to promote and integrated diversity and multiculture and YC’s will be a kind of icebreaker for that. LATNET is a good example between Spain and Latin American Countries. NORDNET as well for Scandinavian and Nordic countries, and more recently also ASIANET just starts to consolidate this new IPMA Network across Asia Pacific Region.

  1.   How does IPMA facilitate direct contact with representatives from industry and other sectors?

Through many initiatives, depending of the context, country and sector. At national level usually YC works internally aligned with national MA Strategy, some MA’s are aligned in terms of Governance with IPMA YC VP Statement, others works in a close cooperation between neighbouring MA’s by SIG’s- Specific Group of Interest, also by means international competitions like iPMC, GeCCo and the yearly more relevant event like is GYCW, when senior professionals interact and share learning and lecturing each other.

  1.   Research is one of the most significant elements for project management knowledge/competences development; How does IPMA support YC scientific research in the area of project management?

IPMA has a VP responsible for Research and under IPMA Strategy 2020 all the VP’s and their boards works aligned under 2020 Strategy Programme. Research is important for any kind of Human Activities, but Research isn’t yet a silo itself, in IPMA we believe in a Research that allows all of us  like PP & PM practitioners to combine theory and practice, meet the people to works sharing and combining beyond only theoretically research. IPMA VP research manages also a network for Research people from different MA’s that yearly celebrate two National/Regional events in different worldwide Regions, we in IPMA say looking for this events: “ When Theory meets the Practice for Research”.

  1.   How does IPMA open opportunities for YC members to further develop their project ideas?

This is part of the global IPMA Strategy and more in details through VP YC Statement (biannual plan), after 10 years of YC, facing 2020 also the actual YC need to be refunded and rebranded, what means YC..?, only young people..?, in this case what means “young people”.., is only a criteria related with physical age or with experience, or both ..?, why not to address Project looking for a prior stage , a.e. looking to introduce “project culture” in the primary School..?, and what happens with less younger people without PM knowledge neither experience that would like to be practitioners …?, also those aren’t yet “youngers” in terms of future PP & PM professionals. I would like to send this set of question to you all, happy to receive your feedback, all your contributions about will be very welcomed.

Interviewed by Velimir Tasic