Thales provide two speakers for IPMA World Congress

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Posted by APM on 17th Oct 2012

Two senior project professionals will be taking to the speaker platform at the IPMA World Congress. Michel Ledun and Pierre Parent will both be discussing international project management within Thales at the conference that opens in Crete on 29th October 2012.

Michel LedunInternationalisation of project management practices in Thales started in 2008 with the implementation of a corporate improvement programme to mitigate the root causes of main project failures. Main causes were mostly related to the bids preparation, the complexity of proposed solutions, associated supply chain and the full application of the operational processes by all. The Thales Probasis improvement programme related to bids and projects emphasising skills and competences, with the alignment of project managers competences to the IPMA Competence Baseline.

Michel Ledun (pictured right) has been working for Thales his entire career and is currently in charge of bids and projects as VP at Thales HQ. He is the group process owner for Manage Projects, Programmes and Portfolio and of non quality costs in the frame of the Probasis transformation plan. His experience in capturing the broad picture gives him a special aptitude for handling complex and wide-ranging issues in project management at international level.

Pierre ParentPierre Parent (pictured left), who has been working with the Thales HQ project team for the past three years, is in charge of the implementation of the project management reference system and the project managers certification program in the Thales Group worldwide. His experience is mainly in various fields of engineering, applied in industrial control systems, transport and ticketing systems.

Prof Hiroshi Tanaka will be joining Michel and Pierre as a keynote speaker covering standards in the changing landscape of project and program management. The standards in project and program management have contributed tremendously to the outreach of the project management profession to every corner of society. The ICB and NCBs have steadily served as framework models of approaching new business and social missions in a balanced way representing a multi-value approach to the project management discipline.

Meanwhile, the market, or more broadly the ecosystem of project and program management, is changing rapidly due to the persistent worldwide economic recession, Euro crisis, geographic shift of economic vigour, and aftermath of disasters. Here we cannot escape from asking a primary question as to how a value added project can be produced, and how a program of innovation can be formulated by way of structured knowledge in relation to the ecosystem. An additional module of standard would be worthwhile considering.

Prof TanakaProfessor Hiroshi Tanaka (pictured right) is presidential advisor and immediate past president of the Project Management Association of Japan (PMAJ), principal of Pacific PM Innovation, and professor of strategy, program and project management at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology along with other international institutions.

He has 42 years of professional experience in the engineering and construction industry with JGC Corporation in Japan; 13 years as president of Japanese project management association; and 10 years of teaching at graduate schools in Europe and in Japan. Professor Tanaka has been honoured with thirteen international and three Japanese awards of project management on numerous levels.
The 26th IPMA World Congress will include opening plenary sessions, professional presentations and discussions sessions along 14 different themes (tracks), seven special sessions on important current aspects of project management, opening welcome reception, networking lunches and breaks, a world-class exhibition of PM-related products and services, and a spectacular gala banquet.

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