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 PDU Update
PMI has announced changes to its Conrinuing Certification Requirements
(CCR) program effective from 1st December 2015. For details on the changes see our blog post: PMI PDU Update.  
New Mosaic website launched
Focused exclusively on the needs of candidates for the PMP and CAPM exam our new website has a simple easy to navigate structure with a key emphasis on our regular classroom courses conducted throughout the year in Melbourne.

See the new site at:  


Project Governance and Controls Symposium,  Canberra - 6-7th May 2014

Mosaic is proud to be supporting the Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS).  2014 promises to be bigger and better then ever, and is the only Australasian symposium dedicated to promoting Project Performance Management through the interlined disciplines of project controls and program, portfolio and project (PPP) governance.

PGCS is managed as a not-for-profit conference designed to bring together the many strands of project governance and controls thinking and development world-wide, to enhance the knowledge and understanding of these important functions within the wider Australian community. To stay up to date with developments see:  or download the program from here.


Stakeholder Relationship Management a top 20 best seller

The 2nd Edition of my book, Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organisational Implementation is one of Gower’s Top 20 Selling ebooks from Jan – June 2013.  For the other books in the ‘top 20’ download the PDF.


PMI Pulse of the Profession 2013:  A looming skills shortage

PMI predicts that between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries and the squeeze on talent has already started!  To understand why this matters download:
PMI’s Pulse of the Profession™ In-Depth Report: Talent Management,  and
PMI’s Project Management Skills Gap Report, or
Visit our PMI Career Framework page

For additional information read our blog:

PMBOK® Guide and Examination Updates

The 5th Edition of the
PMBOK® Guide will be published on the 31st December 2012 and PMI will be updating its credential exams in Q3 of 2013. The start date for the new examinations, for the credentials we offer courses for are:

PMP® 1 August 2013
CAPM® 1 July 2013
PMI-SP® 1 Sept. 2013

Mosaic’s courses will updated during the second quarter of 2013 to prepare trainees for the new examinations.


Free PMP Questions via Twitter

Over the years we have collected 1000s of practice questions for our PMP, CAPM and PMI-SP exam prep courses, far more then we need.  Rather than simply keeping them we have decided to publish a ‘daily question’ for you to have fun with…  When you think you know the right answer click through to the answer page to see today’s question & answer plus the Q&As sent earlier in the week.

So you don’t miss any of the questions, we are Tweeting the daily question – you can click to ‘Follow’ the questions through our dedicated Twitter account: @PMPQuestions. 

If you find the questions ‘fun’ – reTweet to your friends and colleagues, the more people following the questions, the more encouragement for us to keep going.

See Today's Question and start following


PMWT – The end of an era

The closure of PM World Today and the PMForum website brings to a close the work of one of project management’s leading advocates, the late David Curling.  PMForum was the world’s first and oldest website devoted to professional project management, created by David in 1994, PM World Today grew out of this as a quarterly newsletter, first published in 1998 and both were David’s passion through to his passing. Editorial control passed to another PM luminary, Hugh Woodward some 7 years ago, and for the last few years to David Pells.

The final editorial, outlining many of the successes of PM World Today and PMForum can be downloaded from here.

PMI Standards Repriced

Mosaic's stock of PMI standards including the PMBOK® Guide have been repriced to take account of changes in the exchange rate.  Visit our Book Sales page to review  the available range and prices; other PMI standards can be purchased form PMI USA but incur approximately US$25 shipping costs.


PMOZ becomes a Not For Profit foundation

Starting with the 2012 PMOZ conference that will be run in Melbourne from August 14th to 16th, the profits from the conference will be invested in developing the project management profession in Australia through the PM Global Foundation.

Mosaic has been a long term support of PMOZ as an independent, cross-industry conference that allows delegates to tap into the best new thinking from all sources.  We are confident this new initiative will further enhance both the independence and the value of the conference and look forward to continuing our support.

For additional information, down load the PM Global press release.


Three New Blog Series

We have agreed to delivering a series of blog posts on three new sites:

Project Accelerator News Articles focusing on Stakeholders, communication, and project governance & controls, see: 

 A series of articles focusing on scheduling and controls. See:

 Longer articles focusing on Stakeholders, communication, and project governance & controls. See:
After publication these, and other articles, are posted on this website sorted by catagory. To see the currently avaiable postings visit our: Published Magazine & Web Article Index


Advising Upwards Published

Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders, edited by Dr. Lynda Bourne is now available.

The principal focus of the book is on perspectives that will contribute towards an understanding of the critical survival skill of engaging senior managers, and of ‘helping them help you’.

For more on the book visit our Books Page

Mosaic Launches Updated PMP Courses

As part of the change to the new PMP exam, Mosaic has rebuilt its PMP courses and is now delivering both Mentored Email™ and PMP classroom courses to individuals and organisations.   Mentered Email™ is available anywhere - any time: see more.
next Intensive PMP classroom courses are scheduled for:  View Schedule

Communique No 3 for the ISO 215000: Guide to Project Management, standard

Read the latest developments in the creation of ISO 21500, as at June 2011. This Communique includes an invitation to all Australian project managers to comment on the Draft International Standard (DIS).

Download Communique´ #3

End of an Era

From the start of FY 2011/12 Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd will be operating it training business independent of the PMI Melbourne Chapter.

There are a number of reasons for this decision, primarily a looming conflict of interest issue. At the end of June, we will be signing a contract with the Chartered Institute of Building to develop and market a series of scheduling courses for the new CIOB scheduling certifications, starting with the PTMC (Project Time Management Certificate).

We do not consider it appropriate or possible to remain an integral part of the PMI Melbourne Chapter’s training program whilst at the same time we are promoting a certification from another organisation across the Asia Pacific region.

Mosaic will continue as a PMI Approved R.E.P., continue to offer its range of courses for PMI credentials, and continue to support PMI internationally and we wish the Chapter every success in the future.

PMI PgMP Examination Update

PMI are in the process of finalising changes to the Program Management Professional (PgMP) examination with a targeted release of the new examination on 1st March 2012, last day for the current exam is 21 January 2012. 

PMI have recently completed an updated Role Delineation Study (RDS) and as a consequence, the three evaluations for the PgMP credential, the panel review, the examination, and the multi-rater assessment, will be updated to reflect the very significant changes in the RDS.

Program Managers who are considering taking the exam in the near term are encouraged to complete their PgMP examination in the next few months using our current resources.

Primavera Australia becomes ‘stronger’!

After 20 years Primavera Australia has rebranded to Fortior Global Pty Ltd. The company continues as one of the largest resellers of the Primavera range of products world-wide and will have an increased focus on services, support and providing a complete range of Portfolio, Program and Project management services covering risk, estimating, cost control and (of course) scheduling.


CAPM Exam Application Enhancements

PMI has made it easier for candidates to prepare and schedule the CAPM examination.

PMI and Prometric 
have expanded the network of test centres available for the CAPM exam to approximately 5000 world-wide. This will make accessing a centre much easier, in Australia the available centres have increased from 2 (Sydney and Melbourne) to over 30 centres including all capital and many regional cities.   The complete list can be found at

Also, instead of having to have completed 23 hours of project management education at the time of application, candidates now have the option of submitting their application in advance with a scheduled date for the completion of the training. Upon submission of the CAPM application all candidates must agree to the PMI Code of Professional Conduct and that all 23 contact hours of education will be completed prior to their scheduled examination date.  This will allow candidates to complete their booking before starting an intensive classroom course

The number of CAPM credential holders world-wide is increasing rapidly, these changes will make booking and sitting for the exam much easier. 

Theses changes only apply to the CAPM exam, there are no changes in the PMP requirements or centres. 

Click here to see more on the CAPM exam

New Scheduling Courses Launched

Mosaic is offering a world-first integrated scheduling course.

Modules 1 to 5, plus Module 6 provide the education needed for the new CIOB Project Time Management Certificate (PTMC) examination.

Modules 1 to 5 plus Modules 7 to 13 provide the education needed for the PMI-SP credential.

All modules are available via Mosaic’s Mentored Email™ delivery allowing schedulers to prepare for their examinations anywhere, any time.

Additionally, Modules 1 to 4 are incorporated into Mosaic’s successful 1 Day and 2 Day scheduling workshops. The 1 Day workshop is exclusively focused on the exam prep modules, the 2 Day workshop covers a range of additional scheduling and time management topics.

Bookings for this exciting range of courses will open on the 1st March for Mentored Email™ courses.  The first 1 Day workshop focused on the new courses will be held on the 12th April in Melbourne with others to follow

For more information see our Scheduling Home Page


Consumer Protection Update

From the 1st January 2011, every individual and business trading in Australia will be covered by a uniform set of consumer protection laws. We welcome these improvements in consumer protection and will provide the same level of protection to all of mosaic’s clients regardless of their location. 

To understand how these enhanced protections affect Mosaic and our clients: 

Download our discussion paper on the New Australian Consumer Protection Laws

Also, see our blog post on ethical training guarantees: View the blog 

Or download the official Australian Government brochure.

PMI PDU Changes

From the 1st March 2011, the PDU system will be updated.  The changes will impact all individuals who currently hold an active PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-RMP®, and/or PMI-SP® credential.

The key changes to the program include:
  • Simplification to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) category structure, reducing the number of categories from 18 to 6
  • Ensuring that all categories use the rule that one hour of learning activity is equivalent to one PDU
  • Expanding the categories to include Web 2.0 learning opportunities
  • Adding limits on certain categories to require that all credential holders pursue project management continuing education as part of maintaining their credential
All current PDUs will remain valid, the major change is restricting the total number of PDUs earned or reported after the change in the categories associated with ‘Giving Back to the Profession’. The maximum PDUs (in combination) for ‘Creating New Project Management Knowledge’ (ie, presenting papers), ‘Volunteer Service’ and ‘Working as a Professional in Project Management’ are capped at 45 got PMP and PgMP holders and 20 for PMI-SP and PMI-RMP holders. The good news is you have between now and 1 March 2011, to report existing PDUs in the CCR system under the current PDU categories. After 1 March 2011, you will need to report PDUs using the new categories and the new limitations will apply.

For more information see: New PDU Category Structure


Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects

The Guide has been developed as a scheduling reference document capable of wide application. It is a practical treatise on the processes to be followed and standards to be achieved in effective management of time.

It can be used in any jurisdiction, under any form of contract, with any type of project and should be identified as the required standard for the preparation and updating of contract programmes, progress reporting and time management.

To preview the book’s contents, visit our Book_Sales page.

PgMP Training Updated

We have updated our PgMP course offering to include a service where we cut an applicant’s CV to the PMI format using our Word Template and return the PMI version to the Applicant with a brief report on the additional information needed by PMI to complete their CV in the PMI format, plus suggestions for the multi-rater panel. Names in the CV and the multi-rater panel are cross linked by PMI.
This initiative is expected to save PgMP applicants between 8 and 12 hours of effort

For more information see our PgMP Home Page

Try the Prometric Test Drive
    For US$30, the Prometric Test Drive provides candidates with a real world, end-to-end practice run before the date of their scheduled test. In 30 minutes, you will experience a complete run through of the testing experience including:
  • The scheduling and registration process
  • The complete check-in process 
  • Introduction to test center staff and surroundings 
  • A live 15-minute sample test demonstrating the testing process with dummy questions
  • Full preparation for the real test
For details visit the Prometric website at

PMP Exam Update
The PMP® examination will be updated on the 31 August 2011.
Approximately 30% of the PMP exam content will change as a result of changes made to the PMP Role Delineation Study (RDS). This change will be implemented through existing items being updated as appropriate, new examination items being developed to meet these requirements, and old items which do not meet the criteria being retired.

PMI conducts a Role Delineation Study (RDS) every five to seven years, for each of its credentials based on the role in project management the credential serves. The RDS for the PMP has just been completed and PMI are now preparing operational improvements and communications to keep PMI key stakeholders informed of what the RDS is and how it affects them.

The major change resulting from the RDS is that the Professional and Social Responsibility content area (Domain 6) will now be tested in every domain rather than as a separate domain on the examination. The recognition obtained through the RDS is that professional and social responsibility is integrated into all of the work of project management. Consequently, PMIs Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct should  be viewed as now integrated into the day-to-day role of a project manager, emphasising its importance in each phase of the project lifecycle.

Some key points:
Click here for more information from PMI

See more on our PMP Training Options

Stakeholder & Communication Workshops

Mosaic's range of stakeholder management and communication workshops have been rationalised and enhanced.  We now offer three focused workshops:

Definition of Construction Management

Developing definitions for context sensitive processes such as 'project management' is difficult [see paper]. Over the last year I have had involvement with the efforts of the CIOB to develop a similar type of definition for Construction Management.  The result of this work is now available for download and sets the benchmark for project mangers to aspire to achieve [download the CM definition].


PMOZ 2011 Workshops and Conference

The 8th Annual Project Management Australia Conference (PMOz) will be held at the Novotel Brighton Le Sands, Sydney from 2nd to 5th August.  Download the Brochure

An exciting range of papers around the conference theme Project Management at the Speed of Light, have been selected.

Included in the registration fees:
Aug 2nd - Welcome reception
Aug 3rd -  Workshops - 3 hour presentations on a range of subjects
Aug 4th & 5th - Traditional conference speaking program
Plus the conference dinner and a reinvigorated industry night
Plus access to sessions in the co-located ISSEC conference 

6th August (Sat.) will offer a limited number of  paid full day workshops.

To stay up to date watch this space or visit



Dr. Lynda Bourne has been accepted as a member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). EURAM is a professional community of engaged management scholars and reflective practitioners - open, inclusive, international and cross-cultural. It places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological pluralism, and promotes critical examinations of the historical and philosophical roots of management theory and praxis. EURAM aims to enhance the quality of research, improve its relevance for responsible and effective practice and contribute to the social and political discourse on management.

Lynda’s interest is focused primarily on the continuing development of her stakeholder management theory.  For more on EURAM see:


PgMP Course Launched

Mosaic's long awaited PgMP course is now open for bookings. The one-on-one mentored delivery is designed to fit in with the busy life of any working program manager.
Click here for more information

World Expo - Shanghai

We are rather looking forward to early July when we will be in Shanghai for events associated with World Expo 2010 – Better City – Better Life.
For more on the Expo see:

Dr. Lynda Bourne has been invited to participate in an international construction conference and Patrick Weaver will be participating in the conference and a series of meetings arranged by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Having worked on the building of World Expo 88 in Brisbane and then enjoyed the experience of attending that event, seeing the way the Expo has evolved will be fascinating.

For up to the minute information visit:
or download the International Construction Conference brochure.


PMI Launches Career Central on

PMI's new career page, located at is designed to provide project management practitioners with a comprehensive resource to assist your career development.

Whether you are a practitioner seeking employment advice or are looking for knowledge on how to move your career to the next level, Career Central makes accessing information easy. The hub centralizes career-related content, credential and professional development information, and other resources from PMI.

The content includes text articles, interactive features, illustrated slide shows and podcasts focused by
industry, specialisation, particular career stages and trends according to regions.

Mosaic's Certification & Career Planning page offers a local perspective on career planning and direct links to specific sections of PMI's Career Central.


WIT Luncheon

Dr. Lynda Bourne is the invited speaker and the 23 April 2010 Women are IT network (WIT) Lunch. Her topic is Why is stakeholder management so difficult? To see more or book into the event, download the event brochure.


PMI Stocks Stakeholder Relationship Management book

The PMI Marketplace, the official bookshop of the Project Management Institute (PMI – USA) has selected Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organisational Implementation, for inclusion in its range of construction and building books and contracts.

To purchase from PMI see:

To preview the book’s contents, visit our Book_Sales page.


Lynda Bourne elected President, PMI Melbourne 

Dr. Lynda Bourne has been elected President of the PMI Melbourne Chapter for the 2010 / 2011 year. To manage the potential conflict of interest between Lynda's role as Chapter President and the commercial relationship between PMI Melbourne and Mosaic for the delivery of classroom based training in Melbourne the following changes have been implemented:
  • Within Mosaic, Lynda has resigned from the position of Director of Training (this work is now undertaken by Patrick Weaver). Lynda's new role as Director of Professional Services focuses on executive coaching, mentoring and consulting with organisations particularly focused on OPM3 maturity assessments and process improvement.  Lynda will still conduct training as an employee of Mosaic.
  • Within PMI Melbourne, management of the training portfolio and commercial arrangements between the Chapter and Mosaic will be managed by the Director of Professional Services (as now), reporting to the Vice President.
  Lynda's primary commercial interest remains developing her stakeholder management business and marketing the Stakeholder Circle® range of tools.


 New 2 Day Scheduling Workshop

Mosaic's successful 'HOW TO: develop an effective schedule' workshop has been expanded to 2 full days. The initial workshops are for the Tonkin Academy in Brisbane and Melbourne [download the brochure]

We will continue to offer both 1 and 2 day versions of this workshop.
Click here for more information


CIOB Stocks Stakeholder Relationship Management book

Construction Books Direct, the official bookshop of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB – UK) has selected Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organisational Implementation, for inclusion in its range of construction and building books and contracts.

To purchase in the UK see:

To preview the book’s contents, visit our Book_Sales page.

Construction Stakeholder Management

Wiley-Blackwell has published a new book on stakeholder management in the construction industry, edited by Ezekiel Chinyio from the University of Wolverhampton and Paul Olomolaiye from the University of the West of England. This book is designed to map the current state of stakeholder management in the construction industry with input from a range of well known academics and researchers.

Our chapter on Mapping Stakeholders can be previewed on our Interesting Books page with links through to the publisher’s web site.

PMOZ 2010 - Workshops and Conference

PMOZ will be held at the Brisbane convention Centre from 23rd to 26th August with a new format.  Included in the registration fees:
Day 1 -  Workshops - 3 hour presentations on a vast range of subjects
Day 2 & 3 - Traditional conference speaking program
Plus the conference dinner and a reinvigorated industry night

Day 4 will offer a limited number of  paid full day workshops.

Download the Conference Brochure
To stay up to date watch this space or visit


Planning and Scheduling Update

Mosaic's series of core scheduling papers for planning and scheduling has been expanded to include Schedule Float. This paper discusses the various calculations and definitions for float in both ADM and PDM networks, and highlights the importance of float in resource levelling and scheduling calculations.

The full range of papers are:
-  A Guide to Scheduling Good Practice.
-  Attributes of a Scheduler.
-  Dynamic Scheduling.
-  Links, Lags & Ladders.
-  Schedule Float.
-  Schedule Levels.

All of these papers are available for downloading free of charge by anyone interested in enhancing the practice of scheduling. [go to the scheduling papers]


Thoughts on Agile

We have been in the middle of an interesting discussion over the role and value of Agile as a software development methodology and how it integrates with project management.  Based on this discussion we have compiled our 'Thoughts on Agile' into a discussion paper.
Go to: a summary of key posts to various blogs
-  Download: Thoughts on Agile


Free PMP & CAPM Questions

To help prospective PMP and CAPM candidates asses their readiness for the PMI exams, Mosaic has launched 2 sets of free questions and made it’s PM final on-line exam simulator available as a standalone module (PM final is the last module in all of our PMP courses). To access these resources follow the links:


New Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) System

PMI is replacing the existing system that manages data and processes for the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) with a new solution developed and maintained by PMI. The new System is designed to provide an easy-to-use graphical interface as the entry point for credential holders that will deliver a more seamless, improved customer experience.

The new CCR System will be implemented beginning 25 August 2009. It will handle all of the functionality that the current system manages in addition to introducing new efficiencies. These improvements will ensure that PMI keeps pace with the needs of the growing number of credential holders.

Credential holders will find it simpler and more efficient to:
 -  Select activities (courses/events)
 -  Report PDUs - View transcripts
 -  Maintain multiple credentials

The new CCR System is incorporated into PMI’s single sign-on technology enabling system users to log in only once to gain access to all PMI systems and avoid the inconvenience of responding to additional prompts and entering additional passwords.

The improvements are definitely needed, as at 31st July, PMI membership has exceeded 300,000 and there were over 370,000 current credential holders. The breakdown of statistics is:
 -  PMI membership: 306,111 – an overall increase of 11.2% for the year.
 -  Total Project Management Professionals (PMP)®:
 -  Total Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®:
 -  Total Program Management Professionals (PgMP)®:
 -  Total Scheduling Professionals (PMI-SP)®: 
 -  Total Risk Management Professionals (PMI-RMP)®: 


RMIT University DPM receives GAC Accreditation 

The RMIT University Doctor of Project Management (DPM) and Masters of Project Management (MPM) programs have received PMI Global Accreditation Centre (GAC) accreditation.  Dr. Lynda Bourne was the first graduate from the RMIT DPM program and the first person world-wide to receive a professional Doctorate in project management.

To understand the benefits of teaching project management download the PMI Why Teach PM brochure.

PMI Launches the PMI Agile Community of Practice

The Agile Community of Practice is dedicated to raising awareness of Agile practices and techniques among PMI’s members. Its focus will be on building an emerging knowledge base using wikis, blogs and discussion threads. Plus additional resources include articles, tools and techniques, links to Agile project management literature and more. During the launch, membership is free to PMI members.

For more on the interaction between PM and Agile see Dr. Lynda Bourne's blogs at : The collaborative management paradigm inherent in Agile – a new frontier

For more information on the PMI SIG see:


New Practice Standard for Project Risk Management

PMI Risk Standard

PMI Melbourne Chapter now hold stocks of the new Practice Standard for Project Risk Management  from PMI. The standard covers risk management as it is applied to single projects and is consistent with other PMI standards. Written for project practitioners, this practice standard can be used to validate the risk management process being employed in a specific situation, project or organization. 

Visit our 'Books' page for details and to order PMI standards for delivery in Australia. The standards are also available from the PMI Marketplace at

[Click here to go to our 'Books' page]


PM Final Question Bank Upgraded

PM Final was upgraded on July 1, 2009 to the latest 4th Edition question bank which now boasts more than 1,000 questions that have been completely updated to comply with PMBOK 4th Edition content. All exams created by students will automatically include 4th Edition content.

Click here for more on PM Final


PMI® Publication Quizzes

PMI Publication Quizzes offer a convenient, affordable way to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s). By purchasing a quiz bundle from, you receive PMI-published articles and white papers with accompanying quizzes that test your learning.

If you obtain a quiz score of 70 percent or higher you will earn between one and two PDUs per quiz in Category 3.
Click here for more information


PMI's 'Voices on Project Management' Blog

Mosaic's Dr. Lynda Bourne has joined the PMI 'Voices on Project Management' team of bloggers.  Over 40 people commented on her post discussing the Agile software development methodology.  Lynda is also a columnist for the PM Network magazine with a regular column 3 times a year focused on the Asia Pacific region.

See Lynda's 'Voices' posts


Updated PMP and CAPM Training Courses Launched

Mosaic's new PMP and CAPM Mentored Email™ courses have been launched.  Based on the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition these courses are focused on:

For more information on the courses see:

Project Management Community Bush Fire Response

The project management community have joined to act a single force to respond to the recent Victorian Bushfires. This comprises PMI Melbourne Chapter and AIPM Victoria working with Project Aid. Project Aid's vision is to provide Project Management assistance to Australian based relief organisations in delivering their outcomes following the Victorian Bush Fire Disaster.
This assistance encompasses the provision of voluntary project management experience and expertise in a professional and neutral manner utilizing resources of the Project Management community including project management support, knowledge, advice and access to skilled resources.

For more information and to 
volunteer see:


Communique No 2 for the ISO 215000: Guide to Project Management, standard

Read the latest developments in the creation of ISO 21500, as at Jan. 2009.

Download Communique´ #2


PMI Launches 'PM Teach'

Aimed to encourage Universities and Colleges to teach accredited project management courses PM Teach makes a range of resources available to academic staff interested in developing a PM course and then have the course accredited by PMI.

A key component of the program is linking academic institutions with R.E.P.s that have the skills and knowledge to assist in curriculum development.  Mosaic has joined this part of the program based on the work of Dr. Lynda Bourne at a range of institutions including RMIT University in Melbourne and The University of Southern Queensland; both in Australia; and more recently the University of Maryland (UMUC).

For more on the program see:


New PMI Standards Available

PMI New Standards

PMI Melbourne Chapter now hold stocks of the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition and second editions of:
- The Standard for Portfolio Management
- The Standard for Program Management
- The OPM3 Knowledge Foundation

Visit our 'Books' page for details and to order standards for delivery in Australia. The standards are also available from the PMI Marketplace at

[Click here to go to our 'Books' page]

PM Final Exam Prep Tool

2008 was a record year for the PM Final on-line question bank. Globally, the number of new students increased an amazing 166% in 2008, and the total number of practice exams completed increased an even more impressive 213% over 2007.

Mosaic has used PM Final as a core part of its PMP courses and as a adjunct to is CAPM courses for several years and we're pleased to see others following our lead.

[Click here to see more on PM Final]


Changes to our PMP and CAPM Training Courses for 2009

Mosaic’s Mentored Email™ courses for 2009 have been re-priced to manage the transition to the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition.

From Jan 1st our PMP course will be priced at AU$1200 (plus GST for Australian residents) - approximately US$850*, and our CAPM course will be AU$900 (plus GST for Australian residents) - approximately US$650*.

These price changes are primarily to separate the 10% Australian GST component from our price structure. We are attracting an increasing number of clients from the USA, SE Asia and Europe and we do not have to pay GST tax on these sales.
The increase in the base price is to cover the costs associated with converting the courses from the current PMBOK® Guide 3rd Edition to the 4th Edition. Courses started in January and February will be based on our current 3rd Edition materials. Both courses will be available to trainees starting in March, April and May; their selection will depend on their planned exam date (the PMP exam changes on 1st July, CAPM on 1st August). After June we would anticipate only offering the new 4th Edition course.

We believe our PMP and CAPM courses are still exceptionally good value. The materials are developed in-house by Mosaic’s experienced team of Dr. Lynda Bourne and Patrick Weaver. We develop the materials, administer the Mentored Email™ courses and importantly, provide the one-on-one mentoring to help trainees pass their PMI credential examination. We know the courses work, in 2008 only one trainee needed to ask for our free assistance to help them prepare to re-sit their examination.
You can see how the training works for yourself by registering for a course; you to receive Module 1 free of charge, and only pay the invoice for the course if you decide to continue.

*Based on current exchange rates, payments by VISA, MasterCard or funds transfer will attract different exchange rates.


Stakeholder Blog

Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd and Dr. Lynda Bourne have launched the Stakeholder Blog as a forum for discussing issues associated with stakeholder management, the Stakeholder Circle and the SRMM maturity model. To read the blog, visit 

Time is NOT money,
a conversation with Keith Pickavance

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) conducted a survey of the construction industry’s knowledge and experience of different methods of project control, and time management, record keeping, monitoring and training. One of the key people driving the report and the on-going work by CIOB to develop a 'Best Practice' standard and scheduling certification in Keith Pickavance, CIOB President and Keynote speaker at PM Asia 2008.  Read 'Time is NOT money', a conversation with Keith Pickavance' for some background on this initiative. Mosaic will also be supporting the CIOB work developing its scheduling 'Best Practice Standard' for additional information,  visit our Scheduling Home Page.

Differences between the Third and Fourth Edition of the
PMBOK® Guide

The fourth edition reflects a focus on improved consistency and clarity. Redundant information was removed and clarifying statements added where needed. The PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is easy to understand and implement.

The major differences between the Third Edition and the Fourth Edition are summarised below: A complete list of changes can be found in Appendix A of the Fourth Edition.   [ see more on changes to the credentials ]

The major differences between the current and the Second Edition of the
Standard for Program Management ?

The most significant difference between the First edition and the Second Edition is in the development of program-specific knowledge areas. These included knowledge areas that are critical to successful program management as well as knowledge areas that are significantly different at a program level than at a project level.

A second significant difference between the two editions was in the removal of "themes" that were introduced in the first edition.
Of special note is that there are three areas: Cost Management, Quality Management, and Human Resource Management, that were determined to be better discussed at the project level rather than at the higher program level as stand-alone knowledge areas. These areas reference the PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition.

  [ see more on changes to the credentials ]

9/10/2008, updated 7/11/2008

Oracle Corporation acquires Primavera

Oracle Corporation has acquired Primavera Systems. Primavera will join Oracle as a global business unit (GBU) focused on delivering Enterprise PPM solutions to its customers. Joel Koppelman will be Senior Vice President and General Manager of the GBU, and Dick Faris will continue to lead the Primavera development activities as Senior Vice President, Product Development.

Primavera's project portfolio management (PPM) products complement Oracle's leading applications, middleware, and database offerings, and together will deliver the first, comprehensive Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution for project-intensive industries from a single, global vendor. The Oracle Primavera GBU, we will support and develop standards and functional integrations to Oracle and non-Oracle enterprise applications to ensure all customers receive maximum benefit from this combination.



PMI-SP Credentials

PMI have officially awarded the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SPSM) credential to its first class of PMI Scheduling Professionals.  Mosaic's Patrick Weaver was one of the first 92 people accredited as a PMI-SP.

To help fellow schedulers obtain this significant credential, Mosaic has launched its updated 5-STEPS scheduling work shop (Oct. 2008) based on the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling [see: 'How To'  develop an effective Schedule (5-STEPS)] and will launch a PMI-SP
SM prep course mid 2009 based on the updated PMBOK [see: Advanced Project Scheduling for the PMI-SP credential].

Mosaic's 5-STEPS workshop will generate 6 Hrs of approved scheduling training. The PMI-SP course will generate an additional 24+ Hrs.  In combination the two courses will offer 30 Hrs of approved training to meet the eligibility requirements for the PMI-SP credential.


PMI Research Proves the Value of PM

Research sponsord by PMI has clearly demonstrated the link between implementing good project management practice and a solid ROI:
-  Download the Research Overview
-  To assess your organisations PM level visit our OPM3 Page
-  To develop your PM career, visit our Career Framework page

26/6/2008, updated 9/10/2008, updated 3/1/2009

Updated PMI Standards and Credentials

PMI have released updates to their key standards. Some of the changes include:
  • PMBOK Guide®Knowledge Areas updated. The number of processes decreased from 44 to 42. Two processes were deleted, two processes were added and 6 processes were reconfigured into 4 processes in the procurement Knowledge Area. [ see more ]
  • Portfolio ManagementNew Knowledge Areas including Portfolio Governance and Portfolio Risk Management
  • Program Management9 new Knowledge Areas including Financial and Stakeholder management and Program Governance and 47 new processes [ see more ]
  • OPM3®: Aligned with the new versions of the PMBOK, Program and Portfolio standards, Reduction in the overall number of Best Practices, Additional Categorization to simplify utilization and application and improved Self-Assessment Method (SAM) Questions.
Based on these changes, the PMI Credentials will begin to change in 2009:
  • CAPM Certifications - Exams taken prior to 31st July 2009 will be based on the current  PMBOK® 3rd Edition, from the 1st August, the PMBOK® 4th Edition will be the basis for the exam.
  • PMP CertificationsExams taken prior to 30th June 2009 will be based on the current  PMBOK® 3rd Edition, from the 1st July, the PMBOK® 4th Edition will be the basis for the exam.
  • PgMP CertificationsExams taken prior to 30th August 2009 will be based on the current  PMBOK® 3rd Edition and the Standard for Program Management - First Edition from the 1st September, the PMBOK® 4th Edition and the Standard for Program Management - Second Edition will be the basis for the exam. Mosaic's courses will be developed to the new standards.
  • PMI-SP CertificationsExams taken prior to 30th August 2009 will be based on the current  PMBOK® 3rd Edition, from the 1st September, the PMBOK® 4th Edition will be the basis for the exam; the Practice Standard for Scheduling does not change. Mosaic's courses will be developed to the new standard.
[See more on the changes to the PMI Standards]

PMI Standards Update Outreach Tool Now Available

“Which Edition Do I Study?” is an interactive web-based tool that allows the user to select:
1. the exam they are taking;
2. the date they plan on taking the exam and
3. receive a personalized study recommendation
To use the PMI web tool (deleted)

New PDU Requirements for PMPs

From August 2008, All current PMP credential holders will be assigned new PMP expiration dates that correspond with the anniversary date of the bestowal of their credential.
To effect this change, all PMP credential holders will have months added to their renewal cycle based on the anniversary of earning their credential; no one will have time taken away. Currently, all PMP credential holders expire on 31 December of the third year after they earn the credential and every third year from that date forward.

Transition Arangements

The transition to the new system will becomes operational in late August, this is when PMP credential holders will see their new expiration dates when they log into and the online certification system.  Communications from PMI to PMP credential holders
will continue through to October.  The key communications are:
  • 18 June–31 July - Eblast to all PMPs informing them of the upcoming change.
  • 18 August–18 September – Eblast to all PMPs providing them with their new PMP expiration date.
  • 18 August–October – Direct mail containing a new certificate with their new PMP expiration date and instructions on how it affects them.
For more detailed information on this change, view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on  Click here to see more on earning PDUs

Stakeholder Circle® - New European Partner

The marketing of the Stakeholder Circle® methodology and software in the German speaking areas of Europe will be significantly enhanced following the signing of a key partnership agreement with Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.  Watch this space for breaking news.......

New Project Management Courses

Program Management Professional (PgMP) Training and Support  The new PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)™ credential will be unveiled at the upcoming PMI College of Scheduling Conference, 4 –7 May 2008. Eligible candidates for the credential can now apply online and schedule their examination for 30 May 2008 and beyond. Mosaic will be offering PgMP Training from Q4 2008.
[ See Mosaic's PgMP training page for details ]
Scheduling Professional Credential (PMI-SP) Training and Support  Mosaic will be offering PMI-SP Training from 2009.
[ See Mosaic's PMI-SP training page for details ]


Mosaic's Workshops Restructured

Introducing the 'How To' Series:

'How To' workshops focus on the practical skills needed to undertake key project management processes and incorporate practical information on templates, methodologies and tools. This series includes:

[ View 'How To' Workshop details ]

For additional information call (03) 9696 8684 or

Introducing the Executive Series:

Executive workshops and briefings are designed for project and program managers, and the mangers of project and program managers. This series includes:

[ View Workshop details ]

For additional information call (03) 9696 8684 or


PMI Announce CAPM Renewal Options

The PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential acknowledges the professional dedication of project team members and specialists who contribute to project success from many different perspectives.

The first of these CAPM credential holders are now coming up for renewal at the end of their 5 year eligibility period.  CAPM credential holders maintain their credential by studying the updates to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) that have occurred over the last five years and re-sitting the CAPM examination.  Details of the CAPM renewal process can be found on our CAPM page [see more on renewing your CAPM credential].

New ISO Standard for Project Management
Call for Volunteers

Standards Australia, supported by a range of professional organisations including PMI and AIPM are collaborating on the development of a new ISO Standard for Project Management.  Mosaic's Patrick Weaver is the member of the Australian committee  responsible for convening the local 'Terminology Working Group'.

To join the Australian effort, email James Thomson at   or call 02 9237 6119

 [ Read Communique #1 for more information ]


International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

A new project management journal, edited by Prof. Derek Walker of RMIT University, Melbourne has been launched by Emerald. The International Journal of Managing Projects in Business  provides broad coverage of all aspects of project management, from strategy to planning and implementation with a unique and practical focus on project management in business.  Vol. 1 includes a summary of Dr. Lynda Bourne's DPM thesis, Project relationship management and the Stakeholder Circle™.  For more information [ visit the journal website ]


Mosaic supports PM Asia & PMOZ 2008

PMOZ, Melbourne: 18 - 20 August  2008. See  for details or [ download the brochure ].

PM Asia, Singapore: 14th to 17th Oct. 2008. Details to follow..... 

Collaboration opportunities for organisations

PMI have released 2 reports focusing on the benefits of using OPM3 and CMMI, including advice on selecting the right tool and the opportunities to use both tools collaboratively. For more information visit our OPM3 'home page' at:
Errors in the PMBOK Guide 3rd Edition

There are a number of minor errors in the PMBOK Guide 3rd Edition that have been corrected by two Errata sheets. Depending on the print run, you may need both sheets, or just the second sheet. The first Errata sheet pertains to the first printing of the book (or CD-ROM) only. The second errata sheet pertains to all printings up to the fifth printing.

In order to determine the print run of your book, refer to the bottom of the copyright page (which precedes the Notice page and Table of Contents). You will see a descending numerical string of numbers beginning with 10. The first printing of the PMBOK(R) Guide—Third Edition will show the numerals 10 through 1. With each subsequent print run, the lowest numeral is removed from the string. Therefore, if your copy of the PMBOK® Guide—Third Edition has all 10 numerals, you have the first printing and you will need both errata sheets.

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
10 9 8 7 6 5 4
10 9 8 7 6 5 
(needs first errata sheet and second errata sheet)
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To down load the first Errata sheet    [ click here ]
To down load the second Errata sheet   [ click here ]

Stakeholder Relationship Management:
A Maturity Model for Organizational Implementation

Gower Publishing Ltd has agreed to publish Dr Lynda Bourne's new book, Stakeholder Relationship Management: A Maturity Model for Organizational Implementation. Publication is planned mid 2009.    For additional information and previews, [ Visit our Book Page ].
New KPMG Advisory - Managing Global Projects

Stakeholder engagement is seen by KPMG as a key requirement for the successful delivery of 'global projects'. Rigorous stakeholder analysis is recommended. The report says "the challenges of stakeholder management are by no means unique to global projects, but when overlayed with cultural requirements and geographical distances, they become acutely more complex. 

Download the KPMG report 'Managing Global Projects: Observations from the front line' from 

For more on stakeholder mapping and analysis see

OPM3 ProductSuite Update v1.1 Announced

The OPM3 TrainingSuite and OPM3 ProductSuite applications have now been updated. The update address known issues and introduce some new product features, including:
-  New reporting options
-  Additional Export Questions
-  Improved Best Practice applications.

[ See more on OPM3 ]

Procurement Systems Book Published Procurement Systems – A Cross Industry Project Management Perspective, Taylor & Francis, London.
Editors: Walker, D. H. T. and Rowlinson, S.
This book, with Dr Lynda Bourne as co-author of Chapter 3 has been published.
Pre-views, downloads and additional information:
Buy book from:

Construction Stakeholder Management

We are contributing to a new book edited by Dr Ezekiel Chinyio & Professor Paul Olomolaiye, from the University of Wolverhampton. Due for publication mid 2008 by Blackwell Publishing (UK):

Dr. Lynda Bourne and Patrick Weaver have been contracted to write 'Chapter 7 - Mapping Stakeholders' for this new industry text book.

See Us @ PMI Global Congress, Malta

Mosaic's principals, Dr. Lynda Bourne and Patrick Weaver are both presenting papers at the PMI Congress in Malta, May 2008.  Whilst it is unlikely we will be exhibiting due to logistical difficulties, we should be relatively easy to find and will be happy to discuss the Stakeholder Circle® and/or our training courses.

For more on the PMI EMEA Congress see:


Mosaic paper referenced from Wikipedia

Mosaic's published paper on the 'Origins of modern project management' has been included as an 'External Link' from the project management page in Wikipedia. See 

Mosaic has supported the publication of a range of papers discussing aspects of project management for many years.  Our full collection of papers can be accessed and downloaded free of charge from our 'Papers Index' page at: 

Procurement Systems – A Cross Industry Project Management Perspective

A new book with Dr. Lynda Bourne as a co-author for Chapter 3. This book is primarily focused upon how project leaders can make and influence procurement decisions so as to realise a project that truly delivers value to its stakeholders. Organisations tend not to want to merely source products, equipment, people or systems rather they have a complex (often implicit) need for a bundle of resources that help them generate and deliver something that will be valued by those receiving the project product/service. Publication due late 2007.

Previews available for downloading from the Mosaic Book Page.


See Us @ PMI Global Congress, Atlanta

Mosaic's sister company, Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd will be an exhibitor at the PMI Global Congress in Atlanta, in October.  

The primary focus of the stand will be the Stakeholder Circle® methodology and software, but we will be equally happy to discuss our PMP training and our other range of training and consultancy services. In Atlanta, visit us on stand #924. 

Changing of the Guard at Primavera

After 17 years at the helm, founder and Manging Director of Primavera Australia, Gordon Comins has retired.  The new owners bring together the national Primavera dealership and the WA and Qld sub-dealerships making for a stronger presence throughout Australia.   We wish Gordon the joys of a well earned retirement and the new MD, Jim Fairchild every success.


Mosaic supports World Project Management Week & PMOZ 2007

WPMWeek, Singapore: 12th to 16th Nov 2007 (Silver Sponsor).   See

PMOZ, Gold Coast: 28 - 31 August  2007 (Bronze Sponsor). See  for details or [ download the brochure ].


PMP Certified to ISO 17024 Standard

PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification program has been accredited under the new  ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons standard.

ISO 17024 provides a benchmark for certification bodies offering certification of persons in any occupation and facilitates accreditation by national bodies. ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, verified among other things, that proper policy is implemented to ensure all certification candidates are treated equally, that examinations are consistent and fair, that quality improvement is in place and that all subcontractors perform as they should.

PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling

The new PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling is now available from the PMI Melbourne Chapter for AU$60.50 (Australian clients only).

This standard is the first to provide practical guidance on the development and management of a project schedule and will form the basis of a new scheduling credential currently in planning by PMI.

PMI members can download a PDF version from the Members area of the website.  Books are available from the PMI Melbourne Chapter, through Mosaic for $60.50 + $11.00 shipping. To order, email:

[ See: Recommended Books & Standards ]

A Brief History of Project Management

The Association for Project Management, UK, has published an article by P. Weaver discussing the history of 'modern project management'. This article is a synthesis of two conference papers available for download:
-  A Brief History of Scheduling
-  The Origins of Modern Project Management

And will for the basis for a full conference paper, Trends In Modern Project Management - Past Present & Future that will be presented at PMOZ in August (see:

[ Download the article ]


Deltek Acquires WST Pacific

Adelaide based WST Pacific was acquired by US company Deltek on the 24th May.  The entire WSTP team has become part of the Deltek team, including both Tony Scuteri and Mike Boulton.  This acquisition completes the takeover of WST (developers of Open Plan, WelcomHome and COBRA) by Deltek.

This move continues the consolidation of the 'high end' tools with Primavera and Deltek now dominating this segment of the market and Microsoft Project maintaining dominance at the desktop.


CBT Testing Available Across Australia

Thomson Prometric are upgrading the delivery of the PMP and CAPM examinations across Australia.  To date the only locations where Computer Based Testing (CBT) has been available is Sydney and Melbourne.  People in other locations had to either take a 'paper based' exam or fly.  Paper based exams also required a 6 to 9 month lead time to organise and needed either the local PMI Chapter or a business to sponsor them.

The new CBT delivery planned for Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth will only require a month's lead time to organise and a committed group of 10 people.  Once the exam has been set up, any other interested person will be able to book into the session.

These new arrangements will be progressively rolled out through the balance of 2007 and should result in a significant number of new test options for prospective PMP and CAPM exam candidates through the latter part of this year and into 2008. 

Mosaic's Mentored Email™ clients around Australia will benefit from the additional examination options.  Commercial clients and Canberra training course clients will generally be able to arrange for a CBT exam at the end of the 30 day period for using our PM Final on-line exam simulator.

Watch this space for updates


Stakeholder Circle™ Workshops

Mosaic's Stakeholder Circle™ workshops at PMI SeminarsWorld were featured in the PMI Community Post email forwarded to its 225,000 members on the 13th April 2007 - see copy of article.

Procurement Systems – A Cross Industry Project Management Perspective

A new project management book edited by Prof. Derek Walker and S. Rowlinson, for publication late 2007.  This book is primarily focussed upon how project leaders can make and influence procurement decisions so as to realise a project that truly delivers value to project stakeholders for project and organisational success. Lynda Bourne is a co-author on chapter 3, Stakeholders and the Supply Chain.

[ Preview the book ]


PM Network Interview - Point Counterpoint

Lynda Bourne was one of the two project management professionals invited by PMI to discuss the state of project management training and how useful it is in equipping professionals for roles in the workplace. 

See PM Network, Jan 2007 pp66 to 71.


What's in a name?

The first really effective web browser developed by Marc Andreessen in 1993 was called Mosaic = Mosaic became Netscape.


Mosaic signs up to support two PM conferences:

#1 - World Project Management Week, Singapore: 12th to 16th Nov 2007. See

#2 - PMOZ 2007, Gold Coast: 28th to 31st Aug 2007. See for details or [ download the brochure ].


Dr Lynda Bourne appointed Chair of the OPM3 ProductSuite Examination Committee

Dr. Bourne has been appointed Chair of the OPM3 ProductSuite Examination Committee. The committee includes PMI, DNV and independent members and is tasked with maintaining and improving the ProductSuite Assessor and Consultant examinations.

PMI Includes Dr Lynda Bourne in its list of 25 Influential Women in Project Management

The October 2006 edition of PM Network identified 25 women, including Dr Bourne that have influenced the course of the profession and have become recognised leaders.

The recognition noted that Lynda was the first person to receive a Doctor of Project Management and her work assisting in the development of OPM3 and the OPM3 ProductSuite.

[ See CV ]


Paper Added to Construction Law Section

Balanced Baselines - A Fairer Allocation of Uncertain Risks - Author: Jim Doyle

The use of a Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR) provides the parties to a contract with a mutual understanding of the subsurface site conditions (the baseline). The actual conditions encountered are measured against this baseline. The reduced risk to the contractor should result in lower tender prices and minimises the opportunity for contract claims and disputes. [View Abstract]

Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd

Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd (SHM) focus on the marketing the Stakeholder Circle® methodology and software tools and the associated SRMM® maturity model.

To download a free version of the software, visit the SHM website at

For more on the Stakeholder Circle® and SRMM® see:


PMI Announces a new Program Management Credential available late 2006

Continuing a 37-year tradition of advancing the careers of project management practitioners, PMI will introduce a new credential for individuals who manage programs later this year. Additional information will be released in July 2006 and the soon-to-be published specification for the new credential.

Email to be kept up to date on this major new development.


Staying a PMP Pays $$$$

Project managers who have held the PMP credential for two to four years earn median salaries 15.6% higher than non-credentialed managers with similar experience levels.

Those who have held the PMP credential for five to nine years earn 17.2% more. And those who have held their PMP for more than 10 years earn median salaries 13.3% higher than non-credential holders with similar experience levels.

Source PMI Annual Salary Survey 2006


See us in Seattle - Stand #1827!

Mosaic will be an exhibitor at the PMI Global Congress in Seattle to launch the commercial version of the Stakeholder Circle.

For a free exhibition pass, email:

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