Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We regret and are saddened to inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, JC Kruger.

JC had been sick for some time but remained strong, cheerful, hopeful and faithful. He was a stalwart supporter of the PMI South Africa Chapter and PMI for decades. His mark is felt everywhere. I personally will miss his constant encouragement to me as president. It was he who encouraged me to become a part of the leadership team and he never abandoned. He was a mentor to many. We will miss his hearty laugh and indomitable spirit. We pray for his eternal peace and the comfort of his personal and worldwide PMI family.

On behalf of the PMI South Africa Chapter,


Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP

President & CEO


We remember JC

by Carel van Zyl, Chairperson, PMI South Africa Chapter

We want JC to be remembered as the ideal volunteer and member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the PMI South Africa Chapter, over and above all the other local, church and work-related activities that he participated in.

He was always willing to help when help was needed to organise member services related activities. We remember that he always offered to talk at conferences. At the first PMI Africa Region Project Management Conference, he delivered a paper of how to do a project in the outback in Mozambique.

JC contributed regularly to the development of project management knowledge.  Every year he delivered PMBOK workshop papers in our reviews of PMBOK. He loved to do the introductory chapters to PMBOK and promote the use of PMBOK. His curiosity and skills as a critical thinker and manager brought him to become the chairperson of the South Africa Bureau of Standard’s (SABS’s) TC258 which worked through ISO globally to develop standards in project, program and portfolio management. JC willingly travelled internationally to attend on behalf of South Africa the ISO meetings. Through his mentorship, particularly based on his experiences in construction PM, he has informed and inspired many other PM’s.

JC was a director of the South Africa Chapter, and under his influence the Board went through a renewal process in 2017 to get the chapter’s Memorandum of Incorporation updated to the latest requirements and to adopt the committee system according to King IV. He seldomly missed Board meetings, although he had to drive to Johannesburg all the way from Heidelberg. At these meetings his independent view was always sought.

JC was a strong advocate of ethics standards and conflict resolution in project management.  Early in 2018 JC had to resign as Chapter director to ensure that there would be no conflict of interest issues with his participation in the Global PMI Ethics Committee. Before that we heard him speak often at monthly members meeting on ethics and how to handle conflict

JC loved to attend international conferences and meetings and with his lively participation he became well known in the global project management community. He was a true diplomat for all project managers in South Africa and a great support of the development of project management throughout the African continent.  He spoke a many conferences in Africa, lending his knowledge and perspective from his many years of experience.  He gained the respect and comradery of many in the region.

He was the example of how to give and spread one’s time productively to the various communities. We honour his remembrance, and we will miss him. Our condolences  goes first to his wife Mercia, who cared for him the last seven months while he was in and out of hospital and always under great pain. We pray that Mercia and the children be consoled by the grace of God and the warmth of the memories of their beloved husband and father.

PMI SA Chapter Mentoring Program Participation Invitation

Be Part of a Fantastic Mentoring Program

The PMI South Africa Chapter Professional Development Team is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Mentoring Program based on the success of the 2016 and 2017 programs. The mentoring program leverages the knowledge and expertise of experienced members to provide personal support and guidance to less experienced members and is a complementary way for Chapter members to develop their skills and improve their performance. Having a mentor is a proven way of developing personal and professional capabilities and many highly successful professionals owe their success to having access to a great mentor.

Benefits of the Program

  • Mentors will benefit from the satisfaction of perpetuating the project management culture and being provided with a personal learning opportunity.
  • Mentees will benefit from access to broader knowledge and experience, which provides a wider perspective on their career and immediate tasks.
  • The program offers Mentors and Mentees the opportunity to earn PDUs.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be current PMI South Africa Chapter members (or join as new members) to be considered for this Program.
  • Mentees should have at least 2 years demonstrable experience and an interest in the PM profession
  • Mentors should have at least 7 years’ project management experience, preferably with previous experience in mentoring.
  • Members who participated in previous Chapter mentoring programs are welcome to apply again to participate in previous or new pairings.
  • All mentors and mentees will be fully supported throughout the program. Both Mentors and Mentees will be given training at the beginning of the program.


Program Information

  • Duration: 6 months (September 2018 to 30 March 2019).
  • Mentors and mentees will be informed about their mentor pairs by mid-July 2018 and can immediately start working on their mentoring agreements.
  • Mentor/Mentee training: Gauteng workshop scheduled for 18 August 2018. Recordings will be made available shortly afterwards).
  • Individual Mentor/Mentee Sessions begin: Recommended monthly sessions start after the training workshop (sessions may take place more regularly if agreed between Mentor & Mentee).
  • Mid-point check-in reports: First week in December 2018.


End of program

  • 30 March 2019 (Lessons learnt and exit reports and closing of program)
  • PDUs: Approximately 6 to 10 (depending on how often the pairs meet)
  • Costs: This program and the training event are still free to mentors and mentees for the2018/9 program.



Applications for participation will close on 02 nd July 2018.

Please request either the Mentor or Mentee application form electronically and return to the same mail address once completed. (this protocol is to prevent spam submissions from our website)


We look forward to hearing from you

Thanks & Regards,

PMI South Africa Professional Development Team


Testimonials from our previous Program

“Thanks again for the opportunity to participate in this programme, which I believe is a very good initiative from PMI SA Chapter.”

“Although I am studying further towards my Masters Degree in Programme Management with all the relevant theory in the courses I attend, I am lucky to have a mentor with experience in establishing and successfully running a PMO, it was of unmeasurable value. The fact that the mentor/mentee teams could choose how to structure the relationship
between the parties has added to its value.”

“It was also an opportunity to test my knowledge and revisit what I have learned over years in project management. I was thoroughly challenged by my mentor to use practical examples, keep things simple but remain within the confines of the project management methodology. The best part of the Programme was being paired with someone who is
very knowledgeable in project management.”

“The program material was good. In fact, very good!”

“Projects which allowed focus seemed to work well and though we had limited time due to the Mentee’s business, we achieved as much as we could during this period.”

“The training was great overall. I diligently followed a schedule. Therefore I was able to complete the training on time. I did a lot of research regarding information that I required. The PMI SA Chapter Mentoring Programme provided a platform to learn, build on concepts and improve. The indispensable skills, methods, tools and techniques which I have gained through exposure and developed from this programme cannot be found elsewhere. It is a spearhead for growth, key takeaways and networking. The knowledge and benefits reaped from this programme has provided direction to propel myself forward, with fresh approaches and self-confidence. A massive thank you to my mentor, for her focused attention, constructive feedback and wisdom. The PMI SA Chapter Mentoring Programme is an absolute must for anyone who wants to improve on any aspect of their ability to manage projects. This is as opportunity to invest in yourself. The Mentoring Program provided an opportunity to create a portfolio of evidence, including deliverables.”

“The best part of the programme for me, as the mentor, was to see the value that it brought to the mentee – watching her knowledge and skills develop throughout the programme. I enjoyed the opportunity to share my experiences and lessons learned – and this often gave me good ideas to apply on my current project.”

“The Mentor Program was extremely useful to me. My Mentor helped me in so many developmental areas that I was unaware of.”

Are you managing for intergenerational diversity?

April 2018 Letter from Dr Lynn Keeys, President, PMI SA Chapter


Dear PMI South Africa Members,

Project teams are comprised of a diversity of generations, each with its special characteristics.  These can relate to work ethic, cooperation and collaboration, knowledge acquisition, career progression, work life balance and notions of success.  The biggest impact on the nature of work is expected from the millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2004, who currently comprises 35% of the global workforce and has been projected to constitute 50% of the South Africa workforce by 2020 and 75% by 2025.  Baby boomers are retiring.  Millennials are entering the workforce with their own special brand, challenging the standard management and leadership practices in project management based on baby boomers.

Are you managing to get the best from your dynamic intergenerational project team?

A Price Waterhouse Cooper CEO report, reported in Huffington Post South Africa, found that only 18% of millennials surveyed expected to stay for the long-term with their current employees.  Over one-third of those surveyed felt that senior management do not relate to younger workers and find millennials’ personal drive intimidating.  What does this mean for projects and team work and project management leadership practices?

Project managers need to develop approaches to work with intergenerational teams that attract and motivate the best from diverse team members.  Intergenerational differences need to be captured as opportunities to learn, develop, improve relationships and maximize productivity, creativity and innovation.

A recent article in PM World Journal, entitled “Managing Millennials: Project Management for an Evolving Workforce”, identifies six characteristics of millennials that are often misunderstood.  These are entitlement, easily side-tracked, seeking recognition, disloyalty and privileged.  However, the author Evan Piekara indicates that these characteristics, when using appropriate leadership and management strategies, can be used to meet the needs of millennials, develop their talent, and retain them as team members.  This will help build productive project teams.

Project work is about building personal relationships, built on trust, that enable successful cooperation and create job satisfaction.  It also includes understanding how different generations approach this.  Listen to leadership expert Simon Sinek on “Millennials in the Workplace” to understand issues related to managing millennials.  Project managers need to build leadership skills that enable them to build successful teams where members, all generations, are enabled to offer their best attributes to the project.

We invite you to share with us the management and leadership approaches you use to get the best from intergenerational teams.  Tell us your stories—challenges and successes and differences of opinion.  Text us on Twitter and Facebook and start a conversation.

All the best,

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP




Obituary J. Gordon Davis

J. Gordon Davis, PhD, PMI Fellow

PMI is deeply saddened to report the passing of one of our founders, J. Gordon Davis, PhD, PMI Fellow.

Dr. Davis was member number four in PMI and was a former vice president of the Institute. He effectively served PMI in many capacities, including the coordination of the Institute’s early-on academic activities, and has received nearly every honor that the organization bestows, including being designated a PMI Fellow in 1983. He and the other founders had a vision for PMI to provide a forum for discussing the emerging concepts and practices in the field, and to identify project management as a profession. At the time, it was not perceived as a profession.

Throughout his years with PMI, Dr. Davis challenged PMI members and volunteer leaders to build professionalism in project management and to focus on the multi-disciplinary aspects of project management that play such a vital role in bringing projects of all sizes to a successful conclusion.

Dr. Davis was CEO, CASCAD¬e Systems, a pioneering firm in graphical scheduling. He was an industrial engineering graduate of the University of Florida and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a Ford Fellow and a NASA/ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Fellow. He taught and carried out research at Georgia Tech for 10 years. He then entered into private practice as one of the first “outside schedule consultants.”

Dr. Davis personally led the scheduling function for more than 100 project teams, including teams in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He served as an expert witness on project delay claims, and was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Change Orders in the Construction Industry. Dr. Davis served on the former PMI College of Scheduling board of directors from its initial founding.

It began as a dinner in early 1969 among three men at the Three Threes Restaurant, a small, intimate gathering place just a few blocks from City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The dinner was a continuation of several months of discussions between two of the men, Jim Snyder and Gordon Davis. By the conclusion of this meal, it was decided that a new organization should be formed to provide a means for project managers to associate, share information and discuss common problems.

Ensuing discussions resulted in the first formal meeting at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 9 October 1969. The by-product of this meeting was the birth of the Project Management Institute. Shortly thereafter, articles of incorporation were filed in Pennsylvania, signed by five persons, who are officially recognized as the founders of PMI – James Snyder, Eric Jenett, Gordon Davis, A. E. “Ned” Engman and Susan C. Gallagher.

Lynn Keeys, Chapter President

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys is the President and CEO of the PMI South Africa Chapter since November 2016.  She has been a member of PMI since 2005 and an active member of the South Africa Chapter since 2009, volunteering in various capacities.  Lynn, a certified project management professional, has significant experience in program and project strategy, including leading project development and design teams, establishing and leading project, program and portfolio management offices and program and project performance management. Having worked in the international development field, she has important expertise in international and intercultural settings and socio-economic change projects. Her work has been published as well as presented at international project management and management conferences.

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