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.
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.
Welcome to 2018!
The leadership team of PMI SA Chapter is looking forward to working closely with you this year, hearing your ideas and delivering some great activities to meet your professional needs for growth in knowledge, skills and community participation.
We started off the year with the launch of our volunteer management program in Gauteng at Microsoft on Saturday, January 20. As we are a volunteer run organization, we are so pleased with your enthusiastic response. About 50 persons attended and heard presentations on the new volunteer program and planned activities and volunteers needed in a variety of programs, including, professional development, academic outreach, social impact with PMI Education Foundation, and how we work as a chapter. We are well on our way to filling some critical positions and engaging volunteers in some special activities. We will roll out this program in Cape Town, Durban, and other areas of the country to ensure you have an opportunity to participate and network with fellow professionals. It’s not too late to express your interest. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We jumpstarted our chapter member activities on January 25 with our branch meeting in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our branch meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg start on February 15. Our members’ branch meetings are usually on the third Thursday of every month through November.
Don’t miss our premier PMP/CAPM Prep Workshop, which will be held at Citibank in Gauteng on February 3 and 4. We are finalizing a diverse set of events for the year. These will be posted shortly on our events page. Please consult the pmi.org.za website for details.
Look out for announcement of the dates for the PMI SA PM Summit and the Africa Regional Project Management Conference. Don’t miss out on the early bird sales which should start in about a month.
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.
All the best for a personally satisfying year.
Dr. Lynn A. Keeys