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Project Manager : April May 2011
An AIPM-sponsored cadet describes his first year as a project manager. By Wayne SimmS It has been 12 months since I started as a cadet project manager in the Kestrel Program, an initiative that aims to establish partnerships with Indigenous communities and create business opportunities. My position is largely funded by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW). I am also sponsored by the AIPM. Since starting with my host organisation, Living Planit, my business and communication skills have improved significantly through professional development. I have also completed a Certificate IV in Project Management. My projects I am currently finishing my first project with DECCW. It involved researching the Indigenous history of La Perouse and Botany Bay in Sydney. The aim is to assist future interpretation such as landscape upgrades, exhibitions, events and education programs. I had to identify risks, estimate costs and determine procurement requirements and quality aspects. The project is now three weeks ahead of schedule and in its final phase. Working on projects and dealing with a large number of stakeholders with various needs and diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous communities, is not as easy as I expected. The scope of this particular project was very large. As a result, I had to hold many meetings with stakeholders to clarify their requirements. Looking ahead For 2011, I have been given some refurbishment/infrastructure and Indigenous projects by DECCW project managers, which are currently in the planning phase. I am also working with Chris Mansfield and Jodie Eldridge from the AIPM to formalise a special interest group with a web page where interested Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can chat, look at opportunities and compare projects. I have also begun to introduce project management concepts to my Indigenous community, which is generating great interest. I see training in project management as a way of giving Indigenous people the opportunity to manage and deliver projects within their own communities. The Kestrel Program has provided me with great opportunities. I am also very proud to be working with DECCW, AIPM and Living Planit and feel that this is a great step towards reconciliation and achieving equality. months on «I have begun to Introduce project management concepts to my IndIgenous communIty» • PeoPle Project Manager 32 photobyStUDIoCoMMERCIAL
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