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Project Manager : June July 2011
Project Manager 34 EVENTS Project managers from across Australia attended ‘The Art of Getting Things Done’ conference in WA this year. The one-day event was hosted by AIPM WA Chapter and held in conjunction with the Mining Australia Exhibition. WA Chapter President Mark New ton opened with an entertaining ‘abbreviated history of project management’. “Our profession may have been around since biblical times – read Nehemiah in the Old Testament, but the formal study of project management is only middle aged.” The Minister for Mines and Petroleum, the Hon Norman Moore MLC, then took the stage. In his keynote address, he acknowledged that project management under pins the majority of economic activity in Australia. He also revealed that his department has taken steps to accelerate development approvals, so WA will be hosting more projects during this period of sustained economic growth. Delegates heard from project management heavyweights at AIPM’s ‘The Art of Getting Things Done’ conference. MASTERS OF THEIR ART MIKE KINNEY ON TEAM LEADERSHIP With more than 43 years’ experience in Capital Project Delivery, Mike Kinney explained how to lead a team to successful project completion. “ You have to allow your team to do their job, give them space, allow and encourage their recommendations and ... a ct as a mentor by being positive and supportive,” he advised delegates. “Project management is a team sport, so celebrate wins with the team – a winning spirit results in more wins. This enjoyment and success is what retains the talent.” PROFESSOR DAVID BACCARINI ON ‘WHY DO PROJECTS?’ The Curtin University professor asked the question: “why do projects?” His witty look at the philosophy of project management resulted in one clear answer: “projects bring about beneficial change”. He also applied this philosophy to personal milestones. For example, he described ‘proposing’ as a project, which brings about the positive change of ‘marriage’. DR KEITH O’SHEA ON CORPORATE STRATEGY A presentation entitled ‘The Essence of Project Management’ challenged traditional views of the project manager role. Dr Keith O’Shea’s key message to attendees was to ensure that projects were linked to an organisation’s corporate strategy. “ You need to know what the overarching objectives of the business are to be an effective project manager.” He then advised delegates to raise awareness of project management within their own organisations. “Often senior management lack an understanding of project management and project managers are lousy salesmen ... we need to sell project management as a core business process.” IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE, WITH AIPM KNOWLEDGE, RECOGNITION AND RELEVANCE EXTENDED FURTHER IN THE WEST
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