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Project Manager : June July 2011
35 www.aipm.com.au Project Manager EVENTS • PROFESSOR DIETER FINK ON RISK MANAGEMENT Edith Cowan University academic Professor Dieter Fink then reported on res earch he had conducted, with the assistance of AIPM members, on the topic of project risk. The importance of risk items, both in terms of cost and opportunity, is increasing as projects become more co mplex and require more ma nagement time, he revealed. “Project risk has the lowest level of maturity in the project management body of knowledge,” he said. “It requires special attention and it’s difficult to manage due to its complexity. “But mo re project managers are understanding that identifying project risk issues is critical, particularly when getting the ‘buy-in’ of the client.” MIKE BRENNAN ON METHODOLOGIES Mike Brennan fro m Woodside Energ y closed the conference with an informative review of the OPREP process Woodside undertakes to get a project from conception through to production – the reviews and interaction of third par ty groups. He reiterated the importance of front- end loading, having a good project definition and “making key decisions early on”. Brennan was asked numerous questions fro m delegates at the conclusion of his talk. Based on the success of the day, ‘The Art of Getting Things Done 2012’ is now in the planning phase. “It was a successful conference, with AIPM knowledge, recognition and relevance extended further in the West,” said WA Chapter President and host Mark Newton. DAVID HUDSON ON COMPETENCIES With two new Registered Project Manager certifications on the way and AIPM’s involvement with the International Project Management Association (IPMA), David Hudson, Queensland Chapter President and AIPM Standards Committee Chair, had no difficulty filling his allotted time speaking about association activities. Hudson is the Program Manager for the IPMA Certification standard review and Leh Simonelli has been nominated and accepted as Project Manager. The appointment is an opportunity for AIPM to participate in an international discussion on project management, he said. “A IPM members are directing the review of IPMA standards.” DR NEVEEN MOUSSA ON CHARACTER TYPES Behavioural elements that make a project manager competent, such as charisma and fastidiousness, were the subject of Dr Moussa’s talk. Delegates were asked to identify the character types that applied to them. “ You have to recognise your default style, understand your strengths as well as areas that require improvement,” she said. “A good project manager is able to use skills and characteristics as the situation dictates.” The book that inspired Dr Moussa’s presentation provided a message with humour: the message being the need for balance and self-awareness.
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