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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 5 first word I trust this edition finds you either preparing to enjoy a relaxing Christmas and New Year break, or perhaps you have already relaxed and are getting ready for a great start to 2012. It’s a good time to spend with family and friends – and to dispel any of those rumours about the tenuous link between project management and work/ life balance. First off, thanks to all who voted in the recent elections; your opinion is important. On behalf of the entire AIPM Board, I can assure you that our aim is to return the trust. The strategic and business stability provided by the board of directors over the past four years is a great asset, allowing us now to consider a range of new AIPM initiatives. In particular, my personal thanks go to my predecessor, Dr Bill Young, who provided great leadership over his four-year tenure. reflecting on 2011 We look back at 2011 for some very obvious reasons. The natural disasters in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia; the tragic earthquake in Christchurch; The wOrLD came TO aiPm ThrOugh The 25Th iPma wOrLD cOngress New Year’s resolutions and the tsunami in Japan are all salutary lessons of the fragility of our nations, our economy and our people. On a more positive note, the world came to AIPM through the 25th IPMA World Congress in Brisbane in October, bringing an unprecedented 1200 participants to an AIPM event. President of IPMA, Roberto Mori, expressed his admiration and pleasant surprise regarding Brisbane’s recovery from the floods; and many international delegates commented on the brilliant weather during the Congress. It was simple, we told the 300 or so internationals; it was all in the Gantt chart! The year ahead Looking beyond 2011 into 2012, the future for AIPM is nothing but positive. The national conference is the flagship for a range of services which we will look at improving. I trust the board will work with me to meet expectations to: • Forge a national events strategy to ensure great speakers at Chapter level, and promote AIPM speakers; • Develop a leading certification structure and enhance the reputation of AIPM certification; • Collaborate with our corporate members for value sharing and enhanced visibility of AIPM; • Communicate with all levels of government to improve project delivery and promote the value of our competency- based certification; • Consult with the education sector to ensure the strongest alignment of AIPM values and those of the tertiary and vocational sector; • Make AIPM certification an essential criteria for any project role in Australia; • Deliver best practice in membership services; and • Improve AIPM’s standing internationally through interaction with IPMA and the Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management. Our strategic plan has a truly aspirational membership target of 15,000 by 2015. My own view is that this is a worthy target, with just one essential caveat – any membership target, without added value, is meaningless. Therefore my commitment to you is to use our resources wisely for the best added value and to accept no second-bests in terms of strategic improvements to AIPM. As always it is a juggling game, with largely volunteer resources sitting behind each initiative. If you would personally like to contribute to the better future of AIPM, please drop me an email. David hudson national President
Project Manager Oct Nov 2011
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