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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 33 32 Project Manager key playeRs IAN SHARPE Principal Project Management Consultant at UXC Consulting LAWRIE KIRK Practice Lead at UXC Consulting NICK MESCHER CEo of UXC Consulting TREVOR ALEX Principal Project Management Consultant at UXC Consulting Lifting the game key challenge CEo Nick Mescher was faced with the challenge of streamlining the company’s approach to national practices. UXC Consulting needed to group their specialist regions under a single banner of certification and achieve consistency across regions, he explained. “We’ve got experienced practitioners in Melbourne, sydney and Brisbane who are all strong project managers but, without a national overlay structure, they’re at risk of feeling disenfranchised with the rest of the project management community, and with the business. ” PROjECT CLIENT: UXC Consulting SCOPE: After a major business consolidation, UXC Consulting emerged on the Australian market with a need to implement a regional management structure with national practices, and establish a professional development program. AiPM’s regPM program offered a solution for assessing and certifying the competency of UXC Consulting project management staff. TIME FRAME: six months bACKGROUNd bRIEFING iCt and business services consultancy UXC Consulting has offices all over Australia and south East Asia. the company of 250 employees recently underwent a significant restructure to follow a new management model. regional managers and directors were appointed to each capital city of Australia and singapore, each responsible for running a profit and loss for their location. Process Trevor Alex and Ian Sharpe, both principal consultants and active members of AIPM, suggested project specialists in all regions undergo the RegPM program. They believed RegPM would establish a consistent level of competency across the company, as well as fast track the professional development of employees. RegPM was also an attractive choice because it favours experienced practitioners. Rather than a formal examination, applicants must demonstrate competency through an assessment of their workplace practices by a professionally accredited assessor. Ensuring employees met RegPM requirements as well as keeping up with their usual workload was one of many challenges Mescher anticipated. “It’s often quite difficult to have consultants involved in developing their professional careers,” he explained. “ They can get caught up in the latest project activity with a client, for example.” But with clients supportive of the program, candidates managed to balance their professional commitments effectively. “Our clients were sympathetic to some degree because they acknowledged AIPM certification was a positive thing,” Mescher added. Nurturing the company’s greatest asset, its people, was an important factor in the certification process, according to National Practice Lead Lawrie Kirk , who believes it is vital to reflect on how a CAsE stUDy
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