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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
Margie brings a very impressive track record in the management of membership and not-for-profit organisations to the role. Read more about Margie on page 40. Upcoming events At board level, we have decided to split Events and Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) into two separate programs. I felt this was a timely decision given the maturity of the PMAA program and opportunities for both local and international engagement. A number of 2011 PMAA winners will take part in this year’s Asia Pacific Project Management Federation Awards Program. AIPM will also run high-value one-day conferences, look at strategies for sharing quality speakers across Chapter events and continue the delivery of programs in regional areas. I look forward to catching up with you in 2012. But above all, I ask us all to consider biting the bullet for professional development this year and head to Melbourne for the AIPM National Conference. David Hudson National President FIRST WORD Taking up the challenge ANOTHER YEAR but, at the time I put this together at least, without some of the crises our country faced in 2011. For myself the year has started with yet another trip to Chile working for a mining client. Chile is a wonderful country, full of resources and good people, and it is hard to imagine how the country operated under the difficult regimes of just a couple of decades ago. The folk I work with don’t baulk from discussing the topic, they just generally sum the experience up as ‘challenging’. Fortunately our country has never seen such extreme political circumstances. Meeting challenges Back to the land of green and gold – and to AIPM. This is the year of challenges, and we look forward to various ways of meeting them. With the experience of the IPMA World Congress behind us, the feeling is that we have notched up a level in attendances at our National Conference. As a result we are expecting at least 800 delegates in Melbourne this year, mainly from Australia but with a smattering of overseas colleagues. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN 2012? For those of you who haven’t yet experienced a national conference, can I strongly suggest you give it a go this year. I firmly believe that AIPM is nothing without people, and the conference is all about people. Mixing, talking and socialising with your peers is the best way of really getting a grip on the profession and where we all stand in it. Learning goals I have been put on the record as saying that the Diploma of Project Management is no longer the end point of the journey of formal education in project management, recognising that many members have tertiary qualifications. I believe the Diploma is more appropriately the entry point, albeit an important and credible one. Let me throw out a collective challenge for 2012 to be the year of ongoing professional development. AIPM will be reviewing the availability of masterclasses in various elements of our competency standards and, where these don’t exist, we will look to facilitate their availability. We are also planning an Education and Development Summit around June, bringing together key players in this area for some important consultation. In the meantime, I offer a small question to consider: What are you going to do for your professional development in 2012? New CEO Let me take this opportunity to advise members of the changeover of CEO from Sheryle Moon to Margie O’Tarpey. 4 Project Manager
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