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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 7 NEWS • SKILLS RULE JOB MARKET As the skills shortage worsens, organisations will seek employees for their abilities, not to suit a role, according to Matthew Franceschini, CEO of contractor management specialist Entity Solutions. Franceschini spoke at a recent HR forum in Sydney. He said the focus on skills would better suit what he predicted would become a project-led business environment. “Companies will ... have to spread the net far and wide to find the right talent. “ While there will always be a role for permanent staff ... skills shortages and changing work practices will lead to a greater prevalence of assignment and project-based engagements.” AIPM National President David Hudson believes this situation is symptomatic of the need for more mature, long- term human capital strategies. “ We have known of the demand for professional project managers for a few years now. I find it hard to be sympathetic to organisations who still feel that it is as easy as placing an advertisement and then they will be flooded with well- qualified applicants,” he said. David added that organisations need to commit to three-to-five-year strategic plans as far as project human capital is concerned: “The junior project manager of today is your future senior project manager, but only if you treat them well and develop them.” An Australian-first project to improve the liveability of Aboriginal communities is underway in the remote town of Warburton, WA . The Sustainable Warburton Project is a research, design and planning project to create new and improved urban spaces, which could be applied to indigenous communities across Australia. Led by professional technical ser vices consultancy AECOM, the University of Western Australia and the Shire Council of Ngaanyatjarraku, projects include an award-winning community college and an urban agriculture scheme. Here, orange trees irrigated with treated wastewater are planted throughout the town to provide shade, food, protection from dust and improved health. As projects are funded, students will become part of the development team to project-manage and deliver the initiatives for Warburton’s 600 residents. Projects focus on sustainability, community, urban planning, water and energy management and agriculture to improve health, education and social engagement. “ This is the first tri- partisan relationship between an Australian indigenous community, academia and industr y to build a research and knowledge bank over a longer term with the focus on settlement planning and implementation,” said AECOM Project Director, Jon Shinkfield. The recently launched app ProjExec Live brings social project management tools to LotusLive, the IBM website for collaboration applications hosted in the cloud. Lotus development partner the Trilog Group created the free app that aims to blend the best features of Microsoft Project and the Facebook Wall. “ We did not invent, or reinvent, anything that people are not familiar with,” said Alex Homsi, Trilog President and CEO. Microsoft Project is the user interface that a generation of project managers have become most familiar with ... and Trilog has added the notion of a ‘project wall’ adapted from Facebook, he added. ProjExec Live is the first cloud-based edition of the product, operated by Trilog with integration that allows it to access files and other resources stored in LotusLive for project-based file sharing. Trilog also introduced an upgraded version with additional project budgeting, reporting, issues tracking and change management features at the Lotusphere conference in January. Indigenous community’s urban renewal PM app inspired by Facebook Warburton, WA, town centre will be transformed by the project COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO SPREAD THE NET FAR AND WIDE TO FIND THE RIGHT TALENT
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