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Project Manager : Project Manager June July 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 7 6 Project Manager Turn your captains into colonels National President David Hudson says changes in BHP Billiton’s approach to ‘growth projects’ has a significant impact on our profession. “Jac Nasser flags a change from the ‘organic growth’ philosophy which was championed by CEO Marius Kloppers over the last five years and, while we note that Nasser acknowledges Kloppers’ approach has served the company well, the question is obviously the sustainability of an $80 billion pipeline of growth projects in the mid and long term,” he says. Hudson goes on to say that traditional resources companies are challenged by activites such as Chinese investments in alternate market sources and that this requires a prudent approach to investment. “This takes me back to conversations I’ve had with trusted colleague Ed Merrow, CEO of IPA , in the face of his observations that we seem to not have enough project human capital to fulfil demand,” says Hudson. “My own take on this is subtly different – w e’ve simply had too many projects to service. The difference may be subtle, but it is important in my opinion, and it focuses on the development, utilisation and husbandry of our project human capital vastly more so than just obser ving the shortage. “I recall an adage from my army days – while things are quiet it is time to turn your corporals into captains and your captains into colonels,” Hudson says. neWs • goverNmeNT cuTs ‘greeN TAPe’ oN mAjor ProjecTs Major projects will be fast- tracked if state and territory governments are given a greater say in environmental approvals, according to AIPM. The reform was proposed at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Business Advisory Forum in Canberra last month, which brought together the prime minister, business chiefs and premiers. AIPM National President David Hudson said: “At the moment, major developments such as a mine or rail line must meet state and federal environmental rules, which can tie up the project for years. “New federal-state arrangements and national standards will speed up approvals so project managers aren’t losing time at the front end of projects, which could jeopardise project outcomes.”
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