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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2012
4 Project Manager first word I thought It would be timely to discuss the board's short, medium and long term plans for AIPM, and explain what is in the pipeline. one key point is that each member of your board takes his role seriously, firstly, to assure that AIPM is financially secure, secondly, to drive the continuous improvement of ‘ brand AIPM’ and, thirdly, to meet your ex pectations of the va lue of AIPM. our IPM A relationships provide beneficial perspectives. For example, it is now clear that AIPM is the second-largest national project management professional body in the world, only eclipsed by our mates in the british Association of Project Managers (APM). other countries with much higher populations have nowhere nea r our membership success. but success brings challenges; the increasing proportion of membership fees is skewing the budget model. Third part y advice and your board ’s own appraisal agree; it is prudent r isk management to diversify re ve nue to reduce the increasing reliance on membership fees as a singular line of revenue. There are nume rous opportunities and we have several under review. The board is guided by our not- for- profit principle, but that also means not-for-loss. to give you a few ideas from both sides of the budget: • We want to invest more in AIPM representation in both the private and public sectors; we certainly aim to beef up the representation of our certification model to senior management. This will mean a greater effort in senior corporate activ ities and functions. • We plan to review the national events strategy to tighten up the coordination between national and chapter events, share outstanding speakers, coordinate the SIg programs, and improve delivery in regional areas. • We want to fill the gap between mainstream vocational training and the tertiary sector to address the needs of senior project managers. Starting in Q3 of this financial year, we aim to provide expert seminars on a range of topics directly to members. we can then get certainty about the intellectual property we create in the process and examine different ways that these could be delivered in the long term. • We are looking at AIPM publishing, starting with a monograph of key papers from our national events and potentially moving into professional guides. we are examining the case to establish an AIPM online bookshop to improve your access to good quality texts in project management and related areas. • We are look ing at coordinating online streaming of chapter and national events to share the great content from our speakers. The board is ext remely conscious that anything in the commercial space attracts attention, some positive and some critical. In the case of the expert seminars, for example, we are mindful of our long-term relationships with endorsed training providers. our approach, to put it simply, is not to take money from anyone but certainly not to hand out for free what rightfully belongs to AIPM. to paraphrase the late Seven Habits of Highly Effective People author d r Stephen Covey, if you can increase the size of the pie, no one needs to worr y about the size of their slice. My fellow directors and I are happy to step up to the crease to continually improve AIPM. As members ourselves we have a personal interest in getting it right, and at every step the board asks itself: “Is this what our fellow members would expect us to do?” David Hudson National President Grand plans we want to Fill the gap betweeN maiNstream voCational training aND tHe tertiary seCtor
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