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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 7 A IPM’s NSW Chapter held a half-day seminar on 30 August before the 2012 NSW Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) and gala dinner. The great selection of speakers during the thought leaders seminar, titled ‘When stakeholders make all the difference to your project results’, provided valuable insights into social media, change communications, innovation and strategy. Strategy and Government Relations Manager for the National Rugby League Nicky Seaby opened the session, speaking about managing stakeholders in low-resource settings, as well as the difficulties she has experienced dealing with governments and the public in cultural settings different to her ow n. Seaby also shared some of the lessons she has learned, particularly the importance of a ‘no surprises’ approach that keeps stakeholders infor med throughout the project management process. This is especially relevant in the public sector. A government organisation, for instance, may need time to prepare responses to any media releases. Such a relationship would need to be characterised by a high level of transparency, honesty, integrity and ongoing engagement. Change management was also on the agenda, with Carol Hopper from Chatfire Pty Ltd speaking about process improvement and resistance to change. Given that change ma nagement is seldom wholly accepted, w ith resistance often cropping up due to the existing knowledge and power struggles within organisations, Hopper believes that the process of change is always difficult. Her tips include displaying quick wins in the form of tangible resu lts, involv ing people early in the change process and giving them a vision of the result to gain their interest. Her most important advice concerned leveraging the behaviours of three types of people. Positive people and their influence can be harnessed to aid the wider acceptance of change, the voca l negativity of ‘hecklers’ can be used to gauge the opinions of other team members, and ‘sleepers’ – those with valued opinions that often go unexpressed – may share valuable insights outside of a group situation. Sue Linney, P rincipal of Lex Regulate Pty Limited and Director of Linney Strategies Pty Limited, spoke about project and strategic innovation, and the importance of certainty in a project. She also discussed how to ensure project benefits develop opportunities rather than transferring into problems. Communication is key to this, as is identifying the links between strategy and implementation. The communication process must objectively assess the process and recognise the changes, documenting these key milestones to ensure everybody is on the same page. Paul Campbell, the outgoing NSW Chapter President, closed the seminar, likening project management to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, explaining that the key to success is knowing both yourself and your enemies – the strengths of your team, as well as the challenges your project will present. All in all, it was a thought- provoking session. NSW Conference THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS KNOWING BOTH YOURSELF AND YOUR ENEMIES SP AusNet is leading large scale projects in Victoria as it owns and operates statewide electricity transmission and electricity and gas distribution networks. Servicing more than 1.2 million customers the Company is headquartered in Melbourne and is listed on both the Australian Securities and Singapore Stock Exchanges. Our major focus is on delivering superior energy networks and solutions with project roles on the cusp of a constantly evolving and exciting future. As a preferred employer of more than 1800 people we ensure a safe and sustainable work environment for all employees. As the ‘Today’s Youth – the future of tomorrow’ category winner of the 2011 Diversity@Work Employment & Inclusions Award, we are also looking at preparing our managers of tomorrow. ARE YOU A PROJECT MANAGER ON THE MOVE? .... .A ND DO YOU WANT TO WORK ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF CHANGE? www.sp-ausnet.com.au If you would like to know more about SP AusNet project opportunities then contact us at email@example.com. Level 31, 2 Southbank Blvd Southbank VIC 3006
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