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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb Mar 2013
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 5 IF YOUR 2012 WAS AS HECTIC as mine then I trust you have had a chance for a short break to refresh and renew before resuming work in 2013. For me, it was a welcome break of a whole six weeks at home without going near a check-in counter or security screening station. You may recall my call to ar ms at the beginning of 2012 for members to take the opportunity to hone their skills, or "sharpen the saw" in the words of the late author Stephen Covey. I managed to personally pick up a few new tricks and trust you were able to do the same. A key one for me has been to focus on how my contracts deal with acceptance and rejection of project deliverables. is is always a concern for the parties and research reveals that it is not handled well in many contracts. But leaving the detail of these small gems aside, the matter of taking time out for professional development is easily relegated to the 'too hard basket'. Are we really working too hard to attend a member night presentation or dow nload a professional paper for a bit of review and re ection? It is only hard if our personal priorities make it hard and, for me, there is a screaming case to make more of a commitment to take care of my professional self. All the market indicators say that it makes sense to do so to make ourselves more competitive and simply become better-read professionals. AIPM will do its part in 2013 to assist members in their professional development. e CPD program will continue to be reviewed and improved. I nd that some of us dismiss the opportunity to gain CPD points without even looking at the AIPM website and nding just how much choice there is regarding ways to accrue CPD. If you have ideas on how we can reasonably extend the scheme, please let me know. Suggestions for all of our products and ser vices are welcome. e advanced practitioner workshop series is now on track for delivery in May. Feedback says that, as a community of practice, we are really looking forward to this sort of opportunity to ll the gap above the level of Diploma of Project Management at the experiential training level that has existed for nearly a decade. Keep an eye on the list of workshop titles and, if you feel we are missing the mark in terms of your needs, please speak up. For AIPM, we achieve a real win-win in these workshops by extending the range and value of membership services while at the same time achieving a critical strategic goal of revenue diversi cation in our budget model. Some of us work in the Asia-Paci c or have professional interests and activities in the region. AIPM updated its for mal understanding with the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management at the 2012 AIPM National Conference and we look for ward to doing the same with our Indonesian counterparts. Over 2013 and beyond, AIPM will take every opportunity to extend our regional relationships and for m stronger partnerships with other members of the Asia- Paci c community of practice. Sometimes the value of these relationships can be fairly subtle. But beyond enhancing the regional representation and reputation of the AIPM, we also look for ward to greater transportability of certi cation; recognition of Australian practitioners overseas; and regional cohesion through common ideas, practice standards and professional language. I look for ward to catching up with members during the inevitable rounds of the country and further over the coming year. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of AIPM's activities. David Hudson National President FIRST WORD Renew and refresh ARE WE REALLY WORKING TOO HARD TO ATTEND A MEMBER NIGHT PRESENTATION OR DOWNLOAD A PROFESSIONAL PAPER?
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