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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 25 AS SOMEONE WHO HAS A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH A MENTOR, I CAN VOUCH FOR THE FACT THAT HAVING SOMEONE TO APPROACH ABOUT YOUR WORK, YOUR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND YOUR CAREER PATH IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG LEADERS BUILD YOUR SKILLS Are you a young or emerging PM? The AIPM Young and Emerging Project Professional Special Interest Groups (YEPP SIG) provide opportunities to members to expand their contact bases, network and share experience and expertise across industries and experience levels -- all of which is instrumental in creating great leaders. To get involved, contact your State Chapter (see page 42) for details of the YEPP SIG in your region. Rhys Kelly, Project Manager, Project and Program Management Group, Arup I work within a dedicated project management team at the multinational engineering and design rm Arup. As an engineer in the early stages of my career, I tend to work on small- scale engineering projects with a budget under $10 million. Currently, I'm working as a Client's Project Manager (CPM) for fuel storage upgrade projects in Sydney. A large part of my work as a CPM is working with teams that include the client and various stakeholders, and driving that team to communicate e ectively and make infor med decisions. Essentially, my role is to sit between di erent stakeholders, stay even-headed, take a balanced approach and communicate clearly so that we can reach mutually bene cial outcomes. e leadership of a CPM is crucial at all stages of a project -- from scoping and articulating outcomes to problem solving during construction to handling delivery -- and e ective communication is key to e ective leadership. I've found it useful to think of two levels of communication. At the personal level, you need to be able to convey things, you need to be even-handed in interpreting information, you need to be balanced in your decision making, and you need to be able to bring people together to make a decision. It's important at the personal level to be able to identify personality types and to adapt your communication to suit di erent people's needs. At the project level, good communication requires for ward planning. For example, at Arup when we start a new project, we set up a plan that determines how communication is going to work. It sets out how we're going to use emails and phone calls in the project and how we're going to record such conversations. It also sets out when meetings are going to occur, who will be in attendance, what the agendas will be, and how these meetings relate to milestones in the project. While these basic strategies for good communication at the personal and project level are important, a good leader will be adaptable in their approach to communication. For example, in engineering we know there is a huge amount of risk in the ground. Your communication schedules and topics need to be able to change to a certain extent to suit the unknow n aspects of the project that might literally be dug up. I've been very fortunate to hone my ideas on leadership through my participation in, and organisation of, various programs for young professionals. Over the past few years, I've participated in AIPM's YEPP SIG in NSW and the Young Engineers Australia SIG in Sydney. As I've developed in these groups I've begun participating as a committee member, contributing to the organisation and improvement of events. Choosing to get involved, staying active, and then participating in SIGs has been an important way for me to develop the skills that are essential to good leadership. I'm also currently developing a mentoring program for AIPM's YEPP SIG that I hope will help many emerging professionals work with experienced mentors to develop their leadership style. As someone who has a great relationship with a mentor, I can vouch for the fact that having someone to approach about your work, your professional growth and your career path is extremely valuable for the development of young leaders. ••• 2
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