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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
32 Project Manager SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PEOPLE, AND ENSURE YOU GIVE THEM THE TOOLS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY DELIVERING PROJECTS WITH BENEFICIAL OUTCOMES A program created 14 years ago by the UK Government to develop capabilities and deploy best practice in long-term projects, has been so successful it is now used as a worldwide blueprint in both the public and private sector. Australia is just one of the many countries where the Managing Successful Programs (MSP) methodology has been gaining traction. Pivotal to the process is the deliver y of expected benefits, says Ian McDermott, KPMG’s Director, Business Performance Services Advisory. He helps government organisations in Canberra to deliver projects using MSP. He says the MSP framework requires considerable flexibility, coordination, cooperation and futuristic thinking, as well as on-time execution at every level of a project to achieve the expected benefits. He cites the wildly successful 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics as globally recognised examples of how MSP can achieve expected outcomes. Not only were the stadiums and venue infrastructure first-class, but the event was successfully implemented to create a legacy for the country. To that end, MSP embraces a Wider Complementary Portfolio (WCP) where innovation within the community it is working with is encouraged. The UK Government describes MSP as “the coordinated organisation, direction and implementation of a portfolio of projects and activities that together achieve outcomes and realise benefits that are of strategic impor tance.” Emergent programs are developed from existing projects, and compliance programs emphasise achieving essential results more than benefit realisation. Barangaroo KPMG is one of Barangaroo’s anchor tenants in the commercial precinct. McDermott says large and adaptable floor space attracts big multinationals looking to be par t of an international business or financial hub. Residents benefit from a new place to live or live in a different way. “You put targets in place to drive that.” He says because a major multi-storey building costs millions or billions of dollars, benefit realisation is a powerful part of MSP. By filling the bottom of the building with shops and car parks, rental income and tourism is created while construction progresses to higher levels. “You have to look at the final solution and what that scope includes. It is an evolving process,” he says. Key points of MSP • Strong leadership and a solid system of management and control with the maintenance of stakeholder and employee engagement • Tracking of benefits gained in the project so the long-term program can be monitored and adjusted for the best possible outcome • It responds to change as well as identifying and anticipating risks through continual monitoring ••• • CAREER CENTRE AIPM15_28-33_CareerCentre.indd 32 13/08/13 2:50 PM
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