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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2014
6 Project Manager •NEWS International Project Management Day NSW AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO PREPARE FOR A POTENTIAL $921 BILLION PIPELINE OF PROJECTS SEVER AL AIPM CHAPTERS CELEBR ATED THE 10th annual International Project Management Day on 7 November, with the NSW event inviting members to 'help us make history'. e NSW Chapter celebrated with breakfast, cake and discussion on the development of project management. is is the second consecutive year the NSW Chapter has held this event, with the rst presented by the late Brian Kooyman in 2012. e newly appointed Chair of the Council of Fellows and for mer AIPM National Director Chivonne Algeo led the discussion this year with the presentation, 'Looking back to move for ward'. One of AIPM's founding fathers Alan Stretton discussed the formation of the Project Managers Forum that is today know n as the Australian Institute of Project Management. Alan, an AIPM Life Fellow and one of the rst 10 members of AIPM, gave an account of how a few like-minded people came together to build the network you see today. Alan highlighted the importance of documenting our history, in order to build a better future and to pass on the lessons learnt to future generations. "History begins with the handing dow n of tradition," Algeo said, referencing Edward Ca r r 's What is History?. "Tradition means the car rying of the habits and lessons of the past into the future." e traditions, habits, lessons and bene ts for project managers have been provided by a long history of projects, including, Algeo noted, the construction of Giza's pyramids approximately 4500 years ago, the rst powered ight in 1903 and the Hoover Dam by-pass bridge. In Australia, project management has not been far behind the global push, and has been shaped by a unique context, largely as a result of Australia's size, location and population spread. "An island continent the size of USA, Australia has 80 per cent of its 23 million people concentrated between Sydney and Melbourne," Algeo said. "But the Australian economy is largely based on resource industries that are located in remote areas on the north, north east and north west of the country. Regional areas are a base for locally- focused manufacturing or ser vice industries, and a strong knowledge economy sector is exempli ed in world leading bio-medical, productivity a nd resources research." is raises issues to do with building and retaining the maturity and capability to undertake the type of major projects that are characteristic of the resource sector and national infrastructure projects. "With an existing and potential AU$921 billion pipeline of major capital projects across resources, manufacturing, retail, nancial ser vices, professional ser vices and constr uction sectors, Australia needs to prepare for pipeline growth," Algeo warned. "Resources projects are 40 per cent more expensive to deliver in Australia than in the US Gulf Coast, and the Australian project workforce productivity is estimated to be 30 to 35 per cent lower than that of comparable projects in the US. We have project management and executive leadership skills shortages in remote and regional environments, and 73,000 additional employees will be needed by 2014 to deliver Australia's resources investments alone." IPM Day in ACT e ACT Chapter celebrated International Project Ma nagement Day over breakfast on 7 November, discussing whether women-only events are an e ective way to increase the numbers of women in the top ranks of professional roles. For mer Australian senior public ser vant and diplomat Allan Hawke, Director General Maritime Development Capability Systems Division Commodore Rob Elliott and ACT Chapter President of the National Association of Women in Construction Helen Badger discussed the pros and cons of such events. Project management is dominated by men, with less than 25 per cent of AIPM members women, twice as many male members holding postgraduate PM quali cations, and male members twice as likely to ear n more than $150,000 per year, according to a member sur vey. Presenters discussed whether events catering exclusively to women are valuable for the opportunities they provide for women to network with other women in the industry in a setting not dominated by men, or they are divisive. is topic will be discussed in a WIPM article in the next issue of Project Manager, so get involved in the discussion in the WIPM LinkedIn Group in the meantime. W: www.linkedin.com/ groups?gid=4505897
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