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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
12 Project Manager •AIPM NEWS CHAPTERS e NSW Chapter Council held our annual planning session, looking at how we could contribute to AIPM's strategic plans for member ser vices, a voice for the PM community, professional development and certification, encouragement and recognition of excellence, and internal str ucture and administration. We plan to increase membership with events and ser vices that attract professional PMs, promotion of AIPM as a for um for learning, networking and exchanging ideas, and provision of more benefits to corporates and individual members, with a focus on mentoring and recr uitment. We will promote RegPM Certification and APPW, raise the profile of PM through our PMA A, and ensure good chapter governance and efficient administration. I would like to encourage members to contribute to initiatives such as mentoring, volunteering and the buddy program to support the AIPM as Australia's leading association for project managers. We wish to express gratitude to outgoing NT Chapter President Brett Walker. Under Brett's stewa rdship the NT Chapter Council has strengthened the AIPM in NT. NT is cur rently experiencing an exponential increase in private sector construction activity as mega projects in the gas and mining sectors move into top gear. However, the wicked problem of exponential growth is the portability of PM resources and the resultant loss of internal knowledge and intellectual property. Local PM firms are not benefitting from the growth, with PM functions imported. ere is also a commercial shift in industry engagement, which has seen customers move from purchasing a PM resource to procuring a solution. NT government departments and agencies, listening to local fir ms, increasingly outsource their PM functions. is is having a stabilising effect, but it is important that there is a balance in the distribution and allocation of PM work both inter nally and externally. Our profession's major wicked problem is the pressure to 'make it up as we go'. is has existed for decades. My father used to tell me in the 1960s that 'if you are going to do a job you should do it well'. In the 1980s the quality movement preached that 'an hour spent planning can save many hours during implementation'. Pressure for early results with minimal effort has always been with us. e trick is to keep the stakeholders engaged while we go through the necessary and, at times, painful steps of project start-up. At the time of writing, the pink batts inquiry is beginning. Media suggests that the departmental officers had asked for more time to plan, only to be over whelmed by the pressure for immediate results. It seems obvious that more planning was required. We all have 20/20 hindsight. e challenge is to have 20/20 foresight and insist on adequate planning so that business case benefits can be delivered, as promised, with acceptable risk. » To find more information or register for events in all states, visit the Events section of the AIPM website: www.aipm.com.au David Bryant ACT Chapter President Chris Mansfield NSW Chapter President Mark Patch QLD Chapter President Mark Dodt Acting NT Chapter President Preparation for the National Conference to be held in Brisbane on 12-15 October is now well advanced. e website is open for registration for both the conference and the YEPP event on 12 October. I encourage all Qld members to get behind the National Conference and take the opportunity to attend while it is in our great state. e expanded regional events program has increased our ability to reach all Queensland members. We are also diversifying the topics we cover. On 8 April, Silvia Damiano spoke at an event held in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. is is one of many joint events that we are holding this year. e State Committee is keen to talk to any regional coordinator who is interested in holding a SIG event. If you could assist in any capacity by organising a regional event or assisting the Organising Committee for the 2014 National Conference, contact State Chapter Coordinator Andrea Shipp. NOTICEBOARD » 16 JULY BUILDING BLOOPERS: LESSONS LEARNED LAID BARE » 24-25 JUL APPW RISK » 27 AUG PMAA NOTICEBOARD » 3-4 JUN APPW PROCUREMENT » 21 AUG FORUM: SHAPING YOUR CAREER NOTICEBOARD » 5-6 JUN APPW PROCUREMENT » 11-12 JUN APPW RISK » 24 JUN GENERAL FORUM » 26-27 JUN APPW GOVERNANCE NOTICEBOARD » 11-12 JUN APPW PROCUREMENT » 4 SEPT PMAA GALA DINNER
Project Manager Feb Mar 2014