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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 31 BEN PARKER (CPPM) Project Manager, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Q: What are your key responsibilities? A: I lead an acquisition team in the procurement and upgrade of the Patrol Persistent Sur veillance System in support of troops deployed overseas. My key responsibilities include assessing needs, scoping requirements and gaining necessary approvals; developing project-specific scope of work and associated tender documentation; overseeing project solicitation processes; and creating and implementing project plans, schedules and budgets. Q: Where did you work prior to your role at DMO? A: I trained as a commercial pilot and worked within general aviation. I then worked in operations for aviation companies and airlines in Australia and Europe. In these roles I worked on a variety of projects, including the assessment and implementation of new aircraft, bases and flight planning software. Realising that I needed to for malise my skills and diversify my professional experience, I joined DMO in 2008. Q: Why did you apply for RegPM certification? A: I saw value in being supported by a professional body and having my skills benchmarked and recognised against an industry standard. I also wanted to be involved in the AIPM's Continuous Professional Development program. Q: How did you find the certification process? A: e evidence checklist prompted reflection on my previous work, which was a valuable lear ning and confidence-building exercise. I assessed how past plans had evolved and identified recur ring issues. Discussing these issues with the team has resulted in better solutions and improved teamwork. Receiving feedback and constructive criticism in my meetings with the assessor provided further direction and helped to build my confidence in my abilities. Q: Will RegPM certification assist your career progression? A: ere is a growing emphasis on professionalising PM and I encourage other PMs to obtain qualifications. I support career progression based on proven ability, strong people skills and perseverance, and these are all required to obtain certification. Q: Has DMO benefitted from AIPM membership? A: e Patrol Persistent Surveillance System PMO was recognised at the 2013 AIPM Victorian PMA A in the Defence and Aerospace category for outstanding PM. ••• RECEIVING FEEDBACK AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IN MY MEETINGS WITH THE ASSESSOR PROVIDED DIRECTION AND HELPED BUILD MY CONFIDENCE
Project Manager Feb Mar 2014