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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2011
6 Project Manager Footing the nation’s infrastructure bill • neWs The cost of building and maintaining key infrastructure over the next decade will be between $500 billion and $700 billion, Infrastructure Australia Chairman Rod Eddington told The Australian. “Governments don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of finding that sort of money, which is why I've been pushing hard for the need for governments to get more private sector capital into infrastructure,” he said. Governments would have to attract private investment, cut operating costs and sell assets to fund the infrastructure projects required, Eddington added. “There is ver y little in the government kitty. We have a growing list of projects – the question is how do they get funded? “You come back to the same question: how do you get more private sector capital into infrastructure projects? You won’t do it if the risk-reward equation is wrong.” Infrastructure Australia was established by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008 to advise on national capital spending priorities. Jetstar flies with PM-Partners Budget airline Jetstar has outsourced project management and project office agreements for another two years. The contract extension was awarded to PM-Partners, which has held the role for the past six years. Jetstar CIO Stephen Tame said continuing the relationship with PM-Partners was a “no-brainer ”. “[PM-Partners] can continue to deliver first-class services to the business without us having to maintain huge teams,” he said. “My team can focus on core business while continuing to ensure projects deliver to the business.” He added that PM-Partners would manage a “number of major programs, including the development of a standard ser vices platform across Jetstar Group operations”. gOVerNMeNts dON’t haVe a sNOwbaLL’s chaNce iN heLL Of fiNdiNg that sOrt Of MONey Projects are a game Software developer RedCritter has released a project management tool inspired by online gaming. The RedCritter Tracker app incorporates private Twitter-style message feeds and game features (such as badges, points and leader boards) into project management. “RedCritter Tracker was designed to seamlessly incorporate game mechanics to enhance all areas of project management,” said Erika Lambert, RedCritter Vice President of Marketing. “Early results have shown these mechanics can lead to tremendous productivity gains for our customers .” Originally created with Agile methodology in mind, RedCritter Tracker can be used for any type of “what’s next?” project, according to Lamber t. Features include the ability to display skill sets on employee profiles, which makes it easier for management to select appropriate team members . Employees can also earn points, redeemable for rewa rds offered in the built-in Rewards Store, when they complete important tasks. RedCritter Tracker is available for free download at www.redcrittertracker.com AIPM delivers IPMA Congress app In a move to reduce the environmental footprint of this year's IPMA Congress in Brisbane, AIPM launched a free smartphone and tablet app. The easy-to-use app featured the event program, news alerts, speaker information, location maps, social media and more. “AIPM was excited to offer this technology to 2011 IPMA Congress delegates and exhibitors to enhance their overall experience of this international event,” said AIPM CEO Sheryle Moon. “It also dramatically reduced our paper consumption at the Congress, demonstrating AIPM’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability,” she added.
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