Article by Adriana Summers
The opening of the fifth annual Project Management Institute (PMI) Australia Conference in Sydney today, will foster greater commitment by project professionals and business leaders to improve performance and deliver superior benefits for the community.
Three hundred delegates, sponsors and business leaders from across Australia, Europe, U.S., New Zealand, and Asia, gathered to share best business practice, trends, research and training in technical project delivery.
Sydney is home to numerous iconic Australian landmarks most of which involved considerable project management expertise. Current major construction projects underway are spurring on growth. Among them are CBD and South East Light Rail, Barangaroo, Sydney Metro North West, Western Sydney Airport, and The Sydney Opera House Renewal, just to name a few. Technology driven projects particularly those involving advanced artificial intelligent are creating exciting opportunities for organisations to scale and personalise how we communicate.
At the heart of all Project and Programs are sound principles of Project Management; essential to ensuring organisations continue to grow and prosper by leading change and aligning project with business strategy. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 480,000 members, nearly 775,000 credential holders, and more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research.
In Australia, our membership is growing rapidly with representatives in every state. This year, PMI Sydney Chapter has the privilege of hosting our national conference, a project exercising every facet of project management.
“2017 has been a huge year for PMI Sydney Chapter. In February, we kicked off with the global launch of the 2017 PMI Pulse of the Profession Report. Our international guests, Mark Langley (President & CEO) and Mark Dickson (Chair of the BoD) spoke to a sell-out breakfast meeting of business leaders, and project professionals. The ideal platform for PMI Global to present its research showing organisations championing project management. These organisations invested in talent, benefits realisation management and agile approaches to achieve significant reduction in waste.
“April saw the 20th Anniversary of our Chapter now 1,640 members strong, and on track to reach our target of 1,800 project professionals by the end of 2017.
“Another first for the Sydney Chapter is the development of services catalogue and customer journey mapping. In October, we will have the honour to present our work at the North American Leadership Institute meeting in Chicago.
“The PMIAC17 is certainly a milestone in our Chapter’s history. Although this is the second time Sydney has hosted the event, we have continued to improve the quality of the Conference program and masterclasses, with record attendees for both. These achievements would not be possible without the many PMI member volunteers, sponsors, academics and business organisations who have shown us tremendous support. We continue to work towards building better relations between our profession and the community we help to create,” said Mr Benjamin Howell, President of PMI Sydney Chapter Inc.
Day One of the Conference shaped up to be a real game changer. Delegates were enthralled by the diversity of experience, skills and cultural backgrounds of our speakers; who were both entertaining and informative.
Welcome and thank you to our well-respected speakers for sharing your knowledge and challenging mindsets.
Tonight we will celebrate the success of our profession with the PMI Australia Awards Gala Dinner. The highlight for many, especially those who have been successful in meeting the stringent criteria to win an award from the five categories:
- Project of the Year
- PMO of the Year
- Continuing Professional Education Provider
- Young Project Manager of the Year
- Distinguished Contribution to PMI
The PMI Australian Chapters would be challenged to pull together this excellent Conference program without the contribution from our sponsors.
Specifically, we thank:
- Gold Sponsors – GLiNTECH, PwC
- Silver Sponsors – Paxus, ServiceNow, Monash University, Sydney Train, Cliftons, Conn3cted, WebcastCloud
- Conference Supporters – Connexion Systems