Article by Adriana Summers
Photo Credit to Michael Blyde
Day 2 saw many delegates still buzzing from the PMI Australia Awards and Gala Dinner held the night before. A fantastic evening was had by all (especially our PMI Australia Award winners) with delicious food, fun people, and hypnotic dance music.
The PMI Australia Awards celebrate the achievements of all Project Professionals who strive to improve our profession and achieve success in projects and programs, adding value to our community and way of life.
Please join us in congratulating our PMI Australia Award winners for 2017:
- Project of the Year: Tristian Walters, John Holland Group and BNMC Alliance for Burke North McKinnon Centre Level Crossing Removal, Victoria
- PMO of the Year: Vertika Sukhwal, Information Technology Program, Reserve Bank of Australia
- Finalist for PMO of the Year: Ashwin Maharaj, Electranet
- Continuing Professional Education Provider: Marc Vogts, The University of Sydney’s, John Grill Centre’s Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP)
- Young Project Manager of the Year: Matthew Beales, Aurecon, Epworth Geelong Teaching Hospital
- Distinguished Contribution: Benjamin Howell, PMI Sydney Chapter President
The morning kicked off bright and early for some 100 VIP Executives with a look into the not too distant future. Business leaders, project professionals, and Executives were treated to a fascinating presentation by Neil Maxfield, General Manager, Woodside who explained how his company is exploring cognitive computing, data analytics, robotics and the use of Artificial Intelligence.
This is an exciting space, and Neil had the audience enthralled especially as he explained the future impact of A.I on achieving great project results.Thank you to our Executive Breakfast sponsor PwC for your contribution towards the event.
The first plenary session was presented by Stephen Jenner, Portfolio Solutions who showed project professionals and organisations how to optimise their return on investment in projects and programs. Stephen is a strong advocate of benefits realisation and encourages greater engagement of all stakeholders in value creation.
Next up, Rod Staples Program Director, Sydney Metro took us for a ride through the complex construction of the various stages of the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro project. Most interesting is how the project has since developed into an integrated transport program which will relieve congestion across the broader rail network and improve rail travel for Sydney.
Delegates then had the choice of attending one of the three breakout sessions or the presentation of Academic Research on Projects in Organisations by Nick Hadjinicolaou and Raj Ranasinghe.
Thank you to Yvette Martin, Sandra Arps and Lise Hearns for challenging and levelling up our delegates on leadership, Agile PMO, and stress management skills.
Michelle Gibbings gave an interesting overview of how our minds work, and what delegates need to do to become more influential.
While Michael Clark, Senior Executive Fair Ombudsman presented on “Leading a transformation to a strategic portfolio model of investment”.
“Faster projects, on-time, with team harmony – levelling up with Critical Project Management (CCPM)” was the focus of Joe Cooper’s presentation.
In the Academic Track, Julian Fares, Ekaterina Anichenko and Dr Ken Chung and Xinyao Du presented their research papers on Social Networks looking specifically at stakeholder engagement.
Followed by Moali Milanzi, Ben Skerman and Yu Chen presenting on Mining & Construction research.
And finally Prof. Russell Kenley and Prof. Shankar Sankaran giving their findings on Project Knowledge Transfer.
The Academic Track managed by Dr Louis Taborda was a first for the PMI Australia Conference and we look forward to an even bigger program next year.
The calibre of speakers has been phenomenal; so many dedicated and talented project professionals delivered insightful and thought provoking presentations. Many thanks to Alexandra Chapman, Ian Elgey, Jurgen Oschadleus, Kylie Mathews and Phil Goulstone, Robbie Graham and Peter- Paul Steerbergen.
The second last session involved a highly entertaining and spirited debate arguing the pros and cons of the effectiveness of virtual teams vs co-located teams. The audience lapped up the friendly and cheeky banter between the opposing teams. Thank you to Bob McGannon, Chivonne Algeo and Alicia Aitken (pro co-located teams) and Dom Price, Louisa Leung and Jim Emerick (cons) for being such great sports.
After such a biting performance by all Debate team members, the audience were hungry for more. Naomi Simson, Founder of Red Balloon and Shark Tank presenter gave an entertaining talk on her business journey and life lessons. She helped delegates to refocus on the important things in life with her underlying message of “Live what you love”.
Finally a big thank you to all who helped make the PMI Australia Conference a huge success. None of which would have been possible without the many volunteers and the tireless work of Conference Convenor Kate Morris, Ben Howell, PMI Sydney Chapter President, Conference Organisers – Partner&Prosper and Social Media Consultant Adriana Summers, Backtobasics Communication Services. Special thanks to Amanda Blesing who acted as MC for the two days, keeping us on time and thoroughly entertained.
A special note of thanks to the tremendous support from our sponsors and exhibitors – GLiNTECH, PwC, Paxus, ServiceNow, Monash University, Sydney Train, Cliftons, Conn3cted, WebcastCloud and Connexion Systems, DDLS, IIL, Easy A, Mindavation, Monash University, The University of Sydney, The University of Adelaide.
Now it’s over to Annie Sheehan, PMI Melbourne Chapter President and her team led by Vikki Kapoor, Conference Convenor to take it to the next level with PMI Australia Conference 2018 to be held on 20-22 May at the Crown, Melbourne. #PMIAC2018 will focus on the themes of Diversity, Performance, and Wellbeing. Special EOFY tickets available now! PMIAC 2018.