Article by Adriana Summers
Photo Credit to Michael Blyde
Recapping some of Day One at PMIAC17. Jammed packed with many notable industry speakers, all of whom have embraced the theme of Level Up – Lifting the Game of Success, the 300 delegates were inspired to challenge themselves and their profession to realise benefits for the whole community.
The official opening warped into overdrive with Colin Ellis, author of The Conscious Project Leader, challenging professionals to embrace change and up their Game.
CFO for Telstra Ewen Stafford, took it to the next level and shared his insights into the value of project management in the successful execution of strategy.
The addition of the Academic Track generated much interested. The session hosted by PMI Global Education Team began with several workshops concerning boosting global qualifications and professional development.
Jim Emerick, Management, and Technology Consultant explored strategies for agile leaders, challenging mindsets and giving many current and future leaders practical and agile approaches to leadership.
Catherine Smithson leading Change Management Consultant took us to the future, specifically outlining new trends in change management and highlighting the impact these will have on project management.
Dr Ian Snape, Scientist and Neurocoach, propelled us to another zone with his presentation on Risky Business: the Art and Neuroscience of Leading in High-Risk situations.
Mr Chee-Peng Tan led the charge challenging Project Professionals to rethink their approach in his presentation: Project Leadership & The Art of War: Winning before the game begins. Attendees gained practical insights and wisdom to immediately and enthusiastically practice.
Annie Sheehan and Gerrik Gratz had the audience salivating as they gave a brilliant case study of the food industry in their presentation on “Business-led project delivery in a fast pace world”.
Leading Training Consultants, Haydn Thomas and Bob McGannon from Mindavation jointly challenged project professionals to embrace business management principles when seeking to level up their skills in project management.
James Bawtree appealed to delegates’ inner child through his novel approach to Agile Project Mangement. Delegates had fun and learnt valuable lessons using lego blocks.
Mark Dickson Chair of 2017 PMI Board of Directors gave delegates an overview of the Pulse of the Profession global research and what it means for Australia.
Finally, Day 1 closed with a healthy shot in the arm to cure organisations suffering from Bureasclerosis as defined by “Dr” Dom Price, Atlassian. Essentially those organisations trapped in a repetitive cycle of creating projects that fail to deliver real benefits.
Planning for PMI Australia Conference 2018 is now underway. Another brilliant 2 Day Conference focusing on the theme of Diversity, Performance, and Well-being for the project management community and business leaders to be held at the luxurious Crown Melbourne 20-22 May. If you would like to secure your tickets early and take advantage of EOFY Book now – 2 day conference special price $902. PMIAC 2018 Melbourne