A history of the speakers, pictures, and papers from previous symposiums.
PGCS is the only Australasian symposium dedicated to promoting Project Performance Management through the interlinked disciplines of project controls and program, portfolio, and project (PPP) governance. The current symposium is relatively new, its roots go back a lot further*.
The original Australian Performance Management Symposium was held at ADFA from the 8th to 10th October 1990; called the Cost/Schedule Control Systems – Government / Industry Symposium; Professor Anthony Bergin was the facilitator on behalf of ADFA. This and subsequent symposiums were supported by the Australian Performance Management Association (AustPMA) and were managed by Earned Value Systems P/L, (David Read and Jim Muir). Download the Summary of Proceedings
2nd Symposium Proceedings, it was held at the Lakeside Hotel in Canberra June 2 -4th 1993 and renamed the Industry / Government Symposium - Performance Management and Cost/Schedule Control Systems. Download the Symposium Handbook.
The 3rd Symposium was also held at the Lakeside Hotel 17th – 19th May 1995, co-hosted by the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation and Earned Value Systems Pty Ltd. Current PGCS committee member Patrick Weaver was a presenter at this event. The name was shortened to The Third Australasian Cost/Schedule Performance Management Symposium. Download the Symposium Program.
The Fourth Australian National Project Performance Management Symposium was held at Rydges (the Lakeside re-badged) September 10 – 12th 1997. Download the Table of Contents.
The 5th Australian International Project Performance Management Symposium was held in 1999. Management of the event transitioned to Lloyd Carter's company: MTC Pty Ltd.
The 6th Australian International Project Performance Management Symposium was held from the 20th to 22nd February 2002. This symposium was broadened to recognise all tools, practices, and techniques that affect the measurement of project performance. Delegates were asked to review the first draft of AS 4817, 'Project Performance Measurement using Earned Value'. Download the Symposium Handbook.
The 7th Australian International Project Performance Management Symposium was held from the 19th to 21st February 2003. MTC Pty Ltd was also instrumental in establishing the United Kingdom Performance Management Symposium in partnership with the United Kingdom Royal United Services Institute. Download the Symposium Handbook.
The 8th Australian International Project Performance Management Symposium was again held at the Rydges Lakeside Hotel from 18th to 20th February 2004. The College of Performance Management (USA) joined MTC Pty Ltd in hosting this event. Download the Symposium Handbook.
The 9th Australian International Project Performance Management Symposium was held from 1st to 3rd March 2006. Download the Symposium Handbook.
After Lloyd Carter left MTC, the commercial challenges of running a symposium focused on project controls eventually led to the decision by the new MTC management team to discontinue the event. Inconclusive discussions were held focused on transferring the symposium to the College of Performance Management and the event lapsed for a couple of years.
The focus of this symposium through its first 15 years was exclusively performance management (Earned Value and project controls).
In 2012 the current committee revisited the idea of a focused 'controls' event in Canberra and worked with PM Global to re-launch the Symposium in its current form in 2013, adapting to trends in project management, the focus was expanded from a 'pure controls' format to the current 'governance and controls' focus. See more on the 2013 Project Governance and Controls Symposium.
In 2014, the symposium moved to its new 'home', supported by our Platinum Sponsor, The University of New South Wales, Canberra (ADFA). PM Global ceases its involvement after the 2014 event. See more on the 2014 Project Governance and Controls Symposium.
In 2015 the now independent symposium joined forces with our event organiser, Consec – Conference Management to continue to develop and grow the event, with the continuing support of our Platinum Sponsor, The University of New South Wales, Canberra (ADFA). A number of meetings were arranged off-line between keynote presenters and government officials. See more on the 2015 Project Governance and Controls Symposium.
In 2016 PGCS continued to grow and develop with the continuing support of our Platinum Sponsor, The University of New South Wales, Canberra (ADFA) and Consec. The highlight of this symposium was a keynote speech from Ms Jane Halton, AO PSM Secretary of the Department of Finance. The program was expanded to include a pre-symposium masterclass as well as off-line meetings between our international speakers and government officials. See more on the 2016 Project Governance and Controls Symposium.
2017 laid the foundations for PGCS' support of academic research into project and program management in Australasian universities. We congratulated our first two winners in the Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (essay competition) and started the process of selecting research proposals for the award of a substantial research grant (to be announced in 2018). The program consisted of a two-day symposium, followed by two masterclasses on day 3. See more on the 2017 Project Governance and Controls Symposium.
2018 saw a move to a larger commercial venue. The program evolved into three streams over two days, the academic stream (still supported by UNSW) incorporating the Walt Lipke award, a practitioner stream focused on the practical aspects of governance and control and an 'education stream' focused on people moving into the practice or project controls. Two masterclasses were held on Day 3. See more on the 2018 program.
* Thanks to Raf Dua of Micro Planning International Pty Ltd, who attended, spoke at and sponsored these early Symposia, kept the historical information and made it available to us, and continues to support the current PGCS.