2017 - UNSW Canberra (ADFA)

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140 project managers, speakers, and guests enjoyed two days of presentations and networking followed by master classes on day 3. 



2nd May:

The Symposium Day 1. Download the 2017 program.

Networking event in the Adams Hall foyer.

3rd May:

The Symposium Day 2. Download the 2017 program.

4th May:

Masterclass:  A Practical Guide to Project and Contract Surveillance, Lisa Wolf

Masterclass:  Earned Schedule Analysis, Walt Lipke


Photo Gallery:

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PGCS looks after its international guests. Chuck Keating and Walt Lipke visiting Sydney Harbour (above) and Chuck with Lisa Wolf on the NSW South Coast on the way to Canberra.











Prof. Peter Shergold delivering his keynote presentation.


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Lisa Wolf delivering her Masterclass.


In speaking order.
* = presentation available for downloading. 

Key Note and Plenary speakers:

Kym Henderson, Chair Organising Committee: Opening remarks.

Prof. Michael Frater, Rector UNSW Canberra: Welcome address.

Prof. Peter Shergold, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney and author of the 'Shergold Report': An Australian Perspective on Improving the Performance of Major Projects.

Prof. Charles B. (Chuck) Keating, Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA. Complex Systems Governance, What it is and What it Offers for improving project performance*.

Lisa Wolf, Booz Allen Hamilton. USA: Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act - What it is, what it does, what it means and possible lessons for Australia*

Pat Weaver & Kym Henderson: Update on Progress with Development of ISO Project Management International Standards and Consequences for Australia.

Collin Smith, Deputy CEO, ICCPM: Contracting for Success in Complex Projects*.

Alicia Aitken, Chief Projects Officer Telstra Corporation: A private sector perspective on the need for and approaches to improving project performance and management*

Walt Lipke, Oklahoma USA: The Earned Schedule Story; Enhancing Schedule Analysis What it is and what it can do for your project*.

CDRE Robert ElliottDirector General Surface Combatants and Aviation: A Defence Perspective on Reform and Improving Project Performance*.

Daniel Bamford, PMO Manager ATO Reinvention program, now Manager ATO Portfolio Management Branch: The ATO experience and lessons learned from improving project, program and portfolio performance*.

Kym Henderson, Chair Organising Committee: Closing remarks.


Academic Stream

Dr. Raymond Young, UNSW Canberra: Implementing Strategy through P3M and Benefits Management; A Case Study of the Defence Science and Technology Group*.

Mr Peter Slay (PhD candidate, presenter), Dr Alizera Abbasi, Dr Ahmed Imran, Professor Chi King Lee, School of Engineering & Information Technology, UNSW, Canberra: Failure of Public Sector Programs; A Framework to Manage Success Criteria*

Mr. Amit. GhidyalPhD Candidate with UNSW: Realising Value from IT Governance: Issues and Solutions*.


Controls Stream

Perry Oren, Project Partners Pty Ltd: Should I buy that Ferrari? The difficulties of cost-benefit analysis*

Robert Bolton, BreakThrough Project Management: Project Alliancing and Critical Chain Project Management*

Haydn ThomasMindavation Pty Ltd: Stacking the Odds for Project Success*


Education Stream

Tony Scuteri, Connexion Systems: Introduction to Project Scheduling*

Raf Dua, Micro Planning International Pty Ltd: Peer Reviewing a Schedule*

Lou Vidotto, ACES: Basic Project Control Metrics*

Patrick Weaver, Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd: An Overview of Earned Value Management*


Industry Presentation

Mario Paglia, Integraph Corporation: Achieving Enterprise Project Controls*