2019 - Canberra Rex Hotel

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PGCS 2019 saw 200+ people enjoy: 2 international keynote plenary presentations, 5 Australian keynote plenary presentations, 27 stream presentations spread across 5 streams, and 2 panel sessions; making PGCS 2019 one of the busiest and best symposiums ever!

One highlight from the 2 days was the opening address, and presentation of the Walt Lipke award, by the Hon. Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. This year’s award recipient was Professor Shankar Sankaran from UTS. Another was the two outstanding masterclasses delivered by our international guests.



20th August:

The Symposium Day 1. Download the program.

Networking event in the trade exhibition.

21st August:

The Symposium Day 2. Download the program

22nd August:

Masterclass: Glen Alleman - Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management.
The Match Made in Heaven Which Increases the Probability of Project Success.

Masterclass: Professor Charles Keating - A Practical Guide to implementing Complex Systems Governance Concepts on Projects.


Photo Gallery:


              Mr. Ciril Karo             Prof S. Sankaran,  Hon. Andrew Gee MP,   P. Weaver     Chuck Keating & Glen Alleman 
                                                                                                                                     on their way home


In speaking order.

Key Note and Plenary speakers:

Patrick Weaver, Chair Organising Committee: Opening remarks and Walt Lipke Award Presentation.

The Hon Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare: Welcome address.

Glen Alleman, USA: Integrating Systems Engineering and Program Performance Management Creates a Match Made in Heaven

Ciril Karo, First Assistant Secretary Contestability, Contestability Division, Department of Defence: Contestability across the Capability Life Cycle.

Professor Charles Keating, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University USA: Complex Systems Governance: A New Approach for Addressing the 'Messes' and 'Wicked Problems' that are By-product of Modern Projects which Overwhelm PM Practitioner.

Mr Phil McClure, General Manager - DIRDC: Infrastructure Investment Program - Overview and Governance Arrangements.

Professor Kerry LondonDeputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics, Western Sydney University: Designing for Project Success - The Power of many and the Undoing by Multitudes.

Patrick Weaver, Chair Organising Committee: Closing remarks.


Academic Stream including the Walt Lipke finalists

Professor Shankar Sankaran, Walt Lipke Award winner, Professor of Organizational Project Management at the School of the Built Environment, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)A Model for Organizational Project Management and its Validation

Mr Saeed Munir, Walt Lipke Award runner upUNSW ADFA Canberra: Project Benefits Realization- Academics Aspiration or Practitioners Nightmare.

Dr Saeed Shalbafan & Ms Kim Ballestrin, Walt Lipke Award runner up, Hooshmand-Intelligence Advisory Pty Ltd: A Framework to Manage Uncertainty in Early Planning of Projects, an ICT Project.

Professor Vernon Ireland, Emeritus Professor of Complex Systems for the University of Adelaide: Engineering Failures and Lack of Recognition of Complex Systems Parameters.

Dr Raymond Young & Dr Vedran Zerjav , UNSW Canberra: For Boards and their 'Accidental Sponsors' - 6 Guiding Questions to Implement Policy, Strategy and Create Value through Projects

Dr Melinda Swift, Department of Defence – DSTG: Competing Definitions and Differing Understandings: E-Procurement, A Physicist's Perspective.

Dr Li Qiao,  Capability Systems Centre, the School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW, Canberra: Design Structure Matrix based Modular Analysis and its Applications.

Dr Shoeb Ahmed MemonTechnological And Higher Education Institute Of Hong Kong: Exploring Project Teams' Collaborative Behaviour in Hong Kong's Relational Contracting Projects.


Systems Engineering Stream

Mr Glen Alleman, USA: Integrating Systems Engineering (SE) and Program Performance Management (PPM) to Increase the Probability of Delivering the Needed Capabilities for Project/Program Success.

Dr Keith Joiner and Dr Rani Yesudas, UNSW Canberra: Solving Tensions of Overlapping Project Management and Systems Engineering with the Elegance of the Complex Systems Governance Approach.

Mr Mahmoud Efatmaneshni, UNSW Canberra: A Modelling Approach for Integration of Systems Engineering and Program Management.

Professor Charles Keating, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University USA: Responding to Complex Systems Challenges for Project Management.

Mr James Bawtree, CEO, PMLogic: Bring Organisational Agility through Improved Alignment to Deliver Greater Capability and Value in Large and Complex Organisations.


Engineering and Infrastructure Stream

Mr Simon VauxDirector of Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW: Transforming Infrastructure with Digital Engineering.

Mr Maisara Al Rais, Lendlease: Utilising Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Project Controls.

Mr Damon HancockVice President - Australian Business, Samsung: What makes for Successful Infrastructure Delivery.

Mr Ben du Bois, DIRDC: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development - Cost Estimation Policy and Implementation.

Mr Collin Smith, CEO ICCPM: Project Leadership: The Game Changer in Large Scale Complex Projects.

Mr Mark WhiteManaging Director of PM-AXIS: PMOs by Design.

Mr Patrick Weaver, Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd: The Extreme Cost of Technical Debt.


Defence Project Management Stream

Mr Stephen McDonald, Assistant Secretary Program Management, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Dept. Defence: A View from the Function Lead in Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

Mr Kym Henderson, PGCS and Ms Chloe Kempster, CASG: AS4817-2019 Earned Value Management in Project and Programme Management (ISO 21508:2018, MOD) Current Status, Future Directions and Implementation Options, and Earned Value Management in CASG

Mr Andrew Goodwin, CASG: Earned Value Management in Defence.

Mr Roger Vodicka, Defence Science and Technology Group and Mr Richard Bartholomeusz, Department of Defence: Management of the Defence Science and Technology Research Portfolio in a Dynamic Strategic Environment.

Dr Shari Soutberg, Capability Systems Centre (CSC), UNSW: An Overview of the Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM).

Ms Chloe Kempster, CASG: Cost Estimation - building better Practice.


Training & Education Stream

Mr Patrick Weaver, Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd: Controlling Agile Projects.

Mr Gavin Halling, Director, RiskTools: Deriving Certainty from Uncertainty - Value from Project Risk and Contingency Management.