2022 - Canberra Rex Hotel

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The 9th PGCS Symposium and Masterclasses were an outstanding success! The two-day symposium program consisted of eight keynote presentations, 23 plenary and concurrent sessions, with plenty of networking opportunities; followed by masterclasses on the third day. The overall program was enjoyed by more than 400 in-person and virtual attendees.  The symposium theme: success is never an accident! describes the whole of PGCS 2022.


The PGCS Project and Program Management Symposium 2022 examined the foundations needed to deliver successful projects and programs including: Building successful teams Structuring organizations for successful delivery and Managing luck (aka risk) As Roman philosopher Seneca once said, Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, and being a part of PGCS 2022 as a delegate, presenter or sponsor was a great way to tap into a global knowledge network to help prepare for success, and if Diligence is the mother of good luck, then the diligent members of the PGCS community will be using the opportunity to review the presentations and build on the network of contacts made during the event to improve their luck on future projects. 


2022 Webinar Series 

Click through to the 2022 lunchtime webinars


2022 Opening address 

Mr Ciril Karo, Group General Manager, CASG delivered the welcome address for PGCS 2022 and announced the Walt Lipke Research Grant winner. He also had a number of important things to say about PGCS and our mission - watch his opening address to the 2022 symposium:



Symposium Program:

16th August:

The Symposium Day 1. Download the program.

Networking event in the trade exhibition.

17th August:

The Symposium Day 2. Download the program

18th August:

Masterclass: Ms Melissa Cyrulik: Joint Agency Cost Schedule Risk Uncertainty Handbook (JA CSRUH)

Masterclass: Mr Mick Spiers: High Performance Leadership 

Masterclass: Mr Gordon Kranz (Virtual): Integrating Agile with project controls on major projects  


August - November 2022 - Free access to the recorded presentations for all Symposium delegates.



Photo Gallery:

2022 was a hybrid event for both speakers and participants

                              Plenary Audience                                              Mr. Ciril Karo                         Stream 3 
  Mr Travis Harvey &                            Mr Sirish Parekh (UK)                                            Networking
  Mr Iain Johnstone 



In speaking order - download the available PowerPoint presentations via the links below.

Key Note and Plenary speakers:

Mr Ciril Karo, Group General Manager, CASG: Welcome address & Walt Lipke Research Grant announcement.

Ms Stacey Wehmeier, PGCS Director: Opening remarks and PGCS update.

Dr Alicia AitkenGeneral Manager Strategy Delivery & Governance ANZ: Scheduling, The Forgotten Art

Mr Sirish Parekh, Head of Estimating and Benchmarking at the Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) UKStandardisation and informed insights through effective collaboration

Mr Gordon Kranz (Virtual), President Enlightened Integrated Program Management, LLC, USAIntegrating Agile with project controls on major projects.  

Ms Melissa Cyrulik, Product Manager - Software Products and Services Group, Tecolote Research, Inc. USAHope is Not a Method: Using Uncertainty Analysis to Better Predict the Costs of Your Program

Mr Mick Spiers, Founder and Principal, The Leadership ProjectManager AND Leader – balancing leadership and management for outstanding project success

Mr Steve Wake, Chairman of the Management Standards Committee, British Standards InstitutionBS202001: Project Controls – A personal view

Mr Travis Harvey TBH Director - National P3M and Federal Government Service Leader & Mr Iain Johnstone, CASG: CASG Integrated Investment Portfolio Integrated Master Schedule: Strengthening Portfolio Visibility and Performance

Dr Naomi Mathers, Director, Industry Liaison and Member Services at ICCPM: Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome – Supporting the success of modern projects

Kym Henderson, Chair PGCS Ltd: Closing remarks.


Defence and Major Projects Stream

Dr Nitin Thakur, Principal Consultant, Providence Consulting GroupDesigning for less complexity

Mr Phil Rokic, Director, PR Consulting Pty LtdDesigning success in a national change program

Ms Val JonasCEO, Risk Decisions Group, UK: Who needs luck? How innovators thrive on risk and opportunity, leading the way to success.  

Dr Ceilidh Armer, Senior Consultant with TBH Pty LtdSEA5000-1 Integrated Master Schedule Case Study.  

Mr Kym Henderson ISO TC 258, WG12 Chair & Becky Winston USA: ISO 21512 EVM Implementation Guidance

Mr Rasmus RytterPartner at Implement Consulting Group, Denmark  (Virtual): Leading Successful Change Projects.     


Project Controls Stream

Mr Edmund Chew, Integrated Program Manager, Rail Projects Victoria: Systems Thinking in Planning for Project Success

Mr Craig Pope, Consultant at CentrixPM: Making the Schedule Great Again

Mr Pyrros Radimissis, Cost Capability Analysis Manager, Management Resource Consulting: Blackbox & Whitebox Estimating Techniques – Tips, Tricks & Pitfalls

Mr Walt Lipke (Virtual), USA: Earned Schedule: Project Duration Increase from Rework

Mr James Bancroft, Owner - Hyperion Group AustraliaDefence Cost Modelling - leveraging people and information to succeed

Mr Wayne GreenwoodManaging Director at Priority Management Australia: Using Objective Driven Logic to Create Resource Loaded Execution Plans


Governance Stream

Ms Louise GardnerManaging Director at Pledge Consulting: Building a Culture of Agile Governance

Mr Rob McMartin, PMO Manager for Hanwha Defense AustraliaGovernance in Complex Projects.  


Academic Stream

Prof Shankar Sankaran, Professor of Organizational Project Management, University of Technology SydneyProject Management started off as a management innovation. Can it transition to meet the sustainability challenge?  

A/Prof Xiaohua (Sean) Jin, Director of Project Management Programs, School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney UniversityMental Health of Project Management Practitioners in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Projects during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mr Munir SaeedPhD candidate, Lecturer, Canberra Institute Of TechnologyMaking Benefits Realization A Project Success Criteria - Challenges in Practice

Ms Roksana Jahan Tumpa, PhD candidate: Critical Themes on Group-based Assessments to Improve the Job-readiness of Project Management Graduates?