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Walt_Lipke_Award.jpgThe Project Governance and Control Walt Lipke Award is designed to encourage practitioners, academics, and students to creatively think about the challenges our profession faces, suggest innovative solutions and offer a platform for disseminating your ideas to a wide audience.


Winners receive The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (Perpetual Trophy), a cash prize, and free attendance at that years PGCS symposium to present their paper. Specific arrangements for each year are contained in the competition rules (see more on our PGCAR journal, and the award). 


Walt Lipke is the creator of Earned Schedule, which extracts reliable schedule information from earned value data (resolving the long-standing error in the calculation of SPI and SV). He retired in 2005 as deputy chief of the Software Division at Tinker Air Force Base in the United States where he specialised in the development, maintenance, and management of software for the automated testing of avionics.  Mr. Lipke has published articles, and presented at conferences around the world, on the application of earned value management, earned schedule, and statistical methods in the management of projects and programs. His contribution to project controls has been recognised by, among other, PMI, The College of Performance Management, and the EVM Europe Conference.


Award selection criteria.

Selection of the finalists and winner of the Walt Lipke Award each year is at the sole discretion of the PGCAR academic panel and will be based on your papers:

  • ♦  Originality: a new or innovative concept
  • ♦  Practicality: the usefulness of the concept in the management of projects, programs and/or portfolios in the
        Australian context
  • ♦  Quality: the academic merit of the paper.  


Annual Winners:

 -  2017, awarded by Mr. Walt Lipke.

 -  2018, awarded by Mr. Walt Lipke

 -  2019, awarded by Hon. Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister



2019 Winner

Winner: Professor Shankar Sankaran  - The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award, plus $1000 prize 

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A Model for Organizational Project Management and its Validation 

It is important that an organization selects the right projects and carefully manages and governs them to deliver their intended benefits. This paper will describe a model for Organizational Project Management (OPM) to help organizations to do that. OPM is the integration of all project management-related activities of an organization linking strategic decisions (where the project management-related activities are to be carried out) with business decisions (portfolio management and benefits realization) with their management (program and project management) and their governance at both the strategic and project levels. This paper will describe a seven-layered model of OPM with its 22 elements – spanning from the organizational level to the individual project level – derived by the authors using academic literature and their own experience in managing projects. The model adds new elements to OPM such as governance, projectification, benefits realization and organizational design to the conventional 3P (portfolio, program and project management) elements resulting in a more comprehensive model. The developed model was validated with a random sample of organizations in the Netherlands and China. The findings from the validation led to patterns of implementation of OPM in a variety of organizations. The process used for validation as well as the results obtained will be discussed in the paper. The feedback received on this process from academics and practitioners at the PGCS symposium will assist in the development of a web-based diagnostic tool for OPM being put together by the authors.

-   Click to download Shankar's paper: A Model for Organizational Project Management and its Validation

-   Click to download Shankar's presentation



Shankar Sankaran PhD, MEng is a Professor of Organisational Project Management (OPM)) at the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney(UTS). His current research interest is in Organisational Project Management. He has developed and teaching a subject titled Governance, Portfolio and Program Management in a Master of Project Management Course at UTS. He has authored two books on OPM, an edited Cambridge University Press Handbook in 2017 and a new book on OPM being published by Edward Elgar in 2019 Professor Ralf Muller and Professor Nathalie Drouin are also authors of these two books. The three of them were awarded the IPMA Prize for Research in 2019 for their work on Balanced Leadership in Projects about which they completed a PMI Sponsored Research Grant in 2018. Shankar is the Current President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and Deputy Chair of the Global Accreditation Centre of the Project Management Institute. Shankar has worked as a major project manager and project director in industry before joining academia.



2018 Winner

Winner: Dr. Raymond Young  - The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award, plus $1000 prize 



Strategic management of the Defence S&T Portfolio: Are we there yet? 

This paper studies an exemplary case of strategy implementation in the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), a group within the Australian Government Department of Defence. Through three action research cycles between 2016 and 2018, the study has found that DST progressed from an organisation where it was considered difficult to demonstrate strategic alignment of its work to Defence needs to an organisation that manages its portfolio strategically. The lessons for other organisations is to manage improvements in the investment allocation process not so much through the introduction of new tools but as a change management project driven through top management support. A technical lesson is that decision-making about budgets needs to be at the level at which strategy is implemented, that is at a program rather than at a project level. Further research is recommended within Defence and other organisations to evaluate whether strategic benefits can be realised if resources are allocated strategically.

-   Click to download Raymond's paper: Strategic management of the Defence S&T Portfolio: Are we there yet?



Raymond Young is an international authority in the area of project governance. My research has been published by Standards Australia as HB280 a handbook explaining how boards and top managers influence business projects to succeed. My career objective is to help clients realise strategic business benefits from their projects rather than to simply come in on-time and on-budget. His career alternates between consulting, industry and academia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of NSW - Canberra. He has a decade of management consulting experience culminating in a CIO role within Fujitsu Australia. Significant clients have included Colgate-Palmolive, BHP, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Department of Health, Electricity Trust of South Australia and Prospect Electricity.  Most recently he has been advising Federal Government agencies on how to improve their project, programme and portfolio management practices. I worked closely with both DEEWR and the Department of Social Services to improve their PMOs and I am preparing case studies of how ComSuper and the Australian Tax Office achieved the highest levels of portfolio management maturity in the public sector.


2017 Winners

Winner: Mr. Peter Slay - The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award, plus $1000 prize 


Failure of Public Sector Programs - A Framework to Manage Success Criteria

Public sector programs are commonly criticised for having poor outcomes.  One reason may be that such programs have multiple key stakeholders each with differing opinions regarding what would represent a successful outcome. This paper presents a framework to assist project managers to develop a broad-based success criteria review in consultation with key stakeholders and to manage perceptions of program success throughout the implementation period. 

-   Click to download Peter's Essay: Failure of Public Sector Programs - A Framework to Manage Success Criteria 

-   Click to download Peter's Presentation



Peter Slay is studying a PhD in Project Management at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra.  He holds an M.Sc (Research) 2003 (with 2 associated publications), Grad Dip (Business Admin) 1996 and B.Sc (Civil Engineering) 1975.  He has approximately 38 years of professional experience working for Consultants and Government Agencies in a broad range of Civil Engineering disciplines in four continents with the last 20 years specializing increasing in project management roles.