Index of Symposium Speakers G

Home > Speakers > Symposium Speakers G

For the full listing of speakers at a symposium visit our Symposium history pages.

Quick Links - Speakers surnames in the range:

A-B                                 - J-L

C-D                                 - M-O

E-F                                 - P-R

G                                    - S-T

H-I                                  - U-Z



Louise_Gardner.jpgLouise Gardner

2022: Building a Culture of Agile Governance

Organisations and ways of working are changing and adapting faster than ever before. The way we provide oversight and governance to projects is also being forced to change. How do make sure our program and project governance is fit for purpose in this new world? Robust, yet agile enough to support quick decision making. Detailed, but not bureaucratic. This presentation seeks to address some of the key factors in deciding how 'agile' project governance should be, and explores some of cultural elements that may be the key to picking the right point on the agile governance spectrum.

Download the presentation.



Andrew Gee.jpgHon Andrew Gee, MP

2019: Opening keynote address.







Amit Ghildyal.jpgAmit. Ghidyal.

2017: Realising Value from IT Governance: Issues and Solutions.

As part of its Enterprise Information Management (EIM) 2015-2025 Strategy, Defence has embarked on a journey to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The key challenges with IT governance implementation are the IT risks, which hinder enterprise performance. The strategy for IT Governance through EIM using benefit realisation models is sound at the policy and process level, however, there is a need to build an implementation and evaluation framework to help ensure realisation of the benefits and the vision. This paper presents a practical implementation and evaluation framework for IT governance and benefits realization.

- Download the Presentation.

- Download Amit's full paper.



Sally_Glen.jpgSally Glen

2021 Webinar: The State of Project Controls – Implications for Cost Professionals

Independent Project Analysis Inc. (IPA) guides capital intensive organisations to establish the right combination of people, work process, and governance to maximise cost, schedule, safety, and operability performance. We conduct independent empirical research, benchmarking and consulting globally using a dataset of nearly 21,000 capital projects (including 1,200 projects executed in Australia). IPA conducted a study in 2020 that explored the current state of project controls. IPA routinely interviews project teams, collects data and rates the level of preparedness for project controls for capital projects. We further studied organisational, contract and work process factors and identified the barriers to improving the control function from the project controller's perspective. The study provides practical and implementable tips to effectively implement project control practices and improve capital project predictability. 

View the Webinar



Mr Andrew Goodwin.jpgAndrew Goodwin

2021: An update on the significant developments in integrated project controls, EVM and project reporting within and external to CASG

Significant developments in integrated project controls and EVM have occurred both within CASG and externally following the 2015 First Principles Review of Defence. This presentation provides an overview of the various updates and changes. The focus is on both the opportunities offered for improvements to practice and project delivery outcomes along with the challenges to be faced to achieve these benefits within CASG and more broadly to Defence industry.
Download the presentation.


2019: Earned Value Management in Defence

The Directorate of Project Controls Services in CASG's Program Management Branch released updated EVM policy and guidance during 2018-19. The new guidance was born out of the SMART Buyer framework and aids project managers in selecting and tailoring EVM requirements to individual contracts based on an assessment of the contract's strategic significance and cost, schedule and technical risk. This presentation will give an overview of the updated policy and guidance, prefaced by a discussion of the historical driving factors that shaped it.
Download the presentation.



Valdi 140531.jpgValdi Gravitis.

2015: A NSW Government Project Portfolio Improvement Initiative.

This case study is of a project portfolio improvement initiative, in the then NSW Department of Lands, that used Earned Value Management as a key strategy. Download the presentation.



Wayne_Greenwood.jpgMr Wayne Greenwood

2023: Pull Planning using Project Flow Diagrams

Pull Planning originated in 1969 in Port of Spain, Trinidad by a young project manager from New Brunswick, Canada. Slow to be recognized, Dean Kyle's creation has gained traction in recent years as an alternative to traditional push planning methods. Using a deliverable breakdown structure, this approach focuses on right-to-left, or 'end-first' planning, which involves starting from the project's deliverables and working in reverse order to identify the necessary steps to achieve them. This presentation will explore the benefits of Pull Planning when combined with Project Flow Diagrams, a powerful tool that combines horizontal Gantt bars and vertical swim lanes on a 3- dimensional time-scaled digital whiteboard.. The technique requires asking the right questions in a specific pattern with integrated bench-testing, enabling the creation of detailed, accurate plans and the identification of multiple critical paths. We are the world's foremost authorities on Pull Planning, having worked with Dean since the 1980s. We will provide two case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of Pull Planning in real-world situations. The 3rd chapter of Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner's new book, 'How Big Things Get Done' encourages us to 'Think From Right to Left'. Pull Planning, with the right tools and processes takes this to another level: 'Plan from right to left'.

Download the presentation


2022: Using Objective Drive Logic to Create Resource Loaded Execution Plans

Every year $billions are lost as a consequence of poor project performance on one basis of calculation the rate of loss is $85,000/seconds! While improvement is obviously needed, most research on improving project performance is focused on improving the execution of the plan. However, project overruns are not always the consequence of a failure of execution, but always involves a failure of planning. Little has been done to improve planning of projects. This presentation introduces an improved process for creating effective project schedules. Object Driven Logic (ODL) is a practical approach to scheduling which focuses on identifying predecessors when planning projects. ODL schedules provides realistic data that compliments project methodologies such as Six Sigma, Agile and PRINCE2, and goes beyond simply spending money to resolves resource conflicts. The case study will show how implementing ODL using user-friendly tools and methods can take the complexity out of project planning, including critical path calculation. Quickly producing the most efficient plan, determining both sequential and parallel dependencies.

Download the presentation



Blank-head.jpgBrad Grey.

2014: Blue Poles: The Science and Art of Project Governance.

Using the painting as an analogy, this presentation explores the science behind project governance that turns chaos theory into control theory. Download the presentation.




Ms Li Guan.jpgLi Guan.

2021: Modeling risk interdependencies to support decision making in project risk management: analytical and simulation-based methods.

This paper establishes three analytical methods-based project risk assessment models, namely, a Fuzzy Bayesian Belief Network-based risk assessment model, an Interpretive Structural Modeling-MICMAC analysis-based risk assessment model, and a Social Network Analysis-based risk assessment model. In addition, one simulation-based project risk assessment model, i.e., the Monte Carlo Simulation-based risk interdependency network model, is developed to capture the stochastic behavior of project risk occurrence.  
Download the presentationDownload the PGCAR paper.




Michelle Gunton.jpgMichelle Gunton, ICT Project Practitioner

2023: Lessons from Forrest Gump and Pixar: Tackling Complex ICT Projects

As project professionals and practitioners, it is likely that at one stage or another we will be asked to tackle a project that is on a troublesome path. Whether by choice (as in the case of those brought in for recovery) or by circumstance, project performance continues to cause consternation for many organisations and awkward conversations amongst the individuals responsible.

Using examples from a recent and large ICT project, this very scenario is explored. The real life tactics used by the program team to steer through the initial stages will be coupled with insights from leading research as to how to best navigate this potential minefield whilst maintaining credibility (and a sense of humour) for all involved. 

After the presentation, you will understand that 'life is like a box of chocolates', yet we need to just 'keep on swimming'.

View the Webinar



Thomas Gut.jpgThomas Gut

2023: The New Gotthard Base Tunnel: Full Life Cycle Management and Maintenance of Major Infrastructure

The New Gotthard Base Tunnel case study explores the complexity of the project and strategies that have been implemented. It will explore how SBB balance maintenance and operational demands of major infrastructure and the lived experience of lifecycle management and maintenance on a major project. How the New Gotthard Base Tunnel project works with multiple stakeholders with different requirements to deliver workable solutions, and that complex infrastructure projects require a reinvestment of several times the initial project cost during their life cycle.

Download the presentation