Call for papers We still have a number of speaking slots open, including opportunities to entre your paper for the $1000 Walt Lipke Award and publication in the PGCAR peer-reviewed journal. The key requirements to be delivered on or before the 24th May are: – Register for the event on-line or by email, – Submit your paper title and abstract, – Provide a ‘head-shot’ and brief bio. If selected, your PowerPoint presentation will be required by early July.
If you choose to submit an optional written paper, delivery dates can be negotiated.
PGCS 2021 will run on-site at the Rex Hotel Canberra & Virtually from10-12 August 2021. PGCS is the only annual conference, run in Canberra, that is focused on improving project outcomes in the public and private sectors. Operating in a COVID safe environment, PGCS 2021 brings even more value to the program and project management professions featuring 20 sessions over 2 days followed by 3 Masterclasses
The annual Walt Lipke Award is Australia’s premier project management paper award.
Now in its 5th year, the annual Walt Lipke Award is open to speakers at PGCS 2021 who submit a written paper in addition to their presentation slides; both industry and academic papers are welcome. Three papers are nominated as finalists each year prior to PGCS, and the winner is announced during the opening plenary session: The winner will receive:
The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (Perpetual Trophy)
A $1000 cash prize plus an award miniature to keep.
Complimentary attendance at PGCS, and
The presentation of your paper to the PGCS plenary as a Key Note speaker.
The runners-up will receive:
Complimentary attendance at PGCS (registration fees will be refunded if paid prior).
Presentation of your paper in the Walt Lipke Award stream.
Selection of the finalists and winner 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
Project Governance & Controls Annual Review (PGCAR) The PGCAR is a refereed journal published by PGCS in the weeks following our Annual Symposium. It includes the Walt Lipke Award winners, other symposium papers of sufficient merit, and academic papers submitted directly to PGCAR. Academic papers (and others on request) are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review prior to publication.
Note: the PGCAR is open to all Australian academics seeking publication in a refereed journal, attendance at the Symposium is only required to be eligible for the Walt Lipke Award. For more on publishing in PGCAR click here.
PGCS 2021 will run on-site at the Rex Hotel Canberra & Virtually from10-12 August 2021.
PGCS is the only annual conference, run in Canberra, that is focused on improving project outcomes in the public and private sectors. PGCS 2021 brings even more value to the program and project management professions featuring 20 sessions over 2 days followed by 3 Masterclasses. See more.
PGCS 2021 will run on-site at the Rex Hotel Canberra, & Virtually from10-12 August 2021.
PGCS is the only annual conference, run in Canberra, that is focused on improving project outcomes in the public and private sectors by helping organisations select the right projects and programs and then manage them to deliver the right outcomes.
The PGCS call for papers is now open
The PGCS 2021 program already has 7 keynote and invited speakers plus 2 master classes locked in, with more to be announced soon. Visit www.pgcsymposium.org.au for further details. We are now also calling for industry and academic papers for presentation in the:
Defence and Major Projects stream – case studies are always welcome.
Project governance and controls stream – presented in association with the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA).
For further information or to submit your paper pleaseclick here for more details. Accepted papers are eligible for the Walt Lipke award and $1000 cash prize.
The call for papers closes Monday, 24 May 2021 at 5:00pm.
Keynote Speaker: Oliver Baker, UK.
Suppliers – Harmonising the Relationship
Based on his experience working on the Astute Class Submarine Programme delivering a fleet of 7 nuclear-powered attack submarines to the Royal Navy, one of the most complex engineering projects within the United Kingdom. Oliver will describe the One Team approach to operating a joint project controls model and how these lessons can be applied to a different types of project, across a range of sectors.
Masterclass: Prof. Chuck Keating, Old Dominion University Virginia, USA.
A Practical Guide to implementing Complex Systems Governance Concepts on Projects
The purpose of this masterclass is to provide a hands-on experience for Project Management (PM) professionals for the application of Complex System Governance (CSG) concepts. CSG is a new and novel approach to improve performance through purposeful design, execution, and evolution of essential system functions to sustain project performance in the midst of external turbulence and internal flux.
Click here for more details on our other Masterclasses.
The Project Business Foundation (Sisseln, Switzerland) has published its new glossary for project business management to help parties in cross-corporate projects achieve a common understanding of the terminology being used, and harmful misunderstandings are avoided.
Misunderstandings about the meaning of words are a frequent and often damaging cause of miscommunication and conflict between organizations, particularly when they have a different ‘home culture’ and language base. The new Project Business Glossary published by the Project Business Foundation addresses this issue by helping parties under contract agree on a common use of terminology.
“The Project Business Glossary is intended to bring very practical benefits,“ explains Oliver F. Lehmann, President of the Project Business Foundation, adding that “it can be simply added to the appendix of a contract ensuring the parties’ common understanding of the language used and as a jointly accepted dictionary, when different interpretations on terminology could lead to disputes. Even if parties decide to use a different definition for a specific term, the glossary is helpful as a baseline against which the deviation is expressed.”
50% of the authors who developed the Project Business Glossary were from Anglo-American Common Law jurisdictions, the other half came from Civil Law countries. As one of the authors, Sarah Schütte from the United Kingdom, put it: “The Glossary is drafted to be ‘jurisdiction-blind’, i.e. anyone anywhere can use it.” The Project Business Glossary can be freely accessed and used. It can be accessed online and downloaded as a PDF file from https://www.project-business.org/programs/project-business-glossary and has been included as a valuable addition to Mosaic’s list of glossaries at: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-XTR-040.php
Negotiating in the midst of uncertainty. This article takes a proactive look at what’s needed to come through a crisis in the best possible shape. It suggests the negotiating approach needed is very different from ‘business as usual’. Click to download the PDF.
Contact Termination. This new White Paper looks at the risks and challenges associated with terminating a contract when all else fails. It helps explain why in 40 years I have never seen a lawyer proactively seek to terminate a contract! Click to download the PDF.
The venerable Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (Cost Guide) has been updated for the first time since 2009! Published in March, the 2020 version of the Cost Guide has been significantly improved.
Some of the changes include:
Better alignment of best practices, cost estimate characteristics, and cost estimating steps
Clarification of some of the best practices and their related criteria
Additional content in technical appendixes and revision or deletion of others
Update case studies and references to USA government legislation and rules
Modernization of the Cost Guide’s format and graphics.
The Cost Guide defines the four characteristics of a good estimate: comprehensive, well documented, accurate, and credible. It also incorporates 18 best practices and shows how the best practices align to the four characteristics. Additionally, it introduces the 12 steps of the cost estimating process that produce reliable estimates, and shows how the best practices align with the 12 steps.
Earned Value Management (EVM) remains central to the Cost Guide’s approach to managing the delivery of a project once the estimate is approved.
Based on a successful day at the races, 5 winners and one place from 8 bets, this article looks at the balance between luck and process in achieving the result. Our conclusion is that you should not confuse luck with skill. Good processes will help build success, persistence will generate more opportunities for you to be lucky, and skill or capability will shift the odds in your favour, but randomness rules!
To quote Coleman Cox: I am a great believer in Luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.
The organisation to have processes to turn the idea into something valuable.
Neither happens routinely by accident. This article looks at what’s needed to create innovative ideas, and then look at one of the ways to transform the best of the ‘bright ideas’ into something useful, ‘Design Thinking’. Click to download the PDF.