Tag Archives: Conferences

The world’s best CPM Conference!

There is only a few days left to secure an ‘early bird’ registration to this year’s Construction CPM conference in New Orleans from January 27 to 30th. Early bird registrations close October 15th.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet most of the world’s CPM though leaders and system developers in the one place and if you fit enough, to party till you drop with the Mardi Gras in full swing at the start of the conference and the Super Bowl following, plus a packed social program for delegates and partners in between.

‘Construction’ in the title is more historical than factual, most of the key conference supporters work across all industries and most of the papers have a very wide application.  We certainly think the conference is worth a 23 hour flight each way…… The question is can you afford to miss this opportunity to hear first hand where Oracle/Primavera, Deltek/Open Plan, ASTA Powerproject, Acumen, NetPoint, Synchro and a host of other thinkers and developers are taking the ‘project controls’ industry over the next few years??

This is not just an opportunity to listen to an excellent range of presentations; you have plenty of opportunity to talk to industry leaders during the conference, during the networking events and at a range of pre and post conference workshops and user meetings.  There’s even the opportunity to present your viewpoint as a speaker!

We are certainly looking forward to starting 2013 with a bang in New Orleans and catching up with friends, colleagues and acquaintances from around the world – if you want to be a part of the action register at: http://www.constructioncpm.com



Projectchat 2011

I’ve been at the Projectchat 2011 conference in Sydney for the last couple of days. Projectchat is the ‘home’ of the Deltek community with a strong focus on scheduling and Earned Value.

The event this year has been organised by a new name, Connexion Systems Pty Ltd. New name, same team – Connexion has evolved from WST Pacific through Deltek Australia to its present form and remains the primary sales and support agency for Open Plan, Cobra, and associated tools in Australia.

My personal high point was the standing room only audience for the first airing of my thoughts and ideas on refocusing scheduling tools to focus on optimising the critical work and the critical workers rather than arbitrary activities, durations and ‘float’. The presentation can be downloaded from: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Resources_Papers_152.html

Other thoughts and feelings include how little organisations have learned over the last 25 years, highlighted by Greg Betros’ paper, the same bad practices remain far too common. Countered by an expanding recognition that scheduling and project controls matter and the expanding interest in training and certification (for more on this topic see: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Resources_Papers_149.html).

Another highlight was the overview of PMI’s updated Practice Standard for Earned Value Management presented by one of the core team members Lloyd Carter. The 2nd Edition has significant improvements over the original and aligns with AS 4127. I’ve bought a copy and will post on this shortly.

As always with Projectchat, there was a great party last night… now all I need to do is get through the rest of the sessions.

The Zero Cost of Stakeholder Management

I am on my way to the Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The focus of my presentation is based on the philosophy of the Quality movement: quality is free! I am developing a line of argument that advocates a proper investment in stakeholder relationship management is more than balanced by the reduction in the failure dollars needed to fix the issues caused by poor stakeholder relationship management.

The cost of implementing effective quality and safety procedures is visible and accepted by management, but the result of effective processes is to make the cost of the failures these processes avoided invisible. You cannot measure what did not happen!

At the moment, measuring the cost of failed stakeholder management processes is relatively simple; several examples are discussed in the paper. However, management remains reluctant to invest in the solution to achieve similar outcomes to quality and safety. The challenge is cultural.

To read more on this emerging concept, see: http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Resources_Papers_142.html

4 Weeks to PMOZ

PMOZ is the premier project management conference in the Asia Pacific region – this year’s line-up of speakers includes David Hilson (The Risk Doctor); Christophe N. Bredillet Director General and Chief Scientist of the Centre for Advanced Studies & Research in Project, Programme Portfolio Management (CASR 3PM), International think tank located in Dakar, Senegal and Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

The three day conference program includes 2 half-day workshops followed by two full days of papers supported by an exciting social program. We are looking forward to being there; if you are in our part of the world can you afford to miss out?

To see the full program, go to www.pmoz.com.au

PMOZ 2011

The PMOZ conference is one of the best regional project management conferences world-wide and has a reputation for combining fun, networking and high quality learning into one event. The 2011 conference theme Project Management at the Speed of Light has attracted a wide range of interesting speakers from around the world.

Our involvement in the conference includes my keynote presentation Motivate your manager plus Patrick’s half day scheduling workshop and his paper Time management -v- Contract administration.

It’s not too late to join us for a great event, for more information download the Registration Brochure.

Learn how to Motivate your Manager at PMOZ

I have been asked to present a Keynote at this year’s PMOZ. The conference is in Brighton, Sydney from 2nd – 5th August, for more on PMOZ see: http://www.pmoz.com.au/

The focus of the presentation will be Motivate your Manager!  We all know senior management support is a critical element in the successful delivery of projects and programs. Without effective support from executives, project managers have difficulty accessing the full range of resources needed to achieve their projects objectives.

Covering key aspects of motivational communication across generations and cultures, the presentation will focus on a range of communication tools and methodologies project and program managers can deploy to motivate their managers to help them succeed. In most cases, a successful outcome is directly beneficial to the manager; the challenge is making the right connections.

The materials are based on parts of my new book, Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders

PMOZ is always great fun and has one of the best social programs in the business. I look forward to seeing you there!!

PM History papers updated

Working on my paper for PMOZ 2010, Seeing the Road Ahead – the challenge of communicating schedule data  has required me to re-visit two key papers and augment them with new information and materials discovered in the last few years.

A Brief History of Scheduling – Back to the Future has had quite a lot of new materials incorporated. I am now confident this paper accurately lays out the development of scheduling and in particular, the origins of PERT and CPM.

The Origins of Modern Project Management  has had a few new footnotes included an links the development of modern project management to its roots the the spread of scheduling in the early 1960s.

Both updated papers are available for downloading and I have most of the reference materials available for anyone interested in further research into these topics.

The PMOZ paper will be available after publication in a couple of weeks. For more on the PMOZ conference see: http://www.pmoz.com.au/