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Construction CPM -v- PGCS

We have just returned from a very enjoyable and successful trip to New Orleans for Construction CPM and now its time to focus on making our Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) in Canberra equally successful!

Construction CPM is probably the world leading event for project scheduling tools and advances in the field of major project scheduling. There were nearly 300 delegates, speakers and partners attending events over 7 days (the Construction CPM conference was 3 days in the middle).  The papers we presented were:

The emerging trends in New Orleans were firstly risk, new tools and many papers on the challenge of uncertainty and surprisingly ethics and stakeholders (more on these later).

Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) is designed to enhance the connection between governance and project controls in government department and corporations. It’s too soon to identify the trends that will emerge in May but we already have an impressive line up of Keynote Speakers. See more at: http://www.pgcs.org.au/

Both events have an emphasis on building knowledge through networking and social events.  However, the PGCS program, which includes a reception in the ADFA Officers Mess pales in comparison to Construction CPM.

Some of the things you will not see or experience in Canberra include:

Plated hot breakfasts starting at 6:30am with the first presentations at 8:00am (we run a more ‘civilised’ program starting around 9:00am……).

Our own Mardi Gras Parade……







The Konstruction Krew consisting of 250+ project controls professionals following a jazz band (complete with police escort and waving umbrellas) in their own Mardi Gras Parade through the French Quarter to Bourbon Street.


Last drinks and a locally rolled cigar at the Bourbon Heat from 9:00pm to 2:00am (if you have the staying power) When I bailed out at midnight, Bourbon Street was still going strong!!


A totally different definition of ‘Float’ – several of the official Mardi Gras Parades – each organised by a different ‘Krew’ passed in front of our hotel in Canal Street.

CharmaineCharmaine Neville and her band playing inthe conference ‘Jazz Club’ from 9:00pm……..  PMOZ was renowned for its parties – Construction CPM is at least as good! In total there were 11520 ounces of alcohol consumed at the official events (plus cash purchases).

NOL3One final ‘only in New Orleans’ – ice cream daiquiris in the place they were invented……

Add  4 Keynote Speakers, 79 Breakout Sessions a mock trial, pre-arranged dinners with ‘5 new friends’ each evening and you have an intensive enjoyable learning experience.

The next Construction CPM is earlier then usual, December at the Swan Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.

Our PGCS Symposium in Canberra will be a bit more subdued (after all there is only one ‘New Orleans’).  Where we will be as good, if not better, is in the quality of the speaking program.  PGCS speakers already confirmed include Lisa Wolf of Booze Hamilton Allen, Melinda Penna of Telstra, and Kim Terrell of Department of Human Services.  For regular updates on the progress of PGCS  see:  http://www.pgcs.org.au/

Project Governance and Controls Symposium to Host Book Debut!


This year the PMGlobal Foundation are pleased to announce the Project Governance and Controls Symposium will host the Australian debut of Mark Phillips’s book entitled, ‘Reinventing Communication: How to Design, Lead and Manage High Performing Projects’. The launch will be a noteworthy event for delegates, set against the backdrop of The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), venue for the 2014 Symposium.

Reinventing Communication: How to Design, Lead and Manage High Performing Projects – Mr. Mark Phillips
Mr. Mark Phillips is the President of Standpipe Manager, Inc. a private, U.S. based consultancy delivering innovative program management services to industry and government. He is passionate about finding new ways to solve problems and inspire others. His ideas are in use in the U.S. Department of Defense which has said “Mark Phillips’ method…has the potential of being a game changer for successful program management teams.” His works has appeared in C|Net, eWeek and the Small Wars Journal. His book “Reinventing Communication: How to Design, Lead and Manage High Performing Projects” is forthcoming April 2014 from Gower Press. His sessions are highly interactive, focused specifically on addressing participants’ challenges. Mark is a board member of the College of Performance Management.

Find out more about the Symposium Program.

Be Part of the Symposium Program!
The Committee are still welcoming submissions for the 2014 Symposium.

To secure your spot in the Industry Presentation stream in the program please refer to the submission guidelines or email me (Industry Presentation Stream Organiser) at patw@mosaicprojects.com.au for more information.

For those who wish to submit an Academic Paper and advance the knowledge associated with Project, Program and Portfolio (PPP) governance and control, refer to the Academic Paper Stream collection process.

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