Thanks to everyone who came to our July PMiA session Monday!
Thanks to everyone who came to our first online May session on Monday!
It was good to be back up and running and to utilise an online platform to connect with one another.
You can go over the presentation slides here.
See you next time!
PMiA September – Young & Emerging Project Leaders Q&A – Ask The Panel
Have you got a burning question for young and emerging Project Leaders about their project experience? At the September meeting, our panel of local young Project Leaders will share their experience in working in projects in their own environments, what they have learned thus far about project leadership and how they are hoping to further develop those skills.
We have Four (4) panellists with diverse project and work backgrounds:
Samantha Caldwell – Production Manager, Albury Precision Engineering Pty Ltd. Sam manages the production side of APE and uses her project management skills to schedule work and manage human, machinery and materials resources for the business.
Angela Larkin – Economic Development Officer, Albury City. Angela undertakes administration, marketing and project management aspects of Albury’s participation in Evocities, Invest Albury Wodonga and other projects.
Daniel Kipping – Business Solutions Analyst, Wodonga TAFE. Supporting projects at the intersection of people and technology, Dan helps teams analyse, build, implement, and review processes so they can better serve their customers.
Jessica Amy – Improvement and Innovation Advisor, Albury Wodonga Health. Jess assists AWH’s projects in defining and documenting its business processes and seeking ways to continuously improve across the organisation.
To allow our panel to prepare, please email your questions to email@example.com.
Date: 30th September
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
How do you engage with stakeholders in complex projects in which you have a wide diversity of stakeholders and where each of them can be impacted in such different ways?
Come join us at PMiA in August when Ryan Hastie from Wodonga Council will share some of his experiences in dealing with complex projects and stakeholders in his work as Business Engagement Facilitator.
Ryan will explain some of the challenges he has had, his approach to meeting those challenges and the results of those outcomes in difficult situations.
Guest Speakers: Ryan Hastie
Ryan has been the Business Engagement Facilitator for Wodonga Council for two years, assisting the Council during significant commercial development and infrastructure works to revitalise the Central Business Area. This work has included new retail precincts, reconstruction of existing roads, creation of new roads and works to improve pedestrianisation.
Prior to his current role, Ryan worked at RSM as an Accountant/Advisor. Ryan has a distinguished background of working with a range of different stakeholders in a variety of industries and has brought those developed skills to his job at Wodonga Council with great success.
Ryan is an experienced business advisor with a demonstrated history of working with SMEs. Skilled in business improvement using strategic planning, sales, direct marketing & financial reporting analysis.
|Date:||August 26th, 2019|
|Time:||12:30pm – 1:30pm|
|Venue:||ChamberHub – Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce|
Thanks to everyone who attended the June PMiA Meeting to hear Mark Sicé from Albury Wodonga Health talk about Communication Channels and Techniques.
Below is an information slider that was presented on the day.
YOU WANTED WHAT?
Defining what you client or your business requires increases the chances of the solution delivering what is really needed.
How do you ensure you deliver all your client’s requirements? Not just the product or service, but the complete solution.
Not just the what, but the who, when where and how. By capturing all their requirements.
- Your accounting/finance system isn’t meeting your needs and you need to change it.; or
- You need a better system to manage your customers; or
- You need to purchase a new phone system; or
- You want to deliver a new product or service to your clients.
- How do you ensure the solution delivers all you require?
Capturing all your (and your stakeholders) requirements is key. But how do you do this effectively?
During this session, we will explore tools and techniques you can use to:
- Specify and document business requirements for your next major purchase.
- Help your clients define what they really need from your business.
You can only get the solution your business needs if you are clear on your requirements.
You can only truly deliver your clients’ needs when you understand what they require.
Guest Speakers: Steve & Susan Owens
Steve and Susan have been working on major IT, business change and business transformation projects for… well, way too long. In 2015, they moved to Albury from Sydney and started E2E The Change Agency. They work with local organisations managing various business initiatives.
Steve is an Agile Scrum Master. He brings Agile tools and techniques to specifying business requirements. He has been Project Director and Project Manager for major business projects across a variety of business types.
Susan has a MBA, Organisational Change Management and Project Management qualifications. She works with project teams, IT teams, production staff, customers and vendors to achieve alignment for project success. On many projects, Susan has managed the business / vendors relationships, ensuring the vendor delivers what the business requires.
|Date:||July 29th 2019|
|Time:||12:30pm – 1:30pm|
Communication Channels and Techniques
Ready, Fire, Aim…let’s discuss our favourite topic, “Project Communications” – the art and science of getting a variety of messages across to different groups of people in differing formats.
In the modern workplace of managing multiple projects, matrixed resources and information overload, an information diet of clear and consistent communications is needed to ensure the stakeholders are on the same page and accountable.
I am sure you would agree well over half the PM’s job is comms related. I would venture to say at least 70 percent of it, while the remaining 30 would be subject knowledge, processes and tools.
In this session, we will discuss the need for solid communications, What to communicate, When to communicate and How. Most importantly, how to gauge success and improve.
Remember, communication excellence is obtained and maintained by the practice.
Guest Speaker: Mark Sicé
Mark has been involved within the ICT industry for over 27 years, having started his career as a Telco technician, progressing into data communications and computer networking involving voice, data and security technologies. Being people focused, Mark grew into technical pre-sales, business development and eventually line management of system support staff, software developers and testing teams.
Recently, Mark has been focused on project delivery initiatives and has held positions as Project, PMO and Portfolio Manager. To back up, the practical experience, Mark has the following qualifications, ScrumMaster, Prince2 Practitioner, Managing Successful Programs Foundation and a graduate certificate in Project Management.
To escape the ever-increasing traffic in Melbourne, Mark moved to Albury/Wodonga, spending two good years working for Charles Sturt University as a Senior Project Manager. Mark has recently joined the dynamic project team at Albury Wodonga Health and is looking to connect with peers in the area to further develop and improve Project related outcomes for Businesses.
Choosing the Right Projects
All organisations should have a long term plan. Where do you want the organisation to be in 3 years’ time?
As we all know, managing projects is hard and risky work. If you are going to do projects, you had better make sure that they move you closer to where you want to be at the end of your plan, to justify the effort.
No matter how small or large your organisation, resources are limited. It is critical to use those resources only on projects that align with your strategy.
How are you going? Are you choosing your projects or are they choosing you?
Come along as we discuss some simple processes, tools and techniques to ensure that you maximise the alignment of the projects that you undertake.
Mark Guiney has over 25 years of industry experience including executive roles as a National Manager in Network operations and HR consultant on a major outsourcing in Telstra. He has established and managed Business Operations groups for Swinburne University of Technology and VETtrak and undertaken Business Development roles for Training organisations in both the Public and Private Sectors.
He has always enjoyed Project management and as a Program/Project manager has successfully delivered projects ranging from smaller technology solutions through to large building, system, outsourcing and organisational change programs.
Mark has also managed his own company Consulting in PM methodology, development of PM learning content (physical and online) and delivery of hundreds of training workshops in Project management and Business Leadership and innovation.
Mark holds a Master Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has a particular interest in the development of processes to identify, nurture and implement innovative, business concepts.
Mark currently works in Albury as the Tafe Services Manager for the Border region of NSW TAFE which includes Corowa, Finley and Deniliquin.