26 Oct 2017

AIPM's Innovative National Conference

Conference, Events, PMAA

AIPM's Innovative National Conference

The Australian Institute of Project Management has delivered a stunning National Conference in Melbourne, with emerging stars of the innovation space shining bright amongst Australia’s leading project professionals.

Almost 600 delegates were treated to two and a half days of presentations, workshops, keynote speakers and social events at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, which was set to the theme of “I3 – Innovate, Influence & Implement”.

The conference was set on its way with a huge first morning featuring Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd) discussing the “ultimate disaster project” in the recovery of MH17 and the search for MH370 which he led. He was followed immediately by International Speaker and Author Cyriel Kortleven from Belgium who had delegates re-thinking the way they engage with staff and clients in his presentation “Great Leaders Improvise” all before morning tea.

Digital disruption and transformation, working with millennials, the future of project management and the Fourth Industrial Revolution were some of the topics covered by keynote speakers which included Atlassian’s Head of R&D Dom Price, Microsoft’s Global Program Management Office Head Maurice Magnier, GHD Advisory’s Global Digital Leader Kumar R Parakala and the CEO of Emergent Holly Ransom.

The event was professionally MC’d by ABC and BBC journalist Ali Moore, who brought her world-class hosting skills to the event and ensured the delegates were enlightened and speakers grilled throughout the keynote sessions.

Outside of the keynote speakers, delegates moved swiftly through the venue to hear from a robust program of concurrent session speakers who focused their industry and academic presentations on the key themes of the conference, which were:

•    Innovate – the catch cry of the 21st century. Innovation has been lauded over the past decade as being an essential element to organisational success. With focus on both evolutionary and revolutionary innovations, what are the drivers that will initiate transformation in our PM environment?

•    Influence – is only achieved by those who possess critical leadership skills. Does the success or failure of a project largely rely on the ability of the PM to create a cohesive team; and empower that team to identify and design innovative solutions for the project deliverables?

•    Implement – the crux of PM, delivering the plan. Will identifying the appropriate tools and methodologies provide the most efficient pathways to the successful delivery of the project?

It wasn’t just the speakers who entertained those in attendance, the exhibition area was also a popular space for delegates to meet and network as some of our event partners provided highly engaging presentations and give-aways. The AIPM would like to thank our event partners and supporters, including Microsoft, Monash University, Malmac Data Bank, Pledge Consulting, GS1 Australia and PM Web. Exhibitors included Adair Leadership Australia, Axelos, Easy A, EPM Partners, the International Centre for Complex Project Management, ILX Group, Microsoft, Monash University, On Song Group, RedBay, Risk Decisions, Palisade, the University of Sydney and UNSW Canberra.

Alongside the mornings and afternoons of project management chat, there was a social program which was not for the faint of heart. The Welcome Drinks were a popular event, held at the Meat Market and Bohemian Wine Bar at South Wharf, but the highlight was the Australian project management industry’s night of nights, the National Project Management Achievement Awards Gala Dinner which was this year hosted by Libby Gore. The night culminated in the awarding of the National Project of the year, and you can see a list of all the award winners here.

The conference closed with the announcement that the 2018 AIPM National Conference will be hosted at the iconic Hyatt Regency on Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Stay tuned to www.aipm.com.au for more information on how you can make the most of the early bird registration when it becomes available.