Leading change and transformation through the PMO
When former US President Obama passed the Project Management Improvement and Accountability Act last December, it affirmed the professionalisation and value of project management within the US government. In Australia, the public sector is also recognising the need to improve project, program and portfolio management as a way to increase transparency, align budgets, manage risk and ensure benefits realisation across its numerous transformations and initiatives.
The 'Public Sector PMO Leadership' conference brings together the Australian Public Sector’s most influential leaders in program and portfolio management who will share their insights, expertise and case-studies to help you tackle your PMO’s biggest challenges.
This conference will focus on:
- Securing executive sponsorship & accountability to ensure success
- Boosting whole-of-organisation engagement
- Increasing talent management to lift team capability
- Developing an agile workplace culture to effectively act on change
- Improving benefits realisation to maximise project outcomes
- Linking project management practices with organisational purpose
Who will attend?
- Federal Departments & Agencies
- State Departments & Agencies
- Local Councils
- Local Health Districts
Who are Directors, Managers, Executives & Heads of:
- Project/Program/Portfolio Management Offices
- Enterprise PMOs
- ICT PMOs
- Capital/Business/Strategic Projects
- Project/Program/Portfolio Management & Delivery
- Project Planning, Governance & Performance
- Organisational Transformation & Change Management
Attend to learn:
Secure executive sponsorship & organisational engagement
Boost project team agility & capability
Improve benefits management, measurement & realisation
- Engage with case-studies, insights & advice from the Australian Public Sector’s leading project, program & portfolio leaders
- Lessons learnt from Telstra’s 2017 Year of the Sponsor
- Is there an alternative when you just can’t secure executive buy-in?
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Preparing for the ‘future PMO’ – how are things changing and how do we need to adapt?
- Improving relationship management & getting a seat at the executive table
Project Management Institute
Jordon Sims is the Strategic Advisor – Organization Relations, for the Project Management Institute. In his current role, Jordon is responsible for PMI’s relationships around the globe for both industry and government, in order to demonstrate to organizations the attainable value and positive business results via effective project, program, and portfolio management.
Jordon is responsible for PMI’s strategic engagement across the Americas (US, Canada, & Latin America) and Austral-Asia with corporations, federal agencies/ministries, and parliamentary/legislative bodies. Jordon leads the PMI Global Executive Council, an elite network of professionals from leading multinational corporations and government entities focused on projectized approaches to executing business strategy.
Prior to joining PMI, Jordon served over ten years as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the US Navy and held several unique positions as foreign liaison to the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense. He was selected as a Defense Legislative Fellow and served on the personal staff of a senior Member of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. In his capacity as defense advisor, Jordon handled a wide variety issues for both the State Department and Department of Defense budgeting,funding, and policy process.
Jordon’s variety of assignments also included work as Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (Naval Reactors) in a dual-hatted Department of Defense and Department of Energy role, where he was responsible for all aspects of governmental affairs for the US submarine and aircraft carrier programs. He has also provided global perspective as a contributor to the World Economic Forum regional business working groups for developing and evolving economies in the areas of long term investment planning and infrastructure development.
Jordon holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics from the US Naval Academy, and a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from Old Dominion University.
Reserve Bank of Australia
Gayan Benedict is the Deputy Head of IT at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). In this role he was responsible for the establishment of the Bank’s IT Portfolio Management Office (PMO) and Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) and led the integration of the PMO capability with the RBA’s project delivery, finance, risk, vendor management and enterprise architecture functions. Gayan is member of the Bank’s Technology Committee and is accountable for technology governance across the RBA. Prior to joining the RBA, Gayan led Westpac’s strategy and enterprise architecture functions. He has honours degrees in commerce (IT) and law from the University of Queensland. Outside of work, he is a keen photographer and has been able to marry his interest in technology and photography to release several mobile photography apps.
As Australia’s central bank, the RBA is responsible for conducting monetary policy, maintaining a strong financial system and an efficient payments system, and issuing the nation’s banknotes. The IT department’s core mission is to deliver a world-class technology function that contributes to the Bank’s policy and operational objectives. Over the last four years, the RBA’s technology project portfolio has tripled in size in order to meet the Bank’s policy agenda. In 2013, the Bank’s IT PMO was established with a vision of ‘delivering the right projects and programs, in the right way, with the right people, every time’.
Despite the exponential increase in the Bank’s IT portfolio, large Industry projects with externally-communicated milestones have been delivered on time (peaking at 100% in 2016 & 2017). As a result, the Bank’s IT PMO has faced numerous challenges in delivering projects on time, on budget, and with increased quality, in a context of tightening security and operational stability expectations. To achieve this, the PMO has integrated its governance and quality assurance processes across IT and broader Bank functions, introduced further reporting transparency to the Bank’s executive and shifted its focus to forward-looking analytics and reporting.
eHealth Queensland, Department of Health
In his current role at eHealth Qld, Bruce is responsible for the successful delivery of all of Queensland Health’s IT projects totalling nearly $500M with a staff of close to 500.
Prior to joining eHealth Qld in December 2016, Bruce was the Regional Head, Portfolio Management Asia Pacific the global French company LafargeHolcim and was based out of Manila, Philippines. Bruce established the portfolio management team and implemented demand and resource management processes servicing up to 10 countries with a 45,000 user-base. He was responsible for the complete shared services for Holcim’s Asia Pacific region incorporating all IT, project delivery and business projects including Finance, payroll, HR, CRM (Salesforce) and ERP (SAP) solutions. Prior to this he was the IT Portfolio and Projects Manager for Holcim Australia/New Zealand developing and implementing end-to-end portfolio and project management, tools, reporting and governance.
Prior to this Bruce has also held a variety of senior and executive program and portfolio management roles with Fujitsu, Department of Main Roads, QSuper, CUA and Aurizon. In the earlier part of his career Bruce has undertaken management consulting and program roles with DMR (now Fujitsu Australia) and NSW Health. He then moved to Suncorp where he held a number of senior roles in IT outsourcing, continuous improvement and procurement. Bruce has previously also had Queensland Health experience as the lead consultant for the establishment of the Information Directorate’s Delivery Office in 2005.
Healthshare NSW & AIPM
Brian is a highly experienced business development and program manager. Having led transformational change projects in several sectors across his career, he possesses both the business acumen and technical understanding to steer business-critical projects and initiatives. Over the past 15 years he has been specifically focussed on business assessment, building capable multi-disciplinary teams and delivering step-change infrastructure and processes for companies.
Brian is a business enabler who is uniquely positioned for roles as a Program Sponsor, Director or GM. In recent positions he has been responsible for forming strategic supply alliances, managing multinational teams and assets, and leading business culture initiatives particularly throughout M&A processes.
What People Are Saying
I feel more connected to PMO as a profession and have a broader network of like-minded professionals.Acting General Manager, NSW Health
This was an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the best in the business. It was also an opportunity to hear from those on the ground, operationalising and improving PMOs.Manager Program Coordination, Brisbane Catholic Education
This conference was excellent in allowing me to better understand the services and value of a PMO/PPMO proposition, and gave me a clearer picture of how it should fit into my public sector organisation.PMO Manager, University of Canterbury
A great conference to gather ideas and support for developing a PMO.Program Management Consultant - PMO, Australian Federal Police
This conference brought together the public sector’s brains trust on PMO leadership – a great place for learning what, and what not to do, in running a PMO.Program Leader, Business Projects & Knowledge Management, Blue Mountains City Council
Working in a challenging environment, which is still in its infancy in appreciating the benefits of project, program and portfolio management, it is great to listen to others who have, or still are, dealing with similar challenges and the outcomes of their work.Manager PMO, NSW Health
It is difficult for the PMO team to find meaningful training that can provide a more breadth and depth in PMO practices. My attendance to this conference has given me an alternative to training where I gained insight and learned strategies that I can bring to my agency.PMO Project Officer, Comcare
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Endorsers & Media Partners
Australian Institute of Project Management
The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is the premier, longest-serving body for project management in Australia. With over 10,000 members, we are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism.
AIPM is the second-largest member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), as well as the secretariat of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (apfpm), an organisation initiated by the AIPM in early 2010.