Keynotes and program set for PMSA National Project Management Conference in Johannesburg during 17-19 September 2012

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will present its 2012 Biennial Conference at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg (Johannesburg), South Africa from 17 to 19 September 2012.  The theme of its 2012 Biennial Conference is “Next Generation Project Management”. This is a knowledge sharing, learning and networking opportunity for members of PMSA and others with an interest or investment in the project management environment in South Africa.

The body of knowledge supporting the professional practice of project management continues to evolve and 2012 sees the ‘refreshing’ of a number of new versions of tried and tested standards, as well as new standards supporting proven practices.

These are a response to new priorities born as much out of necessity as of innovation in an ever maturing profession.  Developments in technology are influencing how we manage projects, and the changing face of our multi-generation workforce is giving rise to a different kind of energy on project teams. People are becoming more mindful of their personal and professional responsibility to the planet, economic development and sustainability in all its forms.

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges and opportunity associated with financial crises, natural disasters, social and economic development, productive energy is being focused on doing things right first time and delivering tangible return on investments in projects. What we’re seeing is the next generation of project management and project managers.

These are exciting, changing times and project people have the choice to resist what is new and unknown, or to be an active role-player in what’s to come.  PMSA’s 2012 Biennial National Conference will explore Next Generation Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. It will look at the changing face of the technology, resources, practices, and principles enabling successful projects across the spectrum of industries.

Keynote speakers will include:

John Thorpe; Topic: Resourcing the Future

Founder and managing director of Arras People UK, John Thorpe, could be described as a maverick entrepreneur – if the service he needs doesn’t exist he will create a means of providing it.  Born and bred in Middleton, Manchester and staunch supporter of Manchester City FC, he came to his present position through the manufacturing industry, into the professional services sector for global blue chip organisations to where he is now.  “By 2001 I had reached a point in my career where I needed a new challenge to test myself. I decided to leave Hewlett-Packard, where I had had a fantastic period in my career, took a three month break and then set off on a new road with no product, no customers just a bag full of ideas and the determination to succeed, whatever that means!,” says John.   From amongst that bag of ideas emerged Arras Services, a company promoting project management professionalism in the UK.

Daniel Silke; Topic: Tracking the Future

Daniel Silke is an independent Political Analyst and professional keynote speaker, specialising in South African and International politics. He has a specialist interest in political parties and elections and is a renowned futurist, lecturing widely on issues surrounding globalization and the future of the world.  Daniel holds a Masters Degree in International Politics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He served six years in a publicly elected office between 1995 and 2001, having faced three elections. He served four years as a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa after being re-elected in 1999. He has held the Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Economic Affairs, which
includes the portfolios of Economic Development, Tourism, Agriculture and Transport. In addition, he served on the Committees of Finance, Health and Gambling and has been ‘Chief Whip’ for his political party.  He is also a former City Councillor in the City of Cape Town, having served on that city’s Economic Development Portfolio Committee.

Udechukwu Ojiako; Topic: The impact of national culture on the perception of project success and project failure

Udechukwu Ojiako is Associate Professor of Project Management, Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Construction Economics and Management at Wits University. The presentation seeks to examine how national culture influences  (i) perceptions of project success and failure over the project lifecycle and (ii) the importance project management practitioners assign to project success and failure factors. Data is gathered from 41 interviews and 815 questionnaire surveys of project managers from China, UK, US, Brazil, UAE, Nigeria and Thailand.

Udi holds a number of degrees including a PhD in Project Management from the University of Northumbria (United Kingdom) and MSc. degree in Construction Management from South Bank University (United Kingdom).  He has published several papers in the Project Management Journal and the International Journal of Project Management. He received a Project Management Institute Research Grant for his study into cultural imperatives in perception of project failure.

Lindsay Scott; Topic: Professional Development and Social Media for Project Managers

Lindsay co-founded Arras People in 2001 with John Thorpe following a career in project management and project office. Before joining, Lindsay worked within the Consulting Division of Hewlett-Packard, first as a Project Co-ordinator and latterly as the Project Office Manager for the UK. During this time, Lindsay had exposure to a variety of programmes and projects across numerous vertical markets including, e-commerce, retail, telecoms, public sector and defence. Having performed the role of an all-round project co-ordinator for a number of years, Lindsay became the Project Office Manager – defining and establishing the Project Office for the UK operations as well as providing guidance and support to the implementation of project office functions in the European regions.

Since starting Arras People, Lindsay has developed the programme office and project support recruitment services offering; building a successful team of knowledgeable practitioners in this niche recruitment area. Today Lindsay is responsible for the marketing of Arras People’s brand and services.  Lindsay is an active member of the project management community in the UK and is the careers column expert for PMI. She is also a regular contributor to PM journals and broadsheets on the UK project management marketplace. She is also the number one social influencer in project management through her active social media presence.

Peter Taylor; Topic: The Lazy Project Manager

Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in business. His background is in project management and marketing across three major business areas over the last 28 years and with the last 8 years building and leading PMOs. He is an accomplished communicator, a professional speaker, workshop trainer and PM/PMO consultant.  Peter is the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell’ (Infinite Ideas), as well as ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower).

More about the keynote speakers can be found at http://www.cvent.com/events/pmsa-national-conference-2012/custom-21-adf9a0dc4ccb4582bbdbf78c6cd1943a.aspx.

If you live in southern Africa, don’t miss this opportunity to attend a major international project management conference, and the chance to learn, network and advance your career.  If you are a project management professional anywhere in the world and have been waiting for the right time to visit South Africa, this is it.  Plan to attend the PMSA 2012 Project Management Symposium in Johannesburg in September.

For more information, visit the conference website at http://www.cvent.com/events/pmsa-national-conference-2012/event-summary-adf9a0dc4ccb4582bbdbf78c6cd1943a.aspx.

To download the conference brochure, go to http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/images/brochure.pdf.

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa.  PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. The association’s biennial National Conference is a notable event on the project management calendar, featuring invited local and international experts as keynote speakers as well as topic- and industry-specific presentations by academic researchers and industry thought leaders.  For more information, visit www.projectmanagement.org.za or contact [email protected].