Project Leadership: the game changer in large scale complex projects

Thursday 13 June 2019
Canberra Launch
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Tuesday 18 June 2019
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What was involved?

ICCPM jointly with it’s series partner and event sponsors held various Roundtable discussions on the theme around Australia and Internationally.  The workshop events brought together many senior project leaders to address challenges and opportunities surrounding leadership for Government, Industry and SME’s, across different sectors to help enable greater project success.  The discussions at the events have formed the foundations of the final White Paper publication, which aims to bring together valuable insights related to the issues surrounding leadership in large scale complex projects.

What Next

Using the findings from the international roundtable discussions, ICCPM will be using the valuable feedback as the foundation for future leadership courses, workshops, and as a key consideration toward the review of the Complex Project Manager Competency Standards currently underway.

Who is the Leader?

In Kaye Remington’s publication “Leading Complex Projects” she writes:

“When this book was still a germ of an idea, Jonathan Norman, from Gower Publishing, posed an important question about leadership of complex projects. He asked: ‘Who is the leader?”

The answer to that question, strongly supported by the results from our research, is that in a complex project or programme there is rarely one leader. A complex project or programme is a multi-level endeavour involving numerous different groups and individuals, a kind of macro-team activity. Although certain individuals might be required to take overt leadership roles at critical times, the command-control notion of a single leader stems from a simpler world view. The many levels of leadership in a complex programme or project must somehow coalesce – individuals, teams, organisations and environment. Highly networked groups interact, each group having a small but significant impact on the overall carriage of the project.”

Remington, K (2011) Leading Complex Projects, Gower Publishing, Surry, England

Background

In our 2016 Roundtable Series we looked specifically at “Contracting for Success in Complex Projects”.  For our 2018 Series we look to build on the successful outcomes from that series, specifically focusing on the most vexing issue;  What does Leadership for Success in Complex Projects mean?  We have partnered with the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at The University of Sydney to investigate this critical topic. The John Grill Centre has significant expertise and experience in the area of project leadership through their applied research and leadership development programs targeting Boards, executives and project directors/managers. They have worked with organisations across multiple sectors of the economy to uplift their ability to lead, sponsor and govern projects and have demonstrated strong contributions to project success through these initiatives.

Register for the Major Publication Launch [Canberra]
Register for the Series Partner Event [Sydney]

Project Leadership: the game changer in large scale complex projects

Additional Reading:

2018 Roundtable Series:
Project Leadership: the game changer in large scale complex projects (Backgrounder)

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2016 Roundtable Report:
Contracting for Success in Large Scale Complex Projects

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Complex Project Management :
Global Perspectives and the Strategic Agenda to 2025

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With thanks to our sponsors:

SERIES PARTNER

SERIES SPONSOR

Event Sponsors / Hosts

KPMG
– Melbourne, Australia –

Bright Consulting
– Canberra, Melbourne & Brisbane, Australia –

Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership
– Ottawa, Canada –

Queensland University of Technology
– Brisbane & Canberra, Australia –

Supporting Sponsors

Raytheon Canada Limited
– Ottawa, Canada –

Irving Shipbuilding
– Ottawa, Canada –

Association for Project Management
– Windsor, UK –

Association for Project Management
– Windsor, UK –

Endorsed Media Sponsor

Major Projects Association
– Windsor, UK –