INTERNATIONAL  ROUNDTABLE  SERIES  2022-23

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Data Analytics for Informed Decision Making in Complex Projects

Data Analytics for Informed Decision Making in Complex Projects

The International Roundtable Series brings together senior practitioners and leading academics from around the world to explore the identified theme and harness their collective wisdom to produce new insights and practical steps that organisations can take to improve complex project success.

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Data Analytics for Informed Decision Making in Complex Projects

Data Analytics for Informed Decision Making in Complex Projects

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Projects and programs are becoming increasingly complex and are operating in complex settings which require sensemaking from a wide range of data points.

In a technical sense, data are a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables about one or more persons or objects.

In general, data are atoms of decision making; they are the smallest units of information that can be used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation. Data can range from abstract ideas to concrete measurements, even statistics. Data are measured, collected, reported, analysed, and used to create data visualisations such as graphs, tables or images. Data as a general concept refers to the fact that information or knowledge is represented or coded in some form suitable for better usage or processing.

Analytics is the process of discovering, interpreting, and communicating significant patterns in data. Put simply, analytics helps us see insights and meaningful data that we might not otherwise detect.

Consequently, project data analytics, at its simplest, is the use of past and current project data to enable effective decisions on project delivery.

The topic of ‘analytics’ as defined above can also be linked to and /or associated with the concept of ‘sensemaking’ in complex social systems. Similarly, it may also be associated with the notion of emergence which is a property of systems. In the context of framing projects as complex adaptive human activity systems, sensemaking is about the observation and interpretation of patterns from feedback loops in the system. The ability to understand data, both hard and soft (quantitative and qualitative), is an important enabler for decision making in complex projects. Initially, interest in project data analytics typically focused on descriptive analytics to present project data such as budget, schedule, risk etc. in the most effective format, therefore making information accessible in real-time and for ease of monitoring and reporting. More recently, interest has expanded to include predictive analytics using past data to predict future project performance.

At a meeting of the ICCPM Corporate and Academic Partners held on the 17th of March 2022, the idea of data analytics for decision making in complex projects was discussed. It was agreed that exploration into this area would make a valuable contribution to the project management profession, particularly as a follow on from the previous Roundtable report on Harnessing Emergence in Complex Projects: Rethinking Risk, Opportunity and Resilience. In this sense, and with the framing of projects as complex adaptive human activity systems, the remit of our investigation into ‘data’ and ‘analytics’ for decision making, includes both quantitative and qualitative aspects, and the entanglement of the human experience as part of our relationship with machines.

The central questions include:

  1. Can / how can a network of intelligent human agents (human activity systems i.e., projects) and artificially intelligent agents be integrated in a way that would improve complex project delivery?
  2. Can / how can predictive analytics using past data and possibly current data in the form of ‘signals’ be used in the present and to predict future performance in complex projects?
  3. Can / how can machine learning be used to navigate project complexity?

The International Roundtable Series is a 2-year effort. The first 6 months includes working with ICCPM Corporate and Academic Partners to select the series theme, identify the Series Partner and the Anchor Sponsor, identify additional sponsors, plan the schedule of events and arrange the logistics.

Roundtable workshops will be held within the 2022-23 calendar year in the following proposed locations. The analysis and report writing will be undertaken by ICCPM and the Series Partner with the final report to be released in 2023.

Roundtable workshops are full-day discussions facilitated by ICCPM. Workshops bring together senior project professionals and academics from across sectors to explore the theme using focus questions. A keynote speaker will kick-off each event followed by the Roundtable discussions. Key insights are recorded but contributions will not be publicly identified to encourage frank contributions.

Please refer to the table below for the workshop schedule:

This thought leadership initiative aims to exchange experiences and uncover human insights not captured via data collection or observation alone. Organisations that have participated in previous Roundtable Workshops include but are not limited to:

  • Raytheon
  • Fujitsu
  • Lendlease
  • Telfer School of Management
  • Thales
  • NSW Department of Justice
  • CSIRO
  • BAE Systems
  • Aspen Medical
  • Dept Home Security US
  • Oxford University
  • Brisbane Airport
  • KPMG
  • Monash University
  • National Audit Office UK
  • Queensland Health
  • QUT
  • Lockheed Martin
  • DXC Technologies
  • Telstra
  • Qantas
  • Airservices Australia
  • Serco
  • Deloitte
  • UK Dept of Environment
  • Leidos Australia
  • IBM
  • Boeing Defence
  • Australian Dept of Defence
  • National Australia Bank
  • Jacobs
  • Westpac
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Sydney Water

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ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOP

Roundtable workshops are full-day discussions facilitated by ICCPM. Workshops bring together senior project professionals and academics from across sectors to explore the theme using focus questions. A keynote speaker will kick-off each event followed by the Roundtable discussions. Key insights are recorded but contributions will not be publicly identified to encourage frank contributions. Roundtable Workshops are subject to the ICCPM Roundtable Terms and Conditions.

To view the timetable, please refer to the workshop format.

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  • Sydney (In-person event) – 14 OCT 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm AEDT
    • Venue: Conference Room 2, Level 9, Peter Shergold Building,
      169 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
    • Registrations close: 13 OCT 2022 at 12:00pm AEDT

Trusted Information for Good Decision-Making in Complex Projects

This Keynote will cover:
– What is trusted information?
– Why trusted data and information is vital for good decision-making?
– The dynamics and integration of data, information, technology and people in complex projects
– The role of data governance and information governance in achieving projects goals

Susan Bennett, InfoGovANZ Founder and Executive Director

About the Speaker

Susan Bennett is Principal of Sibenco Legal & Advisory and Founder and Executive Director of InfoGovANZ. Recognised for her global thought leadership in information governance, Susan helps organisations strategically govern and manage their data and information with strategies and solutions that maximise value and minimise risk. Susan brings deep commercial and litigation expertise together with strategic insights to work with cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams on digital transformation projects.

Susan’s focus on driving best practice holistic governance solutions aligning data, information, privacy and records with technology and regulatory compliance to achieve organisational goals, led her to found InfoGovANZ in 2016. The mission of InfoGovANZ is to break down the information silos among professionals to enable more connected thinking and innovation for information governance best practice and help drive more holistic solutions linked to global best practice, particularly for data, privacy and cybersecurity.

Susan is a regular speaker at Australian and international conferences and holds a Master of Laws (Syd), a Master of Business Administration (AGSM), and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP/E). She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney, Law School and is undertaking a PhD on Privacy and Data Protection: the role of meta-regulation and information governance. Susan is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA) and a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Melbourne (In-person event) – 27 OCT 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm AEDT
    • Venue: KPMG Melbourne Office, 727 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008
    • Registrations close: 26 OCT 2022 at 12:00pm AEDT

Analysis of Lessons Learnt on Complex Projects

Eric Louw, Aurecon Managing Principal, Data and Analytics

About the Speaker

Eric Louw is the Managing Principal of Aurecon’s Data & Analytics team, which provides analytics, data engineering and machine learning services to clients. He has 30 years of experience in consulting and industry, focused on business strategy, digital transformation and analytics.

Earlier in his career, Eric was Director of Strategy and Planning for the Business division and played a lead role in establishing Telstra Ventures and Telstra Health. Recent experience includes leading a digital transformation program for a large government agency and developing a global mining company’s technology strategy. Eric has taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne, and has co-authored three business books. He has a BSc Honours and MBA.

  • Brisbane (In-person event) – 02 NOV 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm AEST
    • Venue: QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
    • Registrations close: 31 OCT 2022 at 2:00pm AEST (3:00pm AEDT)
  • Online – 29 NOV 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm – Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne (AEDT)
    • from 8:00am to 9:30am Paris (CET) | 8:00am to 9:30am Berlin (CET) | 7:00am to 8:30am London (GMT)
    • Venue: Online
    • Registrations close: 29 NOV 2022 at 3:00pm AEDT
  • Online – 06 DEC 2022 from 8:00am to 9:30am – Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne (AEDT)
    • from 4:00pm to 5:30pm New York (EST) | 4:00pm to 5:30pm Toronto (EST) | 3:00pm to 4:30pm Houston (CST)
    • Venue: Online
    • Registrations close: 05 DEC 2022 at 3:00pm AEDT

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  • Canberra (In-person event) – 18 AUG 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm AEST
    • Venue: QUT Canberra Executive Education Centre, 2 King St, Deakin ACT 2600
    • Registrations close: 17 AUG 2022 at 2:00pm AEST

About the Keynote

Organisations and communities that embrace the new ways of working brought about by technological and societal changes will become more prosperous, resilient and sustainable. While the introduction of new technology creates fear, uncertainty and doubt, if managed well it can produce a net benefit to society. In this context, “‘sensemaking’ in complex social systems” requires a belief that technology destroys jobs and not work. While there is no substitute (yet) for creativity and inspiration, shaping the future of work for ourselves and those that follow requires new ways of relating to technology and data.

Already Millenials and Generation Z (aka zoomers) are having to grapple with a range of ‘wicked problems’ or global challenges involving informed decision making in complex environments. Engaging with and teaching people how to make sense of this environment is as – if not more – important than the technological changes. This ability to make sense of an ever more complex environment could mean the difference between prospering and the dystopian view put forward by many as the inevitable outcome of this change.

John Lawrance, Team Downer MSP Director Reform & Capability

About the Speaker

John derives his energy from building, turning around and improving organisations. He is an experienced executive with 20 years international Financial Services experience and eight years consulting and contracting to Government, including Defence. Areas of expertise include delivering large complex change / transformation initiatives, risk management, developing and leading high-performing teams and governance. He seeks outcomes that are win / win / win for staff, clients and organisations based on sound decision making using the best available data and analysis.

  • Adelaide (In-person event) – 14 SEP 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm ACST
    • Venue: Raytheon Australia, 1-11 Technology Drive, Mawson Lakes SA 5095
    • Registrations close: 12 SEP 2022 at 11:30am ACST (12:00pm AEST)

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr Ehsan Abbasnejad,  Director of Human-centred Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML)

Ehsan Abbasnejad is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Human-Centred Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, University of Adelaide. He is also a Future Making Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His focus is machine learning and computer vision. He was awarded a PhD in 2017 from the Australian National University (ANU) where he worked on Decision Theory, Probabilistic and Bayesian Methods. He has been collaborating closely with various industries, including defense, agriculture, energy and sport on multiple high-profile research projects. He has also been a key member of teams that won multiple global competitions in vision, mining, and manufacturing. He has the experience of working at leading industrial research institutions such as Microsoft Research, Xerox and NEC.

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The general benefits of supporting the 2022-23 International Roundtable Series include:

  • Identify your organisation as one committed to improved project performance
  • Position your organisation to deliver complex projects
  • Be recognised as supporting the development of a skilled and connected complex project workforce
  • Support knowledge sharing across sectors and stakeholders
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