APM chairman highlights contribution to project controls on global scale

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Posted by APM on 21st May 2015

L to R Kym Henderson, Yvonne Butler (AIPM), Steve Wake (APM - UK) and Pat WeaverL to R: Kym Henderson (PGCS), Yvonne Butler (AIPM), Steve Wake (APM) and Pat Weaver (Mosaic Project Services)

APM chairman Steve Wake highlighted the contribution the award-winning association is making to project controls in the US and UK.

Steve addressed a global audience at the Project Governance and Controls Symposium 2015 in Australia as the international keynote speaker.

He covered initiatives by the UK Cabinet Office and also highlighted the challenges and direction of the profession within the UK and Europe. 

In addition to the two presentations Steve had meetings with Yvonne Butler, CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management; Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble who is program manager of the Joint Strike Fighter Australia program and chair of the Defence Materiel Organisation Project Management Council; and most significantly Roxanne Kelley who is lead for the implementation of the first principle review of defence.

Steve was pleased to see that there was plenty of interest in the changes taking place in the UK, most notably the new Ministry of Defence (MOD) bespoke trading entity, the Major Projects Authority and the Leadership Academy.

The significant work of APM was also discussed, notably the Earned Value Management Guidelines, exams and reciprocity agreement linking the association with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for earned value management (EVM). 

Making real use of the recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) APM is in talks with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) to look at ways to share the use of this integrated earned value product set in Australia. This will be of mutual benefit to all the above organisations as well as providing a clear bridge to the US.

Steve held similar talks in Washington with the Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) of the National Defence Industrial Association (NDIA) which links US Defence industry and Government. He reaffirmed the ANSI reciprocity agreement, while a NDIA representative is expected to continue discussions with various stakeholders at #eVa20 in June.

Whilst in Washington Steve met Gordon Kranz, Office of the Secretary of Defense, who is responsible for earned value management implementation across the Department of Defense (DoD). This includes EVM policy, competency, guidance, and compliance for the 150,000 strong DoD acquisition workforce. 

They both agreed to start a collaborative discussion.

The target outcome would be an international panel from each continent providing oversight and collaboration in this area underpinned by institutional support.

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