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Day 1 – Thursday, 2 November 2017






: Master of Ceremonies
Welcome and opening, Arnold Okkenburg, President: PMSA WC Branch



Speaker: Adriana Marais, Mars1 Candidate and SAP Head of Innovation

Topic: Watch this space! Expanding our imaginations and our world

When the allure of the unknown outweighs the comfort of the known, humans can exceed their potential. This inspiring presentation challenges how we see the world and role in it. Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa and aspiring extraterrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. In her presentation she talks about her research in quantum biology and the origins of life, the technology required to sustain terrestrial life on Mars and the various projects aiming to send crewed missions there. She describes how the establishment, and potential discovery of evidence of, life on Mars, would be one of the most profound
possible contributions of science to humanity.


Panel Discussion:
Overview and facilitation by Guy Jelley

Theme: Project Management’s contribution to enhanced business competitiveness.
In a challenging economy business practices that contribute to efficiency and successful implementation of corporate strategy are the difference between success and failure, what enhances competitiveness and makes a company a desirable employer. A panel of business leaders reflect how project management contributed to turnaround strategies and global competitiveness in key industries in South Africa.




Guy Jelley, CEO, Project Portfolio Office

Topic:Real Project Status Reporting that People will Read

Guy Jelley has worked with over 200 project organisations in the last 15 years, provides real life examples and experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly of Project Team and SteerCom reporting. Project managers spend too much time producing reporting that is never read and adds little value. This case study will provide examples and templates of status reporting that generate interest and engagement from project offices, owners and sponsors. We will discuss why some of the existing reporting is not getting our project communities attention. We’ll explore some of the more innovative and disruptive ways in which project managers are communicating project status to their stakeholders.


Louise Worsley, Project, Portfolio & Programme consultant, visiting lecturer at UCT and author of Stakeholder-led project management: Changing the way we manage projects

Topic:  MOOCs, Online Learning and Social Networks changing the way Project Managers Learn

“The classic model of education—a burst at the start and top-ups through company training—is breaking down.” (Economist, January 2017). Today there is a need to constantly update ourselves. The concept of life-long learning as a philosophy and approach encourages students to continue to learn and develop skills which remain relevant now and into the future. The education market is in the midst of massive change with more and more innovation to enable workers to learn and earn at the same time. The sources of learning are bewilderingly large. This presentation provides an overview of the options and provides guidance on how to create your own ‘personal learning space’.
rom this presentation, delegates will take away:
1. An understanding of the wide variety of sources of PM learning are available
2. The benefits and problems associated with the different forms of learning
3. What a personal learning plan might look like







Session chair: Ken Cason

Session chair: Ian Boggon


Diane Norton, Consultant in Program Management and Organisational Change  

Topic: A practical exploration of leading projects and programmes while working with humans.
Formal project management training although including stakeholder management and team management,   has not necessarily  got to the depth of insights and thinking in various old and new fields out there… This talk will be an introductory discussion with some practical exercises to explore: What has; Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Neuroleadership, EQ, NLP  and the use of coaching and deep listening skills,  got to do with Project Management. 

You will be able to take away with you:
  • Some new insights and considerations about managing yourself and others in the project environment
  • Techniques to use that can enhance your and your team’s performance and effectiveness.

Omar Hassan & Jan Peyper
Topic: Project and Program assurance
This presentation is fact and experience based, covering:

  • A definition of programme and project assurance
  • The importance of programme and project assurance
  • Role profile of a project and a programme assurance specialist
  • Key programme and project controls
  • Comparison of Agile controls different to traditional waterfall controls
  • Assurance methodology
  • Examples of control weaknesses identified and remediation


Linky van der Merwe, PMP, Founder of Virtual Project Consulting
Topic: How to improve project collaboration by integrating social media communications into the project management practice.

This presentation looks at h
ow to improve project collaboration by integrating social media communications into the project management practice:

  • To help PMO’s and project management professionals to improve project collaboration:
    By identifying social tools that can be integrated with the standard PM practices followed at their companies
  • How to compile a simple communications framework that incorporates the social collaboration tools
  • By understanding the benefits from social tools, the recommended best practices and challenges to expect
  • By sharing case studies from real-world examples of successful social tool integrations

Martin Smit, Eskom Project Management Office, PM Specialist/Consultant/Advisor

Topic: Development of a portfolio management model for implementing organisational strategies

Research shows that organisations struggle to bridge the gap between strategy formulation and its day-by-day implementation. These studies also show that organisations are not effectively implementing and applying project portfolio management best practices to achieve strategic results. Understanding the value of portfolio management, implementing and applying best practices are vital to successfully execute business strategies and strategic objectives.

The presentation will discuss a portfolio management model to implement and embed portfolio management best practices in an organisation. The model clarifies the key inputs and the interactions between: strategic management and business planning; portfolio management; project and programme management; operations; and it also shows how these functions contribute towards a sustainable business.










Facilitator: Dieter Jansen, John Maxwell Certified Executive Coach

Topic: Leadership by Design: Leadership strengths and principles from a PM and team member perspective.

Leadership has been a buzzword for many years, and while most would agree that this is important, it seems to remain an intangible and broad concept.  A common assumption is that people are either born leaders or not.
In this workshop, participants are invited to bring with them a curiosity to learn and experiment, and a few of their own current PM challenges.  As the workshop evolves, participants interact to bring some basic leadership principles to bear on those challenges, resulting in practical, immediately implementable action plans.
Participants will realize that leadership is less about how to direct others, but how to design our own selves in order to influence outcomes, both as leaders and team members.  And since we are in control of all the resources we require to become great leaders, it is within the reach of everybody who is willing to practice leadership by design.
 Participants will come away with:
  • A clear understanding of what leadership is
  •  A clear understanding of the impact they can have as leaders
  •  A view of what people expect in great leaders
  • A next step on an exciting journey of making leadership a career and lifestyle
No significant progress has ever been made without somebody leading that change.  Why should it not be you?



Facilitator: Dillon Weyer, IQBusiness

Topic: Introducing the concepts and principles of Lean Change facilitating a practical workshop for attendees to experience the model in action.

What attendees will gain from this workshop:

  •  Understand how to apply Agile and Lean techniques to Change Management
  • How to use Agile techniques within your existing Change Management framework
  •  How to reframe resistance to change to respond to change
  •  How to modernise your change management practices
  •  Combine ideas from Lean Startup, Agile, OD and CM to develop your own contextual change framework
  •  Alternatives to ROI and project management thinking
  •  How to use light-weight planning and measurement tools such as Change Canvases, OKRs, Perspective Mapping and more.


Snacks, Wine Tasting and Networking


Day 2 – Friday, 3 November 2017







Lean Coffee Session:
Facilitated by Roger Norton, PlayLogix and co-founder of the Lean Iterator 

Topic: Digitisation and Innovation

Delegates will engage in some structured interaction and discussion with topics related to the overall theme but driven by the imperatives identified and voted for by small groups of delegates. 


Panel Discussion:
Facilitation by Roger Norton, PlayLogix and co-founder of the Lean Iterator

Theme: How the role of the PM is shifting and being applied in more entrepreneurial environments.
This discussion will look at the blend between PM and scrum master, blended methodologies and how implementation often looks different to the theory. With input from an objective panel, we will examine how these overlapping roles are evolving and growing in importance to business.

Panelists include:

  •  Annu Augustine, Founder at NedRock Management Consulting
  • Lorraine Steyn, CEO at Khanyisa Real Systems
  • Anita Pyke, Product Development and Management at Sharp Company
Yeliz Turunç, responsible for Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management solutions throughout Middle East and Africa
Topic: A Vision of the Modern Workplace. 
This presentation considers the disruption that comes with the technology we use to achieve our projects and collaborate effectively, and explores the impact that the digital transformation era we are currently in has on the role of the Project and Portfolio Manager.

 10:00-10:30  Refreshments


Speaker: Dirk le Roux, Chief Information Officer, Mediclinic International

Topic: Deciphering the code for an optimal relationship between project sponsors and project managers.
The C-suite seeks meaningful information and as a result the relationship between Sponsors and Project Managers is changing. No longer is the offloading of information and expectation that sponsors will make sense of it acceptable. Instead, the sponsor depends on the PM for progress reporting and raising issues that could put the successful completion of the project at risk. With this in mind, the presenter speaks from the role of sponsor and identifies the new expectations that create a win-win environment for the PM and project governance.


Speaker: Micheal Reynders, Head: EPMO at Mediclinic

Topic: Establishing an EPMO: How to integrate change management and benefits management in a delivery model that has a bigger business benefit than delivering successful projects.
Successful delivery and adoption requires change management but often there is reluctance to allocate budget to this. This presentation explores the end to end concept of it and as a next step in maturity at MediClinic.


Speaker: Dalene Grobler.

Topic: Setting up a programme for success – a view from the Programme Management Office

Programmes don’t go wrong, they start wrong. Numerous studies have been conducted on the overwhelming failure rate of programmes. What is evident is that it is essential to get the basic success factors in place right from the start.  Due to the complexity and scope of programmes, it further requires sufficient control. And this can only be effected with the support of a central “nerve centre”: the Programme Office
During this session, the speaker will highlight and discuss the deceptively simple, but often neglected, differences between projects and programmes as well as the key elements of success as seen through the eyes of the Programme Office.


Guy Eastoe, CEO of SnapTech
Topic: PMs vs Change Managers
Convergence of these once disparate disciplines, as an increasing number of projects involve organisational transformation and responsive change.







Session chair: Arnold Okkenburg

Session chair: Diane Norton


Speaker: Riette Symmonds
Project Management Capabilities beyond Methodologies

There are few professions that have got their methodology so well described and artefacts so detailed as Project Management.  Yet, only a small percentage of projects are really successful as measured against initial objectives and budget.  There is an increasing number of academics that argue that having a well-defined methodology and appropriately qualified PM competency do not guarantee successful project delivery.  This study explores the capabilities needed from the project manager and concludes that the gap might lie in the personal development of each project manager; in his application of personal practical wisdom.  The presentation provides models that suggest a possible direction for exploration.

Speaker: Deirdre Loubser

An educational paradigm shift from designing a one experience (Traditional Project Management: PMBoK) for all, to many experiences for an agile business environment

Although there is no consensus on what constitutes “best practice” project management methodologies, dictionaries refer to it as “recognised” and “proven” results over time. A PMI White Paper cited that organisations should become more mature in the implementation of project management practices and should combine it with formal program management practices to deliver new capabilities through projects to be able to adapt to the market dynamics. 
This purpose of this presentation is to explore real business needs in terms of educating project practitioners in the project management discipline.  This will identify and aid to construct a roadmap of best project management competencies suited for current and future use by business.




Presenters: Tina Hiller & Lizette Gericke
Next Level Consulting)

Topic: The value of EQ in Project Management








Sundowners with hot and cold canapes

*Kindly note this draft programme is a work in progress and subject to change.
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