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In 2014 PMSA introduced its professional designations. This new chapter in PMSA's history creates the opportunity to further establish the organisation's relevance to the PM landscape in South Africa.

A manifestation of this relevance is PMSA's contribution to the local body of knowledge for project, programme and portfolio management, particularly at a level that will address the professional development needs of designation-holders.

With this in mind, we have introduced 'The Knowledge Series', a series of events being held around the country, featuring selected experts presenting on trends relevant to our audience. Through the Knowledge Series, we will package these themes around three elements, namely: Research; Practice; and Methodology (RPM). 


Date Event title Presenter Downloadable presentation
4th April 2014 IT Project Management Success
Prof. Carl Marnewick

Take an information technology project audit 

Tony Christodoulou
Why IT projects are a different breed of change 

Lynette van Reenen
Sharpening the pencil on project management 
9th May 2014 Project Management in Africa PD Rwelamila Project management trilogy challenges in Africa - Where to from here? 

Nissi Ekpott
Doing business in Africa - Business Culture 

Sudesh Pursad
Executing successful projects in Africa 
11th July 2014 Understanding the Value of the PMO
Taryn van Olden

What research tells us about the value of the PMO 

Avonisha Parsotham

PMO continuous improvement lessons learnt 

John Karageorgiou

Project prioritisation - Alignment to business drivers 
16th September 2014  Applied Project Governance

Prof Carl Marnewick

Applied governance of projects

Elize van Straten

Project governance in practice

Guy Jelley

Implementing project governance
 26th June 2015 Front-end Planning Mike Murray

Presentation: CII Front-end planning

CII South Africa Launch May 21 SPM R1

Managing the Front End - Front End Planning

Critical Activities in the Front-End Planning Process

Development of the Project Definition Rating Index - Thesis - Bingham

Front End Planning - Thesis - Bosfield

Prioritising Project Scope Definition Elements

A Risk Management Approach to a Successful Infrastructure Project

14th August 2015  Women in Project Management - Moving South Africa Forward  Taryn van Olden

A Celebration of Women in Project Management

 Rethabile Thaba 

Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings

 Yvonne Moela

My Journey as a Woman in Project Management

28th August 2015 Programme Management for Owner Teams Jurie Steyn, Freek van Heerden & Davida van der Walt
Programme Management for Owner Teams (Presentation)
A model for programme management (Insight article)
Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (Insight article)
The Owner Project Management Team (Insight article)

9th November 2015

 Conversational Leadership  Jurgen Oschadleus  Building Influence Equity
26th May 2016  Unpacking Agile and some Myths Biase De Gregorio and Angie Doyle

Agile: Who, what, why?

Travelling light: Lean Documentation

Ignore Middle Managers at your Peril

1st July 2016 Benefits Realisation - Supporting Project Success  Mike Murray

Presentation: Benefits Realisation - Supporting Project Success

Reference article (1): Benefit Management & Realisation Literature Report

Reference article (2): Benefits Realisation Management and Project Success

Reference article (3): The Impact of Benefits Management Practices

26 August 2016

Understanding and Exploring Effective Project Sponsorship


Lesley Rider
& Davida van der Walt

Presentation: Effective Project Sponsorship (Part 1)

Presentation: Effective Project Sponsorship (Part 2)

30 September 2016

Project Lessons Learnt: A root cause analysis Davida van der Walt & Freek van Heerden Presentation: Project Lessons Learnt - Make it work!
 5 May 2017 Does risk maturity drive project advantage? Val Jonas Presentation: Does risk maturity drive project advantage? 



Each event will, therefore, support an overarching theme from the context of prevailing research; a relevant example of the trend in practice with lessons learned and recommendation of good practices; and those methodologies that promote success with the broad theme as a backdrop. While the Series will cover topics that may, at times, be industry-specific, we are structuring the programme to contribute to a generic body of knowledge.

It is important to us that attendees are able to build up a library of relevant information during this series, comprising the presentation itself, information provided at the session, and review documents to serve as a welcome addition to the senior Project Managers toolbox.


If you are interested in being a presenter, PMSA invites members and other thought leaders to share their knowledge, insights, research results and case studies in the Knowledge Series format kindly send an email with a resume, short motivation and a synopsis of your presentation theme to:

Suitable themes include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Best practices: Proven methodologies and success stories on projects grown and / or delivered in Africa
  • Research and Innovation: What we’ve learned and what we know about overcoming challenges that prohibit project success
  • Insights into the nature of project management 
  • Technology: How IT and telecoms are enabling better project management
  • PM for the greater good: Applying project management to social causes. Including people, planet and profit in our project practices and realising some of the socioeconomic imperatives on the continent. 
  • Applying ethical practice as project practitioners
  • Updating the project toolkit: Tips, tools and techniques that pave the way for effective project management.
  • Project People: Individual characteristics and traits that serve companies and individual practitioners well when rolling out projects in Africa. 


    We invite our community to diarise the proposed workshop dates and join us for these enlightening sessions. They will form part of the CPD programme for PMSA designations, and members may begin to gather their points prior to completing their registration.

    For more information on this and other events in the series please [click here].
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