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PMSA Western Cape Conference 2017 Programme
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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.

Panelists include:

- Lizette Gericke, NextLevel Consulting
- Cherryl Lunt, Senior Programme Manager at Old Mutual

- Louise Worsley, PiCubed




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: 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’. From 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




Venue: Smugglers

Venue: Spice Island


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; Growth Mindset, Neuroleadership, Habits and NLP got to do with Project Management? 
You will be able to take away with you new insights and considerations about managing yourself and others in the project environment.


Speaker: Omar Hassan, ABSA (Barclays) Internal Audit
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


Speaker: Linky van der Merwe, Programme and Project Consultant, Founder of Virtual Project Consulting
Topic: Improve project collaboration by strategic integration of social media into the project management practice to make it future-fit.

As contributing author of the book: "Strategic Integration of Social Media into Project Management Practice" Linky will bring perspectives from her experience and studies, strategic frameworks and applications of social media as delivered by contributors from Europe, North and South Americaa, Asia and South Africa. From this presentation, delegates will take away:

  1. A practical Social Media Strategy Framework
  2. Use cases for social media on projects
  3. Benefots of social media and barriers to overcome
  4. Study findings on Smartphone apps for projects

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.









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?


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
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.

 10:00-10:30  Refreshments


Speaker: Damian Nelson-Higley, Product Marketing Manager for Office at Microsoft South 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.


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, PPM Executive Consultant, Project Portfolio Office.

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.


Speaker: Guy Eastoe, SnapTech International Lead Consultant
Topic: Agile’s game changing contribution to the convergence of Project and Change Management

Project management has traditionally focused on building a product or output. Change management focuses on the impact that the project output has on the enterprise, and on getting people to accept and use the new output. Some project managers use a little change management, and some change managers use a little project management. Both project and change managers are starting to use agile.
Agile, from slow beginnings to a rapid, exponential take up across many industries, not just in IT; And just in time because we really need a new way of getting change “fit” at all levels, from agile leadership to agile service management. Join me in looking at why, and how we need to bring change, project and agile project management closer together, into an integrated way of thinking that allows organisations to execute against their expansion and survival strategies in the face of extremely high levels of disruptive change. In this session, Guy Eastoe will share with you how Agile thinking contributes firstly to the convergence between project management and change management, and secondly how we can use that convergence to create a powerful top to bottom enterprise delivery method, one that will enable resilience to change.




Venue: Smugglers

Venue: Spice Island


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

Workshop Synopsis: What is EQ and why bother about it? Does EQ matter more or less than IQ in Project Management? In which situations do you require emotional intelligence for good outcomes? How do you notice if someone has a high EQ? These and other questions will be explored and practically applied during the workshop. Participants will walk away with an understanding of emotional and social intelligence, insight into their own EQ competencies and practical ideas to enhance their EQ and their project success.


16:15 - 16:30

Conference wrap-up and thanks
 16:30  Sundowners with hot and cold canapes

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