Amongst the buzz of student activity, rhinos and beautiful gumtrees, La Trobe University saw the smiling faces of 24 participants from universities across Australia and New Zealand attend the annual CAUDIT P3M (Portfolio, Program, Project Management) Community of Practice.
The CAUDIT P3M Community of Practice has been established for several years, with an aim to improve capabilities and practices in Project, Program and Portfolio management at each of the member universities, through the sharing of knowledge, experience, wisdom and in some cases best practice.
The focus of the presentations and discussion for the first day was specific to Program/Portfolio management, resourcing and governance & reporting. Day 2 continued with these themes, and also included an externally facilitated session by Catherine Smithson (Being Human) who gave an interactive presentation on the importance of change management, and Jeremy Smith (MetaPM) who gave an insight into project health checks and quality assurance. The group were fortunate to have CAUDIT’s own Steven Wojnarowski and Cassandra Spencer facilitate a workshop following the release of the CAUDIT 2016 Top Ten Issues. It was an opportunity for participants to identify, collaborate and contribute to issues that impact the P3M community; and to provide a briefing paper in the weeks to come. Day 3 saw the wrap up of issues, a review of practice tools, and a visit to La Trobe’s showcase La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. (LIMS)
The 2016 forum was a great success based on the positive feedback received to date, along with several suggestions for improvements for next year. Looking to 2017, Antoinette Kesha, from the University of Auckland and Chair of the P3M Community of Practice, is seeking a volunteer University to host the 2017 event. This is an excellent opportunity for the hosting University to increase their profile and make a worthwhile and interesting contribution to the community of practice. If you are interested, or just want to explore the possibility of hosting in 2017, please contact Antoinette Kesha – University of Auckland firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations from the forum can be accessed via the Community resource library
Image above: Participants of the P3M 2016 forum gather at the rhino sculpture on the La Trobe University campus