#PMIAdelaide #event Summary #Digitaldisruption - Digital Disruption Panel Discussion (5 March 2019)
Our honorable mediator, Peter Pavan PMP MACS, raised fundamental questions that kept all speakers engaged on answering them with great knowledge and vast experience.
The different expertises of the panel members have definitely enriched even more the quality of the event. Linda Zeelie has given a practical overview of the challenges that a business must overcome in order to bring new technologies into business processes, and how it can cause significant impact when managing projects, both in public and private sectors.
Similarly, Michael Macolino was able to narrate his daily difficulties and how you can be successful when implementing modern technologies in startup companies, whereas Sam Harley talked more about digital disruption within businesses that have already a very solid process and operations, such as the Infrastructure industry.
Last but not least, Adam Da Costa, who has a large experience in all phases of client engagement from scoping to delivery, has confidently talked about how conscious and aware a business must be when implementing new technologies that will impact directly customers and its final users.


At our November monthly event, Shane Hastie, co-author of the book "hashtag#noprojects: A Culture of Continuous Value” joined us via Skype to provide insights his book. A presentation followed by Frank Vassallo with facilitated group discussion on the book and the insights generated.

Today success comes from building products people love, creating loyal customers and serving the broader stakeholder community. In this thoughtful exploration on the future of work, the co-author explores the past, present and future of the “project”. He explained why, in today’s fast-changing & hyper-competitive world, running a temporary endeavour is the wrong approach to building sustainable products and how hashtag#noprojects is fundamentally changing the way companies work.

It was great to see a different perspective of project management, showing that following the traditional rules is not the only way to be successful!

Juliana do Canto, Events Director

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Traditional project management tools such as Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), Critical Path Method (CPM), and Gantt chart allow the modelling of sequential and parallel processes in projects, but they fail to address interdependency of feedback and iteration, which is common in complex projects. In this presentation, we learned ways to solve this issue with the help of our guest speaker Indra Gunawan, Associate Professor in Complex Project Management and Director of Project Management Program in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, Faculty of the Professions, the University of Adelaide. Indra Gunawan introduced us to a method of explicitly accounting for iteration in the design process called Design Structure Matrix (DSM).  We also learned ways to improve planning, execution and management of projects using the DSM algorithms (partitioning and tearing). It was a very interesting talk and pleasant night, thanks to the presence of our PMI members!
Juliana do Canto
Events Director
Photos by Laura García Quijada


We have heard repeatedly the popular saying in Project Management “how do you eat a big elephant?” The answer, “one piece at a time”. This is the basic principle of applying what is called Work Breakdown Structure or commonly known as WBS. In our October monthly event, Gholan Medalla explained us how to define the scope of a project into manageable chunks that a project team can understand.
Gholan has over 20 years of hands on Project Management and Project Controls experience. This is with various overseas assignments. He specializes in planning & project controls (claims and forensic analysis background), and with substantial experience in design, project execution, estimating, cost, contracting and risk management. It was a great opportuinity to learn how to set up a WBS from the early stages of the work!
Juliana do Canto
Events Director
Photos by Laura García Quijada

Janet Spouse, Chief Executive Officer of AAWS, shared invaluable insights on the experience starting, managing and growing an aged care expertise business in China. Presentation not only included obstacles faced and lessons learned but also provided market insights and future trends in the industry.
About AAWS
The company was formed through the cooperative efforts of three large South Australian aged care organisations, Eldercare, Southern Cross Care and Lifecare interested in developing international trade in aged care.
Janet Spouse
Prior to this role Ms. Spouse held senior management positions in a range of government and non-government organisations in the fields of aged care, health, workers rehabilitation and clinical training. Ms. Spouse has considerable business development, funds administration, project management, research and direct clinical care experience.
Asya Orazova
Events Manager
Photos by Laura García Quijada
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