The two and a half day program will give you thought-provoking insight on emergent themes in the project leadership community.

Featuring 35 professional development sessions, from high-level keynote sessions through to explorative concurrent sessions and professional workshops, the choice is endless and allows you to tailor your conference experience to your specific needs.

Sunday 20 October, 2019

12.00pm Registration opens  
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Community of Practice - Local Government

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Community of Practice - Project Management Office survival

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3.30pm - 5.30pm

Workshop 1 - 

Leading multi-functional teams in today's world 

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Workshop 2 - 

The Power of Authenticity - The Importance of Empathy and Vulnerability in Leadership 

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6.00pm - 8.00pm Welcome Reception - Level 28 Skybar Lounge, Crown Metropol  

Monday 21 October, 2019

7.00am Registration opens
8.30am - 5.45pm Conference sessions
5.45pm - 6.45pm Happy Hour - Exhibition area, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

7.30am Registration opens
8.30am - 5.15pm Conference sessions
7.00pm - 11.00pm National Project Management Achievement Awards Dinner - Crown Palladium

Wednesday 23 October, 2019

9.00am – 12.00pm Post conference site tours


* Program is subject to change



Each of the keynote sessions will explore high-level concepts through the delivery of powerful and inspiring presentations.

From old ways of working to new ways of leading

Speakers: Peter Moutsatsos and Rob Loader, Telstra

What today’s enterprise agile transformations can teach us about the skills needed to lead projects over the next decade

In just a matter of months, we will be dawning on the 2020s. 20 years ago, project management was more defined as process and software than as a profession. The vast majority of PMs were accidental. It was exclusively more recognised and accepted as a role in construction, with green shoots in IT.  

Project managers were exposed to range of leadership styles, from ‘command-and-control’ to ‘empower-and-track’, but often expected to operate more as administrators than leaders themselves. Today, these things are seen by some companies as ‘old ways of working’.  Disruption from start-ups, both domestically and internationally, online businesses taking market share, changing consumer preferences, the emerging influence of Millennials and Generation Z, and the explosion of the gig economy has forced many companies to re-think their business models and what a leader of tomorrow will need to be successful. Project Managers are not immune. 

Many high-tech companies are embracing New Ways of Working as they recognise survival requires their teams to work with greater agility, adaptability and resilience. However, with New Ways of Working comes New Ways of Leading and this impacts on the traditional way of leading for a project manager.  

The next decade will see a new generation of People Leaders and Project Managers who embrace New Ways of Leading. Those that do so most effectively will be the winners in a global war for talent, and will be key contributors to their organisations growth.

The great debate - Is waterfall dead in the water?

There is plenty of discussion in the project world that focuses on the debate between agile and waterfall or more traditional project management approaches. We hear commentary like “agile is only hype, it will pass”, or “we’ve been doing this for many years”, or “this is only useful for IT”. Yet on the flip side, the growing agile community believes that “we don’t need project management”, or “project management is only about command and control” or “project management is not relevant to agile”.

Our two teams will go head to head and weigh in on the much-discussed topic. Is one better than the other, is it really one or the other; or can they both exist together harmoniously? At the conclusion of the debate, you as the audience will get the chance to decide!

Tales from the project playing field

Traditionally in the project management profession, as like other technically-based professions, the achievements of successful projects and their leaders is often celebrated. However rarely have they shared their learnings when projects go astray.

While most organisations undertake feedback sessions, this is primarily done internally with immediate stakeholders only. A mark of a true professional is to learn from mistakes and, where constructive, share these insights to the advantage of future projects.

Our panellists will reveal their own experiences from the project playing field, sharing what went wrong, what they learnt and how this influenced their next project.
This session will be held under Chatham House Rule and closed to any media.


Brain power

Speaker: Todd Sampson, adventurer, award-winning documentary-maker, television presenter and businessman

Todd Sampson is the writer, host and human guinea pig of the award-winning Discovery Science Series called REDESIGN MY BRAIN. The premise of the series was simple. For over 70 years, science has told us that our brains are fixed. You are born with the brain you have, it develops rapidly until age 7 and then it starts a steady decline from age 30 until you die. There was nothing you could do about it. But science has now proven that to be false. In fact, modern science has now shown that our brain is plastic and that we ALL have the ability to improve it at any age and at any time.

This presentation will show you how to boost your Creativity and Brain Power. Todd will not only take you behind the scenes of this extraordinary scientific journey, he will also provide you with the practical tools, strategies and techniques to improve your brain. We are all capable of more than we realise ... and modern science is showing us how.