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2023 Symposium Speakers

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Keynote Speaker

PGCS are in negotiation with a number of international and leading Australian speakers. Watch this space.

Invited Speakers

To be part of the PGCS 2023 program submit your abstract for review or email your ideas and suggestions to .

Masterclass Presenters

PGCS will be running three international Masterclasses - See below.

Keynote Speakers

  • Chris Deeble

    Mr Chris Deeble, AO, CSC

    Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
    (CASG)

    Chris Deeble is the Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the Department of Defence.

    Chris has extensive experience spanning the defence, industry and commercial sectors and working with Government. He also served for 37 years in the Australian Defence Force, most notably as an Air Vice-Marshal.

    His most recent appointment was Chief Executive at Northrop Grumman Australia. Prior to that he worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia.

    Chris returns to CASG after previously holding the role of Senior Program Manager where he managed more than $25 billion of complex acquisition and sustainment programs including the Joint Strike Fighter, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, Multi Role
    Tanker Transport and Collins Class Submarine.

    Chris has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2007, and recognized in 2016 as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

    Chris is married to Donna and they have five adult children. They enjoy travel, movies and spending time with family.

  • Gordon Kranz

    Mr Gordon Kranz

    President, Enlightened Integrated Program Management, LLC

    Mr. Kranz is a research fellow supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense with research related to improving the Department's acquisition management policies and practices. He is a board member of the College of Performance Management, a non-profit organization serving performance management professionals. As the President of Enlightened IPM, he provides government agencies and contractors advice and guidance on performing disciplined, integrated program management on Agile programs. Before his current position, Mr. Kranz was the Deputy Director of OSD/AT&L/PARCA for Earned Value Management and provided policy and guidance to the US military acquisition enterprise. Mr. Kranz spent 16 years as chief engineer and program manager at General Dynamics C4 Systems and 11 years in the Air Force as a technical manager on tactical communications systems, strategic communications systems, and the F-22 program. He has an MS EE from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS in EE from North Dakota State University.

    Adapting Systems Engineering from Waterfall to Agile

    Integrated performance management analysis. To include SE Technical performance measures, Risk Management, and Cost and schedule metrics

  • Ryan Bettinger

    Ryan Bettinger

    Technical Manager, Tecolote Research, Inc. USA

    As a Technical Manager within the Advanced Development Group at Tecolote Research, Inc., Ryan Bettinger is both a team leader and working analyst. He is responsible for managing Tecolote's project control team supporting the U.S. Space Force Innovation and Prototyping Directorate. Ryan has over 12 years of project control experience performing cost estimating/analysis, earned value management, and schedule analysis with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. He also is a certified ACEIT Trainer. Ryan has a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and a Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

    The FICSM Team: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

    Converting a Project Master Schedule into an analysis schedule - tips, tricks and techniques to prepare for a full Joint Confidence Level (JCL) Analysis

  • Rasmus Rytter

    Mr Rasmus Rytter

    Partner, Implement Consulting Group

    Rasmus Rytter is an author, speaker and renowned expert within benefits realisation and organisational change. His expertise and three books on the subject have helped a wide variety of companies and public organisations realise their benefit potential. Since 2013, he has been part of Implement Consulting Group as a partner, consultant and advisor. Before joining Implement, Rasmus worked for 10 years as a project manager, program manager and people manager. Rasmus has a master's degree from Aarhus University.

    Realizing benefits from change

    Realizing benefits from change - The role of change management as the key enabler for benefits realization

Invited Speakers

  • Helena Bograd

    Helena Bograd

    Senior Management Consultant, Implement Consulting Group

    Helena Bograd is an expert within benefits realisation and organizational change and the author of several articles and cases about the topic. She is also a speaker, trainer and she helps companies implement the benefits realisation and change methods in their change projects as well as ensure benefit-driven decision making at portfolio level. Helena is a Senior Consultant and has been part of Implement Consulting Group since 2018. Helena has a master's degree from Copenhagen Business School.

    Benefitting from change management

    Realizing benefits from change - The role of change management as the key enabler for benefits realization

  • Angela Tuffley

    Angela Tuffley

    Founder & Director, Independent Project Review Institute (IPRI)

    Angela is a senior contributing member of the software engineering community in Australia and internationally. She has combined a distinguished academic career (Senior Lecturer, Griffith University and Visiting Scientist, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University) with a high-impact consultancy career (Director of the Independent Project Review Institute (IPRI) and RedBay Consulting) producing strategic innovations and consultancy for optimising software intensive systems. Angela is a principal co-developer of the Schedule Confidence Risk Assessment Methodology. SCRAM is highly conducive to effective schedule management by establishing a framework and process for identifying root causes of schedule slippage. Her expertise in Process Improvement & Assessment has been recognised internationally. She was a Visiting Scientist for the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. She was also a part-time Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at Griffith University from 2000 to 2005.

    Why Is My Schedule Slipping - and what can I do about it?

  • Madeline Collins

    Madeline Collins

    Acting Director for Project Controls, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG)

    Maddie has a diverse range of experience across the public service and industry. Across a 40 year career she started on the shop floor in manufacturing in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. Gaining tertiary qualifications later in life, she then moved on to Project Engineering and Project Management roles with ASC in support of maintenance activities for Collins Class submarines. Beyond that, she has worked as a Planner and Scheduler for Santos, and spent time as a Project Manger with Electro Optic Systems. EOS is where she was responsible for working with AT-K, now part of Northrop Grumman on the development and supply of the Remote Weapons Station (RWS) for a number of international customers.

    Maddie has post graduate qualifications in Project Management, as well as bachelor's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the University of South Australia.

    When Cardinal Milestones hide a positive story

  • Sandeep Chinnobaiah

    Prof Sandeep Chinnobaiah

    Planning Manager, Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd, Singapore

    Sandeep is working as Planning Manager at Penta Ocean Construction Co., Ltd, Singapore for infrastructure projects, he has been working in the Project Controls Industry for about 12 years post completion of master's degree from IIT Roorkee India. He also did an Executive MBA while working on a large-scale project in Malaysia.

    Claims Advisory, is one such role he does work actively in his organization, where he contributes as Delay Analyst at times, advise strategies in developing the claim reports and provide appropriate delay analysis to the case.

    He is expert in 4D Planning implementation and managing the team of BIM specialists / Modellers and deliver 4D requirements. He has worked in India, Malaysia, and Singapore.

    He is also Digital Course Instructor in Project Controls at Udemy Platform with over 60k students accessing his courses, which alleviates his digital presence and now actively developing YouTube to reach out wider audiences and learners. One way they are thanking me for sharing information and that's something a reward to him.

    Constantly think of new idea and new ways of doing things and is one such innovative attribute in his approach towards works.

    4D Program – Future of Project Controls

  • Michael Francis

    Michael Francis

    Consultant

    Over the last two decades, Michael provided leadership in key roles across the private and public sectors, employing strategic focus, providing advisory services, and cultivating relationships to deliver against desired outcomes, such as A/g Assistant Secretary responsible for capability planning and development.

    Michael is an experienced strategic leader with extensive breadth and depth in multiple disciplines, and in bringing teams across ICT and Business together to achieve results in a collegiate and responsive manner to advance Australia's interests domestically and globally. As an example, securing a seat at the United Nations Security Council and strategising national security measures across multiple time horizons.

    He has mobilised and managed many portfolio and program management offices, taskforces, and centres of excellence in the context of Australian and foreign governments. Michael has three Masters Degrees, including MBA (valedictorian and top graduate in law), undergraduate degree in criminology, and a range of P3M certifications.

    www.pgcsymposium.org.au/abstract-overviews.html#anchor_13

  • Kym Henderson

    Kym Henderson

    Chair PGCS

    Kym Henderson has over twenty years of achievement to formally recognized high standards following an IT career change. His broad ranging career covers Project and Program Management, Program Management Office, Software Quality Assurance Management and Project Planning and Control across multiple industry sectors including Government, Commercial IT, Telecommunications, Defence, Manufacturing, Utilities and some Banking and Financial Services.

    He is the Chair of the PGCS Ltd which was established in 2019 to more effectively carry out the various activities of the PGCS. Kym was instrumental in re-establishing the PGCS as the regular annual project and program management governance and controls event held in Canberra from 2013.

    He is also the Convenor and Project leader of ISO TC258 WG12 which is developing the ISO EVM Guidance standard and previously a core writing team member of ISO TC 258 WG7 which developed the ISO EVM standard (21508:2018) published in 2018. Kym was instrumental in ISO 21508:2018 being adopted (with modifications) as Australia's national EVM standard AS4817-2109.

    He was a core team member for the PMI Earned Value Management (EVM) Global Practice Standard 2nd edition project published in October 2011. Kym had primary responsibility for Chapter 5 "Develop Schedule" and Appendix D "Schedule Analysis Using EVM Data".

    Kym was also the first non-US national elected to office at the Washington DC based College of Performance Management (CPM) as Vice President of Research and Standards in 2009, concluding his tenure as Executive Vice President in 2019. Previously he was the Education Director of PMI Sydney Chapter from 2003 to 2007.

    Kym is a leading Earned Schedule researcher and Subject Matter Expert and has extensive experience utilising EVM and associated techniques on projects of various sizes and complexity in the commercial and defence industry sectors.

    ISO 21512 EVM Implementation Guidance

  • Meri Duncanson

    Meri Duncanson

    Senior PMO Consultant

    Meri has more than 25 years of experience in Program Controls, currently working for a small firm in the defence consulting field. Most recently Meri has completed the development and implementation of a project management framework and PMO in the not-for-profit domain.

    Over the years, Meri has held several positions in the Defence and Aerospace, and Telecommunications sectors, both in consultative and staff roles and enjoys implementing and improving program performance management systems and processes to enhance program delivery, including PMO, Governance, EVM, Project Controls, Scheduling and Risk Management.

    Meri is a certified in Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPMTM) and has served on the board of the Australian Performance Management Association and is a long term member of PMI and AACEI.

    My PMO is smaller than your PMO

  • Val Jonas

    Val Jonas

    CEO, RISK DISICIONS LTD

    Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998, and is recognised as a global risk management specialist, Val works closely with clients as well as leading conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues within the project, business and enterprise risk management world.

    Today's organisation faces increased risk management pressures. To help customers navigate through this change, Val helps shape risk management standards and guidance. Val reviewed the UK Office of Government Commerce's 'Management of Risk' guidance and has collaborated on risk management guidance with the Association of Project Management, Project Management Institute and US National Defence Industry Association.

    Val has a joint honours BA in Mathematics and Computing from Oxford University. Outside work her interests include travel and theatre.

    Who needs luck? How innovators thrive on risk and opportunity, leading the way to success

Masterclass Presenters

  • Gordon Kranz

    Gordon Kranz

    President, Enlightened Integrated Program Management, LLC

    Mr. Kranz is a research fellow supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense with research related to improving the Department's acquisition management policies and practices. He is a board member of the College of Performance Management, a non-profit organization serving performance management professionals. As the President of Enlightened IPM, he provides government agencies and contractors advice and guidance on performing disciplined, integrated program management on Agile programs. Before his current position, Mr. Kranz was the Deputy Director of OSD/AT&L/PARCA for Earned Value Management and provided policy and guidance to the US military acquisition enterprise. Mr. Kranz spent 16 years as chief engineer and program manager at General Dynamics C4 Systems and 11 years in the Air Force as a technical manager on tactical communications systems, strategic communications systems, and the F-22 program. He has an MS EE from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS in EE from North Dakota State University.

    Integrated performance management analysis. To include SE Technical performance measures, Risk Management, and Cost and schedule metrics

  • Rasmus Rytter

    Rasmus Rytter

    Partner, Implement Consulting Group

    Rasmus Rytter is an author, speaker and renowned expert within benefits realisation and organisational change. His expertise and three books on the subject have helped a wide variety of companies and public organisations realise their benefit potential. Since 2013, he has been part of Implement Consulting Group as a partner, consultant and advisor. Before joining Implement, Rasmus worked for 10 years as a project manager, program manager and people manager. Rasmus has a master's degree from Aarhus University.

    Realizing benefits from change - The role of change management as the key enabler for benefits realization

  • Helena Bograd

    Helena Bograd

    Senior Management Consultant, Implement Consulting Group

    Helena Bograd is an expert within benefits realisation and organizational change and the author of several articles and cases about the topic. She is also a speaker, trainer and she helps companies implement the benefits realisation and change methods in their change projects as well as ensure benefit-driven decision making at portfolio level. Helena is a Senior Consultant and has been part of Implement Consulting Group since 2018. Helena has a master's degree from Copenhagen Business School.

    Realizing benefits from change - The role of change management as the key enabler for benefits realization

  • Ryan Bettinger

    Ryan Bettinger

    Principal Analyst, Tecolote Research, Inc. USA

    As a Technical Manager within the Advanced Development Group at Tecolote Research, Inc., Ryan Bettinger is both a team leader and working analyst. He is responsible for managing Tecolote's project control team supporting the U.S. Space Force Innovation and Prototyping Directorate. Ryan has over 12 years of project control experience performing cost estimating/analysis, earned value management, and schedule analysis with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. He also is a certified ACEIT Trainer. Ryan has a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and a Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

    Converting a Project Master Schedule into an analysis schedule - tips, tricks and techniques to prepare for a full Joint Confidence Level (JCL) Analysis

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