PMI Melbourne Chapter (PMC) completed an RFP process in 2012 to engage an additional training partner.
MetaPM Learning is delighted to announce that we have been appointed as PMI Melbourne Chapter training partner for 2013.
PMC is determined to uplift project management capability and provide value add project management training to all members.
December 2012 DTF
MetaPM in conjunction with the Department of Treasury & Finance (DTF) is very pleased to announce that the exclusive project management training initiative for DTF employees has been extended until 30th September 2015.
This comprehensive PRINCE2 training program is designed to provide the highest quality training courses for those individuals who are responsible for, participating in, overseeing or delivering projects.
· PRINCE2 1 Day Overview
· PRINCE2 ½ Day for Sponsors / Boards
· PRINCE2 3 Day Accredited Foundation Course
· PRINCE2 2 Day Accredited Practitioner Course
· PRINCE2 5 Day Accredited Foundation & Practitioner Combined Package
October 2012 AIPM National Conference
We are pleased to announce that MetaPM Learning will be joining the Swinburne University team as an exhibitor at the AIPM National Conference in Melbourne on the 8th to 10th October. If you are attending please visit us at Booth 33. For further information please visit
September 2012 – A Date For Your Diary
We are pleased to announce that MetaPM Learning will be an exhibitor at the APMG International Showcase in Brisbane on the 14th September 2012.
The theme of the day will be ‘Building our Future in Changing Times’ , three APMG keynote speakers are:
Who should attend?
By attending as a delegate you can learn about contemporary, effective methods of management as well as having the opportunity to meet industry leaders and peers in order to broaden and sharpen your knowledge and improve your implementation skills.
The management disciplines covered may vary by event, but the international series typically includes:
As MetaPM is a Partner of this event, a special online registration rate is available for our clients, colleagues and key contacts. Please use the following code when registering: APMG11.
Online registration is open! https://www.secureregistrations.com/APMG2012/
Further information can be found at http://www.apmg-showcase.com/aus
MetaPM are pleased to announce that they are a Sponsor and Exhibitor at the PMoz Annual Project Management Conference on the 15th to 16th August at the Sebel and Citigate Albert Park, Melbourne.
The Conference theme ‘Walk the Talk’ will cover the past, present and future of the PPPM industry and includes program highlights such as international keynotes; Professor Pierre Bonnal, Senior Project Engineer at the CERN, European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva and Peter Taylor, Author of the ‘Lazy Project Manager’, as well as local industry leader AVM Kym Osley AM CSC, Program Manager of New Air Combat Capability. The program also boasts a great line up of national and international speakers and our not to be missed interactive, delegate driven networking sessions and workshops.
Given our commitment and association with the project management community in Melbourne, MetaPM are involved in a number of activities over the 2 days, which include;
We are also hosting a booth (Number 11), and offering special promotions/events over the 2 days.
If you have already booked in to attend the event, then it would be great to say hi, otherwise there’s still time! For more information, visit www.pmoz.com.au
MetaPM Congratulates Terence, 2012 AIPM Awards Winner.
MetaPM’s Terence Blythman was recognised at the 2012 AIPM Awards, as the State Winner for Regional Development – an outstanding achievement.
Under Terence’s leadership, the ID BER team successfully delivered a complex program of 144 individual school capital projects on behalf of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), as part of the Australian Governments’ Economic Stimulus Plan.
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Well Done to Terence and the Team , from ALL at MetaPM !
Several of the staff found time to come along to the MetaPM Melbourne Offices, to sample a large variety of NEW and OLD 'Age' Wines. A great time was had by ALL, not that we can remember much, after the twelth tasting.
Thanks to all who attended and look forward to sampling many more wines over the coming year.
If you are not familiar with the event format, they are informal discussions of up to 20 people, occasionally including presentations by attendees, lasting an hour between 12:30 and 13:30. The remaining event topics and dates for 2012 are as follows:
If you are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate the AIPM Vic Chapter:
or telephone 9369 2160.
1st Place - $300
2nd Place - $150
3rd Place - $50
Weekly Jackpot Winners receive $20. Jackpot Winners are those Tipsters who tipped all 8 in a given round. If two or more tip 8, then it Jackpots to the next round and so on.
So come and enter the competition and see if someone can knock off Robyn T from last year!!
Comp Name: MetaPM
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AIPM PMO Forum – MetaPM Event Sponsorship
For the second year in a row, MetaPM is the proud sponsor for the AIPM PMO Annual Forum, which is focused on providing attendees with information and knowledge on how leading organisations manage strategic portfolios of work and complex projects, the challenges faced and the strategies used to resolve them.
AIPM NSW - Delivering Government Projects: “Doing More with Less” Event
In partnership with Swinburne University, MetaPM will be co-hosting a booth at the upcoming AIPM Event being held in Sydney later this month.
This event is targeting those organisations from both the public and private sector, who are involved with delivering government projects aimed at improving internal government efficiencies and/or providing and managing assets able to deliver first class community services at the lowest possible cost.
For full program and speaker information please see https://www.aipm.com.au/temp/Gov%20Forum%202012%20Program%20and%20Speaker%20Detailsv3.pdf
MetaPM Relocates to Newer and Larger Offices to Accomodate Growth
To accomodate the growing demand for our Training and Consulting Services, MetaPM decided to relocate to new offices, located on Level 3, 420 Collins Street.
In addition to the increased space provided to our Consulting staff, the new offices also accomodate, 3 fully furbished training rooms.
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Dual Running Period Update
Please note the dual running period, where exams can be taken based on either the 2007 or the updated 2011 Guide, will expire on Friday 02 March 2012. After this time, all exams will be based on the 2011 Guide.
Link to the communication is http://communications.apmgroup.co.uk/rp/174/process.clsp?EmailId=126221&Token=251D5018C62C816CDA68D1185AC23BFF2
MetaPM’s new status as an Accredited Consulting Organisation (ACO)
We are pleased to announce that MetaPM’s advisory practice achieved consulting accreditation through APMG- Australasia in November 2011. We believe this to be a significant differentiator in the strong and competitive consultancy services market. This accreditation continues along our strategic intent to be the project management advisory, delivery and training provider of choice in Australia.
To gain accreditation, organisations such as MetaPM, must undergo a series of inspections of organisational quality management systems and rigorous reviews of past work and interviews with staff. To ensure on-going accreditation, annual requirements must be met and clients can be assured that they are buying a quality service. MetaPM has been accredited for over ten years as an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) by APMG-Australasia.
PMBOK® and PRINCE2® - Complementary or in competition?
MetaPM Learning Practice Manager, Shane Peachey presented the topic “PMBOK® and PRINCE2® - Complementary or in competition?” to the Department of Treasury and Finance PROJECT MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: February session 2011.
The lunchtime session was very well attended and members posed some thoughtful questions and comment that generated engaging discussion after the event.
By way of background, Shane Peachey has worked in the field of project and programme management for the last 13 years across a variety of Defence, IT and change initiatives for both public and private sectors. He has considerable experience in a number of industry sectors, including state and local government, service delivery, private and higher education.
Shane is a recognised project and programme management trainer, and also holds qualifications as a PMBOK and accredited PRINCE2 and P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) Trainer with APMG.
MetaPM would like to thank the Department of Treasury and Finance for inviting us to be an active participant in your Project Management Community of Practice sessions.
- Managing benefits to be successful
- Managing projects through the lifecycle to ensure success is achieved
“A well-structured day involving some thought provoking participants.” – Ray Wilson, University of Melbourne, was some of the feedback that was received on the day. Other attendees echoed Ray’s view and believed the workshop was a great success and they gained some value from the various sessions that were held.
Over 400 delegates made their way north to the AIPM National Conference in Darwin. The AIPM’s membership of International Project Management Association (IPMA) also drew a number of visitors from further afield, with representatives from Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Nepal and Hong Kong.
The Darwin Convention Centre provided excellent facilities and catering, although I was surprised there were no NT mangoes to be seen anywhere.
MetaPM was a proud partner of the APMG Best Practice Showcase held in Sydney on the 6th of August 2010 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre. As a sponsor MetaPM took part in the Birds of a Feather sessions and presented on two topics based around MSP and PRINCE2.
The two topics that MetaPM presented on at the Birds of a Feather Sessions were:
1. Transformation Change: Practical Application of MSP
Implementing change into any organisation is a daunting task and it is something that is rarely done in a controlled way. This lack of control in delivering change and ultimately realising benefits, can often be attributed to the lack of understanding of programme management and the reliance and focus on customised project management methodologies which are aimed at delivering project outputs, not on achieving outcomes and benefits.
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) helps to fill this capability gap by bringing about this change in a controlled way, ensuring that we not only manage the related projects within our programme, but also manage the change to ensure that our planned benefits are realised. This presentation will cover some of the challenges in gaining sponsorship, planning and implementing MSP across a large transformational change programme. It will also cover the approach that was taken to overcome these challenges and some of the lessons that were learned throughout the process.
2. Tailoring of PRINCE2 for Small Projects
The first step for many organisations is often the introduction and adoption of a Project Management Methodology such as PRINCE2. Extensive training of staff is often undertaken, with the expectation that once PRINCE2 qualified – ‘we are now ready to apply the methodology in our project environment’. However, this is where things start to unravel.
For many organisations PRINCE2 represents a significant investment but also a significant bureaucratic burden to the way in which projects are delivered, particularly for small projects. So what can we do about it? In short, PRINCE2 provides the guide or roadmap for us to refer to when undertaking projects in our work space. Importantly, we can adapt PRINCE2 as appropriate to suit the size, complexity or organisational culture of the project environment. This presentation will provide practical tools and suggestions for tailoring PRINCE2 to support the delivery of small projects in your organisation, ensuring essential elements remain whilst maintaining focus on delivery and project success!
MetaPM Presents at the VicGov CoP - Project management community of practice
Government Service Group (GSG) runs a whole of Victorian Government community of practice (COP) on project management. This event is for anyone working in the public service who is interested in learning more about project management. Attendees did not have to be managing a project to be a part of this group, just someone with an interest in learning and improving the projects with which they were involved.
If you are interested in finding out more, then feel free to contact our Melbourne office on 03 8640 5700 or email us at
The PMI Global Congress Asia Pacific was held in Melbourne on the 22nd to 24th of February 2010 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
PMI Global Congress is the premier educational and networking event for project professionals in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. The three-day Global Congress hosted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) provided a focused environment for one to rethink the norm, connect with peers, and reaffirm their professional commitment by building knowledge and skills.
MetaPM was a proud exhibitor and took this opportunity to introduce new team members, operate some fun competitions and give away great prizes and take part in this world renowned event.
MetaPM is pleased to announce that it has been appointed the preferred supplier for the Provision of Training Services for Project Management (PRINCE2®) with the Department of Planning, Government of Western Australia.
The contract will see MetaPM Learning provide a range of in-house project management courses to various Western Australian Departments and Agencies, which will be co-ordinated through the Department of Planning Project Management Office.
“MetaPM is excited to be working with the Western Australian Government, and in line with our Strategic Plan we look forward to developing strong, positive relationships with key Departments and Agencies across the state” - General Manager, Mark Ives.
MetaPM has delivered the first PRINCE2® Foundations course in early September and with several more planned over the coming months, is working closely with the Department of Planning Project Management Office to ensure that training services are tailored to deliver the greatest value and benefit to the attendees.
Overview: The 2009 edition of the PRINCE2® method has just been published. This presentation covers the changes from the 2005 to 2009 methodology, and how it affects you and the way your projects are managed.
Overview of the event:
Executing projects to time, cost and quality, whilst ensuring that programs drive both benefits and customer satisfaction, may still not be enough if we have not optimised the way that our overall portfolio is constructed. Worse still, our chances of managing projects efficiently and programs effectively are significantly reduced if portfolio issues such as strategic alignment and enterprise resource management & development are neglected. The workshop explored trends and current thinking in portfolio management, what portfolio management means to you and what tools members are using to support and manage their portfolios.
The selection of presentations covered a range of industries with a mix of project portfolios containing internal and externally run projects. Industries included, Banking & Finance, Gaming, Telecommunications and Health Services
MetaPM aims to lift our customer's project management capability through knowledge sharing. The objective of this event was to invite leading industry practitioners to share with us their real-life experiences and key approaches that help them achieve successful project outcomes.
The 5th Annual Project Management Australia (PMOZ) event is being held from this Monday at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.
As a session sponsor, MetaPM will be chairing the PMO Sessions and will be participating as a trade exhibitor (Booth 12).
MetaPM is excited to announce that it has signed an agreement with Human Systems to become their consultancy partner.
A recognised leader in the field of benchmarking and project practices improvement since 1985, Human Systems is a research based organisation whose core competence lies in improving project, program and portfolio management through assessment of processes, practices, people and teams, in conjunction with benchmarking and knowledge sharing.
Human Systems is dedicated to helping organisations improve their corporate capability to deliver projects and programs successfully whilst helping them to demonstrate benefits.
Our success to date has been through our ability to ensure the highest quality standards of delivery and our ability to consistently deliver the outcomes required at competitive rates.
PRINCE2® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce in the United Kingdom and other countries.