Professionals providing outstanding support to PMINZ
Sharmini Sivanantham steps down this month as a PMINZ volunteer of eleven years. She started volunteering in 2009 as the PMINZ Central Branch Secretary, and held the position until the end of 2012. In 2013 and for then a further two years from January 2016 until now, she was the Central Branch Speaker Coordinator, which involved sourcing, negotiating scehdules and topics, breifing, and introducing the speakers for the monthly Wellington professional development and networking events. In the last two years the attendance numbers at the Wellington events have increased – a reflection of Sharmini's scheduling of relevant and interesting topics and professional, engaging speakers. She told us she particularly enjoyed the speaker coordinator role as it has allowed her to meet a large number of very interesting people and expand her network of contacts.
In 2015 when Wellington hosted the Project Management Conference, Sharmini worked with Kosam (the current Branch Chair) toorganise the keynote speakers and masterclasses. This year, she was a judge for PMINZ Project Manager of the Year, and Emerging Project Manager of the Year awards at this year's conference.
Sharmini told us she enjoyed volunteering as an extra activity outside of work. Thank you, Sharmini. We have been incredibly fortunate to have benefitted from your commitment, time, professionalism and expertise, and we wish you well.
21 November 2017
Bob Peacocke, PMP, and
25-year PMINZ veteran retires
Bob is a founding member of PMINZ, being only the third person to join the New Zealand Chapter, in September 1993. Based in the Waikato district Bob has provided PMINZ over 25 years' service as an active member and volunteer.
After a lifetime’s career in engineering and construction, including some overseas work and more recently consulting, Bob completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) certifiation in 2011. Known for his willingness to take on a challenge, Bob’s latest project has been managing the one million dollar restoration of the historic St Mary’s Chapel in Hamilton, of which Bob is also a trustee.
Bob has been happy to help at branch meetings in any capacity and has held various Waikato Sub-branch committee positions over the years. He is on record as one of the most attended members to our events and, although he has attempted to retire as a volunteer several times, we always managed to convince him to come back; however, he says he is definitely retiring this time.
Waikato sub-branch volunteer, Sheryl Morgan says, “We hope Bob will still drop into the occasional meeting or event. We wish to recognise Bob’s contributions and thank him for everything he has done for PMINZ and the profession. We wish Bob a long and productive retirement.”
21 November 2017
2017 PMINZ Board of Directors elections
Congratulations to the following members who will take up their positions on the Board on 1 January 2018.
Here are their election statements.
A career in telecommunications lead me to the world of project management. My engagement with PMINZ really started in 2012 when supported by a fabulous group of members I was the 2012 Conference Convenor. The Central Branch committee found a place for me organising a couple of International Project Management Day events and then in 2015 was again the Conference Convenor. This then led me to the PMINZ Board as Secretary.
My mission is to maximise the value members get from PMINZ.
A key role as a member of the Board is to help develop and maintain a strategy which is implemented to provide value to the members. If elected to a second term as Secretary, my mission will continue to be maximising the value of PMINZ membership.
The PMINZ Board has a strategic focus but recognises the need to be actively engaged in the operations of the organisations from document management to organising conferences.
PMINZ is being revitalised through a comprehensive review of the constitution and policies by talented and enthusiastic volunteers. This review is supported by a well thought out and comprehensive Implementation plan which can only benefit our members.
I am looking forward to remaining part of a vibrant organisation meeting the challenges of providing value to members in a fast changing world.
Outside PMINZ, I am a Delivery Manager in Spark Wholesale involved with our Offshore Operations in Australia, primarily with our two equipment sites in Sydney.
I am senior project delivery professional with over twenty years’ experience, specialising in business planning, and project and programme leadership, in a range of industries.
I have career aspirations in the project world that include affecting change on a larger scale than limited to the projects and organisations I work in. I want to influence project delivery professionals in remembering the ‘why’ we are here and who we are delivering to; remembering that the stakeholder is at the centre of what we do and that governance needs to be appropriate and fit for purpose.
Having aspired to be part of the PMI for many years, I finally attained my PMP accreditation in 2013. Since then, I have become involved with PMINZ but do wish to do and contribute more – to PMINZ itself.
In reviewing the role for the Northern Branch chair, I feel I have the necessary skills, experience, passion and attitude to make a worthwhile contribution to PMINZ and for the project management profession in general:
Planning – I am a strong leader and have been a key contributor to business planning and strategy activities in the past. I possess the ability to take strategic plans and put them into tactical operational and delivery plans.
Management – I have operational management and senior programme leadership experience and am adept at leading teams of people in delivery, communicating with stakeholders and reporting to executives. I am a clear decision-maker, but equally am comfortable with admitting when I do not know something. I actively seek those out who have the skills, knowledge and experience that I may be lacking.
I think I have the right skills and experience to be a PMINZ Board Member because, through my four years in the role of Secretary/Treasurer on the South Island Branch Committee of PMINZ I have gained a good understanding of PMINZ’s current strategy (mission, objectives and goals), governance structure, organisation, programmes, products and services. During these four years I have worked with many volunteers.
I have been leading and directing project tasks for over 20 years with formal project management responsibilities since 2006. I have experience in strategic planning and have contributed to organisational strategies and policies.
My senior management experience includes reporting to the Managing Director whilst managing the software development team. I have managed teams of up to 20 staff, establishing performance targets and evaluating against those targets.
My governance experience includes fiduciary oversight, reviewing policies and dealing with CEO matters.
I am PMP, Scrum Master, XP Coach and a Scrum Product Owner. I have a wide range of experience ranging from business system software development, embedded software development, system implementation and IT system procurement. I have worked in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in both the private and public sectors and is currently the IT Projects Manager at EA Networks, Mid-Canterbury's co-operative lines company.
2017 Quest Apartment Hotels Volunteer of the Year Award finalists
The independent judging panel for Volunteer of the Year, comprised three of the Australian Chapter Presidents. One of the Judges was the Judge for the Australian PMI Volunteer of the Year award and another was the recipient of the Australian Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016. These judges signed confidentiality agreements and declared that they had no conflict of interest with any of the nominations, before reviewing all information on the nomination forms. They commented on the impressive standard of nominations this year.
The Judging Panel agreed unanimously on the following three finalists:
- Lindsay Addie
- Michael Hawker
- Tania Cotter.
Lindsay has been and continues to be active in his volunteering roles for PMI. This includes Promapp Lead, South Island Branch Volunteer Coordinator, Review Committee member, a participant on the Constitution review, Nominating Committee Convenor for the new PMINZ Directors election, and the PMINZ operational overhaul known as Project Spring Clean The Judges commented that Lindsay's work is “extremely important for PMINZ and includes some not-so-exciting, but paramount stuff”.
Michael has been the Manawatu-Whanganui sub-branch Certification Preparation Networking (CPN) programme facilitator since 2015. He developed the training materials and provides one-on-one assistance. During this time, he identified and visited many local employers, encouraging certification participation and PMI membership. His candidate pass rate for PMI exams has been approximately 85%. He is also actively engaged with the wider sub-branch activities.
Tania is the National Portfolio Lead for PMI Communications. Her nomination spoke of her unconditional commitment to PMINZ and multiple achievements: developing a communications calendar and implementation plan, the PMINZ Style Guide, new templates for email communications, writing the monthly chapter newsletter, Volunteer newsletter and Central Branch newsletter, website content management plan, oversees the website activity, and wrote more than 80% of the content for the new website, which was developed and made live very quickly. Finally, Tania is focused on identifying member benefits and ensuring that these are communicated.
The winner will be announced at the Conference Dinner on Thursday 21 September 2017.
Promapp Business Analysts
The Promapp Continuous Improvement Programme has been gaining momentum this year with the recruitment of six talented volunteer Business Analysts who are working closely with key PMINZ decision makers at Board and national level.
Catalina De Mendoza is working on the finance processes. Catalina is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Economics at Victoria University. She has experience in corporate finance, credit analysis, financial model design and financial strategy.
Michael Pritchard is working on the general operations processes. Michael has significant experience as a BA. In addition he is a skilled technical writer. Last but not least he brings excellent QA knowledge and experience. Michael is currently working closely with the PMINZ Professional Development team.
Yanbo Meng, aka Bobby, is working on the communications processes. Bobby is currently completing a Masters in Engineering at Auckland University. He is a certified Scrum Master and has worked for Siemens Medical (Singapore) as a senior software engineer and has experience in Agile.
Hannes Jansen van Juuren, is working on the governance and strategy processes. Hannes has public sector experience as a Policy and Business Analyst and as a Project Manager. He has significant computer skills and IT infrastructure knowledge and holds a Prince2 Certification.
Glen Leonard is working on the IT and information systems processes. Glen has a strong IT background with significant experience in backend IT systems such as databases and also has experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
Kaivalya Canay aka KC is working on the general operations processes. KC is currently completing a Master of Business Information Systems at Canterbury University. He has excellent real world experience in the analysing and mapping of business processes.
Iain Fraser joined PMI in 1994 and a year later was the founding member of PMINZ. Iain is well known within the global project management profession, as well as in New Zealand, and is a loyal and supportive member and volunteer of PMINZ. Read more about Iain in below files:
Promapp Promaster • South Island Branch Volunteer Coordinator • Review Committee
Lindsay Addie has been a PMINZ volunteer since 2014. He is a member of the South Island Branch committee as the Volunteer Coordinator. Read more about Lindsay in below file: