SMSer Paul Macdonald to speak at aipm national conference

Paul MacDonald, the Asia Pacific Capability Lead for Program and Project Services at SMS has been selected to speak at the upcoming AIPM National Conference in Melbourne. This year’s conference which will be under the theme of I3 – Innovate, Influence & Implement.

Held annually, AIPM’s national conference is a unique opportunity for project professionals to come together and hear from innovative local and international speakers, and enjoy first-class networking and social events.

Paul's talk will be on the topic of Portfolio Management and Optimisation as a Strategic Competency.

Growing out of the need to identify, organise, manage, and deliver projects, project portfolio management has developed to address both prioritisation and selection (“doing the right projects”), as well as execution (“doing projects right”) of important business initiatives. 

Historically, the emphasis has been squarely on process – the process of selection and prioritisation, and then delivery management according to time, cost, and quality constraints. More recently, the demand for clear enablement of outcomes and achievement of ROI in project portfolios have driven the development of optimisation approaches which depend on effective engagement of the business organisation at multiple points in the project portfolio cycle.

Paul's talk weaves together project portfolio management, optimisation, agile transformation, and closed loop management into a model which also addresses key aspects of corporate resilience and adaptability to achieve ongoing competitive advantage.


Paul MacDonald, Asia Pacific Capability Lead for Program & Project Services
SMS Management & Technology

Paul is a business executive with 30+ years’ experience in both local and international business environments. He has worked in Government, Engineering, Defence, Manufacturing, Construction, Water, Finance, Health, Agriculture, and Management Consulting. He is responsible for all aspects of the advancement and refinement of the Program and Project Services capability throughout SMS. 

For more information on the conference, or to register please click here.