QUT Executive Master of Business (Complex Project Management)

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About five years ago Defence Materiel Organisation in collaboration with the defence industry
here in Australia did an analysis with their performance in project management and the
analysis showed that their performance at the lower end of the project management scale
was fine but they needed to place some emphasis on developing the capability to deliver in
the area of complex projects.
That then led to the development to the world's first Executive Masters in Complex Project
Management led by Queensland University of Technology.
I'm a captain in the Royal Australian Navy.
I've worked in submarines in the past.
The future Submarine Program has just started up and it's going to be an incredibly complex
and challenging project and I thought I would come to the course so that I can learn more
about complexity so that I'm better prepared to go and be part of that program.
My plan for the graduates is that they are to take over and manage large complex projects
both within the DMO as well as within industry.
The thing that's particularly attracted me about the program and I think is a great success
of the program, it's not just been DMO people; it's been defence industry, it's been people
from other government agencies all working together and that's a great part of the program.
They actually, they are actually able to deliver a program for not just one organisation but
for many organisations.
Our program is about project leadership.
We try to do three things: develop our leaders to understand themselves and others, think
holistically, and think strategically about the planning, design and implementation of
I really enjoyed the fact that in every class you have two senior academics with their range
of experience and knowledge shared in the room.
But on top of that, they facilitate a conversation and a dialogue that continues throughout the
year and across the whole cohort.
It includes coaching and a program called Expanding Horizons; those two elements combined
to connect to my leadership style from a personal viewpoint.
So I was able to directly apply some of my personal values and translate them into my
leader's role and style in the workplace.
The big thing for me was being told by my boss Kim that others had mentioned to him
about how I had changed and how I had gone into their organisation and added value.
We need a range of expertise to bring this program together.
We need top flight academics, we have international and national local academics running the program.
We need industry practitioners who bring their business and project management skills to
the table and allow us to contextualise the learning that they're doing, and we use learning
designs to make sure that the learning really works for the learners.
The lecturing staff are just wonderful, they are very knowledgeable about their subject
and very interested to ensure that we understand it and learn how to apply it.
We offer our program in Canberra in the full-time and part-time mode and in Brisbane in the
part-time mode.
And we are in the future we are going to be offering this program internationally as well.
Twenty-first century is about project based organisations and this course is particularly
useful for anybody who is working in that environment where the complexity of interactions
can sometimes be completely overwhelming to the human mind.
For me I think the most significant outcome is that I have very senior project managers
that have changed.
When we looked at the program we identified that it was critical for me to get project
managers who actually knew how to deliver against projects.
We don't need any more processes, we need people who can actually deliver good decisions
and it's important to me to actually have people who make good decisions.
That's one of the outcomes of this course is that we do have people who actually made
good decisions.