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Enhancing corporate methodology (eCapital) - Sinclair Knight Merz
Building organisational capability (Reviews, Roadmap, L&D etc) - Centennial Park
Management by projects (Changing an organisation) - DPWS/DSTA
Building team capability (Gallery Development) - Australian War Memorial
Accreditation assessment (Corporate & individual) - Raytheon Australia
Documenting organisational systems & tools (Methodology, guides etc) - RTA NSW
Developing accredited course (Advanced Diploma of Project Management) - AIM NSW

Sample List of Engagements

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Enhancing corporate methodology (e-Capital)
Sinclair Knight Merz
 (now Jacobs Engineering Group)


Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), now Jacobs Engineering Group, a leading international engineering, sciences and project delivery firm, have a highly developed corporate methodology (e-Capital) for managing major projects, particularly EPCM (Engineer, Procure, Construct, Manage) project. AGS Consulting & Training (AGS) were engaged to assist in further enhancing the system. AGS contributed on a number of levels including strategic advice as well as the production of documentation related to Project Management, Construction Management and Commissioning Management.  AGS were engaged by SKM as a result of prior collaboration, development of the Roads & Traffic NSW Project Management Guide & Major Projects Development system.

Key outputs from the SKM engagement included:

  • System flowcharts
  • Procedures
  • Checklists
  • Templates

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Building organisational capability (Reviews, Roadmap, L&D etc)
Centennial Park


AGS have had several Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust engagements including: 

  • A strategic review of corporate procurement and project delivery
  • Post Implementation Review (PIR) of $50 m, seven year Park Improvement Plan Program including Report. The Program was delivered through 104 projects.
  • Development of a 'Roadmap' (methodology) to deliver capital works projects
  • Enhancement of people's capability
  • Assessment of project management competency

 Key outputs/results from the various Trust engagement have included:

  • Strategic Review Report & presentation to the Executive Team
  • Facilitation of a Program Review workshop & development of Report
  • Improved capacity to deliver consistent resultsTraining course delivery
  • RegPM assessments of key personnel


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Management by projects (Changing an organisation)


The Department of Public Works and Services (DPWS), now NSW Department of Services, Technology & Administration, engaged AGS, to advance their Management by Projects (MbP) initiative. There was an identified need to achieve a common understanding and approach to MbP as well as eliminate barriers to its implementation across the organisation.


Achievements included building support for the MbP approach, clarifying the nature and benefits of MbP and providing project management services to initiate the 'MbP Implementation Project'

Key outputs from the DPWS engagements were:

  • a Management by Projects Guide for use by all managers and staff
  • a Strategy to Advance the Implementation of Management by Projects
  • a Project Plan to initiate the implementation of selected initiatives
  • a resource management system
  • an Intranet Web Site

Prior to the MbP work, DPWS engaged AGS to project manage it's 'Project Management Centre of Excellence Program'.

Outputs included: 

  • a Project Management Guideline
  • a Beginners Guide to Project Management
  • a training & development strategy
  • a culture change plan
  • projects to initiate a Project Management Office ('Project Support Centre')


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Building team capability (Gallery Development)
Australian War Memorial


The Australian War Memorial (AWM) needed to develop project management capability on the Gallery Development Project. Staff were seconded from different parts of the AWM to join the project team. The majority of team members, whilst specialists in their own right, had little previous exposure to project management.


Despite the cynicism of a number of team members, the initiative was successful in building the team and its capability. Concerns regarding losses in 'work time' whilst participating in a course were overcome when participants recognised both time savings as a result of applying tools as well as opportunities to improve results immediately through the application of principles being covered.

A number of contentious issues which had prevented the team from achieving a high level of performance were resolved in workshops. 'Sub-project' team coordination and task implementation improvements were significant. Participants were also equipped with tools for application to future initiatives.


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Accreditation assessment (Corporate & individual)
Raytheon Australia


AGS were engaged by Raytheon Australia to assess the competencies of personnel ranging from senior managers to project managers and team members. Assessments were carried out by Alan Schwartz, Director, an approved Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) RegPM accreditation assessor.

AGS were subsequently engaged by Raytheon to conduct a Corporate AIPM Project Managed Organisation (PMO) Accreditation Assessment.


RegPM assessments have been undertaken for over 100 personnel across Australia. Candidates have been awarded certifications (CPPD, CPPM & CPPP) as well as qualifications (Certificate IV in Project Management, Diploma of Project Management & Advanced Diploma of Project Management. Renewal assessments have also been undertaken for many candidates seeking recertification three years after their initial assessment.

Raytheon Australia were recognised by AIPM as a  Project Managed Organisation.


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Documenting organisational systems & tools
(Methodology, guides, processes, flowcharts, procedures)
Roads & Traffic Authority (NSW),
now Transport for NSW


The Roads & Traffic Authority NSW (RTA) engaged AGS to undertake a diverse range of services including system development, process documentation and reviews. This work was carried out for a number of different clients / sections within the RTA.


AGS developed a wide range of deliverables including:

  • Project Management Guide
  • Major Infrastructure project processes, flowcharts, procedures
  • Minor project processes, flowcharts, procedures
  • Estimating Guide Review
  • Traffic project processes, flowcharts, procedures
  • Project Development Operating Manual
  • Project Management Basics Course

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Developing accredited course
(Advanced Diploma of Project Management)


 The Australian Institute of Management NSW (AIM NSW) engaged AGS in 2000, to develop a core module 'Advanced Project Management' for its Diploma in Project Management course.  The module was a key part of a course accreditation submission to the NSW Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Board (VETAB). 

Alan Schwartz was invited to develop the course due to his longstanding relationship with AIM.  He regularly delivers both public and corporate learning programs, in Project Management, on behalf of AIM.


AGS developed the course from its own Australian Institute of Project Management endorsed course material.  Alan Schwartz was also invited to participate in the 'External Review Panel' for the Diploma of Project Management, being an important element in the VETAB course accreditation process.

Key outputs from the engagement included: 

  • a leaders guide
  • a participant workbook
  • presentation aids
  • an evidence/assessment guide

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