Project Management

Voices From the Top: Christine Burns, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

PM Network Staff

The AUD1 billion building upgrade at the University of Technology goes far beyond bricks and mortar. The school is also adding cutting-edge digital features such as a robot retrieval system in a library and 360-degree visualization in an arena.

But it’s not about throwing in some cool bells and whistles; it’s about delivering strategic benefits.

“The university’s strategic vision is to be a worldleading university of technology. This includes having state-of-the-art learning, research, social spaces and infrastructure,” says Christine Burns, who headed a law firm’s IT department before becoming the university’s CIO last May. “The building program is a key response to those long-term strategic plans.”

Along with overseeing a significant portfolio of technology projects for the new buildings, Ms. Burns also leads IT and audiovisual teams. Her focus is on the portfolio managed by the project management office, and the university’s long-term data center strategy.

Describe the project management culture at the University of Technology.

The university has always had a strong project management focus, and we use traditional project management methods on all projects. We put a very strong emphasis on appropriate documentation to make sure executives have all the information needed to make decisions and …

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