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S: Lisa's Adventure to Oz, August 2012


1: I can't believe it!! I am finally going to a place I have dreamed of ever since I was a child...a place where kangaroos roam, where I will get to see the cutest sleepy bears in the world and a place where the ocean is full of amazing world renowned reefs and sea life. Australia Here I Come!

2: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA | DEPARTED | U.S.A. | 12 AUG 2012

3: MELBOURNE | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 14 AUG 2012 | ...is the most populous city in the state of Victoria and the second-most populous city in Australia. It was founded in 1835 and is located in Southern Australia, on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip. It was ranked as the world's most livable city in ratings published by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in August 2011 and again in 2012

4: Why did I go? | "Ask the Experts" Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:30 - 10:30am with Prof Pierre Bonnal, Lisa Wolf, Lynn Crawford, Peter Taylor, and Bob McGannon | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:15am - 12:00pm Lessons Learned from Internal Project Surveillance How to establish an internal Project Surveillance function that covers the key areas of project management knowledge and processes Lisa Wolf

5: ST KILDA is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. It is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park. It is home to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals. | 2012 Aug 14

7: ST KILDA BOTANICAL GARDEN was established 9/28/1859 and was later called Blessington Street Gardens. It was re-named 10/21/1984 by Cr John Callanan, Chariman.

8: The beautiful life size sculptures of Mali (the Asian baby elephant of the Melbourne Zoo which was born 2 years ago) are easy to spot everywhere in Melbourne. It is a free art event for the whole family. The Melbourne Zoo celebrates 150 years and got together 50 artist-designed elephants throughout Melbourne. The elephants stay in the Melbourne city from the 10th August 2012 to September 21st. After that the whole elephant herd will gather in the Melbourne Zoo. All the baby elephants will then be auctioned off on the 25th October. | 2012 Aug 18 | 2012 Aug 16

9: The odd thing about Melbourne architecture is the mix of the ultra-modern with the old-world England style and 30's deco all merged together.

10: Sites around Melbourne (say it like 'Mel-bun') that were interesting included a wonderful mixture of animal and plant life right in the city. Here we have a mother and ducklings, a wonderful oasis in the middle of the city, the classic Eucalyptus tree and a place downtown where you can see yourself on the big screen.

11: The Shrine of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November) and is one of the largest war memorials in Australia.

12: There were many dog lovers in Melbourne who were generous with allowing me to love their pets. And we visited and ate at Lygon Street, aka, Melbourne's Little Italy.

13: Healesville Sanctuary www.zoo.org.au My travel companions: Mr. Kym Henderson and Prof. Pierre Bonnal | 2012 Aug 17

14: KOALAS! | My first view of a real-life Koala was the little guy on the left who was sleeping. I fell instantly in love. The sculpture (on the right) of a mom and joey was a precursor to the REAL show. It was provided for the enjoyment of the blind and visually impaired and was sculpted by Raymond Ewers

15: This little guy was a camera hog. He just loved to pose, look at us, look off into the distance, then look back again. Koalas nap for 19 hours a day! They need to rest a lot because their food (tough, oily gum leaves) contains very little energy. We happened to arrive right when they woke up!

16: THE MAIN EVENT! Mom and two-days-out-of-the-pouch Joey!

18: Climbing Koalas | Walking Koala | Sleeping Koala

19: Echidna | Ibis | Heron | Tasmanian Devils

20: THIS PLACE WAS | Barking Owl, Hawk, and Wedge-Tailed Eagles all reminded us to use recycled toilet paper!

21: FOR THE BIRDS! | Up close and personal with a black cockatoo





26: DINGOES! | 12-1/2 week old puppy!

27: Dingoes became genetically distinct from dogs through isolation. But, dingoes and dogs can interbreed, which means it can be difficult to tell the difference, even for dingo experts. Skull measurements are helpful, but DNA testing is the only sure way to tell if it's really a dingo. | Dogs bark, dingoes howl. Dogs breed twice a year, a dingo only breeds once a year. Dingoes' teeth are longer and more curved. Dingoes have more flexible joints and their ears are always erect.

28: Rockefeller Tree Kangaroo | IT'S NOT OZ WITHOUT... KANGAROOS! | The main difference between kangaroos and wallabies is size. A kangaroo is much bigger than a wallaby: Wallabies grow to a max height of about 2 feet, but a kangaroo can grow up to a height of 8 feet. As well, kangaroos' legs are built for speed; whereas, wallaby legs are built for maneuverability.

29: Australia is home to some of the world's deadliest snakes. | Copperhead | Adder | Inland Taipan | Brown | Taipan | Tiger

30: SYDNEY | is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. | 2012 Aug 18

31: darling harbour | DARLING HARBOR A Sydney favourite destination for leisure and entertainment, with more than 40 restaurants, 30 bars, cafes, museums, theatres, parks and more. Darling Harbour is named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, who was Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831. It was originally part of the commercial port of Sydney, including the Darling Harbour Railway Goods Yard. During the Great Depression, the eastern part of Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) became known as The Hungry Mile, a reference to the waterside workers searching for jobs along the wharves.

35: sydney harbour bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbour since it opened in 1932. It is the worlds largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Bridge has always been the focal point.


38: BRONTE BEACH | new south wales | 19 AUG 2012

39: BRONTE BEACH is a small but popular recreational beach on Nelson Bay in Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. It is 2 kilometres south of Bondi Beach and north of the much larger Coogee Beach. A long distance ocean swimming event is held every December between Bondi Beach and Bronte.

44: BONDI BEACH | new south wales | 19 AUG 2012

45: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.

50: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957.


57: ...AT NIGHT


60: We saw South Pacific... it was fantastic

61: My homage to 'Honey Bun'!

62: TIME TO EARN MY TRIP! | 2012 Aug 20 | Ms Lisa Wolf’s visit to Australia gives PMI Sydney Chapter members and others a unique opportunity to attend this highly regarded course in Sydney. This course will focus on the approaches which can be adopted and lessons learned in setting up an internal project management surveillance function which comes from Booz Allen Hamilton’s internal experience as well as extensive experience assisting US Government agencies and other clients. Best practices which are essential for successfully establishing this function including processes, procedures, and vital internal relationship-building will be explored. | Overview: According to PMI’s website, there are over half a million certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®) Worldwide. With this wealth of demonstrated knowledge all over the world, why are so many projects still coming in late, over budget, and short of key scope requirements? Perhaps surveillance of project managers’ performance is the key to uncovering blind spots and unrealized areas of weakness. The term surveillance is derived from the French word ‘surveiller’ and has a military pedigree. It refers to keeping watch on a location or person. In the case of project management, the notion of surveillance begs the question, “What do you watch?” Observing a project manager first hand is unnecessarily overbearing and may not be warranted. What you can watch is a project manager’s outputs from baseline establishment through project execution, as well as the people, processes, and tools in place to ensure appropriate monitoring and control processes are in place. Solid surveillance can help improve these key project performance factors. Course Objectives: This workshop will focus on the approaches which can be adopted and lessons learned in setting up an internal project management surveillance function which comes from Booz Allen Hamilton’s internal experience as well as extensive experience assisting US Government agencies and other clients. Best practices which are essential for successfully establishing this function including processes, procedures, and vital internal relationship-building will be explored. Target Audience: The course is primarily intended for persons with responsibility for the oversight of or management of projects and associated roles. This includes Project Directors, Program Directors and Managers, PMO Managers and Analysts, Senior Project Managers and project managers managing large teams. Others who would benefit from attending this course include project stakeholders with oversight roles including members of Project Steering Committees or Governance Boards.

63: The class participants were very smart and excited. Every person who attended said that they would, indeed, recommend this course to their colleagues. | Admittedly, the view from the room was a little distracting... | Paxus sponsored the training room | Paxus employees' idea of an "honor system" - complete with threats. No, the Lisa is NOT me!

64: So, while I was hard at work and poor Kym had to sit through 8 hours of listening to me talk, Pierre got to explore Sydney by himself. On his journey, he ran smack dab in the middle of the return of the Australia Olympians. He got to touch a real Olympic Gold Medal!

66: SYDNEY TOWER | is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia. It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. After I taught all day, Kym and his wife took Pierre and I to dinner there. We had kangaroo, crocodile, and camel. | 2012 Aug 20 | kangaroo | camel | crocodile

67: 2012 Aug 21 | VIEWS FROM THE SYDNEY FERRY | On this day, we took the Sydney Ferry over to Manly Beach. The views were spectacular... well, most of them...

68: pelican | Pinchgut Island (aka Ft Denison)

69: A not-so-spectacular view... | Where I wished I were... :)

70: MANLY BEACH | new south wales | 21 AUG 2012

71: MANLY BEACH is about a 30-minute ferry ride from Sydney. The beach was named by Capt. Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there. He wrote about them, "Their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place". | I was a little preoccupied on the phone with my guy...

72: CANBERRA | is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 358,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne and is an entirely planned city. | 2012 Aug 22

73: Canberra | CANBERRA We drove to Canberra on Wednesday, August 22nd for Pierra to speak at the Wednesday night PMI Canberra Chapter meeting. On the way, we visited a neat beach and saw lovely sheep, cattle, and roos that went by far too fast to take pictures. On the way back (Thursday), we stopped at the Australian War Memorial, which was quite moving, and also saw a special and surprising "thank you" to the United States. Like Washington, DC, the city has a high population of public servants. It is a relatively new city, as it will be celebrating it's 100th birthday in 2013.

74: I picked up a LOT of Black Diamond and brought it home

75: There was something quite charming about this little beach | seagull | seagal

76: At the Australian Department of Defence (yes, with a c) *** A thank-you to the USA

77: View of the Parliament House from the Department of Defence | Army | Navy | Air Force | Australian Military Coat of Arms


79: Menin Gate Lions These medieval stone lions once stood on either side of the Menin Gate in the walls of the town of Ypres in Belgium Ypres was destroyed in the war, and these lions were recovered from the ruins of the Menin Gate. During the first world war, allied soldiers passed through the Gate to the battlefields around Ypres, where over 38,000 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded. The Gate became the site of a memorial to the British empire soldiers, including over 6,000 Australians killed around Ypres and who have no known graves. In 1936, the Burgomaster of Ypres presented the lions to the Australian Government as a gesture of friendship between that town and the people of Australia. They commemorate the service of the Australian soldiers who helped to defend Ypres in 1917. | It was a rainy day for us - but you can see the view started to clear - yet another view of the Parliament House, this time from the War Memorial

81: The Hall of Memory The focus of the Memorial is the Hall of Memory, a quiet place for contemplation of the efforts of ordinary Australians in war and for the remembrance of those who suffered and died. The Windows Each one of the Hall's fifteen stained glass windows represents a defining quality of Australian servicemen and women, incorporating images of Australian soldiers, airmen, sailors and a nurse, all from the First World War. The Dome The mosaic inside the dome depicts the souls of the dead rising from the earth towards their spiritual home, represented by a glowing sun within the Southern Cross. The Tomb On 11 November 1993, the remains of an Unknown Australian Soldier, killed in France in the First World War, were brought home from France and interred in the tomb in the centre of the Hall of Memory The Pillars Each pillar is dedicated to one of the four basic elements - earth, fire, air and water. The Earth pillar is made of marble and has associations with permanence and endurance, physical structure and the coldness of death. The metal pillar symbolises Fire; it is associated with energy and passion, patriotism and bravery. The wooden pillar symbolises Air; its polished surface is associated with disembodied spirit and the souls of the dead. The Water pillar is made of glass, ice-like and colourless. It is linked with the flow of change and transfiguration and the souls of the living.

83: Simpson and His Donkey, 1915 by Peter Corlett 1988 John Simpson Kirkpatrick enlisted in the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance as Private Simpson on 25 August 1914. He took part in the landing in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and became famous among Australian troops for his bravery and compassion. Under continual shellfire, he used a donkey to carry water up Shrapnel Gully, and to bring wounded men down to the beach on Anzac Cove from the firing line on the ridges above. After less than four weeks in action, he was fatally wounded on 19 May 1915. Although he was known on Gallipoli by a variety of nicknames, most of the soldiers who witnessed his bravery knew him as the man with the donkey, without ever learning his name. Simpson has come to embody for Australians the spirit of self-sacrifice in war.

84: Sunday, Aug 12 Depart Dulles Monday, Aug 15 In the Air! Tuesday, Aug 14 Arrive Melbourne Sightseeing at St Kilda Wednesday, Aug 15 Attend PMOz Conference, Speak Thursday, Aug 16 Grill the Experts Panel, Downtown Melbourne Sightseeing Friday, Aug 17 Healesville Sanctuary Fly to Sydney in Evening Saturday, Aug 18 Darling Harbour Sightseeing, Sydney Paddy's Market Hard Rock Cafe | Sunday, Aug 19 Bronte and Bondi Beaches South Pacific at Sydney Opera House Monday, Aug 20 Teach Class for PMI Sydney at Paxus Dinner at Sydney Tower Tuesday, Aug 21 Ferry to Manly Beach PMI Sydney Meeting Wednesday, Aug 22 Travel to Canberra PMI Canberra Meeting Thursday, Aug 23 Australia War Memorial Travel back to Sydney Shopping at Paddy's Friday, Aug 24 Fly Home | ITINERARY

85: Kym's Cat, Rusty | Sydney Subway | Tasmanian Devil | House made of Sandstone in Downtown Sydney | View from hotel balcony, Canberra

86: Farewell Australia... until next time....

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