Is your diary blossoming with project management events yet? Here are a few conferences that I think it’s worth packing a bag for.
1. Project Zone Congress: Frankfurt, 27-29 April
This is the third year that Project Zone Congress has been held in Germany and I’ve been fortunate enough to interview some of the speakers (like Kevin Baker and Wilhelm Kross) – they really are a high quality bunch. Supported by over 10 PMI European Chapters, this event has a strong focus on European project management practice and lots (and lots) of choice.
2. PMI Congress EMEA (London): London, 11-13 May
The PMI Global Congress—EMEA is in London this year. 11-13 May at the ExCel Centre. Whoop! I have already registered and booked my hotel. I’ve been to the EMEA events before and they are well-attended and great opportunities to network and feel part of something bigger. I know a few people who have put papers forward and I think there will be a nice mix of content. I’m looking forward to seeing the full delegate details and registering for my sessions.
3. EVA20: London, 16-17 June
The UK’s major event about project controls and earned value is 20 this year, and is taking place at the Armourer’s Hall again. With a focus on good governance, EVA20 is a serious event with some fun bits and Stephen Carver. What’s not to like?
4. PMI New Zealand
PMI New Zealand Chapter’s conference will be in Wellington, 2-4 September 2015, Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.
Last year’s 20th anniversary PMINZ conference looked awesome from the website and write up, and included the national project management awards. If you are in that part of the world then I think this would be an amazing event to attend. It’s just a pity it’s so far away for me.
5. Women in PM National Conference: London, 24 September
Last year’s APM Women in Project Management event celebrated the 21st anniversary. This year they’ve already saved the date for the 2015 conference which is likely to be similar – with evening celebrations and various sessions on project management and career building during the day. It was really good last year – very inspiring. Read my write up of the 2014 conference here.
6. IPMA World Congress: Panama City, 29 September
The 29th IPMA World Congress will be in Panama City starting on 29 September 2015. It’s likely to be a few days long and attract speakers from over 30 countries. Last year’s event in Holland was huge. There’s nothing much on the website yet for the IPMA World Congress 2015 but this is an inspiring event and the only one I’m aware of with a specific track for young project managers.
7. PM South Africa
PM South Africa had a 3-day conference in 2014 which covered wide-ranging topics and a national awards ceremony. Their website doesn’t yet have details of the 2015 conference but I think it is going to be good.
8. PMI Congress North America: Orlando, 11-13 October
It’s been ages since I’ve been to a North America PMI Global Congress (mainly because it is so far and so expensive). When I have been it has definitely been worth it. The days are long but everything is included and there are also social and networking events so it doesn’t always feel like work. This year it is back in Orlando, Florida between 11-13 October.
9. Synergy: London, November
PMI UK’s flagship annual event is now in its 5th year. It’s normally around International Project Management Day and I think I’ve been to all of them so far. It’s an excellent day of celebration and learning with only one track, which means everyone gets the same experience. They still haven’t cracked getting everyone fed adequately in the short lunch break but aside from that it’s definitely worth attending and I’ll be there again as soon as they release the details. Read my write up of last year’s event.
10. PMI Congress Latin America: November?
There’s nothing on the PMI website yet about Latin American events in 2015 but given that Ricardo Triana is current Chair of the Board of Directors I’m sure there will be some happening events this year in that region.
Update: 16 January 2015
OK, a few people have been in touch to tell me about their great events. In a list of 10 conferences I had to choose what to include and I’d been collecting notifications for a few months prior to putting this list together. I couldn’t include everything.
I’ve changed my mind. Why not include a few more? Here are some bonus project management events for you to consider this year:
11. APM Conference: London, 19 March
The biggie missing from this list is the APM Project Management Conference in London in March. There is a fantastic speaker line-up, which is continuing to grow. Dayner got in touch to tell me that delegates describe it as “thought-provoking, influential and inspiring” with research showing that 94% of delegates would look to attend again in 2015. I should count myself amongst that number given I’ve attended previously and even spoken at two of the annual events.
12. PMI Netherlands Summit: Bussum, 11 June
The PMI Netherlands Chapter is hosting their annual summit on 11 June this year. Cees invited me to speak but for various reasons that didn’t work out so it’s a bit embarrassing that I left them off the list. Consider me chastised via Twitter for forgetting that one.
13. Project Management in Practice: Boston, 15-16 May
I spoke to one of the professors at Boston University recently and heard about the awesome Project Management in Practice event that they are hosting in May. It brings together practitioners and academics and is this year on the theme of developing project management competencies. It was on my original list although it didn’t make the cut: hey, as I’m adding more I’ll throw this one in as well.
So what events are going to make you get out a suitcase this year? Let us know in the comments.
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