Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me.
Many conferences have early bird pricing so it is worth checking out the events that interest you as soon as you can in case you need to get corporate funding to attend.
If you are looking to attend a project management conference in 2019, chances are there is something happening near you that will be fun and meet your professional goals.
I’ve compiled this extensive list of conferences both local to me in the UK and around the world. Use this quick link menu below (on the main full article page) to jump to the relevant portion of the year.
January to March 2019
PMI Sweden Passion for Projects: Stockholm, Sweden 11-12 March 2019
The PMI Sweden is an event with inspiring speakers, professional colleagues, and companies in different sectors gathered with the goal of sharing their knowledge and experience in project, portfolio, and programme management. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm.
SPMI Symposium: Singapore, 28-29 March, 2019
The theme this year is “Value Creator, Change Agent, the DNA of PM” The Symposium will highlight strategic project management for better business results, economy outlook and industry performance, and ensuring career growth in challenging environments. It will be held at the Marina Bay Sands – Sands Expo and Conference Center in the heart of Singapore.
April to June 2019
eVa24: London, UK, 10-11 April 2019
At the time of writing, I have the dates for this year’s conference but no other details. The website isn’t even updated yet. I will update as more information becomes available.
This year marks its 24th year (yes, really!). It’s one of the longest running conferences that I know of. They always offer a wide variety of talks – it isn’t just about earned value.
It always has a unique feel to it and the team make it very entertaining. There is even a candlelit dinner. It normally takes place at the beautiful Armourers’ Hall near Moorgate station.
Elizabeth Harrin speaking at EVA 2015
International Scientific Conference on Project Management: Riga, Latvia, 25-26 April 2019
The conference takes place in Latvia, but the official language of the event is English. The theme is “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives.” Its focus is on discussing scientific research related to project management issues and to encourage networking between professionals in the industry.
I think events like this are showing how diverse the project management community is. We’ve come a long way since Henry Gantt.
Change Management 2019: Orlando, Florida, USA, 28 April-1 May 2019
The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) is hosting their annual conference in Orlando, Florida this year. The theme is “Change is Universal” and is your chance to network with other professionals who are spearheading change. It is being hosted at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort within Universal Orlando making this a great conference to combine business with a vacation.
APM Project Management Conference: London, UK, 2 May 2019
APM is always an exceptional event and I’ve spoken at it in the past (You can read my write up of the 2016 conference here). This year’s theme is “Power of the Profession.” The conference will look at how the profession is delivering value in a transforming world and transitioning from a position of facilitation to influence.
It is being held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London right near the London Eye. You do not need to be a member of APM to attend.
PMI EMEA Global Congress: Dublin, Ireland, 13-15 May 2019
Three days of professional development with hundreds of project, programme, and portfolio managers from around the world. Daily themes will include global trends and shifts in the industry. This conference will take place in Dublin. The theme is Innovation Made Possible by a Project Manager.
Check out the highlights from last year’s conference in Berlin.
Global Scrum Gathering: Austin, Texas, USA, 20-22 May 2019
This conference has two sessions this year. Look below for the details of the October Gathering in Vienna. The focus will be taking Agile to the next level in your organization. There is a good mix of presentations, hands-on workshops and coaching. #SGAUS19 has a number of themes including Champions of Agile, Organizational Transformation: the Learning Curve, Scrum in Hard Places, Scrum in My Heart, Scrum Tool Kit and Scrum in Weird Places.
It takes place at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin. I’m not an Agile expert by an means but if Scrum is your wheelhouse, this could be a good event to get to.
PMI Australia: Gold Coast, Australia, 27-28 May 2019
Billed as the premier project management conference in Australia, PMI Australia it will be hosted at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast. This year’s theme is “Change the Game” It will bring reflect on the breakthroughs of CommGames 2018 as well as showcasing the latest thinking in project management. It is billed a family friendly event.
Agile and Beyond: Detroit, Michigan, USA, 30-31 May 2019
The Agile and Beyond conference is completely volunteer-driven and devoted to Agile and product development. Now in its sixth year it will take place at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.
The schedule is not out yet for this year, but you can look at previous year’s schedules to get an idea of what will be presented. They host over 100 sessions in a two day period. This conference always sells out.
PMO Conference UK: London, UK, 13 June 2019
Completely focused on all things PMO, this one day event features expert speakers, an exhibition with PMO products and services, plus the change to connect with other professionals in the industry. I attended the conference in 2018 and interviewed Geoff Crane. Watch the video below.
Project Management in Practice: Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 13-14 June 2019
Visit Boston University for the Thirteenth Annual Project Management in Practice Conference—for project management newcomers as well as certified practitioners. Two days of exciting presentations on topics ranging from agile project management to strategic project management, underscoring soft skills and behavioral competency.
The 2 day event sold out in 2018, so make sure you register early.
July to September 2019
Agile 2018: Washington, D.C., USA, 5-9 August 2019
This year’s event is being held at the Gaylord National. The Agile conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and offering a venue for people and ideas to meet and grow. There will be attendees from over 40 countries in attendance.
PMI Africa Conference: Nairobi, Kenya, 8-10 September 2019
There are not too many details about this year’s conference yet, but you can register your interest via email to learn more. The theme is “Be a Difference Maker.” Plus you can check out the details from past year’s conferences to get a feel for what this one entail. Join hundreds of practitioners and professionals from around Africa and the world to network, share experiences and reinforce core skills.
PMINZ Project Management Conference 2019: TBA
Hosted by the PMI New Zealand Chapter the 2018 event was at Skycity. There is no information for the 2019 conference, but I will update as information is available.
October to December 2019
The Future PMO: London, UK, 17 October 2019
The Future PMO is a day devoted to PMO professionals. This is a fun and unique conference that brings together experts across many industries to learn from each other. Network and meet with your peers, attend the keynote and morning sessions, and in the afternoon attend workshop sessions.
It is being held at the Novotel London West which is just a 3-minute walk from the Hammersmith Underground Station.
2019 AIPM National Conference: Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 October 2019
The Australian Institute of Project Management has their annual conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. As more information becomes available I will update this post.
Digital PM Summit, Orlando, Florida, USA, 20-22 October 2019
The Digital PM Summit is one of the best organised and most welcoming events I have ever attended. They made being a speaker and delegate so easy, and the atmosphere was very friendly. This is a good event to go to if you haven’t been to many conferences and are a bit nervous about the networking part of the larger events. This year it is taking place close to Mickey.
Global Scrum Gathering: Vienna, Austria, 28-30 October 2019
The Vienna version of this event is to be held at Messa Wien Halle D. This is an levels conference. It is three full days of keynotes and break out sessions geared to Agile professionals.
PMO Symposium: Denver, Colorado, USA, 3-6 November 2019
The theme for this one is not out yet, but will update as it becomes available. This four day conference will bring together PMO leaders for advanced workshops and networking. You will learn how to set up a resilient PMO. It is set to be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center.
Dubai International Project Management Forum: Dubai, UAE TBA December 2019
It is largest project management event in the region and will be entering its sixth year. There are not dates for this conference yet, but will update as they become available.
IRNOP 2019: TBA
The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) was in Australia for 2018 and details for the 2019 event have not yet been announced. You can check out the information for IRNOP 2018 though.
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