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Project Management Conferences and Events 2021

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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.

With the global pandemic, all of these live events have looked very different over the past year and into this year.

Many have been delayed or postponed, some even until 2022. Some have gone completely virtual, opening up attendance to people that may not have the ability to travel.

We’ve updated our annual post to reflect what we know is going on right now and into the far future.

If you are looking to attend a project management conference in 2021, 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.

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July to September 2021

2021 Annual Rocky Mountain Project Management Symposium: Virtual and Denver, Colorado, USA, 27 August 2021

PMI Mile Hi is hosting a hybrid event this year with both a virtual and in-person option. It will be hosted at the Colorado Convention Center and the theme is Diamonds: Made Under Pressure. The two keynote speakers are Daymond John and Aron Ralston. It is nice to see a conference offering both options!

2021 AIPM National Conference: Virtual, 29 August 2021

The Australian Institute of Project Management has changed their annual conference to an online one happening over three dates. The theme is Together Towards Tomorrow, with a focus on our rapidly changing world. It is a platform for project leaders to gain knowledge and share experiences on topics that are driving the leadership of projects today and in the future.

4th Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2021: Mumbai, India, 2-3 September 2021

This virtual conference will focus on discussion on communication and leadership, two of their most requested topics by the project management community. They are partnering with PMI to gain their expertise on agile project management.

PMI Africa Conference: Lagos, Nigeria, 4 September 2021

This year’s conference will be virtual. It will bring together hundreds of project, program, and portfolio managers from around Africa and the world. It will feature opportunities to network and learn. The theme is An Ecosystem of Changemakers.

Women in Project Management Conference: Virtual, 20-24 September 2021

With a theme of Think Differently, this conference will be completely virtual. Christine Armstrong will be providing the keynote speech.

The Power of Projects conference went online in 2020 and you can watch the sessions on demand here. We will update with details of a 2021 conference.

2021 ASU Project Management Summit: Virtual, Arizona, 29 September 2021

Level Up! your project management skills at this half-day virtual event. It is for project management professionals at every level of their career, including those who are interested in learning more. The event is free for all to attend. Plus I am speaking at it! I will be presenting Engaging Stakeholders – 5 Key Skills at 9:00 am AZ MST.

Agile and Beyond: Detroit, Michigan, USA, September 2021

The Agile and Beyond conference was canceled in 2020 and a date has not been set for 2021 yet. We will update as we learn more.

October to December 2021

The Future PMO: London, UK, 14 October 2021

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.

Digital PM Summit: Online, 25-26 October 2021

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. As with most events, it is online this year.

I spoke at the DPM Summit in San Antonio in 2016 and you can watch my video diaries from Day 1 and Day 2.

PMO Conference UK: London, UK, 2-3 November 2021

Completely focused on all things PMO, this two day event features expert speakers, an exhibition with PMO products and services, plus the chance to connect with other professionals in the industry. It is taking place at a new venue this year, The Mermaid at Blackfriars Bridge in London.

I will be speaking at this conference on the first day about Stakeholder Engagification. My presentation will look at the differences between management and engagement in a project-led environment, and provide practical tips for “doing” engagement and encouraging participation through game mechanics. I hope that you can join me!

I attended the conference in 2018 and interviewed Geoff Crane. Watch the video below.

Dubai International Project Management Forum: Dubai, UAE TBA December 2021

It is the largest project management event in the region and will be entering its seventh year. There are not dates for this conference yet, but will update as they become available. Previous year’s conference were held in December, so I expect this year’s will as well.

It has over 2,000 attendees with speakers from over 50 countries, making this a global event.

January to March 2022

EVA Performance: London, UK, February 2022

We will update as we get more details for this annual event.

PMI Sweden Passion for Projects: Gothenburg, Sweden 14-15 March 2022

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 program management.

April to June 2022

July to September 2022

Agile 2022: Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 18-22 July 2022

Save the date for the Agile Alliance’s annual conference. Learn about latest practices, ideas and strategies and connect with other project managers.

October to December 2022

Global Scrum Gathering: Lisbon, Portugal, 17-19 October 2022

The Lisbon version of this event is to be held at the Congress Center Lisboa. This is an all levels conference. #SGLIS20 is three full days of keynotes and break out sessions to learn best practices and creative applications of Agile and the Scrum framework with professionals from around the world.

Pin for later reading:
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