Like pretty much everything else since the Coronavirus pandemic, project management conferences have been surrounded by uncertainty too. Many live events this year were postponed, some were cancelled, while others have moved online. However, we do have exciting PM conferences to look forward to in 2021, and we’ll tell you what we know about them so far.
We’ve compiled a timeline of major 2021 Project Management conferences that have been announced to date, along with a list of details to help you decide which events would suit you best.
Project Management Conferences 2021 – The Timeline
The Project Management Conferences 2021 timeline can help you get a quick overview of the top events of the year, when they’re scheduled, and where they will take place. The visual was created with the Office Timeline Pro add-in for PowerPoint and is free to copy, edit and share. Click the image to expand it or download the timeline as an editable PowerPoint slide and use it to plan ahead.
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We will update the timeline periodically as more conferences are announced or if the dates and locations change because of the pandemic.
Project Management Conferences 2021 – The When, Where & Why
Now let’s dive into the details of the PM events you might want to attend in 2021.
Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Spring (Date TBA) | Washington, DC, US, May 3 – May 5 | Toronto, ON, Canada, Spring (Date TBA) | Boston, MA, US, Fall (Date TBA) | Vancouver, BC, Canada, Fall (Date TBA) | Chicago, IL, US, Fall (Date TBA)
Why: ProjectSummit Business Analyst World is one of largest training conferences for BAs and Project Managers in North America. The conference is accredited by PMI & IIMA and promises to help you acquire new skills, learn from industry experts and innovators, increase productivity, and expand your network.
Where and when: Gdańsk, Poland, Apr 19 – Apr 21
Why: Held by the PMI Gdańsk Branch, New Trends in Project Management brings presentations and workshops that will discuss the latest innovations and best practices in project management across various industries. Attendees are promised to gain practical and technical knowledge, interesting contacts and a strong network, while also earning PDU points to maintain their certification.
Where and when: Online, April 22 – April 23
Why: The annual UMD Project Management Symposium is a blend between industry, government and academics, approaching diverse topics such as Stakeholder Management, Data Analytics, Federal Programs, Change management, Risk & Resilience, and Integrated Program Management. The 2021 edition will be held online, so you can join from anywhere for the opportunity to learn from the best and earn up to 44.25 PDUs.
Where and when: Gold Coast, Australia, April 27 – April 28
Why: The AIPM National Conference may well be Australia’s largest event dedicated to project management professionals. Details about topics and speakers have not been released yet, but the event is certain to help broaden your knowledge whether you’re a beginner or seasoned project manager.
Where and when: Singapore, May 6 – May 7
Why: The SPMI Regional Symposium is Asia's most sought-after annual project management conference, attended by over 500 Program and Project Managers, executives, scholars and industry experts. The 2021 edition will feature over 20 top-tier speakers sharing their stories, while topics addressed will range from leadership and PM trends to latest technology, tools and techniques.
Where and when: Online, May 27
Why: Usually held in Vienna, Austria, HAPPY PROJECTS has been a platform for national and international PM experts and academics to exchange knowledge on the topics of project, change and process management. The 2021 edition, “It’s Spring Time”, will address topics like: spring cleaning in Project Management, how to deal with increased uncertainty, mindsets in demand in spring, and purpose-driven changes, to name just a few.
Where and when: St. Luis, MO, US, Jun 7 – Jun 9
Why: The Resource Planning Summit invites you to “learn, network and play” during a 3-day event that promises to make education fun. Join leading experts, practitioners and authors in the world of Resource and Portfolio Management and connect with peers on topics like resource planning optimization, capacity planning, or demand management. “What about the fun part”, you ask? Well, be prepared for special evening events such as scavenger hunts, brewery tours, and other surprises.
Where and when: Online, Jun 8 – Jun 11
Why: Organized by the Association of Change Management Professionals, Global Connect is a virtual live event that promises engaging educational content for new and seasoned CM and PM practitioners alike. Attendees can look forward to discovering new tools, learning the latest trends in change management, networking with peers from around the world, while also earning PDU points.
Where and when: Jinan, China, Jun 12 – Jun 13
Why: The 2021 edition of the IPMA Research Conference focuses on Leadership and Society, studying the interaction between project management and leadership on the one hand, and social, political and economic processes on the other. The event aims to bring together academics and practitioners in Project Management to discuss research ideas and achievements on topics such as projectification, shared leadership, change, resilience, vertical leadership, stakeholder engagement and sustainable development.
Where and when: London, UK, Jun 14 – Jun 15
Why: Join 600 like-minded professionals for UK’s largest PMO conference. Focused on project, program and portfolio offices, the 2-day event boasts expert speakers, a large exhibition, and the opportunity to learn about the latest PM trends and tools, while expand your professional network.
Where and when: Boston/Online (TBA), Jun 25 – Jun 26
Why: Organized by Boston University, the 2021PMiP conference has change management as main theme and will feature three tracks: Agile Project Management, Sustainability, and Project, Program and Portfolio Management. Register to meet star-studded international speakers, up your capabilities as a PM professional, and earn up to 16 PDUs. Note: because of the pandemic, it is not yet certain whether the event will take place in Boston or online.
Where and when: Online, Jul 19 – Jul 22
Why: Reaching its 20th edition, the annual North American conference organized by the Agile Alliance aims to further Agile principles and provide an avenue for people and ideas to flourish. Agile2021 will be held online, bringing together professionals from all around the world to discuss the latest strategies, techniques and practices in Agile software development.
Where and when: St. Petersburg, Russia, Sep 21 – Sep 23
Why: Postponed from 2020 to 2021 because of COVID-19, the 32nd IPMA World Congress expects over 900 participants from all over the world and will feature no less than 140 speakers. The global has as main theme “Project Management in the Digital Transformation Era” and is dedicated to project and program managers in private and public sectors, scientists, and teachers alike. The event program will cover topics such as managing national programs, the evolution of PM tools and approaches, or mathematical methods of project management, to name just a few.
Where and when: London, UK, Oct 14
Why: The one-day event is one of UK’s most popular project management conferences, featuring inspiring and informative sessions that will push the boundaries of your PMO thinking. Besides top-notch speakers and interactive workshops, FuturePMO promises a day full of fun and surprises.
Where and when: Online, Oct 25 – Oct 27
Why: Renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, the Digital PM Summit is a good event to attend if you haven’t been to many large project management conferences and are a bit nervous about the networking part. The summit aims to accelerate your professional development as a Project Manager and help you work through challenges, absorb different perspectives, and find lasting connections.
Where and when: Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 17 – Nov 19
Why: A project management conference for all levels, the Global Scrum Gathering in Lisbon offers three days of keynotes and workshop-style sessions to help you learn the latest trends, implementation practices and creative applications of the Scrum framework. Join professionals from around the world, expand your network and get inspired to reach a new level in your agile journey.
Even though there’s still a lot of uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 looks promising. With plenty of Project Management conferences that have already been announced – and vaccines finally starting to become available – many PMs have started planning for the events they’d like to attend, either online or offline. What are your plans for 2021?
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