27 Project Management conferences worth attending in 2019


Project Management Conference


Project management evolves at a frantic pace. Every passing day comes with new trends, methodologies and technologies, and a project manager who wants to stay on top needs to find a way to keep up with the changes. This is why proactive PMs strive to attend at least a few conferences every year, allowing them to learn the latest best practices, expand their network, and find opportunities for growth.

To help project managers and business professionals decide on the best conferences to attend in 2019, we've put together a list of major upcoming PM events that are worth pursuing. For easier planning, we've split the conferences by region (North America and International) and created a visual timeline for each category, so you can quickly see which conventions fit your 2019 calendar best.

A) Project Management conferences in 2019 - North America
B) Project Management conferences in 2019 - International

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A) 2019 Project Management Conferences in North America



Project Management Conferences North America

Resource Planning Summit

Where and when: Nashville, TN, US, Feb 10 – Feb 13

Why: Advertised as the premier thought leadership event for resource planning, the summit brings together leading experts and authors in the world portfolio and resource management. 2019 topics include driving change in larger organization, military strategies for resource management, portfolio optimization, and more.


ProjectSummit Business Analyst World

Where and when:

-Orlando FL, US, Mar 25 – Mar 27

-Washington DC, US, Apr 29 - May 1

-Toronto ON, Canada, May 27 – May 30

-Vancouver BC, Canada, to be announced

-Boston MA, US, to be announced

-Chicago IL, US, to be announced

Why: ProjectSummit Business Analyst World is a series of educational conferences dedicated to business analysts and project managers, accredited by PMI and IIBA. Attendees earn Professional Development Units (PDU) and Continuing Development Units (CDU) for each hour of learning.


Change Management Conference

Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Apr 28 - May 1

Why: The annual CM conference held by the ACMP brings together professionals worldwide to explore innovative practices and share the latest solutions in change management. Topics for 2019 include success factors for enterprise change, driving successful change when change is a secret, the role of SaaS apps in change management, and more.


UMD Project Management Symposium

Where and when: College Park, MD, US, May 9 – May 10

Why: Join PM practitioners from the US and abroad to make connections and learn best practices in areas like Stakeholder Management, Agile Project Management, or Construction Management. Other session topics include conflict resolution, negotiation, risk & big data, and integrated project management.


Global Scrum Gathering

Where and when: Austin, TX, US, May 20 – May 22

Why: Scrum Alliance's Global Scrum Gathering aims to provide Agile education and practical project management solutions through keynotes, workshops and activities focused on themes like applications of Scrum in fields other than software, organizational transformation, or Scrum in heavily regulated environments.


Agile and Beyond

Where and when: Detroit, MI, US, May 30 - May 31

Why: Agile and Beyond is a volunteer-run conference that aims to educate on Agile principles and practices. Although details about speakers and themes aren't available yet, judging by past editions, the conference covers a variety of industries and is suitable for both beginner and experienced Agile professionals.


Agile2019

Where and when: Washington, DC, Us, Aug 5 – Aug 9

Why: The annual conference organized by the Agile Alliance is dedicated to advancing Agile principles and providing a venue for professionals to connect and share ideas.


31st. IPMA World Congress

Where and when: Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Sep 30 – Oct 2

Why: The 2019 IPMA World Congress promises to bring together professionals from 70 countries for a comprehensive program of academic findings, new insights and best practices focused on the core theme of "Integrating Sustainability into Project Management."


PMI Global Conference - North America

Where and when: Philadelphia, PA, US, Oct 5 – Oct 7

Why: PMI's yearly Global Conference provides insights into the current business and project challenges and strategies. Connect to and learn from chapter leaders, business professionals and industry experts from across the world.


PMO Symposium

Where and when: Denver, CO, US, Nov 3 – Nov 6

Why: Get unique insights and a high-level view of how organizations worldwide approach project management. Choose from over 60 educational formats ranging from traditional sessions to informal knowledge hubs and offsite learning excursions.


B) International Project Management Conferences in 2019


Project Management Conferences North America

Deliver Conference

When and where: Manchester, UK, Jan 24 - Jan 25

Why: The Deliver Conference aims to help professionals deliver value to their clients and customers, regardless off the PM methodology used. Attend two days of talks, workshops and studies to get useful advice and new perspectives.


APM Project Management Conference Edinburgh

When and where: Edinburgh, Scotland, March 21

Why: The APM Project Management Conference in Edinburgh brings together influential speakers with diverse backgrounds, from business strategy consultants to economists and political journalists. The event focuses on two main themes, Sustainability and Investing in the Profession, and promises attendees up to 8 hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).


IPMA Project Excellence Assessment Training

When and where: Lisbon, Portugal, Mar 29 – Mar 31

Why: IPMA's 2019 event is aimed at potential Project Excellence Award Assessors who would like to gain a better understanding of the Project Excellence Model, as well as improve their interviewing and reporting skills.


PM Congress 2019 Research Meets Practice

When and where: Delft, The Netherlands, Apr 11 – Apr 12

Why: The Delft University of Technology has teamed up with PMI to organize the 2019 PM conference "Adapt or Die". Attend workshops, Ted-style presentations and research summaries that aim to provide insights on how to adapt to the changing landscape of projects.


New Trends in Project Management

When and where: Gdańsk, Poland, Apr 23 – Apr 24

Why: Held by the PMI Gdańsk Branch, the New Trends in Project Management conference focuses on the exchange of PM knowledge and best practices in Poland and abroad. Learn how to minimize risks in teams, manage large projects with limited resources, or move from Waterfall to Agile in a series of talks and workshops that can earn you up to 14 PDUs.


International Scientific Conference on Project Management

When and where: Riga, Latvia, Apr 25 – Apr 26

Why: The conference focuses on discussing the results of scientific research into project management. Selected papers will be considered for publishing in the Project Management World Journal, and attendees can earn up to 14 PDUs.


APM Project Management Conference London

When and where: London, UK, 2 May

Why: Learn to take control of your projects through a rich program focusing on how to adapt, work smarter, and improve performance in Project Management.


PMI EMEA Congress

When and where: Dublin, Ireland, May 13 – May 15

Why: The PMI EMEA Congress 2019 promises to provide project managers with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to bring about positive change. With participants from over 70 countries and a mix of traditional and non-traditional sessions, it puts a high value on networking and promotes learning by doing.


PMO Conference UK

When and where: London, UK, Jun 13

Why: Focusing on program, portfolio and project offices, the PMO Conference in UK offers a full day of presentations, sessions and networking activities, as well as a dedicated expo with new PMO products and services.


APM National WiPM Conference

When and where: London, UK, 2019 date not announced

Why: The AMP National Conference for Women in Project Management aims to give professional women the tools to develop themselves, their skillset and their teams. The date, themes and speakers of the 2019 edition haven't been released yet – we will provide updates as soon as we find out more details.


The Future PMO

When and where: London, UK, Oct 17

Why: FuturePMO is advertised as a friendly and fun PMO conference and promises to surprise you. The event is designed for PMO Practitioners at all levels and brings together leading industry experts curated from across the globe.


AIPM National Conference

When and where: Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20 – Oct 22

Why: One of the biggest PM events in Australia, AIPM's National targets both established and beginner project leaders, providing a platform to share experiences and gain knowledge on multiple areas that impact project management.


While this is not an exhaustive list of PM conferences worth attending, it should provide PMs with an overview of the education and networking opportunities they have in 2019. As we learn more details and new event dates are announced, we will update the list and the timelines. The Project Management Conference timelines were created in PowerPoint with the help of Office Timeline and are free to download, edit and share.


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Matthew McConaughey Timeline

Matthew McConaughey Timeline

Beloved actor Matthew McConaughey celebrates his 49th birthday this Sunday. Having played in a variety of movies, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to horror, crime and science fiction productions, Mr. McConaughey has garnered a panoply of awards and nominations, including an Oscar, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.

To wish a happy birthday to the one whose early performances inspired critics to call him the new Paul Newman, we have created the Matthew McConaughey Timeline, which summarizes his life and acting career, including some of his best known films.

After his breakthrough role in Dazed and Confused in 1993, the debutant McConaughey was then cast in two 1996 high-profile films (Lone Star and A Time to Kill), becoming a sensation and gaining the attention of numerous other directors. Throughout the early 2000s though, he had a series of appearances in romantic comedies that caused him to be typecast, for which reason he took a two-year hiatus to seek new opportunities and to move away from the genre.

He returned to the big screen in 2011 to portray a criminal defense attorney in the thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, giving what was considered one of his best performances until then. Two years later, losing 47lbs for his role as an AIDS patient in the biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, he reached the prime of his career, winning 4 awards and multiple nominations for Best Actor.

The Matthew McConaughey chronology was designed with Office Timeline, a PowerPoint extension that enables you to easily create stylish timelines and other similar visuals. The slide, which is available to be copied and shared for free, can be further restyled and updated using Office Timeline Plus Edition.

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Your project communications must have impact


Clear communications are fundamental for success

The lifeblood of successful projects, according to experts, is clear communication. But, communicating project plans, current status, or results to team members, executives, clients and other stakeholders can be a roadblock for many project managers. A clear Gantt-style timeline can display project status and future plans in a visually impactful way. It can display the long-term overview or a close-up of potential points of concern. Communicating these points clearly is vital to the relationships with all stakeholders. It can help to set expectations and enable agreements.

What does your project’s timeline look like?

A clear, professional Gantt-style chart displaying the important points of the project can be created easily and quickly using the Office Timeline Plus timeline maker in PowerPoint. The Office Timeline Plus add-in is an easy-to-use tool which can import the critical data needed from sources including Microsoft Project, Excel, Smartsheet and Wrike. The intuitive layout helps you create an impressive visual that will be interesting and immediately understandable.

Clear professional Gantt Chart


Expert advice tells us that extra attention needs to be taken to ensure that the relevance of the visuals used matches that of the audience. Think of their needs and fight the urge to include anything else but the most critical and valuable data. Scrutinize each element to avoid the possibility of overwhelming your audience. As in all presentations, you are addressing the stakeholder in the last row, as well as the one in front. Is your visual having the same effect to them? Office Timeline Plus provides the ability to enhance or hide any timeline element for its greatest impact on everyone alike.

Customizing your visual

Office Timeline has powerful features for customizing the style of your visual so that it delivers the message you want with an elegant, quickly understood timeline.

Use color and scale: Displaying the information with distinct colors or shapes for emphasis can be impactful in its brevity. The size and color of a taskbar or milestone can indicate the importance, the requirements, or the function of a specific task, component, or group. This simple method of communicating vital information can be created in minutes with stunning, easily digestible, and professional results using Office Timeline Plus.

Customizing Visual Timeline


Use differing timescales: Long-running projects are important to be displayed in their entirety but also need to be shown in close-up to address immediate issues and concerns.

Different Timescale Project Timeline


Avoid all that data: You have plenty of it but leave the details off the presentation. Less is truly more for a presentation with impact. Your audience can easily understand the relationships and time commitments allocated to tasks and their respective milestones, even without dates or long, descriptive titles. Keep the use of these to a minimum.

Minimal Details Presentation Timeline


Use templates for professional results

Keeping it simple doesn’t apply only to the final slide, it means spending less time in creating the slide. Templates are invaluable in this respect. Office Timeline Plus provides several templates designed for different industries, interests, or style preference that will kickstart your timeline creation and are easy to customize for your specific audience. The templates will give you plenty of ideas on how to design this visual for maximum Impact.

Professional Timeline Templates


Office Timeline Plus improves communication results

Using Office Timeline Plus will dramatically improve your communications with your entire project team and the project’s various stakeholders. Office Timeline Plus is a powerful add-in for PowerPoint which imports and converts data from multiple sources into elegant, professional timelines that will be remembered by colleagues, executives, clients, and other stakeholders in your projects.

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Useful Resources:

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How to Make Gantt Charts and Timelines on a Mac


There are many advantages to using a Mac. You may love it for its sleek look, its attention to user experience, the invulnerability of its systems, but also because it works so seamlessly with your iPhone and iPad.

But when it comes to creating important project visuals like Gantt charts or timelines, as a Mac user you may find yourself without many options or guidance. Most of the tools and tutorials available online today have been developed for Microsoft Windows because of the wide adoption of this operating systems, leaving Mac users out in the cold. And there's nothing more annoying than having to constantly switch back and forth to a Windows PC or a virtual machine just to use a professional timeline or Gantt chart maker when you have a tight deadline breathing down your neck.

That's why we've decided to show all of you Mac users around the world how you can make timelines and Gantt charts using Apple's iWork office suite of apps: Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. This new series of tutorials contains step-by-step instructions to help you get started and templates you can download to practice anytime.

We'll show you different options and guide you through different ways to do them. Some may take you longer, and some may save you precious time. Take a look, choose which procedure suits you best and start making Gantt charts and timelines that wow your audience.


1. How to make professional timelines for Mac

Gantt Chart for Mac

Timelines are a great way to visualize a series of events that happen over time, making it easy to understand and remember essential data. If you're a Mac users who needs to create timeline for important presentations, you can use the iWorks suite, as all three apps have functions that can produce timelines one way or another. Check out the links below to read the tutorial for the app you want to use.

Learn how to make a timeline in Keynote for Mac

Learn how to make a timeline in Numbers for Mac

Learn how to make a timeline in Pages for Mac


2. How to make Gantt charts for Mac

Gantt Chart for Mac

Similar to timelines, Gantt charts are powerful planning tools as they show activities or tasks and their corresponding timeframes in a simple visual format, making it easy to see the big picture at a glance, coordinate work, and track progress. As a Mac user, you can use your iWork applications to create such visuals. Just choose which app you want to use and explore the tutorials below.

Learn how to make a Gantt chart in Keynote for Mac

Learn how to make a Gantt chart in Numbers for Mac

Learn how to make a Gantt chart in Pages for Mac


Depending on the software you use, making clear, impressive timelines and Gantt charts can become quite a chore on Mac OS – or any other operating system. That's why using an automation tool like Office Timeline Online may be a better solution for Mac users who need to regularly build Gantt charts, update and present project timelines or other visual plans.


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How to Plan an Event: Tips and Tools for a Winning Event Plan


Event planners and professionals who have ever organized a conference or had to make an event proposal know how important it is to have a good plan in place – if they don’t want constant chaos and unnerving stress, that is. Whether it’s a product launch, a wedding or a convention, any event, regardless of size or complexity, can benefit from a clear, well-organized plan that will provide direction, clarify responsibilities, and ensure everything stays on track.

This article proposes a few simple steps and tips to help planners and coordinators create an effective event plan and manage it easily. It also discusses user-friendly event planning software and provides useful resources to get started faster and simplify the management and tracking process.

Event Plan


Best practices for successful event planning

Organizing an event can be an overwhelming process even for experienced event managers, and this is why they begin planning for it as soon as they possibly can – sometimes, this can be even a year or more in advance. The following steps will help professionals put together a coherent plan fast so that they can easily manage all of the moving parts involved in the event.


          1. Determine the basic event specifics

Before anything else, event planners usually ensure they have a good understanding of the event’s goal (what the client or organization wants to achieve through it) so that they can translate it into tangible, measurable objectives. Then they select an optimal date for the event, as well as a second-best as backup, taking into account the audience, religious or statutory holidays, and any other factors that may impact the event’s success.


          2. Make an event planning checklist

Once the goals are set and clear, managers can easily work backwards from them to create an event planning checklist that lists all key deliverables and activities involved in executing the event. These usually include - but are not limited to - details like:

  • Budget, logistics, catering and venue management
  • Volunteer management
  • Entertainment management
  • Sponsor management
  • Registration management
  • Marketing and PR activities

After mapping out all major activities, event planners can easily prioritize them, organize them into categories if needed, estimate the duration of each task, set deadlines, and assign responsibilities. This ensures that not only the manager, but everyone else on the team has a clear idea of what work is needed from them and when.

Event Planning Checklist


          3. Turn the checklist into a visual master plan

While a checklist can be a great start in event planning, it tends to be a more passive reminder of what needs to be done, and, in the case of large-scale events, it can get quite long and difficult to digest too. A plan that isn’t easily understood, checked on, shared and acted on by all parties involved defeats its own purpose because, for instance, team members may start to forget the original priorities as new opportunities come up or urgent matters approach.


To keep everyone on the same page and ensure the event stays on track, professionals may wish to turn their checklist into a simple, visual plan that clearly shows all the key aspects on a single page. One way to do this is to use a pre-formatted event planning template such as this one, which is a native PowerPoint timeline slide that users can download for free and manually edit with their plan’s data. More designs and ideas are available in this free timeline template collection.


Free Timeline Template Collection

Use an event planning app to easily manage your plan

No matter how carefully thought-out an event plan is, it is subject to change and it will need regular edits and revisions as the execution process progresses. While a PowerPoint template may provide a good starting point in building an event timeline, editing it manually to update the plan whenever changes occur will become a tedious, time-consuming task. This is why event managers often rely on automated tools to aid in their planning and tracking processes.


Using lightweight event planning software such as Office Timeline Add-in or Office Timeline Online will help professionals manage, track and update their event plan more easily and in less time. The tools were designed to be simple, familiar, and intuitive so that busy managers can get started right away, without having to learn complex functions and processes. Both event planning apps allow users to quickly enter or import their data and instantly turn it into a timeline similar to the templates presented above. Once created, the visual can be fully customized and updated with just a few clicks, as fast and as often as needed.

Event Planning Software

Although the two tools are quite similar in what they deliver, there is a major difference between them:


  • Office Timeline Add-in is a feature-rich desktop app that works on Windows and plugs into PowerPoint, allowing users to build, revise and share their plan right from within the familiar presentation tool. The plug-in integrates with management tools such as Excel, Project or Smartsheet, allowing for automatic timeline updates and data synchronization.

    Download and try the Plus version of the add-in for free.


  • Office Timeline Online is a flexible web-based event planner that works on any operating system, including Mac. It lets professionals build their timeline directly in their browser, access it quickly wherever they are, and update it on the fly using drag & drop. Once ready, the visual can be saved as an image or as a native PowerPoint slide to be used in important presentations.

    Make event timelines online now.


Event planning is considered as one of the most stressful jobs, but it doesn’t have to be. With a coherent plan in place and the right tools to manage it easily, coordinators and their teams can stay on top of their event and ensure its success.


Useful Resources:

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Office Timeline Online Quick Start Tips

Office Timeline Add-in Quick Start Tutorial


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