Project management conferences help you stay up to speed with the latest trends, learn new skills, and rekindle the passion for your work, all while networking with peers and, why not, having a bit of fun. For all these reasons, you might be thinking it’s worth investing the time to attend such events in 2020, but how do you choose the right ones?
To help you decide, we've put together a list of top 2020 PM conferences to have on your radar. You'll find them split into two major categories (North America and International), each accompanied by a visual timeline, so you can see them all at a glance and plan your time more easily.
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A) Project Management conferences in 2020 – North America
Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Apr 6 – Apr 9 | Washington, DC, US, May 4 – May 6 | Toronto, ON, Canada, May 25 – May 28 | Boston, MA, US, to be announced | Vancouver, BC, Canada, to be announced | Chicago, IL, US, to be announced
Why: ProjectSummit Business Analyst World is the largest series of training conferences for BAs and PMs in North America. The conference is accredited by PMI & IIMA and promises to arm you with new tools and techniques that can be instantly applied in the workplace.
Where and when: Anaheim, CA, US, May 3 - May 6
Why: Organized by the Association of Change Management Professional, this 3-day conference is recommended for any PM or Change Management practitioner seeking to discover innovative tools and learn about the latest trends in the industry. This year's opening keynote speaker will be bestselling author Jacob Morgan.
Where and when: College Park, MD, US, May 7 – May 8
Why: The annual UMD Project Management Symposium brings together scholars and PM practitioners to discuss the latest industry trends and technological and organizational achievements. Join them for the opportunity to learn from the best, sharpen your skills, and engage with like-minded people. Attendees can also earn up to 12 PDUs.
Where and when: New York City, NY, US, May 11 – May 13
Why: Meet agile-minded people from all over the world and attend presentations, case studies, and hands-on sessions led by industry experts. Hosted by the Scrum Alliance, the 3-day conference provides tailored beginner, intermediate and advanced education tracks, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking.
Where and when: Detroit, MI, US, May 19 – May 21
Why: Agile & Beyond is a volunteer-run event that's growing in popularity even beyond the project management community. With a large panel of speakers and topics, the conference will provide useful insights whether you're a PM, product owner, developer or executive.
Where and when: St. Louis, MO, US, Jun 1 – Jun 3
Why: The Resource Planning Summit seeks to promote best practices in resource management, capacity planning and demand management across various industries and business. Boasting an impressive speaker lineup (e.g. the 2019 edition had David Hayter from the X-Men franchise) and timeless insights and topics, the summit is not just about learning – it also offers fun special events such as live concerts and backstage tours.
Where and when: Boston, MA, US, Jun 25 – Jun 26
Why: Organized by Boston University, the 2020 PMiP conference focuses on a more holistic, long-term view of projects and covers a wide range of topics aimed at academic and business professionals alike. Attending Project Management in Practice can earn you up to 16 PDUs.
Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Jul 20 – Jul 24
Why: The Agile2020 conference promises to push Agile knowledge deeper, discussing innovative ways to enhance business efficiency and make teams more sustainable. Join the conference to meet nearly 300 speakers from a variety of fields and connect with participants from over 40 countries.
Where and when: Seattle, WA, US, Oct 17 – Oct 19
Why: The PMI Global Conference is one of the largest project management gatherings of the year and a must for the vast majority or PM professionals. It is seen as the ultimate event for learning, building your credentials, and networking.
Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Oct 18 – Oct 20
Why: The Digital PM Summit aims to provide project managers with insights on team engagement, project development, budgeting and more. The conference takes a hands-on learning approach, mixing lightning talks with programming workshops, interactive sessions, and breakouts, so you can immediately put information to practice and gain a deeper understanding of the topics discussed.
Where and when: Orlando, FL, US, Nov 8 – Nov 11
Why: Organized by the PMI, the PMO Symposium is a great venue for PMO leaders and professionals who wish to sharpen their skills, build connections and get practical advice from their peers. The 4-day event gives you access to executive-level networking, workshops, interactive knowledge hubs, as well as traditional educational sessions.
B) Project Management conferences in 2020 – International
Where and when: Singapore, Feb 20 – Feb 21
Why: The SPMI Regional Symposium is Asia's most prestigious annual project management conference, bringing together over 600 professionals, scholars and industry experts. The 2020 edition focuses on Adaptive Mindset Leadership and will address topics such as innovative trends in project and program management, design thinking, management competences, new technology, and more.
Where and when: Malmö, Sweden, Mar 9 – Mar 10
Why: Organized by the PMI Sweden chapter, the Passion for Projects Congress is Scandinavia’s largest gathering of project management professionals and thought leaders. With 25 seminars and 4 keynotes, the 2020 congress will cover topics like creating value through sustainable projects and strengthening teams to become more receptive to change and innovation.
Where and when: Birmingham, UK, Mar 12
Why: Titled “The Art and Science of Programme Management”, the 2020 PgM SIG Conference aims to promote thought leadership and share real-life experiences and best practices in program and project delivery. The sessions will focus on topics such as collaborative behaviors, stakeholder engagement, and managing the realization of benefits.
Where and when: Manchester, UK, Mar 13
Why: Join two days of workshops, talks, case studies and discussions promising to offer refreshing perspectives on project and product delivery. Connect with peers from the tech community and learn new skills and techniques for managing projects, products, people and relationships.
Where and when: Edinburgh, UK, Mar 17 | London, UK, May 21 | Manchester, UK, Jun 24
Why: APM’s brand-new conference series, Power of Projects, aims to shed light on how PM professionals can deliver value in today’s constantly-fluctuating business world. The series aims to help you work smarter, adapt, and perform in a changing environment. Themes include investing in yourself, delivering project success, pride in projects, future thinkers, and more.
Where and when: München, Germany, Apr 21
Why: Organized by Projekt Magazin, PM Welt is the largest gathering of the German-speaking project management community. The 2020 will focus on collaboration as a main theme and promises a day filled with interesting lectures, exhibitions, discussions and workshops, all aiming to provide the framework, tools and inspiration to master the challenges of everyday project life.
Where and when: Gdansk, Poland, Apr 27 – Apr 28
Why: Held by the PMI Gdansk Branch, the New Trends in Project Management conference provides 2-days’ worth of lectures and workshops that will discuss the latest innovations and related to project management across various industries. Learn how to minimize risks in teams, face the challenges associated with large projects, and manage limited resources and uncertain conditions. On top of all these insights, you can also gain PDU points for attending.
Where and when: to be announced
Why: Held for the first time in 2013, PMIAC is now Australia’s leading project management conference and showcases the latest ideas and breakthroughs in the PM world. Gain insights from scholars, industry leaders and influencers on areas that impact the project management profession and the ever-changing business landscape.
Where and when: London, UK, Jun 2 – Jun 3
Why: Focused on project, program and portfolio offices, the PMO Conference provides a full program of PMO speakers, a dedicated exhibition, and opportunities to network. Join over 600 professionals, learn about new techniques, explore unique ideas, and discover the latest PMO research.
Where and when: Czechia, Prague, Jun 14 – Jun 16
Why: The PMI EMEA Congress attracts hundreds of project, program and portfolio managers from over 70 countries to reinforce industry skills, predict future trends and discuss innovative ideas. Join the conference for the opportunity to gain the knowledge and connections needed to stay competitive in your industry.
Where and when: Lagos, Nigeria, Sep 6 – Sep 8
Why: Meet experts, influencers and practitioners from multinational organization to share experiences, enhance your skill set, and get real-world insights into today's evolving business and project challenges. The 2020 PMI Africa Conference is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from around the globe including PMs, entrepreneurs, scholars, politicians, industry experts and humanitarians – great opportunity to broaden your network!
Where and when: Berlin, Germany, Sep 10 – Sep 11
Why: Held by the IPMA together with the German Project Management Association, the 2020 Research Conference aims to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners from the PM community to discuss ideas on the topic of self-organizing and work autonomy in projects. Learn about the practical applications of self-organization and discover the latest research achievements that will shape the future of Project Management.
Where and when: St. Petersburg, Russia, Sep 22 – Sep 24
Why: The IPMA World Congress is an international event expected to bring together over 900 participants from more than 70 countries. The 2020 edition will feature 140 speakers approaching varied topics around the general theme "Project Leadership in the Digital Age." Discover methods, tools, and techniques relevant for modern organizations and discuss new challenges and approaches to project management and leadership in the age of digitalization.
Where and when: London, UK, to be announced
Why: The APM WiPM Conference features the potential and contributions of women in the world of project management. Attend sessions and talks that explore matters of equality and diversity, while approaching staple topics such as trends, methodologies, soft skills and tools relevant for project managers and leaders.
Where and when: London, UK, Oct 1
Why: Organized by Wellingstone Project Management, FuturePMO is one of UK's most successful dedicated PMO conferences, promising to unveil technical innovations and groundbreaking advances for the PMO sector. Designed to be informative and fun, the event aims to empower you with tools and techniques tailored to the challenges you face every day in your work.
Where and when: Gold Coast, Australia, Nov 22- Nov 24
Why: The AIPM National Conference may well be Australia's largest event dedicated to project management professionals. The 2020 edition (the 42nd one!) will feature over 70 local and international speakers and is expected to attract over 600 attendees. Join them to share and gain knowledge on topics that drive the leadership of projects, while connecting with peers and decision-makers across industries.
2020 certainly has a lot in store for you in terms of project management education and networking opportunities. With so many noteworthy PM events all around the globe, we hope our list will prove useful in helping you choose. As we find out more details and new event dates are announced, we'll do our best to update the list and the two complementary timelines.
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