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.
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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.
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.
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
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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