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Best Project Management Conferences 2019/2020

Joseph Mapue

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As business practices and technologies change, so does the field of project management. To get better at managing projects, you need to be on top of these changes. Because one thing is sure: you can’t be at your best by using outdated PM tools and techniques.

In project management, you’ll hardly make progress by staying put.

You need to be where the best practitioners are exploring new trends and setting the next standards of excellence.

There are great PM blogs and resource sites to help you with that.

Better yet, there’s a calendar of exciting events where you can personally learn new insights, gain new friends, and have lots of fun. Incidentally, joining project management conferences is an awesome way to build up your PDUs (professional development units) for certification renewal.

Project-management-conferencesSo here are some of the most noteworthy events on project management for the remaining quarter of 2019, as well as an array of conferences in 2020.

Pick the ones you like and make your presence count!

Mark these upcoming project management conferences in your calendar:

October

SeminarsWorld® in Philadelphia

October 1-4, 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Fees range from US$750 (member, 1-day participation) to US$3580 (non-member, 4-day seminar)

The SeminarsWorld® program provides hands-on learning in the management of projects, programs, and portfolios. Organized by PMI, this event is an accredited method for earning PDUs. Learn with peers and world-class PM instructors via small-group seminars on selected topics closely aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle. You can also attend a post-conference event on October 8-9.

  

PMI Global Conference 2019

October 5–7, 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Fees range from US$650 (student, full conference pass) to US$1750 (non-member, full conference pass)

For the vast majority of project management professionals, this is the ultimate event for learning, networking, and building your credentials. It’s also a great way to maintain your PMP certification, giving you the opportunity to earn as much as 18 PDUs. The conference coincides with PMI’s 50th anniversary and will feature live TED talks showcasing the notable achievements of project professionals over the years.

Project Summit Business Analyst World

October 7-10, 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Fees range from US$762 to US$2820

How does diversity impact transformation in the project management field? This conference presents and dissects answers to such questions as the workplace and the world of business become more diverse. Join insightful sessions to learn how to apply practical tools and techniques to your own projects.  

Future PMO 2019

October 17, 2019

London, UK

Fees start at £345

Organized by UK-based Wellingtone, this event attracts some of the best PM practitioners and thought leaders. Spend a day filled with insights, tactics, and inspiration to spur your project management chops. Discover new trends, challenges, and techniques that will transform how you plan, execute, and complete a project.

The Digital PM Summit

October 20–22, 2019

Orlando, Florida, USA

Fee (summit only): US$1,099

Organized by Bureau of Digital, this three-day conference provides opportunities for learning, solving problems, and building strong communities of project-oriented professionals. Join presentations, break-out sessions, and face-to-face interactions centering on PM methodologies, approaches, and trends. Discover smarter ways of motivating your team, accelerating projects, and keeping all stakeholders happy.  

Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) 2019 National Conference

October 20–22, 2019

Melbourne, Australia

Fees range from AU$1,950 (member), AU$2,399 (non-member)

This three-day event may well be Australia’s largest conference on project management. The theme for 2019 centers on the future of the field and the role of PM practitioners as change agents. Connect with more than 600 project leaders and decision-makers across industries. Choose from 35 professional development sessions to attend.

Global Scrum Gathering

October 28–30, 2019

Vienna, Austria

Fees range from US$1,525 (Member), US$1,795 (Non-member)

Connect with hundreds of Scrum practitioners from around the world and from every sector you can think of. Enhance your current proficiencies and learn new techniques that will help drive your team to ever higher levels of performance. Attend talks, case studies, and hands-on sessions on leadership, innovation, enterprise agility, and other fascinating subjects. This annual conference is hosted by the Scrum Alliance.

Women in Project Management (WiPM)

October 24, 2019

Dublin, Ireland

Fees range from €225 (Early Bird)  €275.00 (RRP)

Organized by the PM Summit Ltd.,, this one-day event features the contributions, impact, and potential of women in the field of project management. The talks and sessions will explore issues of diversity and equality while covering staple topics such as techniques, soft skills, trends, tools, and methodologies.

 


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November

International Project Management Day 2019 Online Conference: Focusing On What Matters November 7, 2019, to February 9, 2020

On-demand webinar (virtual event)

Fees range from US$59 (before November 7), US$79 (after November 7)

This online conference draws professionals and domain experts around the world to explore issues, discover trends, and find solutions for intriguing challenges in the field of project management. Sharpen your competencies in Agile, Scrum, and Project Leadership. You can join the event and watch video presentations wherever you are via your computer or smartphone. Organized by the International Institute for Learning, this online conference provides an opportunity to earn as much as 26 PDUs. 

PMO Symposium 2019: Delivering the Future

November 3–6, 2019

Denver, Colorado, USA

Fees start at $2,750

Organized by the Project Management Institute (PMI), this event is the perfect venue for leaders who aim to win the future by building their skills and broadening their networks. Invited speakers include Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and an expert on creating cultures of innovation. Also to deliver a keynote address is Roger Martin, one of the world’s most powerful influencers in the fields of integrative thinking, business design, and corporate responsibility.

7th Art of Projects Conference

November 7, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

Fees start at 84,000 HUF

(~US$280)

Hundreds of professionals will congregate in Budapest for PMI’s international event on project, program, and portfolio management. The 7th Art of Projects Conference promises to be a rich opportunity for skills development, social networking, and career advancement for PM practitioners. Sessions will include keynotes and lectures on situational project management, and leading people through a period of change.

SeminarsWorld® in Houston

November 11–14, 2019

Houston, Texas, USA

Fees vary per seminar, starting at US$750

PMI’s SeminarsWorld® programs consist of in-depth seminars designed to advance the skills, network, and careers of project-oriented professionals. Delivered in a small group setting and using real-world projects, each seminar ensures hands-on, face-to-face learning for each and every participant. Topics for 2019 include creativity tools, basic agile principles, motivational storytelling, and simultaneous management of multiple projects.

XIV International Congress PMI Poland Chapter

November 18-20, 2019

Warsaw, Poland

Fees start at PLN zł 1,350

(~US$342)

The 14th International Congress hosted by the Polish chapter of PMI will focus on the latest trends and innovations as the allied fields of work, leadership, and project organization rapidly evolve. Reflecting the event’s slogan for 2019 (“Make the difference”), the conference highlights corporate agility and the digitalization of projects.

PMI MENA Conference

November 24, 2019 Manama, Bahrain Fees range from US$30 to US$250

Joining this event will help you stay current on project management trends and best practices. The conference is also an excellent venue for building your professional network, earning PDUs, and advancing your career. The topics scheduled for 2019 include bridging the strategy-to-execution gap in project development, a project case study featuring Saudi Aramco, stakeholder management, and AI-driven leadership.

December

Project Summit Business Analyst World

December 2-5, 2019 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Fees range from US$685 (groups >5), and US$762 (individual)

The more than 40 sessions in this event are all accredited sources to earn as much as 26 PDUs. These sessions include keynotes, hands-on workshops, lectures, and interactive classes. Keynote topics vary and cover organizational roadblocks, passion and purpose in leadership, and the impact of data on project management.

SeminarsWorld® in Las Vegas

December 2–5, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Fees vary per seminar, starting at US$750

This instance of PMI’s SeminarsWorld® program features more than 15 seminars designed to accelerate your project management skills, network, and credentials. Earn PDUs while learning new techniques, tools, and tactics that can help you lead projects smarter. The Las Vegas event covers fascinating issues such as common-sense leadership, value delivery, agile transformation, and office politics.    

Dubai International Project Management Forum

December 7–10, 2019

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fees start at US$270

With one of the most impressive cityscapes and urban services in the world, Dubai exemplifies a well-planned and well-executed project. That makes the Middle Eastern hub an excellent choice for a venue to host the region’s largest international conference on project management. This year’s event centers on hybrid project management, remote collaboration, the millennial leader, and economic diversity. The forum provides opportunities to earn as much as 25 PDUs.

Other Noteworthy Conferences (2020)

International Conference on Software Project and Resource Management ICSPRM

January 09-10, 2020

Singapore

Fees start at €250

Computer algorithms run much of the world and modern life, making software development a staple area of coverage for project managers. This event brings together leading practitioners, researchers, and academics who will explore and present fascinating aspects of software project and resource management. Organized by WASET, the conference is a great way to deepen your knowledge, extend your professional connections, and earn PDUs.

  

International Conference on Project Management and Quality Control ICPMQC

January 13-14, 2020

Zurich, Switzerland

Fees start at €250

Next to budget and timeline, quality is the most important benchmark for assessing a project’s success. This conference focuses on the cross-sections of project management and quality control. The two-day event features talks on lean manufacturing, the political and legal implications of business innovation, time and cost-efficiency analyses, and other fascinating topics.

International Conference on Software Project and Risk Management (ICSPRM)

February 6-7, 2020

Mumbai, India

Fees start at €250

Organized by WASET, this conference draws some of the world’s best practitioners, researchers, and academics to present emerging trends and explore different aspects of risk management as they relate to the development and success of projects. This year, the event features various research including the relationship between person-environment fit and corporate financial performance. Other topics include water resource governance, knowledge sharing in manufacturing companies, and cost-effective approach for the development of mid-size enterprise software.  

PMI Singapore 15th Regional Symposium

February 20-21, 2020

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Fees start at US$484 (early bird, until October 15)

More than 600 practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders attend the Regional Symposium organized by Singapore chapter of PMI. Join, connect, and collaborate with these professionals to explore new trends, solve challenges, and grow opportunities in program and portfolio management. Earn up to 16 PDUs. The 15th regional symposium features sessions, workshops, and talks on every aspect of project management including best practices and techniques in the handling of risk and change. “Adaptive Mindset Leadership: Bringing PM into a New Decade” is the theme for the regions 15th most sought after annual conference.

Passion for Projects Congress

March 9-10, 2020

Malmö, Sweden

Registration has yet to open

If you love working on projects, then this conference is being organized to meet many of your expectations. Spearheaded by the Swedish chapter of PMI, this event represents Sandinavia’s largest gathering of practitioners and thought leaders in the field of project management. Slated to feature around 25 breakout sessions and 4 keynotes, the event is also an opportunity to earn PDUs.  

International Conference on Kanban and Project Management ICKPM

April 23-24, 2020

Tokyo, Japan

Fees start at € 250

Kanban is one of the most recognizable concepts in manufacturing, project management, and organizational dynamics. Introduced in Japan, it has come to symbolize the ideals of simplicity and efficiency. In April 2020, the International Conference on Kanban and Project Management provides an interdisciplinary platform for professionals, academics, business leaders, researchers, and policy makers to explore the many aspects of management and find new ways to drive the efficiency and impact of projects. A number of key topics are expected to spark insightful conversations including success factors for data quality, PM process modelling, and changes in SIx Sigma implementations and lean standards. 

Conclusion

The finest project management professionals go out of their way to build skills, discover new tools, and continuously refine their techniques. There’s still time and a lot of opportunities this year to do all of that. Any one of the foregoing events can make a difference in your career and personal development.

Whichever conference you decide to participate in, make sure that the benefits outweigh the cost of joining. You know the drill: set goals, stick to a budget, and don’t forget to have fun while learning. 

No travel plans yet? No problem. You can spruce up your project management credentials with accredited online courses. Not a project manager? No big deal. You can still benefit from learning the basics.

Bottom line: project management is not for people who make excuses. It’s for professionals who make things happen.

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Joseph Mapue

Joseph Mapue

Joseph Mapue wears his writer's hat wherever he goes, crafting top-notch content on business, technology, creativity, and innovation. He is also a dreamer, builder, father, and gamer.

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