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April 22nd, 2016

Top Project Management Conferences To Attend In 2016

Top Project Management Conferences to Attend in 2016As you start planning for spring and summer, you need to think about how you will grow your experience in project management. If you haven’t already planned to attend a conference, consider going to one of these top conferences of 2016.

Project Management in Practice Conference

The Project Management in Practice Conference will return to Boston for the 10th time on May 13, 2016. This conference is dedicated to the technical side of project management. The focus includes sessions on project team building and motivation, ways to engage stakeholders, and using virtual capabilities to improve project outcomes. Novice to experienced project managers will flock to the conference, and those with a PMP certification can receive up to seven PDUs.

Change Management 2016

Change Management 2016 will take place in Dallas, Texas, from May 15 to May 18. Shawn Achor, author of The New York Times’ best-seller, “The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness,” is slated to deliver the opening keynote, and his discussion will focus on how positive and negative viewpoints of change can impact success rates. More than 30 sessions are available, and preregistration opens up a variety of additional sessions and opportunities to explore.

Resource Planning Summit

The Resource Planning Summit will be set in the Great Hall of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum from May 23 to May 24 in New York City. This conference will include analyses of what has and what has not worked in resource planning. Speakers include Michael Parish Dudell, author of “Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business,” Dr. Shelley Reciniello, an expert in organization, and Rick A. Morris, President of R2 Consulting, LLC. A pre-event gathering will also be available to increase networking opportunities.

PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2016

It’s easy to be put off by the costs of attending conferences, and you still have to get time off. The PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium is a completely free event. However, you do have to be an existing PMI member to register. Cybersecurity expert, Merritt Baer, Beth Spriggs, PMP and Priya Patra, an expert in Process and Applications, will be among the hosts of this virtual symposium. The event will take place June 30, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Mega SeminarsWorld and SeminarsWorld

Mega SeminarsWorld is designed to be a smaller version of the SeminarsWorld events, and this four-day conference will begin June 27, 2016. Vinh Giang will deliver the keynote presentation, and more than 30 seminars will be available. Attendees will learn how to apply the PMBOK, use advanced risk management tactics, become more agile, and improve other assets in themselves and their teams. The last SeminarsWorld for 2016 will take place in San Diego, California, over the course of four days before the PMI Global Congress 2016 begins.

PMI Global Congress 2016

This conference is will begin Sept. 25, 2016, and it will include a variety of educational sessions over the next three days. Although breakout sessions during the PMI Global Congress will not be as numerous as during SeminarsWorld, keynote speakers will include Afterburner, Inc., Executive Director of Wikimedia Sue Gardner, and Wes Moore.

PMO Symposium

The PMO Symposium is designed to benefit the entire project management office. The symposium will include multiple addresses for program managers, and the three-day event will begin Nov. 6, 2016, in San Diego, California. Additional topics on the agenda will focus on benefits of realization management and PMO actionable insights. However, the organizers have yet to announce speakers and what subtopics will be available in each session.

Each conference is filled with opportunity, and you can receive PDUs for attending nearly any of them. As a project manager, you can expand your knowledge and learn from the experience of others by attending these conferences. Plus, they are a great way to increase your networking skills.

Key Conference Dates to Remember

  • Project Management in Practice Conference – May 13, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Change Management 2016 – May 15-18, 2016, Dallas, Texas.
  • Resource Planning Summit – May 23-24, 2016, New York City.
  • PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2016 – June 30, 2016, online only.
  • Mega SeminarsWorld – June 27-30, 2016, San Diego, California.
  • PMI Global Congress 2016 – Sept. 25-26, 2016, in San Diego, California.
  • PMO Symposium – Nov. 6-9, 2016, in San Diego, California.

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