At the beginning of each year we all reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. It’s not a bad practice, but why save it for once a year? There is no time like the present for looking backwards and planning forwards.
Luckily for project management professionals, there are ample opportunities throughout the year to hunker down with colleagues, network and learn about new techniques and project management technologies in the industry.
Each year we like to collect some of the best project management conferences, so that our readers can schedule one that’s convenient in their datebooks. It’s a great time to further your education, keep up on your certification and get a chance to rub shoulders with others in your field from all over the world.
So, save the date and mark your calendars, whether analog or digital: here are the top project management conferences of 2020.
Multiple Dates & Locations
One of the largest series of conferences for project managers in North America, the Project Summit has industry innovators who help professionals be more productive, and learn best practices, skills and strategies to succeed. Attendees can earn up to 26 PDUs. The locations include Orlando, FL; Washington, DC; Toronto, ON; Boston, MA; Vancouver, BC and Chicago, IL.
March 25-27, 2020 / Atlanta, GA
This project management conference covers topics such as the project management framework and its terminology, process groups and the nine knowledge areas of the PMBOK. It also focuses on the technical project management environment, life cycles in a technical environment and IT exercises to better lead projects.
April 27-29, 2020 / Chicago, IL
A software development conference with workshops on the theme of Our Digital Tomorrow. Featured topics include cloud native, machine learning, microservices, human side of tech, programming languages, DevOps, serverless, security and IoT. The conference serves developers, team leads, architects and project managers.
May 3-6, 2020 / Anaheim, CA
Change management is changing, and this is the annual meet-up to stay updated on the shifting environment. Attendees can choose the sessions that speak to their concerns. Laszlo Bock, formally on the senior management team of Google, will be the closing speaker of the event. He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Work Rules! Insights From Inside Google to Transform How Your Live and Lead.
May 7 and 8, 2020 / University of Maryland
Learn new and practical insights that can be implemented in your work. There are speakers on diverse topics that drive the industry, including creating productive workplaces, redesigning project management around the brain and organizational change. It’s attended by industry, governmental and academic professionals. Attendees can earn up to 12 PDUs towards their PMP certification.
May 11-13, 2020 / New York, NY
For the agile enthusiast, this scrum gathering takes place twice a year since 2013. There are presentations and interactive sessions led by experts that explore current implementation best practices and creative applications of agile and the scrum framework.
May 19-21, 2020 / Detroit, MI
The speakers and panels are still being confirmed at this time, but in the past this conference has tapped every aspect of agile. Agile continues to be on the ascent in project management, and this is the place to stay current and not be left behind.
May 21, 2020 / London, UK
Produced by the Association for Project Management (APM) and open to all industry professionals, regardless of their discipline of level of experience, the Power of Projects conference series focuses on people, projects and delivery tools. Keynote speaker is Nick Smallwood, CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.
June 1-3, 2020 / St. Louis, MO
Leaders in the industry work to promote best practices in resource management, demand management and capacity planning. Learn how to strategize and better execute projects. There will be professionals giving presentations and network opportunities and tours of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.
June 2-3, 2020 / London
Designed for the PMO practitioner, this project management conference focuses on portfolio, program and project offices. This conference is an educational bonanza for professionals, featuring PMO expert speakers, an exhibition hall of PMO products and services and time set aside for networking. There are over 600 delegates who attend.
June 14-16, 2020 / Prague, Czechia
The theme of this year’s congress is Powering the Project Economy. Speakers and presentations have not yet been announced; however, the general thrust is about today’s global economic climate and how it impacts project management and project teams.
June 25-26, 2020 / Boston, MA
The event focuses on sustainability in projects, programs and portfolios, with a long-term and enterprise-level view. Attendees can ear up to 16 PDUs. More information will become available on the site as the event date gets closer.
July 20-24, 2020 / Orlando, FL
The annual North American conference for the agile community is dedicated to further agile principles and offer a platform on which ideas can be shared and flourish. Like many of these conferences occurring later in the year, the sponsors and speakers have not yet been settled on. Check on the site for updates.
October 17-19, 2020 / Seattle, WA
This is the leading global project management conference in the industry, serving project, program and portfolio management professionals. The conference gives out certifications, PDUs and offers a large community of project professionals with which to network. There will be a series of live TED talks that will address the changing world of project management.
October 18-20, 2020 / Orlando, FL
Building community is what motivates the Bureau of Digital’s annual Digital PM Summit. This event attracts international attendees, split between agency DPMs and in-house DPMs. The summit is still accepting applications from experienced, energetic speakers to talk on a variety of topics.
November 3-6, 2020 / Denver, CO
This PMI-produced annual event for PMO professionals has not announced its speakers yet. However, PMI is the leading trade organization for project managers in North America and has access to experts, experienced trainers, teachers and presenters. It is not to be missed.
Conferences offer you the chance to meet others in your field, brush up on your techniques and learn new ones. Once you get back from whatever conference you attend, you’ll have a newfound enthusiasm for your work. ProjectManager.com is a cloud-based project management software that will take what you’ve learned at the conference and apply it to the real world. We have all the tools you need to better plan, track and monitor—all on an online collaborative platform that makes teams more productive. Check it out with this free 30-day trial.