10 must-attend UK project management events in 2015

Susan-Howard

If you work within project management, are looking to move into the field, or just have a general interest in the profession, going to industry events can be an effective way to develop your knowledge and network with other project professionals. We have compiled a list, in chronological order, of ten must-attend project management events in 2015.

1. Agile Programme and Project Management

26th February, London – £275

This conference is all about the debate around Agile project management – when should you apply it, and why? And what are the issues you are likely to face when upscaling Agile from a programme management perspective.

This event will be running alongside two other Agile events at the same venue – Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Agile in the Public Sector. These are well worth checking out if you work within either of those areas.

2. APM Project Management Conference 2015

19th March, London – £401 + VAT (members), £512 + VAT (non-members)

This year’s conference has a focus around ‘myth busting,’ in response to the number of false truths within the profession that tend to hinder perception and decision-making.

There will be interactive sessions where questions will be answered, exhibitions from leading organisations, and plenty of high-profile speakers and thought leaders providing input on the day.

3. Project Challenge

25th – 26th March, Birmingham – Free (seminars)

There will be lots on offer at this two-day event, from a wide variety of exhibitors to 40 free presentations, and it is a great place to get up to date with the latest tools and solutions within the project management field.

The event is aimed at project professionals of all levels, working on projects of all budgets and sizes, with a focus on improving business performance through effective project management.

4. PMI Global Congress 2015 – EMEA

11th – 13th May, London – Click here for prices                                         

The Project Management Institute (PMI) describes it as ‘the premier knowledge and networking event for project, program and portfolio management professionals.’

Aside from being a fantastic networking opportunity (for those interested in that sort of thing), the strength of this event is that it covers everything from leadership, business acumen and strategic skills, to business analysis, change management and IT solutions – the breadth of skills and knowledge you need in order to be an effective project manager.

5. PMI SeminarsWorld

14th – 15th May, London – Click here for prices

This two-day event is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and get a view of best practice from other project professionals, with courses on topics such as value management, stakeholder management and risk management.

There will be a number of courses that tie in with the PMI Talent Triangle – skills development in leadership, technical project management and strategic and business management will be key focus areas.

6. eVa20

16th – 17th June, London – Price TBC

This event is all about how best to control and report on projects, with an emphasis on turning Agile into something integrated and purposeful within your business, rather than just treating it as the latest fad.

The eVa focus tends to be on providing solid evidence for why certain project management methodologies work, so expect plenty of relevant content and very little fluff. For those who prefer to attend events for the social/networking side of things – according to the eVa website, ‘there will be music and laughter, too.’

7. APM 2015 National Conference of Women in Project Management

24th September, London – Price TBC

WiPM has done some fantastic work to address the promotion and development of women within the project management and create better gender diversity in the profession.

This conference will showcase all the great work they have been doing, while offering women project managers a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals in the field.

8. Agile Business Conference

6th – 7th October, London – Price TBC

Agile is a huge business buzzword at the moment, but the reality of embedding an Agile environment within your company is no easy task. If you are looking for a way to create and sustain an Agile culture within your organisation, this is the perfect event for you.

The emphasis of this year’s conference will be on sustaining an Agile environment, not only through projects, but also by embracing an Agile methodology across the wider organisation and business functions.                                                      

9. APM Project Management Awards               

2nd November, London – Price TBC

Project management is a profession that deserves to be celebrated, and that is exactly what this event is all about – celebrating excellence and achievement within the field.

With five-star hospitality at the Hilton hotel in Mayfair, it is definitely worth a visit. Plus it’s great opportunity to see what is happening within project management outside your organisation, what works and what doesn’t.

10. IRM Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Lecture

3rd December, London – Free for IRM members

For those working in risk management, or looking to learn more about the process of assessing and managing risk within their business, the IRM Annual General Meeting is a fantastic event.

The annual lecture will take place directly after the general meeting, and is free of charge to all IRM members. The speaker is still to be announced, but past speakers have included risk expert Gerd Gigerenzer and the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor John Beddington.               

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This is by no means an exhaustive list, of course, and there are a number of other events that may be worth your time, depending on your specific area of interest. If there are any events we haven’t listed that you think are worth a mention, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Susan Howard is Head of the project management Capability at TLD and has been designing and developing accredited and non-accredited project management learning interventions for a number of years.

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