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7 Project Management Conferences Worth Attending in 2017 and 2018

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Project management conferences allow big and small businesses alike to learn how to plan better, hear about successes and failures from management professionals, and refocus the lens when it comes to the types of projects they can handle.

Conferences provide a platform for collaboration, innovation, and reflection on past project success and failure.

Project management conferences in 2017 and 2018

And you should be attending them, especially if you’re interested in:

  • Earning PDUs and CEUs
  • Finding out about how to optimize project management processes, like Agile or Waterfall
  • Hacking productivity and project management
  • Investing time into your leadership and team development
  • Learning about the best new project management software
  • Meeting project management influencers

These seven upcoming project management conferences are definitely worth attending. They were selected based on date, the value they promise, and their location. All of these PM conferences are located either in the United States or are hosted online.

They are listed from earliest to latest date for the convenience of planning.

1. ProjectSummit Business Analyst World

When: June 19-21, 2017

Where: Washington, D.C.

Cost: Starts at $975

ProjectSummit focuses on the business behind every project management endeavor. Talks focus on tangible ways to integrate business management into project management.

Some of the sessions focus on group dynamics and others focus on how the individual can build themselves to be a power player in every project planned.

Why should you attend?

  1. There will be a variety of heavy-hitting speakers, including Roger Haskett and Dr. Mary Donohue.
  2. Each workshop can count toward PDUs and CDUs.

In addition, there will be 33 different speakers participating in this conference, including in hopes to engage and appeal to all attendees. The conference will conclude with an encouraging grand commissionary talk on “Becoming the Best Version of YOU!”

2. SeminarsWorld

When and where:

  • June 26-29, 2017 (Orlando, FL)
  • August 7-11, 2017 (Washington, D.C.)
  • August 14-18, 2017 (New Orleans, LA)
  • September 18-21, 2017 (Nashville, TN)
  • October 21-27, 2017 (Chicago, IL)
  • October 31-November 1, 2017 (Chicago, IL)
  • November 13-16, 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
  • December 4-7, 2017 (Miami, FL)

Cost: Starts at $725/$675 (early bird) for members; $895/$700 (early bird) for non-members

SeminarsWorld uses a small group format, allowing attendees to discuss talks heard, gain exposure to experts, share opinions, and learn from other’s ideas and experience. The material of the conference is based on the Project Management Institute Talent Triangle.

Why should you attend?

  1. The Project Management Institute has a long history of offering engaging, information-rich conferences.
  2. Regardless of which one you go to, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 28 PDUs and 2.8 CEUs.

SeminarsWorld helps prospective attendees by including a “letter to employer” online, which an applicant can print, fill out, and submit to their project manager if they wish to attend.

3. Agile2017

When: August 7-11, 2017

Where: Orlando, FL

Cost: $1,999/$1,849 (early bird)/$1,649 (super early bird) for members; $2,399 for non-members

Are you interested in the Agile methodology? Regardless of if you’re completely new to the concept or an advanced practitioner, Agile2017 has some great resources for you. Oh, and it’s hosted by the Agile Alliance, so you can feel secure that the information covered will be outstanding.

Why should you attend?

  1. Over 270 sessions on Agile, with the freedom to make your own schedule.
  2. Incredible keynote speakers, including Jez Humble of DevOps Research and Assessment, Denise Jacobs of The Creative Dose, and David Marquet, bestselling author of “Turn the Ship Around.”

Speakers will highlight their own experiences with Agile, as well as their advice surrounding project management user interface. Attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas, meet project management experts, and learn the latest techniques, all while enjoying Orlando’s beautiful summer scenery.

4. Digital PM Summit

When: October 15-17, 2017

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Starts at $1,099

Hosting their fifth annual conference, Digital PM Summit is all about harnessing the power of project management tools to manage digital projects. This project management conference is geared toward young professionals interested in making peer connections and revolutionizing how project recruitment happens.

Why should you attend?

  1. You’ll get the chance to network with other project managers in your field.
  2. You’ll learn about the newest Agile frameworks for digital project delivery.

Speakers from multiple fields will speak on a variety of topics including: money, career path, team conflict, project communications, and even empathy.

Check out the video below to get a feel for the dynamic of the conference.

5. PMI Global Conference

When: October 26-30, 2017

Where: Chicago, IL

Cost: Starts at $865 for members; $950 for non-members

This conference focuses on bringing together individuals from all walks of life who are interested in project management, becoming project leaders, and gaining real-life knowledge from experts. For those looking for a conference that provides a wide sweep of opportunity while still providing individualized opportunity, this is the conference for you.

Why should you attend?

  1. Learn about project management in a variety of educational sessions, including breakouts, workshops, and lectures.
  2. Earn 21+ PDUs simply by attending sessions.

PMI Conference reports the following industries are typically represented at their hosted events:

  • Defense and aerospace
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • High tech and software
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Professional services
  • Telecommunications

6. PMO Symposium

When: November 5-8, 2017

Where: Houston, TX

Cost: $2,695 ($2,395 early bird)

PMO Symposium 2017 will focus on Agile transformation—covering topics such as the role of the PMO and best practices for Agile transformation—and “the evolving PMO”—focusing on the ways PMOs can both retain value and stay current with the newest practices.

Why should you attend?

  1. Earn PDUs through the Project Management Institute.
  2. Focus on Agile project management skills, with specific breakouts for technical how-tos.

Over 500 successful PMO leaders will be present, offering an opportunity for executive-level networking, as well as the chance to gain new perspective and gather real-life experience from project executives.

7. Global Scrum Gathering

When: April 16-18, 2018

Where: Minneapolis, MN

Cost: $1,350/$1,150 (early bird) for members; $1,600/$1,400 (early bird) for non-members

This annual conference brings together project managers, product owners, and Scrum masters who want to invest more time into learning and using Scrum.

Why should you attend?

  1. Earn Category A SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional certification.
  2. One-on-one coaching opportunities to improve your workflow.

The Global Scrum Gathering offers discounted attendance rates, hotel rates, and even a tourist attraction page for Minneapolis. The conference will be casual and lively and members are encouraged to come in jeans and a simple tee.

More project management conferences in 2017 and 2018?

During 2017 and into 2018, there are a variety of PM conferences to attend, ranging from small meet-and-greets to large-scale global events.

Each event gives the attendee an opportunity to learn how to project manage, become more efficient, collaborate better, and of course network with individuals in the same or a similar field.

Project managing can be a very difficult task, especially for newcomers to the business world or large groups project managing. Make the experience easier by taking your project management group to a new conference which will instill confidence in them, teach your group to work together, and further your project management skills.

Regardless of which conferences you choose, every one is totally worth attending.

Which project management conferences are you planning on attending? Which didn’t make the list, but should have? Let us know in the comments!

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Rachel Burger

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Rachel is a content manager for Capterra, a free online resource that quickly matches businesses to their software needs. She specializes in project management tips, tools, and tricks . She also runs her own blog on content marketing. On the rare occasion Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, hiking, jogging, or spending time with her friends and family.

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