Big Changes in This Year’s Annual Conference

PMI Conference FINAL LOGO 300The buzz started weeks ago: this year’s Annual Conference will be held on Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th.  You will be able to follow the evolution and development of the conference over the next few months in social media (PMI Portland Chapter on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) as well as on the Chapter’s new micro-site for the conference.  Here’s a rundown of the major new features of the conference:

  • We’ll be at the Oregon Convention Center instead of a hotel—because we need the space and room to grow.
  • Having closed early with nearly 400 attendees last year, we are planning space for 500 attendees this year.
  • For the first time, we’ll have a multi-day conference.  The first day will be the familiar format with scheduled speakers.  The second day will be Open Space, a well-recognized and tested format for unconferences.  Both days will have opening and closing keynotes and panels with an open community no-host happy hour followed by a cross-industry panel of project management stakeholders.
  • We have five tracks on the first day:  Leadership, Business Strategy, Technical, Agile, Business Analysis. 
  • There is a set of invited speakers on leadership, strategic planning, enterprise Agile and other topics that we’ll be telling you more about in the next few months.
  • You’ll be able to register for either day—or both with a discount for attending both days.
  • You’ll have the support to suggest and host your favorite project management topic in Open Space on Saturday.  (More on Open Space in succeeding articles and you can also read about it in an excellent write-up on Wikipedia.)
  • We are reaching out to other chapters in the region to help broaden your opportunities to build your network.  We expect attendees from all over the region.
  • We are reaching out to non-PMI project management practitioners and stakeholders and expect this year’s conference to be a community conversation across communities. 

We are also looking at a couple of new IT infrastructure supports to improve PDU logging and social networking at the conference.  More on that in this space in succeeding months.

Know that we will not be taking day-of registrations again this year.  And, we expect that especially the first day may fill early again this year.

The call for speakers has already begun.  The Assistant Vice President for Events and Mentoring and the Annual Conference Director are your first stop for conference questions for the next couple of months.  And, of course, I always welcome members’ email.


Jean Richardson is the Vice President of Professional Development for the Portland, Oregon chapter of PMI.  She is also an agile coach and project management professional with more than 25 years’ experience with clients in the Portland metro area. You can follow her on Twitter or link with her on LinkedIn.

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