PMI Congress 2015: Lessons Learned

PMI Southern Ontario Chapter

Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

In October, I attended my first PMI Global Congress. I am grateful to the Project Management Institute and the ProjectManagement.com team for inviting me to participate in the conference as one of their invited experts. It was a great experience and I learned a great deal. Everyone in Orlando and at PMI did great work in putting together the event. I had a great time in Florida and enjoyed fine weather. In this article, I will share a few notes on my experience, ideas I learned and people I met.

Education Spotlight: Excellent Leadership Development Sessions
The education sessions are one of the major highlights for me. Bill Richardson's session on earning the right to influence stands out to me as a great program. In addition to his great material, I thought he did great work in delivering a 90 minute session with energy and keeping the audience interested. Bill reminded us of the mind/body connection (i.e., sitting immobile at a desk all day undermines effective thinking). For more on his work, visit the Acrostic Guy website.

The U.S. military and defence establishment was responsible for creating key project management concepts decades ago, and they continue to contribute. I attended a presentation about the project management curriculum used at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and I was impressed! The program combines online learning with intensive in-person …

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