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My parting thoughts on PMI's 50th anniversary Global Conference

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I just returned home after a fulfilling three days at the Global Conference in Philadelphia. Having had the opportunity to attend the 50th anniversary event made it that much more special, especially as it was the venue in which the new PMI brand was launched.

Having been invited to provide some early feedback on the new brand a couple of months ago, it was not a surprise to me, but what was surprising was how much I saw it with fresh eyes upon seeing the logo and positioning statements everywhere - on posters, screens, clothing, you name it!

Another outcome I will remember for a long time was the opportunity to re-connect with members of my extended PMI family whom I had met over the years as well as the chance to finally shake the hands of or hug the active participants in this community whom I have communicated frequently with over the past couple of years but never met.

The keynote sessions were thought provoking and a number of the track sessions were well designed and presented. What struck me most was just how much agile has been woven into the fabric of the offerings - it shows that PMI's commitment to tackling delivery complexity through agility (and maybe in the future anti-fragility) is not superficial.

But what I cherish the most was the chance to work with a team of talented, like-minded, highly supportive experts to share our experience and ideas with the many (brave!?!) attendees who took the time to book sessions with us or who dropped by to ask us questions ranging from career development to challenging organizational blockers.

Dave, Dave, Lori, Lorelie and Andrew, we were a heck of a squadron with excellent ground support provided by Marjorie, Kimberly and Laura.

"I'll be your wingman, anytime!"

 

Posted by Kiron Bondale on: October 07, 2019 06:00 PM | Permalink

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Love your feedback Kiron. Very well said !

Thank you Kiron for sharing your experience with all us!
For sure, that the PMI fellows that blocked your agenda enjoyed your advise and support.

Dear Kiron
Happiness is on the journey, not the destination
I hope these days have been unforgettable for you in every domain

I agree, Kiron. Agile practices and concepts have been brought into the conversation and there was a theme of talks on the same. I look forward to the next phase of the integration when the focus turns from basic concepts to practical applications and tie-ins.

It was great to have an opportunity to make a personal connection with the group, and Mayte too! Til next time...

You make it look like I have missed something.
Sad that those conferences don't make it to the web eventually.

Thanks for nicely elaborated update.
Thank you Kiron!!

Thanks for nicely elaborated update.
Thank you Kiron!!

Thanks for share this amazing experience

Wonderful experience. I hope we'll be able to have more of such experiences again in the new normal, and after it.

Nice review, Kiron. It's informative to get this feedback.

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