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The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence is proud to deliver its fifth annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 10-11, 2018 at the university’s College Park campus.

Last year’s Symposium drew a record breaking crowd of over 330 project management professionals from the Baltimore-Washington region and around the world that joined forces to tackle challenges impacting the project management field at large.

The two-day May 2018 event will feature six keynote speakers and over 55 technical sessions spread across five concurrent tracks.  Symposium attendees can customize their event experience by choosing to attend speaker sessions on a variety of project management topics including: Federal Programs, Agile & IT, Integrated Program Management, People in Projects, Construction Management and BIM, Risk & Big Data, Smart Solutions, and Stakeholders. Attendees who participate in a people in projects track will be able to choose from four specific focuses including leadership, change management, conflict management, and learning.  The full two-day agenda for the event is posted on the Symposium website and includes a complete description of each session along with speaker bios and photos.

“I highly recommend the UMD Project Management Symposium!” stated 2017 attendee Lisa Price.

“I highly recommend the UMD Project Management Symposium!” stated 2017 attendee Lisa Price, PMP, SMP from Prince George’s County Board of Education.  “It’s a convenient, cost-effective means of hearing project management practitioners present their successes and lessons learned, meeting and networking with project management peers, and simultaneously earning PDUs! It’s an excellent investment. I’ll definitely attend again!”

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the project management community the opportunity to learn about such a wide array of topics from so many industry professionals willing and eager to share their experiences and lessons learned,” said John H. Cable, Director of UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence.

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 11 professional development units (PDUs) in the PMI Talent Triangle.  Each presentation will specify which of the three talent triangle skills it will address.

A unique aspect of UMD’s Symposium is the sponsorship of three of its technical session tracks.  The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Government Relations Office is sponsoring the Federal Programs track bringing experienced project managers to participate in a variety of discussions including the successful creation of a first-in-kind government-wide forum for sharing project management information in Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Building the Federal Program/Project Management Community of Practice. Spanning the entire two-day event, the Construction Management/BIM track sponsored by the Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation (MCCEI) and brings participants together to discuss the use of combined schedule and EVM review to reverse the trend of project delays and cost overruns  and  Revolutionizing the Construction Industry through the Adoption of Technology.  The  College of Performance Management and OPDEC: Operational Decision Software & Services are jointly sponsoring the Integrated Program Management track and presentations will feature discussions such as understanding earned value management (EVM) so it can be understood and welcomed as an important tool for project managers, a panel discussion on Technical Performance Measures: When is Done “Done”?, and  bringing together Agile concepts, EVM/project controls, and Capabilities-Based Planning to address the ultimate goals of the project….deliver value to the organization. All of these sponsors assist in the selection of session speakers and identify industry professionals willing to share their experiences and lessons learned.  John Cable indicated the importance of these sponsorships by stating, “The partnership with these sponsors has enabled us to offer more focused information of direct interest to each sponsors networks and communities and that will provide an enriched experience for our Symposium attendees.”

This year’s lineup of featured speakers is packing a powerful punch. 

This year’s symposium is projected to draw record-breaking attendance so those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 2nd early-bird deadline.  Registration rates for government, military and non-profits is only $350 for the two-day event if they register by the early bird deadline.  PMI members can also register at this rate until April 2nd.

For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Symposium website.

The UMD Project Management Center for Excellence would like to thank our Symposium sponsors. Funding to develop and deliver the symposium each year comes from attendee registration and sponsorship fees.  After covering event expenses, any remaining funds are used to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in project management. As part of the registration process, any symposium attendee is also invited to donate funds specifically designated for scholarships if they choose.

Gold Sponsor:  CBRE Healthcare

Track sponsors: College of Performance Management, Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation (MCCEI),  Odpec, Inc., and Project Management Institute (PMI) Government Relations Office

Silver Sponsors: Bozzuto Construction Company and Clark Construction

Bronze Sponsors: Amtrak, Anaya Photography, ClearPlan, Drupal GovCon, Federal Program and Project Management Community of Practice, Grimm and Parker Architects, HITT Contracting Inc., Medtronic, PMI Southern Maryland Chapter, Project Management Experts, UMD Office of Advanced Engineering Education,

Patron Sponsor: Foresee Consulting

Media sponsor: PM World Journal.


Posted by Kathy Frankle on March 14, 2018