Earlier this week I attended the annual PMI Global Congress in Washington D.C. Along with Chris Richards, I spoke about the PMI Standard for Project Estimating that we authored. I also spoke on the need for PMs to evolve their skills (related to my book). Here are some thoughts and observations.
Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker and focused on his altruistic work around the world. The presentation was good and inspiring, although I would have liked to see a greater ‘call to arms’ for the PM community. What better group to help make charitable programs more successful than PMs?
There were several networking events and Chris was kind enough to introduce me to some of the key PMI players.
The conference had the usual players at the exhibit hall although the quality of the loot has declined from prior years. The bookstore did have my book which was nice to see. However I hope they restocked every day because the pile always looked the same height when I checked!
Standard for Project Estimating
The presentation almost didn’t happen due to some technical problems with the projector and just before we had to do the ‘interpretive dance’ version of the presentation, the technical team was able to replace some hardware and get it to work. At prior presentations there were some real zealots on several estimating topics and we were fully prepared to go toe-to-toe. It turns out that we didn’t need to do this and had a really engaging conversation with the ~180 people who came to our session. The standard will be published by the end of the year.
Evolution of PM Skills
This session also had about 200 people in attendance and also seemed to be well received. For me, the best part was when a Project Management veteran of 40 years stood up and said that while he was not in the IT industry this was the most applicable content he had heard at the conference.
Afterwards several people came up to me and wanted to know about the book and the topic.
All said it was a successful conference and although I don’t forsee going to any more in the near team, I am looking for ward to future ones.