Evening Welcome Function – Sunday 20 May 2018 @ Crown
Executive Breakfast (invitation only) – Tuesday 22 May 2018 @ Crown
The program will comprise of two full days of sessions, including plenary presentations, parallel breakout sessions, meet the speakers Q&A, executive breakfast plus a selection of Masterclasses on the Sunday prior to the conference. We have scheduled the masterclasses on the weekend again as we are cognisant of training during committed work hours. In addition to the invited plenary and concurrent speakers, a number of presentations will be selected from a call for abstracts process.
Major Conference Streams
The theme ‘Diversity, Performance, Wellbeing’ will be underpinned by four streams: Project Trends and Innovations, plus the PMI Talent Triangle™ skills of Leadership, Technical, Strategy and Business.
We focus on showcasing the skills and practices that allow project teams to generate customer and stakeholder value. Our theme for 2018 is ‘Diversity, Performance and Wellbeing’ as it is through embracing diversity, focusing on performance outcomes and making time for wellbeing that we achieve successful project results.
Delegates can look forward to a wellness-focused side program with de-stressing neck massages, yoga sessions and more. There will also be opportunities for delegates to get to know Melbourne better.
Fourth Stream: Formerly Known As (FKA) the ‘Academic Track’, NOW: Trends and Innovations
This will no longer be a separate track just for academics, instead it will be an integrated track to bring together research practitioners, from academia and industry.
In addressing the feedback received from both academics and practitioners, we aim to make PMIAC18 a more blended experience with research papers appearing as part of a wider Trends and Innovations track that complements the other Leadership, Technical, and Business Strategy tracks.
We anticipate the re-badging of the old “Academic Track” will provide for a larger practitioner audience, as academic papers will be supplemented by knowledge-sharing (aka birds of a feather) sessions led by experts in leading-edge PM approaches and techniques including Social Network Analysis, Project Organizations and Agile Portfolio Delivery.
We will look to involve academics as an integral part of these sessions and authors of accepted papers will be invited (indeed, encouraged) to participate in these semi-structured sessions which represent “match-making” opportunities that we hope will establish longer-term relationships between PM researchers and practitioners.
None of the above will diminish the academic rigor of the research papers which will continue to be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process through the Ex-Ordo submission management system, and accepted academic papers will be (optionally) published in a special issue of the Project Management Research and Practice journal.
By attending the 2-day PMI Australia Conference 2018 you can earn up to 12 PDUs and up to an additional 7 PDUs via Masterclasses. (final numbers TBC)