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UMD Unveils 2016 Project Management Symposium Agenda

Session Topics, Speakers Announced for Two-Day Symposium

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 24, 2016


Alyssa Wolice

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 23, 2016) – The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence has issued the full agenda for its third annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 12-13, 2016 on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

Session breakout details – complete with speaker names and abstracts – are available online. Along with topics such as project management methodology, disaster management, people in projects, construction management, agile/IT, and Building Information Modeling (BIM), this year’s symposium will also feature a brand-new daylong track in Aerospace & Defense Best Practices, led by Aviation Week Network.

Every two-day registrant will hear from five esteemed keynotes – Bob McGannon (Mindavation), Catriona M.C. Winter (Clark Construction Group), Dr. W. Michael Hawes (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company), Kenneth B. Sheely (National Nuclear Security Administration), and Laura Barnard (PMO Strategies). Additionally, each attendee will have the unique opportunity to customize his or her symposium experience by following along a specific session track, or by choosing breakouts from each of the 12 in-demand topics.

For example, those interested in the federal programs track can kick off their symposium experience with sessions on leadership transition, best practice-based approaches to process improvement and program governance, and techniques to evaluate and build portfolio management maturity in a federal government program. At the same time, those interested in agile/IT will learn tangible strategies for aligning processes with agile, and will hear a case study on the importance of IT project management for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Attendees looking to hone their leadership skills will enjoy a case study on facilitative leaders and leadership development, and will learn techniques to promote project management leadership through volunteerism. Meanwhile, those wanting to hear more about disaster management practices will have the opportunity to take part in sessions on resilience for commercial buildings in disaster-prone regions, habitats of vulnerability in African cities, and operational safety analysis for complex technological projects.

With more than 50 breakout sessions and five keynote presentations slated for this year’s event, the 2016 Project Management Symposium is on track to be the biggest ever in the center’s history. Those interested in attending are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline to secure a seat at the Baltimore-Washington region’s premier project management event.

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Project Management Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 13 professional development units (PDUs).

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

This event is made possible, in part, by a media sponsorship from Project Management World Journal.


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About the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the university, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.”