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PROJECT MANAGEMENT: PMSA Conference “Kicks Off” with Industry Support


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Project managers around the country have circled 6th – 8th September in their diaries for Project Management South Africa’s highly anticipated biennial conference. With the theme of “Review. Reflect. Renew”, the event will examine the insights gained and lessons learned in the two year period since the last PMSA conference, with emphasis on the plethora of projects that had 2010 as a deadline.

Prominent project management and leadership training service providers, PM.Ideas has lent its firm support to the conference by snapping up its exclusive platinum sponsorship package. The move has been welcomed by PMSA as an extremely positive one, and the association is anticipating a highly successful partnership that is as rewarding as it is mutually beneficial.

Says chief executive officer of Project Management South Africa, Taryn van Olden, “PMSA has enjoyed a long and gratifying relationship with PM.Ideas and our objectives in terms of growing project management as a profession are nicely aligned. PM.Ideas continues to be a growing force in the training space and we look forward to partnering with them in the build up to, and at the conference.”

No strangers to the PMSA conference, the expectations of PM.Ideas for this year’s event are high. Says the company’s director, Karin Deacon, “PMSA’s biennial conference is a fundamental feature of the project management calendar. It provides fellow members of our exciting community with an opportunity to network, share lessons learned and keep abreast with current best practice. In addition, new concepts and ideas are shared which can then be taken back into the workplace to enhance project success.”

The event also draws support from the international project management scene and this year it will welcome two keynote speakers from different parts of the globe. Australia’s Jürgen Oschadleus, who holds an MBA in international project management and organisational development, is founder and director of Act Knowledge and lectures at the universities of New South Wales and Sydney. He will contribute to the conference’s proceedings along with American president and chief executive of PMForum Inc, David Pells. In addition, Pells is the managing editor of the popular PM World Today, as well as e-journal,

The web-based publication is also putting its full weight behind the conference and has signed on as a media associate. Says van Olden of this prestigious partnership, “We are delighted to have the support of this significant international media voice, as well as to welcome its editor as one of our keynote speakers. David Pells is familiar with the South African environment and challenges specific to our project managers. As such, we look forward to the insight he will be sharing.”

Concludes van Olden, “Furthermore, we are delighted to be facilitating Jürgen Oschadleus’ return to South Africa after his well received contribution to our conference in 2008. Past delegates will remember his popular anecdotes from the French FIFA world cup. As he will be attending a game in South Africa, we are looking forward to his updated perspective using football as the backdrop to his presentation.”

When the final whistle for the conference blows, there can be no doubt that the event will be an unforgettable experience for delegates, speakers, sponsors and media partners alike. The quality of presentations, new acquaintances made, as well as the knowledge and information shared will no doubt ensure that participants leave the forum with outcomes that far exceed their high expectations. In short, everyone is sure to leave the event a winner.

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