#PMICHANGE, interview with Pat Lucey – President of the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute

When and where is it on?

The National Project Management Conference will welcome up to 500 people to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, 26 April 2018. The conference will take place from 8:30am to 4.45pm.

How many years has it been going?

This will be our sixth year holding the conference and we’re very proud that it come to the fore as a key diary date for business and technology professionals in Ireland. Each year the speakers exceed expectations and attendee numbers continue to grow.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Project management has grown from strength to strength as a profession in Ireland. We were looking for ways to grow the professional project manager community in Ireland and one of the ways to achieve this is to shine a light on the importance of the project manager’s role in any organisation. The National Conference highlights exemplary examples of project management and generates a discussion within, and about, our industry.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

This year’s focus will be ‘The Change Makers’ as projects are all about bringing change – creating something new or different, changing and improving what was there before.  We like to have a variety of speakers from different backgrounds and will have some of the country’s leading experts on the stage, sharing insights into managing, driving and achieving change.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

Aside from the outstanding line-up of speakers, attendees will also enjoy lunch and refreshments served onsite and there’s an opportunity to take a tour of the fabulous Aviva stadium.  Certified project managers will earn eight continuous professional development units for attendance on the day.

This event provides a number of opportunities for attendees, so no matter whether you are an IT manager, business analyst, project/program/portfolio manager or CEO of a global firm, the unique mix of business leaders and motivational speakers has been designed to inspire attendees and make sure that everyone leaves with practical takeaways to improve their professional and organisational performance.

Who will be speaking?

We are delighted to feature Dr Norah Patten in the line-up, who is on course to become Ireland’s first ever astronaut. She will discuss her involvement in the scientist-astronaut training programme run by NASA and the project skills that have proven so critical to the success of space missions.

Gerald Fleming, chair of the Public Weather Services Programme at the World Meteorological Organization, and former head of forecasting at Met Éireann, will also speak at the conference. He will explore the changes made by the Irish Meteorological Service that help us to navigate extreme weather events, such as Storm Ophelia in October 2017 and the ‘Beast from the East’, more recently.

Anton Savage, noted broadcaster and MD of The Communications Clinic, will MC the event, and deliver a masterclass on how business leaders can communicate more effectively. He will also chair a discussion with a panel of the 2017 National Project Award winners on overcoming resistance to change to deliver projects successfully.

Lastly, director of Global Managed Services at Zenith Technologies, David Staunton; and communications professional, writer and presenter, Dr Laoise O’Murchú, will discuss key topics including industry 4.0, risk management and change management.

Further keynote speakers will be revealed in the coming weeks. You can see updates to the conference agenda on our website at www.projectireland.ie

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Network! This is a fantastic opportunity to make new connections in the business community, with a number of high-profile organisations already signed-up to attend.  There will be lots of opportunity to engage with other industry professionals, with our sponsors, and with the speakers themselves. We will be sharing tips, news and updates on our Twitter at @pmiirl, so do join the conversation online and give your personal and professional Twitter profiles some added visibility on the day.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Early bird tickets are now on sale at projectireland.ie until 16 March 2018. We have had an overwhelming response already and we expect this to be our biggest conference to date with up to 500 attendees on the day. To avoid disappointment, I would encourage people to book soon.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

You do not need to be a project management professional to attend the conference. Feedback has shown that business professionals across a wide range of industries found the event to be invaluable to the way in which they approach their workloads and projects. If you are part of a team, or just have an interest in project management, then you could certainly benefit from attending on the day. For details, visit www.projectIreland.ie or www.facebook.com/pmiireland.


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