Conference: PMday 2011 - Bucharest, Romania - 27 May 2011

PMday 2011 was a very energetic project management conference with more than 200 attendees and I was honored to be the first speaker of the day, immediately after the introductory opening by Simona Bonghez, the President of the Romanian PMI Chapter.

My topic was "Project Management Outsourcing: Opportunity or Threat" and the presentation was very similar to the one I held in Florianopolis, Brazil in March this year.

Image: Stephen Forte speaking about Kanban

I had to shorten my presentation somewhat because the program has started a bit later than scheduled, so it was a way to help organizers get back on track with the schedule. At the end of the day, we are still project managers, right?

It is quite difficult for me to evaluate my own presentation, and I didn't yet receive the feedback from attendees' evaluation forms, but I repeated "the thing" with the fine Croatian chocolates and it seems to have worked well again. :-)

You can find more information about project management outsourcing in a set of short articles here, and several readers submitted some very interesting comments as well. Make sure to check them out. Would you consider joining the discussion with your own opinions and comments?

The speaker right after me was none other than The Lazy Project Manager himself, Peter Taylor. In his very, very entertaining session, among other things he also revealed how he got the idea about "the lazy project manager" concept. It was a result of an insult by his boss who at one point called him lazy. OK, the way the boss said it was well-intended, not as an insult, but still, the story is more funny this way. ;-)

I feel very privileged for having a chance to meet Peter and talk to him a bit more. He is really amazing -- he works full-time for Infor, and still he finds the time and energy to write books (two more to be published this year!) and to speak at events like this one. And to top it all off, he is just a great guy, very modest, with great sense of humor. And did I mention how great his presentation was?

The speaker lineup was actually very impressive and it also included Stephen Forte, Jimmy Char and even dr. Harold Kerzner via live audio webinar. The event finished with three amazing Pecha Kucha presentations (only in Romanian language, though) and a very fine wine tasting.

All in all, from my perspective the conference was a big success and I'd like to congratulate the organizers, sponsors and volunteers for making it happen and for making it so special.

The primary purpose of my visit to Bucharest was in my capacity as the PMI Region Mentor for Central Europe, to meet with the board of the Romanian PMI chapter. It was a great idea to have the meetings arranged around PMday 2011. I am already looking forward to PMday 2012!

In the mean time, have a look at a few photos that I took at the conference.

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I had the pleasure of attending PM Day 2011 in Bucharest and to share the agenda with some great speakers. My thanks to Simona Bonghez and the PMI Romania …

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Obviously I couldn't take the photos of my own session. And I forgot to take my phone from the lectern (I used it to control the timing of my presentation) …

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