The 2019 PM Summit is accepting proposal abstracts for the Summit to be held on 19 February 2019, at Accolades Conference Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg. A variety of presentation formats will be considered: individual presentations, expert panels, workshops, lightning talks (TED-like talks), and world café conversations (structured conversations on knowledge sharing around café tables, facilitated by café hosts; participants switch tables occasionally).
Projects and project management have become important to the transformation of South African economy and society. “Projectification”, a concept coined in 1995, means the ever increasing share of work that is done through projects. This is not only at a company or organizational level, but at government and societal levels, too. This is a global phenomenon that has reached South Africa. Projects and project management are more than schedules, charts and other tools. They are about value creation and social processes we use to deliver benefits. Choosing projects and project management as instruments of change, innovation and transformation is a management and strategic choice. It can enable transparency and provide structures for inclusivity and conversations on critical issues impacting all segments of society—economic growth, social change, business and societal transformation, innovation, and delivery of services. The choice to use projects requires professional project management to achieve results—value and benefits creation for organizations and businesses that create projects and for those who should benefit.