In October more than 150 professionals gathered to a venue in a modern library of one of the oldest Universities in Europe for the third annual Baltic Project Management Forum in Vilnius. Hosted by PMI Lithuania Chapter the event was designed to introduce best cases and practices of project management, as well as discuss the trends of profession. With keynote speakers from the UK, U.S. and Lithuania the agenda promised an exciting day full of new ideas and discussions.
The event started with an opening speech from the President of PMI Lithuania Chapter Justinas Dijokas followed by the first keynote speaker Ricardo Triana discussing global trends in Project Management. Referring to Pulse 2015 report Ricardo lists the focus areas of high performers in Project Management: Knowledge Transfer, Risk Management, Organisational Agility and Higher Benefits Realisation Maturity. After Ricardo’s inspiring speech Simon Addyman, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project Manager and the winner of Project Professional of the Year at the APM Awards 2013, presented an innovative approach towards Supplier Management and Business Case, as well as shared his experience around Risk and Stakeholder Management in a complex multi-faceted environment. A topic of Agile Project Delivery followed presented by Robert Moores, the Chair of the PMI UK Agile Forum, who discussed the ever-so relevant benefits and dangers of an Agile Project Delivery. Robert stressed the importance of organisational support and senior stakeholder buy-in to a successful agile project delivery.
After lunch and networking the conference continued with speakers presenting Portfolio Management in Lithuanian startups; most significant case studies of large projects and programmes in IT infrastructure and Energy sectors and Foreign Direct Investment projects in Lithuania.
All in all, the event has been full of excellent key note speeches and involved a huge amount of case studies. The feedback from both attendees and speakers has been very positive, highlighting the benefits of having an annual event for professionals that allows them to stay on top of the most relevant Project Management trends, hear the key note speakers and network with other professionals.
PMI Lithuania Chapter Board members and volunteers are grateful to all the sponsors and speakers who made the annual Baltic Project Management Forum happen. The Chapter will continue to expand the professional horizons of the project professionals in the Baltics and look forward to organising Baltic Project Management Forum 2016.