Call for Speakers

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On 20 and 21 September, the annual Project Management Conference will be hosted in Auckland. The Project Management Conference is an annual event attended by industry leaders, practitioners and academics to continue the professional conversation about project management in New Zealand.

In order to make this year’s conference a success, we call on all industry leaders, practitioners and academics willing to give back to the project management community to submit abstracts for this year’s event.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Next Generation – The Evolution of Project Management”. This theme has the following key aspects:

Next Generation Project Manager - Every generation is unique. We are operating more and more in “real-time” and information is moving at the blink of an eye. How does a project manager evolve in a world of on the brink of its 4th industrial revolution? The evolution toolkit for Project Managers is getting bigger and bolder. And it wants to be filled with the brightest and smartest tools it can grab.

Next Generation Technology - Business needs are changing; the pace is faster than ever before. The expansion of artificial intelligence and algorithms, pay wave, drones, self-driving cars, Uber Eats, online shopping, voice ID within banking systems, everyone wants everything ‘on demand’. What does this mean for the Next Generation Project Managers working in this high-speed realm? Where do we fit in? How do we keep up the pace and listen to crowd demand? What are the important topics, tools and methods we need to know and deliver?

Next Generation Construction - The construction industry hasn’t really changed since the 1980’s - building a house is still done very traditionally. The Government want more houses built. Is it time for the construction industry to change and adapt to new methods? Who are the key players in this industry and what challenges do they face in a future evolving so quickly that traditional models can’t keep up?

Key Dates

12 April 2018 Abstract submissions open
12 June 2018 Abstract submissions close
22 June 2018 Presentation assessments due
13 July 2018 Outcome of abstract submission
31 August 2018 Full papers due

Abstract Guidelines

There will be two parts to the 2018 abstract submission process.

Written Abstract Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.  Abstracts should include:

  • Title (20 words or less)
  • Objective (50 words or less)
  • Abstract (200 words or less)
  • Presentation format
  • Intended audience
  • Presentation experience

Video Submission - It is preferable to provide a video at the time of the abstract submission, but not mandatory.  If a video is not submitted along with the abstract, you will be contacted to discuss options.  Otherwise please submit a URL for a 2 -3 minute video of yourself summarising the content of your presentation.  This can be done during the submission process, and instructions on how to host a video online can be found here.

Abstracts are invited in the following formats:

  • Presentations (45 min)
  • Interactive workshop (90 min)
  • Panel discussion (45 min)

Organising Committee welcome abstracts

Below is a sample of some of the topics that would be welcomed for the 2018 conference:

  • Agile – the good, bad and ugly, how to link it effectively to managing projects;
  • Team Collaboration – the neuroscience behind building great teams;
  • Conflict Management – how to embrace conflict and have courageous conversations;
  • Conflict Management – how conflict generates creativity and innovation;
  • Influencing without Authority – How to manage teams when you’re not their manager;
  • Gaining diversity through personality profiling – how team productivity and collaboration can be improved through team profiling;
  • BIM – the future of managing large scale construction projects;
  • AI – how data and information is evolving the role of project management;
  • Virtual teams – how to build productive teams in various locations;
  • Stakeholder Engagement – communicating the right information to the right people at the right time;
  • Change Management – the critical linkages between change management and project management;
  • Data Management –effective use insight and trend monitoring;
  • Lessons learned – top 5 tricks on how to execute an effective project (perhaps some case studies);
  • Pivoting Project Management – adapting your approach to suit the style and outcomes required by your key stakeholders;
  • PM methodologies vs delivery – striking the balance between delivery and adoption of PM methodologies;
  • Participant led Project Management – leveraging your champions and advocates;
  • Risk Management – the no surprises rule, delivering bad news early is good news;
  • Health and Safety – ensuring our projects are delivered compliantly; 
  • Characteristics of an effective Project Manager – a word from a Project Sponsor;
  • Property Development – Through this significant era of growth for New Zealand.

Assessment Criteria

Video presentations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to articulate your presentation’s audience, objectives and/or themes, outcomes.
  • Ability to engage with the audience.
  • Ability to relate back to our conference theme ‘next generation – the evolution of project management’.
  • The Abstract is value add for the project management community.
  • The Speaker is succinct, clear and articulate.

Written abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the topic suitable for the presentation format selected?
  • Is the intended audience clear?
  • Does the Abstract relate to the conference theme ‘next generation – the evolution of project management’?
  • Does the objective of the Abstract add value for the project management community?
  • Is the Abstract professionally documented, grammatically correct, succinct and clear?
  • Discounted registrations will be available for accepted speakers.

Abstract Submission Questions

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