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Streams of the 32nd IPMA World Congress: digitalisation, leadership, Agile...

The theme of the 32nd IPMA World Congress is Project Management in the Digital Transformation Era. The organisers highlighted the key areas of the upcoming discussions and speeches.

Digitalization is changing the field of project management. Participants of the 32nd IPMA World Congress are an international community of the best experts and practitioners of project management. The program Committee of the Congress includes more than 30 experts from Europe, Asia, America and Australia, heads of large companies, leading scientists and practitioners representing various areas of management, economics, and digital technology. The community will discuss challenges and prospects of the digital age, to find solutions to the problems that it poses to project management. The organising team have identified five different streams.

1. Perspective

Participants will discuss the methods of Project Governance for a modern organisation, what are modern projects, programs and portfolios, and how they are implemented in certain contexts.

Main topics of the stream:

  • Context of Projects, Programs and portfolios in the digital world – strategies, products, processes, standards and culture. What is being changed, what needs to be changed.
  • Digital transformation of the companies and organisations, cities and countryside, states and countries. Key values and crucial success factors of projects and programs of the digital transformation.
  • Sustainable development in the digital transformation era. Challenges and prospects.

2. Practice

The stream will include stories of successful projects in various fields, revealing new approaches and ways to effective respond to new challenges.

Main topics of the stream:

  • Digital ecosystem of project management. Digital platforms and solutions for project management.
  • Digital technologies in the project-oriented business. Project management in construction, engineering and different industries.
  • Innovations in project management. New digital technologies and their implementation in projects, programs and portfolios: artificial intelligence (AI), VR, AR, blockchain etc.

3. People

Participants will discuss what competencies a digital age Project Leader's should have and how they can develop them.

Main topics of the stream:

  • Project team in the digital transformation and globalisation era. Shared leadership, common creation value, virtual teams and communications, consideration of national and cultural aspects.
  • New people for a new economy. Key competencies, education and training, motivation, career path for project managers, millennials and generation Z.
  • Project Manager in the digital world. Social relationship and network interactions, social media and information security.

4. Methodology and Approaches

International experts will tell about current trends, hypotheses and research in the field of Project Management and discuss them with the participants of the event.

Main topics of the stream:

  • Digital project management – new ideas in project management methodology. Tendencies, hypotheses, research.
  • Methodologies, tools, practices of project management. Feedback. Mutual influence and convergence of knowledge, methods and technologies of management.
  • New research methods in project management: big data, statistics, forecast and analytics. Experience and application prospects.

5. Agility and Projects

Participants will discuss actual issues of development, transformation and approaches in management of projects, organizations and business.

Main topics of the stream:

  • Successful hybrid approaches to projects and programmes of traditional projects, lean, kanban, design thinking, devops. Methodology and approaches to a large scale enterprise.
  • Business agility and Agile organisations: different models for different organizations. Successful transformations: ways to develop agility. What’s beyond agile?
  • Application of individual and organizational agility competencies in non-IT: new product development, procurement, marketing and sales, HR.