On June 4, 2013, I am a closing keynote speaker for the ProjectWorld Conference in Toronto, Ontario. I spoke with the founder of ProjectWorld, David Barrett, today so he could enlighten me on this unique group.
This audience of over 600 delegates will be comprised of project managers and business analysts. Delegates range from diverse industries like technology, healthcare, construction, government and more.
A project manager literally manages a project for organizations from start to finish. These projects could be the construction of large capital buildings or creating a website. ProjectWorld attracts 70% technically-based project managers.
Project managers have the interesting challenge of trying to influence people they have no direct authority over. They must work with, influence and liaison with marketing, finance, communications and more to get the job done. Project managers do not directly oversee these departments and the "projects" they are involving staff in are in addition to their regular workload.
A business analyst is the architect of the project. They work with the client in advance of a project to determine what the requirements are (Who uses it? Size? etc). Following this, they hand off the project to the project manager.
Managing expectations, deadlines, budgets and doing more with less are all typical challenges for this audience.
I am the closing keynote speaker for ProjectWorld and will present the motivational speech The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!
The other keynote speakers for ProjectWorld are Dr Travis Bradberry with his motivational speech on Emotional Intelligence and James Spellos talking about Way Cool Technologies.