"Project managers are no strangers to turning problems into opportunities and, as we have had to cancel many events this year, our Digital Events Team set about looking into alternative options."
Chris Field, Chair of PMI UK
PMI UK, the UK chapter of the world’s leading project management organisation, has seen attendance of its online webinars double during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Over the last four months, over 2,500 people have taken part in 22 widely acclaimed PMI UK webinars covering topics such as the strategic/future PMO, value and benefits realisation management, stakeholder engagement and team and virtual working in the COVID-19 era and beyond.
PMI UK responded to demand from project managers across the UK and Europe and increased its frequency and the subject matter of its webinars. The organisation has also invested in new state-of-the-art presentation software to allow in-the-moment interaction between the speaker and attendants.
Chris Field, Chair of PMI UK, explains: “Project managers are no strangers to turning problems into opportunities and, as we have had to cancel many seminars and exhibitions this year, our Digital Events Team set about looking into alternative options. It was decided that the best and safest way to support both members and non-members to navigate through the lockdown and provide them with access to the latest industry trends and advice, would be through an enhanced programme of free online events.
“Each week we have introduced expert speakers from various sectors, provided online networking opportunities and collaborated with PMI chapters in Europe to gain a true insight into how the pandemic is having an effect in other countries. As a result, we have seen demand for our webinars soar, and we expect this continue as we introduce our new Autumn programme.”
PMI UK’s Autumn programme will see the organisation partnering with more chapters around the globe, including Mumbai, South Africa, Czech Republic and Netherlands as a member of the Chapter Xchange Program, as well as other world-renowned organisations, such as the Major Projects Association (MPA) and Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW). Further details of which will be released soon.
Chris Field adds: “We are really looking forward to putting our webinar software to further use during the Autumn, especially when the Chapter Xchange Programme kick-starts. We are confident this will work well, as during our recent first ever online annual general meeting the format lent itself perfectly and offered a much more interactive approach. The feedback we received from attendees was extremely positive and we were also able to share details of our successes from the past twelve months and our plans for the next year with a wider audience than ever before.”
To view the full calendar of PMI UK digital events and to register to attend any of the organisation’s free webinars, including the upcoming Toastmaster series, which provides advice on how gain the skills and confidence required to effectively express yourself in any situation, visit https://www.pmi.org.uk/events/webinars.
PMI UK also recently launched the National Project Awards 2020, in association with PwC. The awards shine a light on the achievements of professional project, portfolio and programme managers and their teams across the UK and include a new Special Project Award: Best UK Covid-19 Response Project. The deadline date for entries is 25th September 2020. To enter the PMI (UK) National Project Awards, visit: https://pmi.org.uk/awards2020
PMI is the world’s leading project management organisation delivering value for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.
Founded in 1995, PMI UK is a non-profit volunteer organisation with over 3,500 members. Hosting daytime and evening events (in-person and digital) across the UK, PMI UK promotes the project management profession, supports professional development and provides the opportunity to network with practitioners from across industry sectors.
For more information about PMI UK or to register your interest in becoming a member, visit www.pmi.org.uk or call 020 8751 5626.