2022 Edition: Recognizing International Project Management Day

Crystal Richards

It’s International Project Management Day!

Established in 2004, IPM Day recognizes every year on the 1st Thursday of November the efforts and awesomeness of the estimated 15 to 20 million project managers or people working on projects worldwide.
There are a ton of project management-based organizations that provide training, webinars, and networking opportunities in recognition of this day.

I use this day to recognize my project accomplishments (update that resume), send a note of thanks to a project manager I’m working with, and think about the learning opportunities to maintain my project management credentials.

To keep me current and engaged in all things project management, here are a few resources on my list:


All time favorite: Scrappy Project Management: The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls that Every Project Faces by Kimberly Wiefling.  This book is gut busting. I can’t remember laughing so hard and still feeling educated about my project management journey.

Recent read: Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness is a book written by University of Chicago economist and Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein. For those of you who are into behavioral economics, I think this is a must read for anyone in the project management space. Because...people make projects and we spend A LOT of time, nudging people to see our way of things.

On my nightstand: Storytelling With Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. As project managers, we can improve the way we display and tell the story about data of our projects.


This is where I can’t make specific recommendations--there are just too many great options! As an Android phone user, I rely on Stitcher to aggregate podcasts. By typing in the search box, “project management”, I have over 15 options that I have saved and listen to at different points in time. Some episodes catch my attention, and some topics are too long and technical for my interest on a specific day. So my advice is to download a few, take a listen during your commute to work, and get PDUs for listening. #winning

Shameless plug: Check out my podcast, Real Life PMP on Spotify or Anchor


In-person & Online Conferences: Specifically, the International Institute for Learning  has planned and delivered an International Project Management Day event every year since the idea was first introduced in 2004. The IIL IPM Day event provides over 20+ PDUs of engaging presentations and keynote panelists.  I was fortunate enough to be a part of this year's keynote panelists discussion.  Check it out! IIL IPM Day

Follow PM Influencers:
This is the easiest way to gain a mentor and follow their feeds on social media.  They are always providing tips and thought-provoking ideas to implement on your projects.

Local PMI chapters: From evening dinners, symposiums, professional development days (PDD), to virtual book club events, there is something to suit your preference and availability.

LinkedIn: There are groups that you can ask questions, get engaged, and seek advice from others in the field.

Meet Up groups: Specialized groups have been created through this platform to provide an opportunity to gather and talk about your specific needs.  I have found groups in the areas of technical project managers, digital project managers, and women in agile.  Your specific group not there?  Start your own!

Thanks for reading! 

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