PMI Southern Caribbean Chapter

11th Biennial Conference - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

PMI Southern Caribbean Chapter

11th Biennial Conference


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The PMI Southern Caribbean Chapter (PMI SCC) will be hosting its 11th Biennial International Project Management Conference, October 27th – 28th 2021,  titled The Project Economy: Will Project Managers Lead the Future of Work? PMI SCC’s first all-virtual Conference allows participants to explore the potential for project managers in this new world.

Cindy Anderson of PMI writes, “the future of work will be fluid, dynamic and goal oriented: project leaders will be in high demand.” Suggesting that project leaders are going to be evaluated with new eyes in a world where the only constant is change and where optimism and enthusiasm revolve around and makes sense of the uncertainty and chaos brought about by disrupters in every facet of business fuelled by technological advances that do not seem to quit.

Recent events have seen companies forced to re-imagine themselves for either their own survival or for the greater good of humanity.  Examples of alcoholic beverage manufacturer moving to hand sanitizer production or vacuum cleaner assembly lines turning to ventilator production suggest that there would have been several project managers pulled from their comfort zone to deliver projects that could not afford to fail.

Dr Harold Kerzner defines project management as a business delivery system with project managers being a new a breed of multi-skilled professionals—innovators, communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers and market problem solvers.

For the organization that must re-imagine itself, there will be a paradigm shift in the way work is done. The foundation of the work will be projects: a continuum of finite initiatives that have clear goals and objectives and the concept of the projectized organization will no longer be a discussion but a reality.  This re-imagining of the “work” fully requires a management process that demands accountability and responsibility, and the bringing together of teams based on the needs of the initiative.  This is the “Project Economy” where value is delivered to stakeholders through the successful completion of projects and products which deliver financial, societal and environmental value.  This destroys much of what is traditional and typical and the questions emerge:

  • Project methodologies - which one is the best for the “work”?
  • What about the PMO? It is a fixture, or does it too, need to evolve?
  • What are the project management skills required? Is it a jack of all trades and a master of none or can project leaders survive on being specialists?
  • Are project managers moving in to the gig economy, as teams are created only for the particular “work” where it is “staffed to fit?”
  • What does it mean for project management training?
  • How close is the project leader to the problem solution?
  • How does the organization transform to create its own gig economy within?
  • IT skills for Project Management – An asset or a necessity?

PMI SCC invites presenters to contribute to our Conference, to re-imagine the project management discipline and the leaders within.

Suggested Topics:

  • The Rise of the Virtual PMO
  • Innovative Project Management: Is Agile the Answer?
  • The Future of Project Management in a digitized economy
  • The Project Manager Survival Kit
  • Project Managers – Leaders in the future world of work
  • The Project Manager and the Crisis Manager (one and the same)
  • Mentoring Project Managers
  • Project Managers: Is there a change in the demographics?

Conference Delegates

Conference delegates will be drawn from a wide cross-section of industries and will include:

  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, Business Managers
  • VPs, Directors, GMs, Managing Directors
  • Change Management & Business Consultants
  • Project Managers, Program Managers
  • Academics, Entrepreneurs, Event Managers and Students

Conference Tracks

Conference sessions will be plenary and will include:

  • Keynoters
  • Feature Address
  • C-Level Panel Discussion
  • Conference Presentations


Schedule of Deliverables

Submission Milestones

 Due Date


·         Submission of Abstracts

Aug 1


·         Review of Abstracts

Aug 2-10


·         Notification of Acceptance   

Aug 15


·         Submission of draft video presentation with embedded slides

Aug  30


·         Review of video presentation and feedback

Sep 15


·         Final Submission of video presentation s & Video Copyright License to PMI SCC

Oct 1


(Where the Presentation Title and/or abstract do not give clear indication, it will be the Presenter’s responsibility to specify to which element of the Triangle their submission is aligned)

  • Keynoters – 60 minutes presentations with 15 minutes of live responses to questions
  • Non-keynote speakers - 60 minutes presentation consisting of:-
    • 30 to 45 minutes video presentations
    • 15 minutes of live response to questions at the end of the presentation

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word format and should be between 150 to 200 words and will be ranked as per the attached evaluation criteria. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Video Presentation guidelines

  1. Any meeting software can be used to record the video as long as a good quality recording can be obtained and the final file is in the MP4 format.
  2. Ensure the following checklist for the recordings
  • File is saved as an .mp4 movie file
  • Videos with a 16:9 aspect ratio will look the best. Most 4:3 resolutions are also supported.  
  • The audio consistent and clear, free from static, hums, hisses, or interference
  • The audio at the right level, without having to adjust your volume very high or very low
  • The narration should begin within the first 3 seconds
  • The recording should end promptly after your closing remarks, without being cut off early or continuing on for too long
  • Is there audio on every slide? Having audio on every slide ensures that each slide gets the correct timing before advancing. If a slide is self-explanatory, you can simply say, “This slide is self-explanatory”
  • All your slides, movies and animations appear correctly
  • If possible, please include in your video close-caption or narration
  • As you would for any print publication submitted for consideration, be certain that your video is free of misspellings, inaccuracies, and misappropriations.

Uploading Your Presentation to the Virtual Event Platform 

After you have prepared your MP4 video file, instructions on how to upload your presentation will be provided to you as we get closer to the Conference start date.


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Chapter Membership

Total Members 513
New Members This Year 17
PMP® Members 375
CAPM® Members 10
PgMP® Members 2
PMI-SP® Members 5
PMI-RMP® Members 4
PMI-ACP® Members 4
PfMP® Members 0
PMI-PBA® Members 0
Members with no Certification 130
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Individual Members 501
Student Members 5
Other Members 7
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