IPMA International Project Management Association

45 years Project Management Austria (pma). Austria’s first and largest project management association celebrated its triple anniversary!

Vienna (OTS) – 45 years pma, 15 years pma focus and 10 years pma young crew. These three anniversaries were yesterday the occasion for a cozy summer party with boccia, DJ music and barbecue buffet at the Vienna City Beach Club on the New Danube. The pma board, employees, long-standing companions and over 150 members from business, public administration, consulting, NGOs and universities reviewed the past four and a half decades and looked together into the future. Because qualified project managers are in greater demand than ever before.

45 years of project management

As early as the 1960s, like-minded people met at the Vienna University of Technology to professionally advance the topic of project management. The first world congress was held in Vienna, the association was founded in 1973 and the first university course for project management was initiated.  Fast Forward to 2018: Project management has arrived in the mainstream; the Court of Auditors regularly writes about it in its reports. Especially in times when the working world is becoming more and more networked and projects more and more complex, more and more competence, flexibility and commitment are required from project managers. “We are on the threshold of profound change. Digitalization, new work, and automation will not only change the realities of our lives but also our project work, especially for the coming generations. Our certification standard ICB4 takes these changed circumstances into account and pma offers its members opportunities to learn from each other through a comprehensive range of events,” says pma President Brigitte Schaden.

15 years leading event

Keyword events: The second jubilarian of the evening is pma focus, Austria’s largest project management congress. Launched 15 years ago in the Museumsquartier, it soon went beyond its scope. In the meantime, it has become the leading event in Austria, and every year around 600 participants follow its call to the Austria Center Vienna. This year, on October 10th, the topic: “SPEED – about time and speed in project management”.

10 years of promoting young talent

pma sees itself as a holistic representation of interests and also has a strong focus on the coming generations. “With the pma young crew, we have been successfully supporting young and prospective project managers in their first years of employment for ten years and offer a network that many people still lack, especially when starting their careers,” says Alexander Vollnhofer, pma branch manager. And this is very sustainable: “In the meantime, many former members have reached senior positions themselves and act as buddies or coaches for today’s pma young crew members,” says Vollnhofer, himself a former pma young crew member.

You can read more about the event HERE