Co-Conferencing or not

Looking back to the PMOZ 2008 i found another interesting article / post on the web that describes a different experience around the conference.

Pat Byrne from holistech held the following presentations


and addresses the Co-Conference approach (PMOZ and SEPG) and describes his experience in the in the following way:

Overall, I think the co-conference is a great idea. But there are a few challenges and none of them detract from the co-conference concept.

One of the challenges I suspect from my chats with a few people at the conference and from my experience at other events, is that it is an easy transition from the software/systems engineering perspective to move into a project management forum, because project management is so much a part of software/systems engineering. But the other way around is problematic. If a project manager has experience in the software, defence or aerospace industries, then software/systems engineering isn’t so foreign. But if you are a project manager in say construction or civil engineering, then going to a software/systems engineering presentation at a conference means you can be confronted with gobbledygook.


I suspect that PMOz/SEPG got this balance about right, particularly with some of their joint keynotes. But I also suspect that an offering of “systems engineering basics” for project managers may perhaps be useful – more so than “project management basics” for systems engineers (although I do note there were some interesting workshops suitable for either stream).

Pat is absolutely right, the combination is worth doing, but there have been far to many streams in parallel (7 streams) where the co-conference approach doesnt achieve what Pat is mentioning, you have so many topics and by far cant attend as many as you wish and want. Some times more is less what i mentioned in one of my previous posts. An Pat is referring to that as well with the following recommendation:

Perhaps a worthwhile objective would be to have a single stream for the combined conference for refereed academic papers. This might be accompanied by a properly put together electronic journal published by the combined conference. I have no doubt this would be well received and would assist in that integration of theory and practice so necessary for the professions to progress.

And as he says, may be something to consider for 2009.

via Holistech

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Torsten J. Koerting

Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences. As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia. He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).


  1. Hi Torsten

    Thanks for the comments and the blog – looks like it will be something for Australian PMs to link into – well done. I will put an RSS feed on my site and the site shortly.

    I agree with your earlier comments on PMOz and SEPG 08 in your earlier blog and will add to that tomorrow. But I just thought I would let you know that the HolisTech blog is going to be deleted and I am going to only blog at from now on.

    Accordingly, the links you have on here won’t work shortly, but if you would be so kind as to replace them with the same links but replace the “” with “”, everything should work just fine.

    I look forward to some stimulating exchanges over the coming months and years.

    kind regards

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