International Project Management Day - First Thursday in November
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On the first Thursday in November, International Project Management Day recognizes the hard work and dedication of project managers across the globe. The day also supports project managers to learn from one another and share ideas.

Businesses, corporations, and nonprofit organizations all around the world employ project managers. These professionals play the lead role in the planning, procurement, and execution of a project. It’s their job to get the entire team on board to successfully complete various projects. The job can be stressful as they are often working against tight deadlines and with strict budgets.

Project managers use their time, energy, innovation, and creativity to provide products and services in every community in the world. Many project managers also provide emergency and natural disaster relief services. No wonder there is a global demand for project managers. By the year 2027, organizations around the world will need over 87 million people in project management positions. Countries with the highest demand include China, India, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

The most successful project managers possess the following skills:

  • Effective communications
  • Organization
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Motivation
  • Adaptability
  • Research
  • Active listening
  • Conflict management

Project managers with these skills are an essential part of any organization’s success. According to a global project management report, 97 percent of organizations believe that project management is necessary to succeed.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ProjectManagementDay

On this day, an annual online conference is held to allow project managers to come together to learn and promote best practices. The online conference attracts about 35,000 participants across the globe. Other events include project management workshops, seminars, and awards ceremonies. It’s also a day for organizations and businesses to recognize their top project managers. To participate:

  • Thank a project manager for their hard work and dedication.
  • Learn more about the role of the project manager in successful organizations.
  • Watch a movie that features successful project management, such as Back to the Future, The Great Escape, Ocean’s 11, Office Space, or Apollo 13.
  • Read about some of the most successful project managers in the world, like Elizabeth Harrin, Michael Kaplan, Lolly Daskal, and Chris Lema.

Spread awareness for this day on social media with #ProjectManagementDay


Laverne Johnson, Lori Milhaven, and the team at the International Institute of Learning (IIL) formed International Project Management Day in 2004.

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