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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! This is where you'll find community news, updates, upcoming events, featured member posts and more. We'll also be showcasing hot topics in the project management arena and bringing you interviews with industry experts. The Critical Path is our primary way of getting news out to members, so be sure to check back for updates!

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Marjorie Anderson
Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

Recent Posts

Let's Show How a Little Project Management Can Go a Long Way

March Community News You Can Use

Interested in Being a Presenter at PMI® Global Conference 2019?

February Community News You Can Use

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

Let's Show How a Little Project Management Can Go a Long Way

While many exciting events and activities will take place this year to commemorate PMI’s 50th Anniversary, the Global Celebration of Service is truly the cornerstone of the festivities, embodying the spirit of giving back that PMI has always been about.

We view our 50th Anniversary as a time to reflect on the achievements of project managers and recognize the progress that the profession as a whole has made, as well as a time to pull together in service, contributing our collective skills and passion to make a difference in the world. To accomplish this, PMI is supporting the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

The UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours towards attaining these goals by 31 December 2019 and as of the time of this posting, we are already 12% of our way there!

There are many ways to get involved in the Global Celebration of Service. PMI chapters are already doing great service projects that you can take part in, and many more chapters have expressed their excitement to begin aligning with local charities and starting new projects. Contact your local chapter to see what they are planning and how you can get involved. You can also participate on an individual level with any cause that you like, or get involved with the outreach work of any organization, such as your employer, house of worship or community group.

Think about what causes motivate you…where your passion lies…or how your expertise could help most. Don't forget to fill out our pledge form and document your service hours. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Posted by Kristin Jones on: March 18, 2019 03:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

March Community News You Can Use

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With the cold and snow too recent in our memories, we at PMI headquarters are ready for spring! We’re looking forward to all of the changes that March will bring – to the weather (fingers crossed!) and beyond. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening around the community in your March News You can Use:


Welcome PMI’s New President & CEO: Sunil Prashara has been announced as the new President & CEO of PMI. Get to know Sunil here!


2019 Virtual Events: Mark your calendar! The dates for’s 2019 virtual events are as follows:

PMXPO – 21 March 2019

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium – 12 June 2019

PMI Organizational Agility Conference – 12 September 2019

PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference – 13 November 2019


PMXPO is right around the corner! Earn 6.5 PDUs from the comfort of your home or office with six exciting speakers. If you have not yet registered, view the event agenda, and sign-up today!


Projectified™ with PMI Podcast: Have you subscribed to PMI’s project management podcast, Projectified™ with PMI? The podcast features experts on the latest trends and technologies impacting the project management profession from talent management to digital transformation to innovation. The latest podcast addresses “Transformation – Artificial Intelligence.” Listen today for free!


PMI EMEA Congress 2019: Registration is open for PMI EMEA Congress 2019 in Dublin, Ireland! This year’s event will explore Technology Made Possible by a Project Manager. 


Global Celebration of Service: PMI will commemorate its 50th anniversary all year long with a global celebration of service! Through their expertise, passion, and skills, Project Managers truly make a difference for organizations, communities, and industries around the world. In a commitment to advancing the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, PMI is asking members of the community to pledge their time and knowledge to making the world a better place for all. Share your volunteer stories with us!


Stay tuned for more updates in this exciting time for PMI and the project management profession! If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the Community Engagement team.


Posted by Laura Schofield on: March 05, 2019 03:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Interested in Being a Presenter at PMI® Global Conference 2019?

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Are you attending PMI® Global Conference 2019 taking place right here in Philadelphia 5-7 October, 2019? If yes, why don't you consider placing your toastmaster practices into action!?

PMI is now accepting presentation proposals from active and PM credentialed project, program and portfolio professionals. All proposals must be submitted online by the deadline of 6 March 2019. Late proposals will not be accepted. Learn more and submit your proposal.

We hope to see you there!


Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 28, 2019 10:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

February Community News You Can Use

Categories: community events, news, social good, virtual events

Well, we have surpassed the first month of the New Year, and suddenly it’s February! Does that mean Spring is right around the corner? Is it me, or is time flying at warp speed? As with seasonal change, new activities and initiatives here at PMI are constantly evolving. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on!

Growing a stellar career. A blog post linked from the PM Port news service provides interesting details about a project that made a good leader a great leader. The project, with a budget almost four times the biggest this project manager ever handled before, aimed to use lean techniques and appropriate technologies to improve customer service and reduce costs. The project manager spent almost half his time on stakeholder conversations. He found a way to get the support and involvement of his organization’s sales and operations staff. Stakeholder satisfaction was exemplary. Check out PM Port for absorbing reads and trends news you can use.

Well, have you registered for the first Virtual Conference of the year taking place on 21 March 2019, PMXPO? If not, I urge you to take a sneak peek of our Keynote Speaker selected to open the event explaining his story of how hardship can transform the livelihood of humanity. The final schedule of speakers and corresponding sessions will soon be posted. Get EXCITED!

PMI Engages Global Industry Leaders in Davos – Davos has attracted global leaders from governments and corporations for almost 50 years and this year was no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were among some star CEOs that attended sessions around this year’s theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” PMI was the only association in Davos, which is a testimony to the value our Institute brings, as well as our ability for building strong business relationships.

PMI Executives kicked off a panel discussion titled "Humans 2.0." The Brightline Initiative, PMI and the Boston Consulting Group hosted The Economist Events panel discussion. It addressed how business leaders can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise as a result of disruptive technologies. Watch the entire discussion here.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF COMMITMENT T0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT. While we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to focus special attention on the professionals—PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession—for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference. Join us in our Celebration of Service. 2019 will be more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. It will be the start of a project management Global Celebration of Service that will go on throughout 2019 and beyond. PMI is leading this effort to address important issues and causes in local communities that will help ensure a better future for all. LEARN HOW TO PLEDGE!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We love hearing from you and always happy to help! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 06, 2019 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

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The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 25 April 2019.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.

Proposals can be submitted directly at

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 04, 2019 11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world."

- Albert Einstein