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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on ProjectManagement.com! 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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Craig Dalrymple
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July Community News You Can Use

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

June Book Club

June Community News You Can Use

Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

July Community News You Can Use

Categories: community events, content, project management, webinar

Can you believe 2018 has surpassed the half-year mark! I don’t know about you, but I’m still in shock! PMI has been busier than ever….rolling out exam changes, publishing new books and articles, travelling the world producing fabulous events, all of which could not have happened without each and every one of you! So give yourselves a pat on the back, because there’s only more in the pipeline about to set sail. The Critical Path provides a sneak peek of wants happening and what’s yet to come, as we trek into 2019. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

 

Project Management Saves the Day—At Creative Agencies – Project management shows its value in so many fields (software development, construction, pharma, etc.), but one that does not immediately come to mind is creative agencies. Yet project management is invaluable there as well, according to this article linked from PM Port. The creative process, and the business, suffer when budgets or schedules are unrealistic and talent is stretched too far. Check PM Port frequently for news of what’s happening in project management.

 

What’s New in Project Resource Management (pt 3: Acquire Resources)? – Elizabeth Harrin will fill you in on the wealth of knowledge useful to practitioners in various project management fields.  Check out the The Money Files blog which may be benefit you in the long run!  

 

Are you aware of the 5 Words That Strike Fear?” – If not, delve into Andy Jordan’s article in which Andy claims “have signaled more sleepless nights than I care to remember. I would still have a full head of hair if not for that question, and I wouldn’t hide behind the couch when there are sudden loud noises.” If this doesn’t pique your interest to unlock those 5 words, I don’t know what willJ  

 

Only 15 more days to register for the early bird discount for PMI® Global Conference, 6 – 8 October in Los Angeles, CA! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun! Register by 25 July and save $300! Click here for details. We hope to see you there!


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 are always here to help! Have a great month, fellow Community Friends!

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 10, 2018 11:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

Categories: community, community events, content, education

Learn the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Online

Try the new self-paced online course, Introduction to Project Management. This course is ideal for starting or growing your project management career. This online, self-paced series provides entry-level information on each Knowledge Area of the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition and will enable you to effectively put project management principles to work at your own organizations. Each module features a pre- and post-assessment, allowing you to measure your progress.

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018: Did you miss the 13 June 2018 virtual event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn How to Adapt Your Career to Anticipate and Stay Viable in an Environment of Rapid Technological Change. Check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                 Do you want to know how organizations are impacted by agility? Then be sure to register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018 on September 12, 2018! Our research has found that 92% of business executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success. Also, an organization’s agility level can be a larger factor in overall success than project approach. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation.

PMI® Global Conference will be here before you know it! Register by 25 July and save $300! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun. This is our flagship event, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun. You’ll build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. All while celebrating being part of a global community of change champions.

Not able Join Us For PMI® Global Conference 2018?  Then why not consider PMO Symposium® 2018? Register by 15 August and save $300!

As the leading association for project, program, or portfolio management professionals, we understand that it’s important for PMO leaders to demonstrate the value their teams bring. That’s why the theme of PMO Symposium® 2018 is Mastering Value Delivery. Over four days in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from the world’s PMO leaders, attend advanced workshops, and network with your peers. You’ll come away with insights you can use to build a resilient PMO. And you’ll have practical approaches to harnessing the disruptive forces that shape your business—so you can innovate and deliver better results.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 26, 2018 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

June Book Club

Categories: book club.

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com June book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for June is The Practitioner's Guide to Program Management by Irene Didinsky

Early in her career, Irene Didinsky recognized that project and program management was her passion. She accepted roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, energy, utilities, food and beverages, power tools, and hospitality. Ms. Didinsky led global cross cultural projects at Deloitte. She delivered programs that implemented value-based care solutions for large healthcare systems at Evolent Health, a healthcare consulting firm, and she has influenced the delivery of millions of dollars of capital investment through project and program management at Kaiser Permanente. As there are very few books written about program management, Ms. Didinsky became a writer by night while working as a program manager. Her enthusiasm for helping people in all aspects of program management flows through in the expert program management knowledge that she has shared in this book.
 

About the book:

Programs serve as a crucial link between strategy and the execution of business results and organizations implement them to achieve strategic goals. Although the practice of program management has evolved in lockstep with the project management profession, the root causes of program failure remain.

In this step-by-step guide, Irene Didinsky offers a standardized approach to program management, closing the knowledge gaps and variations that currently exist across organizations and industries. For the first time, The Practitioner's Guide to Program Management walks the reader through all the key components of effective program management. Using a case study example of an actual process improvement program, Didinsky discusses the qualities of excellence in program leadership, the importance of organizational strategy alignment throughout the program life cycle, how a program realizes benefits, and how to manage conflicting priorities of stakeholders.

This comprehensive resource also includes an historical overview of the professionalization of the field, outlines the logistics of forming a program management community of practice, and concludes with a glossary of terms. With this desktop manual in their hands, practitioners can expect to thrive and guarantee the success of their programs.

Our June book club host is Tolitha Lewis, PMP. Tolitha has been a PMI Volunteer Leader since 2008.  She was elected as a Director to the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (PMI-ISSIG) in 2008 and served until the completion of the transition to a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. In 2012, Tolitha was appointed to the Leadership Team of the Consulting CoP, now referred to as the Consulting practice area, and has been a leader in the webinar program ever since. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tolitha is a Sr. Project Manager.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 05, 2018 10:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

June Community News You Can Use

Categories: community, community events, events, news

We are officially 6 months into 2018! Summer begins in 2 1/2 weeks in our part of the world and that means things will start to slow down a little. Do you have any breaks in your work coming up? Are you taking some time off to relax with your family? Tell us in the comments below how you plan to recharge midyear. In the meantime, here's what's going on in the community:

PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018 - How will the future of technology affect the way you prepare for projects? What skills will you need to ensure your projects are a success as the technological landscape shifts? Find out at the upcoming virtual PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018, happening on 13 June from 9am - 5pm EDT. You still have a week left to register. Don't miss out!

Right sized content just for you - Do you ever find yourself wishing you could take 15-30 minutes to get some learning in during your busy day? We have a solution for you! Check out Projectified with PMI, hosted by Stephen Maye! This podcast series dives into leadership challenges, digital transformations, and mindset shifts that will help you take your project - and your organization - to the next level. Listen to Projectified with PMI!

Speaking of podcasts - We have great selection of podcasts for you to choose from that are hosted by your fellow community members right here on ProjectManagement.com! Visit the Podcasts page to find bite-sized, valuable content that you can listen to at your convenience.

Thinking About Security Project Management? - This can be an exciting and challenging career. There are some common missteps for projects in this field, such as not knowing the full scope before planning begins, allowing project schedules to control you instead of vice-versa, and creating a careful plan for communications. Learn more in this article that is linked from PM Port. PM Port is a news service that helps you see what’s happening in the world of project management.

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're happy to help!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: June 05, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

Categories: community, community events, events, member, news, webinar

The complete speakers & sessions roster for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is now available for viewing on the event registration page. This symposium will focus on the intersection of emerging technologies and your career as a project manager.

An overview of the schedule is as follows:

  • Keynote: Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges - Presented by Olivier Lazar.
  • Session 1: Preparing Project Managers in Driving Industry Innovation through Digital Transformation - Presented by Christopher Bolick
  • Session 2:  Cyber Security is Not Just for the Big Boys and Girls - Presented by Jim Smith & Rudy Watson
  • Session 3: Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover? - Presented by Oliver Yarbrough
  • Session 4: Drones! Coming to a Project near You! - Presented by Kevin Coleman
  • Session 5: Under the Hood of Blockchain - Beyond the Basics - Presented by Tareq Shaheen

Be sure to register and invite your peers & colleagues to join you for this exciting day of information. Don’t forget, registrants will have the ability to watch archives of the sessions for 90 days after the event. If you aren’t able to attend be sure to register for this member benefit!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: May 31, 2018 09:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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