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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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Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Recent Posts

Ask the Expert is Returning to PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia!

Development of the PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition Underway

NEW Discussion Thread for Government Industry Posted!

Baking Principles

August Community News You Can Use

NEW Discussion Threads for Industry Content

We're pleased to announce that as part of our overall content approach, PMI will launch a new initiative focusing on four industry segments this year, particularly in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. And as part of that focus, we want to highlight some existing PM Network content on ProjectManagement.com to engage the community, and to learn more about their specific industry needs.

The idea is for ProjectManagement to create, highlight, and maintain four dynamic, active threads for the community — one for each industry: IT, Government, Finance and Construction.

To start, we have selected three pieces of content from the IT sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

1. How Do You Help Define Data’s Role in your Organization’s Strategy?    https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/135655/How-do-you-help-define-data-s-role-in-your-organization-s-strategy-

2. Digital Acceleration through a Global PMO
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/135657/Digital-Acceleration-through-a-Global-PMO

3. How do you determine if an Agile, Waterfall or hybrid approach is best for your project?
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/135658/How-do-you-determine-if-an-Agile--Waterfall-or-hybrid-approach-is-best-for-your-project-

We welcome you to engage in these discussions, and please stay tuned for forthcoming postings!

Enjoy!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 26, 2019 01:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award Announced

Categories: news, project management

On 27 June, three members of the academic community were recognized for their contributions to research in the profession with the 2019 PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award.

The Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award honors the best paper published in the Project Management Journal in the previous year. The award recognizes the significance of academic research and the importance of refereed journal articles to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of project management.

The winning paper was “Coordinating Knowledge Work in Multiteam Programs: Findings From a Large-Scale Agile Development Program,” appearing in the November/December 2018 issue (Volume 49, number 6).

The paper was authored by Professor Torgier Dingsøyr, chief scientist at the SINTEF research foundation in Trondheim, Norway, and adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Nils Brede Moe, senior scientist at SINTEF; and Eva Amdahl Seim, a senior research manager at SINTEF.

“I think this award is a sign of the growing interest in project management practices which have developed in software development, and which become increasingly relevant also for other domains with the current importance of digitalization,” said Dingsøyr.

“As the study is understood as a significant contribution to the field of large-scale agile and agile transformation, the award will motivate for more studies within the same topic,” explained Moe.

Seim added, “We have been researching coordination in work and particularly software work for two decades. To me, this award is recognition of years of hard and gratifying work.”

This recognition took place during the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, at the ISCTE-IUL University. The award was presented to Professor Dingsøyr on the evening of 27 June at a reception for the EURAM Project Organising Strategic Interest Group, sponsored by PMI.

 

Posted by Laura Schofield on: July 23, 2019 03:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

July Community News You Can Use

Looking for ways to connect and engage with your fellow project managers? Striving to stay up-to-date on the latest project management trends? You’ve certainly come to the right place! On the Critical Path, we provide a look at what’s currently happening around the community in your July Community News You Can Use:

Register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019: This year, the PMI® Organizational Agility Conference will examine Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery on Thursday, September 12th. This virtual conference will explore the concept of change resilience with professionals who are driving it within their organizations—and those who are living it as part of their own development. Register today!

2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: PMI has released its 2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: AI Innovators: Cracking the Code on Project Performance. The report provides an in-depth look at how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting organizations and the project management profession. Access the report here.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts launched on June 17th. You can now view the first Q&A session with Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, on-demand - What’s Up With Standards? – What They’re For, and Your Opportunity To Participate In Developing Them. Be on the lookout for the next Q&A session which will be held in September!

Celebrating 50 Years: View Mark Bowman and J. Kane Tomlin’s webinar, Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study, on-demand. Like PMI, the Apollo Mission is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and this webinar takes a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement.

There’s still time to participate in PMI’s Global Celebration of Service (in honor of its 50th anniversary) by pledging your commitment to the advancement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here!

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November). We hope to see you there!

Building a Solid Business Case: Community member, John Galyon, provides a seven step process to help build a business case that aligns with your organization’s strategic plan. View his article here.

Tips for Leading without Power: Ishankumar Vyas shares his insights with the community for how project managers can lead without possessing power in their organizations. Read the article here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: July 18, 2019 10:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

PM for Social Good® - Practitioners Give Back through Project Management!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), an on-demand webinar, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type Title
Webinar (Live)

PMIEF Open House - PM Program Impacting Students Throughout Central PA

Webinar (On-Demand)

Lightning Talks - Social Good Experts Explain How Their Chapters Give Back

Article The Power of PM: How a Prison Program is Changing Lives
Article The Hills Are Alive: A Success Story in Grant Writing and Business Plan Development
Article PMI Ecuador Chapter Empowers Women Through PM Training
Article Sharing Project Management: PMIEF Resources to the Rescue 
Article Project Management in Emergency and Humanitarian Aid: Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) USA
Article Tips for Coordinating a Successful PM Training Session 
Article PMO Longevity: Implementation Phase Inputs and PMO-Operations Management Integration
Article The Importance of Project Management in the Real Estate Sector

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your ProjectManagement.com profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 27, 2018 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

PMI’s Project Management Journal (PMJ) is now accepting papers for a special issue on Project Transitions. While a great deal of research focuses on the specificities of various project phases, there are a number of technical, organizational, economic, and managerial challenges relating to the transitions across the phases. Transitional issue examples include, but are far from limited to, challenges such as the handover of data and knowhow, change in the workforce, and scope management.

Surprisingly, transition-related project phenomena remain remarkably under-investigated. Addressing transitional issues in projects is important not only for creating projects that deliver value to their respective organizations, users, and operators but also to maintain a more effective delivery while moving from one phase to the next.

Contributions to this special issue can be theoretical or empirical, based on any project-related topic concerning transitions. Authors may choose to focus on transitions across the temporal phases of the system’s life as the main conceptual framework. However, the special issue editors strongly encourage contributions addressing project transitions under new or different conceptual lenses.

Editors for this special issue are:

  • Giorgio Locatelli, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Vedran Zerjav, The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London
  • Gary Klein, College of Business, University of Colorado

The deadline for papers is 31 January 2019. For more information on the special issue, visit https://www.pmi.org/learning/publications/project-management-journal/special-issue-project-transitions.

General submission guidelines are available from the journal publisher, SAGE, at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/project-management-journal/journal203528#submission-guidelines.

To submit a paper, visit the journal submission site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pmj.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2018 02:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)
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