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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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February 2018 Book Club Announced!

Categories: book club., community

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com February 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 February is Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach by Gina Abudi, MBA.

Gina Abudi has 30+ years' experience in providing consulting services and training/education with a focus on projects, process and people to mid- to large, global organizations. She is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College. She blogs regularly at GinaAbudi.com. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects (J Ross Pub, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change (J Ross Pub, 2017).

About the book:

In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term.

Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail.

Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.

Our February book club host is David A. Maynard, PMP.  Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from college, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, where he worked for many years. 

He participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training.  Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, becoming a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando, FL. whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations. 

David teaches Project Management at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). He is active in the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member. He volunteers for PMI in various capacities.

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 Marjorie Anderson on: February 20, 2018 10:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

See the PMI Professional and Academic Awards Winners from 2017

Categories: awards, community, news, PMI

The PMI Awards have highlighted the best of the best in project management since giving out the first award in 1974. In 2017 the following projects and project managers were recognized for excellence: 

PMI Award for Project Excellence 2017

Tank 12 Closure
Savannah River Remediation
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street
Dimension Data Australia
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project
Washington River Protection Solutions
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Fellow Award 2017

  • Linda Vella, BA, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Eugene C. Bounds, CSM, PMP, PMI Fellow

PMI Project of the Year Award 2017

Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC
HANFORD, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award 2017

Swiss Island®
Spirit at PM GmbH and AUTHESIS GmbH

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence 2017

  • Alfonso Bucero, PMI-RMP, PMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
  • Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan, PhD, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award 2017

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by GEN (Ret) Stanley McChrystal U.S. Army, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell

PMI Research Achievement Award 2017

  • Svetlana Cicmil, PhD
  • Damian Hodgson, PhD
  • Johann Packendorff, PhD
  • Monica Lindgren, PhD

PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award 2017

  • Ray Levitt, PhD

PMI Project Management Journal® Paper of the Year Award 2017

Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects
By Sylvain Lenfle, PhD

The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition
By Anders Jensen, PhD, Christian Thuesen, PhD, and Joana Geraldi, PhD

PMO of the Year Award 2017

  • CAMH - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2017

  • Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP (Boston University)

Learn more about the 2017 winners, their projects, and other finalists by visiting the PMI Award Winners page.

Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of the best for project management? Don't miss your opportunity to nominate them for the 2018 awards!  

Learn more about the 2018 nominations on the Critical Path blog. The nomination deadlines are fast approaching!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: February 15, 2018 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

PMI Professional and Academic Awards Deadlines Quickly Approaching!

Categories: Awards, PMI, PMIEF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

PMI Educational Foundation Awards –Don’t Miss This Opportunity

Do you know a student with a bright future in project management? This is your chance to help them shine in 2018.

The James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award and Donald S. Barrie Award are two valuable accolades that can help students shape their future. The deadline is: February 15, 2018. Benefits include:

  • No cost to apply
  • Cash prizes
  • Proven excellence in the project management field
  • Recognized at PMI® Global Conference

https://pmief.org/about-us/pmief-awards


PMI Research & Academic Award Nominations

Honor and recognize your peers through nominations for PMI Academic Awards. The call for nominations closes on 1 March 2018, and includes:

  • David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award
  • Scholar-Practitioner Award
  • Research Achievement Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award

https://www.pmi.org/about/awards/research-academic

PMI Professional Awards

Honor the best in project management when you nominate someone for one of these prestigious awards and have them recognized at PMI® Global Conference or PMO Symposium. Deadline is 1 March 2018.                      

  • PMI Fellow Award
  • PMI Project of the Year Award
  • PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence
  • PMI Award for Project Excellence
  • PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Person of the Year Award|
  • PMO of the Year Award (deadline 1 April)
  • PMI Young Professional Award (NEW)

https://www.pmi.org/about/awards

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 09, 2018 10:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

February Community News You Can Use

Categories: community events

The Art and Science of Stakeholder Management: An online article linked from PM Port explains why project failures could be due to poor stakeholder management. It lists several fundamental steps to managing stakeholders: Identify them, and map their level of interest and influence. Going beyond the steps to incorporate comfort and trust in the stakeholder relationship is key, the article concludes. Visit PM Port for more of what’s happening in the world of project management.

 

Don’t forget to join us Thursday, March 22nd for PMXPO 2018! ProjectManagement.com is once again excited to bring you its annual virtual conference and exhibition—the 11th edition of its successful show! We broke our attendance record again last year, and want you to join us as we start our second decade of the largest virtual event in project management! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, it's your opportunity to learn, network with thousands of your peers, earn PDUs and a badge, and broaden your perspective on project management—all from the comfort of your home or office. And best of all, it’s all free!

Keynote Presentation—The Simpsons: There's No "I" in "Innovation" (oh wait, there's actually two of them)...Lessons in Innovation from the Most Successful Show in TV History

Joel Cohen, Emmy-Winning Writer and Producer of The Simpsons

Register Now for PMXPO 2018!

 

PMI® EMEA Congress 2018 will be here before you know it! Register by 14 February and take advantage of Early Bird savings! Bringing together hundreds of project, programme and portfolio managers from around the world, PMI® EMEA Congress provides three days of premier education, knowledge sharing, and networking. Congress empowers participants with the skills needed to positively impact projects and programmes through innovative keynotes, peer-driven content and cutting edge global perspectives into today’s evolving project and business challenges.

Participants can also extend their stay (10 – 11 May) and attend SeminarsWorld courses to continue their professional development and deepen their knowledge on the latest topic areas driving Project Management.

 

We here in Community Support want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you during the transition from Adobe Connect to WebEx. Change is not always fun, but the more exposure you gain from attending Live Webinars, the less frustrating it will be to grasp the platform.

Please also continue to be patient as we work through the mobile experience glitch, as we know this feature is a great benefit to have while travelling. We are endlessly working to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Please remember to revisit Tips for Webinar Attendees prior to your live event to ensure that you're ready to participate when you login!

If you have any questions about viewing a live or on-demand webinar, please reach out to us and we'll be happy to help.

Many thanks!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 08, 2018 06:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

PMI Resource Unlocks the World of PM on the Web

Categories: community, content

Frequent visitors of ProjectManagement.com’s “Knowledge & Tools” tab may notice something new in the bottom left corner of the tab’s links. That something is PM Port, a reference to show you what is being said about project management on websites and publications around the world.

PM Port, which also can be accessed directly at PMI.org/PMPort, is powered by LexisNexis, a leading business research service. Staff curators select articles twice a week that are valuable and useful to project, program and portfolio managers. Turn to PM Port if you are interested in economic trends that can affect your career; if you want to see tips that have worked for your colleagues and can help you succeed; or if you want to read the latest “buzz” on what’s hot in the profession, such as agile approaches or gig-based project managers.

Additionally, this resource provides stories that might not be front and center now, but could affect the future. One example is an article written by a middle-school teacher who incorporates project-based learning whenever possible. Another is a news item about a solar power project in Sierra Leone.

PM Port provides a wide spectrum of interesting reads about your profession. Check it out today and bookmark it so you can keep up with the latest project management news!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 30, 2018 10:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)
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