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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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Marjorie Anderson
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

NEW Discussion Thread for Construction Industry Posted!

The Continuing Evolution of the PMBOK® Guide

Next Set of Community Offerings Are Here!

Speakers Announced for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019

NEW Discussion Threads for Industry Content

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)

PMI Standards is on the Critical Path!!

Categories: PMI, standards

As you are already aware, PMI is in the midst of a transformation and as PMI Standards begin to reflect this transformation, we have decided to engage with our community through the Critical Path blog.  Going forward, you can check in here for updates and opportunities to share your thoughts and reactions around how we are progressing on our journey.  

As a reminder and for context, our transformation is based on the 2017 Strategic Plan. The plan outlines three pillars: strategic focus, customer centricity, and organizational agility. The strategic focus creates the opportunity to serve practitioners in a more substantive and integrated manner. Customer centricity is about gaining a deep understanding of practitioners so we can improve what we offer, how we offer it, and when we offer it to them. Organizational agility is about improving PMI’s ability to identify and respond to emerging opportunities.

Applying the three strategic pillars within PMI standards publications, it became important to separate fundamental concepts from the way in which those concepts are applied.  As a result, the content within these publications falls into three categories, which you will see referenced in future blog postings:

  • Standard, the essential considerations required for effective delivery;
  • The body of knowledge, what is currently known regarding the discipline; and
  • Practice, tools, and techniques for implementation.

Organizations are adopting more project-based approaches to deliver value, and project management professionals require tools to drive that success. These tools include both The Standard for Project Management and the body of knowledge for delivering value through projects.

Recognizing this need, PMI will leverage a collaborative approach with our stakeholders, to adapt both The Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) to cover the entire value-delivery landscape of project management. At the same time, we are undertaking work to provide practitioners with more robust, more accessible, and highly relevant content designed to apply standards and the body of knowledge situationally in practice, which can be captured and updated best through a web-based platform. These products will reflect the knowledge that projects are executed to deliver value and project teams can use a broad range of methods and approaches to deliver outcomes.

We are excited about the future of PMI Standards and invite you to stay connected with us as we develop these resources. Check back to The Critical Path blog to follow our journey and stay informed about additional opportunities to engage more directly.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: July 15, 2019 04:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Calling all Volunteers! PMBOK(R) Guide--Seventh Edition Development & Review Team Members

Categories: development, volunteers

 

Want to get involved? Apply now to participate in the development of the PMBOK® Guide—Seventh Edition.  We are now looking for volunteers to be part of both the Development Team and Review Team for the latest edition. This opportunity is open to potential volunteers until 19 July 2019. Check out VRMS to review this amazing opportunity! https://vrms.pmi.org/OpportunityView/OpportunityView/?opId=24520&volunteerView=true

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 25, 2019 02:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

What’s Buzzing in the PMI Community?

Glad you asked! As mentioned in past blogs, we are looking for ways to grow and strengthen the community. Our ProjectManagement.com team is always looking for ways to grow and strengthen the community, right here right now! Our passion is helping you connect and engage with each other in more meaningful ways, by creating discussions and forums for you to ask questions, share work experiences, and learn about exciting offerings at PMI.  In T-minus four days, our first Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series kicks off 17 June 2019! Here, we will present short Q&A sessions with various PMI experts. The first one will be June 17 with guest Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, discussing “What’s Up With Standards?" Other PMI departments and experts will soon follow, and all sessions, which are non-PDU bearing, will be recorded and posted for your convenience. Which PMI department or offering would you like to learn more about?  We welcome your suggestions!

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Did you miss the 12 June 2019 Virtual Event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! This virtual event explored the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. The modern technological landscape places growing demands on project managers to stay up-to-date on advancements, develop new skills, and adopt innovative approaches to their work. In the search for top talent for project teams, hiring managers have identified a shortage of certain skillsets amidst evolving needs. Check it out!

PMI® Global Conference 2019- 5-7 October | Philadelphia, PA, USA will be here before you know it! Register by 24 July and save $300! PMI® Global Conference is the annual event for project management professionals. And this year, there’s more reason to attend than ever. Over three days, you’ll learn, share insights and socialize with thousands of like-minded professionals from around the world. You’ll earn up to 18 PDUs to help maintain your certification. And you’ll leave with knowledge and skills you can apply straight away. But as it’s our 50th anniversary year, you’ll also be part of a celebration of modern marvels made possible by project management professionals. And you’ll be able to attend a unique session of live TED talks specially curated to inform and inspire you. Don’t miss being part of this great endeavor!

Speaking of 50th Anniversary celebrations, how serendipitous that we mark the 50th anniversary of human beings’ first steps on another celestial body? You definitely don’t want to miss Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study. As we mark the 50th anniversary of human beings’ first steps on another celestial body, a new goal has been set for this nation to return astronauts to the moon within 5 years.  In this webinar, we will take a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement. Don’t miss this amazing presentation!

As always, YOU are driving force within the Community, and we cannot thank you enough!  Continue posting your intriguing subject matters or questions in Project Management Central. We want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. Your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Stay tuned for more to come within the next couple of months!

 

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 13, 2019 07:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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