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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
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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

Recent Posts

PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

What are Performance Domains, and Why Should I Care?

Thank You For All Your Support!

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Busting Standards Myths

November Community News You Can Use

Where does the time go? It's November and the United States is preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week! No matter which part of the globe you reside, we all have reasons to be thankful each and every day. A very big THANKS to all of you, our dedicated and engaged community members, for all of your hard work and contributions to!  Be sure to review the exciting activities taking place right here on now through the end of the year! 

*Only one week away!* - Join us on 28 November 2017 for an Open House based on Project Management for Social Good®, a collaborative event between and the PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PMI®.  Project managers have a unique skill set that they can use to bring value to their communities through partnerships with youth, teachers, and nonprofit organizations.  During this event, we’ll explore content from practitioners that are leveraging their skills and knowledge to deliver a huge impact. 

There’s still time to register for the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017! How can PM professionals cultivate the skills the market—and employers—demand? How can organizations develop PM talent that adapts to change and leads them to success? Stay ahead of career requirements and organizational demands at the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017, the only talent management event designed exclusively for PM professionals! Register today!

2018 PMI Professional Awards Call for Nominations!  Honor project management excellence and earn worldwide professional recognition and esteem by nominating professionals, organizations, scholars, authors and continuing professional education providers for the project management profession’s most prestigious and globally recognized achievements. The PMI Awards could highlight you or someone you know—the true leaders of the profession who are changing the world project by project, while serving as examples of success for the next generation of project managers to follow. Click here for details!

Go In-Depth With the Latest Edition of the PMBOK® Guide - In September 2017, we released A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition. In this presentation, Cyndy Dionisio, the project chair of the Sixth Edition Core Committee, explains the updates, new processes, terminology and subjects in the Sixth Edition. She also talks about tailoring and agile practices.

Have some extra downtime over the holidays and looking to and attain knowledge, all while earning PDUs?  Be sure to check out our remaining webinars scheduled throughout 2017! You will be sure glad you did!

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 Kimberly Whitby on: November 20, 2017 03:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Save the Date: Explore Project Management for Social Good® in Collaboration with PMIEF

Categories: open house, PMIEF, social good

Join us on 28 November 2017 for an Open House based on Project Management for Social Good®, a collaborative event between and the PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PMI®.  Project managers have a unique skill set that they can use to bring value to their communities through partnerships with youth, teachers, and nonprofit organizations.  During this event, we’ll explore content from practitioners that are leveraging their skills and knowledge to deliver a huge impact. 

Check out articles from students who have benefited from learning about project management as a life skill, and learn about resources available to start a similar initiative in your own local schools.  Meet an author who is writing fiction books for youth exploring PM concepts as his “Project Kids” build a tree house, create a haunted house, and plan a Valentine’s Day Dance.  (Plus download your copies at no cost!)  Learn your role as a project manager in building the pipeline of future PMs.  Plus, meet individuals and chapter leaders that use their PM skills in a pro bono capacity to magnify the impact of their community nonprofit organizations. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore opportunities to give back in your community with your practitioner skills.  We’ll unlock webinars, blog posts, and articles around this important theme, and open the floor for discussion about how to get involved and – more importantly – why it matters.  Download our program guide to receive a unique one-day-only Open House digital badge on 28 November.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 13, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (19)

Celebrating Giving Back with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is proud to be working hand-in-hand with the PMI Educational Foundation to celebrate #GivingTuesday and making a difference in your community!

The mission of the PMIEF, a charitable nonprofit organization, is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. Their vision is that all people worldwide have a better tomorrow by applying project management skills in their daily lives.

Learn more about the PMIEF and how they are empowering people to become leaders and effective problem-solvers in order to help them reach their full potential and change the future.

In support of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration,PMIEF volunteers from the Board of Directors and Community Engagement Committee have contributed #unselfies, unselfish selfies, explaining why they give back through PMIEF. To learn more and participate with us, visit


Posted by Kristin Jones on: November 28, 2016 11:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Tips and Tricks for Giving Back: Navigating the PMIEF Learning Resources Library

Volunteers have used project management knowledge and skills for social good in a variety of settings, ranging from spending a few hours training nonprofit or civic group members on the basics of project management, to creating intensive project management training programs for youth lasting for a semester of more. Many people are interested in using their project management skills to give back to their communities, but it can be extremely overwhelming to know where to start. 

How do I get started?

One tip given by experienced volunteers is to start by connecting with PMIEF and taking advantage of the resources in the Learning Resources Library. PMIEF staff can help make connections with others who have started similar programs to provide support and lessons learned, and PMIEF resources provide tested content.

The Learning Resources Library includes 31 no-cost resources directed at a variety of target audiences with varying depths of information, many of which have been translated into a number of different languages. This allows volunteers to focus on making connections with partners and working through the logistics that allow programs to succeed. Read on to learn how others have leveraged PMIEF resources to provide project management programming for social good in their communities.

How do I develop a program and choose an organization?

Experienced volunteers recommend starting small when trying to develop programming. One of the hardest parts of starting a program using project management for social good can be finding an organization to work with. Many people who are interested in developing programs find that the best place to start is with an organization that they already have a connection to, and many larger programs develop from shorter sessions of only an hour or two that helped to raise awareness and interest in further training.

Tools for developing a short program:

Individuals who are interested in this kind of short programming might follow the examples of Øyvind Johnsen or members of the PMI Heartland Chapter.

  • Øyvind Johnsen, a PMIEF Chapter Liaison from Norway, who had the opportunity to present on project management to a local civic organization, turned to The Tower Game™ as a way to make his presentation engaging and interactive. This resource, which is available in eighteen languages, provides a fun and interactive introduction to project management by challenging participants to a tower building competition, which is scored on factors critical to project management. Many volunteers have found that this activity provides an engaging way to raise people's awareness of project management and make them interested in learning more, and Øyvind found that participants were enthusiastic about the success of his talk.
  • Volunteers from the PMI Heartland Chapter have found success using Careers in Project Management™, available in four languages, in career day presentations. This resource is designed to help raise student awareness of project management as a viable career path by providing information such as an overview of the profession, how a student would prepare for a career in the field, and wage information for the field of project management. For individuals interested in partnering with schools, career days can be a great way to begin engaging with students. Many individuals have also had success combining The Tower Game and Careers in Project Management to provide a fun, interactive, and informative introduction to the idea of project management as a career, both at career days and in other settings.

How can I develop an education program for youth in my community?

Volunteers who are interested in providing project management education and training beyond the awareness provided by The Tower Game and Careers in Project Management have turned to Project Management Skills for Life®, available in eight languages. Volunteers have found that Skills for Life, which generally takes about 4-6 hours to complete, is extremely flexible and can easily be matched with any number of projects to create a customized experience. 

  • Talibah Adenouga, a classroom teacher and PMIEF Chapter Liaison from Dallas has used Skills for Life in the classroom. She uses the resource as a basis for providing project management training to her high school Business and Technology students, then combines this learning with a project in which students plan and implement a craft day for patients at a local children's hospital. This approach provides students with foundational knowledge in project management, hands on experience in managing a project, and an opportunity to give back to their community.
  • Volunteers from the PMI Honduras Chapter have used a similar program structure. In their workshops, youth go through the Skills for Life training, then complete a project to benefit their community, requiring no travel and no cost. Projects have included a community clean up, tutoring, and planting a garden with local plants. 

How can I develop project management training/education for adults?

While Skills for Life has been used as a part of many youth programs, volunteers have found it to be equally appropriate for work with adults, and a number of volunteers have used Project Management Skills for Life® as the basis for presentations and trainings for staff at nonprofit/NGO organizations.

  • In Georgia, PMI member Frederick Griffin worked with Megiddo Dream Station, a nonprofit organization working with unemployed individuals, to provide project management training as a part of the organization's multi-dimensional training program. In Argentina, volunteers from the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter used Skills for Life as a part of their program to provide project management skills and training to their local Emmanuel Foundation, with an ultimate goal of supporting the organization in establishing a new community center. 

In-depth project management youth education

Many volunteers who are interested in providing in depth project management education to youth have turned to Projects from the Future™ and the Project Management Toolkit for Teachers™.

  • In Italy, volunteers from the PMI Northern Italy Chapter used Projects from the Future™ to support a group of fourth grade students at a local primary school. Projects from the Future™ is designed for teaching project management as a life skill to primary school youth as young as six and uses simplified vocabulary and structured activities to help younger children learn to start thinking like project managers. It uses a partnership between a classroom teacher and a mentor in the field of project management, and includes guides for both the teacher and the mentor, in addition to the program materials. In Italy, the volunteers used this model to work with fourth grade students and their teachers on a project in which the students were able to create games that could safely be played indoors during break times. 
  • In Napa CA teachers used the Project Management Toolkit for Teachers™ to support their students in projects such as investigating a crime scene, developing board games, and more. Many teachers are eager to have project managers help them embed project management into existing classroom projects. The Toolkit is designed for use by classroom teachers, but volunteers have found that its frameworks can be applicable in other circumstances as well. In Brazil, the PMI Amazonas Chapter used this resource to train representatives from Junior Achievement Amazonas on project management and the benefits of teaching these skills to children. 

Ready to get started?

If you're ready to get started volunteering to leverage project management skills and knowledge for social good, one of the best places to start is in the Learning Resources Library at, where you can download all of the PMIEF Learning Resources at no cost. The full library includes case studies on how other organizations have implemented social good programming, short presentations targeted at a variety of audiences, curricula for use by secondary school teachers, and more.

Posted by Kristin Jones on: November 28, 2016 11:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Making a Difference - Giving Back to Your Community Through Project Management

Welcome to our open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, along with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we're celebrating using project management to make a difference.

We're thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to talk about making a difference through the use of project management. We have two LIVE webinars along with articles, blogs, and discussions focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to make a difference in their communities. Here's a full listing of today's content!

Content Type Title
Download November 2016 Open House Content Guide
Article Never Too Young for Project Management
Article My Venture into Pro Bono Project Management
Article Shadow Time - A Volunteer Success Story
Article PMI Belgium Chapter Helps the Unemployed
Article Why Bother? The Importance of Bringing Project Management from the Boardroom to the Classroom
Webinar 11AM ET Chapters Impacting Communities: Project Managers Make a Big Difference for Social Good
Webinar 1PM ET Caterpillar Inc - Building Better Communities with Pro Bono Project Management 
Blog Tips and Tricks for Giving Back: Navigating the PMIEF Learning Resources Library
Blog Celebrating Giving Back with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)
Discussion How did you get started giving back in your community?
Discussion Success stories! How have you given back using project management?

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!

Guess what?! We're handing out badges today to everyone who participates in our event! Download the content guide to validate your participation and earn the badge below.

Thank you for celebrating with us and the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation! Enjoy!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: November 28, 2016 11:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

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