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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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January Community News You Can Use

Categories: community, congress, news

Happy New Year, everyone!

Can you believe we're already in 2019? While I haven't had any trouble writing it, my brain is still having some trouble making the transition. One thing I decided to do this year was not make resolutions, but set goals for myself with individual start and end dates that have nothing to do with the beginning or end of a new year. I think if you're going to resolve to do something, why wait? That said, what goals have you set for yourself this year? Is there a big project you're looking to kickoff or finish up? Are you looking to enhance your project management skill set? Tell us in the comments below so we can support you! In the meantime, here's your January News You Can Use:

PMI® EMEA Congress: Registration is now open for PMI EMEA Congress! This year's event will be held in Dublin, Ireland 13-15 May 2019 and you can take advantage of early bird rates through 20 February! For more information and to register, visit the information page on PMI.org. We hope to see you there!

50 hours to rebuild a railroad bridge…and the schedule was for 96 hours! A story linked from PM Port tells how a design-build team demolished the old bridge, located in Columbus, Indiana, USA, and slid in a new bridge. Innovative planning and design facilitated the project, as did use of rapid bridge replacement construction techniques. The team overcame challenges such as unexpected ground conditions and the need to raise the bottom of the new bridge above the flood plain. Find interesting articles like this as well as trends news you can use on PM Port, PMI’s news service.

PODCASTS! Now that I have your attention: Did you know that you can listen to podcasts from community experts right here on ProjectManagement.com? That's right! You can take advantage of short form content to listen to during your commute or on your lunch break. You can find community podcasts here. And don't forget about Projectifed with PMI! Take a few moments to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills!

Can a PM be an Agile Coach? That's the question Stelian Roman is asking of his fellow practitioners. There's a robust conversation happening around this topic, so jump into the discussion!

We hope 2019 has started off great for you all and that it's just the beginning of what's to come. As always, if you have any questions regarding this month's news (or any questions in general) feel free to reach out to any of the Community Engagement Specialists. We're here to help!

See you next month!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 07, 2019 09:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Changes to Webinar Room Capacity for Live Webinars

Categories: community, content, webinar

We have recently discovered technical issues with our webinar platform that require that we temporarily reduce the room size for live webinars to allow us to address these concerns without interruption to the webinar program on ProjectManagement.com. Effective immediately, webinar attendance for live webinars will temporarily be limited to the first 1,000 attendees. After the attendance limit has been reached, members will not be able to login to the live webinar and must watch on-demand once the recorded webinar is available.

Please be assured that attendees who are not able to join the live webinar will be able to view the session on-demand as you always have. This change will not affect on-demand viewing or PDU reporting for these webinars.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue. We will update the community as soon as we have more information to share.

Thank you,

Marjorie

 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 19, 2018 04:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

Thank You!

Categories: community

As I sit and look back over the year that we've had, I'm always amazed at what a community can accomplish. The level of expertise and knowledge held within this online community never ceases to amaze me. We have a lot of people that come through our virtual doors. Some come, take what they need, and then go. Some stay around for a while. Some take the time to build relationships, strengthen their professional muscle, and make it easier for those who enter the community to find their way around. All of those interactions hold an immense amount of value and are important to the ongoing growth and maturity of online communities.

Each and every one of you has played a part in our evolution. Yes, we've made some updates to the site making it easier to navigate. We continue to build upon the user experience and interface. We have made some tweaks to make it easier to highlight your expertise. But it's important to remember that none of this would have been possible without your feedback, your passion for the profession, and your passion for this online community. 

While this is just one of the many ways you can engage with PMI, we hope that it has helped to connect you with what you need, when you need it, and how you need it. Whether it's asking a question in the discussion threads, connecting you to your local chapter, or helping you find thought leadership content that helps you drive your projects forward, it is YOU that drives us, as an organization, to create the experiences that will help you be more successful.

There is a quote by Coretta Scott King that reads "the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." The very nature of the way you help one another (be that through answering questions or contributing your own content) shows your dedication to each other's success and the success of the profession as a whole. And I have to say, seeing that all come together has to be one of the best parts of my job. 

We're working on some really great things for you in 2019 and we'll keep you updated as those things develop.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and thank you for your continued support of PMI's online community. We could not do this work without you.

All the best,

Marjorie 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 17, 2018 01:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (18)

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)

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

Categories: open house, PMIEF, social good

Join us on November 27th 2018 for an Open House based on Project Management for Social Good®, a collaborative event between ProjectManagement.com 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 recipients of different PMIEF awards and scholarships and learn how they benefited from project management. Explore sample training reports and development plans and even fun family project management ideas to inspire you in your everyday and work life. Take a break from reading, and tune into the webinars presented by project management professionals and PMI members – you won’t want to miss it! Plus, meet individuals, organizations and chapter leaders that use their PM skills to magnify the impact of their community nonprofit organizations.

Don’t miss this once a year chance to explore opportunities to give back in your community with your practitioner skills. We’ll unlock no-cost resources, 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.  The day of the open house, we also invite you to download our program guide to receive a unique one-day-only ProjectManagement.com Open House digital badge on November 27th.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 13, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (21)
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