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Project Resources to Help You Succeed

Categories: development, education, PMI

Are you looking to improve your leadership skills? Maybe you’re struggling with implementing change within your organization. Whatever the case, the PMI Store has resources that will help you move the needle on your projects and in your career.

Whatever you need, the PMI Store has something to help you succeed!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 21, 2018 03:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

Categories: book club., community

We are excited to announce the 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 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 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, 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 books page

For additional questions, please visit the Book Club FAQ page.

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

PMI Resource Unlocks the World of PM on the Web

Categories: community, content

Frequent visitors of’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, 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)

New Webinar Platform - What You Need to Know

Categories: community, content, webinar


As we mentioned in an earlier post, we have officially migrated our webinar platform from Adobe Connect to WebEx! Going forward, all of our live webinars will take place on the WebEx platform. Due to that change, we want to outline some information that is sure to continue to make your webinar viewing experience an enjoyable one!

A few things that will change:

  • You must connect your audio when you enter the platform. It is extremely important that you perform this step when logging onto the webinar, otherwise you will not hear the presentation. 
  • The mobile experience for webinars is NOT currently supported. We're currently working hard with WebEx to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you must watch the live webinar from a computer. We'll provide an update as soon as we have one.
  • Questions will need to be entered into the Q&A panel (which appears to the right of the presentation) in order for the presenter to see them. 

A few things that will not change:

  • We will continue to report PDUs on behalf of PMI members for both the live and on-demand sessions, unless otherwise indicated. 
  • You will still be able to watch on-demand webinars the same way as you have in the past (even if they were initially presented on the Adobe Connect platform).
  • Attendees will still be able to access the webinar platform 15 minutes prior to the start of the live webinar.

We have also put together a comprehensive list of Tips for Webinar Attendees to ensure that you're ready to participate when you login.

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

Happy viewing!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 18, 2018 03:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Coming Soon: An Enhanced Webinar Experience!

Categories: webinar

Exciting times are ahead here in the community! As part of our commitment to providing community members an enjoyable experience, we regularly make updates to the user experience. Part of that update will be a new way to view webinars within the community!

Starting in January 2018, we will move from the Adobe Connect platform to WebEx to deliver all webinars on What does that mean for you? The look of the webinars will be different, but you will still experience the same great content. The chat pod will be available, as well as the Q&A pod; however, you will be able to choose whether or not you see that information as you're viewing the webinar. And, yes, we will still report PDUs on behalf of PMI members.

Now for the fine print...

At rollout, the mobile webinar experience will not be supported. This is because the WebEx mobile app does not authenticate member information from when entering the platform. That means that unless you're viewing the webinar on a laptop or desktop computer, you won't be able to view it (that includes tablets/phablets). We are working to ensure that this issue gets resolved quickly, so please bear with us in the meantime.

We hope you're as excited about this update as we are! Stay tuned to The Critical Path blog for FAQs and additional information regarding this change in the very near future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 08, 2017 01:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

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