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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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Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

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5 Reasons to Give Back Through PMIEF!

PM for Social Good® - Practitioners Give Back through Project Management!

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

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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 (12)

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 (14)

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)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October! Here at PMI GHQ, the morning air is starting to turn nice and crisp with autumn's arrival a few weeks ago, but the afternoons are still holding on to summer for just a while longer. Also, we completely forgot to post a September Community News. Sorry about that. We promise to do better.

We hope you're excited about something in your work! Maybe it's a new project, a new role, some incredible professional development opportunities, or just the fact that you're wrapping up a really long project. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! Tell us what's going on in your world in the comments below or in this discussion thread.

On with this month's news!

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018 - Our research has shown that many business analyst professionals spend more than 80% of their time applying business analysis to projects and programs – underscoring just how important this competency is to ensure successful project management. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Don’t miss the Business Analysis event of the year by registering today!

Trends, Trends, Trends – There are no shortage of articles presenting trends in project management, as IBM Systems Magazine contributor Joseph Gulla points out in this blog post linked from PM Port. Some are based on research, some are based on opinion. Mr. Gulla is basing his on whether these trends really matter—do they reinforce good project management or help focus alignment with the business? Scroll to the bottom of his post to see his “trendy” picks. And keep checking PM Port for the latest news and opinion on project management.

PMI® Annual Virtual Student Summit - Students and entry-level professionals are invited to join PMI for a free virtual event to network with colleagues, learn at educational sessions, and find resources in the virtual exhibit hall. Sessions will include using project management to climb Mt. Everest, branding yourself for career success, artificial intelligence and the user experience, and more! You don't want to miss out. Register today!

Prepare to be the Project Manager of the Future - The future of project management will require organizations and individuals alike to embrace a full spectrum of competencies and approaches. Businesses must be agile and quick to adapt in our rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment. Take a look at PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession in-depth report to find out what skills it will take to be the project manager of the future!

Global Insights from Los Angeles - Did you miss out on PMI Global Conference this year? If so, never fear! Your friendly community experts have your back. Read the PMI Global Insights blog to see what they were up to and their reflections as they represented PMI's online community at Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA! Connect with Emily, Dave M., Dan, Priya, Gina, and Dave D. right here within the community to find out what they learned from attendees and each other as they served up expert advice to Conference attendees!

That's all for now! 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: October 09, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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