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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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PMI Professional Awards - Nominate an Outstanding Project Manager or Organization

Honor the best of the best! The deadline is quickly approaching to honor the best in project management by nominating an outstanding project manager or organization for the 2017 PMI Professional Awards.

PMI’s professional awards honor organizations and individuals whose passion, talent and expertise make the greatest contributions to the project management profession. PMI recognizes exceptional contributions to the development and advancement of the project management profession along with outstanding achievements and we want to know who you feel should be honored! 

See a full list of awards and learn more at Submit your nomination today!

Keep in mind, the nomination deadline is 1 March 2017!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: February 21, 2017 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

#PMLoveStories 2017

Categories: community

It's that time of year again! Love is in the air and we are celebrating all February long on!

Spread the love by answering one or all of the questions below and uploading your PM Love Story in picture or video format HERE.

Why do you LOVE project management?
Why do you LOVE being a project manager?
Was there a project you LOVED working on? Why?

You can also share via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PMLoveStories OR in our PMLoveStories discussion thread.

One last thing – HAVE FUN!

This is all about spreading the love – keep it informal and feel free to use cell phone video!

We can't wait to hear your PM Love Story!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: February 01, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (18)

Discussions Streamlined!

Categories: community

Have you ever wanted to ask a question in one of our discussion boards, but became overwhelmed by the number of boards to choose from? Were you afraid that your question would go unanswered in an inactive board? Well fear no more because we have streamlined our discussion boards on!

We had one goal in mind while consolidating our discussions boards --> to make them easier to use so that you get the answers you need. When you visit our Discussions page, you'll find that we kept our most active boards while filing and tagging posts from inactive boards in the appropriate areas. 

Here are some tips for making the most of discussions on

  • Provide question details when possible to provide context for your question - the more your peers know, the more they can help!
  • Tag your question with up to three tags - tagging your question helps direct your question to people who can help. It also helps it to be found when using the filter option!
  • Discussion questions should comply with's User Guidelines.

Go check it out and get involved in the conversation! Ask a question about a project you're working on or find one where you can lend your expertise. You never know, you may have the answer someone is looking for!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: January 20, 2017 01:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Improve Project Success While Earning Badges!

Projects can be stressful. You are working on something that people in your organization care a lot about. Someone may have over-committed you or your team, and now they may be asking why you aren’t on time, within scope or under budget. You and your staff are working together to find solutions as best you can--but within your organization there is no one you can lean on for answers.

Luckily you already know that you can turn to to help with your project challenges. You know that is the largest community of project management professionals offering webinars, articles, templates, networking and more with one simple mission – to make you and your projects more successful.

But are your friends and colleagues aware that we're here to improve project success? Do they know that they have a network of peers available to help them with project challenges?

Click here to share with friends and colleagues. Let them know that we're here as a free resource AND earn badges for your profile while doing it! You can earn the badges below just for sharing our site with others.

Promoter – Refer 4 new members
Advocate – Refer 25 new members
Zealot – Refer 12 new members

We thank you for sharing our site and projects everywhere thank you for helping to improve their success rates!



Posted by Kristin Jones on: December 02, 2016 02:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

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 (10)

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