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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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Our Upcoming Webinar Changes Will Make You Happy

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Our Upcoming Webinar Changes Will Make You Happy

You may have noticed that some of our recent webinars have experienced difficulties either during the session or at the conclusion. We understand that this has been a frustrating experience and we have good news - we are making changes to correct these issues next week!

Beginning on Monday, 27 March, live webinars will no longer have a chat pod during the presentation as high engagement levels have been linked to latency issues on the platform. We'll continue to have a chat pod during the 15 minute time period prior to the start of the presentations to allow for attendee interaction, but once it's time for the presentation to begin, the chat pod will be replaced with a Q&A pod.

Don't worry - you will still be able to get your questions answered by the presenter. You'll have the ability to enter questions into the Q&A pod throughout the duration of the presentation. As in our current format, the webinar presenter will continue to address as many questions as they are able to in the time allotted for the session.

We hope this change will enhance your webinar experience by allowing the focus to be on the content and knowledge while also correcting the latency issues we have been experiencing. 


Posted by Kristin Jones on: March 24, 2017 04:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Top 3 Reasons To Attend PMI EMEA Congress!

Categories: community events

We get it. You might be undecided or on the fence about attending this year's PMI EMEA Congress. You may be asking yourself, 'What's in it for me?' or 'What makes this event stand apart from the others?'

Well, not only will we be sharing best practices, identifying new trends and reinforcing core skills during three days of jam-packed educational sessions, we'll also have one-of-a-kind receptions, networking opportunities and group activities.

With that in mind, we've put together the top 3 reasons why YOU should join us in Rome for PMI EMEA Congress 2017! Here goes:

  1. Topical conversations  
    • We'll be discussing how today's global economic climate is impacting the way we work and the affects on your job and your teams. Take part in the conversation and strategize with your peers!
  2. Like-minded professionals
    • Everyone in attendance, from keynotes, to first-time attendees has one thing in common - they care about the profession! Surround yourself with other people who care as much as you do and the possibilities are endless!
  3. Location Location Location 
    • Not only are we featuring the valuable educational sessions that you’ve come to expect, but we’re also offering one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and activities that can only take place in such an amazing location.

Still need convincing? Check this out!

Ready to join us in Rome? There's still time to register! Be sure to let us know if you'll be attending in the comments below or via social media. We'd love to connect with you!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: March 24, 2017 02:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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 (7)

#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)

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