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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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March Community News You Can Use

Interested in Being a Presenter at PMI® Global Conference 2019?

February Community News You Can Use

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

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Interested in Being a Presenter at PMI® Global Conference 2019?

Categories: events

Are you attending PMI® Global Conference 2019 taking place right here in Philadelphia 5-7 October, 2019? If yes, why don't you consider placing your toastmaster practices into action!?

PMI is now accepting presentation proposals from active and PM credentialed project, program and portfolio professionals. All proposals must be submitted online by the deadline of 6 March 2019. Late proposals will not be accepted. Learn more and submit your proposal.

We hope to see you there!

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 28, 2019 10:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

February Community News You Can Use

Well, we have surpassed the first month of the New Year, and suddenly it’s February! Does that mean Spring is right around the corner? Is it me, or is time flying at warp speed? As with seasonal change, new activities and initiatives here at PMI are constantly evolving. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on ProjectManagement.com!

Growing a stellar career. A blog post linked from the PM Port news service provides interesting details about a project that made a good leader a great leader. The project, with a budget almost four times the biggest this project manager ever handled before, aimed to use lean techniques and appropriate technologies to improve customer service and reduce costs. The project manager spent almost half his time on stakeholder conversations. He found a way to get the support and involvement of his organization’s sales and operations staff. Stakeholder satisfaction was exemplary. Check out PM Port for absorbing reads and trends news you can use.

Well, have you registered for the first Virtual Conference of the year taking place on 21 March 2019, PMXPO? If not, I urge you to take a sneak peek of our Keynote Speaker selected to open the event explaining his story of how hardship can transform the livelihood of humanity. The final schedule of speakers and corresponding sessions will soon be posted. Get EXCITED!

PMI Engages Global Industry Leaders in Davos – Davos has attracted global leaders from governments and corporations for almost 50 years and this year was no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were among some star CEOs that attended sessions around this year’s theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” PMI was the only association in Davos, which is a testimony to the value our Institute brings, as well as our ability for building strong business relationships.

PMI Executives kicked off a panel discussion titled "Humans 2.0." The Brightline Initiative, PMI and the Boston Consulting Group hosted The Economist Events panel discussion. It addressed how business leaders can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise as a result of disruptive technologies. Watch the entire discussion here.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF COMMITMENT T0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT. While we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to focus special attention on the professionals—PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession—for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference. Join us in our Celebration of Service. 2019 will be more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. It will be the start of a project management Global Celebration of Service that will go on throughout 2019 and beyond. PMI is leading this effort to address important issues and causes in local communities that will help ensure a better future for all. LEARN HOW TO PLEDGE!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We love hearing from you and always happy to help! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 06, 2019 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

PMXPO 2019 is Back and Better than Ever!

Categories: virtual events

For those who attended last year welcome back, and for those who did not, we’re thrilled to have you on board this year. As the first PMI virtual event of 2019, PMXPO is ringing in the New Year in style. We’re kicking off the 12th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition with some spectacular speakers and game-changing sessions. Last year we set yet another record-breaking attendance, and we hope to do the same this year. To find out why your peers believe that attending this conference is extremely important, register today.

We are proud to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Derreck Kayongo! Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project. He has built a multi-million dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world.  He is also the former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Derreck is truly a business visionary. He shares his remarkable story of transformation to illustrate the power of creativity and observation to solve any challenge.

Along with our keynote speaker Derreck Kayongo, PMXPO 2019 will bring you five more sessions packed with informative project management viewpoints from experts around the world who are leaders of their industry. Stay tuned for updated information regarding final agenda and speakers.

Who will be attending?

Everyone who has a thirst for knowledge and wants to remain ahead in their career!

Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, this is an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs, and broaden your perspective on project management. Attend this virtual event from the comfort of your own home or office, and the best part is everyone attends for free with absolutely no cost to you or your peers. Register now, save the date, and tell your friends and colleges you will see them at PMXPO 2019!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: January 28, 2019 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

Each year, PMI awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research with themes and perspectives that have direct application to the theory and/or practice of project management.

For 2019, PMI has awarded four Sponsored Research Grants:

  1. Project Title: Knowing when to embrace ambiguity and when to fear it: developing the ability to manage uncertainty in project managers
    Investigators: Anna Wiewiora (principal investigator) and Peter O'Connor
    Affiliation: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  2. Project Title: Harnessing Social Capital with Community Stakeholders in Infrastructure Projects
    Investigators: Suresh Cuganesan (principal investigator), Kenneth Chung, and Pernille Eskerod
    Affiliation: The University of Sydney, Australia
  3. Project Title: Project Organizing for Tackling Grand Challenges in Emergent Markets
    Investigator: Nuno Gil (principal investigator)
    Affiliation: Manchester Business School, United Kingdom
  4. Project Title: P3M Implementation Framework for Grand Challenges Policies: The Case of Climate Change Mitigation Infrastructure
    Investigators: Vedran Zerjav (principal investigator), Efrosyni Konstantinou, Kate Gasparro
    Affiliation: University College London, United Kingdom

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! The next Sponsored Research Program grant funding cycle opens 1 February 2019 for funding in 2020. To learn more about the PMI Sponsored Research Program, visit pmi.org/SponsoredResearch.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 03, 2018 11:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

5 Reasons to Give Back Through PMIEF!

Categories: PMIEF

On this global day of giving, we are grateful for people like you who choose to support our mission to promote Project Management for Social Good®. We are focused on working together to help create a better future for people and communities around the world, especially our youth, by leveraging the power of project management. So, how would your gift make a difference?

This year, support from donors has helped PMIEF:

  1. Work with nonprofits to help some of our most vulnerable youth
  2. Supply project management scholarships and awards
  3. Bring PM education to communities around the world
  4. Work with nonprofits to support people with disabilities
  5. Engage with organizations supporting women’s efforts to provide better lives for their families and communities

A gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on people and communities around the world. Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: November 28, 2018 02:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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