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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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There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

March Community News You Can Use

Friendly Reminders! PMI Awards Deadline & Important Exam Changes!

Project Resources to Help You Succeed

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

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There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

Categories: community events, events, PMXPO

We are less than a week from PMXPO 2018, being held on Thursday, March 22nd. This year is the 11th annual edition of the show, now in its second decade and still the largest virtual event in project management. This year's PMXPO is packed with great new sessions and opportunities to learn, network, earn PDU's, and broaden your perspective on project management - all for free!

This year’s sessions include a keynote by Joel Cohen, Emmy-winning writer and producer of The Simpsons, titled "The Simpsons: There's No "I" in "Innovation" (oh wait, there's actually two of them)...Lessons in Innovation from the Most Successful Show in TV History." In addition there will be sessions on imagining the future of PMOs, hacking agile for digital agencies, and highlights from PMI's 10th global project management survey, the 2018 Pulse of the Profession®.

If you haven't registered for PMXPO 2018 you can follow this link to do so now! It's open to all users, be sure to invite your colleagues and peers!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 16, 2018 10:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

See the PMI Professional and Academic Awards Winners from 2017

Categories: awards, community, news, PMI

The PMI Awards have highlighted the best of the best in project management since giving out the first award in 1974. In 2017 the following projects and project managers were recognized for excellence: 

PMI Award for Project Excellence 2017

Tank 12 Closure
Savannah River Remediation

ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street
Dimension Data Australia

AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project
Washington River Protection Solutions

PMI Fellow Award 2017

  • Linda Vella, BA, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Eugene C. Bounds, CSM, PMP, PMI Fellow

PMI Project of the Year Award 2017

Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award 2017

Swiss Island®
Spirit at PM GmbH and AUTHESIS GmbH

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence 2017

  • Alfonso Bucero, PMI-RMP, PMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
  • Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan, PhD, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award 2017

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by GEN (Ret) Stanley McChrystal U.S. Army, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell

PMI Research Achievement Award 2017

  • Svetlana Cicmil, PhD
  • Damian Hodgson, PhD
  • Johann Packendorff, PhD
  • Monica Lindgren, PhD

PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award 2017

  • Ray Levitt, PhD

PMI Project Management Journal® Paper of the Year Award 2017

Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects
By Sylvain Lenfle, PhD

The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition
By Anders Jensen, PhD, Christian Thuesen, PhD, and Joana Geraldi, PhD

PMO of the Year Award 2017

  • CAMH - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2017

  • Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP (Boston University)

Learn more about the 2017 winners, their projects, and other finalists by visiting the PMI Award Winners page.

Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of the best for project management? Don't miss your opportunity to nominate them for the 2018 awards!  

Learn more about the 2018 nominations on the Critical Path blog. The nomination deadlines are fast approaching!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: February 15, 2018 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

Join Us for the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017

Register now and learn how PM Professionals cultivate skills the market demands. This virtual event will host six sessions focused on hiring managers, organizational leaders, and individual PM professionals. Attendees will learn about hiring practices, workplace culture, preparing for leadership, skills needed for relevance, and the current jobs outlook.

The event is open to all PMI members and registrants will have access to the recorded sessions for 90 days after the event. Even if you have a busy schedule you can register today and watch the recorded sessions when your calendar allows!

Make sure you register today to secure your seat for this members-only virtual event.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: November 29, 2017 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Keeping Up With Conference - Your Pathway to All the Information & Opportunities

Keeping up with PMI Global Conference will be easier than ever this year! There's so much to experience and we want to make sure you have a clear pathway to the best information. Here's a quick guide to some of the best information and opportunities.

Social Media

If you aren't able to attend PMI's 2017 Global Conference this weekend you can still stay on top of all the news and excitement coming out of Chicago. How? Just follow PMI and on the following networks: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram

We’ll share interviews with speakers discussing how they make a difference in project management and the journey that took them there. We’ll also post regularly to Instagram Stories if you would like a closer view of Conference. Check out all of the action at #PMIcon17.

PMI "in" Training

PMI "in" Training is aimed at helping you advance your careers. If you are attending Global Conference you can take part in our Ask the Experts opportunity. Sign-up in advance or stop by the Meet the Expert desk located in the PMI "in" Training area of the Exhibit Hall to sign up for your session with one of our many skilled experts!

Ask the Experts is your chance to receive specific advice regarding your career path, project challenges, and more. Don't miss your chance for this exclusive access!

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

PMI would like to help you identify your STRENGTHS to excel! 500 conference participants will have an opportunity to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, which identifies what YOU do best! Participants will have an opportunity to meet with coaches one-on-one or in a group setting to understand how to turn your talents into strengths! Learn more on our career series page

PMWars Tournament

The inaugural PM Wars Tournament will be hosted this year at the 2017 PMI Global Conference. Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference in the Expo Hall. You can register for the challenge in advance to reserve your spot in the tournament, or sign up directly in the PMWars booth in the Expo Hall.

Share Your Voice

If you are attending, or find great Global Conference posts in your social media be sure to mention us in your shares, or add it here as a comment so everyone can find it!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: October 27, 2017 11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Don't Miss These Unique Opportunities at PMI Global Conference 2017 - Ask the Experts & PM Wars!

This year's Global Conference includes two don't miss opportunities for all attendee who visit the Exhibit Hall: Ask the Expert and the inaugural PM Wars Tournament. 

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established expert.

You'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. You can learn more about our 2017 experts on the Critical Path and PMI Global Insights blogs. You can also register for time with one of the experts today by following this link!

PM Wars Tournament

The inaugural PM Wars Tournament will be hosted this year at the 2017 PMI Global Conference. Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference found in the Exhibit Hall.

This tournament will be conducted using a single elimination style bracket where the most knowledgeable PMs will advance. Registration is available now, as well as in the Exhibit Hall at the PM Wars booth at the start of the event; slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your tournament slot today and don't miss your chance to test your knowledge against other PMs.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: October 18, 2017 03:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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