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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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Marjorie Anderson
Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

Past Contributers:

Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

Recent Posts

What’s Buzzing in the PMI Community?

June Community News You Can Use

Careers Start at PMI’s Career Center

New Community Offerings Coming Your Way!

Help Guide Your Community Correspondents at PMI EMEA Congress!

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June Community News You Can Use

With the arrival of longer days and warm weather, we’re embracing the unofficial start of summer here at PMI headquarters! Summer means our next virtual event, PMI Talent & Technology Symposium, will soon be here, and it marks the launch of some new community programming initiatives. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your June Community News You can Use:

Last Chance to Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Our second virtual event of the year will take place on June 12th. Join us for an exciting day of learning and networking, as we explore the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. View the event agenda, and register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts will launch on June 17th. In the first Q&A session, Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, joins us to discuss “What’s up with Standards? – What they’re for, and Your Opportunity to participate in developing them.” The webinar will be posted on-demand for your viewing convenience.

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference 2019 (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November).

PMI 50th Anniversary and Global Celebration of Service: In May, PMI announced that its initial target of 50,000 volunteer hours was reached, and the goal has been raised to 100,000 hours! Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their skills and knowledge in support of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. There is still time to have an impact – join in the Global Celebration of Service, and share your volunteer stories with us!

How to Plot the Next Step in Your Career: Community member and project management expert, Emily Luijbregts, provides advice for devising your career plan in her latest article. How do you define and work toward your goals?

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. We look forward to sharing more community programming news throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: June 04, 2019 03:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Careers Start at PMI’s Career Center

Categories: development, member, PMI

PMI’s Career Center is the platform dedicated to helping project managers find positions and hiring organizations to fill them. It’s simple: Qualified candidates post resumes, recruiters post opportunities, and everyone gets closer to their goals.

Benefit 1: Access

You’ll always find newly posted positions on PMI’s Career Center. PMI’s jobs are cross-posted across multiple networks and partner sites but are presented in a seamless format for job seekers to explore.

Benefit 2: Ease

Employers create and manage postings swiftly and seamlessly so candidates can easily apply. Job seekers also have the power to create personal profiles and upload or update their resumes for any position.

Benefit 3: Variety

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, your future awaits on PMI’s comprehensive Career Center. It includes postings and resumes for the full range of career levels and industries.

Benefit 4: Specialization

Employers looking for specific experiences, skills and certifications can identify the right candidates to take on their toughest roles. Likewise, job seekers can show off their PMI-issued certifications and membership to get hired fast for rewarding, challenging positions.

Benefit 5: Visibility

On PMI’s Career Center, job seekers stand out from the crowd and gain a serious advantage compared to those searching for careers on traditional job boards.

Get started with PMI’s Career Center.


Posted by Laura Schofield on: May 22, 2019 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

May Community News You Can Use

And just like that April showers have brought May flowers! 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year at PMI, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, launch a partnership with TED, and evaluate new and improved ways to serve the amazing members of the PMI community. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your May Community News You can Use:

Announcing the speakers for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Addressing advanced technology in language that is easy to understand, this event seeks to equip project managers with the knowledge and mindset to advance their careers in an increasingly high tech world. On June 12th, we welcome:

  • Doug Powell - Design Thinking in the Digital Age

  • Marie Nadia Vincent - Improving Employee Experience for Better Digital Transformation Results

  • Lenka Pincot - Navigating The Complexity of Strategic Internet of Things Opportunities

  • Bart Gerardi - How Voice Interfaces Can Change Project Management

  • Gina Abudi - Project Manager as Change Manager: 4 Steps for Successful Change

  • Christopher Cook - Back to the Future of Project Management

Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

What is SeminarsWorld®?: As a project management professional, you strive to keep your wide set of skills up to date. However, sometimes, you come across problems that are tricky to solve. Or you discover a specific gap in your toolkit of skills.

SeminarsWorld® is a collection of small group, in-person training courses that give you a deep understanding of a single topic. Courses run from one to four days and combine case studies, individual or group exercises, lectures and discussions. So you emerge with practical, real-world knowledge you can apply in your work. Find a seminar to fit your needs.

Identifying Risk in Innovative Healthcare Projects: Due to their unique nature, Yuri Bahti proposes that innovative healthcare projects benefit from additional steps in which otherwise unknown risks are identified and addressed. Learn more here.

Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference: Join us in Philadelphia, PA for three days of top-notch learning, networking, and fun. Event details can be found here.

Better Project Outcomes by Communicating for Understanding: In this webinar presented by Dr. Bill Brantley, learn how to communicate for understanding and manage the flow of project related communication.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to assist you. Stay tuned for exciting programming announcements throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: May 02, 2019 02:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Thesis Grants Available for Doctoral and Master’s Students

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The PMI Thesis Research Program offers annual grants of up to US$25,000 to support doctoral and master’s thesis research in project management or a related discipline. Full-time and part-time doctoral and master’s students at accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 15 May 2019.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit

Proposals can be submitted directly at

Posted by Laura Schofield on: April 24, 2019 02:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

March Community News You Can Use

Categories: community

With the cold and snow too recent in our memories, we at PMI headquarters are ready for spring! We’re looking forward to all of the changes that March will bring – to the weather (fingers crossed!) and beyond. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening around the community in your March News You can Use:


Welcome PMI’s New President & CEO: Sunil Prashara has been announced as the new President & CEO of PMI. Get to know Sunil here!


2019 Virtual Events: Mark your calendar! The dates for’s 2019 virtual events are as follows:

PMXPO – 21 March 2019

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium – 12 June 2019

PMI Organizational Agility Conference – 12 September 2019

PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference – 13 November 2019


PMXPO is right around the corner! Earn 6.5 PDUs from the comfort of your home or office with six exciting speakers. If you have not yet registered, view the event agenda, and sign-up today!


Projectified™ with PMI Podcast: Have you subscribed to PMI’s project management podcast, Projectified™ with PMI? The podcast features experts on the latest trends and technologies impacting the project management profession from talent management to digital transformation to innovation. The latest podcast addresses “Transformation – Artificial Intelligence.” Listen today for free!


PMI EMEA Congress 2019: Registration is open for PMI EMEA Congress 2019 in Dublin, Ireland! This year’s event will explore Technology Made Possible by a Project Manager. 


Global Celebration of Service: PMI will commemorate its 50th anniversary all year long with a global celebration of service! Through their expertise, passion, and skills, Project Managers truly make a difference for organizations, communities, and industries around the world. In a commitment to advancing the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, PMI is asking members of the community to pledge their time and knowledge to making the world a better place for all. Share your volunteer stories with us!


Stay tuned for more updates in this exciting time for PMI and the project management profession! If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the Community Engagement team.


Posted by Laura Schofield on: March 05, 2019 03:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

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