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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

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March Community News You Can Use

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February Community News You Can Use

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

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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 (11)

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

Categories: education

The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 25 April 2019.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.

Proposals can be submitted directly at

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 04, 2019 11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Hello, Project Managers Worldwide!

Categories: community

Hello, everyone! I (Laura) would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newest Engagement Specialist on the Digital Communities team at PMI. I’ll be helping out around the community to facilitate productive, enjoyable, and valuable participation for our members.


Coming from the international development sector, I was very excited to see the global reach of the community here at! So many countries and cultures are represented, lending diversity of experience, perspective, and expertise. Organizations and populations around the world are truly benefiting from the work of Project Managers!


For me, an important component of serving an international community is providing content in languages other than English. On, you can find webinars conducted in Arabic, Spanish, and French, and a Russian language webinar is being offered in February. As 2019 progresses, we seek to continue to expand the non-English language content available on


After all, language is key to how we connect with and interact with each other, and we recognize that members may be more comfortable in their native language. Where possible, we hope to improve access to information for non-English speakers so that they may participate in the conversation and benefit from community members’ great knowledge and insights.


On a daily basis, interacting with this international community allows me to refine my cross-cultural communication skills – which are indispensable as it becomes increasingly common to work on global teams and projects. I hope that many of you are finding the same! I am looking forward to connecting with you, supporting you, and continuing to learn through my interactions with all of you.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: January 15, 2019 08:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (19)

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