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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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Marjorie Anderson
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

What are Performance Domains, and Why Should I Care?

Thank You For All Your Support!

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Busting Standards Myths

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PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Volunteer Opportunities for Translation Validation

PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate for the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

Please note that the PMBOK® Guide will also be available in Hindi; however, translation is being managed via a similar process in the PMI India office.

For this in person volunteer opportunity, PMI staff will lead meetings where volunteers, using a consensus-based approach, validate translated content from the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in Tokyo from 27 February - 1 March, 2020. The French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish translations will be validated at a meeting to be held in London from 5 - 8 March, 2020. PMI will cover travel, hotel, and other reasonable travel related expenses for all volunteers.

Volunteer requirements include:

  • Native speaker of translated language

  • Fluent in English (both written and oral)

  • 5+ years of project management experience

  • PMP® certification preferred

  • Familiar with subject matter being worked on or prior PMI standard update participation

  • A willingness and ability to achieve consensus

If you are interested in volunteering, please apply in the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) for the respective language:

Arabic Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Chinese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

French Validation Volunteer Opportunity

German Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Italian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Japanese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Korean Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Portuguese Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Russian Validation Volunteer Opportunity

Spanish Validation Volunteer Opportunity 

This opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 05, 2019 11:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), two on-demand webinars, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® 2019 Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type

Title

Webinar (Live)

Destination Imagination: Teaching Youth the Importance of Project Management

Webinar (On-Demand)

2019 PMIEF Award Recipient Roundtable

Webinar (On-Demand)

WFUNA, PMI and PMIEF: Changing the Lives of Youth Around the World

Article

Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life

Article

Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life (Part 2)

Article

A Kerzner Award Recipient Shares Why Teaching PM Skills to Youth is 'Essential'

Article

PM-Inspired Program Changes the Lives of Youth in India

Article

What Do Farming and PM Have in Common? PMIEF

Article

Partners for Education at Berea College: Using PM Skills to Transform Lives Through Community Service

Article

How Project Management Empowers Youth Around the World

Article

Life Skills Youth Learn Through Project Management

Article

PMIEF and Special Olympics Partner to Prepare Youth Leaders

Article

Donor Spotlight: Germán Gutiérrez-Pacheco, PMP®

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your ProjectManagement.com profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

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!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!

 

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 03, 2019 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

November Community News You Can Use

With November’s arrival and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., I can’t help but to think about everything there is to be thankful for. I am certainly grateful to those that have welcomed me into the PMI community; to our volunteers who lend their time and expertise for webinars, events, articles, and blogs; and to all of our amazing community members that make ProjectManagement.com a welcoming, informative, and engaging space for Project Managers. With an attitude of gratitude, here’s a look at what’s happening around the community in your November Community News You Can Use:

View the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here. This virtual event explores the latest trends in business analysis and provides you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s knowledge resources by joining the next session on November 19thAll Things Project Management: Navigating PMI’s Knowledge Resources – featuring Shari Rathet.

Save-the-Date for PMI® EMEA Congress 2020: The event will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Community Central: Visit the Community Central discussion forum for all things community, including site news, announcements, and all your ProjectManagement.com questions! Join in the Hot Topic discussions on the 1st and 15th of each month, learn about your fellow community members, and share your thoughts!

ProjectManagement.com Social Media: In an effort to streamline how we engage members in the social media space, we have moved ProjectManagement.com’s Facebook activity to PMI’s main Facebook account.  You’ll still find all of the posts you know and love, but now in one place! For the time being, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts remain unchanged. You can find all of the Facebook excitement here, and we’ll keep you updated of any other changes!

Change Management Webinar Series: Each month, a group of volunteers delivers a webinar as part of the Change Management Webinar Series, exploring various change management topics, practices, and insights. On December 4th, Samuel Holcman will present on The Hard Part of Digital Transformation – Addressing Business and Organizational Change. Register here

Disciplined Agile Blog: Learn more about pragmatic agile and lean strategies in Scott Ambler’s blog, Disciplined Agile. In his latest post, he discusses Planning: When Have We Done Enough?.  

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. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: November 14, 2019 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

September Community News You Can Use

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at PMI! Global Conference is just around the corner, and with this year’s exciting 50th anniversary celebrations, we are certainly counting down the days! If you will be in Philadelphia for the conference, please stop by the ProjectManagement.com Community booth and say hello. We would love to meet you!

In this month’s look at what’s currently happening around the community, we’ll let you know how to keep up with all of the excitement at Global Conference – from near and far – as well as the other great community activities occurring in the final months of 2019!

Register for PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019: Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 which will be held on Wednesday, November 13th. This virtual event will explore the latest trends in business analysis and provide you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success. Register today! This year, we welcome:

  • Bob Prentiss – Battle for the Planet of the Business Analysts: 5 Key Strategies to Prepare for Your Future
  • Anton Oosthuizen – Managing Requirement Risks: A Different Perspective

  • Joy Beatty – Curiosity Never Killed the Business Analyst

  • Frank Saladis – Managing Difficult Stakeholders

  • Barbee Davis – What Should I be doing as a BA in an Agile/Waterfall Hybrid World?

  • Joyce Onore – Importance of Communication in a Business Analysis Role

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference Available On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Organizational Agility Conference on Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here.

Ask the Expert at PMI® Global Conference: Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI® Global Conference 2019! 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 ProjectManagement.com expert. If you are attending Global Conference, sign-up for a session here.

For those who will not be in Philadelphia, you can follow our Experts at Conference through the PMI Global Insights blog where they will share their experiences and insights from the event.

Industry Discussion Threads: This year, PMI launched a new initiative focusing on four industry segments in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. As part of that focus, we have been highlighting some existing PM Network content on ProjectManagement.com in order to engage the community and learn more about specific industry needs. Check out the industry discussion threads in Project Management Central!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s Job Board by viewing the latest session on-demand - Powering Your Career with PMI: Explore the PMI Job Board to Power You Career - featuring Ansley Stauffer.

Project Health Framework: Join fellow community member, Uri Galimidi, as he discusses A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework in his eight part webinar series. You can now access Part 1 through Part 5 on-demand! Check the Live Webinars calendar for the remaining sessions.

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. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: September 25, 2019 10:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

August Community News You Can Use

Here at PMI, we can’t believe that Summer is almost over! The days have flown by, as we prepare for all of the exciting events and endeavors taking place this Fall – and beyond!  We so look forward to further engaging with the community and sharing in all of the excitement.

On the Critical Path, we provide a look at what’s currently happening around the community in your August Community News You Can Use:

Register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019: This year, the PMI® Organizational Agility Conference will examine Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery on Thursday, September 12th. This year, the following speakers will be joining us:

  • Josh SeidenSense & Respond: Principles for the Next Century of Work
  • Tony MaughanAdopting New Ways of Working: ANZ's Delivery Transformation
  • Johanna RothmanThe 3 Principles of Organizational Agility
  • Mike GriffithsThe Change Resilient Professional
  • Michel BiedermannLessons Learned in Hybrid Agile/Waterfall Delivery
  • John MedcofReinventing the Playbook: Driving Change in the Canadian Federal Government

The virtual conference will explore the concept of change resilience with professionals who are driving it within their organizations—and those who are living it as part of their own development. Register today!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The next session will be held on September 19th! Join Ansley Stauffer as she discusses Powering Your Career with PMI: Explore the PMI Job Board to Power You Career. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, the session will be posted on-demand.  

100,000 Volunteer Hours Reached!: In celebration of PMI’s 50th anniversary, Project Managers around the world have risen to the challenge of pledging 100,000 hours to advancing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. PMI announced that the pledge goal (doubled from the original goal) was reached on August 13th. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Global Celebration of Service and demonstrated the many ways in which Project Managers have a positive impact in their communities! Read more here.

Community Central: Join the conversation on our new Discussion Forum, Community Central. This is the place for all community talk – site news, announcements, questions regarding ProjectManagement.com. Get started by responding to one of the August Hot Topics!

PMI Standards: PMI is in the midst of a transformation, and as PMI Standards begin to reflect this transformation, we will be engaging with the community through the Critical Path blog.  Going forward, you can check-in here for updates and opportunities to share your thoughts and reactions around how we are progressing on our journey.  Read more about A Systems Approach to Project Management and The Continuing Evolution of the PMBOK® Guide.

Peerspective: A reminder to check out the Peerspective blog to get to know your fellow Project Managers and community members a little better. Learn from each other’s experiences, challenges, achievements, and insights!

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. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: August 21, 2019 02:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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