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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
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield
Heather McLarnon

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

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September 2020 Community News You Can Use

PMI has partnered with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading, to unlock institutional knowledge, identify thought-leaders, and showcase the best ideas within our community.

TED and PMI will bring inspiring ideas and powerful voices to the world of project management, empowering people to turn ideas into reality. This partnership is an immersive and impactful experience that has the power to create change, to shift perspectives and connect cultures across our diverse group of audiences.

Join us for FREE on 25 and 26 September 2020 for our virtual [email protected] event.


Ask the Expert Webinar Series - Agile For Rest of Us - The Ask the Expert Webinar Series is an extension of the Ask the Expert Program offered at PMI® Global Conference. Each year, experts from the community offer one-on-one sessions to conference attendees, acting as mentors, coaches, and sounding boards for Project Managers at varying stages of their careers and across industries. Gain access to these leading project management and industry experts through the Ask the Expert Webinar Series – ask your most pressing Project Management questions, seek career advice, and gain insights into industry trends. Join us on 18 September at 12 PM EDT and be prepared to pose questions to the experts!


The new Virtual Experience Series is in full swing! If you attended any of the series since its inception in July, we would love you which session(s) were your favorites, and why? And if case you haven’t yet registered, please visit here to sign up!  As a bonus, the September & November sessions are free to PMI members, so there’s no excuse not to register and earn PDUs!


SeminarsWorld® Virtual – 5-8 October: Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors online to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® while you earn up to 28+ PDUs and 2.8+ Continuing Education Units. Build your career with these real-time online project management courses. Join us and benefit from tools, templates, and tactics you can use right away.  SeminarsWorld® in October runs from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT, but you can sign on early at 10:00 a.m. EDT and power up with a one-hour course. Register here:

Did you know that graduates from GAC accredited programs now receive a major reduction in the experience requirement for all PMI certifications? The PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is excited to announce that effective with the release of the new PMI certification application, graduates of a GAC accredited program are granted substantial credit toward the experience requirement when they complete an application for any PMI certification. This new benefit applies retroactively to the degree program’s initial accreditation date. Click here to see how this benefit applies to each PMI certification!


That’s all for now, and we encourage you to check back for future updates within the Critical Path blog. Thank you for all of your feedback and engagement, and keep up the good work!

Posted by Heather McLarnon on: September 11, 2020 01:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Virtual Experience Series Delivering Value, Creating Change & Advancing the World™

We are navigating a present and a future defined by challenge and change. As we step forward, we embrace the great potential and opportunity ahead of us. As project professionals, we cultivate and activate teams, we foster action and progress, and we catalyze innovation.

We make reality.

Let's. Get. To Work.
Hosted by journalist, television host, and Executive Producer TAMRON HALL— join us
for a groundbreaking new series, created to deliver you the tools, ideas, and inspiration
you need to drive your project career forward.

Members, you’ll find a new PMI experience designed for your personal growth and connection to each other (and yes, you’ll earn plenty of PDUs)!  

For those new to our community, welcome to the innovative, rewarding project world—creating impact and transformation across industries. These events are crafted to help you boost your career. Or pivot to a new one. 

Single Event Pass: $99
Series Pass: $359  

Single Event Pass: $149 
Series Pass: $899

Consider a PMI Membership and save $400 on a Series Pass! 

Our monthly virtual events begin in July and continue through December 2020. They are crafted to:

Hear from unexpected (but familiar) voices on the power and influence of project management.

Gain insights from project pros around the world.

Connect with peers and mentors and meet renowned authors. Amp up your personal brand, polish up your professional profile, and visit our job board.

Watch incredible stories of project impact and experience a few surprises that we have up our virtual sleeve!

Pleases click here to register for this newly created virtual event experience!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 15, 2020 07:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Experience eLearning Courses for FREE!

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You have the opportunity to take not one, but TWO eLearning courses at no cost to you and earn PDUs to maintain your credential!

A Space Odyssey - The Ultimate Communications Management Mission

The year is 2075 – project management now takes place in outer space, presenting myriad new challenges. A small international community of scientists has colonized Mars to conduct experiments and explore the environment. Join your team at Mission Control, just as the world learns that an asteroid is heading to Mars and jeopardizing the lives of your colonists. Field questions from the media, handle the fallout of an untimely communication leak, and keep your stakeholders apprised of rapid developments as you begin to address the technical challenges of saving your colonists.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to manage communications in a manner that insures that strategic goals are met and create an atmosphere for effective stakeholder engagement. To do this, you will be able to:

  • Use and amend the communication management plan to outline a communication strategy for the project.
  • Listen actively and effectively to clearly understand issues, concerns, and questions.
  • Ask the right questions to insure common understanding between sender and receiver of the communication.
  • Select the appropriate level of information for a variety of audiences to prevent miscommunication and misunderstandings.
  • Manage and control communications in a way that provides timely information to appropriate recipients in order to build and maintain support for the project.

Program Management Success Series: Analyze, Plan and Communicate Program Benefits

In this course in the new Program Management Success Series, users will shadow an experienced program manager in the development of a benefits realization plan and a benefits register. The benefits realization plan and the benefits register help the program manager to determine program benefits and how those benefits will be communicated.

This course will cover:

  • Identifying the phases of benefits management
  • Recognizing components of a benefits realization plan
  • Identifying the five main tasks of benefits management and planning
  • Assessing the thoroughness of a benefits register
  • Understanding how benefits are the positive outcome of a program

Nearly 75% of executives believe their company’s performance could improve if their employees gained certain key skills*. One of these critical skills – project management – can enhance your marketability and give you the flexibility to move across projects, organizations, industries and geography.

Find out what PMI’s eLearning courses can offer you by taking a look today!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: March 16, 2015 10:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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