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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

Past Contributers:

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

Recent Posts

Project Teams—The Whole is Greater than the Parts

4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Uncertainty. Really?

February Community News You Can Use

Measuring is Important for Project Work, but Beware of the Traps

4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Many project managers find themselves too caught up in deadlines to focus on their long-term careers and professional growth. But there are plenty of reasons why you should carve out time for your own professional development, no matter your industry or experience level.

For starters, professional development is key to gaining the skills and making the connections that advance your capabilities. Getting outside of your usual day-to-day—whether in-person or online—exposes you to innovative tools and best practices that broaden your understanding as a project manager. You can hone specific skills and acquire new ones that help you work more efficiently and solve problems more easily.

Professional development empowers you to increase your value to your organization—and ultimately your earning potential—by mastering the latest disruptive technologies, forecasting trends, and enhancing your leadership abilities. You can even bring clarity to your own career goals.  

At PMI, professional development units (PDUs) are an important part of your certification maintenance, but it’s not just a formality. PDUs show that you’ve actively pursued educational and philanthropic opportunities. In an increasingly competitive market, these factors can set you apart from your peers.

PMI offers four ways to earn PDUs based on your schedule and preferences:

  1. In-person events

Getting out of the office for in-person professional development exposes you to tools and tactics that you may not even know exist.

Offered in multiple locations, PMI SeminarsWorld offers unique professional development through small-group training courses. Choose from more than 60 seminars designed to meet personal and organizational needs, earning up to 28 PDUs in the process.

Other in-person events from PMI include EMEA Congress, Global Conference, and PMO Symposium®. These events feature diverse education opportunities, innovative keynotes, cutting-edge global perspectives, and networking with others who share your challenges and goals.

  1. Online courses

One of the most convenient ways to earn PDUs, PMI’s online courses cover hundreds of topics in every area of project and program management skill development, from basic to expert levels.

  1. Webinars and virtual events

Earn PDUs quickly—often at no cost—with webinars and virtual events offered through ProjectManagement.com. You can tune in live or listen to the recording when your schedule allows.

You’ll find thousands of options with a how-to for just about any subject, including stopping workplace bullying, approaching a tech-savvy board of directors, and designing more effective project management systems. Narrow your search according to industry, popularity, PMI certification, even language.

  1. Giving back

Help others while growing personally and professionally by earning Giving Back PDUs. These aren’t required for recertification but remain a great option for those with altruistic motivations. You can earn Giving Back PDUs by working as a practitioner, creating content, mentoring, or volunteering.

Make time to grow with PMI

Expand your capabilities and increase your value this year with PMI’s wide range of professional development opportunities. Earn PDUs with options designed to suit your individual objectives, schedule, and learning preferences.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 12, 2020 09:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Thank You For All Your Support!

Categories: PMIEF, social good, webinar

On this global day of giving, we are grateful for people like you who choose to support our mission to promote Project Management for Social Good®. We are focused on working together to help create a better future for people and communities around the world, especially our youth, by leveraging the power of project management. So, how would your gift make a difference?

This year, support from donors has helped PMIEF:

  1. Work with nonprofits to help some of our most vulnerable youth
  2. Supply project management scholarships and awards
  3. Bring PM education to communities around the world

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!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 03, 2019 04:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Webinar

Categories: webinar

Our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!” webinar, is scheduled for Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at 12:00PM EST. As previously posted, the format, which is executed through non-PDU bearing webinars, is meant to encourage conversation with various PMI departments. Simply put, members having a one hour Q&A session with a particular PMI department. We're thrilled to have guest speaker, Shari Rathet, along with her fellow colleagues, guide you in understanding the different types of content available and how to access them. They will demonstrate how we have recently improved the PMI.org search function and how to make your own contribution to this valuable collection and share your expertise with other practitioners. 

PMI Members can register at the following link: https://www.projectmanagement.com/webinars/567133/Powering-Your-Career-with-PMI--Explore-the-PMI-Job-Board-to-Power-Your-Chttps://www.projectmanagement.com/webinars/586102/All-Things-Project-Management--Navigating-PMI-s-Knowledge-Resources-. We hope you will join us!

As always, Our project is YOU. Your successes and setbacks, your passions and peeves—we want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. We hope these webinar series guide you in the right direction. As always, your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 24, 2019 06:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Next Set of Community Offerings Are Here!

Categories: community, webinar

                       
Back in May 2019, we informed you of a few new initiatives being launched to help you connect and engage with each other in more meaningful ways, by creating discussions and forums for you to ask questions, share work experiences, and learn about exciting offerings at PMI. 

Well, we are pleased to welcome you to our new discussion forum, Community Central! This is THE place for all things Community! Featuring site news, announcements and more, this is the place to ask questions regarding the ProjectManagement.com Community! A new interactive piece of this forum is our “Hot Topics” thread. Posted bi-weekly (1st & 15th) and based on the site theme of the month. Please keep an eye on this thread as we’ll be updating throughout the year with new offerings to the site!

And next, get excited for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!” webinar, scheduled for Thursday, 19 September 2019 at 12:00PM EDT. As previously posted, the format, which is executed through non-PDU bearing webinars, is meant to encourage conversation with various PMI departments. Simply put, members having a one hour Q&A session with a particular PMI department. We're thrilled to have guest speaker, Ansley Stauffer, highlight the benefits of the PMI Career Center to our members. PMI Members can register at the following link: https://www.projectmanagement.com/webinars/567133/Powering-Your-Career-with-PMI--Explore-the-PMI-Job-Board-to-Power-Your-Career. We hope you will join us!

As always, Our project is YOU. Your successes and setbacks, your passions and peeves—we want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. We hope these four initiatives are solid steps in that direction. As always, your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: August 01, 2019 05:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

July Community News You Can Use

Looking for ways to connect and engage with your fellow project managers? Striving to stay up-to-date on the latest project management trends? You’ve certainly come to the right place! On the Critical Path, we provide a look at what’s currently happening around the community in your July 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 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!

2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: PMI has released its 2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: AI Innovators: Cracking the Code on Project Performance. The report provides an in-depth look at how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting organizations and the project management profession. Access the report here.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts launched on June 17th. You can now view the first Q&A session with Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, on-demand - What’s Up With Standards? – What They’re For, and Your Opportunity To Participate In Developing Them. Be on the lookout for the next Q&A session which will be held in September!

Celebrating 50 Years: View Mark Bowman and J. Kane Tomlin’s webinar, Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study, on-demand. Like PMI, the Apollo Mission is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and this webinar takes a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement.

There’s still time to participate in PMI’s Global Celebration of Service (in honor of its 50th anniversary) by pledging your commitment to the advancement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here!

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

Building a Solid Business Case: Community member, John Galyon, provides a seven step process to help build a business case that aligns with your organization’s strategic plan. View his article here.

Tips for Leading without Power: Ishankumar Vyas shares his insights with the community for how project managers can lead without possessing power in their organizations. Read the article here.

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: July 18, 2019 10:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)
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