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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
Craig Dalrymple
Dave Garrett
Kimberly Whitby

Recent Posts

There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

March Community News You Can Use

Friendly Reminders! PMI Awards Deadline & Important Exam Changes!

Project Resources to Help You Succeed

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

New Webinar Platform - What You Need to Know

Categories: community, content, webinar


As we mentioned in an earlier post, we have officially migrated our webinar platform from Adobe Connect to WebEx! Going forward, all of our live webinars will take place on the WebEx platform. Due to that change, we want to outline some information that is sure to continue to make your webinar viewing experience an enjoyable one!

A few things that will change:

  • You must connect your audio when you enter the platform. It is extremely important that you perform this step when logging onto the webinar, otherwise you will not hear the presentation. 
  • The mobile experience for webinars is NOT currently supported. We're currently working hard with WebEx to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you must watch the live webinar from a computer. We'll provide an update as soon as we have one.
  • Questions will need to be entered into the Q&A panel (which appears to the right of the presentation) in order for the presenter to see them. 

A few things that will not change:

  • We will continue to report PDUs on behalf of PMI members for both the live and on-demand sessions, unless otherwise indicated. 
  • You will still be able to watch on-demand webinars the same way as you have in the past (even if they were initially presented on the Adobe Connect platform).
  • Attendees will still be able to access the webinar platform 15 minutes prior to the start of the live webinar.

We have also put together a comprehensive list of Tips for Webinar Attendees to ensure that you're ready to participate when you login.

If you have any questions about viewing a live or on-demand webinar, make sure you reach out to us and we'll be happy to help.

Happy viewing!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 18, 2018 03:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Coming Soon: An Enhanced Webinar Experience!

Categories: webinar

Exciting times are ahead here in the community! As part of our commitment to providing community members an enjoyable experience, we regularly make updates to the user experience. Part of that update will be a new way to view webinars within the community!

Starting in January 2018, we will move from the Adobe Connect platform to WebEx to deliver all webinars on What does that mean for you? The look of the webinars will be different, but you will still experience the same great content. The chat pod will be available, as well as the Q&A pod; however, you will be able to choose whether or not you see that information as you're viewing the webinar. And, yes, we will still report PDUs on behalf of PMI members.

Now for the fine print...

At rollout, the mobile webinar experience will not be supported. This is because the WebEx mobile app does not authenticate member information from when entering the platform. That means that unless you're viewing the webinar on a laptop or desktop computer, you won't be able to view it (that includes tablets/phablets). We are working to ensure that this issue gets resolved quickly, so please bear with us in the meantime.

We hope you're as excited about this update as we are! Stay tuned to The Critical Path blog for FAQs and additional information regarding this change in the very near future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 08, 2017 01:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

November Community News You Can Use

Where does the time go? It's November and the United States is preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week! No matter which part of the globe you reside, we all have reasons to be thankful each and every day. A very big THANKS to all of you, our dedicated and engaged community members, for all of your hard work and contributions to!  Be sure to review the exciting activities taking place right here on now through the end of the year! 

*Only one week away!* - Join us on 28 November 2017 for an Open House based on Project Management for Social Good®, a collaborative event between and the PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PMI®.  Project managers have a unique skill set that they can use to bring value to their communities through partnerships with youth, teachers, and nonprofit organizations.  During this event, we’ll explore content from practitioners that are leveraging their skills and knowledge to deliver a huge impact. 

There’s still time to register for the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017! How can PM professionals cultivate the skills the market—and employers—demand? How can organizations develop PM talent that adapts to change and leads them to success? Stay ahead of career requirements and organizational demands at the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017, the only talent management event designed exclusively for PM professionals! Register today!

2018 PMI Professional Awards Call for Nominations!  Honor project management excellence and earn worldwide professional recognition and esteem by nominating professionals, organizations, scholars, authors and continuing professional education providers for the project management profession’s most prestigious and globally recognized achievements. The PMI Awards could highlight you or someone you know—the true leaders of the profession who are changing the world project by project, while serving as examples of success for the next generation of project managers to follow. Click here for details!

Go In-Depth With the Latest Edition of the PMBOK® Guide - In September 2017, we released A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition. In this presentation, Cyndy Dionisio, the project chair of the Sixth Edition Core Committee, explains the updates, new processes, terminology and subjects in the Sixth Edition. She also talks about tailoring and agile practices.

Have some extra downtime over the holidays and looking to and attain knowledge, all while earning PDUs?  Be sure to check out our remaining webinars scheduled throughout 2017! You will be sure glad you did!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: November 20, 2017 03:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Join us for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 (Members Only virtual Event)

Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind.

Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career.

Visit the event page to learn more and Register today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 28, 2017 03:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

Let's Talk Consulting with Peter Block

Categories: consulting, webinar

Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, will be joining us on 10 June 2015 from 12pm – 1pm EDT to discuss the concepts of his book with book club members and you can participate! Simply register for the webinar and you can join us on the live day. 

When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants.

We would love for you to join the discussion! While the book club is closed to new members, there are many other opportunities to stay involved and participate! If you’ve read his book, share your thoughts with us below!

You can also connect with Peter by clicking here.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: March 16, 2015 02:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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