The Critical Path

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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!

About this Blog


View Posts By:

Marjorie Anderson
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

Past Contributers:

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

Recent Posts

PMI Standards is on the Critical Path!!

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PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

PMI Resource Unlocks the World of PM on the Web

Categories: community, content

Frequent visitors of’s “Knowledge & Tools” tab may notice something new in the bottom left corner of the tab’s links. That something is PM Port, a reference to show you what is being said about project management on websites and publications around the world.

PM Port, which also can be accessed directly at, is powered by LexisNexis, a leading business research service. Staff curators select articles twice a week that are valuable and useful to project, program and portfolio managers. Turn to PM Port if you are interested in economic trends that can affect your career; if you want to see tips that have worked for your colleagues and can help you succeed; or if you want to read the latest “buzz” on what’s hot in the profession, such as agile approaches or gig-based project managers.

Additionally, this resource provides stories that might not be front and center now, but could affect the future. One example is an article written by a middle-school teacher who incorporates project-based learning whenever possible. Another is a news item about a solar power project in Sierra Leone.

PM Port provides a wide spectrum of interesting reads about your profession. Check it out today and bookmark it so you can keep up with the latest project management news!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 30, 2018 10:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)

All Eyes On: PMOs

Running a PMO is no small feat. But how do you go about it while trying to maintain a work-life balance and keep your team and stakeholders happy? Enter 'A Life Less Balanced,' our first serialized fictional drama authored by Robert Bulger that follows a PMO director as she runs a PMO for a cutting edge technology start-up while trying to find balance in her personal life. Keeping people happy is a full-time job. Make sure you catch up each month to see how she does it! Read the first installment, Release 1.0, today!

Since we're on the subject...

The Atlanta Building the Hybrid PMO workshop session registration is open! Don't miss out on this dynamic workshop that will provide you with tips on how to take your PMO to the next level. Whether you're just beginning to develop your PMO or you're trying to find solutions to an issue, this workshop is meant for you! 

The Atlanta workshop will take place 15-16 August 2016 and space is limited. Don't miss out on this event. Register now! 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: July 18, 2016 10:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Increase Your Influence While Helping Your Peers!

Categories: community, content

Have you developed content that would help other Project Manager's thrive? With a community numbering in the hundreds of thousands, there are many PMI members who are eager to learn from you! thrives on the participation of our membership, and we are always on the lookout for great new content to share.

What are we looking for? Everything from articles, white papers, blogs, webinars, and more. If you've ever wanted to share your thoughts, experiences, or expertise with other project managers, we want to hear from you!

Read our Submission Guidelines to better understand what we are looking for. Have an Idea but not sure where to start? Post your idea in the Project Management Central discussion board to get feedback, support, or potential collaborators! You can find all of the details, including submission forms on the How to Contribute Content to Project Management page.

A New Engagement Specialist

Have you ever wondered who the people running the behind-the-scenes action here in the community are? Our Community Engagement team members focus on keeping the community "always open." for members on and beyond. As we head into summer we've added a new Engagement Specialist to the team - Craig Dalrymple.

Craig joined PMI at the end of the spring, after working with multiple startups and leaders in Silicon Valley and Detroit. He's been actively involved in online communities for 26 years and working professionally in the field for over a decade. Craig likes to invest himself deeply in the communities he supports, with the goal of facilitating a strong connection between online communities and the professional teams who serve them.

He's a father of three children, native resident of Michigan, and avid game player with friends and family. Craig is also a plant-based eater and dedicated vegan home-baker who enjoys surprising and delighting his friends and family with vegetable based comfort foods. You can get to know the rest of the team here.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: June 20, 2016 03:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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