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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
Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Dave Garrett
Craig Dalrymple
Kimberly Whitby

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Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Rebecca Braglio

Recent Posts

April 2018 Book Club Announced!

April Community News You Can Use

PMXPO 2018 Virtual Event Now On-Demand!

There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

March Community News You Can Use

April Community News You Can Use

It's April and, here in North America spring has finally arrived...we think. We had a pretty decent snow storm a few weeks ago and we're hoping that's the last of it until winter comes around again. In the meantime, we hope that you've taken some time to reflect on your project successes during the first 3 months of 2018 and maybe even gathered some valuable lessons learned that will help make your future projects even more successful. With that, here's what's going on in the community:

  • A United States Senator Visits PMI Global Headquarters: On Friday, 6 April, U.S. Senator Bob Casey visited PMI Global Headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania to see firsthand the impact of the project management profession across the United States and around the world. PMI Government Relations Manager, Tommy Goodwin, highlights the Senator's visit in a recent post.
  • PMXPO 2018 is on-demand: If you missed PMXPO 2018 (or were not able to attend all of the sessions), you can still catch them on-demand! Hear keynote Joel H. Cohen (Emmy-award winning writer and producer of The Simpsons™) speak about key lessons from the show's culture of innovation that you can take away and apply to your projects. The event is on-demand until 22 June 2018 and you can view it here
  • The CAPM® is now more accessible than ever: Are you preparing to test for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification? If so, you should know that you can now take the exam online anywhere in the world! Online proctored exams allow you to conveniently and easily take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor. To learn more, visit the CAPM® certification page on PMI.org. 
  • Stakeholders and project cost: Does the number of stakeholders affect the cost of your project? If so, how? Community member Mostafa Nour could use your input in his most recent discussion post. Join the discussion!

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!

Additionally, if you're working on something really exciting, we'd love to know about it. Leave a comment below and let us know what's going on in your world!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: April 12, 2018 09:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

Categories: book club., community

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com February book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for February is Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach by Gina Abudi, MBA.

Gina Abudi has 30+ years' experience in providing consulting services and training/education with a focus on projects, process and people to mid- to large, global organizations. She is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College. She blogs regularly at GinaAbudi.com. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects (J Ross Pub, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change (J Ross Pub, 2017).

About the book:

In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term.

Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail.

Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.

Our February book club host is David A. Maynard, PMP.  Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from college, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, where he worked for many years. 

He participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training.  Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, becoming a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando, FL. whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations. 

David teaches Project Management at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). He is active in the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member. He volunteers for PMI in various capacities.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 20, 2018 10:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

See the PMI Professional and Academic Awards Winners from 2017

Categories: awards, community, news, PMI

The PMI Awards have highlighted the best of the best in project management since giving out the first award in 1974. In 2017 the following projects and project managers were recognized for excellence: 

PMI Award for Project Excellence 2017

Tank 12 Closure
Savannah River Remediation
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street
Dimension Data Australia
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project
Washington River Protection Solutions
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Fellow Award 2017

  • Linda Vella, BA, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Eugene C. Bounds, CSM, PMP, PMI Fellow

PMI Project of the Year Award 2017

Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC
HANFORD, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award 2017

Swiss Island®
Spirit at PM GmbH and AUTHESIS GmbH

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence 2017

  • Alfonso Bucero, PMI-RMP, PMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
  • Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan, PhD, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award 2017

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by GEN (Ret) Stanley McChrystal U.S. Army, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell

PMI Research Achievement Award 2017

  • Svetlana Cicmil, PhD
  • Damian Hodgson, PhD
  • Johann Packendorff, PhD
  • Monica Lindgren, PhD

PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award 2017

  • Ray Levitt, PhD

PMI Project Management Journal® Paper of the Year Award 2017

Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects
By Sylvain Lenfle, PhD

The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition
By Anders Jensen, PhD, Christian Thuesen, PhD, and Joana Geraldi, PhD

PMO of the Year Award 2017

  • CAMH - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2017

  • Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP (Boston University)

Learn more about the 2017 winners, their projects, and other finalists by visiting the PMI Award Winners page.

Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of the best for project management? Don't miss your opportunity to nominate them for the 2018 awards!  

Learn more about the 2018 nominations on the Critical Path blog. The nomination deadlines are fast approaching!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: February 15, 2018 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

PMI Resource Unlocks the World of PM on the Web

Categories: community, content

Frequent visitors of ProjectManagement.com’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 PMI.org/PMPort, 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)

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 ProjectManagement.com 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)
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