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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
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

Past Contributers:

Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

Recent Posts

Hello, Project Managers Worldwide!

January Community News You Can Use

Changes to Webinar Room Capacity for Live Webinars

Thank You!

PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

Hello, Project Managers Worldwide!

Categories: community

Hello, everyone! I (Laura) would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newest Engagement Specialist on the Digital Communities team at PMI. I’ll be helping out around the community to facilitate productive, enjoyable, and valuable participation for our members.

 

Coming from the international development sector, I was very excited to see the global reach of the community here at ProjectManagement.com! So many countries and cultures are represented, lending diversity of experience, perspective, and expertise. Organizations and populations around the world are truly benefiting from the work of Project Managers!

 

For me, an important component of serving an international community is providing content in languages other than English. On ProjectManagement.com, you can find webinars conducted in Arabic, Spanish, and French, and a Russian language webinar is being offered in February. As 2019 progresses, we seek to continue to expand the non-English language content available on ProjectManagement.com.

 

After all, language is key to how we connect with and interact with each other, and we recognize that members may be more comfortable in their native language. Where possible, we hope to improve access to information for non-English speakers so that they may participate in the conversation and benefit from community members’ great knowledge and insights.

 

On a daily basis, interacting with this international community allows me to refine my cross-cultural communication skills – which are indispensable as it becomes increasingly common to work on global teams and projects. I hope that many of you are finding the same! I am looking forward to connecting with you, supporting you, and continuing to learn through my interactions with all of you.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: January 15, 2019 08:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

January Community News You Can Use

Categories: community, congress, news

Happy New Year, everyone!

Can you believe we're already in 2019? While I haven't had any trouble writing it, my brain is still having some trouble making the transition. One thing I decided to do this year was not make resolutions, but set goals for myself with individual start and end dates that have nothing to do with the beginning or end of a new year. I think if you're going to resolve to do something, why wait? That said, what goals have you set for yourself this year? Is there a big project you're looking to kickoff or finish up? Are you looking to enhance your project management skill set? Tell us in the comments below so we can support you! In the meantime, here's your January News You Can Use:

PMI® EMEA Congress: Registration is now open for PMI EMEA Congress! This year's event will be held in Dublin, Ireland 13-15 May 2019 and you can take advantage of early bird rates through 20 February! For more information and to register, visit the information page on PMI.org. We hope to see you there!

50 hours to rebuild a railroad bridge…and the schedule was for 96 hours! A story linked from PM Port tells how a design-build team demolished the old bridge, located in Columbus, Indiana, USA, and slid in a new bridge. Innovative planning and design facilitated the project, as did use of rapid bridge replacement construction techniques. The team overcame challenges such as unexpected ground conditions and the need to raise the bottom of the new bridge above the flood plain. Find interesting articles like this as well as trends news you can use on PM Port, PMI’s news service.

PODCASTS! Now that I have your attention: Did you know that you can listen to podcasts from community experts right here on ProjectManagement.com? That's right! You can take advantage of short form content to listen to during your commute or on your lunch break. You can find community podcasts here. And don't forget about Projectifed with PMI! Take a few moments to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills!

Can a PM be an Agile Coach? That's the question Stelian Roman is asking of his fellow practitioners. There's a robust conversation happening around this topic, so jump into the discussion!

We hope 2019 has started off great for you all and that it's just the beginning of what's to come. As always, if you have any questions regarding this month's news (or any questions in general) feel free to reach out to any of the Community Engagement Specialists. We're here to help!

See you next month!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 07, 2019 09:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Changes to Webinar Room Capacity for Live Webinars

Categories: community, content, webinar

We have recently discovered technical issues with our webinar platform that require that we temporarily reduce the room size for live webinars to allow us to address these concerns without interruption to the webinar program on ProjectManagement.com. Effective immediately, webinar attendance for live webinars will temporarily be limited to the first 1,000 attendees. After the attendance limit has been reached, members will not be able to login to the live webinar and must watch on-demand once the recorded webinar is available.

Please be assured that attendees who are not able to join the live webinar will be able to view the session on-demand as you always have. This change will not affect on-demand viewing or PDU reporting for these webinars.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue. We will update the community as soon as we have more information to share.

Thank you,

Marjorie

 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 19, 2018 04:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

Thank You!

Categories: community

As I sit and look back over the year that we've had, I'm always amazed at what a community can accomplish. The level of expertise and knowledge held within this online community never ceases to amaze me. We have a lot of people that come through our virtual doors. Some come, take what they need, and then go. Some stay around for a while. Some take the time to build relationships, strengthen their professional muscle, and make it easier for those who enter the community to find their way around. All of those interactions hold an immense amount of value and are important to the ongoing growth and maturity of online communities.

Each and every one of you has played a part in our evolution. Yes, we've made some updates to the site making it easier to navigate. We continue to build upon the user experience and interface. We have made some tweaks to make it easier to highlight your expertise. But it's important to remember that none of this would have been possible without your feedback, your passion for the profession, and your passion for this online community. 

While this is just one of the many ways you can engage with PMI, we hope that it has helped to connect you with what you need, when you need it, and how you need it. Whether it's asking a question in the discussion threads, connecting you to your local chapter, or helping you find thought leadership content that helps you drive your projects forward, it is YOU that drives us, as an organization, to create the experiences that will help you be more successful.

There is a quote by Coretta Scott King that reads "the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." The very nature of the way you help one another (be that through answering questions or contributing your own content) shows your dedication to each other's success and the success of the profession as a whole. And I have to say, seeing that all come together has to be one of the best parts of my job. 

We're working on some really great things for you in 2019 and we'll keep you updated as those things develop.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and thank you for your continued support of PMI's online community. We could not do this work without you.

All the best,

Marjorie 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 17, 2018 01:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (18)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October! Here at PMI GHQ, the morning air is starting to turn nice and crisp with autumn's arrival a few weeks ago, but the afternoons are still holding on to summer for just a while longer. Also, we completely forgot to post a September Community News. Sorry about that. We promise to do better.

We hope you're excited about something in your work! Maybe it's a new project, a new role, some incredible professional development opportunities, or just the fact that you're wrapping up a really long project. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! Tell us what's going on in your world in the comments below or in this discussion thread.

On with this month's news!

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018 - Our research has shown that many business analyst professionals spend more than 80% of their time applying business analysis to projects and programs – underscoring just how important this competency is to ensure successful project management. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Don’t miss the Business Analysis event of the year by registering today!

Trends, Trends, Trends – There are no shortage of articles presenting trends in project management, as IBM Systems Magazine contributor Joseph Gulla points out in this blog post linked from PM Port. Some are based on research, some are based on opinion. Mr. Gulla is basing his on whether these trends really matter—do they reinforce good project management or help focus alignment with the business? Scroll to the bottom of his post to see his “trendy” picks. And keep checking PM Port for the latest news and opinion on project management.

PMI® Annual Virtual Student Summit - Students and entry-level professionals are invited to join PMI for a free virtual event to network with colleagues, learn at educational sessions, and find resources in the virtual exhibit hall. Sessions will include using project management to climb Mt. Everest, branding yourself for career success, artificial intelligence and the user experience, and more! You don't want to miss out. Register today!

Prepare to be the Project Manager of the Future - The future of project management will require organizations and individuals alike to embrace a full spectrum of competencies and approaches. Businesses must be agile and quick to adapt in our rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment. Take a look at PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession in-depth report to find out what skills it will take to be the project manager of the future!

Global Insights from Los Angeles - Did you miss out on PMI Global Conference this year? If so, never fear! Your friendly community experts have your back. Read the PMI Global Insights blog to see what they were up to and their reflections as they represented PMI's online community at Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA! Connect with Emily, Dave M., Dan, Priya, Gina, and Dave D. right here within the community to find out what they learned from attendees and each other as they served up expert advice to Conference attendees!

That's all for now! As always, if you have any questions regarding this month's news (or any questions in general) feel free to reach out to any of the Community Engagement Specialists. We're here to help!

See you next month!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 09, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)
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