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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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July Community News You Can Use

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June Community News You Can Use

June Book Club Announced!

May Community News You Can Use

July Community News You Can Use

It's summer here in North America and, while some are taking a break, we're still here giving you all the project management goods you can handle. We hope that you are taking a mid-year pause to reflect on the success that the first half of 2017 has brought you. We also hope that you have had the chance to catch up on a few things happening here in the community and in the profession. If not, we're here to give you a quick rundown of some things you might want to know about: 

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Registration is open for the virtual PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017! With sudden market shifts and new priorities by the minute, agile transformation is an organizational imperative. You need to understand what agility means for your organization—and how to help lead it through change. This event is FREE for PMI members. Register today!

June Book Club: The book for the June Book Club is Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch. Exclusive to the June Book Club, we are opening the closing webinar to all ProjectManagement.com registered users! You can find more information about June's book club (including how to get the book and where to join the discussion) by visiting this page.

Join us in Chicago 28-30 October: PMI Global Conference will be heading to Chicago! Project, program and portfolio professionals are leading their organizations to better outcomes while influencing change in an ever-changing global environment. Join us to connect with like-minded individuals to learn new ideas and approaches, form new relationships or strengthen existing ones while investing in your own growth. For information regarding sessions and to register, visit the PMI Global Conference event page.

Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027: Demand over the next 10 years for project managers is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations. Organizations, however, face risks from this talent gap. Read more about PMI's latest commissioned talent gap analysis by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) which points to outstanding opportunities in jobs and career growth for project managers within the 11 countries studied.

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 Marjorie Anderson on: July 05, 2017 09:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

June Community News You Can Use

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It's hard to believe, but the first half of 2017 is already behind us. As we look forward to the summer and the end of the year (gasp), let's take a look at things going on in the community and beyond that you'll want to be sure to check out.

Community Activity:

PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017: 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. Join us on 14 June at 9am ET.

Share your knowledge: There are a number of great conversations going on RIGHT NOW in Project Management Central. Head over there, lend your expertise to help your colleagues through a problem and consider asking a question to get some advice on an issue you may be currently facing.

Watch a webinar: Several recent webinars were just uploaded our our extensive on demand webinar library. Sit back, relax, learn something new and earn some PDUs while you're at it.

Upcoming Live Events:

You have the opportunity to connect with your community in person at several live events throughout the year. Be sure to refer to our Events page regularly for information on upcoming project management events. Here are a few to consider as you plan for the remainder of 2017:

Mega SeminarsWorld®, 26-29 June - Orlando, FL, USA: It's not too late to register! Gain in-depth knowledge from PPPM experts in small group settings that you find at any SeminarsWorld program, plus the ability to earn additional PDUs outside the classroom and build your professional network through shared meals and receptions attended by more than 600 participants.

Project Management National Conference, India, 15-17 September - Guindy, Chennai, India: The conference provides a platform for Project Management Practitioners across industries, government, NGOs and academia, to exchange ideas on the challenges and opportunities in managing projects that will help translate a vision of India into reality.

PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October - Chicago, IL, USA: It’s more than a meeting. PMI Global Conference is part of a week-long celebration, bringing together thousands of project and program managers, chapter leaders and business professionals from around the world to share knowledge, strengthen community and lead the evolution of the profession.

PMO Symposium® 2017, 5-8 November - Houston, TX, USA: Join the world’s top PMO executives, organizational leaders and senior decision makers in your quest for greater agility in anticipating and responding quickly and appropriately to disruptive forces, competitive pressures, increased demands for greater innovation and better business results.

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. See you around the community!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: June 09, 2017 04:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

May Community News You Can Use

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Can you believe we are already more than halfway through the month of May? Where has the time gone? I guess it must have flown by me while I was having so much fun here in the community, amiright? We have a new practice area, a Hall of Keynotes, and some exciting content for you to check out! So let's get right to it...

PMXPO Hall of Keynotes: This year we celebrated 10 years of PMXPO! Can you believe it! In that time we've had some pretty amazing keynotes and we've curated them all for you to enjoy! Visit the PMXPO Hall of Keynotes to listen to sessions you may have missed in the past, or to revisit one that was particularly inspiring!

New Practice Area: We just launched a new practice area! We are proud to announce the PM in Academia practice area right here on ProjectManagement.com. This practice area is meant to serve faculty and staff who teach or are interested in teaching project management at the college/university level. Take a look and see what's there. If you'd like to contribute content to this new practice area, make sure you visit the Contribute Content page!

Global Virtual Projects: Have you ever had to manage a global IT project? What challenges did you face? In the article Insights for Managing Global IT Projects Virtually, Charmaine Karunaratne offers strategies and tactics to work in a virtual setting and achieving project success.

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 Marjorie Anderson on: May 19, 2017 09:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

Keynote Speaker Announced for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017!

Dr. Wanda L. Curlee has been announced as the keynote speaker for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017! The keynote address is titled: 

Controlling the IoT (Internet of Things) to Manage like a Rockstar. 
Best practice approaches for managers to embrace, align and drive successful efforts in the enterprise.

Dr. Curlee is an engaging corporate events and conference keynote speaker that shares best practice and relevant industry information which actively aligns with and complements her career as a project, program and portfolio manager tasked with delivering complex federal and commercial IT efforts.

Dr. Curlee has published three books; two delve into complexity theory and one is about virtual PMOs. She has earned four PMI credentials: PfMP, PgMP, PMP and PMI-RMP.

You can learn more & register on the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 website!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: April 12, 2017 10:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

April Community News You Can Use

Spring has sprung here in the United States and while we are seeing our fair share of rain, we are anticipating the beauty and sense of renewal the season brings! To help usher in a new season, we've got some helpful information to help move you forward, as well!

April's theme - Consulting: The theme this month is consulting. If you're considering becoming a PM consultant, Michael Wood's article provides you a few things to ponder as you prepare to make that decision. Read more about life in the PM consulting lane.

PMI Information Systems and Technology Symposium 2017: Registration is OPEN for this PMI member exclusive 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. Visit the event registration page for more information.

Join us in Rome, Italy: Do you LOVE project management? I mean, obviously you do or you wouldn't be a part of this community! BUT...if you are in the EMEA region (or have always wanted to go to Rome), PMI EMEA Congress is less than a month away! Register today to learn lessons from experts such as Gabor George Burt and Magnus Lindkvist that will help advance your career. Visit the PMI EMEA Congress page to learn more and get registered!

PKI Projects: Do you have experience in PKI projects? Do you have best practices to share? Kenneth Myers could certainly use your input. Share your expertise and join the discussion!

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 Marjorie Anderson on: April 06, 2017 10:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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