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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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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 (12)

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)

August Community News You Can Use

Happy August...even though we're already halfway through the month! My how time flies! Soon we'll be saying goodbye to summer here in North America and cooler weather will be settling in. That also means that we've got some great programming coming up for you over the next couple of months. For now, here's a look at what's coming up in the immediate future and a question that one of your fellow community members needs help with:

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018: For project managers, it is imperative to remain agile in an ever-changing business landscape and all organizations, whether small or large, need individuals who understand how important and impactful adaptability and agility are to overall success. That's why we're bringing you the PMI Organizational Agility Conference on 12 September 2018 from 9am-5pm EDT. This a virtual event and is FREE to PMI members. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation. You won't want to miss this event!

Be a Champion of Change: Join us for PMI Global Conference, 6-8 October 2018 in beautiful Los Angeles, CA, USA! You'll join thousands of other Change Champions for three days of learning and fun! You'll also have the opportunity to schedule time with experts from right here in the community for a one-on-one session! For more information, or to register for the conference, visit https://www.pmi.org/global-conference. We hope to see you there!

Project Management for Social Good®: As a practitioner, you are no doubt committed to continuing your project management education in both formal and informal ways. But did you know that PMI’s philanthropic arm, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), also focuses on project management education? Find out some of the ways you can leverage PMIEF resources and programs for your personal use—or to give back in your community.

Evaluating Project Management Tools: Fellow community member, Dinah Young, is currently evaluating PM tools and needs your help! If you've had any experience with any of the tools she has shortlisted, join the conversation and provide your feedback!

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: August 15, 2018 01:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

Learn the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Online

Try the new self-paced online course, Introduction to Project Management. This course is ideal for starting or growing your project management career. This online, self-paced series provides entry-level information on each Knowledge Area of the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition and will enable you to effectively put project management principles to work at your own organizations. Each module features a pre- and post-assessment, allowing you to measure your progress.

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018: Did you miss the 13 June 2018 virtual event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn How to Adapt Your Career to Anticipate and Stay Viable in an Environment of Rapid Technological Change. Check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                 Do you want to know how organizations are impacted by agility? Then be sure to register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018 on September 12, 2018! Our research has found that 92% of business executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success. Also, an organization’s agility level can be a larger factor in overall success than project approach. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation.

PMI® Global Conference will be here before you know it! Register by 25 July and save $300! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun. This is our flagship event, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun. You’ll build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. All while celebrating being part of a global community of change champions.

Not able Join Us For PMI® Global Conference 2018?  Then why not consider PMO Symposium® 2018? Register by 15 August and save $300!

As the leading association for project, program, or portfolio management professionals, we understand that it’s important for PMO leaders to demonstrate the value their teams bring. That’s why the theme of PMO Symposium® 2018 is Mastering Value Delivery. Over four days in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from the world’s PMO leaders, attend advanced workshops, and network with your peers. You’ll come away with insights you can use to build a resilient PMO. And you’ll have practical approaches to harnessing the disruptive forces that shape your business—so you can innovate and deliver better results.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 26, 2018 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

June Community News You Can Use

We are officially 6 months into 2018! Summer begins in 2 1/2 weeks in our part of the world and that means things will start to slow down a little. Do you have any breaks in your work coming up? Are you taking some time off to relax with your family? Tell us in the comments below how you plan to recharge midyear. In the meantime, here's what's going on in the community:

PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018 - How will the future of technology affect the way you prepare for projects? What skills will you need to ensure your projects are a success as the technological landscape shifts? Find out at the upcoming virtual PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018, happening on 13 June from 9am - 5pm EDT. You still have a week left to register. Don't miss out!

Right sized content just for you - Do you ever find yourself wishing you could take 15-30 minutes to get some learning in during your busy day? We have a solution for you! Check out Projectified with PMI, hosted by Stephen Maye! This podcast series dives into leadership challenges, digital transformations, and mindset shifts that will help you take your project - and your organization - to the next level. Listen to Projectified with PMI!

Speaking of podcasts - We have great selection of podcasts for you to choose from that are hosted by your fellow community members right here on ProjectManagement.com! Visit the Podcasts page to find bite-sized, valuable content that you can listen to at your convenience.

Thinking About Security Project Management? - This can be an exciting and challenging career. There are some common missteps for projects in this field, such as not knowing the full scope before planning begins, allowing project schedules to control you instead of vice-versa, and creating a careful plan for communications. Learn more in this article that is linked from PM Port. PM Port is a news service that helps you see what’s happening in the world of project management.

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: June 05, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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