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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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Don't Miss These Unique Opportunities at PMI Global Conference 2017 - Ask the Experts & PM Wars!

PM Wars Tournament, 28 - 31 October, PMI Global Conference

PM Wars Tournament, 28 - 31 October, PMI Global Conference

The inaugural PM Wars Tournament will be hosted this year at the 2017 PMI Global Conference. Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference in the Expo Hall.

Click this link to sign up in advance and reserve your spot in the competition. Registration will also be available in the expo hall during the event but space is limited; reserving today can ensure you get to participate!

PM Wars at the PMI 2017 Global Conference pitches you head to head against other attending PMs in a test of your Project Management knowledge. You'll have 90 seconds to answer as many questions as possible. You get +2 points for a correct answer and -1 for a wrong answer. You are allowed to skip questions, but only three times.

This tournament will be conducted using a single elimination style bracket where the most knowledgeable PMs will advance. Registration will be available at the PM Wars booth at the start of the event; slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The tournament rounds will last throughout the PMI Global Conference, cumulating with a final battle to determine which PM's knowledge stands above the crowd! Prizes will be granted for first and second place: 

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NOTE: Participants must be in attendance at Global Conference and able to compete in their chosen or assigned time slots. Anyone not able to compete at their time(s) will forfeit their competition and the other PM will advance.

Date: 10/28/2017 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Location: Exhibit Hall
Register Online Today

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: October 13, 2017 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October and the fall season is now upon us in the United States! As with seasonal change, new activities come to fruition, while existing ones get tucked away until a new cycle begins. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on ProjectManagement.com! Hopefully, the following updates will pique your interest and alleviate the stressors we all face on a day to day basis.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Did you miss this recent virtual event? If so, don’t fret, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Check it out!

Stuck in the Leadership Vacuum?: Have you ever noticed there are some problems that no one wants to tackle? For a variety of reasons, most people simply stay on the sidelines, complain and do little—all while the problem continues to fester with no resolution in sight. In his recent article, Craig Curran-Morton PMP provides some possible clues to look for in these situations.

Ask the Expert Session at PMI Conference – Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established ProjectManagement.com expert. For more information, visit the PMI Global Conference Career Series page.

PMI Talent Management Conference 2017. How can PM professionals cultivate the skills the market—and employers—demand? How can organizations develop PM talent that adapts to change and leads them to success? Stay ahead of career requirements and organizational demands at the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017, the only talent management event designed exclusively for PM professionals! Register today!

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 Kimberly Whitby on: October 05, 2017 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Join Us for a Series of Industry Focused Round-Tables and Networking Hours

Over the next few weeks, ProjectManagement.com will be hosting members only, industry focused round-tables and networking hours for Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Construction, and Legal project management professionals.

The events will each be sixty minute networking gatherings for project managers of all backgrounds and levels of experience in the related industries. We’ll discuss hot topics and current challenges supported by high levels of participant discussion and commentary.

The first 100 project managers who register for each session will receive invitations to the related event and be eligible to attend. The events will use the ProjectManagement.com webinar platform (but will not be PDU granting events). Participants will be encouraged to arrive on time, introduce themselves in chat, and participate in an active, moderated discussion. If you would like to join, please follow the appropriate industry link below to receive your invitation.

Click on the Appropriate Industry Link to Register!

Registrants will be invited based on when they submit their request as well as the accuracy of the information provided. Please be sure to double check all of your contact information to ensure we can reach you!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: September 27, 2017 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

August Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com August 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 August is Reaching Your Next Summit! by Manley Feinberg II.

Manley Feinberg II is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc.  He is an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader and author.  Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit. Manley’s 11 years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. Manley served two terms as the president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Speakers Association. On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains.  Even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and he has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.

 

About the book:

“When anchors fail, people die.”

Your climb to excellence is never easy. The human drive within calls us to what is possible. In Reaching Your Next Summit!, Manley Feinberg II, world-class mountain climber, shares nine Vertical Lessons and one essential question. These principles will renew your commitment and inspire your quest for excellence. You will realize more of your potential as you sharpen your focus, act with courage, and generate momentum in reaching your next summit—and beyond.

Our August book club host is Tolitha Lewis, PMP.  Tolitha has been a PMI Volunteer Leader since 2008.  She was elected as a Director to the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (PMI-ISSIG) in 2008 and served until the completion of the transition to a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. In 2012, Tolitha was appointed to the Leadership Team of the Consulting CoP, now referred to as the Consulting practice area, and has been a leader in the webinar program ever since.   Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tolitha is a Sr. Project Manager.

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: August 22, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

August Community News You Can Use

It's August, which means the end of summer is near in North America! Time for pumpkin scented everything and back to school for students. As we prepare to close out summer, we hope that your return from vacation is putting you in a position to tackle pending tasks with ease! If you find that you need a bit of assistance, we hope these updates help set you on the right path.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Have you thought about what Agile means for your organization? Do you know how to be Agile when processes are not? Attend the PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017 to set your organization up for success! This is an exclusive PMI member-only event and there's still time to register! JUST ANNOUNCED: Dave Gunner, PMP, PfMP will be the keynote speaker for this event. Don't miss the opportunity to learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Register today!

Speaking of Agility...: Did you miss the recent webinar with Afterburner's Joel Neeb? You can watch it on-demand! In "The Final Step to Agility for Your Project," Joel teaches you how to conduct a structured Debrief to assure your team can scale successes and eliminate the failures that may have occurred during the project. Check it out!

Project Naysayers?: All projects have proponents—but also those who don’t want the project to move forward for various reasons. In his recent article, Michael Zekser offers some practical techniques to address and resolve tense situations so your project can move ahead.

Is PM company specific?: Meredith Perpetua works in the Pharma industry and posed a great question to the forums this week: is project management company specific? Is it any different for the pharma industry than for any other? Join the discussion and let her know what you think!

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, 2017 10:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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