The Critical Path

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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! 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
Craig Dalrymple
Dave Garrett
Kimberly Whitby

Recent Posts

There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

March Community News You Can Use

Friendly Reminders! PMI Awards Deadline & Important Exam Changes!

Project Resources to Help You Succeed

February 2018 Book Club Announced!

Save the Date! PMXPO 2018

Join us Thursday, March 22nd for PMXPO 2018! is once again excited to bring you its annual virtual conference and exhibition—the 11th edition of its successful show! We broke our attendance record again last year, and want you to join us as we start our second decade of the largest virtual event in project management! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, it's your opportunity to learn, network with thousands of your peers, earn PDUs and a badge, and broaden your perspective on project management—all from the comfort of your home or office. And best of all, it’s all free!

Keynote Presentation—The Simpsons: There's No "I" in "Innovation" (oh wait, there's actually two of them)...Lessons in Innovation from the Most Successful Show in TV History

Joel Cohen, Emmy-Winning Writer and Producer of The Simpsons

Register Now for PMXPO 2018!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: January 24, 2018 03:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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 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)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 has greeted you with a renewed sense of enthusiasm that will set you up for success in the months to come. To get you started, we've got some updates and new content to share with you!

Updated User Guidelines! We have updated our community user guidelines. These guidelines were created to help ensure that your interactions within the community are as rewarding as possible. You can find the guidelines here and at the bottom of every page. Please make sure you read them thoroughly and reach out if you have any questions. 

New podcast! Did you know that we had podcasts available for you to listen at your convenience? Now you do! Listen in to our newest podcast addition, PM Debate with Philip Diab! Listen to Philip and Mary Elizabeth Diab debate topics that affect the profession and share your point of view in the comments! This is just in time content that you can take advantage of on your way to work or while taking a quick break from your daily tasks. You can find Philip's podcast, and others, by visiting the Podcasts page here in the community.

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017! Registration for the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! Join us on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET to hear leading experts explain what your CEO wants you to know about project scheduling, how to build a scheduling center of excellence into your PMO, and so much more! This is a FREE event for PMI members only and you can earn up to 6 PDUs for this event! You can find more information (and REGISTER) by visiting the Events page.

Don't forget you can gain influence within the community by contributing content, networking with one another, and lending your expertise by answering questions in the discussion forums.

We're thrilled that you chose to join us for another year that is sure to be filled with exciting new challenges and stories of success. Here's to a fantastic 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 12, 2017 03:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

How Did I Get Here? The Journey of a PM

Categories: content, ebook

Have you ever been sitting at your desk, plugging away at your computer, then suddenly you find yourself wondering how you found yourself in project management? If you're new to the profession, do you sometimes wonder where you go from here? Well you're in good company! 

11 of your peers have come together to share their stories in our new Teachable Moments eBook that highlights what they've learned throughout their journey as a project manager. You'll find stories from those who have been practicing for more than 20 years to those who are just starting out. Each story provides its own piece of wisdom that you can take with you as you go through your own journey. The eBook also provides you links to community content that you can reference, wherever you are in your journey.

And while you're reading through, you'll notice that we've also provided links to the contributor profiles throughout the eBook! Please feel free to connect with each of them within the community!

If you haven't already, click here to download your free PDF copy of the eBook today!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 08, 2015 10:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

"I never thought much of the courage of a lion-tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people."

- George Bernard Shaw