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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

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Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

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Hello, Project Managers Worldwide!

January Community News You Can Use

Changes to Webinar Room Capacity for Live Webinars

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PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

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)

December Community News You Can Use




PMI Talent Management Conference 2017: Did you miss the 7 December 2017 virtual event? If so, no worries, 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!


Save the Date - Registration Coming Soon! The PMI EMEA Congress 2018 will be in Berlin, Germany

  • 4-6 May | 2018 LIM
  • 7-9 May | PMI® EMEA Congress
  • 10-11 May | SeminarsWorld®

Join hundreds of project, programme and portfolio managers from multinational organisations around the world to share best practises, identify new trends and reinforce core skills. Hosted by PMI, the world leader in project management advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

 

Take It Personal: Value-based Culture: It’s that time of year in which the sometimes dreaded performance reviews take place! In his recent article, Andy Jordan explains why leaders need to create a culture based on value for their teams, ensuring that everyone understands what their role is, how their work contributes to the organization’s success, and how they as individuals deliver value.

 

Still wondering how to maximize your time during the holiday when work tends to slow down, all while earning PDUs? Check it out Paul Pelletier’s recent webinar, Control Freaks, Queen Bees and Workplace Saboteurs: Preventing, Managing and Eliminating your Project Nightmare. The focus of this webinar is on providing leaders with tools for approaching and resolving disrespect issues, before they become full-blown conflicts. Participants will learn how to assess the situation early, maturely and how to change the context of the conversation.

 Did you know that help is just a click away? Our discussion forums give you access to the ProjectManagement.com community: more than 500,000 experienced minds and growing! Ask your question today or stop by to help out other members in need of advice, including these recent and ongoing discussions on...

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
"The PMI Guide to Business Analysis has arrived...here's why it's important to business analysis professionals..."

Team Motivation
"What are effective ways to motivate a project team?"

Project Hindsight
"Was there something in a past project that you wish you had done differently?"

Construction KPIs
"What are effective key performance indicators for monitoring engineering services on construction projects?"

Status Options
"Team members are complaining about spending too much time in meetings to update project status...people often feel that this is not the best use of their time. What tools or solutions do you use that allows team members to report back on project tasks instead of just relying on project status meetings?"

 

We wish each and every one of you and your families a Happy and Healthy Holiday! Looking forward to making great strides in 2018!

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 14, 2017 10:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Call for Presentations at Global Conference to Open Thursday, 2 March.

Do you have experience and knowledge to share with project managers from all over the world? Here's your chance to share! The call for presentations for Global Conference will open tomorrow Thursday, 2 March and will close Thursday, 23 March.

Key areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Business strategy
  • Process improvement
  • Enhancing PM skills

Selected presentations will be featured at PMI Global Conference 2017, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from 28 - 30 October 2017. 

Additional details and instructions can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Can’t submit a proposal? You can still participate in the process – comment below with the top three topics you are most excited to hear about at

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 01, 2017 04:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Ask the Experts at PMI Global Congress 2016 - North America

Categories: community, congress

Would you like expert advice about a specific project management practice or program? Did you know you can meet with a subject matter expert one-on-one and gain the insights needed to solve your unique challenges as a part of your PMI Global Congress experience?

ProjectManagement.com will be connecting attendees with community experts to discuss project issues, career moves, brainstorm for ideas, and much more! Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule 15 minute sessions with our top community subject matter experts, to seek project management career advice.

Who can you speak with? A distinguished list of experienced experts from multiple fields including Dr. Deepa Bhide (PMP), Karen Chovan (PMP), Lawrence Cooper (PMP, PMI-ACP), Dr. Dan Furlong (PMP, PMI-ACP), Gary Hamilton (PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP), Sandra MacGillivray (PMP, PMI-RMP), Dave Maynard (PMP), Michael O'Brochta (PMP, PMI-ACP), Michelle Stronach (PMP), Sherri Thomas (PMP), Mario Trentim (PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP), and Nadia Vincent. 

Are you going to Congress and want to lock up time with one of the experts? Sign up on the Congress website today and ensure you have time with an expert before arrival in San Diego! You can view the availability by date on the Congress website:

If you can't go, or your favorite expert is all booked up you can still gain access to their insights and experience on the PMI Congress Insights blog today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: September 16, 2016 10:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Will YOU Be In Barcelona?

Categories: congress, events, PMI

Can you believe it's already February? Before you know it, flowers will be blooming in North America and some of us will be on our way to Barcelona for the PMI® Global Congress 2016 - EMEA

One of the areas of focus for this year is Managing Complexity. The Managing Complexity track demonstrates the management of complexity in projects and programs, including methodologies, technology enablers and the effect on the value chain. 

Topics include:

  • Program Management Initiation - What to focus on in the first 90 days | Andrew Charles Galbus, Mayo Clinic      
  • Managing turbulence in project environments: learning from nature and ecosystems | Roberto Cimino, eni          
  • Elephant on Thin Ice: Navigating Complexity through Project Culture | Simona Bonghez, Colors in Projects      

Want to know more? Be sure to register today for the PMI® Global Congress 2016 - EMEA soon! Early bird registration ends 10 February.

Hope to see you in Barcelona!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 04, 2016 01:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)
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