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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
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

Project Teams—The Whole is Greater than the Parts

4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Uncertainty. Really?

February Community News You Can Use

Measuring is Important for Project Work, but Beware of the Traps

4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Many project managers find themselves too caught up in deadlines to focus on their long-term careers and professional growth. But there are plenty of reasons why you should carve out time for your own professional development, no matter your industry or experience level.

For starters, professional development is key to gaining the skills and making the connections that advance your capabilities. Getting outside of your usual day-to-day—whether in-person or online—exposes you to innovative tools and best practices that broaden your understanding as a project manager. You can hone specific skills and acquire new ones that help you work more efficiently and solve problems more easily.

Professional development empowers you to increase your value to your organization—and ultimately your earning potential—by mastering the latest disruptive technologies, forecasting trends, and enhancing your leadership abilities. You can even bring clarity to your own career goals.  

At PMI, professional development units (PDUs) are an important part of your certification maintenance, but it’s not just a formality. PDUs show that you’ve actively pursued educational and philanthropic opportunities. In an increasingly competitive market, these factors can set you apart from your peers.

PMI offers four ways to earn PDUs based on your schedule and preferences:

  1. In-person events

Getting out of the office for in-person professional development exposes you to tools and tactics that you may not even know exist.

Offered in multiple locations, PMI SeminarsWorld offers unique professional development through small-group training courses. Choose from more than 60 seminars designed to meet personal and organizational needs, earning up to 28 PDUs in the process.

Other in-person events from PMI include EMEA Congress, Global Conference, and PMO Symposium®. These events feature diverse education opportunities, innovative keynotes, cutting-edge global perspectives, and networking with others who share your challenges and goals.

  1. Online courses

One of the most convenient ways to earn PDUs, PMI’s online courses cover hundreds of topics in every area of project and program management skill development, from basic to expert levels.

  1. Webinars and virtual events

Earn PDUs quickly—often at no cost—with webinars and virtual events offered through ProjectManagement.com. You can tune in live or listen to the recording when your schedule allows.

You’ll find thousands of options with a how-to for just about any subject, including stopping workplace bullying, approaching a tech-savvy board of directors, and designing more effective project management systems. Narrow your search according to industry, popularity, PMI certification, even language.

  1. Giving back

Help others while growing personally and professionally by earning Giving Back PDUs. These aren’t required for recertification but remain a great option for those with altruistic motivations. You can earn Giving Back PDUs by working as a practitioner, creating content, mentoring, or volunteering.

Make time to grow with PMI

Expand your capabilities and increase your value this year with PMI’s wide range of professional development opportunities. Earn PDUs with options designed to suit your individual objectives, schedule, and learning preferences.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 12, 2020 09:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

December Community News You Can Use

Season’s Greetings from all of us at PMI and ProjectManagement.com! As another year comes to a close, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2020, there is so much to be excited about in PMI’s online community. Here’s a summary of what’s happening in your December Community News You Can Use:

Volunteer Opportunity: PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate. Learn more here. Please note that this opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

#GivingTuesday: On 3 December 2019, the PMI Educational Foundation hosted an open house on ProjectManagement.com to bring awareness to Project Management for Social Good. If you missed the PMIEF Open House and are interested in how you can use project management to make a difference, you may reference the articles and on-demand videos here.

Community Ambassadors Program: The Community Ambassadors Program was recently announced on ProjectManagement.com. The first group of Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, will start in the newly created Ambassadors role on 2 January 2020. To learn more, view the announcement here!

Standards Transformation Webinar: Learn more about the Standards Transformation and the PMBOK® Guide during a webinar with PMI’s Stephen Townsend on 22 January 2020. Register here!

Attend a Live Event in 2020: Save-the-date for two exciting PMI events: PMI® EMEA Congress 2020 and PMI® Global Conference 2020. PMI® EMEA Congress will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! And Global Conference will take place 17-19 October in Seattle, Washington, USA! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Change Management for Project Managers: Stephanie Jaeger outlines six simple steps for getting started with change management in her latest article.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 17, 2019 10:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

November Community News You Can Use

With November’s arrival and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., I can’t help but to think about everything there is to be thankful for. I am certainly grateful to those that have welcomed me into the PMI community; to our volunteers who lend their time and expertise for webinars, events, articles, and blogs; and to all of our amazing community members that make ProjectManagement.com a welcoming, informative, and engaging space for Project Managers. With an attitude of gratitude, here’s a look at what’s happening around the community in your November Community News You Can Use:

View the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here. This virtual event explores the latest trends in business analysis and provides you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s knowledge resources by joining the next session on November 19thAll Things Project Management: Navigating PMI’s Knowledge Resources – featuring Shari Rathet.

Save-the-Date for PMI® EMEA Congress 2020: The event will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Community Central: Visit the Community Central discussion forum for all things community, including site news, announcements, and all your ProjectManagement.com questions! Join in the Hot Topic discussions on the 1st and 15th of each month, learn about your fellow community members, and share your thoughts!

ProjectManagement.com Social Media: In an effort to streamline how we engage members in the social media space, we have moved ProjectManagement.com’s Facebook activity to PMI’s main Facebook account.  You’ll still find all of the posts you know and love, but now in one place! For the time being, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts remain unchanged. You can find all of the Facebook excitement here, and we’ll keep you updated of any other changes!

Change Management Webinar Series: Each month, a group of volunteers delivers a webinar as part of the Change Management Webinar Series, exploring various change management topics, practices, and insights. On December 4th, Samuel Holcman will present on The Hard Part of Digital Transformation – Addressing Business and Organizational Change. Register here

Disciplined Agile Blog: Learn more about pragmatic agile and lean strategies in Scott Ambler’s blog, Disciplined Agile. In his latest post, he discusses Planning: When Have We Done Enough?.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: November 14, 2019 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

Help Guide Your Community Correspondents at PMI EMEA Congress!

Categories: congress

Unable to join us in Dublin for PMI EMEA Congress 2019? Wondering how you can be part of the action from home? Well, worry no more because we are once again inviting YOU to attend the event with us virtually! Our Community Correspondents team will attend a wide variety of sessions, speak with presenters and attendees, explore the offerings from our sponsors and even share behind the scenes info and photos.

You, the community, will have the opportunity to experience congress right along with the attendees as the event unfolds in real time all while helping to guide the experience through your comments and suggestions. 

How? We'll have a team onsite covering all of the action and bringing it back to you via blog posts here on ProjectManagement.com and through the use of social media channels like Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow them, comment on their posts, respond to their polls and questions and help shape this shared community experience. Want to see something specific? Ask them for it! Have a question for a speaker? Let them know! 

Let's meet the team!

Emily Luijbregts

@Em_The_PM 

Karthik Ramamurthy

@KarthikPMO

 

Moritz Sprenger

@moschizzle 

Stephanie Jaeger

@StephanieJaeg10 

@PMInstitute

@PMIevents

On Facebook

On Instagram

@ProjectMgtcom

Now that you know who they are, be sure to say hi if you see them in Dublin! If you're following from home, don't be shy, ask questions and send suggestions for what you'd like them to feature.

Be sure to follow along with the PMI Global Insights blog and follow the entire event on social media using the #PMIEMEA19 hashtag! You'll find posts across several platforms including live videos on PMI's Facebook page each day.

Not going to Dublin? We've got you covered!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: May 08, 2019 10:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

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 (11)
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