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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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President Obama Signs Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act!

From Tommy Goodwin, Government Relations Manager, PMI

Great news! On 14 December, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law!

As the global advocate for project managers and the project management profession, PMI supported this first-of-its-kind law in the United States to improve workforce development opportunities for project and program managers and improve the success rates and efficiencies of federal government projects and programs.

“PMIAA is an important step to improving the [U.S.] government’s ability to effectively manage its portfolio of projects and programs and will help ensure program managers are able to serve as stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley.

PMI led the charge on Capitol Hill to demonstrate that organizations that invest in project and program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. With PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® research showing that government entities globally waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs, lawmakers from both political parties were eager to support legislation that would help improve project and program outcomes and increase the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars.

PMI is grateful for the support of the bipartisan, bicameral authors of the PMIAA legislation—Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Rep. Todd Young from Indiana, and Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia—as well as the following co-sponsors:

  • Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan
  • Rep. Susan Brooks from Indiana
  • Rep. Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Steve Chabot from Ohio
  • Rep. Barbara Comstock from Virginia
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais from Tennessee
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois
  • Rep. Sam Graves from Missouri
  • Rep. Richard Hanna from New York
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo from Mississippi
  • Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico
  • Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky
  • Rep. Pete Session from Texas
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski from Indiana

Now that the bill has been signed into law, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has one year to implement the new law… and PMI will be working with OMB and the federal agencies to ensure the U.S. government realizes the benefits of this landmark legislation.

See the news release for more information.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 20, 2016 07:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

BREAKING NEWS: Program management legislation passed by the U.S. Senate

Categories: PMI

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. This landmark legislation, created with the purpose of improving program and project management policy across the U.S. government, now moves to the desk of U.S. President Barack Obama for final approval.

You can read the official announcement from PMI by clicking here

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 01, 2016 12:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Recognizing Outstanding PMI Chapters Around the Globe!

Categories: chapters, member, PMI

PMI recently honored 11 finalists and three winners during the Chapter Awards Ceremony in September at the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2016─North America in San Diego, California, USA.  These chapters were recognized for their volunteer efforts, for motivating chapter leaders, and for their contributions toward achieving PMI’s goals. 

Here are the finalists and winning chapters in each category!

Category I (25-300 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows: 

PMI congratulates all of these finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Southern Italy Chapter. You can view a video featuring all four of the finalists in Category I below. 

Category II (301-1,500 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of these finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Buffalo, NY Chapter. You can view the video featuring all four of the finalists in Category II below: 

Category III (1,501+ members)

The three finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of the finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Montreal Chapter. You can view the video featuring all three of the finalists in Category III below: 

For more information about PMI chapters or to see how you can get involved with your local chapter, please click here. If you are already a chapter member and would like more information about the PMI Chapter Awards Program, please contact Chapter Support at ChapterSupport@pmi.org.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 28, 2016 09:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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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