The Critical Path

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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

Past Contributers:

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

Recent Posts

PMI Standards is on the Critical Path!!

Calling all Volunteers! PMBOK(R) Guide--Seventh Edition Development & Review Team Members

What’s Buzzing in the PMI Community?

June Community News You Can Use

Careers Start at PMI’s Career Center

PMI Standards is on the Critical Path!!

Categories: PMI, standards

As you are already aware, PMI is in the midst of a transformation and as PMI Standards begin to reflect this transformation, we have decided to engage with our community through the Critical Path blog.  Going forward, you can check in here for updates and opportunities to share your thoughts and reactions around how we are progressing on our journey.  

As a reminder and for context, our transformation is based on the 2017 Strategic Plan. The plan outlines three pillars: strategic focus, customer centricity, and organizational agility. The strategic focus creates the opportunity to serve practitioners in a more substantive and integrated manner. Customer centricity is about gaining a deep understanding of practitioners so we can improve what we offer, how we offer it, and when we offer it to them. Organizational agility is about improving PMI’s ability to identify and respond to emerging opportunities.

Applying the three strategic pillars within PMI standards publications, it became important to separate fundamental concepts from the way in which those concepts are applied.  As a result, the content within these publications falls into three categories, which you will see referenced in future blog postings:

  • Standard, the essential considerations required for effective delivery;
  • The body of knowledge, what is currently known regarding the discipline; and
  • Practice, tools, and techniques for implementation.

Organizations are adopting more project-based approaches to deliver value, and project management professionals require tools to drive that success. These tools include both The Standard for Project Management and the body of knowledge for delivering value through projects.

Recognizing this need, PMI will leverage a collaborative approach with our stakeholders, to adapt both The Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) to cover the entire value-delivery landscape of project management. At the same time, we are undertaking work to provide practitioners with more robust, more accessible, and highly relevant content designed to apply standards and the body of knowledge situationally in practice, which can be captured and updated best through a web-based platform. These products will reflect the knowledge that projects are executed to deliver value and project teams can use a broad range of methods and approaches to deliver outcomes.

We are excited about the future of PMI Standards and invite you to stay connected with us as we develop these resources. Check back to The Critical Path blog to follow our journey and stay informed about additional opportunities to engage more directly.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: July 15, 2019 04:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

June Community News You Can Use

With the arrival of longer days and warm weather, we’re embracing the unofficial start of summer here at PMI headquarters! Summer means our next virtual event, PMI Talent & Technology Symposium, will soon be here, and it marks the launch of some new community programming initiatives. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your June Community News You can Use:

Last Chance to Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Our second virtual event of the year will take place on June 12th. Join us for an exciting day of learning and networking, as we explore the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. View the event agenda, and register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts will launch on June 17th. In the first Q&A session, Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, joins us to discuss “What’s up with Standards? – What they’re for, and Your Opportunity to participate in developing them.” The webinar will be posted on-demand for your viewing convenience.

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference 2019 (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November).

PMI 50th Anniversary and Global Celebration of Service: In May, PMI announced that its initial target of 50,000 volunteer hours was reached, and the goal has been raised to 100,000 hours! Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their skills and knowledge in support of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. There is still time to have an impact – join in the Global Celebration of Service, and share your volunteer stories with us!

How to Plot the Next Step in Your Career: Community member and project management expert, Emily Luijbregts, provides advice for devising your career plan in her latest article. How do you define and work toward your goals?

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. We look forward to sharing more community programming news throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: June 04, 2019 03:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Careers Start at PMI’s Career Center

Categories: development, member, PMI

PMI’s Career Center is the platform dedicated to helping project managers find positions and hiring organizations to fill them. It’s simple: Qualified candidates post resumes, recruiters post opportunities, and everyone gets closer to their goals.

Benefit 1: Access

You’ll always find newly posted positions on PMI’s Career Center. PMI’s jobs are cross-posted across multiple networks and partner sites but are presented in a seamless format for job seekers to explore.

Benefit 2: Ease

Employers create and manage postings swiftly and seamlessly so candidates can easily apply. Job seekers also have the power to create personal profiles and upload or update their resumes for any position.

Benefit 3: Variety

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, your future awaits on PMI’s comprehensive Career Center. It includes postings and resumes for the full range of career levels and industries.

Benefit 4: Specialization

Employers looking for specific experiences, skills and certifications can identify the right candidates to take on their toughest roles. Likewise, job seekers can show off their PMI-issued certifications and membership to get hired fast for rewarding, challenging positions.

Benefit 5: Visibility

On PMI’s Career Center, job seekers stand out from the crowd and gain a serious advantage compared to those searching for careers on traditional job boards.

Get started with PMI’s Career Center.

 

Posted by Laura Schofield on: May 22, 2019 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Initial Speakers Announced For the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018


Initial speakers have been announced for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018! 

This new symposium is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies Symposium, and the Talent Management Conference. The new event will focus on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent. 

We are excited to announce our first two speakers for this event!

Keynote Presentation - Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges

Presented by Olivier Lazar, Msc., MBA, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PBA, RMP, SP, ACP

What will our future as PM professionals look like? What will be the skills and competences to develop? How do I future-proof myself as a PM Professional?

Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover?

Presented by Oliver Yarbrough, M.S., PMP

AI is a game changer.  Find out what you can do right now to prepare for the changes that are coming.  This way, you won’t get left behind.

Register Now for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 to attend these sessions, and more!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: May 18, 2018 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Project Resources to Help You Succeed

Categories: development, education, PMI

Are you looking to improve your leadership skills? Maybe you’re struggling with implementing change within your organization. Whatever the case, the PMI Store has resources that will help you move the needle on your projects and in your career.

Whatever you need, the PMI Store has something to help you succeed!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 21, 2018 03:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)
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