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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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October Community News You Can Use

It's October and the fall season is now upon us in the United States! As with seasonal change, new activities come to fruition, while existing ones get tucked away until a new cycle begins. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on ProjectManagement.com! Hopefully, the following updates will pique your interest and alleviate the stressors we all face on a day to day basis.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Did you miss this recent virtual event? If so, don’t fret, 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!

Stuck in the Leadership Vacuum?: Have you ever noticed there are some problems that no one wants to tackle? For a variety of reasons, most people simply stay on the sidelines, complain and do little—all while the problem continues to fester with no resolution in sight. In his recent article, Craig Curran-Morton PMP provides some possible clues to look for in these situations.

Ask the Expert Session at PMI Conference – Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established ProjectManagement.com expert. For more information, visit the PMI Global Conference Career Series page.

PMI Talent Management Conference 2017. How can PM professionals cultivate the skills the market—and employers—demand? How can organizations develop PM talent that adapts to change and leads them to success? Stay ahead of career requirements and organizational demands at the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017, the only talent management event designed exclusively for PM professionals! Register today!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 05, 2017 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

August Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com August book club!  The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management.  The book club occurs in three parts:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. 

All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.   

Our book club book for August is Reaching Your Next Summit! by Manley Feinberg II.

Manley Feinberg II is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc.  He is an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader and author.  Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit. Manley’s 11 years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. Manley served two terms as the president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Speakers Association. On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains.  Even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and he has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.

 

About the book:

“When anchors fail, people die.”

Your climb to excellence is never easy. The human drive within calls us to what is possible. In Reaching Your Next Summit!, Manley Feinberg II, world-class mountain climber, shares nine Vertical Lessons and one essential question. These principles will renew your commitment and inspire your quest for excellence. You will realize more of your potential as you sharpen your focus, act with courage, and generate momentum in reaching your next summit—and beyond.

Our August book club host is Tolitha Lewis, PMP.  Tolitha has been a PMI Volunteer Leader since 2008.  She was elected as a Director to the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (PMI-ISSIG) in 2008 and served until the completion of the transition to a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. In 2012, Tolitha was appointed to the Leadership Team of the Consulting CoP, now referred to as the Consulting practice area, and has been a leader in the webinar program ever since.   Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tolitha is a Sr. Project Manager.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.

Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page

For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: August 22, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

July Community News You Can Use

It's summer here in North America and, while some are taking a break, we're still here giving you all the project management goods you can handle. We hope that you are taking a mid-year pause to reflect on the success that the first half of 2017 has brought you. We also hope that you have had the chance to catch up on a few things happening here in the community and in the profession. If not, we're here to give you a quick rundown of some things you might want to know about: 

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Registration is open for the virtual PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017! With sudden market shifts and new priorities by the minute, agile transformation is an organizational imperative. You need to understand what agility means for your organization—and how to help lead it through change. This event is FREE for PMI members. Register today!

June Book Club: The book for the June Book Club is Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch. Exclusive to the June Book Club, we are opening the closing webinar to all ProjectManagement.com registered users! You can find more information about June's book club (including how to get the book and where to join the discussion) by visiting this page.

Join us in Chicago 28-30 October: PMI Global Conference will be heading to Chicago! Project, program and portfolio professionals are leading their organizations to better outcomes while influencing change in an ever-changing global environment. Join us to connect with like-minded individuals to learn new ideas and approaches, form new relationships or strengthen existing ones while investing in your own growth. For information regarding sessions and to register, visit the PMI Global Conference event page.

Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027: Demand over the next 10 years for project managers is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations. Organizations, however, face risks from this talent gap. Read more about PMI's latest commissioned talent gap analysis by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) which points to outstanding opportunities in jobs and career growth for project managers within the 11 countries studied.

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: July 05, 2017 09:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

March Community News You Can Use

Can you believe we're already nearing the end of the first week of March? Where has the time gone? Hopefully, the first quarter of 2017 has been productive and you've been able to do some really exciting work. And we hope the community has helped you get it done! 

To that respect, here are some updates (and upcoming events) you'll want to be aware of that can help take your work - and expertise - to the next level.

PMXPO 2017 - 10th Anniversary - That's right, it's the 10th anniversary of PMXPO and it's going to be amazing! This year's keynote is Alison Levine, First American women's Everest expedition Team Captain. You won't want to miss this annual virtual conference and exhibition, which gives you the opportunity to learn, network, earn 6 PDUs and gain valuable knowledge. The event is FREE and will take place on 27 April.  Sign up today and be a part of the excitement!

Your expertise is needed -  The Standard for Business Analysis and the PMI Guide to Business Analysis is now open for public review and comment! Lend your voice to the development of these standards. They will be open for review and comment until 28 March 2017. You can find more information here.

PMI Global Conference 2017: Call for Presentations -  Does anyone want to go to Chicago, IL USA? Better yet, if you have content that you believe will benefit other practitioners, we want to know! The call for presentations for PMI Global Conference 2017 is open! The deadline to submit your proposal is 23 March (that's only 2 weeks away), so get those submissions in today! 

When is Agile the right approach? - Most people know Agile is ideal for software development projects, since software functionality can be released in increments, but when else is Agile ideal? Eric Simms wants to know your thoughts! Join the discussion and give your opinion.

If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

P.S. Registration for the virtual PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is still open! The event takes place on 30 March so if you're a PMI member and you're not registered, get to it!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: March 09, 2017 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)
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