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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! 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
Heather McLarnon

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

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March 2020 Community News You Can Use

First and foremost, I know that the entire world may in a state of uncertainty and/or anxiety. This feeling only demonstrates that we are all human, something we all have in common. As Coronavirus causes the usual delivery of programmes around the world to be disrupted, we here at PMI are working hard to support the community through this period of uncertainty. As we embrace this uncertainty together, I urge you all to “March On” and Remain Strong! We have valuable resources and information here on the site to keep us informed and up to date, so I encourage you to keep tabs on the on goings within this fabulous community, solely comprised by YOU! So, let’s begin!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.  Given that action, you may be required to work at home given the continued spread of the coronavirus-19.  There is little doubt that is putting remote work to the biggest stress-test ever. Continue reading Kevin Coleman’s Blog post that reveals how this virus-related work at home experience of employers and employees will influence the future of work forever.

Can You Believe It? The PMXPO 2020 Virtual Event is just two weeks away!!! So that means there’s plenty of time to register for this live, FREE event on 26 March! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, it's your opportunity to learn, network with thousands of your peers, earn PDUs and a badge, and broaden your perspective on project management—all from the comfort of your home or office. And best of all, it’s all free! You definitely don’t want to miss our Keynote Presentation—Building Unstoppable Teams: How a House Built a Family, presented by Cara Brookins. Register Now for PMXPO 2020!

REMINDER: Our virtual Ask the Expert Webinar Series will focus on the Healthcare industry with the first webinar scheduled Monday, 16 March 2020. Our Experts are: Lori Wilson and David Davis. Register here so you don’t miss out on this important topic!

Did you miss our most recent “Ask Us Anything” series on 27 February 2020?  If so, no worries, you can now watch it On-Demand! This webinar, We Are Many, We Are One! Discover The Face To Face Community Aspects Of PMI: It’s 300+ Global Chapters! explored the value of PMIs 300+ chapters across the globe to learn how you can benefit from engaging with the one close to you. Face to face exchange with your PPPM peers - close by - in your language - relevant to your career, your industry and your market. You will also learn how chapters align to and deliver on PMIs strategy, how they are created and run, and how you can get involved even as volunteer! Check it out!

Check out PMI’s new offering, the PMI Ascent Certificate.  With 4 clear, practical, actionable tools, this course will teach you how to build a shared vision with your agile teams, lay the foundation for a productive collaboration and create project plans that enable agility and ensure success for your projects. Click here for detailed information and FAQs.

Ambassadors Program Reminder: Our Community Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, are here to help you – ask them about anything from navigating the community to networking to career advice! Please feel free to reach out to Emily & Andrew with a direct message via the Inbox.

That’s all for now, we encourage you to check back for future updates within the Critical Path blog. Thank you for all of your feedback and engagement and keep up the good work!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: March 12, 2020 08:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

NEW Discussion Thread for Construction Industry Posted!

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As you know, last month, we announced that as part of our overall content approach, PMI launched a new initiative focusing on four industry segments this year, particularly in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. And as part of that focus, we planned to highlight some existing PM Network content on to engage the community, and to learn more about their specific industry needs.

In addition to the IT sector deployed last month, we selected two pieces of content from the Construction sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

We selected two pieces of content from the Construction sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

How do you build consensus among varied stakeholders?

Schedule, budget and scope aren’t the only measures of success for new cities.

We welcome you to engage in these discussions! As always, please stay tuned for forthcoming Industry Sector postings!


Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: August 15, 2019 07:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

PMI’s Project Management Journal (PMJ) is now accepting papers for a special issue on Project Transitions. While a great deal of research focuses on the specificities of various project phases, there are a number of technical, organizational, economic, and managerial challenges relating to the transitions across the phases. Transitional issue examples include, but are far from limited to, challenges such as the handover of data and knowhow, change in the workforce, and scope management.

Surprisingly, transition-related project phenomena remain remarkably under-investigated. Addressing transitional issues in projects is important not only for creating projects that deliver value to their respective organizations, users, and operators but also to maintain a more effective delivery while moving from one phase to the next.

Contributions to this special issue can be theoretical or empirical, based on any project-related topic concerning transitions. Authors may choose to focus on transitions across the temporal phases of the system’s life as the main conceptual framework. However, the special issue editors strongly encourage contributions addressing project transitions under new or different conceptual lenses.

Editors for this special issue are:

  • Giorgio Locatelli, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Vedran Zerjav, The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London
  • Gary Klein, College of Business, University of Colorado

The deadline for papers is 31 January 2019. For more information on the special issue, visit

General submission guidelines are available from the journal publisher, SAGE, at

To submit a paper, visit the journal submission site at

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2018 02:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

Learn the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Online

Try the new self-paced online course, Introduction to Project Management. This course is ideal for starting or growing your project management career. This online, self-paced series provides entry-level information on each Knowledge Area of the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition and will enable you to effectively put project management principles to work at your own organizations. Each module features a pre- and post-assessment, allowing you to measure your progress.

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018: Did you miss the 13 June 2018 virtual event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn How to Adapt Your Career to Anticipate and Stay Viable in an Environment of Rapid Technological Change. Check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                 Do you want to know how organizations are impacted by agility? Then be sure to register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018 on September 12, 2018! Our research has found that 92% of business executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success. Also, an organization’s agility level can be a larger factor in overall success than project approach. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation.

PMI® Global Conference will be here before you know it! Register by 25 July and save $300! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun. This is our flagship event, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun. You’ll build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. All while celebrating being part of a global community of change champions.

Not able Join Us For PMI® Global Conference 2018?  Then why not consider PMO Symposium® 2018? Register by 15 August and save $300!

As the leading association for project, program, or portfolio management professionals, we understand that it’s important for PMO leaders to demonstrate the value their teams bring. That’s why the theme of PMO Symposium® 2018 is Mastering Value Delivery. Over four days in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from the world’s PMO leaders, attend advanced workshops, and network with your peers. You’ll come away with insights you can use to build a resilient PMO. And you’ll have practical approaches to harnessing the disruptive forces that shape your business—so you can innovate and deliver better results.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 26, 2018 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

'Tis the Season to be Agile!

SeminarsWorld® in Scottsdale

12 - 15 February 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona United States

There’s still time to register for the early bird discount rate!!!

Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Scottsdale to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® while you earn up to 29.5 PDUs and 2.95 Continuing Education Units.

Register by 8 January for early bird rates, and through 22 January, save on guest rooms at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Click here for more details! We hope you can join us!!!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: January 04, 2018 06:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

"The reason why worry kills more people than hard work is that more people worry than work."

- Robert Frost