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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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Top 3 Reasons To Attend PMI EMEA Congress!

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Join us for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 (Members Only virtual Event)

Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind.

Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career.

Visit the event page to learn more and Register today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 28, 2017 03:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Top 3 Reasons To Attend PMI EMEA Congress!

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We get it. You might be undecided or on the fence about attending this year's PMI EMEA Congress. You may be asking yourself, 'What's in it for me?' or 'What makes this event stand apart from the others?'

Well, not only will we be sharing best practices, identifying new trends and reinforcing core skills during three days of jam-packed educational sessions, we'll also have one-of-a-kind receptions, networking opportunities and group activities.

With that in mind, we've put together the top 3 reasons why YOU should join us in Rome for PMI EMEA Congress 2017! Here goes:

  1. Topical conversations  
    • We'll be discussing how today's global economic climate is impacting the way we work and the affects on your job and your teams. Take part in the conversation and strategize with your peers!
  2. Like-minded professionals
    • Everyone in attendance, from keynotes, to first-time attendees has one thing in common - they care about the profession! Surround yourself with other people who care as much as you do and the possibilities are endless!
  3. Location Location Location 
    • Not only are we featuring the valuable educational sessions that you’ve come to expect, but we’re also offering one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and activities that can only take place in such an amazing location.

Still need convincing? Check this out!

Ready to join us in Rome? There's still time to register! Be sure to let us know if you'll be attending in the comments below or via social media. We'd love to connect with you!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: March 24, 2017 02:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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)

Call for Presentations at Global Conference to Open Thursday, 2 March.

Do you have experience and knowledge to share with project managers from all over the world? Here's your chance to share! The call for presentations for Global Conference will open tomorrow Thursday, 2 March and will close Thursday, 23 March.

Key areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Business strategy
  • Process improvement
  • Enhancing PM skills

Selected presentations will be featured at PMI Global Conference 2017, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from 28 - 30 October 2017. 

Additional details and instructions can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Can’t submit a proposal? You can still participate in the process – comment below with the top three topics you are most excited to hear about at

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 01, 2017 04:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

February Community News You Can Use

It's February and love is in the air! We want to embrace all of the positive vibes floating around so we have some updates to help you remember what made you fall in love with project management!

#PMLoveStories 2017 - Do you love project management? Do you have a particular project that you loved working on? Do you love being a project manager? If so, we want to hear from you! Tell us your #PMLoveStory by submitting a video or contributing to the conversation here on ProjectManagement.com! For more details, check out this blog post that tells you all about how to share the project management love!

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 - Speaking of your love of projects, we have a virtual conference that will show you how to make more of your schedules in a changing profession. Registration for the virtual PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! The event takes place on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET and is exclusive (and FREE) to PMI members. Make sure you register today!

New Homepage! - We listened to your feedback and worked hard to redesign the ProjectManagement.com homepage around your needs. We've made it easier to find the most recent discussions, active members, and newest content posted to the site. Look around and tell us what you think!

Not feeling the love? - Conflict on your project can arise from many sources, but how do you deal with it? How do you manage those conflicts without derailing the project? Simon Lange is looking for your feedback in his most recent discussion post. Let him know how you would handle conflict!

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: February 10, 2017 08:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)
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