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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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June Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com June book club!  The June book club will be open to all ProjectManagement.com registered users. 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 people 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. 

Exclusive to the June Book Club: All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar, participate in the discussion forum, and participate in the book club closing webinar.  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 June is Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch.

Eric S. Rebentisch is a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lead Researcher of MIT's Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence. His primary areas of research include High Performance Enterprise Product Development, Lean Product Development, Lean Project Management, Enterprise Change Management, and System Architecting and Development Strategies. He is editor of “Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering” and author of numerous other publications. He has played key roles in analysis, policy recommendations, and transformation initiatives within the US and other governments.

 

About the book:

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering shows how organizations can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better performance outcomes. The discussion begins with an overview of key concepts, and details the challenges faced by System Engineering and Program Management practitioners every day. The practical framework that follows describes how the roles can be integrated successfully to streamline project workflow, with a catalog of tools for assessing and deploying best practices. Case studies detail how real-world companies have successfully implemented the framework to improve cost, schedule, and technical performance, and coverage of risk management throughout helps you ensure the success of your organization's own integration strategy. Available course outlines and PowerPoint slides bring this book directly into the academic or corporate classroom, and the discussion's practical emphasis provides a direct path to implementation.

The integration of management and technical work paves the way for smoother projects and more positive outcomes. This book describes the integrated goal, and provides a clear framework for successful transition.

• Overcome challenges and improve cost, schedule, and technical performance

• Assess current capabilities and build to the level your organization needs

• Manage risk throughout all stages of integration and performance improvement

• Deploy best practices for teams and systems using the most effective tools

Complex engineering systems are prone to budget slips, scheduling errors, and a variety of challenges that affect the final outcome. These challenges are a sign of failure on the part of both management and technical, but can be overcome by integrating the roles into a cohesive unit focused on delivering a high-value product. Integrating Program Management with Systems Engineering provides a practical route to better performance for your organization as a whole.

Our June book club host is David A. Maynard.  Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from college, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, where he worked for many years. 

He participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training.  Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, becoming a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager.

After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando, Fl. whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations. 

David teaches Project Management at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) aHe is active the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member.  He volunteers for PMI global in various capacities.

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 on the Project Management.com books page

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

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: June 06, 2017 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Keynote Speaker Announced for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017!

Dr. Wanda L. Curlee has been announced as the keynote speaker for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017! The keynote address is titled: 

Controlling the IoT (Internet of Things) to Manage like a Rockstar. 
Best practice approaches for managers to embrace, align and drive successful efforts in the enterprise.

Dr. Curlee is an engaging corporate events and conference keynote speaker that shares best practice and relevant industry information which actively aligns with and complements her career as a project, program and portfolio manager tasked with delivering complex federal and commercial IT efforts.

Dr. Curlee has published three books; two delve into complexity theory and one is about virtual PMOs. She has earned four PMI credentials: PfMP, PgMP, PMP and PMI-RMP.

You can learn more & register on the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 website!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: April 12, 2017 10:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

April Book Club

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com April 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. **PMI-member exclusive** 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.  PMI members will be able to participate in the book club closing webinar.  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 April is Managing and Leading People Through Organizational Change by Julie Hodges.

Dr Julie Hodges is a leading expert on organizational change. She is an Associate Professor at Durham University Business School and a Senior Fellow of the Foundation for Management Education. Before entering academia Julie worked as a management consultant for over 20 years in organizations such as PwC and the British Council. She has extensive experience of working on transformational change programmes with clients across the globe in the private, public and third sectors. Julie is the author of several books on organizational change, including Managing and Leading People through Organizational Change (published by Kogan Page).

About the book:

Tremendous forces for change are radically reshaping the world of work. Disruptive innovations, radical thinking, new business models and resource scarcity are impacting every sector. Although the scale of expected change is not unprecedented, what is unique is the pervasive nature of the change and its accelerating pace which people in organizations have to cope with. Structures, systems, processes and strategies are relatively simple to understand and even fix. People, however, are more complex. Change can have a different impact on each of them, all of which can cause different attitudes and reactions. Managing and Leading People Through Organizational Change is written for leaders with the key responsibility of managing people through transitions.

Managing and Leading People through Organizational Change provides a critical analysis of change and transformation in organizations from a theoretical and practical perspective. It addresses the individual, team and organizational issues of leading and managing people before, during and after change, using case studies and interviews with people from organizations in different sectors across the globe. This book demonstrates how theory can be applied in practice through practical examples and recommendations, focusing on the importance of understanding the impact of the nature of change

Our April book club host is Tara McCallum.  Tara A. McCallum is a CEO and founder of Tara A. McCallum Inc.; a minority woman owned business. As a strategic consultant she has partnered with such organizations as Bank of America, CHEP, VF Corporation, Accenture, and The Department of Defense.  Having worked as a consultant with various organizations Ms. McCallum has used her talents to complete projects in SAP, ERP, and OCM; often with a focus on Project Management. Ms. McCallum has also worked in Development, Training and Delivery, as well as Procurement. Additionally, she is a member of Project Management Institute, ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and Scrum Alliance. Ms. Tara A. McCallum graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources Management. She currently holds certifications from Purdue University in Lean/ Six Sigma, Instructional Design and is also a Certified Scrum Master.  In her spare time  Tara enjoys volunteering for The American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls club as a  big sister, Portamento’ of Hope – a homeless outreach kitchen, as well as her church.

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 Carrie Dunn on: April 11, 2017 04:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

April Community News You Can Use

Spring has sprung here in the United States and while we are seeing our fair share of rain, we are anticipating the beauty and sense of renewal the season brings! To help usher in a new season, we've got some helpful information to help move you forward, as well!

April's theme - Consulting: The theme this month is consulting. If you're considering becoming a PM consultant, Michael Wood's article provides you a few things to ponder as you prepare to make that decision. Read more about life in the PM consulting lane.

PMI Information Systems and Technology Symposium 2017: Registration is OPEN for this PMI member exclusive 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. Visit the event registration page for more information.

Join us in Rome, Italy: Do you LOVE project management? I mean, obviously you do or you wouldn't be a part of this community! BUT...if you are in the EMEA region (or have always wanted to go to Rome), PMI EMEA Congress is less than a month away! Register today to learn lessons from experts such as Gabor George Burt and Magnus Lindkvist that will help advance your career. Visit the PMI EMEA Congress page to learn more and get registered!

PKI Projects: Do you have experience in PKI projects? Do you have best practices to share? Kenneth Myers could certainly use your input. Share your expertise and join the discussion!

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: April 06, 2017 10:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

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 (14)
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