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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

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

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4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

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4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Many project managers find themselves too caught up in deadlines to focus on their long-term careers and professional growth. But there are plenty of reasons why you should carve out time for your own professional development, no matter your industry or experience level.

For starters, professional development is key to gaining the skills and making the connections that advance your capabilities. Getting outside of your usual day-to-day—whether in-person or online—exposes you to innovative tools and best practices that broaden your understanding as a project manager. You can hone specific skills and acquire new ones that help you work more efficiently and solve problems more easily.

Professional development empowers you to increase your value to your organization—and ultimately your earning potential—by mastering the latest disruptive technologies, forecasting trends, and enhancing your leadership abilities. You can even bring clarity to your own career goals.  

At PMI, professional development units (PDUs) are an important part of your certification maintenance, but it’s not just a formality. PDUs show that you’ve actively pursued educational and philanthropic opportunities. In an increasingly competitive market, these factors can set you apart from your peers.

PMI offers four ways to earn PDUs based on your schedule and preferences:

  1. In-person events

Getting out of the office for in-person professional development exposes you to tools and tactics that you may not even know exist.

Offered in multiple locations, PMI SeminarsWorld offers unique professional development through small-group training courses. Choose from more than 60 seminars designed to meet personal and organizational needs, earning up to 28 PDUs in the process.

Other in-person events from PMI include EMEA Congress, Global Conference, and PMO Symposium®. These events feature diverse education opportunities, innovative keynotes, cutting-edge global perspectives, and networking with others who share your challenges and goals.

  1. Online courses

One of the most convenient ways to earn PDUs, PMI’s online courses cover hundreds of topics in every area of project and program management skill development, from basic to expert levels.

  1. Webinars and virtual events

Earn PDUs quickly—often at no cost—with webinars and virtual events offered through ProjectManagement.com. You can tune in live or listen to the recording when your schedule allows.

You’ll find thousands of options with a how-to for just about any subject, including stopping workplace bullying, approaching a tech-savvy board of directors, and designing more effective project management systems. Narrow your search according to industry, popularity, PMI certification, even language.

  1. Giving back

Help others while growing personally and professionally by earning Giving Back PDUs. These aren’t required for recertification but remain a great option for those with altruistic motivations. You can earn Giving Back PDUs by working as a practitioner, creating content, mentoring, or volunteering.

Make time to grow with PMI

Expand your capabilities and increase your value this year with PMI’s wide range of professional development opportunities. Earn PDUs with options designed to suit your individual objectives, schedule, and learning preferences.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 12, 2020 09:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

February Community News You Can Use

























 

 


We have surpassed the first month of the New Year and spring is right around the corner in North America! As the days continue elongating, so do the number of initiatives and activities within the community continue to flourish. By the way, did you know 2020 is a Leap Year? Yes, you have an extra day to engage with your fellow PM colleagues, so get excited! 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.

Have you registered for the 13th annual PMXPO Virtual Conference scheduled on 26 March 2020? If not, I urge you to take a sneak peek of our Keynote Speaker, Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube. The subject of an upcoming movie, Cara shares her inspiring story filled with determination, passion and grit. Cara shares tactics to blend an imperfect mix of personalities, talents and temperaments into cohesive, unstoppable teams. CLICK HERE to register!

Our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!” webinar, is scheduled for Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 9:00AM EST. As previously posted, the format, which is executed through non-PDU bearing webinars, is meant to encourage conversation with various PMI departments. Simply put, members having a one hour Q&A session with a particular PMI department. We're thrilled to have guest speaker, Lysan Drabon, along with her fellow colleagues, discover the value of PMIs 300+ chapters across the globe and 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. All community members are welcome to register!

EMEA Congress 2020 in Prague, Czechia will be here before you know it! Register by 25 March 2020 to take advantage of Early Bird savings! Bringing together hundreds of project, programme and portfolio managers from around the world, EMEA Congress attracts professionals from leading organisations in a wide range of industries and sectors and 70+ countries. With a blend of traditional and non-traditional sessions, this year’s event will also suit professionals who put a high value on networking and being inspired to act. By joining us, you’ll empower yourself and your organisation with the knowledge, skills and connections to stay competitive in an ever-changing world.

As always, YOU are driving force within the Community, and we cannot thank you enough!  Continue posting your intriguing subject matters or questions in our various Discussion Forums. We want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. Your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 06, 2020 06:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Introducing the Ask the Expert Webinar Series!

The Ask the Expert Webinar Series is an extension of the Ask the Expert Program offered at PMI® Global Conference. Each year, experts from the ProjectManagement.com community offer one-on-one sessions to conference attendees, acting as mentors, coaches, and sounding boards for Project Managers at varying stages of their careers and across industries. Gain access to these leading project management and industry experts through the Ask the Expert Webinar Series – ask your most pressing Project Management questions, seek career advice, and gain insights into industry trends. Please join the webinar prepared to pose questions to the experts!

This quarter, the Ask the Expert Webinar Series will focus on the Healthcare industry with the first webinar launching on 16 March 2020. Our Experts are: Lori Wilson and David Davis. Register here!   

Lori Wilson, PMP and ITIL certified, is currently a Project Manager for LifePoint Health managing hospital IT projects for their national hospitals.  Having worked in Healthcare for over 30 years, she currently works on quality, productivity and financial software implementations in 18 North American hospitals. Additionally, Lori shares a monthly blog on projectmanagement.com, has been a guest speaker at previous INW PMI Chapter meetings and a presenter at PMO Symposium 2019.  She recently co-authored an article and presented a webinar on the topic of workplace bullying.

Ask Lori Wilson about: healthcare, leadership, talent management, career development, IT project management

Dave Davis, PMP, PgMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, Certified Disciplined Agilist, is a Senior Program Manager for Ohio Healthcare, transforming the ITPMO to an IT Strategic Partner. He is managing Merger & Acquisition projects with a heavy emphasis on both network technology migration and Organizational Change Management. Outside of “standard work”, he is chairman of the Judy Hug Christmas Event and an active member of other service organizations including: Mobile Meals, ALS Walk, S.A.V.E., and Nightingale's Harvest.

Ask Dave Davis about: ACP certification, strategic program management, PMO transformation, benefits realization, business analysis

 

Posted by Laura Schofield on: January 30, 2020 10:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

December Community News You Can Use

Season’s Greetings from all of us at PMI and ProjectManagement.com! As another year comes to a close, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2020, there is so much to be excited about in PMI’s online community. Here’s a summary of what’s happening in your December Community News You Can Use:

Volunteer Opportunity: PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate. Learn more here. Please note that this opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

#GivingTuesday: On 3 December 2019, the PMI Educational Foundation hosted an open house on ProjectManagement.com to bring awareness to Project Management for Social Good. If you missed the PMIEF Open House and are interested in how you can use project management to make a difference, you may reference the articles and on-demand videos here.

Community Ambassadors Program: The Community Ambassadors Program was recently announced on ProjectManagement.com. The first group of Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, will start in the newly created Ambassadors role on 2 January 2020. To learn more, view the announcement here!

Standards Transformation Webinar: Learn more about the Standards Transformation and the PMBOK® Guide during a webinar with PMI’s Stephen Townsend on 22 January 2020. Register here!

Attend a Live Event in 2020: Save-the-date for two exciting PMI events: PMI® EMEA Congress 2020 and PMI® Global Conference 2020. PMI® EMEA Congress will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! And Global Conference will take place 17-19 October in Seattle, Washington, USA! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Change Management for Project Managers: Stephanie Jaeger outlines six simple steps for getting started with change management in her latest article.  

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. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 17, 2019 10:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), two on-demand webinars, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® 2019 Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type

Title

Webinar (Live)

Destination Imagination: Teaching Youth the Importance of Project Management

Webinar (On-Demand)

2019 PMIEF Award Recipient Roundtable

Webinar (On-Demand)

WFUNA, PMI and PMIEF: Changing the Lives of Youth Around the World

Article

Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life

Article

Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life (Part 2)

Article

A Kerzner Award Recipient Shares Why Teaching PM Skills to Youth is 'Essential'

Article

PM-Inspired Program Changes the Lives of Youth in India

Article

What Do Farming and PM Have in Common? PMIEF

Article

Partners for Education at Berea College: Using PM Skills to Transform Lives Through Community Service

Article

How Project Management Empowers Youth Around the World

Article

Life Skills Youth Learn Through Project Management

Article

PMIEF and Special Olympics Partner to Prepare Youth Leaders

Article

Donor Spotlight: Germán Gutiérrez-Pacheco, PMP®

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your ProjectManagement.com profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on people and communities around the world. Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!

 

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 03, 2019 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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