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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
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Danielle Ritter
Kimberly Whitby
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Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

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March Community News You Can Use

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February Community News You Can Use

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February Community News You Can Use

Well, we have surpassed the first month of the New Year, and suddenly it’s February! Does that mean Spring is right around the corner? Is it me, or is time flying at warp speed? As with seasonal change, new activities and initiatives here at PMI are constantly evolving. 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!

Growing a stellar career. A blog post linked from the PM Port news service provides interesting details about a project that made a good leader a great leader. The project, with a budget almost four times the biggest this project manager ever handled before, aimed to use lean techniques and appropriate technologies to improve customer service and reduce costs. The project manager spent almost half his time on stakeholder conversations. He found a way to get the support and involvement of his organization’s sales and operations staff. Stakeholder satisfaction was exemplary. Check out PM Port for absorbing reads and trends news you can use.

Well, have you registered for the first Virtual Conference of the year taking place on 21 March 2019, PMXPO? If not, I urge you to take a sneak peek of our Keynote Speaker selected to open the event explaining his story of how hardship can transform the livelihood of humanity. The final schedule of speakers and corresponding sessions will soon be posted. Get EXCITED!

PMI Engages Global Industry Leaders in Davos – Davos has attracted global leaders from governments and corporations for almost 50 years and this year was no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were among some star CEOs that attended sessions around this year’s theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” PMI was the only association in Davos, which is a testimony to the value our Institute brings, as well as our ability for building strong business relationships.

PMI Executives kicked off a panel discussion titled "Humans 2.0." The Brightline Initiative, PMI and the Boston Consulting Group hosted The Economist Events panel discussion. It addressed how business leaders can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise as a result of disruptive technologies. Watch the entire discussion here.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF COMMITMENT T0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT. While we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to focus special attention on the professionals—PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession—for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference. Join us in our Celebration of Service. 2019 will be more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. It will be the start of a project management Global Celebration of Service that will go on throughout 2019 and beyond. PMI is leading this effort to address important issues and causes in local communities that will help ensure a better future for all. LEARN HOW TO PLEDGE!

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 love hearing from you and always happy to help! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 06, 2019 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October! Here at PMI GHQ, the morning air is starting to turn nice and crisp with autumn's arrival a few weeks ago, but the afternoons are still holding on to summer for just a while longer. Also, we completely forgot to post a September Community News. Sorry about that. We promise to do better.

We hope you're excited about something in your work! Maybe it's a new project, a new role, some incredible professional development opportunities, or just the fact that you're wrapping up a really long project. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! Tell us what's going on in your world in the comments below or in this discussion thread.

On with this month's news!

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018 - Our research has shown that many business analyst professionals spend more than 80% of their time applying business analysis to projects and programs – underscoring just how important this competency is to ensure successful project management. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Don’t miss the Business Analysis event of the year by registering today!

Trends, Trends, Trends – There are no shortage of articles presenting trends in project management, as IBM Systems Magazine contributor Joseph Gulla points out in this blog post linked from PM Port. Some are based on research, some are based on opinion. Mr. Gulla is basing his on whether these trends really matter—do they reinforce good project management or help focus alignment with the business? Scroll to the bottom of his post to see his “trendy” picks. And keep checking PM Port for the latest news and opinion on project management.

PMI® Annual Virtual Student Summit - Students and entry-level professionals are invited to join PMI for a free virtual event to network with colleagues, learn at educational sessions, and find resources in the virtual exhibit hall. Sessions will include using project management to climb Mt. Everest, branding yourself for career success, artificial intelligence and the user experience, and more! You don't want to miss out. Register today!

Prepare to be the Project Manager of the Future - The future of project management will require organizations and individuals alike to embrace a full spectrum of competencies and approaches. Businesses must be agile and quick to adapt in our rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment. Take a look at PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession in-depth report to find out what skills it will take to be the project manager of the future!

Global Insights from Los Angeles - Did you miss out on PMI Global Conference this year? If so, never fear! Your friendly community experts have your back. Read the PMI Global Insights blog to see what they were up to and their reflections as they represented PMI's online community at Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA! Connect with Emily, Dave M., Dan, Priya, Gina, and Dave D. right here within the community to find out what they learned from attendees and each other as they served up expert advice to Conference attendees!

That's all for now! As always, if you have any questions regarding this month's news (or any questions in general) feel free to reach out to any of the Community Engagement Specialists. We're here to help!

See you next month!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 09, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

PM Wars Tournament, 6-8 October, 2018 PMI Global Conference

Categories: community events, PM Wars

Back by popular demand, the PM Wars Tournament will again be hosted this year at the 2018 PMI Global Conference! Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference in the Exhibit Hall.

Click this link to sign up in advance and reserve your spot in the competition. Registration will also be available in the Exhibit hall on Saturday only. Space is limited; reserving today can ensure you get to participate!

PM Wars at PMI Global Conference 2018 pitches you head to head against other PMs in a test of your Project Management knowledge!

This tournament will be conducted using a single elimination style bracket where the most knowledgeable PMs will advance. You'll have 90 seconds to answer as many questions as possible. You get +2 points for a correct answer and -1 for a wrong answer. You are allowed to skip questions, but only three times.

The tournament rounds will be played on Saturday, 6 October and Sunday, 7 October, culminating in a final battle on Sunday, 7 October to determine whose PM knowledge stands above the crowd! Prizes will be granted for first and second place:

  • Echo Smart Speaker with Alexa
  • Fitbit Charge 2

NOTE: Participants must be in attendance at Global Conference and able to compete in their chosen or assigned time slots. Anyone not able to compete at their time(s) will forfeit their competition and the other PM will advance.

Date: 10/06/2018 (Sat.)
Time: 10:35am - 5:20pm PDT
Location: Exhibit Hall
Register Online Today

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 20, 2018 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (16)

August Community News You Can Use

Happy August...even though we're already halfway through the month! My how time flies! Soon we'll be saying goodbye to summer here in North America and cooler weather will be settling in. That also means that we've got some great programming coming up for you over the next couple of months. For now, here's a look at what's coming up in the immediate future and a question that one of your fellow community members needs help with:

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018: For project managers, it is imperative to remain agile in an ever-changing business landscape and all organizations, whether small or large, need individuals who understand how important and impactful adaptability and agility are to overall success. That's why we're bringing you the PMI Organizational Agility Conference on 12 September 2018 from 9am-5pm EDT. This a virtual event and is FREE to PMI members. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation. You won't want to miss this event!

Be a Champion of Change: Join us for PMI Global Conference, 6-8 October 2018 in beautiful Los Angeles, CA, USA! You'll join thousands of other Change Champions for three days of learning and fun! You'll also have the opportunity to schedule time with experts from right here in the community for a one-on-one session! For more information, or to register for the conference, visit https://www.pmi.org/global-conference. We hope to see you there!

Project Management for Social Good®: As a practitioner, you are no doubt committed to continuing your project management education in both formal and informal ways. But did you know that PMI’s philanthropic arm, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), also focuses on project management education? Find out some of the ways you can leverage PMIEF resources and programs for your personal use—or to give back in your community.

Evaluating Project Management Tools: Fellow community member, Dinah Young, is currently evaluating PM tools and needs your help! If you've had any experience with any of the tools she has shortlisted, join the conversation and provide your feedback!

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: August 15, 2018 01:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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