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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 Community News You Can Use

With the arrival of longer days and warm weather, we’re embracing the unofficial start of summer here at PMI headquarters! Summer means our next virtual event, PMI Talent & Technology Symposium, will soon be here, and it marks the launch of some new community programming initiatives. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your June Community News You can Use:

Last Chance to Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Our second virtual event of the year will take place on June 12th. Join us for an exciting day of learning and networking, as we explore the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. View the event agenda, and register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts will launch on June 17th. In the first Q&A session, Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, joins us to discuss “What’s up with Standards? – What they’re for, and Your Opportunity to participate in developing them.” The webinar will be posted on-demand for your viewing convenience.

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference 2019 (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November).

PMI 50th Anniversary and Global Celebration of Service: In May, PMI announced that its initial target of 50,000 volunteer hours was reached, and the goal has been raised to 100,000 hours! Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their skills and knowledge in support of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. There is still time to have an impact – join in the Global Celebration of Service, and share your volunteer stories with us!

How to Plot the Next Step in Your Career: Community member and project management expert, Emily Luijbregts, provides advice for devising your career plan in her latest article. How do you define and work toward your goals?

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. We look forward to sharing more community programming news throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: June 04, 2019 03:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

May Community News You Can Use

And just like that April showers have brought May flowers! 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year at PMI, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, launch a partnership with TED, and evaluate new and improved ways to serve the amazing members of the PMI community. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your May Community News You can Use:

Announcing the speakers for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Addressing advanced technology in language that is easy to understand, this event seeks to equip project managers with the knowledge and mindset to advance their careers in an increasingly high tech world. On June 12th, we welcome:

  • Doug Powell - Design Thinking in the Digital Age

  • Marie Nadia Vincent - Improving Employee Experience for Better Digital Transformation Results

  • Lenka Pincot - Navigating The Complexity of Strategic Internet of Things Opportunities

  • Bart Gerardi - How Voice Interfaces Can Change Project Management

  • Gina Abudi - Project Manager as Change Manager: 4 Steps for Successful Change

  • Christopher Cook - Back to the Future of Project Management

Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

What is SeminarsWorld®?: As a project management professional, you strive to keep your wide set of skills up to date. However, sometimes, you come across problems that are tricky to solve. Or you discover a specific gap in your toolkit of skills.

SeminarsWorld® is a collection of small group, in-person training courses that give you a deep understanding of a single topic. Courses run from one to four days and combine case studies, individual or group exercises, lectures and discussions. So you emerge with practical, real-world knowledge you can apply in your work. Find a seminar to fit your needs.

Identifying Risk in Innovative Healthcare Projects: Due to their unique nature, Yuri Bahti proposes that innovative healthcare projects benefit from additional steps in which otherwise unknown risks are identified and addressed. Learn more here.

Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference: Join us in Philadelphia, PA for three days of top-notch learning, networking, and fun. Event details can be found here.

Better Project Outcomes by Communicating for Understanding: In this webinar presented by Dr. Bill Brantley, learn how to communicate for understanding and manage the flow of project related communication.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to assist you. Stay tuned for exciting programming announcements throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: May 02, 2019 02:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

April Community News You Can Use!

Can you believe we’re already in Q2 for 2019? The flowers are blooming and the pollen count is on overdrive. This can only mean that summer is on the way! This is an exciting year for PMI….we have a new leader, Sunil Prashara, traveling the world introducing himself to various global chapters and listening to what members have on their minds. We’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and furthering the advancement of the project management profession by partnering with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading. The Critical Path provides a sneak peek of wants happening and what’s yet to come as we continue our journey throughout 2019. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the exciting happenings in our community!

PMXPO 2019 Virtual Event Now On-Demand! Our keynote, Derreck Kayongo, inspired us to give back; perfect timing for our 50th anniversary global celebration of service! He set the tone, and the rest of our speakers carried out a day of learning and loving life. If you were not able to join us live, you can catch our sessions on-demand here.  Putting on an event of this size is a huge effort, so on behalf of the event team, we want to thank you all for making this happen! If you’re thirsting for more, our second virtual event is right around the corner! The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium is back for the second year! This virtual event will explore the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. Join us on 12 June 2019 for another day filled with great speakers and intriguing topics!

PMI and TED Partner to Spread the Word of Project Management – To celebrate our 50th Anniversary and further advance the project management profession, PMI is partnering with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading. Our two great brands will bring inspiring ideas and powerful voices to the world of project, program and portfolio management, empowering people to make ideas a reality. This partnership is an immersive and impactful experience that has the power to create change, to shift perspectives and connect cultures. Join us throughout the year to celebrate our 50th Anniversary as PMI and TED come together to create unique experiences for project professionals. We’re celebrating in a big way, so find out how you can get involved!

What If Your Project Ends Suddenly? How Do You Go About Searching For Your Next Project? – Chizzy Menkiti, MBA, PMP, CSM explains it all by applying PMBOK® guide principles to your next job search. Learn how these key details will guide you on the path to success!

How Much Time Do We Waste Thinking About, Avoiding, Or Worrying About Having a Hard Conversation and What Does That Do to Your Productivity? – Our community “communication” guru, Dana Bernstein, lays it all out in Part 1 of her webinar, Mastering the Art of Having Difficult Conversations – Part 1. Oh, and don’t miss Part 2, scheduled on 30 April 2019!

Are You Still On the Fence about Submitting A Proposal to PMI® PMO Symposium® 2019? – Well, the clock is ticking…….as the deadline to submit proposals is 3 May 2019! Showcase your thought leadership at the top-tier event for PMO leaders by joining fellow colleagues 3-6 November 2019 in Denver, CO! Click here for more details!

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 always here to help! Have a great month, fellow Community Friends!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: April 11, 2019 05:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

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 (7)

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)
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