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

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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)

New Community Offerings Coming Your Way!

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Our ProjectManagement.com team is always looking for ways to grow and strengthen the community here. This year we're working on four new initiatives that we believe will do just that — from helping you connect and engage with each other in more meaningful ways, to creating discussions and forums for you to ask questions, share work experiences, and learn about exciting offerings at PMI. 

As you may have already seen back in March, we launched a new blog called Peerspective, managed by editor Aaron Smith. "Peers sharing perspectives" — that's its purpose, and in each spotlight we learn about how a community member got started, what they’ve discovered along the way, and why they love what they do. We all benefit from learning about each other’s experiences, challenges, achievements and insights. Perhaps you may be the next person featured, and be sure to check out new installments every month!

In June, we will launch a quarterly Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! series. Here, we will present short Q&A sessions with various PMI experts. The first one will be June 17 with guest Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, discussing “What’s Up With Standards?" Other PMI departments and experts will soon follow, and all sessions, which are non-PDU bearing, will be recorded and posted for your convenience. Which PMI department or offering would you like to learn more about?  We welcome your suggestions!

Later this summer, our Discussion area will feature a new board called Community Central.  Here, we will announce site news, including new features, and facilitate two discussion threads where you can discuss your current work challenges and request help from (or provide answers to) your fellow community members.

Later in the year, we will launch Community Conversations — non-PDU bearing roundtables that allows for informal, small-group discussions on a variety of topics that you choose.  We hope to create an opportunity for you to engage in friendly, open exchanges with your peers—to help each other on any number of work challenges or professional development goals, from interviewing and skill building, to understanding industry trends.

Our project is YOU. Your successes and setbacks, your passions and peeves—we want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. We hope these four initiatives are solid steps in that direction. As always, your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

 

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: May 16, 2019 02:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

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)

January Community News You Can Use

Categories: community, congress, news

Happy New Year, everyone!

Can you believe we're already in 2019? While I haven't had any trouble writing it, my brain is still having some trouble making the transition. One thing I decided to do this year was not make resolutions, but set goals for myself with individual start and end dates that have nothing to do with the beginning or end of a new year. I think if you're going to resolve to do something, why wait? That said, what goals have you set for yourself this year? Is there a big project you're looking to kickoff or finish up? Are you looking to enhance your project management skill set? Tell us in the comments below so we can support you! In the meantime, here's your January News You Can Use:

PMI® EMEA Congress: Registration is now open for PMI EMEA Congress! This year's event will be held in Dublin, Ireland 13-15 May 2019 and you can take advantage of early bird rates through 20 February! For more information and to register, visit the information page on PMI.org. We hope to see you there!

50 hours to rebuild a railroad bridge…and the schedule was for 96 hours! A story linked from PM Port tells how a design-build team demolished the old bridge, located in Columbus, Indiana, USA, and slid in a new bridge. Innovative planning and design facilitated the project, as did use of rapid bridge replacement construction techniques. The team overcame challenges such as unexpected ground conditions and the need to raise the bottom of the new bridge above the flood plain. Find interesting articles like this as well as trends news you can use on PM Port, PMI’s news service.

PODCASTS! Now that I have your attention: Did you know that you can listen to podcasts from community experts right here on ProjectManagement.com? That's right! You can take advantage of short form content to listen to during your commute or on your lunch break. You can find community podcasts here. And don't forget about Projectifed with PMI! Take a few moments to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills!

Can a PM be an Agile Coach? That's the question Stelian Roman is asking of his fellow practitioners. There's a robust conversation happening around this topic, so jump into the discussion!

We hope 2019 has started off great for you all and that it's just the beginning of what's to come. 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: January 07, 2019 09:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)
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