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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
Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Dave Garrett
Craig Dalrymple
Kimberly Whitby

Past Contributers:

Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Rebecca Braglio

Recent Posts

April 2018 Book Club Announced!

April Community News You Can Use

PMXPO 2018 Virtual Event Now On-Demand!

There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

March Community News You Can Use

April Community News You Can Use

It's April and, here in North America spring has finally arrived...we think. We had a pretty decent snow storm a few weeks ago and we're hoping that's the last of it until winter comes around again. In the meantime, we hope that you've taken some time to reflect on your project successes during the first 3 months of 2018 and maybe even gathered some valuable lessons learned that will help make your future projects even more successful. With that, here's what's going on in the community:

  • A United States Senator Visits PMI Global Headquarters: On Friday, 6 April, U.S. Senator Bob Casey visited PMI Global Headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania to see firsthand the impact of the project management profession across the United States and around the world. PMI Government Relations Manager, Tommy Goodwin, highlights the Senator's visit in a recent post.
  • PMXPO 2018 is on-demand: If you missed PMXPO 2018 (or were not able to attend all of the sessions), you can still catch them on-demand! Hear keynote Joel H. Cohen (Emmy-award winning writer and producer of The Simpsons™) speak about key lessons from the show's culture of innovation that you can take away and apply to your projects. The event is on-demand until 22 June 2018 and you can view it here
  • The CAPM® is now more accessible than ever: Are you preparing to test for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification? If so, you should know that you can now take the exam online anywhere in the world! Online proctored exams allow you to conveniently and easily take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor. To learn more, visit the CAPM® certification page on PMI.org. 
  • Stakeholders and project cost: Does the number of stakeholders affect the cost of your project? If so, how? Community member Mostafa Nour could use your input in his most recent discussion post. Join the discussion!

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!

Additionally, if you're working on something really exciting, we'd love to know about it. Leave a comment below and let us know what's going on in your world!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: April 12, 2018 09:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

See the PMI Professional and Academic Awards Winners from 2017

Categories: awards, community, news, PMI

The PMI Awards have highlighted the best of the best in project management since giving out the first award in 1974. In 2017 the following projects and project managers were recognized for excellence: 

PMI Award for Project Excellence 2017

Tank 12 Closure
Savannah River Remediation
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street
Dimension Data Australia
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project
Washington River Protection Solutions
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Fellow Award 2017

  • Linda Vella, BA, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Eugene C. Bounds, CSM, PMP, PMI Fellow

PMI Project of the Year Award 2017

Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC
HANFORD, WASHINGTON, USA

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award 2017

Swiss Island®
Spirit at PM GmbH and AUTHESIS GmbH

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence 2017

  • Alfonso Bucero, PMI-RMP, PMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow
  • Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan, PhD, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award 2017

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by GEN (Ret) Stanley McChrystal U.S. Army, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell

PMI Research Achievement Award 2017

  • Svetlana Cicmil, PhD
  • Damian Hodgson, PhD
  • Johann Packendorff, PhD
  • Monica Lindgren, PhD

PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award 2017

  • Ray Levitt, PhD

PMI Project Management Journal® Paper of the Year Award 2017

Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects
By Sylvain Lenfle, PhD

The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition
By Anders Jensen, PhD, Christian Thuesen, PhD, and Joana Geraldi, PhD

PMO of the Year Award 2017

  • CAMH - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2017

  • Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP (Boston University)

Learn more about the 2017 winners, their projects, and other finalists by visiting the PMI Award Winners page.

Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of the best for project management? Don't miss your opportunity to nominate them for the 2018 awards!  

Learn more about the 2018 nominations on the Critical Path blog. The nomination deadlines are fast approaching!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: February 15, 2018 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

Students Come Together for the PMI® Virtual Student Summit!

Categories: education, events, news, students

LEARN. MEETUP. EXPERIENCE. EMERGE.

Live keynote presentation on Next Gen Leadership by Seth Mattison.

Join us for user experience and design thinking, the global impact of project management, career trajectories of rising leaders in project management, global challenges facing projects sessions as well as networking and collaborative opportunities for the emerging professional.

Gain insight into making the transition from student to professional.

Participate in Learning Sessions!

Trends in project management.

Work in Collab Sessions

With PMI resources and sponsors.

Rendezvous Point

Network and interact with your peers.

Join us for this free virtual event! This day is full of opportunities for students interested in project management or an allied discipline to learn and network.

Unable to attend this event live? You can view the content on-demand after the event!

For more information, and to register for the event, visit the registration page or contact AcademicPrograms@pmi.org.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: September 06, 2017 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

August Community News You Can Use

It's August, which means the end of summer is near in North America! Time for pumpkin scented everything and back to school for students. As we prepare to close out summer, we hope that your return from vacation is putting you in a position to tackle pending tasks with ease! If you find that you need a bit of assistance, we hope these updates help set you on the right path.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Have you thought about what Agile means for your organization? Do you know how to be Agile when processes are not? Attend the PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017 to set your organization up for success! This is an exclusive PMI member-only event and there's still time to register! JUST ANNOUNCED: Dave Gunner, PMP, PfMP will be the keynote speaker for this event. Don't miss the opportunity to learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Register today!

Speaking of Agility...: Did you miss the recent webinar with Afterburner's Joel Neeb? You can watch it on-demand! In "The Final Step to Agility for Your Project," Joel teaches you how to conduct a structured Debrief to assure your team can scale successes and eliminate the failures that may have occurred during the project. Check it out!

Project Naysayers?: All projects have proponents—but also those who don’t want the project to move forward for various reasons. In his recent article, Michael Zekser offers some practical techniques to address and resolve tense situations so your project can move ahead.

Is PM company specific?: Meredith Perpetua works in the Pharma industry and posed a great question to the forums this week: is project management company specific? Is it any different for the pharma industry than for any other? Join the discussion and let her know what you think!

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, 2017 10:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Show off your PMI Certification!

Categories: credentials, news, PMI

If you have a PMI certification, we've made it even easier to display your accomplishment!

PMI has partnered with Acclaim to provide you with a digital badge that proudly displays your professional qualifications and achievements. Plus, your badge comes with valuable job market information so that you can keep your career moving forward.

Your badge is a digital version of your certification, skills and qualifications. It allows you to easily show your colleagues, friends or potential employers:

  • When you earned the certification
  • What key skills are associated with the certification
  • What it takes to qualify for the certification
  • The work you do to actively maintain the certification

You can share your badge on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, in an email signature or embed it in a website. And, you can share your accomplishment with anyone, anywhere—it’s up to you!

Don't want to share your badge? No problem! You can claim your badge without sharing it and still have the ability to access it whenever you need to quickly verify your certification status.

But how do you actually claim your badge? You will receive an email from Acclaim notifying you that PMI has issued you a badge. Click the Accept button below your badge image. This will take you to the Acclaim page, where you will create an account to claim your badge. Once you've confirmed your e-mail address, then you can sign into Acclaim to claim your badge and share your achievement!

For more information regarding PMI Certification Digital Badges and claiming your badge, visit https://www.pmi.org/certifications/digital-badges.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: June 16, 2017 08:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (35)
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