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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
Craig Dalrymple
Kimberly Whitby

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Carrie Dunn
Kenneth A. Asbury
Rebecca Braglio

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July Community News You Can Use

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

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June Community News You Can Use

Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

June Community News You Can Use

We are officially 6 months into 2018! Summer begins in 2 1/2 weeks in our part of the world and that means things will start to slow down a little. Do you have any breaks in your work coming up? Are you taking some time off to relax with your family? Tell us in the comments below how you plan to recharge midyear. In the meantime, here's what's going on in the community:

PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018 - How will the future of technology affect the way you prepare for projects? What skills will you need to ensure your projects are a success as the technological landscape shifts? Find out at the upcoming virtual PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018, happening on 13 June from 9am - 5pm EDT. You still have a week left to register. Don't miss out!

Right sized content just for you - Do you ever find yourself wishing you could take 15-30 minutes to get some learning in during your busy day? We have a solution for you! Check out Projectified with PMI, hosted by Stephen Maye! This podcast series dives into leadership challenges, digital transformations, and mindset shifts that will help you take your project - and your organization - to the next level. Listen to Projectified with PMI!

Speaking of podcasts - We have great selection of podcasts for you to choose from that are hosted by your fellow community members right here on ProjectManagement.com! Visit the Podcasts page to find bite-sized, valuable content that you can listen to at your convenience.

Thinking About Security Project Management? - This can be an exciting and challenging career. There are some common missteps for projects in this field, such as not knowing the full scope before planning begins, allowing project schedules to control you instead of vice-versa, and creating a careful plan for communications. Learn more in this article that is linked from PM Port. PM Port is a news service that helps you see what’s happening in the world of project management.

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: June 05, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

The complete speakers & sessions roster for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is now available for viewing on the event registration page. This symposium will focus on the intersection of emerging technologies and your career as a project manager.

An overview of the schedule is as follows:

  • Keynote: Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges - Presented by Olivier Lazar.
  • Session 1: Preparing Project Managers in Driving Industry Innovation through Digital Transformation - Presented by Christopher Bolick
  • Session 2:  Cyber Security is Not Just for the Big Boys and Girls - Presented by Jim Smith & Rudy Watson
  • Session 3: Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover? - Presented by Oliver Yarbrough
  • Session 4: Drones! Coming to a Project near You! - Presented by Kevin Coleman
  • Session 5: Under the Hood of Blockchain - Beyond the Basics - Presented by Tareq Shaheen

Be sure to register and invite your peers & colleagues to join you for this exciting day of information. Don’t forget, registrants will have the ability to watch archives of the sessions for 90 days after the event. If you aren’t able to attend be sure to register for this member benefit!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: May 31, 2018 09:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

May Community News You Can Use

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Welcome to May! The start of a new month means new community updates just for you! There's some exciting things to cover, so I won't delay it any longer than needed. Onward we go!

  • Follow the community team in Berlin, Germany: If you're not heading to PMI® EMEA Congress 2018, you're missing out. There, I said it. But don't worry, the ProjectManagement.com Community team has you covered! Find out how you can follow along with the event as the team updates you through the PMI Global Insights blog right here in the community. It will feel like you were right there! You can also find out how to follow along on social media through Kristin's recent post
  • PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018: Registration is now open for the virtual PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018, taking place on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. This event is the fusion of two prior events, the Information Systems & Technology Symposium and the Talent Management Conference. The new event will focus on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. This is a PMI member-only event. Visit the event page for more information or to get registered. 
  • Don’t Worry, Be Agile! This is the rallying cry of Bryan Campbell, who has written an article calling agile project management the key to accelerating business value.  While disruptions are here to stay, projects are even more important to companies. Project managers just have to evolve. This article is one of many you’ll find at PM Port, where you can see what’s happening now in the world of project management.
  • Work out loud with us: We would love to know what you're working on this week! If you would like to share some of the work you're doing, or connect with someone who might be facing similar challenges on their projects, visit this week's discussion thread and let your peers know what you're working on!

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: May 01, 2018 03:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

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 (7)

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)
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