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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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February Community News You Can Use

It's February and love is in the air! We want to embrace all of the positive vibes floating around so we have some updates to help you remember what made you fall in love with project management!

#PMLoveStories 2017 - Do you love project management? Do you have a particular project that you loved working on? Do you love being a project manager? If so, we want to hear from you! Tell us your #PMLoveStory by submitting a video or contributing to the conversation here on ProjectManagement.com! For more details, check out this blog post that tells you all about how to share the project management love!

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 - Speaking of your love of projects, we have a virtual conference that will show you how to make more of your schedules in a changing profession. Registration for the virtual PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! The event takes place on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET and is exclusive (and FREE) to PMI members. Make sure you register today!

New Homepage! - We listened to your feedback and worked hard to redesign the ProjectManagement.com homepage around your needs. We've made it easier to find the most recent discussions, active members, and newest content posted to the site. Look around and tell us what you think!

Not feeling the love? - Conflict on your project can arise from many sources, but how do you deal with it? How do you manage those conflicts without derailing the project? Simon Lange is looking for your feedback in his most recent discussion post. Let him know how you would handle conflict!

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: February 10, 2017 08:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 has greeted you with a renewed sense of enthusiasm that will set you up for success in the months to come. To get you started, we've got some updates and new content to share with you!

Updated User Guidelines! We have updated our community user guidelines. These guidelines were created to help ensure that your interactions within the community are as rewarding as possible. You can find the guidelines here and at the bottom of every page. Please make sure you read them thoroughly and reach out if you have any questions. 

New podcast! Did you know that we had podcasts available for you to listen at your convenience? Now you do! Listen in to our newest podcast addition, PM Debate with Philip Diab! Listen to Philip and Mary Elizabeth Diab debate topics that affect the profession and share your point of view in the comments! This is just in time content that you can take advantage of on your way to work or while taking a quick break from your daily tasks. You can find Philip's podcast, and others, by visiting the Podcasts page here in the community.

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017! Registration for the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! Join us on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET to hear leading experts explain what your CEO wants you to know about project scheduling, how to build a scheduling center of excellence into your PMO, and so much more! This is a FREE event for PMI members only and you can earn up to 6 PDUs for this event! You can find more information (and REGISTER) by visiting the Events page.

Don't forget you can gain influence within the community by contributing content, networking with one another, and lending your expertise by answering questions in the discussion forums.

We're thrilled that you chose to join us for another year that is sure to be filled with exciting new challenges and stories of success. Here's to a fantastic 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 12, 2017 03:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

President Obama Signs Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act!

From Tommy Goodwin, Government Relations Manager, PMI

Great news! On 14 December, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law!

As the global advocate for project managers and the project management profession, PMI supported this first-of-its-kind law in the United States to improve workforce development opportunities for project and program managers and improve the success rates and efficiencies of federal government projects and programs.

“PMIAA is an important step to improving the [U.S.] government’s ability to effectively manage its portfolio of projects and programs and will help ensure program managers are able to serve as stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley.

PMI led the charge on Capitol Hill to demonstrate that organizations that invest in project and program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. With PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® research showing that government entities globally waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs, lawmakers from both political parties were eager to support legislation that would help improve project and program outcomes and increase the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars.

PMI is grateful for the support of the bipartisan, bicameral authors of the PMIAA legislation—Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Rep. Todd Young from Indiana, and Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia—as well as the following co-sponsors:

  • Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan
  • Rep. Susan Brooks from Indiana
  • Rep. Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Steve Chabot from Ohio
  • Rep. Barbara Comstock from Virginia
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais from Tennessee
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois
  • Rep. Sam Graves from Missouri
  • Rep. Richard Hanna from New York
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo from Mississippi
  • Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico
  • Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky
  • Rep. Pete Session from Texas
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski from Indiana

Now that the bill has been signed into law, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has one year to implement the new law… and PMI will be working with OMB and the federal agencies to ensure the U.S. government realizes the benefits of this landmark legislation.

See the news release for more information.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 20, 2016 07:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Community Update: News You Can Use

Categories: community, news

Wow! 2016 has zoomed by and, while it has had its fair share of challenges, we had a lot of successes here in the ProjectManagement.com community. As a community we have delivered over 900 pieces of content (you read that right), over 1,350 blog posts, and over 20,000 discussion posts and the year hasn't ended yet! Our community has LOTS to say and that's music to our ears because it tells us that you want to share. You care about helping your peers solve issues and you have a passion for sharing the knowledge you have with one another. This is only part of what makes our community so great.

With a little over 2 weeks left in the year, I wanted to share a few things you may have missed in the rush to wrap up year-end activities:

  • As some of you may have already heard, the United States Senate unanimously approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. This is a major step forward for the future of project management. You can read more about this groundbreaking legislation, it's origin, and why it's important here. We will share more information about this bill as things develop.
  • Got something to say about ethics in the workplace? There's a survey for that. Click here to share your views on this important topic. Your participation matters!
  • Do you have colleagues who would benefit from being a part of the ProjectManagement.com community? Do you want to earn a new badge? If the answer to either of those questions is a resounding "YES!" then read how you can earn badges and contribute to improving project success when someone you refer to the community completes registration on the site. 
  • Do you have experience with Bowtie methodology for Enterprise Risk Management? If so, one of your fellow community members could use your help! Take a look at James Chew's discussion post to see if you can help provide some solutions.

It's been an amazing year with all of you. On behalf of the Community Engagement team, thank you for being a part of our thriving community. Your participation and engagement is the reason why we are here.

Happy holidays to you and yours and best wishes for your success in 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 15, 2016 08:02 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)
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