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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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Craig Dalrymple
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PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

October Community News You Can Use

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

October Book Club

PMO Symposium® 2018

PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

PMI’s Project Management Journal (PMJ) is now accepting papers for a special issue on Project Transitions. While a great deal of research focuses on the specificities of various project phases, there are a number of technical, organizational, economic, and managerial challenges relating to the transitions across the phases. Transitional issue examples include, but are far from limited to, challenges such as the handover of data and knowhow, change in the workforce, and scope management.

Surprisingly, transition-related project phenomena remain remarkably under-investigated. Addressing transitional issues in projects is important not only for creating projects that deliver value to their respective organizations, users, and operators but also to maintain a more effective delivery while moving from one phase to the next.

Contributions to this special issue can be theoretical or empirical, based on any project-related topic concerning transitions. Authors may choose to focus on transitions across the temporal phases of the system’s life as the main conceptual framework. However, the special issue editors strongly encourage contributions addressing project transitions under new or different conceptual lenses.

Editors for this special issue are:

  • Giorgio Locatelli, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Vedran Zerjav, The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London
  • Gary Klein, College of Business, University of Colorado

The deadline for papers is 31 January 2019. For more information on the special issue, visit https://www.pmi.org/learning/publications/project-management-journal/special-issue-project-transitions.

General submission guidelines are available from the journal publisher, SAGE, at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/project-management-journal/journal203528#submission-guidelines.

To submit a paper, visit the journal submission site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pmj.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2018 02:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

July Community News You Can Use

Can you believe 2018 has surpassed the half-year mark! I don’t know about you, but I’m still in shock! PMI has been busier than ever….rolling out exam changes, publishing new books and articles, travelling the world producing fabulous events, all of which could not have happened without each and every one of you! So give yourselves a pat on the back, because there’s only more in the pipeline about to set sail. The Critical Path provides a sneak peek of wants happening and what’s yet to come, as we trek into 2019. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

 

Project Management Saves the Day—At Creative Agencies – Project management shows its value in so many fields (software development, construction, pharma, etc.), but one that does not immediately come to mind is creative agencies. Yet project management is invaluable there as well, according to this article linked from PM Port. The creative process, and the business, suffer when budgets or schedules are unrealistic and talent is stretched too far. Check PM Port frequently for news of what’s happening in project management.

 

What’s New in Project Resource Management (pt 3: Acquire Resources)? – Elizabeth Harrin will fill you in on the wealth of knowledge useful to practitioners in various project management fields.  Check out the The Money Files blog which may be benefit you in the long run!  

 

Are you aware of the 5 Words That Strike Fear?” – If not, delve into Andy Jordan’s article in which Andy claims “have signaled more sleepless nights than I care to remember. I would still have a full head of hair if not for that question, and I wouldn’t hide behind the couch when there are sudden loud noises.” If this doesn’t pique your interest to unlock those 5 words, I don’t know what willJ  

 

Only 15 more days to register for the early bird discount for PMI® Global Conference, 6 – 8 October in Los Angeles, CA! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun! Register by 25 July and save $300! Click here for details. We hope to see you there!


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

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 10, 2018 11:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

Initial Speakers Announced For the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018


Initial speakers have been announced for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018! 

This new symposium is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies 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. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent. 

We are excited to announce our first two speakers for this event!

Keynote Presentation - Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges

Presented by Olivier Lazar, Msc., MBA, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PBA, RMP, SP, ACP

What will our future as PM professionals look like? What will be the skills and competences to develop? How do I future-proof myself as a PM Professional?

Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover?

Presented by Oliver Yarbrough, M.S., PMP

AI is a game changer.  Find out what you can do right now to prepare for the changes that are coming.  This way, you won’t get left behind.

Register Now for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 to attend these sessions, and more!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: May 18, 2018 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Save the Date! PMXPO 2018

Join us Thursday, March 22nd for PMXPO 2018! ProjectManagement.com is once again excited to bring you its annual virtual conference and exhibition—the 11th edition of its successful show! We broke our attendance record again last year, and want you to join us as we start our second decade of the largest virtual event in project management! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, it's your opportunity to learn, network with thousands of your peers, earn PDUs and a badge, and broaden your perspective on project management—all from the comfort of your home or office. And best of all, it’s all free!

Keynote Presentation—The Simpsons: There's No "I" in "Innovation" (oh wait, there's actually two of them)...Lessons in Innovation from the Most Successful Show in TV History

Joel Cohen, Emmy-Winning Writer and Producer of The Simpsons

Register Now for PMXPO 2018!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: January 24, 2018 03:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

December Community News You Can Use




PMI Talent Management Conference 2017: Did you miss the 7 December 2017 virtual event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Check it out!


Save the Date - Registration Coming Soon! The PMI EMEA Congress 2018 will be in Berlin, Germany

  • 4-6 May | 2018 LIM
  • 7-9 May | PMI® EMEA Congress
  • 10-11 May | SeminarsWorld®

Join hundreds of project, programme and portfolio managers from multinational organisations around the world to share best practises, identify new trends and reinforce core skills. Hosted by PMI, the world leader in project management advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

 

Take It Personal: Value-based Culture: It’s that time of year in which the sometimes dreaded performance reviews take place! In his recent article, Andy Jordan explains why leaders need to create a culture based on value for their teams, ensuring that everyone understands what their role is, how their work contributes to the organization’s success, and how they as individuals deliver value.

 

Still wondering how to maximize your time during the holiday when work tends to slow down, all while earning PDUs? Check it out Paul Pelletier’s recent webinar, Control Freaks, Queen Bees and Workplace Saboteurs: Preventing, Managing and Eliminating your Project Nightmare. The focus of this webinar is on providing leaders with tools for approaching and resolving disrespect issues, before they become full-blown conflicts. Participants will learn how to assess the situation early, maturely and how to change the context of the conversation.

 Did you know that help is just a click away? Our discussion forums give you access to the ProjectManagement.com community: more than 500,000 experienced minds and growing! Ask your question today or stop by to help out other members in need of advice, including these recent and ongoing discussions on...

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
"The PMI Guide to Business Analysis has arrived...here's why it's important to business analysis professionals..."

Team Motivation
"What are effective ways to motivate a project team?"

Project Hindsight
"Was there something in a past project that you wish you had done differently?"

Construction KPIs
"What are effective key performance indicators for monitoring engineering services on construction projects?"

Status Options
"Team members are complaining about spending too much time in meetings to update project status...people often feel that this is not the best use of their time. What tools or solutions do you use that allows team members to report back on project tasks instead of just relying on project status meetings?"

 

We wish each and every one of you and your families a Happy and Healthy Holiday! Looking forward to making great strides in 2018!

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: December 14, 2017 10:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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