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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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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)

Interested in Being a Presenter at PMI® Global Conference 2019?

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Are you attending PMI® Global Conference 2019 taking place right here in Philadelphia 5-7 October, 2019? If yes, why don't you consider placing your toastmaster practices into action!?

PMI is now accepting presentation proposals from active and PM credentialed project, program and portfolio professionals. All proposals must be submitted online by the deadline of 6 March 2019. Late proposals will not be accepted. Learn more and submit your proposal.

We hope to see you there!

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 28, 2019 10:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

PMO Symposium® 2018

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PMO Symposium® 2018

PMO Symposium brings together PMO leaders and senior decision makers from leading global organizations across various industries and government sectors. They attend both as speakers and as participants. PMO Symposium takes place from 11-14 November 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

The event’s core theme, Mastering Value Delivery, has two areas of focus:

The Resilient PMO: how you can develop new capabilities and incorporate tools and techniques to accelerate value delivery for your organization in the long term.

Harnessing Disruptive Forces to Evolve Best Practices to Next Practices: how to leverage and adapt project management methods and technologies to address ongoing disruption from new technology, market shifts, and social change.

Attendees share experiences, build valuable connections, develop practical solutions, and gain a deep understanding of the focus areas and a broad view of how other organizations manage their projects. In addition, attendees are the first to receive a hard-copy edition of the 2018 PMI® Thought Leadership Series, a comprehensive set of five research reports exploring disruptive technologies and how organizations are using them to achieve their goals in these changing times.

Benefits to attendees include:

• Learning actionable insights

• Modernizing approaches and maximizing resilient PMO capabilities

• Bringing concepts to life in meaningful ways through leader-to-leader discussions

• Making valuable connections and expanding professional networks

• Learning from speakers to stimulate new thinking and activate PMO excellence

  PMO Symposium Speaker Morten Sorensen, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, Vice President, PMO, Peraton, shares his insights.

What are a few key takeaways from your presentations?

Leading PMOs are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in ensuring that all initiatives undertaken by the organization are aligned with strategic goals and geared to deliver benefits and value while maintaining overall portfolio balance in terms of risks and investments.

We will look at practical examples of how we can identify and illustrate gaps, risks or other sources of imbalance in our portfolios. We will look at key elements and process steps in a balanced intake analysis and importantly examine what some of the typical process risks are.

Solid practices around benefit analysis, risks assessments and deep engagement with portfolio sponsors and business leaders are key. PMOs can provide game-changing data and insight to allow the best possible portfolio planning as well as value delivery.

What is the biggest challenge in PMOs right now?

The seemingly ever-increasing rate of change is a significant challenge for most organizations, including PMOs. Keeping up with internally driven change, like reorganizations, M&A and strategic initiatives, new opportunities for better process tools, need for new skills, experimentation and adoption of new processes and delivery frameworks as well as externally originated demands all make for challenges that must be addressed effectively and timely.

With the breadth of activities most PMOs support or lead, many struggle to maintain an effective focus on driving benefits planning and benefits realization management. Solid benefits realization planning also enable much more effective overall portfolio management, which also is a very common challenge. Many organizations develop proper business cases but fall short in benefit realization planning and delivery management/follow-up.

What is a trend you see in PMOs?

I see trends at multiple levels and in multiple areas:

Need for subject matter knowledgeable PMs as well as skilled project leaders able to handle large transformational initiatives with depth and sensitivity to related organizational change dependencies.

In addition, PMOs must continue to demonstrate how they add value within the organization. They must remain agile and be able to successfully pivot to drive potentially rapid changes in strategy or lead new critical organizational initiatives. M&A and market opportunities remain large areas of value-add for PMOs.

New technology and business intelligence tools enable increasing use of continuous analytics of key project processes and related performance indicators, and they provide critical insight and decision support.

What effect has new technology had on PMOs and organizations?

All organizations face increasing demands to innovate, grow and lead change on a continuous basis. Since new technology is everywhere and changing tomorrow's products and services - and facilitating increasing competition - organizations need to stay educated, involved and drive innovation and change to maintain their own competitive advantage. Organizations and their PMOs must consistently dedicate skills, resources, and management attention to innovation initiatives and look to innovate at multiple levels simultaneously - for example, short-term efficiency gains, midterm enhancements to existing products and services and innovate to drive longer-term expansion into completely new products or markets. Given the pervasive presence of new technology no organization is immune or will stay relevant in the long term if they do not learn to master innovation and change – the competitive advantage of many leading firms is their ability to change effectively.

Regarding the technology we use across the organization, PMOs must devote enough time and resources to evaluate and experiment with PMO relevant tools and services on an ongoing basis. The options to collaborate, share and leverage critical analytics across disperse teams, organizations and business processes have never been better and improved technology solutions let us focus more time in high-value areas and interactions with clients and stakeholders.

Morten Sorensen’s sessions include:

Managing Your Innovation Project Portfolio

How PMOs Drive Value in Effective and Strategy-Aligned Project Portfolio Management

PMO Symposium is a unique event for PMO leaders and those who direct an organization’s portfolio of projects, programs, and initiatives.

See the full program schedule today. https://www.pmi.org/pmo-symposium/program-schedule

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 26, 2018 11:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference Agenda & Speakers!

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The PMI® Organizational Agility Conference is returning for it's fifth year and it is sure to be better than ever! Our speakers will address some of 2018's hottest topics including managing through transformations (successfully), skillsets for the future of work and various approaches for agile projects within organizations. 

Mark your calendar now and download the full agenda with session abstracts on the event registration page so that you can make sure not to miss out. Here's a preview of what we'll be talking about:

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

How to Acheive Organizational Agility

Colin D. Ellis

Award-winning speaker, best-selling author, culture change specialist

The Future Skillset Needs for Project and Program Management

John Daly, PMP, PgMP, PfMP

Director in Cisco's Customer Experience organization

Seven Transformational Sparks for Business Agility

Roland Cuellar, VP of Digital Transformation, Lithespeed

Bob Payne, SVP of Agile Coaching and Transformation, Lithespeed

Create a Value Delivery Office (VDO) for Extreme Business Agility

Anup Deshpande, PMP, PMI-ACP

Sr. Director of Portfolio Management, VISA

Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations

Yvan Petit, PhD, PMP, PfMP

Vice-Dean, International Affairs, University of Quebec at Montreal

 

Mastering Agile Project Planning

Erika Flora, PMP

President, BEYOND20

PMI members, be sure to register today! Don't forget to invite your peers and colleagues to join you for this exciting day of tips, tricks and advice from our knowledgeable speakers. Can't make it? Don't worry! All registrants will have the ability to watch the event on demand until 12 December. We'll see you there!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: September 04, 2018 10:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)
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