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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! 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!

About this Blog


View Posts By:

Marjorie Anderson
Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Craig Dalrymple
Dave Garrett
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

There's Still Time to Register for PMXPO 2018!

Categories: community events, events, PMXPO

We are less than a week from PMXPO 2018, being held on Thursday, March 22nd. This year is the 11th annual edition of the show, now in its second decade and still the largest virtual event in project management. This year's PMXPO is packed with great new sessions and opportunities to learn, network, earn PDU's, and broaden your perspective on project management - all for free!

This year’s sessions include a keynote by Joel Cohen, Emmy-winning writer and producer of The Simpsons, titled "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." In addition there will be sessions on imagining the future of PMOs, hacking agile for digital agencies, and highlights from PMI's 10th global project management survey, the 2018 Pulse of the Profession®.

If you haven't registered for PMXPO 2018 you can follow this link to do so now! It's open to all users, be sure to invite your colleagues and peers!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 16, 2018 10:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

'Tis the Season to be Agile!

SeminarsWorld® in Scottsdale

12 - 15 February 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona United States

There’s still time to register for the early bird discount rate!!!

Join our expert SeminarsWorld® instructors in Scottsdale to network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive seminars aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® while you earn up to 29.5 PDUs and 2.95 Continuing Education Units.

Register by 8 January for early bird rates, and through 22 January, save on guest rooms at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch. SeminarsWorld runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Click here for more details! We hope you can join us!!!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: January 04, 2018 06:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

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 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'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)

Join Us for the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017

Register now and learn how PM Professionals cultivate skills the market demands. This virtual event will host six sessions focused on hiring managers, organizational leaders, and individual PM professionals. Attendees will learn about hiring practices, workplace culture, preparing for leadership, skills needed for relevance, and the current jobs outlook.

The event is open to all PMI members and registrants will have access to the recorded sessions for 90 days after the event. Even if you have a busy schedule you can register today and watch the recorded sessions when your calendar allows!

Make sure you register today to secure your seat for this members-only virtual event.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: November 29, 2017 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Keeping Up With Conference - Your Pathway to All the Information & Opportunities

Keeping up with PMI Global Conference will be easier than ever this year! There's so much to experience and we want to make sure you have a clear pathway to the best information. Here's a quick guide to some of the best information and opportunities.

Social Media

If you aren't able to attend PMI's 2017 Global Conference this weekend you can still stay on top of all the news and excitement coming out of Chicago. How? Just follow PMI and on the following networks: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram

We’ll share interviews with speakers discussing how they make a difference in project management and the journey that took them there. We’ll also post regularly to Instagram Stories if you would like a closer view of Conference. Check out all of the action at #PMIcon17.

PMI "in" Training

PMI "in" Training is aimed at helping you advance your careers. If you are attending Global Conference you can take part in our Ask the Experts opportunity. Sign-up in advance or stop by the Meet the Expert desk located in the PMI "in" Training area of the Exhibit Hall to sign up for your session with one of our many skilled experts!

Ask the Experts is your chance to receive specific advice regarding your career path, project challenges, and more. Don't miss your chance for this exclusive access!

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

PMI would like to help you identify your STRENGTHS to excel! 500 conference participants will have an opportunity to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, which identifies what YOU do best! Participants will have an opportunity to meet with coaches one-on-one or in a group setting to understand how to turn your talents into strengths! Learn more on our career series page

PMWars Tournament

The inaugural PM Wars Tournament will be hosted this year at the 2017 PMI Global Conference. Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference in the Expo Hall. You can register for the challenge in advance to reserve your spot in the tournament, or sign up directly in the PMWars booth in the Expo Hall.

Share Your Voice

If you are attending, or find great Global Conference posts in your social media be sure to mention us in your shares, or add it here as a comment so everyone can find it!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: October 27, 2017 11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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