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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
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield
Heather McLarnon

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Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

Join Us for the PMIEF 30th Anniversary Celebration!

What Background Makes a Good DPO?

Virtual Experience Series Delivering Value, Creating Change & Advancing the World™

Shared Ownership in Projects. The Team Performance Domain.

Register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!" Webinar- featuring PMI Events!

Register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!" Webinar- featuring PMI Events!

While we are disheartened about the reality of not meeting face to face during PMI live events this year, we want you to know that “where there’s a will, there’s a way!” With that said, have you heard the buzz about the new series of virtual events that PMI is developing? YES, new and exciting things are happening in the PMI Events World and we want you to be part of it!  How can you? Simply register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!” webinar, What’s All the Buzz about the Virtual Experience Series?, scheduled Wednesday, 22 July 2020 at 3:00PM EDT.

As you may know, the format of this series of webinars is executed through non-PDU bearing webinars, meant to encourage conversation with various PMI departments. Simply put, community members, like yourselves, having a one hour Q&A session with a particular PMI department. We are so thrilled to have Gina Alesse, Julie Ho and Michelle Brown from PMI Events, discuss the specifics of The Virtual Experience Series: Delivering Value, Creating Change & Advancing the World™ that will feature monthly virtual experiences from now through December 2020.

Register for FREE at https://www.projectmanagement.com/webinars/639279/What-s-All-the-Buzz-about-the-Virtual-Experience-Series-.  We certainly hope you will join us!

As always, our project is YOU. Your successes and setbacks, your passions and peeves—we want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. We hope these webinar series guide you in the right direction. As always, your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 25, 2020 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

PMI Virtual Experience Series Call for Proposals

Categories: communication, events

PMI Virtual Experience Series Call for Proposals

Do you have a great idea for a presentation? Consider submitting it and be a part of our inaugural Virtual Experience Series

  • 29 JULY: My Work, My Life, My World
  • 25 AUGUST: Together We Rise
  • 9 SEPTEMBER: Adaptability, Resilience and Learning: A Deep Dive in Organizational Agility
  • 20 OCTOBER: Our Global Impact
  • 12 NOVEMBER: Drawing a Map to the Future: A Deep Dive in Business Analysis
  • 9 DECEMBER: Forging Our Path Forward

Submit your proposal here: https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/534079/Homepage

Any questions? Please contact event.speakers@pmi.org.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 22, 2020 11:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

June 2020 Community News You Can Use

Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2020? It’s definitely a year that will reign in history, and we here in the community hope each and every one of you and your family are safe and secure. We hope this feature of Community News will provide some positive initiatives going on at PMI. So, sit back, relax and enjoy all the exciting happenings surrounding us!

 

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2020: Another successful virtual event is in the books!  If you are a PMI member and missed the live event or wish to view a session again, the on-demand is currently available until 8 September 2020.  As we move into the new normal, the leaders of tomorrow will be those with the capacity and openness for agility and tolerance for uncertainty. This Symposium seeks to prepare attendees for the technology, work and challenges of the project economy post-COVID. Access the on-demand HERE!

REMINDER: Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series:  TAKE 2!  We will provide an overview of ProjectManagement.com’s new Community Ambassador Program. The community’s first Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, will be on hand to answer any questions. Whether you are new to the online community or are looking to become more involved, the Ambassadors can certainly help you to maximize your experience – Register now for the rescheduled webinar on 17 June!

Crisis Management Resource Center: The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work across the globe, and figures to drastically—and permanently—alter the way we live and work in the future. To help meet this pressing need, we have created a Crisis Management Resource Center to help surface valuable content on ProjectManagement.com.

Demand Diversity: The latest Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report from Project Management Institute—A Case for Diversity—is a timely one. It shows the value and benefits of inclusive project teams, shows where companies are currently in their attitudes versus actions, and offers a blueprint for making diversity a reality. All project professionals should read it, and make sure their executive leaders find a copy in their in-boxes as well.  Check out the latest post from Aaron Smith on the ProjectsAtWork blog!

Virtual Experience Series: Coming soon - the most engaging experience you’ll attend this year. Designed to help you turn ideas into reality.  Immerse yourself in premium content from the industry’s best and brightest, and be inspired by the next-level thinking of marquee speakers and celebrities.  Speakers and sessions will be announced soon. Sign up for the waitlist to receive the official announcement and access to special offers!

That’s all for now, and we encourage you to check back for future updates within the Critical Path blog. Thank you for all of your feedback and engagement, and keep up the good work!

Posted by Heather McLarnon on: June 11, 2020 05:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

4 Ways to Earn PDUs—and Reach Your 2020 Career Goals

Many project managers find themselves too caught up in deadlines to focus on their long-term careers and professional growth. But there are plenty of reasons why you should carve out time for your own professional development, no matter your industry or experience level.

For starters, professional development is key to gaining the skills and making the connections that advance your capabilities. Getting outside of your usual day-to-day—whether in-person or online—exposes you to innovative tools and best practices that broaden your understanding as a project manager. You can hone specific skills and acquire new ones that help you work more efficiently and solve problems more easily.

Professional development empowers you to increase your value to your organization—and ultimately your earning potential—by mastering the latest disruptive technologies, forecasting trends, and enhancing your leadership abilities. You can even bring clarity to your own career goals.  

At PMI, professional development units (PDUs) are an important part of your certification maintenance, but it’s not just a formality. PDUs show that you’ve actively pursued educational and philanthropic opportunities. In an increasingly competitive market, these factors can set you apart from your peers.

PMI offers four ways to earn PDUs based on your schedule and preferences:

  1. In-person events

Getting out of the office for in-person professional development exposes you to tools and tactics that you may not even know exist.

Offered in multiple locations, PMI SeminarsWorld offers unique professional development through small-group training courses. Choose from more than 60 seminars designed to meet personal and organizational needs, earning up to 28 PDUs in the process.

Other in-person events from PMI include EMEA Congress, Global Conference, and PMO Symposium®. These events feature diverse education opportunities, innovative keynotes, cutting-edge global perspectives, and networking with others who share your challenges and goals.

  1. Online courses

One of the most convenient ways to earn PDUs, PMI’s online courses cover hundreds of topics in every area of project and program management skill development, from basic to expert levels.

  1. Webinars and virtual events

Earn PDUs quickly—often at no cost—with webinars and virtual events offered through ProjectManagement.com. You can tune in live or listen to the recording when your schedule allows.

You’ll find thousands of options with a how-to for just about any subject, including stopping workplace bullying, approaching a tech-savvy board of directors, and designing more effective project management systems. Narrow your search according to industry, popularity, PMI certification, even language.

  1. Giving back

Help others while growing personally and professionally by earning Giving Back PDUs. These aren’t required for recertification but remain a great option for those with altruistic motivations. You can earn Giving Back PDUs by working as a practitioner, creating content, mentoring, or volunteering.

Make time to grow with PMI

Expand your capabilities and increase your value this year with PMI’s wide range of professional development opportunities. Earn PDUs with options designed to suit your individual objectives, schedule, and learning preferences.

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 12, 2020 09:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

December Community News You Can Use

Season’s Greetings from all of us at PMI and ProjectManagement.com! As another year comes to a close, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2020, there is so much to be excited about in PMI’s online community. Here’s a summary of what’s happening in your December Community News You Can Use:

Volunteer Opportunity: PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate. Learn more here. Please note that this opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

#GivingTuesday: On 3 December 2019, the PMI Educational Foundation hosted an open house on ProjectManagement.com to bring awareness to Project Management for Social Good. If you missed the PMIEF Open House and are interested in how you can use project management to make a difference, you may reference the articles and on-demand videos here.

Community Ambassadors Program: The Community Ambassadors Program was recently announced on ProjectManagement.com. The first group of Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, will start in the newly created Ambassadors role on 2 January 2020. To learn more, view the announcement here!

Standards Transformation Webinar: Learn more about the Standards Transformation and the PMBOK® Guide during a webinar with PMI’s Stephen Townsend on 22 January 2020. Register here!

Attend a Live Event in 2020: Save-the-date for two exciting PMI events: PMI® EMEA Congress 2020 and PMI® Global Conference 2020. PMI® EMEA Congress will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! And Global Conference will take place 17-19 October in Seattle, Washington, USA! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Change Management for Project Managers: Stephanie Jaeger outlines six simple steps for getting started with change management in her latest article.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 17, 2019 10:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)
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