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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

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

Recent Posts

Project Teams—The Whole is Greater than the Parts

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

Uncertainty. Really?

February Community News You Can Use

Measuring is Important for Project Work, but Beware of the Traps

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)

November Community News You Can Use

With November’s arrival and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., I can’t help but to think about everything there is to be thankful for. I am certainly grateful to those that have welcomed me into the PMI community; to our volunteers who lend their time and expertise for webinars, events, articles, and blogs; and to all of our amazing community members that make ProjectManagement.com a welcoming, informative, and engaging space for Project Managers. With an attitude of gratitude, here’s a look at what’s happening around the community in your November Community News You Can Use:

View the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here. This virtual event explores the latest trends in business analysis and provides you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s knowledge resources by joining the next session on November 19thAll Things Project Management: Navigating PMI’s Knowledge Resources – featuring Shari Rathet.

Save-the-Date for PMI® EMEA Congress 2020: The event will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! Stay tuned to PMI.org for more information.

Community Central: Visit the Community Central discussion forum for all things community, including site news, announcements, and all your ProjectManagement.com questions! Join in the Hot Topic discussions on the 1st and 15th of each month, learn about your fellow community members, and share your thoughts!

ProjectManagement.com Social Media: In an effort to streamline how we engage members in the social media space, we have moved ProjectManagement.com’s Facebook activity to PMI’s main Facebook account.  You’ll still find all of the posts you know and love, but now in one place! For the time being, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts remain unchanged. You can find all of the Facebook excitement here, and we’ll keep you updated of any other changes!

Change Management Webinar Series: Each month, a group of volunteers delivers a webinar as part of the Change Management Webinar Series, exploring various change management topics, practices, and insights. On December 4th, Samuel Holcman will present on The Hard Part of Digital Transformation – Addressing Business and Organizational Change. Register here

Disciplined Agile Blog: Learn more about pragmatic agile and lean strategies in Scott Ambler’s blog, Disciplined Agile. In his latest post, he discusses Planning: When Have We Done Enough?.  

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: November 14, 2019 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

September Community News You Can Use

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at PMI! Global Conference is just around the corner, and with this year’s exciting 50th anniversary celebrations, we are certainly counting down the days! If you will be in Philadelphia for the conference, please stop by the ProjectManagement.com Community booth and say hello. We would love to meet you!

In this month’s look at what’s currently happening around the community, we’ll let you know how to keep up with all of the excitement at Global Conference – from near and far – as well as the other great community activities occurring in the final months of 2019!

Register for PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019: Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 which will be held on Wednesday, November 13th. This virtual event will explore the latest trends in business analysis and provide you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success. Register today! This year, we welcome:

  • Bob Prentiss – Battle for the Planet of the Business Analysts: 5 Key Strategies to Prepare for Your Future
  • Anton Oosthuizen – Managing Requirement Risks: A Different Perspective

  • Joy Beatty – Curiosity Never Killed the Business Analyst

  • Frank Saladis – Managing Difficult Stakeholders

  • Barbee Davis – What Should I be doing as a BA in an Agile/Waterfall Hybrid World?

  • Joyce Onore – Importance of Communication in a Business Analysis Role

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference Available On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Organizational Agility Conference on Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here.

Ask the Expert at PMI® Global Conference: Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI® Global Conference 2019! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established ProjectManagement.com expert. If you are attending Global Conference, sign-up for a session here.

For those who will not be in Philadelphia, you can follow our Experts at Conference through the PMI Global Insights blog where they will share their experiences and insights from the event.

Industry Discussion Threads: This year, PMI launched a new initiative focusing on four industry segments in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. As part of that focus, we have been highlighting some existing PM Network content on ProjectManagement.com in order to engage the community and learn more about specific industry needs. Check out the industry discussion threads in Project Management Central!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s Job Board by viewing the latest session on-demand - Powering Your Career with PMI: Explore the PMI Job Board to Power You Career - featuring Ansley Stauffer.

Project Health Framework: Join fellow community member, Uri Galimidi, as he discusses A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework in his eight part webinar series. You can now access Part 1 through Part 5 on-demand! Check the Live Webinars calendar for the remaining sessions.

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: September 25, 2019 10:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Speakers Announced for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019

This year, the PMI® Organizational Agility Conference will explore Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery during an exciting day of networking, professional development, and learning. The members-only virtual event will be held on September 12th from 9am to 5pm ET, offering the opportunity to earn 6 PDUs.

Join us as we examine the concept of change resilience with professionals who are driving it within their organizations—and those who are living it as part of their own development. We are excited to welcome the following speakers:

  • Josh SeidenSense & Respond: Principles for the Next Century of Work

  • Tony MaughanAdopting New Ways of Working: ANZ's Delivery Transformation

  • Johanna RothmanThe 3 Principles of Organizational Agility

  • Mike GriffithsThe Change Resilient Professional

  • Michel BiedermannLessons Learned in Hybrid Agile/Waterfall Delivery

  • John MedcofReinventing the Playbook: Driving Change in the Canadian Federal Government

Register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019 today!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: July 31, 2019 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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