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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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Kimberly Whitby
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Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

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Well, we have surpassed the first month of the New Year, and suddenly it’s February! Does that mean Spring is right around the corner? Is it me, or is time flying at warp speed? As with seasonal change, new activities and initiatives here at PMI are constantly evolving. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on ProjectManagement.com!

Growing a stellar career. A blog post linked from the PM Port news service provides interesting details about a project that made a good leader a great leader. The project, with a budget almost four times the biggest this project manager ever handled before, aimed to use lean techniques and appropriate technologies to improve customer service and reduce costs. The project manager spent almost half his time on stakeholder conversations. He found a way to get the support and involvement of his organization’s sales and operations staff. Stakeholder satisfaction was exemplary. Check out PM Port for absorbing reads and trends news you can use.

Well, have you registered for the first Virtual Conference of the year taking place on 21 March 2019, PMXPO? If not, I urge you to take a sneak peek of our Keynote Speaker selected to open the event explaining his story of how hardship can transform the livelihood of humanity. The final schedule of speakers and corresponding sessions will soon be posted. Get EXCITED!

PMI Engages Global Industry Leaders in Davos – Davos has attracted global leaders from governments and corporations for almost 50 years and this year was no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were among some star CEOs that attended sessions around this year’s theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” PMI was the only association in Davos, which is a testimony to the value our Institute brings, as well as our ability for building strong business relationships.

PMI Executives kicked off a panel discussion titled "Humans 2.0." The Brightline Initiative, PMI and the Boston Consulting Group hosted The Economist Events panel discussion. It addressed how business leaders can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise as a result of disruptive technologies. Watch the entire discussion here.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF COMMITMENT T0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT. While we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to focus special attention on the professionals—PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession—for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference. Join us in our Celebration of Service. 2019 will be more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. It will be the start of a project management Global Celebration of Service that will go on throughout 2019 and beyond. PMI is leading this effort to address important issues and causes in local communities that will help ensure a better future for all. LEARN HOW TO PLEDGE!

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 love hearing from you and always happy to help! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: February 06, 2019 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

PM for Social Good® - Practitioners Give Back through Project Management!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), an on-demand webinar, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type Title
Webinar (Live)

PMIEF Open House - PM Program Impacting Students Throughout Central PA

Webinar (On-Demand)

Lightning Talks - Social Good Experts Explain How Their Chapters Give Back

Article The Power of PM: How a Prison Program is Changing Lives
Article The Hills Are Alive: A Success Story in Grant Writing and Business Plan Development
Article PMI Ecuador Chapter Empowers Women Through PM Training
Article Sharing Project Management: PMIEF Resources to the Rescue 
Article Project Management in Emergency and Humanitarian Aid: Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) USA
Article Tips for Coordinating a Successful PM Training Session 
Article PMO Longevity: Implementation Phase Inputs and PMO-Operations Management Integration
Article The Importance of Project Management in the Real Estate Sector

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your ProjectManagement.com profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 27, 2018 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)

Save the Date: Explore Project Management for Social Good® in Collaboration with PMIEF!

Categories: open house, PMIEF, social good

Join us on November 27th 2018 for an Open House based on Project Management for Social Good®, a collaborative event between ProjectManagement.com and the PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PMI®. Project managers have a unique skill set that they can use to bring value to their communities through partnerships with youth, teachers, and nonprofit organizations. During this event, we’ll explore content from practitioners that are leveraging their skills and knowledge to deliver a huge impact.

Check out articles from recipients of different PMIEF awards and scholarships and learn how they benefited from project management. Explore sample training reports and development plans and even fun family project management ideas to inspire you in your everyday and work life. Take a break from reading, and tune into the webinars presented by project management professionals and PMI members – you won’t want to miss it! Plus, meet individuals, organizations and chapter leaders that use their PM skills to magnify the impact of their community nonprofit organizations.

Don’t miss this once a year chance to explore opportunities to give back in your community with your practitioner skills. We’ll unlock no-cost resources, webinars, blog posts, and articles around this important theme, and open the floor for discussion about how to get involved and – more importantly – why it matters.  The day of the open house, we also invite you to download our program guide to receive a unique one-day-only ProjectManagement.com Open House digital badge on November 27th.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 13, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (21)

Celebrate “Giving Back” by Joining PMIEF in Reaching its Mission!

Categories: open house, PMIEF, social good

WHAT: A global day of giving

WHEN: 28 November 2017

WHERE: Everywhere. Organizations all over the world participate

HOW: Online at https://pmief.org/campaigns/2017-giving-tuesday

On this global day of giving, we are grateful for people like you who choose to support our mission to promote project management for social good®. We are focused on building PM knowledgeable youth, PM capable nonprofits, and a PM ready workforce.  Watch a video about our efforts!

PM Knowledgeable Youth

Project management skills have been valuable in your life. What if you had learned them earlier? Do you remember your favorite teacher?

At the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we’re dedicated to teaching project management skills to young people and teachers around the world — giving them the tools and processes they can use to make a difference in their own communities.

PM Capable Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations do so much good in our world.

At the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we know they can be even more efficient and effective at accomplishing their missions if they deploy project management skills.

That’s why we work to build the project management capability of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, especially in recovery efforts to rebuild after disasters strike.

Your generosity will be enable us to further extend our profession beyond the business setting — to youth, teachers, and nonprofit/non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders worldwide.

A gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on the youth, teachers, and nonprofit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) we work with who make a difference in our communities every day!

 

Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

 

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 28, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

PMI Educational Foundation Launches Unique New Book!

Categories: open house, PMIEF, social good

Two familiar names in the project management and education world have teamed up to release a new unique book called Project Management for Education: The Bridge to 21st Century Learning (“PM4Ed” for short). Bernie Trilling and Walter Ginevri have decades of educational and project management experience between them and work globally to build fundamental bridges between project management and education. Their innovative new book is a perfect representation of their valuable collaboration…and now you can benefit from their impressive wealth of knowledge! 

So, what makes this book so cutting-edge? PM4Ed is actually two books in one: an Educator Guide and a Project Manager Guide bringing the advantages and benefits of project management’s powerful and practical principles and practices to the world of primary and secondary education.

By flipping this book over, you can switch between the two guides to explore how both educators and project managers (PMs) are increasingly moving toward the same goal—to help all students become more successful 21st century learners, and be well-prepared for future work, citizenship, family, and community life.

After reading this book both teachers and project managers will be able to answer the critical question, How do we manage learning projects, and how can we help students be more effective designers and managers of their own learning?

Click here to learn more about the book, watch a short video and purchase a copy now!

All proceeds from the book will go to the PMI Educational Foundation as the authors have graciously agreed to forego royalties.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 28, 2017 12:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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