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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

Past Contributers:

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

Recent Posts

NEW Discussion Thread for Financial Services Sector Posted!

The First Step: Understanding the Why

Ask the Expert is Returning to PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia!

Development of the PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition Underway

NEW Discussion Thread for Government Industry Posted!

Ask the Expert is Returning to PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia!

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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.

Over the course of our annual three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. Learn more about our 2019 experts below and through their blog, PMI Global Insights.

Community experts will be available during the following times:

Saturday, 5 October
10:30AM – 11:30AM
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Sunday, 6 October
10:00AM – 10:30AM
2:30PM – 3:00PM

Monday, 7 October
10:00AM – 10:30AM
12:00PM – 1:00PM

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for lunch time round-tables on Saturday and Sunday for group discussions about topics that affect your project management world every day. No sign up required. Just grab your lunch and come on over!

Saturday, 5 October, 12:45PM – 1:45PM EDT:
Project Recovery – Tips for Turning Around a Troubled/Failing Project!

Sunday, 6 October, 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT:
Influencing Stakeholders in the Absence of Authority  

 

Meet our Experts!

              Andrew Craig             

             Dave Maynard        

David Davis


Kiron Bondale

 
Lorelie Kaid


Lori Wilson

Are you unsure about signing up for an Ask the Expert session at PMI® Global Conference 2019? Don't quite understand how to use the 20 minute session? Review our FAQs below to learn how you can make the most of this opportunity!

1. Why should I sign up?

Meeting one-on-one with one of our experts can help you refine your project or program implementation to better meet your requirements, serve your organization’s goals, and ultimately, make you more successful and your job easier. You may also receive advice from a peer that can help guide you as you continue on your project management career path.

2. What type of questions can I ask the experts?

Pretty much anything about planning, executing or closing your current projects is fair game. Experts are also open to discussing their experiences with career growth.

3. What questions aren’t appropriate for Ask the Expert?

Where to find your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia – While this may be a valid question, expert time is better spent discussing real project management problems and challenges.

4. What if I can’t think of a question for Ask the Expert?

You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so find a question! Open your project list for inspiration. If it helps, last year’s popular topics were starting a PMO, Agile transformations, scaling process in regulated environments, and tracking risks on active projects.

5. Who are the experts that I’d be meeting with?

It depends on your question! We have several experts lined up with expertise in nearly every area of project management. Simply click on their names above and learn more about their areas of focus.

6. What should I do to prepare?

You’ll have dedicated time with your expert focused entirely on your specific problem or question. Consider writing down the details of what you’re trying to accomplish, what you’ve tried, and prioritize your questions beforehand to be sure that you are making the most of your session.

7. How do I request an Ask the Expert session?

To start, you must attend PMI Global Conference on 5-7 October, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to have an Ask the Expert session. If you’re not registered, what are you waiting for? Having an Ask the Expert session to discuss your business needs will help justify your attendance! Go.

Simply request an Ask the Expert session, either online using the link below or at the Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall. Provide some specifics on your question, because we’ll use those details to help prepare your expert for your session.

8. What can I expect onsite for my Ask the Expert session?

The Ask the Expert area is located at the Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall. You will meet one-on-one with your expert in a semi-private setting.

  • If you already have a session scheduled: Come to Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall and we’ll guide you to your assigned table to meet with your expert.
  • If you need to schedule an Ask the Expert session onsite: Stop by Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth and we’ll help you to fill out the request form, assign an appropriate expert, and schedule your session.

Sign up before you join us in Philadelphia to secure your spot! Onsite sign-up is also available, space permitting.

Reserve your Ask the Expert session today!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 12, 2019 04:07 PM | 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 (9)

July Community News You Can Use

Looking for ways to connect and engage with your fellow project managers? Striving to stay up-to-date on the latest project management trends? You’ve certainly come to the right place! On the Critical Path, we provide a look at what’s currently happening around the community in your July Community News You Can Use:

Register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2019: This year, the PMI® Organizational Agility Conference will examine Evolving Approaches to Resilient Value Delivery on Thursday, September 12th. This virtual conference will explore 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. Register today!

2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: PMI has released its 2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: AI Innovators: Cracking the Code on Project Performance. The report provides an in-depth look at how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting organizations and the project management profession. Access the report here.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts launched on June 17th. You can now view the first Q&A session with Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, on-demand - What’s Up With Standards? – What They’re For, and Your Opportunity To Participate In Developing Them. Be on the lookout for the next Q&A session which will be held in September!

Celebrating 50 Years: View Mark Bowman and J. Kane Tomlin’s webinar, Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Project Apollo – A Case Study, on-demand. Like PMI, the Apollo Mission is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and this webinar takes a retrospective look (from a Project Management point of view) at what has been characterized as mankind’s greatest achievement.

There’s still time to participate in PMI’s Global Celebration of Service (in honor of its 50th anniversary) by pledging your commitment to the advancement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here!

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November). We hope to see you there!

Building a Solid Business Case: Community member, John Galyon, provides a seven step process to help build a business case that aligns with your organization’s strategic plan. View his article here.

Tips for Leading without Power: Ishankumar Vyas shares his insights with the community for how project managers can lead without possessing power in their organizations. Read the article here.

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: July 18, 2019 10:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

June Community News You Can Use

With the arrival of longer days and warm weather, we’re embracing the unofficial start of summer here at PMI headquarters! Summer means our next virtual event, PMI Talent & Technology Symposium, will soon be here, and it marks the launch of some new community programming initiatives. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your June Community News You can Use:

Last Chance to Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Our second virtual event of the year will take place on June 12th. Join us for an exciting day of learning and networking, as we explore the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. View the event agenda, and register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: The quarterly series featuring various PMI experts will launch on June 17th. In the first Q&A session, Karl Best, PMI Standards Specialist, joins us to discuss “What’s up with Standards? – What they’re for, and Your Opportunity to participate in developing them.” The webinar will be posted on-demand for your viewing convenience.

Attend a PMI event: Take the opportunity to network with your fellow community members in person! Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference 2019 (5-7 October) as well as PMO Symposium® 2019 (3-6 November).

PMI 50th Anniversary and Global Celebration of Service: In May, PMI announced that its initial target of 50,000 volunteer hours was reached, and the goal has been raised to 100,000 hours! Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their skills and knowledge in support of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. There is still time to have an impact – join in the Global Celebration of Service, and share your volunteer stories with us!

How to Plot the Next Step in Your Career: Community member and project management expert, Emily Luijbregts, provides advice for devising your career plan in her latest article. How do you define and work toward your goals?

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. We look forward to sharing more community programming news throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: June 04, 2019 03:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

May Community News You Can Use

And just like that April showers have brought May flowers! 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year at PMI, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, launch a partnership with TED, and evaluate new and improved ways to serve the amazing members of the PMI community. Here’s a look at what’s happening in your May Community News You can Use:

Announcing the speakers for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019: Addressing advanced technology in language that is easy to understand, this event seeks to equip project managers with the knowledge and mindset to advance their careers in an increasingly high tech world. On June 12th, we welcome:

  • Doug Powell - Design Thinking in the Digital Age

  • Marie Nadia Vincent - Improving Employee Experience for Better Digital Transformation Results

  • Lenka Pincot - Navigating The Complexity of Strategic Internet of Things Opportunities

  • Bart Gerardi - How Voice Interfaces Can Change Project Management

  • Gina Abudi - Project Manager as Change Manager: 4 Steps for Successful Change

  • Christopher Cook - Back to the Future of Project Management

Register for PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 today!

What is SeminarsWorld®?: As a project management professional, you strive to keep your wide set of skills up to date. However, sometimes, you come across problems that are tricky to solve. Or you discover a specific gap in your toolkit of skills.

SeminarsWorld® is a collection of small group, in-person training courses that give you a deep understanding of a single topic. Courses run from one to four days and combine case studies, individual or group exercises, lectures and discussions. So you emerge with practical, real-world knowledge you can apply in your work. Find a seminar to fit your needs.

Identifying Risk in Innovative Healthcare Projects: Due to their unique nature, Yuri Bahti proposes that innovative healthcare projects benefit from additional steps in which otherwise unknown risks are identified and addressed. Learn more here.

Registration is open for PMI® Global Conference: Join us in Philadelphia, PA for three days of top-notch learning, networking, and fun. Event details can be found here.

Better Project Outcomes by Communicating for Understanding: In this webinar presented by Dr. Bill Brantley, learn how to communicate for understanding and manage the flow of project related communication.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to assist you. Stay tuned for exciting programming announcements throughout the year!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: May 02, 2019 02:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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