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

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Stakeholder Engagement

Speakers Announced for PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019!

 
Are you still on the fence about registering for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 taking place on 13 November 2019? Well perhaps our final list of speakers will pique your interest in registering. This year we welcome the following presenters:

Bob Prentiss

Battle for the Planet of the Business Analysts: 5 Key Strategies to Prepare for Your Future 

Bob Prentiss is a keynote speaker, author, mentor, coach, and Business Analysis thought leader.  Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn & work differently so you can become the best version of yourself.  Bob is the CEO and founder of Bob the BA and The Uncommon League.  Bob helps organizations transform their requirements practices utilizing modern techniques, an agile mindset, and street-smart approaches to get the work done faster.  Bob has 30+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. 

Anton Oosthuizen

Managing Requirement Risks – A Different Perspective

Anton is a PMP, PBA, ACP and CSPO with over 3 decades experience in delivering large complex projects all over the world. He started out his journey in the telecommunications industry working on microwave and radar systems before morphing into a project management and later a business analyst roles. Not only has this put him onto a career path where project management and business analysis is tightly linked but it also equipped him well to be hands on.

Joy Beatty

Curiosity Never Killed the Business Analyst

Joy Beatty is a Vice President at Seilevel, a professional services company whose mission is to define software that customers love to use. She helps customers be more effective by modifying their approach to software requirements and product management so IT projects deliver the intended business value. Joy has provided software requirements training to thousands and is PMI-PBA® and CBAP® certified. Additionally, she writes about requirements methodologies in books, journals, white papers, and blogs.

Frank Saladis

Managing Difficult Stakeholders

Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow is a Consultant, Instructor, a motivational speaker and an author within the discipline of project management.  He holds a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from GWU and is a graduate of the Project Management Institute Leadership Masters Class. He has held several positions within PMI including President of the NYC Chapter, President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents and Chair of the Education and Training SIG.  He is the author of 12 published books and is the originator of International Project Management Day. Mr. Saladis was recognized as PMI Person of the Year in 2006, PMI Fellow in 2013 and received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in October 2015.

Barbee Davis

What Should I be Doing as a BA in an Agile/Waterfall Hybrid World?

Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA owns Davis Consulting and is a published author, speaker, writer of training materials and an innovator in presentation-skill workshops. Ms. Davis’ experience is in the government, education, healthcare, banking, IT, and construction, among others. She works as a consultant and R.E.P. Quality Reviewer for PMI. Don’t miss her twice a month feature, “Topic Teasers,” on ProjectManagement.com, a real-life like question and practical advice for a solution to day-to-day project management challenges.

Joyce Onore

Importance of Communication in a Business Analysis Role

Joyce Onore is a Senior Consultant at KPMG with more than 8 years of experience in Business Analysis and Project Management. She has planned and executed multiple projects using both agile and waterfall project methodologies across retail, financial services, and media and technology industries. Joyce has lead requirements gathering, business process design, and functional specification design sessions for large system implementation projects. Aside from her professional endeavors, Joyce is an active member of the National Black MBA Organization, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Toastmasters International.

Now are you convinced? We hope so! Please click here to register. We assure that you will not regret this wonderful opportunity, all the while, earning 6 PDUs!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2019 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (20)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October! Here at PMI GHQ, the morning air is starting to turn nice and crisp with autumn's arrival a few weeks ago, but the afternoons are still holding on to summer for just a while longer. Also, we completely forgot to post a September Community News. Sorry about that. We promise to do better.

We hope you're excited about something in your work! Maybe it's a new project, a new role, some incredible professional development opportunities, or just the fact that you're wrapping up a really long project. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! Tell us what's going on in your world in the comments below or in this discussion thread.

On with this month's news!

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018 - Our research has shown that many business analyst professionals spend more than 80% of their time applying business analysis to projects and programs – underscoring just how important this competency is to ensure successful project management. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Don’t miss the Business Analysis event of the year by registering today!

Trends, Trends, Trends – There are no shortage of articles presenting trends in project management, as IBM Systems Magazine contributor Joseph Gulla points out in this blog post linked from PM Port. Some are based on research, some are based on opinion. Mr. Gulla is basing his on whether these trends really matter—do they reinforce good project management or help focus alignment with the business? Scroll to the bottom of his post to see his “trendy” picks. And keep checking PM Port for the latest news and opinion on project management.

PMI® Annual Virtual Student Summit - Students and entry-level professionals are invited to join PMI for a free virtual event to network with colleagues, learn at educational sessions, and find resources in the virtual exhibit hall. Sessions will include using project management to climb Mt. Everest, branding yourself for career success, artificial intelligence and the user experience, and more! You don't want to miss out. Register today!

Prepare to be the Project Manager of the Future - The future of project management will require organizations and individuals alike to embrace a full spectrum of competencies and approaches. Businesses must be agile and quick to adapt in our rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment. Take a look at PMI's latest Pulse of the Profession in-depth report to find out what skills it will take to be the project manager of the future!

Global Insights from Los Angeles - Did you miss out on PMI Global Conference this year? If so, never fear! Your friendly community experts have your back. Read the PMI Global Insights blog to see what they were up to and their reflections as they represented PMI's online community at Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA! Connect with Emily, Dave M., Dan, Priya, Gina, and Dave D. right here within the community to find out what they learned from attendees and each other as they served up expert advice to Conference attendees!

That's all for now! As always, if you have any questions regarding this month's news (or any questions in general) feel free to reach out to any of the Community Engagement Specialists. We're here to help!

See you next month!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 09, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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