New PM Articles for the Week of September 13-19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 13-19, 2010.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Remember that news article from David Winograd two weeks ago, about the Notre Dame project management professor who issued his entire class iPads?  Elizabeth Woyke has an update on their initial reactions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin blogs about Zombie Project Management at PM4Girls.
  • Lisa Banks writes in CIO Australia that Australian executives lack confidence in their ability to delivery projects on time and on budget, due to “insufficient IT systems coupled with a lack of information.”
  • Patrick Gray says the only variable that the CIO controls is scope; cost and schedule, not so much.  He makes an interesting case.
  • Brad Egeland warns fellow consulting PM’s, “Don’t let clients make you the scapegoat!”
  • Jack Duggal asks, “Do you think of project managers as mechanics or artists?”  Jack provides a checklist to help you classify yourself, and argues that an artistic approach offers some advantages.
  • Ginger Levin writes that interpersonal skills become more important as you climb the career ladder.  And all the portfolio managers say, “Amen!”
  • Kathlika Thomas writes in praise of the Business Analyst – the Process MVP!
  • Barry Otterholt asks if the PMBOK is overkill for most projects?  Of course not, but  as Barry points out, it’s possible to get carried away.


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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.