New PM Articles for the Week of November 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 1 – 7, 2010.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Cornelius Fichtner continues his series in CIO magazine on how to prepare for the PMP exam, with instructions on how to build a study plan.  Separately, he offers five reasons not to take a PMP exam boot camp.
  • Chris Young explains the difference between risks and issues.
  • David Babicz talks about the personality characteristics of people who would be successful using an Agile methodology.
  • When managing a program using an Agile methodology, what should you call the program manager?  Johanna Rothman weighs in.
  • Bob Lewis went to Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” and came back with an interesting “traffic-based” metaphor for when policies and standards are necessary.
  • Ty Kiisel writes about “drive-by” projects, and how to keep them from derailing valuable projects already in flight.  In other words, how to say no – nicely!
  • The folks at Project Kickstart have announced a template contest in honor of International Project Management Day.  Download their free trial version, plan a project that you’d like to propose as a template, and submit it by the end of the day, November 11, 2010.
  • Diana Davis of Six Sigma and Process Excellence interviews Patrick Waara, a Software Design for Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Xerox, on what the swarming (self-directing) behaviors of birds, bees, and ants can teach us about Scrum project management.  The interview is just less than ten minutes in length.  You’ll need to join (free) to hear the podcast, but they have a lot of other interesting materials, so it’s probably worth it.
  • While we’re on podcasts, Samad Aidane interviews Brian Richardson on the “people side of change,” and his change management framework. About 46 minutes, but well worth the time.  Samad also includes a diagram, charts, and a link to download Brian’s excellent white paper.
  • Brad Egeland suggests negotiation strategies for IT project managers.  His list of situations that require negotiation should look hauntingly familiar to all consulting IT project managers.
  • Jack Duggal suggests we look beyond embracing traditional waterfall or Agile methodologies, and think hybrid.
  • Michael Young explains project governance in terms of decision making, communication, engagement, and due diligence.


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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.