New PM Articles for the Week of January 17-23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 17 – 23, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • PMI solicited advice from “five seasoned project professionals” on how to move up the ranks.  They got some interesting recommendations – well worth the read.
  • Pam Stanton has published her new book, “The Project Whisperer: Understanding the Human Part of the Gantt Chart.”
  • Remember those articles about the University of Notre Dame issuing iPads to members of their project management class last fall?  Now that the results of that experiment are in, they’re trying again with law students.
  • Elizabeth Harrin is conducting her second annual survey of how social media is used in a project environment.  In case you’ve forgotten, Elizabeth is the author of “Social Media for Project Managers.”
  • Craig Brown shares a slide presentation on how complicated the communications can get in a requirements workshop.
  • Samad Aidane posted two more interview podcasts this week – a conversation with Dr. Margery Mayer on leading global teams, and a conversation with Traci Duez on developing the courage to lead by using a framework to analyze value.  Traci tells some interesting stories about how she overcame her fear of talking to strangers.
  • Bas de Baar writes about resilient groups, and why every group will collapse.  Except ZZ Top, of course; the same three guys playing the same three chords for 42 years.
  • Derek Heuther is ranting about zombies again.  “Enterprise software will not fix a crappy process! Enterprise software is for making a refined process more efficient.”  And the choir sings, “A-MEN!”
  • Brian Egan offers a working definition of project portfolio management, as managing investments that happen to be projects.
  • And Roger Chou pulls examples from “Casino Royale” to make some related points about project portfolio resource allocation.  “M” is a portfolio manager?  Interesting – maybe I’ll change my name to “D.”  No, that was “K”’s original partner in “Men in Black,” where “Zed” manages the portfolio.

Enjoy!

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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. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources and in benefits administration. 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.