New PM Articles for the Week of February 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 14 – 20, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Elizabeth Harrin continues her week by week report on the course she’s taking from Villanova University, with a brief (3:36) video where she reads from the course textbook, “IT Leadership Alchemy.”  She does a great analysis of both the content and how applicable it might be to a practicing project manager.
  • Samad Aidane posted a podcast (37:23) of his interview with Brian Munroe on his methodology for rescuing troubled projects.  Brian is the President of PMI’s Troubled Project Specific Interest Group, and he is one of the presenters at the Project Management Telesummit.  He mentions inadequate understanding of the requirements, vendor management, and scope management specifically as major sources of trouble – probably no surprise to the grizzled veterans.
  • Tony Hotko presents the case for a business education for IT workers.  Naturally, since I did my undergrad work in business, I agree – your mileage may vary.
  • Kevin Aguanno argues that testing strategy is critical to project success.  Not just testing, but the right testing, the right approach, in the right amount.  Brief, but good.
  • Patrick Gray tells a tale of two PMO’s.  Well, two PMO archetypes.
  • Daniel Essiet writes about the rise of the project management profession in Ghana and Nigeria.  It’s interesting to see project managers dealing with many of the same issues in every part of the world.
  • Scott Berkun offers a list of ten things to do to “torture your project manager.”  I’m sure your sponsor and stakeholders already know this stuff, but lists help us organize, right?
  • Bas de Baar asks, how do you set boundaries?  Borders we can temporarily put up when we need them, creating safe and comfortable (mental and emotional) surroundings?
  • Glenn Alleman reviews “Business Model Generation,” by Osterwalder and Pigneur.  He calls it “the best business model book ever.”  Unfortunately, it’s only available as a “dead tree” book.  But I ordered it, anyway.
  • Craig Brown posts a short (3:36) video of a discussion of the role of the business analyst, held at the 10 Years Agile Conference at Snowbird, UT.
  • Agile practitioners, take note: the certification “elephant in the room” is under discussion.  And since Derek Huether is writing about it, of course it’s a zombie elephant.  Watch out for the brain-sucking trunk!
  • Duncan Haughey writes, “In times like these, customers focus on value propositions. ‘Let’s suck it and see,’ is not a phrase you hear a lot in a recession.”  Yeah, more sucking.  Fortunately, the article gets significantly better after that.