New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 21 – 27, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Elizabeth Harrin finishes her course with Villanova University; the final week was on, “managing others and establishing an environment that moves others through change … [by] creating resiliency in your project team.” She’ll summarize her experience next week.
- Glen Alleman shares one of his briefings, “Agile Project Management is Systems Management.” His insights on stable requirements and volatile requirements make it worth the read.
- Todd Williams asserts that project failures are organization failures, arising from lack of honesty, vision, and transparency.
- Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina talks about project governance, and leveraging steering committees to resolve conflicts.
- Ted Hardy has a personal “elevator pitch,” and after sharing it with us, he goes on to talk about giving a demo. Good stuff!
- Bert Heymans reviews “Blink, the Power of Thinking without Thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point.”
- Dick Billows says, “Status reporting can either build or destroy your reputation. You can look in control or look like a nincompoop.” Presumably, there is a continuum between those two extremes, but Dick keeps it focused on a few key points.
- Bas de Baar points out that moving our team communications into cyberspace changes how we communicate and lead – if you can’t see someone’s response to what you said, you are missing a lot of information.
- On a related note, Derek Huether channels Jeff Foxworthy, “You may be in a zombie meeting if …” His last point is interesting: if there is food, there will always be a few attendees who are more interested in grazing than participating in the meeting. Ouch!
- Mark Kenny shares five lessons project managers should learn from the aviation field. “Project management does not pursue predictable outcomes to the same degree as aviation has pursued them. This may be due to the fact that the consequences of a failure in aviation are far higher than the consequences of a failure in the typical project that we manage.” Good point!