New PM Articles for the Week of March 28 – April 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 28 – April 3, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Now that she’s completed her on-line project management course with Villanova, Elizabeth Harrin summarizes her lessons learned.
  • Bas de Baar has been writing about “temporary tribes” as a metaphor for project teams in his new book.  He shares his conceptual model of “social project management.”
  • Aerospace project manager Glen Alleman recommends a couple of unusual project management books: “Think like a Rocket Scientist,” and “The Martian Principles.”  Both look interesting.
  • Bill Detwiler of The TR Dojo presents the results of Yet Another Salary Survey, with the top ten IT certifications.  And yes, once again the top of the list is the PMP!  The video is a bit over 7 minutes.
  • Ben Snyder offers a cautionary tale about what happens when a project manager decides she cares more about the project than the sponsor, and makes decisions on her own, keeping the sponsor in the dark.
  • CIOs from 38 U.S. state and territorial governments have expressed interest in evaluating the federal government’s IT dashboard and project management tool sets for use in their state governments.
  • Brian Burnsed reports that more MBA programs are focusing on project management.  “Skills like time management, the ability to implement strategic change, and cost management, among others, are in great demand.”
  • Brad Egeland talks about the process of managing project issues.
  • Lynda Bourne writes about using expert stakeholders wisely.
  • The Gantt chart is a schedule, not a project plan; James Hutt writes about what should be in a project plan.
  • Derek Huether on estimating techniques.  I’m OK with stop light metaphors for reporting status, and T-shirt sizes for estimating level of complexity, or relative impact of a risk or issue.  But using Gummi Bears to estimate work to be done?  Dude, that’s just wrong …