New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 18 – 24, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- PMI announced they have selected three research projects for funding in 2011. Two have a global scope, the third is on implementing project management as an organizational innovation.
- Speaking of global, here’s an article from Ghana. Yeah, consulting project managers are the same everywhere.
- Jennifer Whitt reflects on working closely with the client project manager when a consulting project has dropped into the red. Focus on the facts and the problems, not on the blame.
- Two takes on conducting project meetings: Kathlika Thomas, guest writing on PM4Girls, and Chuck Morton on PM Best Practice each share their thoughts.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Rick Valerga’s book, “The Cure for the Common Project.”
- Todd Williams addresses the difference between managing innovation and managing a routine project, like a technology refresh.
- On a related matter: not exactly new, a video of Dan Pink talking about the science behind motivation, and how certain rewards can inhibit creativity. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
- Derek Huether posted a pie chart of the PMI Agile exam tools and techniques. Watch his blog for more content on the Agile exam.
- Terry Bunio shares his company’s experience with their first Agile project, including the background and lessons learned.
- Patrick Bird shares his model of (mis-)communication, “The Arc of Distortion.”
- Lynda Bourne shares her framework for key roles within project, program, and portfolio management.
- Speaking of which, Rob Preston reports on trends in IT departments taking a more disciplined approach to project and portfolio management. Good news, bad news, and metrics!
- Glenn Alleman reflects on the “naive notion of simplicity,” and why context matters. I agree – there are few artifacts simpler than a bowling ball, yet it is notoriously difficult to score 300.