New PM Articles for the Week of May 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 9 – 15, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Josh Nankivel has posted a list of available scholarships for project management programs.  Note that some of these schools are not regionally accredited, including UMT.
  • Cyndee Miller reports on former LinkedIn executive Kevin Eyres’ address at the PMI Global Congress in Dublin.  As you might expect, he’s an advocate for PM’s using social media.
  • Jennifer Whitt describes an agenda for “the perfect PMO meeting,” for an organization apparently following the “Center of Excellence” model I’ve described here in other posts.
  • Jen from PM Bistro shares Part 2 of “Challenges of a CPMO (Corporate project management office).”  If you missed it, here’s Part 1.
  • Dan Vickers and Curt Finch write about wielding project management authority wisely.
  • Todd Williams addresses the nature of the executive leadership team’s contributions to project success (complete with obligatory Dilbert cartoon).
  • Patrick Richards shares a neat video from Phil McKinney on “entrainment.”  Don’t look it up, just click on the video!  Four and a half minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths has some ideas on keeping our teams motivated as we transition to Agile methods.  Now, as to whether “problem solving” is as big a motivator as sex and chocolate …
  • Jordan Bortz has some ideas about “refactoring” the Scrum lexicon.  Yeah, I’ve never been particularly happy with calling software developers “pigs.”
  • Don Kim maps the Blogosphere “debate” of Waterfall vs. Scrum to the centuries-old debate between the rationalists and the empiricists.  So, John Locke was Agile – who knew?
  • Peter Saddington tells us how to build software like Toyota and Ford.  Well, Henry Ford, back before he hired thugs to bust up the nascent United Auto Workers.
  • Glen Alleman talks about the importance of context, with an anecdote about the Hubble.  “In the Low Earth Orbit business “complex” and “simple” mean something different than “complex” and “simple” in the e-commerce server platform business.”
  • Carl Manello writes about putting first things first, and that means addressing issues, not just recording them in an issues log!
  • Johanna Rothman suggests we plan for Murphy to intervene in our daily lives.  She keeps several power cords in strategic locations, but what happens when her town loses power?
  • Ted Hardy proposes a new way to communicate risk when presenting alternatives – the Relative Risk Rating, or as he calls it, Triple-R.
  • Michelle Symonds offers a list of typical questions to use when conducting a SWOT analysis.  Of course, “there is not a standard set of pre-defined questions that will meet every situation.”  But this is a nice start.
  • Bruce Benson relates the story of a manager who challenged the claim that “execution failed a sound strategy.”  As Winston Churchill famously observed, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  Indeed …