New PM Articles for the Week of May 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 16 – 22, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • David Hillson suggests we take “the Ikea approach” to risk management.  Ever assemble furniture from Ikea?  Check the instructions – few words, lots of pictures, all tools supplied.  Hmmm …
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports from the PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dublin, with a summary of Alfonso Bucero’s presentation, “How what you say impacts your project.”
  • Bas de Baar tells us how to influence a “temporary tribe” – a group pursuing the fulfillment of a certain outcome that disbands after they reach their goal.  You know; a project team.
  • Lynda Bourne argues that project delivery teams are stakeholders, too.
  • Jordan Bortz writes about the cultural aspects of bringing elements of Japanese project and production management techniques like Lean, Kanban, and Scrum to the west.
  • Did you know the Project Management Association of Canada has had a Certified Agile Project Manager designation for over two years?  Peter Saddington has the details.
  • Samad Aidane interviews attorney Matt Karlyn on best practices for drafting statements of work.  Highly recommended; forty minutes, safe for work.
  • Michael Greer advises us to never build more than you want to revise, because re-work will happen.  Design your project with re-work opportunities built in!
  • Patrick Gray suggests a major project needs a follow-up by the project team, including all of that stuff we said we’d add to “phase two.”
  • Michael Wood is already preparing for 2012, thinking through the effects of the tsunami in Japan and high gas prices will have on the supply chain.  Think globally, plan locally?
  • Todd Williams presents a model for project success, directed at progressive CIO’s.  “The concept of the IT project has vanished, there are just projects using IT resources.”  Including IT project managers, right?  Right!
  • Craig Brown explains the difference between requirements management and project scope management.
  • Glen Alleman expounds on our probabilistic world.  “No credible project manager believes that the numbers – cost, schedule, and technical performance – are deterministic.”
  • Bruce Benson says your project does not need more people, more time, and more money.  And he seems to mean it, despite not knowing anything about your project.

Enjoy!

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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including premises-based ERP solutions, like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise, and SaaS solutions, like Workday. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

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