New PM Articles for the Week of June 6 – June 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – June 12, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Daniel Gullo tackles the definition of “done” with a lot more detail than the dictionary ever provided.
  • Peter Saddington has compiled a list of the Top 200 Agile Blogs, based on several popularity metrics.  No, this blog didn’t make the list, but it’s not really an Agile blog, is it?
  • Having trouble finding that new job?  Josh Nankivel says hiring managers are “shopping.” Maybe you should make yourself more “shopper-friendly.”
  • David Bulkin shares a “cube view” of the materials PMI is recommending for those preparing to take the PMI-ACP exam.
  • Michael Aucoin compares an Agile software development project to a jazz performance.  As a musician, let me just interject: not everyone can learn to jam.
  • Margherita Bruni writes about Agile BI: “BI agility is achievable. BI perfection is not.”  Yeah, that’s about what we expected, but she’s added lots of links – highly recommended.
  • Forget about forming / storming / norming / performing.  Bas de Baar presents “A culture-focused strategy using an adventure travel metaphor.”
  • Jim De Piante reflects on the lack of a career path from project management to the C-suite, and says maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
  • On the other hand, Ty Kiisel argues that project management can be approached strategically, and that it might be a path to the C suite.  So there, Jim!
  • Todd Williams shares his thoughts on our cultural need to blame.
  • Bruce Benson writes about the benefits of being forced to “disconnect” while traveling – you get enough time to reflect on what really needs to be done.
  • Brad Egeland shares a story about buying shoes for his daughter to illustrate an important point: measuring a requirement does not necessarily make it correct.
  • Andy Makar shares five tips for drafting your next RFP, making it through the selection process, and getting to a contract.
  • Keith Mathis writes about successful facilitation, as a practical skill.  Even if you’ve been doing it for years, this is worth the read.
  • Margaret Meloni argues that relationships are in scope – the people are the project.
  • Rob Prinzo shares some project assurance best practices to help ensure software implementation project success.
  • Merrie Barron and Andrew Barron recount the history of project management, beginning with the Great Wall of China.  It’s good to know that the first big project ran over – by centuries!


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