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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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. 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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