New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 20 –26, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
• Aaron Smith shares some techniques for resolving workplace conflict, from “The Exchange,” by Steven Dinkin, Barbara Filner, and Lisa Maxwell.
• J. LeRoy Ward posted a string of ten short videos on the top trends in project management. Each 3 – 4 minutes long, all safe for work.
• Craig Brown argues that estimates are not necessary for many activities that are called projects, but may actually be operations, in disguise. I agree.
• Peter Saddington looks at the arguments for not estimating stories in Agile, and he is not convinced. Of course, neither am I.
• Derek Huether presents the case for organizing around teams (a projectized organization) rather than the more common matrixed organization.
• Mark Muallaly looks at the apprentice / journeyman / master model for career development, and opines on what it takes to reach the Master Project Manager level.
• Project management isn’t surgery, but Ty Kiisel argues that maybe heart surgeons can learn a thing or two from project managers.
• Elizabeth Harrin reviews Lin Grensing-Pohpal’s book on managing off-site staff.
• Bruce Benson recounts the tale of the new CEO who sent an Email blast to every employee, asking for their opinions. And then replied to all 2,0000 responses.
• Terrell Russell posted a request on LinkedIn for “lessons learned” from past projects, and Josh Nankivel replied with a whole list of them.
• Sondre Bjørnebekk shares her idea for a “visual risk log” and provides a link to download the Excel worksheet she used to create it. Very, very cool!
• Dr. Lynda Bourne writes about improving the quality and effectiveness of project communications with proper document design techniques.
• Bas de Baar continues using his “adventure travel” metaphor for projects, with an exploration of setting up a temporary comfort zone, where the team will feel safe enough to take valuable risks. In a tent. But, what kind of tent? Ask the team!
• Duncan Haughey shares ten very appropriate quotes that just might make you a better project manager. Or at least, more erudite.
• Dr. David Rico looks at how software development contract models have evolved with the introduction of Agile project management.
• Chuck Morton disputes the statistics quoted in the Standish Group Chaos reports. All successful projects resemble one another, but all failed projects fail in their own way …