New PM Articles for the Week of July 25 –31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 25 –31, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Janis Rizzuto interviews Scott Ambler on scaling Agile to create value across the enterprise.
  • Ty Kiisel uses the occasion of his recent return to Japan to reflect on “knowing where you’re going” and engaging the team to map the route.
  • Peter Taylor, author of “The Lazy Project Manager” is campaigning for real sponsors, and he has a detailed list of behaviors, good and bad, to guide the search.
  • Jason Hiner has been studying the trends in IT, and says we will soon see only three kinds of IT professionals: Consultants, Project Managers, and Developers.
  • Elizabeth Harrin quotes a survey that indicates most women don’t want to move into management roles.  And then disputes those findings.
  • Geoff Crane is back in school, finally finishing his undergraduate degree, but takes the time to write about assertive dialogue.
  • Glen Alleman takes a look at a figure from a McKinsey report, using data from the Standish reports on success rates of IT projects, and finds the picture less than illuminating.
  • Kelly Waters is proposing some basic extensions to the PMBOK to address Agile methods, as part of “Direct and Manage Project Execution.”
  • Jeff Sutherland says he started practicing Scrum in 1967, while bombing North Viet Nam.  And in the seventies, while teaching medicine.  Fourteen minutes, safe for work.
  • Meanwhile, Terry Bunio writes a “Dear Scrum” letter.  “I guess I just need space.”
  • Rob Prinzo presents the case for a “project assurance” methodology.
  • And Bruce Benson argues against “quality assurance” becoming a substitute for project management.
  • Josh Nankivel shares an update from Cornelius Fichtner on the changes they’ve implemented to The PM Prepcast in advance of the changes to the PMP exam, effective August 31.
  • Andrew Makar suggests we “move beyond” certification, toward putting all we’ve learned into practice.
  • Todd Williams recalls using unshelled peanuts as bait to get scurrying managers to stop by his cube and communicate.
  • Curt Finch and Dan Vickers advocate for succeeding as a project manager by building influence.
  • John McKee writes about leadership in the modern, “challenged” organization, and the Law of Unintended Consequences.
  • Avinoam Nowogrodski wants to kill the project status meeting.  Personally, I just to make them about exceptions, rather than affirming the obvious, but to each his own.
  • Rick Swanborg notes five ways to “win” at project management.  And no, Charlie Sheen didn’t make the list.
  • Brad Egeland has posted a three-part series on project management benchmarking.
  • Paul Boos continues his “Government Gone Agile” series with the five characteristics of the innovation personae.
  • Bill Krebs writes about using kinesthetic intelligence in Scrum team meetings; techniques like “The Fist of Five” and “Chickens sit, Pigs stand.”  Note: neither of these is a Kung Fu movie.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Jonathan Jordan on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Brains.”  An hour and seven minutes, but well worth the time.  Safe for work.
  • Project Shrink Bas de Baar touches on introversion, mirror neurons, and the potential virtues of less-than-precision feedback.
  • And Ted Hardy writes about subconscious information processing.  Yes, it’s neuroscience week in the blogosphere …
  • Derek Bruff reflects on what he learned about measuring progress from watching “Lost.”
  • Matthew Saunders lists the couple of dozen tools he’s used over the years to manage various aspects of his projects, from MS Project and Jira to Omnigraffle and DropBox.
  • Kerry Wills updates us on “consultant-speak,” using the Dilbert-language dictionary.
  • Scott Jennings rebuts Michael Pachter on “crunching” as normal.  Worth the click just for the picture of the puppy Michael is alleged to have kicked.

Enjoy!