New PM Articles for the Week of September 26 – October 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 26 – October 2, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Daniel Gullo looks at things pragmatically when helping organizations adopt Agile techniques.
  • This month’s PM Network just came out, with a 23-page section called, “Project Management Career Handbook: From getting the job to getting promoted.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin acknowledges, “Most of my work as a project manager involves knowing which experts to ask.”  Like her hairdresser.
  • Glen Alleman notes that fire fighters spend most of their time preventing fires, rather than fighting them.
  • Brian Rabon has some advice for convincing executives to support a Scrum implementation: realize that they may have old scars from embracing “fads of the year.”
  • Niel Nickolaisen tells us why he’s shifted to Agile project management.  “No one knows what they want until they see it.”
  • Charlie Rudd takes the long view in scaling Agile techniques in large organizations.  His approach is apply simple rules.
  • Craig Strong notes, “To be truly Agile, people need to be trusted and empowered.”
  • And Peter Saddington shares a video of Adolph Hitler, dressing down his senior developers for not integrating testing with their code.  Not safe for work, but hysterically funny!
  • Derek Huether reflects on snail mailing a paper check, in terms of Little’s Law and lead time.  Yes, Derek, you’re a geek!
  • Benny Sisko reports from particularly muddy trenches on how his current project “spiraled out of control … plunging teams into chaos and leaving a line department that’s unable to operate effectively.”  Lessons learned – lots of them.
  • Toni Bowers reports on a recent survey of IT executives, on the skills they will be hiring for in 2012.  PM with BA skills is #2 on the list.
  • Dr. Lynda Bourne considers the question, are happy project managers more productive?
  • Dr. William Moylan shares his thoughts on intellectual property as a strategic tool.
  • Patrick Gray talks about unnecessary automation, and WADITW – “We’ve always done it this way.”
  • Mike Griffiths provides an excellent overview of value-stream mapping.
  • Johanna Rothman talks about distance, power, and culture, in the context of Hofstede’s Power Distance index, and what it might mean to distributed teams.
  • Brad Egeland addresses the project environment in a social, economic, and environmental context.
  • New line manager Bruce Benson got his department to charge for their services.  It shouldn’t have been a difficult concept, but for some reason, it required him to drive change.
  • Change is good; changing project managers mid-stream can be challenging, as Philip Diab points out.


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of September 26 – October 2

  1. I’m glad you enjoy them, Elizabeth – thanks for the feedback! Note that you have a mention just about every week, so the feeling is mutual. I’ve been averaging 60-80 articles, posts, and news items a week, distilled to 15 – 18 in my “reader’s digest.” I’m always happy to get a referral to a new article or source, so drop me a line if you don’t see something or someone in my list.

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