New PM Articles for the Week of October 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 10 – 16, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan outlines the “rules of engagement” for keeping stakeholders … uh, engaged.
  • Derek Huether recounts his role in helping to create the PMI Agile certification, part 1 and part 2.
  • Sean McHugh says iterating on Scrum is the key to long-term success.  He also manages to re-cast The Most Interesting Man in the World as a Scrum Master.  Stay Agile, my friends.
  • Esther Derby recounts a conversation with a senior manager who wanted to know how “Agile” his company was, in comparison with others.  Wrong question!
  • Conrado Morlan says that, in a project environment, Millenials are closer in temperament and outlook to the Baby Boomers.  Wait a minute – aren’t these our kids?
  • Information Age has an interesting interview with Jane Moran, CIO of Thomson Reuters.
  • Louise K. Allen & Carrie Nauyalis recount the latest game changers in product and portfolio management.
  • Johanna Rothman warns organizations that don’t invest in infrastructure for their off-shore teams: “You can ‘save’ all you want on wages and infrastructure. You will pay for it in defects, technical debt, unhappy customers and eventual product death.”
  • Glen Alleman continues his series, “5 Questions PMs Must Ask,” with the third question, “Do we have enough to get there?”
  • Elizabeth Harrin describes Level 4 (Good!) project management maturity in terms of the seven perspectives described by the UK government’s Protfolio, Programme, and Project Offices (P3O) Standard.  Interesting even to us American-speakers.
  • Paul Boos continues his “Agile Feng Shui” series: preparing an organization to be innovative.
  • Bruce Benson argues that the key to fostering real innovation is to “engage and empower” the folks at the lower levels.  In other words, bottom-up innovation!
  • Jack Duggal says PMOs must “become more adaptive and continue to refocus, repurpose and reinvent themselves.”
  • Peter Taylor asks, just how successful is your PMO?  The 6 question PMO “acid test.”
  • Craig Brown shares the slide deck from his presentation on using cumulative flow diagrams for requirements traceability.
  • Christopher Avery says project managers should turn the motivation question around.  “Tell me what’s in it for you.”
  • Saira Karim wants us to apply networking skills to our project communications.
  • Kerry Wills get specific – he wants us to network with administrative assistants.  The hand that schedules the conference rooms rules the world …