New PM Articles for the Week of October 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 17 – 23, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Walt Zeglinski shares the positive accountability model, linking workforce engagement and goal alignment to describe an organization’s culture.
  • Derek Huether concludes his three part series on the mainstreaming of Agile with a link to a 3-minute video on the role of the first follower in starting a movement – safe for work.  He also has an update from his first PMI-ACP class in the DC area.
  • Peter Saddington shares observations from someone who took the PMI-ACP exam on October 6th.  Worth a review even if you don’t plan to pursue the credential.
  • Glen Alleman is working on a webinar on “the integration of Agile with the contractual management of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.”
  • Marc Loffler thinks maybe a team of product owners might be a good approach.
  • Bas de Baar explores group interaction, based on insights gained from an article by Trudy and Peter Johnson-Lenz, “Rhythms, Boundaries, Containers. Elements of Social Systems.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin says we should assume positive intent at the office (as opposed to, say, everywhere else).
  • Bruce Benson suggests that we need to translate the jargon used by the project teams and the business folks, in both directions.
  • Hajar Hamid offers some guidance on how to introduce timeboxed meetings to your team.
  • Jason Hiner came away from the annual Gartner Symposium with an interesting list of tech trends to watch for in 2012.
  • Conrado Morlan continues his examination of the different generations in project teams, with a look at Gen X.
  • Bruce McGraw shares a list of resources for helping us deal with people issues on our projects.
  • Paul Boos shares the final installment of his series on the Feng Shui for establishing a culture of innovation.
  • Johanna Rothman says, “If you are a program manager, make sure you know which team you are trying to manage.”
  • John Reiling suggests we try transplanting ideas from project management as practiced in other industries.
  • Andrea McDougal lists a whopping 30 potential career paths for a practitioner with a degree in project management.
  • Kiron Bondale thinks project managers could learn a few lessons from Steve Jobs.


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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.