New PM Articles for the Week of December 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 12 –18, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Ellen Gottesdiener tells us why “Agile requirements” isn’t an oxymoron.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Peter Taylor’s new book, “Leading Successful PMOs.”
  • Michelle Symonds gives us a few reasons why an organization might need a PMO.
  • Abid Mustafa shares some considerations for those contemplating certifying their PMO under ISO 9001.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, look at Agile retrospectives from the perspective of learning Kendo.  Hey, so much of Agile is based on Japanese ideas – why not?
  • Johanna Rothman contemplates explaining to management teams why they can’t drive the establishment of self-organizing teams.
  • Derek Huether is now co-leader of the PMI-ACP Support Group, and he shares the numbers of folks who participated in the pilot program.
  • Peter Saddington interviews Jon Terry on the team behind LeanKitKanban, and ends up covering a lot of information on bootstrapping your own business.
  • Conrado Morlan explains how to coach and train new project managers from Generation Y.
  • Josh Nankivel outlines the five-step process of continuous improvement proposed by Eric Ries in “The Lean Startup.”
  • Patrick Richard has some positive comments on Phil McKinney’s “Killer Innovations” podcasts.
  • John Reiling has some thoughts (and some links) relevant to ethics.  He also re-tells a great old story about justified skepticism (and silver gravy ladles).
  • Brad Egeland shares some thoughts on presenting change orders to clients.
  • Glen Alleman looks at the catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant subsequent to the March 11th earthquake, as an example of a “Black Swan” event.
  • Michael Wood looks ahead to IT spending in 2012, courtesy of a report from the Gartner Group and the CDW IT Monitor report.  It looks like a big shift in priorities!
  • Geoff Crane is working on an interesting series of posts: “Project Management in History.”  It grew out of a class assignment … Ah, I’ll let Geoff tell you.
  • Terry Bunio has too much time on his hands; thus, “12 Days of an Agile Christmas.”

Enjoy!  And Happy Holidays to you, your families, and your teams and clients!