Retrospective: My Favorite Posts of 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I figured I’d look back and choose my twelve favorite “theory and practice” Practicing IT Project Manager blog posts from the past year.  Most were inspired by events that took place “on the job,” but a couple of them arose from dialogs I followed on other blogs and the group discussions on LinkedIn.  Some are about common IT project tasks, like testing, data conversion, and design; others are about communicating with stakeholders and customers, and a couple are about career development.

In order of posting:

Stakeholder Analysis (and Fish Dinners)

The Art of Communicating Estimates

The Project Manager as Specialist (or Generalist)

Resisting Change – A Marketing Perspective

Studying Leadership (for project managers)

What Are Our Change Control Procedures Trying to Control?

Introverts and Extroverts

The Happy Path

Data Assumes the Shape of its Container

There’s More to a Design Than Requirements

Converting Historical Data (Or, not)

The Three “Ins” That Are Putting Our Projects Behind Schedule

If you’d like more posts like these (or fewer), please share your comments.  Happy New Year!

2 thoughts on “Retrospective: My Favorite Posts of 2011

  1. However, with financial factors, it is a certainty that the project manager will have to interact somehow with the financial or accounting function. Eventually all financial information finds its way into the general ledger and the financial statements of the organization. So project management best practices recognize and deal with this inevitability right up front.

  2. You may find this research I did a few years back exploring the behavioral profiling of “successful” project managers to be of some interest to you. http://www.maxwideman.com/guests/behavior_profiles/intro.htm If you email, pauldgphd@gmail.com I have an updated version incorporating what we have learned after having tested this instrument on several of our clients, validating the findings. I presented this updated version at the joint IPMA/AIPM conference in Brisbane, Australia back in October of this year to a standing room only crowd.

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