New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 2 through 8, 2012. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Ty Kiisel shares some memories of getting commitment from his team.
- Andy Jordan shares his vision of self-selected project teams. No, seriously!
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Josh Nankivel on “what a coach does.”
- Jorge Valdés Garciatorres says we need to manage stakeholders by developing relationships with them.
- Patrick Richard is still skeptical after reading the special report on Agile in the latest issue of PM Network. “I’m not saying it doesn’t work; I’m saying prove it works.”
- Mike Griffiths shares his presentation on Smart Agile Metrics, along with a great quote from Einstein on what can be counted, and what counts.
- Peter Saddington reports on research by Fergal Glynn, who found evidence that software developers write their worst and most buggy code between October and November.
- Shim Marom applies lessons from Daniel Kahneman’s recent book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” to project management. Specifically, when is “professional intuition” a valid tool?
- Paul Bruno draws some interesting project management lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg.
- Girish Despande expounds on the Three Sisters of Project Management: knowledge, experience, and people skills. My initial reaction: corn, beans, and squash?
- Bruce McGraw considers when to ask for help.
- Johanna Rothman explodes Management Myth #1: 100% utilization.
- Glen Alleman explains, once again, what earned value is about.
- Craig Brown shares a story about a project that began by visualizing a workflow, and essentially reached their goals while collaborating over the diagram.
- Kerry Wills argues for “living documents,” as opposed to simply storing a series of updates.
- Derek Huether tells us how to claim PDU’s toward renewing your PMP credential, if you’ve let your membership in PMI lapse.
- Bas de Baar on Sensemaking: “When Columbus set out to discover America, he didn’t have a map that had America on it. That was the whole point of discovering it.” Whoa …
- Bruce Benson says, “Project management consists of change management and risk management. Everything else is an application of these two concepts.” Whoa …