New PM Articles for the Week of March 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 12 – 18, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Todd Williams  shares the lessons behind “pushing string” to lead your leaders to the right solution by changing the problem definition.
  • Jorge Valdés Garciatorre advocates seeking optimistic team members for project successes.
  • Mark Mullaly explores the risks of using social media in Project Management.
  • Chris Niccolls takes an in-depth look at outsourcing lessons learned.
  • Kiron D. Bondale advocates and explains the benefits of downtime between project assignments.
  • Mike Krutza explains why good managers give instructions, instead of orders.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collected causes of conflict in project management from the audience at her recent presentation at the Pink Elephant conference.
  • Dennis McCafferty presents his PowerPoint on five enterprise-level project management mistakes to avoid.
  • Ben Work talks with Tom Petrocelli: “Project management is a discipline, and task management is a skill.”
  • Bruce McGraw sees a disturbing trend – the devaluation of the professional project manager (as opposed to the PMP holder).
  • Geoff Crane offers some tips on how to find a job in the modern, post-job board world.
  • Premanand Doraiswamy and Premi Shiv have a new book out: “50 Top IT Project Management Challenges.”
  • Guy Smith and his team at Diageo (Guinness, Smirnoff, and others) have a new book out: “if It’s Not Impossible, It’s Not Interesting.”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, take a look at story estimating via the team estimation game, as an alternative to planning poker.
  • Derek Huether finds an example of a visual management system (mieruka, for you Toyota management system fans) while driving through a school zone.
  • Mike Griffiths looks at interruptions, flow, quiet time, and instant messaging.
  • Terry Rankin has coined the best new word of the month – “technosterone.”  Remember “sniglets?”
  • Ken Ritchie liked a story on the news about Sara Blakely and her father’s views on the value (!) of failing … and learning.