New PM Articles for the Week of April 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 2 – 8, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Ben Snyder describes the profile of a good project manager.
  • Don McAlister explains how micro relationships matter for “Project Management in the Matrix Crossfire”.
  • Steve Romero on “The Success of Canceled Projects”.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors on the power of “And” to facilitate teamwork and communication.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Language of Leaders,” by Kevin Murray, which he based on interviews with 60 CEO’s and business leaders.
  • PMI has announced the recipients of their academic research grants for 2012.
  • Tony Schwartz, author of “Be Excellent at Anything,” comes out against multi-tasking and in favor of focus.
  • Scott Lowe has five questions portfolio managers should ask before approving a project.
  • Margo Visitacion and Jerry Manas team up for a webcast on Wednesday, April 11 on how to focus your PMO on the big picture.
  • Geoff Crane finally publishes his white paper on the history of project management – twelve culturally significant projects over a period of 4500 years, focused on risk management.
  • Lynda Bourne clarifies: what does a project sponsor really do?
  • Andy Jordan has some ideas on how to bring a stakeholder who was “forgotten” until the last minute into the project.
  • Glen Alleman found an interesting quote: “Stop motivating people – they hate it.”
  • Derek Huether reports on the recent PMI Agile Community of Practice retrospective.
  • Terry Bunio shares an example of an Agile project  charter, based on user stories.
  • Peter Saddington reports on Scrum Wing 3D, an open source Scrum project management tool.  Holding stand-ups virtually, using avatars?  Wow …
  • Johanna Rothman addresses questions related to infrastructure investment and technical debt.
  • Shim Marom reviews “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do About It,” by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel.
  • Kerry Wills looks at the importance of decisions, and understanding the consequences of those decisions.