New PM Articles for the Week of April 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 16 – 22, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Shim Marom reviews the difference between accountability and responsibility.
  • Michael Krigsman considers the question: Who’s accountable for IT failure?
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors wants us to consider not just the probability of a failure, but the impact it will have.
  • Dhanu Kothari shares some sample criteria for troubled projects, and his roadmap for project recovery.
  • Don McAlister talks about when it is appropriate to re-baseline your project.
  • Jorge Valdes Garciatorres advocates getting mad.  When it’s justifiable, and professional.
  • Kenneth Hardin presents the thoughts of Mike Duensing, VP of Engineering at Mindjet, on ensuring your team understands risk, first-hand.
  • Todd Williams summarizes his thoughts on driving change, based on a white paper by Deanne Earle, “Principles for Intelligent Transition. “
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Microsoft’s Richard Gordon on the role of Sharepoint and the apparently slow rate of adoption of Project 2010.  Three minutes, safe for work.
  • Glen Alleman shares a fishbone diagram of some common sources of variance in project cost.
  • Steve Denning addresses ten perennial management-level objections to the adoption of Agile methods.  Including several pretty good ones.
  • Mike Griffiths looks at a Forbes article that argues Agile’s unlikely origins in software development may make it unlikely to be accepted in other management areas.
  • Matt Simpson explains the benefits of using Kanban in a software development project.
  • Meanwhile, Peter Saddington looks into reports that Kanban is failing Japanese industry.
  • Steve Ranger summarizes the findings of TechRepublic’s CIO Jury on the question of whether there is really a technical skills crisis.  Answer: no, but …
  • Jahna Berry reports on the “skills gap” between what employers are looking for and what they’re seeing in the applicant pool.
  • Paul Schoemaker reveals four secrets of great critical thinkers.
  • Josh Nankivel re-learns the old lesson: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  • Kiron D. Bondale shares why and how you should develop a good relationship with Functional Managers.

Enjoy!