New PM Articles for the Week of April 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 23 – 29, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Josh Nankivel points out a subtle but important change made to the PMP Handbook last week, regarding eligibility requirements.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on her research into the use of Agile methods for geographically distributed teams.  You can even download her white paper.
  • Ty Kiisel summarizes the case for effectively using social media in projects, with quotes from several leaders and luminaries.
  • Shim Marom refutes Glen Alleman’s dismissal of the soft, “touchy-feely side” of project management.
  • Meanwhile, Glen Alleman presents Yet Another Explanation of why earned value is both unique and uniquely valuable.  And stop touching that!
  • Bruce Benson shares an amazing insight: Customers will demand something that appears unattainable, and then be shocked and unprepared when it’s delivered.
  • Todd Williams has a great anecdote on the art of relentlessly saying “no.”
  • Toni Bowers has some ideas on how to manage the perfectionist on your team.  Like I always say, perfection is over-rated.
  • John Parkinson wonders if maybe experience, specifically experience in project management, is over-rated.  Hey, wait a minute!
  • Justin James lists ten classic mistakes that plague software development projects.  And he means classic; most of them date from the days of punch cards.
  • Neil McAllister busts another seven programming myths.  Maybe it’s Fred Brooks’s birthday this week … No, that would be a mythical birthday-month.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors finds a new failure mode for Agile software development: the product owner who doesn’t talk to other stakeholders.  Look for the Gilligan’s Island reference …
  • Jesse Fewell has rounded up some fun acronyms for use in Agile software development.  Look for the “Office Space” reference …
  • Derek Huether reports on the ACP Community Guide, which isn’t an AgileBOK.  He even says so.
  • Mike Griffiths interviews Juie Chikering in a webinar, “PMI-ACP:Adopting Agile into the PMP World.”  Free, Wednesday, May 2, at 7:00 AM PDT.
  • Cindy Lee Weber maps sports roles in volleyball, American Football, and ice hockey to project management.  Fortunately, she doesn’t mention rugby.
  • Patrick Gray looks at browser snobbery and support desk tickets, and concludes: IT can easily alienate the very people they’re trying to help.  It sure ain’t Disney Land …
  • Steve Ranger says consumerization, the cloud, and “the internet of things” are forcing changes in the role (and attitudes) of the CIO.  And presumably, her department.
  • Ken Hardin gets a post-project request from a client, prompting him to ask: at what point is “a little bit extra,” just too much?
  • Bernadine Douglas thinks we need to build a business case for project reviews and lessons learned meetings.
  • Scott Lowe presents the “Dodgy Business Case of the Week.”  Namely, moving to iPads will reduce your electric bill.  Note to self: don’t try this at home …


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of April 23 – 29

  1. Dave,

    Thanks again for being such a great resource. We are amazed at all the incredible blogs that we find from your weekly wrap up and continued to be honored that we are included among such luminaries.

    Joel and Hogarth

  2. Thanks for the thumbs-up, Joel. You and Hogarth are welcome to stop by for a banana break any time!

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