New PM Articles for the Week of May 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 21 – 27, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan shares a case study for getting better buy-in from a user group with serious and legitimate objections.
  • Elizabeth Harrin asks: Are you a project chugger?  And no, it’s not a drinking game.
  • Kerry Wills summarizes the classic French and Raven study on the five categories of power.
  • Craig Brown explains Cameron and Quinn’s Competing Values Matrix.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Richard Davidson, author of “The Emotional Life of Your Brain.”  Less than 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Are you a blogger?  Ed Hill shares his techniques for choosing topics, using analytics and blog search tools.
  • Rick Freeman reports from the RallyON Agile conference in Boulder, where he notes a shift in the topics from tactical to strategic.  Agile is maturing!
  • Mike Griffiths shares some practice questions for the PMI-ACP exam.  I got 16 of 20 right – if you do better, leave a comment to brag about it!
  • Mridula Velagapudi explains what that whole “Project Management 2.0” thing is about.
  • Jordan Bortz says that when Agile teams respond to changes rather than follow the plan, they create technical debt.  Even if the plan was to reduce technical debt!
  • Mike Vizard looks at the new analytics capabilities in LiquidPlanner, and sees some interesting possibilities.
  • Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt and Jeff Hodgkinson see the project manager as the calm eye of the storm of issues.
  • Johanna Rothman says, “We cannot choose between management and leadership. We must have both.”  Hear, hear!
  • Mind Tools talks about why and how to give appropriate praise.
  • Steve Hill looks at heroic measures that saved a project, and sees a failure to properly plan.
  • Dave Gordon offers some pointers on preparing to replace your premises-hosted legacy application with a shiny, new SaaS application.  Hey, that’s me!
  • Glen Alleman takes a hard look at uncertainty, probability, risk, and managing in the presence of uncertainty.
  • Saira Karim examines some of the reasons a project might not have a charter.
  • Cathlynn Carman says project management isn’t just common sense.  Well, of course it isn’t!  That’s just common … uh, sense.
  • PMI reports that almost 700 members subscribed to the new requirements management community of practice in the first five days.  They’ve found an audience!
  • J. LeRoy Ward found over 17,000 jobs project management listed on Dice.  (And that’s just one site.)
  • Toni Bowers lets us in on a resume secret: the choice of font matters!

Enjoy!