New PM Articles for the Week of June 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 4 – 10, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Daniel Gullo defines some key Agile roles, both in terms of the work they do and what sorts of credentials and experience might apply.
  • Mike Clayton contributes an edited excerpt from his book, “Risk Happens!” on group think and risky shift.
  • Derek Huether shares his technique for measuring agreement in a group, the “Fist of Five.”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth report from their new home at The Gorilla Coach on why you should always try to sit in the front row.
  • Andrew Nusca scans Forbes’ list of the 25 fastest-growing technology companies, and notes that 21 of them are business tech firms.  Facebook, Schmace-book …
  • Nick Heath explains how Amazon’s “two-pizza” rule can be applied to project staffing.
  • Susan Cramm, writing as a current CFO and former CIO, insists as BYOD becomes the new normal, we need more leadership in IT, not less.
  • Peter Saddington highlights two cloud-based tools for Agile teams:  Timebox and VersionOne, Catalyst Edition.
  • Shane Hastie reports from Agile Australia, where one presentation described how a government ministry in New Zealand disbanded a 60 person PMO, by changing processes.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on a completely different sort of project: a Queen’s Jubilee celebration.
  • Lynda Bourne asks an interesting question: is project management an international standard or a cultural process?
  • Samad Aidane interviews Ann Hermann-Nehdi on how Herrmann’s Whole Brain Thinking model can be applied to project management.  Just 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Conrado Morlan tells about a recent experience where a new team member needed some coaching on how their organization selected projects.
  • Mac lovers, take heart!  OmniPlan is now available for your iPad!!  Take THAT, MS Project!
  • Penelope Trunk offers some essential advice for new college graduates, which is just as applicable to the rest of us.
  • Kerry Wills compares managing projects with playing chess.  En passant, of course.
  • Josh Nankivel reviews BrainBOK, a new PMP exam study tool.


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of June 4 – 10

  1. The two pizza rule? I’d never heard of that before. What a great concept, and something that is easy to put into practice. Unfortunately, in my team, 2 pizzas wouldn’t go very far as we all like our food far too much.

  2. The two pizza rule has an additional wrinkle: when my colleague, James, and I work on a project, we need both a meat-lovers and a vegetarian pizza. The rest of the team has to feel like they can join the meal without taking sides in some entirely separate debate.

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