New PM Articles for the Week of June 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 11 – 17, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • PMI and INCOSE have released a new guide that identifies 300 best practices for teams implementing Lean Management.
  • Sarah Runge says the root causes for IT project failure lie not in what we’ve done, but in what we haven’t done.
  • Lynda Bourne says there is no ‘root cause’ when a project fails.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Todd Williams, author of “Rescue the Problem Project.”
  • Todd Williams completes his earlier story about the ethical dilemma uncovered in conversations with an executive at a prospective client firm.
  • Mark Thiele argues that the decision to use cloud-based applications or infrastructure is a strategic one.
  • Gareth Byatt, Gary Hamilton, Jeff Hodgkinson, and Phil Terrill look at the risk register and how to use it as a monitoring tool throughout the life of the project.
  • Mike Griffiths looks at risk management, too, as a set of collaborative team exercises.
  • Kerry Wills explains his notion of “multipliers,” as a characteristic of team member productivity.
  • Peter Saddington looks at high individual productivity from the perspective of behavior.
  • Bob Galen tells about the company that just didn’t “get” the idea of demonstrating working software at a sprint review, and how he coached them to agility.
  • Leon Orr looks at Agile and Prince2, and decides that it’s possible to leverage both approaches.
  • Vincent McGevna provides a practical example of planning a project using a hybrid approach, which he calls “Iterative Waterfall.”  Lots of detail!
  • Derek Huether tells the Dr. Seuss story of the Sneetches in explaining his disdain for those who offer a 100% guarantee that you’ll pass the exam if you attend their training.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, mash up coaching, Nanny McPhee, “Groundhog Day,” hackerpreneurs, and goals.  And yes, they do have a point.
  • Margie Warrell shares the seven habits of highly effective job hunters.
  • Geoffrey James identifies five toxic beliefs that limit us and ruin our careers.
  • Mike Clayton, author of “Smart to Wise,” asks, are you a smart PM or a wise project manager?
  • Andy Jordan advocates for quality thinking time.  Full disclosure: I have an overstuffed reclining chair in my office, for quality thinking.  Really.
  • Glen Alleman has a list of the sources of problems, even for mature organizations.
  • Johanna Rothman follows up on her recent column on management and leadership, identifying the path to becoming a leading manager.
  • Bruce McGraw considers an interesting idea: what if project managers under stress were subject to mandatory counseling?