New PM Articles for the Week of August 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 20 – 26, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Gil Broza shares part four of his excerpt from “The Human Side of Agile.”  This part: framing all process improvements as experiments, and getting team buy-in.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Ben Snyder’s “Everything is a Project” and Tom Kendrick’s “Results Without Authority,” now in the second edition.
  • Scott Lowe explores five common reasons business process improvement projects fail.  Including software roll-outs where BP re-engineering is a component.
  • Lynda Bourne finds an interesting insight in the PMI 2012 Pulse of the Profession: when senior management understands project / program management, project success rates are higher.  And this is where the sponsor can help.
  • Patrick Gray tells us how to survive a merger or acquisition.
  • Colleen Frye interviews Jeff Sutherland and Robert Holler on the ways in which management is now taking the lead in introducing Agile / Scrum / Lean.
  • Karol McCloskey advocates for full disclosure when considering a vendor’s product offerings.
  • Anita Potgieter makes the case for the marriage of project management and the compliance function.
  • Public CIO magazine reports that the City of New York has created a not-for-profit entity called the NYC Technology Development Corporation, which will manage its IT projects.
  • Nari Kannan explains how using the inherently scalable resources in the cloud can enhance (and scale) Agile development.
  • Johanna Rothman thinks short iterations work better in large, complex programs.  As she puts it, “Short is beautiful.”  And not just because she’s five feet tall.
  • Jordan Bortz makes the argument that you should know what you’re optimizing for, before you choose your methodology.  Wise words, indeed.
  • Lynn Haber tells us how to train up the next generation of project managers (and the business case for doing it well).
  • Len Lagestee explains how his team at Cars.com tested their Agile process on their interns.
  • Soma Bhattacharya finds some interesting research that links Meyers – Briggs personality type to your suitability for project management positions. I’m INTJ, what are you?
  • Kevin Purdy reveals what successful people do with their first hour of work, every day.
  • Gary Nelson notes that you can’t push a string, or people for that matter.  But you can pull / lead them.
  • Cheri Baker wonders if managers, consultants, and other business leaders are psychologists, in disguise?
  • Will Kelly reviews OmniPlan for the iPad.  If you use the Mac version already, this is an easy purchase decision at $49.
  • Glen Alleman expounds on models, using George Box as a starting point, and getting to Mars within a few hundred words.  Pretty cool!
  • Kerry Wills looks back at the days when we worked 40 hours a week, and managers were hesitant to ask for more.

Enjoy!