New PM Articles for the Week of August 27 – September 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 27 – September 2, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan addresses inappropriate behavior, directed at a team member.  “Don’t make me stop this car …”
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives a thumbs-up to “Conflict 101,” by Susan Shearouse.  Just bought it – thanks, Liz!
  • Cheri Baker makes an interesting find: “Get Along With Your Co-Workers Gum.”  Yeah, she was skeptical, too.
  • Gary Nelson tells a story about venomous snakes, whether a nod means “yes” or “no,” and the difference between acceptable and unacceptable risk.
  • Penelope Trunk tells a story about a former colleague, and finding inspiration at work.  Or rather, a succession of jobs.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his imaginary gorilla, Hogarth, coin a world-class maxim:  “Don’t take credit, communicate success.”
  • Bart Parkins values loyal skeptics.  “Negative skeptics criticize everything; loyal skeptics scrutinize everything.”
  • Glen Alleman gets another invitation to an Agile webinar, and rolls his eyes at the description of “the old waterfall methodology.”
  • Derek Huether met Joe Justice, leader of Team Wikispeed, who built a street-legal prototype car that gets over 100 MPG, using Agile techniques, in only three months.
  • Shim Marom reviews a paper, “Re-conceptualizing project management methodologies for a post-postmodern era.”  Not as dry as the title.  Parts 1 and 2.
  • The Central Ohio Agile Association has been conducting a study that demonstrates Agile methods produce better quality code in less time.
  • Andrea Brockmeier thinks the problem is not a resource shortage, but a shortage of clearly agreed-to priorities.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that the ability to use a tool in a business context is what makes the tool valuable. “Your nephew is not a social media expert.”
  • Kailash Awati tells the story of a consulting engagement, in five limericks.
  • Marian Haus shares some guidelines for planning and facilitating a productive brainstorming session.
  • Kerry Wills makes lists – actions, decision, issues, and risks.  And if it ain’t on the list …
  • Ron Rosenhead imagines a conversation between a sponsor who promised a delivery date, and the project manager who’s just hearing about the project.
  • Bruce Benson asks if we really need to “get all the experts in a room,” or just be able to quickly access information in order to make decisions.