New PM Articles for the Week of November 26 – December 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 26 – December 2, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Fraser Marlow explores  ways to establish and maintain engagement of project team members.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Helen Hitchmough on how she moved from engineering to project management.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors doesn’t quite review Michael Abrashoff’s book on management, “It’s Your Ship.”  It’s about changing the world – seriously!
  • Cheri Baker sees the holidays coming, and wants to make those little adjustments that keep the team content, without impacting productivity.
  • Will Kelly explains how to use Evernote Business to collaboratively document information-intensive projects.  I use Evernote on my iPad – highly recommended!
  • Anita Potegiter identifies the paradox of agile project management: it takes immense control for it to be successful.
  • Yvette Francino recaps the high points of Markus Gärtner’s new book on acceptance test-driven development.
  • Craig Brown produces a couple of examples of four-quadrant models, to illustrate how they can be used to influence stakeholder thinking.
  • Shoaib Ahmed compares Proof of Concept, Prototype, Pilot, Agile development and Production.
  • Brett Beaubouef explains the concept of “a business-aware cloud solution,” and how to build one.
  • Shim Marom gives us his take on a recent podcast from Freakonomics radio on the value of consultants.
  • Mary Shacklett reports that the trend toward outsourcing IT seems to be reversing itself, as companies find the cost savings didn’t justify what they gave up.
  • Christina Torode interviews Andrew Horne, managing director at research firm CEB, on trends in IT spending and project management approaches.
  • Michelle McNickle reports that several U.S. federal government agencies have been singled out for criticism, for inadequate oversight of their projects in flight.
  • Tom Mochal looks at improving the accuracy of cost estimates in Agile projects, as velocity is established.
  • Chuck Morton explains how you get to a well-formed project schedule, step by step.
  • Roger Kastner tells us that one of the key reasons that projects succeed is the proper application of Corrective Actions.
  • John Reiling applies the 80 / 20 rule to managing stakeholder expectations, when they want to use this project to fix everything.
  • Dick Billows coaches us on how to give feedback that actually changes behavior.
  • Lynda Bourne reminds us to motivate the stakeholders on the project team.
  • Bruce McGraw writes some timely advise on “What to Do When Everyone Leaves Town for the Holiday”
  • Amy Rees Anderson observes, “Success will come and go, but integrity is forever.”
  • Geoffrey James lists seven traits of extraordinary bosses.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the positive effect camaraderie has on project teams.