New PM Articles for the Week of January 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 14 – 20.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan reflects on giving the junior team members the opportunity to lead, and to present to senior management.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mike Clayton’s book, “Risk Happens!”
  • Glen Alleman continues his series on aleatory and epistemic risk, noting that the source of all risk is uncertainty.
  • Sameer Bendre is excited that the fifth edition of PMBOK is finally available.  After all, he helped write it!
  • Lynda Bourne looks at Stakeholder Management processes in PMBOK 5th Edition.
  • Roz Baker thinks there might be a good reason one of her projects is always in the red.  But it’s not a good reason to eat worms …
  • Shim Marom summarizes Bent Flyvbjerg’s paper on quality control and due diligence in project management: most of us forecasters are “either fools or liars.”
  • Dave Prior continues his interview with Esther Derby, on how our expectations are evolving as a new generation enters the workforce.  Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman is imagining a program manager with a couple of Agile projects, and a couple of traditional projects.  Sounds complicated, eh?
  • Mike Griffiths mines Prince2 to find useful techniques for empowering the independence and autonomy of Agile development teams.
  • Bruce Benson notes that sharing an incomplete project plan is scary, but usually well worth it.
  • Swizec Teller explains why programmers work at night.  And by extension, why you shouldn’t interrupt their concentration to ask for an update.
  • Tristan Wember argues that the key to a sustainable pace of business change is a series of small wins – dolphins, not whales!
  • Robin Johnston explores approaches to build collaboration with effective stakeholder management during strategic initiatives.
  • Marian Haus catalogs the various ways in which you can decompose requirements in order to better structure your project plan.
  • Mark Price Perry gives 10 tips for PowerPoint presentation tips.
  • Jennifer Schiff talks with a few IT project managers, who identify seven critical skills.
  • Robert Bell shares some advice on managing projects that he doesn’t want to forget.
  • Andrew Makar has some networking tips for IT project managers.  No, not the kind that runs over Ethernet …
  • Toni Bowers shares 25 interview questions that might put you on the spot.  “What song best describes your work ethic?”  Uhh, ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider?’
  • Jack Wallen lists ten things IT managers can do to keep their workers from leaving for greener pastures.
  • Dharmesh Shah watched “Moneyball” twice in one weekend because he worried he might have missed something.  Here’s what he learned about using data to solve business problems.
  • Kailash Awati presents an interesting theory, on “the velocity of organizational change.”
  • John Reiling suggests an honor code for your project team might actually free them to do the right thing.
  • Peter Cochrane has identified a number of business trends, including “IT departments will continue to decline as they are seen as increasingly irrelevant.”  Wow …

Enjoy!