New PM Articles for the Week of January 28 – February 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Dhan looks at Good vs. Great Project Manager Behaviors in a tribute to Level 5 Leadership described by Jim Collins.
  • Roger Kastner shares principles of creating team accountability based upon The Oz Principle.
  • Jerry Manas sees five trends that will crest in the coming year, and articulates how your PMO will need to prepare for them.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brian Weiss, VP of Practitioner Markets at PMI on his job, elearning, and the future for PMI’s certifications.
  • Patrick Richard listened patiently to Peter Forrester’s explanation of how to use the “efficient frontier” for portfolio optimization.  Now, he lists his objections.
  • Urban Anomaly has announced the release of Timeline 1.0, a minimalist project management app for the iPad for just $2.99.  So, I bought it – review coming shortly.
  • Project Insight announces version 10.1.  If you aren’t familiar with the product, you can have either SaaS or premises-based versions – one of the few like that.
  • Gary Nelson considers the five senses, and how we use them to perceive and communicate.  Especially with vendors.
  • Roz Baker has a JD in addition to her PMP, so when she talks about managing vendor relationships, we should take notes!
  • Andrew Makar looks at managing accountability in outsourced projects.
  • Of course, if you just need a “lite” solution, Peter Saddington found a Friend Disclosure Agreement.
  • Roger Chou recounts how Ang Lee worked with vendor Rhythm and Hues Studio, Fox Studios, and the government of Taiwan to film the un-filmable “Life of Pi.”
  • Michiko Diby advocates for the building of “project spirit,” offering examples from two Mars exploration projects and Battlestar Galactica.  It ain’t rocket science!
  • Bertrand Duperrin thinks “…we’ll need to learn to manage processes as if they were people and not people as if they were processes.”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth remind us that good manners will never go out of fashion.
  • Bruce Benson advocates brutal honesty.  Well, he advocates honesty – brutality is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Rich Maltzman celebrates Super Bowl Sunday with … criteria for project success.  Of course, if the Patriots had beaten the Ravens, he’d be watching the game.
  • Kelsey van Haaster concludes his series on the parallels between chess and business analysis.
  • Vanessa Fiorido finds lessons for project managers in Psy’s “Gangnam Style” YouTube video.  And lessons in communication from “Call Me Maybe?”