New PM Articles for the Week of February 25 – March 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  •  Michael Nir says that the key to building better teams is the behaviors of the leader.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a status report on The Parent Project, with a picture of baby Jack.  And yes, he was born on schedule!
  • Aaron Smith reports on a new global benchmarking study on the state of resource management and capacity planning.
  • John Zappe says that despite lowered confidence in their ability to find a new job, demand for IT knowledge workers is skyrocketing.
  • Jaime Petkanics explains what recruiters really want to see on your LinkedIn profile.  I need a new picture …
  • LeRoy Ward has some tips for avoiding “cotton mouth” during a presentation.  Or as some folks call it, “Marco Rubiosis.”
  • Samad Aidane interviews Ricardo Vargas, director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations.  Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths found research that indicates the best way to lower test anxiety is write about it – immediately before the test!
  • Johanna Rothman begins a series on organizing an Agile program.  Not just a group of projects …
  • Don Kim is starting a series of articles on Kanban and the growing sophistication of both the practitioners and the tools they use.
  • Terry Bunio reminds us that Agile is about creating value, and “value” is defined by the customer, not the Agile Manifesto.
  • Daniel Burrus says that time travel is really possible.  See all those people, stuck in the past?
  • Wiley just released four new PM titles, including the 11th edition of Kerzner’s “Systems Approach” and two PMBOK5 updates from Cynthia Stackpole.
  • Toni Bowers reports that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has banned telecommuting.  Wow … who knew that was what was broken?
  • Scott Berkun says, “Any unilateral decision by an executive about how creative people work is a mistake.”  And then defends Ms. Mayer.
  • Kerry Will thinks Marissa Mayer might have the right idea, at least for project managers.
  • Patrick Richard says a blanket order like Marissa Mayer’s “no telecommuting” rule demonstrates a significant lack of leadership.
  • Penelope Trunk say Mariss Mayer is a hero, for forcing people to make choices – you can have a career, or a family.
  • Jo Ann Sweeney explains the Communication Escalator, a model for moving stakeholders from awareness to commitment.
  •  Tristan Wember offers some ways to recognize and deal with psychological resistance to change, and ideological resistance to change.
  • Chuck Morton concludes his series on advanced scheduling techniques with a look at estimate confidence.
  • Steward Copper takes a few minutes to talk about time management.
  • Bruce Benson argues that we should prepare for failure, in order to learn how to recover.
  • Shim Marom presents an excellent case study on managing risks associated with sourcing some project work to off-shore resources.
  • Roz Baker applies Dante Alighieri’s list of the seven deadly sins to project management.  Lawyers sure love them some Latin …