New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 11 – 17. Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Andy Jordan reminds us that the way we deal with stressful situations is what defines us as leaders.
- Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow identify six barriers to customer centricity. Extracted from their book, “Customer-centric Project Management.”
- Peter Tarhanidis asserts that the customer mindset is always right.
- Shim Marom presents a decision tree on “Should you attend that meeting?” courtesy of Elizabeth Grace Saunders.
- Gary Laverty reviews Charles Tryon’s third edition of “Managing Organizational Knowledge.”
- Frank Saladis has a new book out, “Positive Leadership in Project Management.”
- Samad Aidane interviews Lina Echeverria, author of “Idea Agent,” 63 minutes. Also Geoff Trickey on risk personality types, 45 minutes. Both safe for work.
- John Simko shares specific criteria when doing nothing is the appropriate action.
- Dave Prior continues his interview with Personal Kanban author Jim Prior. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- LeRoy Ward notes that, if your organization isn’t good at project management, Agile practices will like make a bad situation worse.
- Ben Ferris shares five tips for making better decisions.
- Bruce Benson notes that finding the root cause of your current problems is the first step; looking at alternatives comes later.
- Chuck Morton explains risk buffers, using the example of a daily commute.
- APQC has released a best-practices study called “Effective Project Management Offices.”
- Roz Baker lists the bare minimum fields required in a defect log. Her definition of “PICNIC” is at the bottom, next to the smiley face.
- Andrew Makar presents a great tutorial on how to create a custom status report within Project 2010.
- Sue Cochran creates a Project Charter primer by defining the core charter
- Whitson Gordon sings the praises of Evernote. (And so do I!)
- Brett Beaubouef explains the basic equation of requirements management: What + Why = How.
- Patrick Richard shares insights from a Harvard Business Review blog post, on why employers aren’t filling their open jobs.
- Toni Bowers has a short list of meaningless phrases you should remove from your resume. Like “responsible for …”
- Chip Camden addresses the question of whether age-ism is a factor for us IT consultants. And then he shaves off his beard!
- Amanda Augustine has some pointers for IT types who need to perfect their pitch. Elevator pitch, that is.
- Srinivasa Rao has been observing the behavior of his Generation Y colleagues, and thinks they will change the way projects are managed.
- Venkat Rao addresses the biological aspects of curiosity, and ranges from boredom to the destruction of the universe. Long, but a worthwhile read.