New PM Articles for the Week of April 15 –21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Vincent McGevna continues his series on project decisions, with an exploration of the pitfalls that arise from our biases.
  • Elizabeth Harrin talks with Dr. Wilhelm Kross about risk communication: how to talk about risk with your stakeholders.
  • The late Steve Jobs gives the best advice on success and failure, ever: “If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”
  • Kenneth Darter provides an overview of the work to be done when a project is canceled.
  • Andy Jordan explores the tasks involved in recovering from project failure.
  • Wayne Grant reminds us that the purpose of retrospectives is to identify corrective actions that will allow continuous improvement.
  • Glen Alleman shares a slide deck by John Goodpasture, “A Sailor’s Look at Agile.”  Which is nothing like Jimmy Buffet’s “A Pirate Looks at Forty.”
  • Project Management Podcast 232 addresses how to prepare for and pass our PMI-ACP exam.
  • Shim Marom has some criticisms for the lack of guidance the PMBOK provides on how to actually implement an earned value management system.
  • Bruce Benson bought a “smart” scale for his bathroom that told him he was “nearing overweight.”  So he re-discovered trend analysis.
  • Kevin Korterud thinks we need better stoplights for our status reports, because three colors aren’t enough.
  • Mark Mullaly looks at governance – good governance and bad governance.
  • Mike Donoghue looks at the contributions to success (and failure) that come from advisory or steering committees.
  • Patrick Richard objects to senior managers putting newbie project managers on projects they plainly aren’t ready for.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth remind us of Stephen Covey’s dictum, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
  • Johanna Rothman recalls a career-limiting conversation with a boss who said he “knew how long it should take” to do a task.
  • Cheri Baker says that you can trust HR – within certain limits.  After all, you may be part of the problem you need their help to solve.
  • Fred Kofman makes the case for requiring your workers to resolve their own differences, using interest-based negotiation and some ground rules.
  • Donna Reed has shared a one hour presentation (one PDU) by Star Dargin on when to be the coach, the leader, or the manager.
  • Chuck Morton notes that we have to be able to execute reliably before we can plan effectively.
  • Vivek Prakash argues that we need to be able to execute our projects and still upgrade our skills.
  • Kerry Wills briefly addresses the art of being succinct.

Enjoy!