New PM Articles for the Week of April 22 –28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 22 – 28.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Tom Hammell applies some of Daniel Kahneman’s work on thinking fast and slow to project management decisions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin concludes her interview with Dr. Wilhelm Kross, on risk communication.
  • Kyle Roozen explains the four-step approach his Scrum team uses to estimate timelines.
  • Donna Reed shares a recording of a presentation by Star Dargin, “Coaching Skills for Project Managers.”
  • Samad Aidane answers a common question, “How do I motivate my team?”  His uncommon answer, “Don’t try.  You don’t need to.”
  • Kailash Awati presents a noir satire of the PMO as the methodology police.
  • Patti Gilchrist takes a look at how the PMO is evolving from process policeman to innovation advocate.
  • Andy Jordan notes that, just as every project needs an issues log, so does every PMO.
  • Bruce Benson figures that a manager who insists on a “personal commitment” to achieve a deadline is probably working with an unrealistic schedule.
  • Brad Egeland suggests that we listen to our team members carefully, rather than uncritically.
  • Margaret Meloni wants you to bring your inner child to work.  Why?  Well, because children ask, “Why?”
  • Cyndee Miller reports from the PMI Global Congress 2013 in Istanbul, where keynote speaker Avinash Chandarana noted, “Culture eats process for lunch.”
  • Robert Bell offers a few more reasons to pull team members from around the globe.
  • Glen Alleman responds to a post on TechWell on Agile and the federal government.
  • Chuck Morton begins a new series on project change management (as opposed to organizational change management, or systems change management).
  • Mike Griffiths has a story of fragmented, part-time teams taking an Agile approach, and succeeding.
  • Soma Bhattacharya has some suggestions about making the transition to Agile methods.
  • Kelsey van Haaster learned a lot about making the transition from non-agile to Agile, by visiting a website devoted to mastering housework.
  • Todd Wilms shares a slide deck with ten leadership lessons he wishes he had learned in his twenties.
  • Patrick Gray looks at the recent controversy (and firings) that grew out of the tweeting of tasteless remarks at a Python developer’s conference.
  • Penelope Trunk has been coaching her husband, the farmer.  Big insight: your approach to dealing with mistakes defines your success.

Enjoy!