New Project Management Articles for the Week of May 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 20 – 26.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Curt Finch looks at how we interact with our project accounting systems, and how we should interact with them.
  • Elizabeth Harrin continues to find project management (well, work management) insights from parenting Project Jack.
  • Michelle Stronach offers another explanation of the differences between frameworks, methodologies, and standards.
  • Conrado Morlan recounts going beyond culture shock to find a teachable moment.
  • Sarah Clare offers some thoughts on providing constructive criticism.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the virtue (and benefits) of being genuine.
  • Cheri Baker says we need to face our fears.  Maybe even that irrational fear of vacuum cleaners.
  • Bertrand Duperrin summarizes the key takeaways from Jane McConnell’s Digital Workplace Trends report.  It’s not the corporate Intranet any more.
  • Walter Chen tells us about three interesting social interaction tools for teams of remote workers.
  • Wendii from Manager Tools quotes Herb Kelleher, Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines, on keeping employees motivated.
  • Soma Bhattacharya lists five steps to be amazing at your job.
  • Derek Huether argues that the way to get teams to deliver predictably is to not try for 100% utilization.
  • Donna Reed shares a great video simulating a bad daily stand-up meeting, and a healthy one.  Ten minutes, safe for work.
  • Glen Alleman reports on the latest #NoEstimates public discourse on Twitter and related blogs.
  • Shim Marom has a great post about uncertainty, but the comments make it even better.
  • Mike Griffiths does a “state of the credential” review of the PMI-ACP, and finds it growing, with lots more room to grow.
  • Martin Webster critiques business process re-engineering, from the point of view of a self-service user.
  • Tristan Wember finds that what’s sometimes missing from change management is a sense of urgency.
  • Kailash Awati shares a family anecdote that speaks volumes about context and meaning, and the traumatized children of bad drivers.
  • Andrew Makar recently had the chance to test drive a new end-to-end project portfolio management tool called KeyedIn.
  • Brett Beaubouef explores the relationships between business processing management, business process re-engineering, and the enterprise resource system life cycle.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth apply the Horstmann Corollary to Parkinson’s Law,”Work contracts to fit into the time we give it,” to EMail.
  • Marian Haus continues her series on project schedule planning.
  • Bruce Benson goes beyond the test report metrics and finds the real issue is: poor software quality and slow fixes.
  • Andy Jordan offers some insights for those who are transitioning out of their jobs, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

Remember: Beginning on July 31, 2013, the PMP exam will be based on the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK.  Schedule accordingly, and don’t wait until the last minute!

Enjoy!