New PM Articles for the Week of June 3 – 9

New PM articles published on the web during the week of June 3 – 9.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • John Ager looks at the human capital management of projects: planning staffing to get the work done on schedule.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gets some advice from coach Janice Haddon on returning to work after maternity leave.  Or any other extended absence.
  • Dave West wants to apply the principles described in “The Lean Startup” with application life cycle management.
  • Don Kim calls our attention to an article on the Scrum Alliance site that advocates Kanban as a better alternative, under certain circumstances.
  • Carmen Nobel reports on a research project at Harvard Business School that looked at the effects of rituals.  Like, the Scrum daily stand-up?
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Paul Miller’s book, “The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work.”
  • Mary Shacklett lists ten highly valued “soft” skills for IT professionals.  Time for a self-assessment!
  • Michael Wood reports on what’s changed in the new COBIT 5 IT governance framework.
  • Roz Baker focuses in on the five most important artifacts for managing a project.
  • Chuck Morton begins a series on the process of (project, not organizational) change management.
  • J. LeRoy Ward extols the virtues and value of the business analyst.
  • Tristan Wember explains how to manage project issues.
  • Brad Egeland looks at the process needed to deal with the “problem” team member.
  • Patrick Richard keeps seeing the same recruitment ads, and wonders how many projects are being delayed, waiting for the perfect candidate?
  • Daniel Burrus warns us that we should never let our business become a commodity.  Good career advice, too!
  • Bob Lewis presents a slide show listing tips for sure fire IT project success, adapted from his book, “Bare Bones Project Management.”
  • Glen Alleman explains his dislike of the “triple constraint” notion of project management.
  • Ian Webster takes on the notion of “percent complete.”  And broken clocks.
  • Dave Gordon uses a long-ago blizzard to explain the difference between conditions and risks.  Thanks for letting me share a guest post, Tristan!
  • Bob Tarne reports from the PMI Leadership Meeting for the communities, where the Agile Community held a retrospective.  Of course!
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth celebrate one hundred imaginary conversations.
  • Shim Marom has found a possible replacement for the soon-to-be-departed Google Reader.  It’s called “The Old Reader.”
  • Kerry Wills anticipated that you would ask that question, and he has an answer ready.  So, Kerry, why is abbreviation such a long word?

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!