New PM Articles for the Week of June 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 10 – 16.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Wayne Grant is fighting waste and tracking investment with snakes and ladders, in order to maximize productivity.  Not the board game, by the way.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has published a new edition of her book, “Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World.”
  • Jiju Nair outlines the key to making outsourcing work.
  • Samad Aidane shows us his project management tool kit and interviews Jennifer McNulty and Rafa Ballesteros on managing localization projects.
  • Doug Jackson lists the skills and abilities needed for a good requirements analyst.
  • Peter Saddington’s webinar, “How to Grow High Performance Teams through Mentorship” is now available; just 55 minutes, safe for work.
  • Vivek Wadha gives us some tips on how to give a great presentation.
  • Laura Burford describes the ways in which vendors and clients talk past each other.
  • Scott Berkun reminds us to make a list.
  • Shim Marom explains the difference between an estimate and a guess.
  • Patrick Richard also takes up the difference, including BEG’s, WAG’s, and EWAG’s.
  • Neill Killick publishes Chris Chapmen’s interview questions, on his view of #NoEstimates.
  • Glen Alleman writes his last post on #NoEstimates.  I’ll believe THAT when I don’t see the next one.
  • Don Kim reports on the pending failure of the British government’s Biggest Agile Project in the World.
  • Several veteran PMI bloggers identify what they feel are the critical skill sets for project managers.
  • Ron Rosenhead explores that common expression, “Sounds like a plan.”  But, is it?
  • Bertrand Duperrin identifies why mobile applications are so hard to do well.
  • Martin Webster shows us how to make a stakeholder map.
  • Chuck Morton concludes his series on the change management process.
  • Kerry Wills asks you to please not attach ginormous files to your meeting invitations, when a link will do.
  • Cheri Baker shares her work-life balance strategy: ten mini-vacations a year.

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!