New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Mike Griffiths has been working with some oil and gas companies on applying Agile techniques to drilling for oil.
- Aaron Smith interviews Roger Schwarz, author of “Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams,” who advocates a “mutual learning mindset.”
- Scott Berkun answers the question, “How do you build some functional assumption-checking into a project team?”
- Lynda Bourne reminds us that project managers don’t need to know everything. They just need to know how to ask for help.
- Michelle Stronach explains how to mitigate challenges in outsourcing projects.
- Glen Alleman rants against the #NoEstimates movement again. Remember a couple of weeks ago, when he said it was his last post on #NoEstimates?
- Patrick Richard analyzes the #NoEstimates arguments, and identifies a tactic known as “The Gish Gallop.” Definitely follow the link to the definition!
- Bruce Benson explores the notion of “second order ignorance,” and how to avoid it by building better estimates.
- Alison Smith notes a report of a group that plans to repeat a famous prank, and asks if we plan to repeat our successful projects?
- Jason Perlow sees a lot of empty space and layoffs coming to corporate data centers. And zombies, too!
- Cheri Baker offers up a case study of a situation where coaching will just plain fail.
- Tristan Wember addresses using risk management techniques to manage opportunities.
- Debbie Wojdan lists the self-diagnostic questions for those who want to be Listening Leaders.
- Chuck Morton reviews “Power Listening,” by listening skills coach Bernard T. Ferrari.
- Shim Marom looks how to manage the issues and risks associated with scope changes.
- Joe Crumpler recounts a lesson on the power of routine that he learned from his first boss.
- The PMI Voices on Project Management bloggers share their thoughts on project management career paths.
- Neil Stolvitsky provides six questions that can help you to gauge your organization’s social PPM readiness.
- Bertrand Duperrin notes that marketing is now achieving the ultimate in granularity – individualization.
- Kerry Wills sees some elements in common between planet formation and project formation. Except for scope, cost, and schedule, of course!
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!