New PM Articles for the Week of July 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 1 – 7.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan gets back to the basics on PMO’s.  Most important: why do you want one, and what do you expect it to do?
  • Elizabeth Harrin offers some advice to entry-level project managers in the UK – CAPM or Prince2?
  • John Laverick reflects on the impact of the recent influx of “new” contract project managers in the UK market.
  • Patrick Richard summarizes his observations on the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Craig Brown summarizes with conversations over beers with Neil Killick on #NoEstimates.
  • Glen Alleman lists “an immutable set of questions that needs answers before we can determine the probability of success for our project.”
  • Ken Hardin looks at reviewing the current-state for risks, prior to starting a new IT project.
  • Tristan Wember has summarized and provided links to his recent series of articles on risk management.
  • Shim Marom is annoyed with the way the public discussion of project failure is presented.
  • Soma Bhattacharya has a few getting-started tips for her friend, an “accidental project manager.”
  • Tatyana Mishell shares an interesting infographic: “Four lessons in Project Management from the Renaissance.”
  • Jesse Fewell looks at a scenario for estimating in a release planning meeting for a program involving four Agile teams.  Note the excellent list of assumptions!
  • Johanna Rothman has published part four of her series on organizing an Agile program.
  • Chuck Morton recalls being in an organization that used the Microsoft Solutions Framework.  But not very well.
  • Pawel Brodzinski reports on the Kanban Leadership Retreat, and his presentation.
  • Bruce Benson argues that scope creep should be mandatory, especially for long-duration projects.  Should we call them “mid-course corrections?”
  • Bas de Baar offers an interesting alternative to culture engineering and driving change – play!
  • Linda Mitton sends in a report from the phishing pond.  Yes, you really need to be skeptical of every EMail!
  • Kerry Wills disses the cubical-dwelling co-worker who insists on using the speakerphone for every call.  Give ’em a vasectomy discount coupon!

Enjoy!