New PM Articles for the Week of July 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 15 – 21.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • J.D. Meier recounts how he introduced Agile methods to his new colleagues, by pulling rather than pushing.
  • Andy Berner addresses best practices for release estimation.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares some lessons learned, after returning to work from maternity leave.
  • Shim Marom looks at how he’s been spending his time on line lately, and decides that there are some discussions worth having.  Indeed!
  • Glen Alleman asks why hasn’t the #NoEstimates movement produced actionable outcomes yet?  Well, maybe they can’t get funding …
  • Mike Griffiths looks at the natural alignment between the goals of the PMO and Agile methods.  An excellent read, especially if you work in a PMO.
  • Kailash Awati considers wickedness, undecidability, and their ramifications for decision making in organizations.  Not an easy read, but interesting.
  • Ingrid Lunden looks at two estimates for global IT spending in 2013, and one thing is clear: software drives everything else.
  • Will Kelly lists his picks for the top iPad apps for IT managers.
  • Bernard Marr notes that successful people never give up, and offers some interesting examples.
  • John Donahoe, eBay CEO, recommends taking a thinking day.
  • Jennifer Lonoff Schiff notes that there must be 50 ways to screw up your IT project.  But in the interest of time, she lists just 15.
  • Vincent McGevna examines the “project manager as problem solver” role.
  • Samad Aidane explains how to break into project management.  First, get a job …
  • Johanna Rothman recalls her early days in management, before she accepted that the job consisted of facilitating other peoples’ work.
  • Matt Monge has some ideas for teams that need to improve their ability to engage in internal conflict.
  • Roz Baker reports on her home office setup.  Including her emergency back-up electrical generator.  No, I am not making this up – she lives in Ontario.
  • John Carroll observes that being centered and grounded allows the project manager to work with erratic people and critical situations.  And static electricity, I guess.
  • Kerry Wills invokes the “weed and fertilize” metaphor for project management.