New PM Articles for the Week of July29 – August 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 29 – August 4.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Esther Derby thinks the key to making teams of specialists work together is T-shaped people.
  • Glenn Alleman gives his best rebuttal yet to the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Jesse Fewell: “A key reason for estimating work is to discover throughput constraints, before the work begins.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews six women who returned to work after maternity leave, and finds that it isn’t always easy.
  • Cheri Baker recommends that you fall in love with your job again.  Or, take a week to not give a S*#t, if that works better.
  • Shawn Kent Hayashi has a radical idea: criticism is a form of collaboration.
  • Bertrand Duperrin observes that advanced analytics both support change and drive change.
  • Peter Tarhanidis shares ten design principles we should use in preparing change management plans.
  • Tristan Wember defines the RACI matrix, and how it should be used.
  • Ian Webster illustrates how risk management strategies apply to roulette.
  • Conrado Morlan addresses the needs of Generation Y in recording lessons learned.
  • Bruce Benson notes that the customer needs you to say “no” from time to time.
  • Martin Webster gets down to basics with the project communication plan.
  • Zyma Arsalan shares an anecdote on a key project risk: poor quality of communication and collaboration.
  • Shim Marom quotes “The Godfather,” to illustrate the idea that bad news needs to be communicated immediately.
  • John Reiling explains the difference between production management and project management, and how they are intertwined.
  • Scott Berkun lists some facts and myths about remote work.
  • Robert Bell asks if you could manage projects from an office in your home?  Sure, I’ve done it for years …
  • Mike Griffiths does a comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMBOK approaches to managing projects.
  • John Carroll reflects on how project managers need to master both the Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) aspects of leadership.
  • Delwyn Ooi makes the point that the key to controlling your project control lies in controlling stakeholders, expectations, and team.
  • Kerry Wills has a new book out, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.”  He advocates taking a “consultative approach.”

Enjoy!