New PM Articles for the Week of August 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 5 – 11.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Aaron Smith reports the key events from the Agile2013 Roundup conference held in Nashville last week.
  • Craig Smith recaps the Agile2013 opening keynote and the day one sessions he attended.  Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Leading Successful Change,” by Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon.
  • Scott Berkun asks an interesting question: Why do we tolerate bad systems?  The comments on his post are also interesting.
  • Glen Alleman notes that making improvements requires discipline.
  • Gary Nelson wants us to check the rear view mirror, clean the windshield in and out, and otherwise improve our project vision.
  • Mario Trentim shares the secrets of managing an innovation portfolio.
  • Kenneth Darter identifies the keys to planning for requirements gathering: define the scope, outline based on the WBS, and verify findings.
  • Rosalind Baker explores the reasons why getting SME’s and key stakeholders booked for a multi-day workshop can be so difficult.
  • Russell Whitworth offers a guide to project start-up meetings.
  • Andy Jordan reminds us to include the end user in our requirements gathering.
  • Shim Marom has some thoughts on the recent Queensland ban on doing any further business with IBM.
  • Cheri Baker contemplates the amount of courage it takes to be a beginner.  Even when beginning to realize your dreams.
  • Ammar Mango shares his list of the top ten books every project manager must read.
  • Alison Smith explains why pessimists are necessary, especially in planning.
  • Alison Wood explains the feedback sandwich method.  Pass the mustard?
  • Ian Webster looks at the business case for working from home, and whether it applies to project managers.
  • Kerry Wills finds that conference calls can be stressful.  At least, the part about identifying himself.