New PM Articles for the Week of August 26 – September 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 26 – September 1.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Vincent McGevna explains three important techniques: the five why’s, affinity diagrams, and mind maps.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Do Nothing! by Keith Murnighan and Real Influence, by Mark Goulston and John Ullmen.
  • Linda Mitton tells us why managers don’t actually do anything.
  • Soma Bhattacharya applies the broken glass theory, normally applied to vacant buildings, to team building.
  • Shim Marom explains the central theme of Dylan Evans’ book, “Risk Intelligence – How to Live with Uncertainty.”
  • Glen Alleman uses a vacation road trip as a metaphor for managing and planning in the presence of uncertainty.
  • Matt Heuser explains how to get started in project portfolio management, by treating projects as investments, rather than expenses.
  • Jen Skrabak summarizes the role of the portfolio manager, and previews the new Portfolio Management Professional certification from PMI.
  • Mike Griffiths is an advocate for leveraging the PMO to facilitate the success of Agile projects.
  • Chris Merryman continues his article on the role of the PM, in a transition to Scrum.
  • Johanna Rothman says that in Agile program management, everything starts with trust.
  • Martin Webster summarizes a classic book on project management, Robert Buttrick’s “The Project Workout.”
  • Brett Beaubouef notes that collecting functional requirements in silos can result in ERP implementation failures.
  • Joanne Wortman has worked on a few “cloud projects,” and shares some observations about what works.  And, what does not.
  • Peter Saddington hosts a guest post from Tiempo Development, on implementing Agile methods in multi-cultural work groups.
  • Ian Webster uses a clip from “Dead Poet’s Society” to illustrate why stakeholder management takes more than a two-dimensional chart.
  • Anthony Sherick has a short list of folks who might not be project managers, despite what their role description says.
  • Brad Egeland wants us to shut off our filters when briefing the project sponsor / client.  Just the facts, Ma’am …
  • Bruce Benson advocates for measuring, collecting facts, and … well, understanding the problems at hand.  Then deciding how to fix them.
  • Craig Brown shares a classic clip from a Steve Jobs presentation.  “It starts with the customer.”
  • Cheri Baker has been cleaning out her software tool box.  Here’s what she kept.
  • Kerry Wills has some points of etiquette to share, regarding shared documents.


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of August 26 – September 1

  1. Hi Dave,
    Just stumbled across your blog from a Twitter search. This is a great resource, thanks for taking the trouble to compile it. I’ve just linked onto Shim’s PM Flashblog and offered to contribute, so thanks for joining us up.
    I’m going to be cheeky now, and give a blatant plug for my own blog I’d be really interested to hear if you had any thoughts on my work.
    All the best and thanks again,

  2. Hi Francis,

    Thanks for stopping by. I just took a look at your blog, and added it to my reader. I liked your post about your wedding speech. My wife occasionally ends up in one of my posts, as well.

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