New PM Articles for the Week of September 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 23 –29.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • The PM Flashblog, organized by Shim Marom, consisted of 76 project management bloggers all blogging on the same subject, releasing their blogs at the same time.  Here’s a list of links to all of them, and not a bad post in the bunch!  Definitely worth an hour or two of your time.
  • Vincent McGevna: “The major benefits of Agile can still be obtained when using it to improve a traditional process.”  Indeed.
  • Martin Webster considers the value of multiple, incomplete, partial – “clumsy,” is his word – solutions to wicked problems.
  • Bill Krebs outlines current theories on how to scale Agile.
  • Derek Huether relates a recent experience facilitating discovery of how little the meeting participants actually agreed on.
  • Glen Alleman differentiates randomness, as exhibited in financial markets, from randomness as exhibited in projects.
  • Allen Ruddock identifies signs of an impending project disaster.  How many signs?  Well, this article is part one …
  • Cheri Essner suggests an exercise that demonstrates the practical value of teamwork.  Note: this exercise should follow the scavenger hunt.
  • Richard Branson on hiring and firing for personality, rather than qualifications: “It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”
  • Andy Jordan addresses the career development question, “Should a PM have an MBA?”
  • Steve Boese interviews the “NextGen Influencers” discussion panelists from the upcoming HR Technology Conference.
  • Beth Stackpole reports on four project management successes in the public sector.
  • Scott Berkun follows up on the release of “The Year Without Pants,” his book on remote work, with a list of remote work tips and tricks.
  • Bertrand Duperrin references a study by Bain and Company to reinforce his notion that the only competitive advantage is adaptability.
  • Joe Wynn says the way to maximize the benefits from online training is to formalize sharing of the experience among the project team.
  • Peter Saddington considers setting and achieving goals, on the way to driving change.
  • Joe Crumpler follows up on his “Do One Thing” post with a few success stories.  Be incremental – all it takes is patience.
  • Roz Baker is starting a new project, and making a bunch of lists.
  • Chuck Morton closes out his series on project status reports.
  • Steve Ranger extracts an interesting message from a survey of CIO’s and procurement executives: we don’t trust our integrators and suppliers.


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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.