New PM Articles for the Week of October 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 14 – 20.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

Must read

  • Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler shares some lessons in negotiation, based on the recent U.S. government financial cliffhanger.  Parts one and two.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on Andrew Hubbard’s presentation at Conference: Zero.  Andrew is the editor of the APM’s Project Magazine.

The Strategic View

  • Johanna Rothman reflects on how Sony lost their mojo (and market share), and what project portfolio managers can learn from their sad experience.
  • Peter High reports on the top ten strategic technology trends for 2014, as envisioned by the Gartner Group at their recent ITxpo in Orlando.
  • Ron Rosenhead recounts a conversation with a retiring Director, who admitted that their perceived success in project delivery wasn’t accurate.  And what he should have done about it.
  • Daniel Burrus recommends a consultative approach, using knowledge and wisdom to add value.

PM Best Practices

  • John Goodpasture points out that, due to limited historical data, most projects live in a One-Sigma range, where RMS is the analytical tool of choice.
  • Andy Jordan explains the right way to use historical data.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Erik Fisher, podcaster and author of “Beyond the To-Do List.”  Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bernardine Douglas lists some steps to take to get your project out of the ditch.
  • Nate Crews gets us up to speed on stakeholder management, as described in the PMBOK, Fifth Edition.
  • Allen Ruddock looks at the mix of methodologies, tools, and procedures we’ve adopted to manage projects, and decides the silver bullet is the people.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on three chapters of her new book, “The Handbook of People in Project Management.”  Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kerry Wills shares the eight principles described in his second book, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.”

Agile Methods

  • Glen Alleman explains what risk management is, and why Agile and #NoEstimates are not risk management.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Agile!
  • Peter Saddington provides the Agile Coach’s take on making effective decisions.
  • John Reiling wonders if the problems in the initial roll-out of will renew federal government interest in Agile project management.

Pot Pouri

  • Tatiana Czuchnowsky sings the praises of mobile apps Genius Scan, Evernote, and Dropbox.
  • Will Kelly has lined up six SaaS tools for distributed teams.
  • Brian Tullis tells of his experience so far in a graduate-level course in personal learning networks.
  • Kailash Awati shares a satirical parable of ABSERD customer service.
  • Shim Marom offers some well-known examples of brevity, and obscure verbosity.