New PM Articles for the Week of November 11 – 17

News boy in bootsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Must read

  • Kailash Awati examines the gap between the idealized representations of business processes we design into our enterprise systems and actual day-to-day work patterns.
  • Ugo Micoli recaps an unscientific (but still interesting) survey and comments from a LinkedIn group: What is the top reason for unsuccessful projects?
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bjarte Bogsnes, VP of Performance Management Development at Statoil, on applying the principles of Beyond Budgeting.


  • PMI has published a series of research reports related to making the PMO a strategic force. Called “Strategic Initiative Management,” it’s definitely worth a read.
  • Cyndee Miller reports from the PMO Symposium 2013 in San Diego.
  • Andy Jordan contemplates the Enterprise PMO – a shared-services model – and what it means for IT and the rest of the organization.
  • Henny Portman share a quick reference chart showing how a number of standards, frameworks, and other references models are related.

PM Best Practices

  • Andy Makar summarizes a project schedule quality assessment prepared by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
  • Glen Alleman notes a problem with emergent design: letting capabilities emerge is not the same thing as letting requirements emerge. The traditional term is a “scope change.”
  • Allen Ruddock extols the virtues of presenting progress in terms of milestones.
  • Philip Smith offers a model for how resistance to change evolves over time, and some of the factors that drive resistance.
  • Anya Faingersh recaps the finer points of delegating.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Barbara Trautline about her new book, Change Intelligence. Just  45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Nancy Duarte on how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Rich Maltzman on sustainable project management. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michiko Diby shares some thoughts on the Agile state of mind, as an introduction to a presentation on Agile leadership by Paul Ellarby.  Just 53 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Cyrille Dupuydauby notes that Agile is failing organizations, because the goals of the organization are not addressed by Agile methods.
  • Chuck Snead describes an effective application of Agile, where Scrum provides a framework for structuring Extreme methods, within the context of a project.
  • Pawel Brodzinski examines the “context switching tax” paid by teams working on multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Terry Bunio returns from the SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg with enough new information to make a more nuanced assessment of #NoEstimates..

Pot Pouri

  • Venkat Rao weaves together a thesis of emancipation and self-limiting aspirations, based on Tolstoy and Checkov.  Excellent, but not for the casual reader.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes General Colin Powell’s approach to “consuming analysis,” as recounted by a former intelligence community executive.


6 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of November 11 – 17

  1. My pleasure. During an average week, I’ll read over a hundred articles and blogs and listen to four to ten podcasts. I try to collect material that will provide a broad exposure to new ideas, as well as a variety of sources. Of course, I’m always grateful when someone refers me to a blog or other source I haven’t seen before, so send those links!

  2. Hi Aaron. You’re right, I think this is the first time in a couple of years that I didn’t link to a ProjectsAtWork article. I had David Schmaltz’s PINO-chhio article on my original list, until Sunday afternoon. Then I realized I had thirty, so I cut a few. David Hillson’s article is already on the list for this week.

    I try to find sources that the average project manager won’t normally notice, in addition to the usual high-quality sources that nearly everyone already follows. I’m trying to improve my ability to find global stories. I’ve linked to news from Ghana and South Africa, all over Europe and the PacRim, and several LatAm countries this year. I’m always grateful for new URL’s to add to Feedly.

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