New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

NewsboyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Must read

  • Diana Manos summarizes comments on keeping large IT projects successful, given by Richard Spires in testimony before Congress on the launch of
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her roundup of project management news for November, 2013.
  • Glen Alleman uses types of aircraft as a metaphor for classes of project, based on size, complexity, and risk, to illustrate how software domains differ


  • Sam Palani reviews Nick Bilton’s new book, “Hatching Twitter.”
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think,” by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
  • Greg McKeown, the Author of the upcoming “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” lists some proven techniques to reduce your stress.
  • Martin Webster asks, are you a role model?

PM Best Practices

  • Andy Jordan follows his recent post on Organizational Risk with an exploration of how a constraints hierarchy should influence risk management.
  • Luis Seabra Coelho has devised a spreadsheet template that supports a two-level decision tree, comprised of multiple groups of criteria applicable to each alternative.
  • Jason Westland covers the steps to take in creating and executing on a project schedule.
  • Michael Girdler posts some pointers on how to keep your project on track over the holidays.
  • Conrado Morlan, Lynda Bourne, Mario Trentim, and Kevin Korterud address complexity, as reported in the PMI Pulse of the Profession Report: Navigating Complexity.
  • John Goodpasture recaps Saltzer and Schroeder’s forty-year old design principles for information security.
  • Peter Parks, VP of Product Management at Provade, explains how to prepare for implementation of a vendor management system.
  • Patti Gilchrist summarizes what Big Data will mean over the next couple of years for the project management community.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Samad Aidane interviews Diego Guadarrama on how to use to compare project management software products, on line.  Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Farnoosh Brock on starting up your own business. Just 49 minutes, safe for work. Congratulations to the Abeid family on the new baby – Lucy!
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his presentation at the PMI Global Congress: the real problem with your portfolio is multi-tasking.  Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jason Hiner summarizes the impact Edward Snowden’s exposure of the NSA’s digital surveillance programs has had on IT organizations. Two minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Jesse Fewell reports from the Agile for Government Summit. “This is the first event I’ve been to where the acquisition and procurement community was fully engaged.”
  • Mike Griffiths addresses the way an Agile approach accommodates uncertain requirements.

Pot Pouri

  • Shim Marom has revised his LinkedIn profile to reflect his values, rather than his qualifications and experience. Excellent!
  • Peter Saddington discovers that there really is an “I” in “Team,” and it’s right where you’d expect it to be.


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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.

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