New PM Articles for the Week of June 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 9 – 15. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Portfolio Management

  • John Goodpasture repeats an excellent definition of “leadership is tight spaces.”
  • Martin Webster continues his series on leadership models with a peek at Michael Fullan’s pentagon model. Not to be confused with the military office building!
  • John Carroll provides his Taoist view of leadership, as an unobtrusive activity that few should notice.
  • Tony Adams shares his personal pursuit of authentic leadership.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman talks us through the estimating process for a proposal to deliver software, hardware, and operations research, using Agile methods.
  • Kenneth Darter covers the basics of estimating and planning for resource needs at the beginning of a project.
  • Ted Gorski examines four communication styles and how they apply to project communications.
  • Henny Portman reviews a new English translation of “Being the Project Sponsor” by Ten Gevers and Bart Hoitink.
  • Andy Jordan considers what makes the professional services project manager (sometimes called an engagement manager) a bit different.
  • Matthew Squair considers the programmer as man-child, eschewing the parts of the job that they don’t like. And the rest of us try to keep a straight face …
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley show how availability bias impacts our ability to objectively manage risk.
  • Allen Ruddock finds the wrinkle in our red-amber-green method of reporting status – it’s that accumulated work-not-done at the end, that we’ve realized wasn’t important.
  • Peter Saddington recommends a nifty, free chat room tool called Pie.
  • Pawel Brodzinski has a general skepticism of methods with too much detail – call them recipes.

Agile Methods

  • Curtis Guilbot explains why Scrum doesn’t work in the Fortune 500 enterprise.
  • Gene Gendel scales Scumban from the team to the enterprise.
  • Steven Crago compares his experience as a soldier with Agile methods, and realizes that the military was agile long before software was invented.
  • John Hill insists that acceptance criteria are required in order to size a user story.

Professional Development

  • Russell Whitworth reflects on his process for filling a project manager position.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her favorite project manager job interviewer questions.
  • Cheri Baker points out the connection between employee engagement and personal financial security: those living paycheck to paycheck aren’t there for the joy.
  • Gina Abudi provides a quick self-assessment for managers: how effective are you?

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Dorie Clark, on re-inventing your professional image. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Todd Williams on his consulting firm’s newest service: reviewing the statement of work. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!