New PM Articles for the Week of April 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 8 – 14.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Will Kelly explains why the U.S. government is finding it difficult to get the results they expected from their Agile programs.
  • Mike Griffiths looks at the wisdom of (self-organizing) teams, empowerment, and promoting shared leadership.
  • David Taber explains why Agile project management methodologies need controls in order to be successful.
  • Don Kim also looks at Agile governance, which might not really be an oxymoron.
  • Andy Jordan draws real world examples of Accountability and Responsibility from the RACl chart.
  • Johanna Rothman replies to a request for a self-assessment tool for transitioning to Agile.
  • Jesse Fewell looks at the underlying structural factors that can make Agile estimating techniques unreliable.
  • Michael Nir shares a chapter from his new book, “The Agile PMO.”
  • Khaliphani Khumalo moved from a projectized to a weak matrix organization. He shares his adjustment challenges and behaviors critical for success.
  • Kevan Hall looks at managing in a matrixed organization.  This will be more useful for the entry level or “accidental” project manager.
  • Glen Alleman recounts his experience as a coastal sailor as a metaphor for disciplined Agile.
  • Puneet Kuthiala applies “The Art of War” in his new book, “The Project Management Battlefield: Sun Tzu’s Wisdom on Project Management.”
  • Roz Baker talks execution, as in “getting it done.”  Plans are great, but at some point, the team has to deliver!
  • Dick Billows explains how to organize and manage virtual teams.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth want to cut through the confusion on an endless EMail chain.  So they pick up the phone.
  • Susan Harkins shares some advanced formatting techniques for MS Word.  Definitely worth a look – there is at least one thing here you don’t know!
  • Cyndee Miller argues for synching talent with strategy.  As Jim Collins put it, getting the right people on the bus, in the right seats.
  • Scott Berkun explains how to improve the quality of the feedback you get, by improving how you ask for it.  Excellent post, Scott.  No, really!
  • Toni Bowers reports that more than half of the salary offers for technology jobs are simply accepted, without a counter-offer.  Maybe IT folks need agents?


New PM Articles for the Week of January 28 – February 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Dhan looks at Good vs. Great Project Manager Behaviors in a tribute to Level 5 Leadership described by Jim Collins.
  • Roger Kastner shares principles of creating team accountability based upon The Oz Principle.
  • Jerry Manas sees five trends that will crest in the coming year, and articulates how your PMO will need to prepare for them.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brian Weiss, VP of Practitioner Markets at PMI on his job, elearning, and the future for PMI’s certifications.
  • Patrick Richard listened patiently to Peter Forrester’s explanation of how to use the “efficient frontier” for portfolio optimization.  Now, he lists his objections.
  • Urban Anomaly has announced the release of Timeline 1.0, a minimalist project management app for the iPad for just $2.99.  So, I bought it – review coming shortly.
  • Project Insight announces version 10.1.  If you aren’t familiar with the product, you can have either SaaS or premises-based versions – one of the few like that.
  • Gary Nelson considers the five senses, and how we use them to perceive and communicate.  Especially with vendors.
  • Roz Baker has a JD in addition to her PMP, so when she talks about managing vendor relationships, we should take notes!
  • Andrew Makar looks at managing accountability in outsourced projects.
  • Of course, if you just need a “lite” solution, Peter Saddington found a Friend Disclosure Agreement.
  • Roger Chou recounts how Ang Lee worked with vendor Rhythm and Hues Studio, Fox Studios, and the government of Taiwan to film the un-filmable “Life of Pi.”
  • Michiko Diby advocates for the building of “project spirit,” offering examples from two Mars exploration projects and Battlestar Galactica.  It ain’t rocket science!
  • Bertrand Duperrin thinks “…we’ll need to learn to manage processes as if they were people and not people as if they were processes.”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth remind us that good manners will never go out of fashion.
  • Bruce Benson advocates brutal honesty.  Well, he advocates honesty – brutality is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Rich Maltzman celebrates Super Bowl Sunday with … criteria for project success.  Of course, if the Patriots had beaten the Ravens, he’d be watching the game.
  • Kelsey van Haaster concludes his series on the parallels between chess and business analysis.
  • Vanessa Fiorido finds lessons for project managers in Psy’s “Gangnam Style” YouTube video.  And lessons in communication from “Call Me Maybe?”


New PM Articles for the Week of January 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 21 – 27.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andrea Brockmeier, Elizabeth Larson, and Richard Larson list some “competency trends” they see developing for PM’s and BA’s.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares some ideas from her new book, “Customer-Centric Project Management.”
  • Woody Walker reminds us of five traits of good communicators.
  • Kailash Awati explores the differences between communication and pseudo-communication in organizations.
  • Michiko Diby asks, “Are you an IT adviser PM, or an IT push-backer PM?”
  • Vaughan Merlyn analyzes why typically Outsourcers deliver better project performance than in-house resources and shares his conclusions on how to improve in-house delivery.
  • Ken Hardin shares some observations gained from working with a new customer to re-vamp the design of their business website.
  • Colby Stream thinks we should broaden our knowledge base – not by learning more about IT, but about how our customers expect to use it.
  • Roland Hoffman says we can mitigate against our biases by understanding the sources of them.
  • Timothy F Bednarz contrasts Leaders and Managers in “Active Leadership Takes Courage, Passion and Conviction”.
  • Andrew Mcafee thinks the “Myth of Technological Unemployment” is starting to look more like a reality.
  • Ted Hardy expounds on what should go into a great bug report.  No, really!
  • Roz Baker is looking forward to migrating to the latest version of Sharepoint.
  • Will Kelly gives us the high points of Microsoft’s Project 2013 project portfolio management Software as a Service offering.
  • Craig Brown shares a “magic quadrant with trend lines” model from Noriaka Kana as a possible tool for project portfolio management.
  • Sarah Perez notes that BaseCamp is now available in a “Personal” version, with various functional limits and only five collaborators, for $25 per project.
  • Kathleen Welton shares how to master the art of Timeboxing. Hint…it starts with identifying priorities.
  • Bob Tarne advocates for refactoring by design.  “The key is to plan to the appropriate level of detail.”
  • Kelsey van Haaster continues his series on chess as a metaphor for business analysis.
  • Shim Marom looks at failure-as-a-good-outcome, in articles from Doug Sundheim, Amy Edmundson, and Joshua Gans.
  • Laua Burford considers the characteristics of the “flat” organization, and how project managers can effectively lead in them.
  • Joe Wynne shares how to support the introverts on your project team by awareness and adjustment of message delivery.
  • Dan Waldschmidt says it’s our attitude that determines whether or not we’ll succeed.
  • Peter Saddington has accumulated quite a reading backlog, so he’s applying Agile estimating techniques to … well, I guess everything is an Agile project now.
  • Don Kim posts a seven minute video introduction to Kanban by Gemba Academy. Safe for work.
  • PMI posted a ten-part video interview with board member Beth Partleton, on women in project management.  Each around two minutes, safe for work.