New PM Articles for the Week of October 6 – 12

Balloon SunriseNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 6 – 12. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman bemoans the abandonment of software engineering practices by so many who just want to sling code.
  • Patrick Weaver reminds us of the proper definition of critical path.
  • John Goodpasture starts with the flip of a coin, and proceeds give us the executive summary of statistical concepts for project managers.
  • Kerry Wills would rather have a newbie with a good attitude than a jerk with a lot of expertise.
  • Craig Brown shares an academic paper explaining how a “higher purpose” helped keep students motivated to perform tedious but necessary learning tasks.
  • Alina Vrabie explores the neuroscience of routine tasks, muscle memory, and the effective sort of multi-tasking.
  • Mary Shacklett identifies ten risks we might be overlooking in our IT projects.
  • Kailash Awati has a few recommendations for enterprise architects.
  • Bruce Harpham continues his series on strategic project management.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews a business book in story form by Samir Penskar called “From Projects to Programs.”
  • Dave Garrett interviews Mary Gorman on her creative techniques for eliciting requirements.
  • Bruce McGraw lists his tips for creating and processing your Email.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman shares a story of small internal releases leading to more frequent public releases, leading to happier customers.
  • Mike Cohn contrasts definitions of quality by Philip Crosby and Joseph Juran, and triggers a comment-storm!
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan share a chapter on user stories from their new textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns, extending his look at the misuse of story points.
  • Manoj Khanna reviews the most common Agile metrics , and their significance.
  • Tobias Mayer channels Stella Adler in a group exercise exploring the XP principle of system metaphor.
  • Robert Galen offers some thoughts on the diagnosis and treatment of burnout.

Professional Development

  • Allen Ruddock deflates a number of myths around project management training.
  • Angela Guess posts the details of three upcoming CMMI Institute Data Management Maturity courses.
  • Susanne Madsen gives us the Venn diagram of management and leadership.
  • Coert Visser shares some new research: students who are told that they will have to explain the material to someone remember it better.
  • Linky van der Merwe covers the eligibility requirements for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam.


New PM Articles for the Week of January 27 – February 2

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New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 27 – February 2. Congratulations to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks! Recommended:

The Future Starts Tomorrow

  • Daniel Burrus notes that the ever-advancing portable phone is going to change our lives (even more) over the next decade.
  • Lyndsey Gilpin reports on alternative energy developments that may influence how we power our technology, including solar-powered laptops and phones.


  • Gideon Kimbrell shares four project management lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs.
  • Martin Webster explores the critical differences between leadership and management.
  • Cheri Baker tells how to confront a slacker co-worker. You guys know that they’ve legalized marijuana in Washington, right? Seattle is going to get interesting …

PM Best Practices

  • Kalash Awati deconstructs the fallacy of technique-based project management, by examining the way in which we handle ambiguities.
  • Andrew Makar shares a few status reporting anecdotes on adapting the message to the stakeholder, project by project.
  • Steven Levy recounts an old lesson learned from the late Pete Seeger – don’t forget the small stuff. Especially the obvious small stuff.
  • Shaun Russell explains what a data integration hub is, and why you need to establish a data privacy model before you start to build one.
  • Scott Berkun tells how to overcome the unexpected in public speaking.
  • Allen Ruddock prompts us to prepare for negotiations, by determining what we ideally want, what we intend to actually get, and what we must have.
  • Alina Vrabie explores the Peltzman Effect, risk compensation, and the need to nurture our team’s ability to take risks.

Project Governance

  • Mike Clayton has some suggestions on how to conduct project governance properly. Part one of two.
  • Deanna Earle characterizes good and bad project governance, with an eye toward organizational culture.
  • Aaron Smith interviews former PMI CEO Gregory Balestrero on his new book, “Organizational Survival,” sustainability, social responsibility, and driving positive change.
  • Lynda Bourne reminds us that we need to select our KPI’s carefully, or risk unintended consequences.
  • John Goodpasture reacts to an assertion that there exists an “asymmetrical understanding of the risk” between customer and supplier.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Klaus Falbe-Hansen, PM of the Øresund Bridge construction project. Just over an hour, safe for work, and a nice break from IT projects.
  • Mark Phillipy hosts a meeting with five project managers who took his “project management challenge” via a Google+ Hangout. Just over an hour, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski reviews some of the literature on the optimum size for a team, and decides that maybe it doesn’t matter.
  • Bruno Collet gives his thoughts on the value and meaning of his PMI-ACP credential.
  • Ajay Kabra explains why the Scrum product owner needs to be good at strategic thinking.

Pot Pouri

  • Elizabeth Harrin recaps the news in the world of project management, for January.
  • Kevin Simler contrasts the underlying differences between western and Chinese worldviews, to get to a better understanding of technical debt. No, really!


New PM Articles for the Week of August 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – 18.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Tim Lister and Tom DeMarco have published the third edition of their classic, “Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams.”  Here’s an excerpt.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen’s book, “Project Stakeholder Management.”
  • Craig Brown reports from the second LAST conference, including lessons learned.
  • Derek Huether shares a quote from Dennis Stevens, delivered at the Agile 2013 conference.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Cornelius Fichtner on how to achieve the PMI-ACP credential.
  • Glen Alleman identifies the real root cause of IT project failure: failing to base all budgeting on the desired capabilities.
  • Mike Griffiths gives his take on the methodology wars.
  • Kailash Awati consider how a decision support system is used in Cricket, and by extension, how they should be used in business.
  • Bertrand Duperrin considers two approaches to designing a digital workplace.
  • Shim Marom examines the recent Queensland Health payroll project mega-failure, and suggests it might be about escalation of commitment.
  • Kevin Korterud has some tips for your first global project.
  • Kenneth Darter shares some tips for crafting a useful project charter.
  • Andy Jordan looks at strategies for requirements management.
  • Scott Berkun explains how to manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Martin Webster notes that there is more than one approach to building relationships at work.
  • Bernardine Douglas hits the high points of recovering troubled projects.
  • Bruce Benson explains why we should plan to fail.  Also known as planning for contingencies, in case you thought he was kidding.
  • Kerry Wills and his brother climbed Mount Washington, and found a metaphor for project management.  Wonder who dropped it?