New PM Articles for the Week of July29 – August 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 29 – August 4.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Esther Derby thinks the key to making teams of specialists work together is T-shaped people.
  • Glenn Alleman gives his best rebuttal yet to the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Jesse Fewell: “A key reason for estimating work is to discover throughput constraints, before the work begins.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews six women who returned to work after maternity leave, and finds that it isn’t always easy.
  • Cheri Baker recommends that you fall in love with your job again.  Or, take a week to not give a S*#t, if that works better.
  • Shawn Kent Hayashi has a radical idea: criticism is a form of collaboration.
  • Bertrand Duperrin observes that advanced analytics both support change and drive change.
  • Peter Tarhanidis shares ten design principles we should use in preparing change management plans.
  • Tristan Wember defines the RACI matrix, and how it should be used.
  • Ian Webster illustrates how risk management strategies apply to roulette.
  • Conrado Morlan addresses the needs of Generation Y in recording lessons learned.
  • Bruce Benson notes that the customer needs you to say “no” from time to time.
  • Martin Webster gets down to basics with the project communication plan.
  • Zyma Arsalan shares an anecdote on a key project risk: poor quality of communication and collaboration.
  • Shim Marom quotes “The Godfather,” to illustrate the idea that bad news needs to be communicated immediately.
  • John Reiling explains the difference between production management and project management, and how they are intertwined.
  • Scott Berkun lists some facts and myths about remote work.
  • Robert Bell asks if you could manage projects from an office in your home?  Sure, I’ve done it for years …
  • Mike Griffiths does a comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMBOK approaches to managing projects.
  • John Carroll reflects on how project managers need to master both the Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) aspects of leadership.
  • Delwyn Ooi makes the point that the key to controlling your project control lies in controlling stakeholders, expectations, and team.
  • Kerry Wills has a new book out, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.”  He advocates taking a “consultative approach.”


New PM Articles for the Week of July22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Angela Workman-Stark recounts how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police learned to manage and drive change, after initially failing.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reflects on a heat wave, re-purposed artifacts, and the laundry, all on her first day back to work from maternity leave.
  • Scott Berkun recaps chapter 8 of his book, “Making Things Happen,” on how to make good decisions as a project manager.
  • Bertrand Duperrin observes an interesting side effect: effective collaboration reduces the number of workers needed for success, thus killing jobs.
  • Cyndee Miller comments on a report from The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, sponsored by PMI, called “Why Good Strategies Fail.”
  • Craig Brown suggests maybe we just need to simplify our strategy and focus on the main thing.
  • Will Kelly summarizes what has changed in PMBOK5, and what it means to those taking the PMP exam.
  • Glen Alleman offers some reading material on software cost estimating.  Actually, it’s a whole reference shelf.
  • Gary Nelson warns that zombies may be invading our projects.  But there’s a cure, and it doesn’t involve violence.
  • Ellen Gottesdiener explains how to manage scope as you discover requirements.
  • Martin Webster covers the basics of how to write a project plan.
  • Mike Griffiths considers the fine balance between planning away uncertainty, and executing away uncertainty.
  • Barbara Shannon tells us how to make people love our projects, by limiting the number of them.
  • Shim Marom raises the ethical question, “Are truthfulness and project management mutually exclusive?”
  • Neil Killick considers the ethics of letting his team fix bugs they didn’t create, at the expense of the work they’ve been asked to do.
  • Bruce Benson argues that your “best people” may not be the ones loudly finding fault with everyone else.
  • Andy Jordan addresses the question: how do you determine the value-add of your PMO?
  • J. LeRoy Ward notes some studies that indicate organizations with a lot of PMP holders tend to have more successful project outcomes.
  • John A. Byrne lists ten tough questions that interviewers at the Harvard Business School MBA program are asking applicants.
  • Jorge Valdés Garciatorres advocates the art of active listening.
  • Kerry Wills has some opinions on what makes for an effective EMail.  Mostly, it’s brevity.


New PM Articles for the Week of February 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Aaron Smith shares an infographic that highlights key findings of their research into the characteristics of distributed Agile teams.
  • Andrew Filev offers some ideas to avoid the pitfalls of managing distributed teams.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her round up of the five best project management articles of January and February.
  • Joe McKendrick says Dice is reporting the biggest jump in tech salaries in a decade.
  • Justin James loves IT.  Let him count the ways …
  • Cornelius Fichtner suggests some strategies for deciding when to take the PMP exam this year – before, or after the change to PMBOK 5th Edition?
  • Peter Saddington has found a hidden treasure for Agile designers.
  • Craig Brown is not impressed with his recent user experience with the Kindle app on his tablet.  New concept: “UX Debt.”  Like technical debt, but …
  • David Rico continues his series on the emergence of Agile project management frameworks.
  • Shim Marom advises against using Agile because you had a bad experience once with the “old” way.
  • John Roberts argues that project managers have to master the leadership of change.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Doug Walton on how Cisco Systems does organization change management and the ramifications for project managers.  Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Martin Webster reflects on leading imperfect change, as opposed to paralysis while pursuing perfection.
  • Roz Baker has the do’s and don’ts of getting your project sponsor to make a decision.
  • Michael Wood reflects on the state of The Cloud, as we begin 2013, and looks at how “as a service” offerings have already become mainstream.
  • Kevin Korterud shares three timeless project management rules.
  • Dave Kerpen lists nine business books that he regularly gives away to employees and friends.
  • Bruce McGraw says that integrity is not a soft skill.
  • Johanna Rothman admits to having a bad manager day.  And explains why it’s important to admit it.
  • Saira Karim explains the four phases of contract negotiation.
  • Kerry Wills and his colleagues practice peer mentorship.
  • Tristan Wember says that the first step in changing your team’s behavior is changing your own behavior.