New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 31 – April 6. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! And Elizabeth Harrin was kind enough to give me a guest spot on her blog, PM4Girls – thanks, Mum! Also recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman explores the clever phrase, “Do it right or do it twice.”
- Gary Nelson notes that there is an appropriate window of opportunity for change. After that, everything gets expensive or impossible.
- Bruce Benson sings the praises of arguments, disputes, and debates.
- Barry Hodge argues that Nozbe is the best “to do” list app for project managers, and gives five excellent reasons. I’m still not ditching Trello, though …
- Dick Billows notes the advantages of using a software-based project scheduling tool, and shoots down the arguments against it.
- Marian Haus recaps the three “traditional” techniques for overcoming project schedule constraints.
- John Goodpasture shares a challenge question he puts to his risk management students, on how to assess the impact of a new technology, process, or vendor.
- Tony Adams traces the link between the project charter and the engagement of the project sponsor.
- Henny Portman links us to some great how-to videos for Excel – the project manager’s Swiss Army Knife.
- Sue Geuens notes that incorrect data records can lead to some pretty serious consequences.
- Jeff Pierce addresses requirements gathering for those development projects with a lot of constraints.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on designing your own Agile project, with a look at dealing with the unknowns.
- Cheri Baker looks into the post-success bounce, and why success is so often temporary.
- Soma Bhattacharya talks about what to do once you’ve succeeded, and your Scrum team is successful, productive, and stable.
- Dave Prior reflects on how he’s using (and benefiting from) his personal Kanban, as a follow-up to his interviews with Jim Benson.
- Paulo Dias looks at the down side of starting a Sprint on a Monday.
Strategy and Governance
- Martin Webster asks an interesting question: “Does strategy emerge or is it planned?”
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell’s new book, “Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future .”
- Michael Wood notes that the maxim “simpler is better” also applies to project portfolio management.
- Dennis McCafferty shares a slide deck that shows compensation and career prospects for experience project managers are looking very good, indeed.
- Linky van der Merwe links us to a few resources for project managers looking to make a career move.
- Michel Dion provides some tips for those preparing for a job interview.