New PM Articles for the Week of November 22-28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 22 – 28, 2010.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Paul Deuth writes about the limited focus of Six Sigma, and suggests that maybe it’s not meant to last.
  • Cornelius Fichtner continues with Part Six of his series on how to prepare for the PMP exam.  This week, he writes about using practice tests.
  • Dave Neilsen offers an approach for project managers to deal with performance problems, in the form of consistently missed deadlines.
  • George F. Brown suggests five questions for the IT department to answer before a project kicks off.
  • Elizabeth Harrin follows up her Computer Weekly IT Project Management Blog of the Year win last week with two interesting posts, including a video interview of Peter Milsom on why he followed up his PMP credential with a PRINCE2 credential, and her notes from Keith Richards’ address on the eight dangers of implementing Agile, delivered at the APM conference.
  • Kiron Bondale presents his “elevator pitch” on the benefits of project management.
  • Glen Alleman offers some guidance on risk management, as well as links to some authoritative references.
  • Bruce McGraw shares his suggestions for planning and conducting an off-site project planning meeting.
  • Keith Mathis has a few suggested negotiation strategies for project managers.
  • Rebecca Porterfield tells of her company’s experience with “Wagile,” a transitional mix of Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • And Bob Lewis describes his alternative to “Wagile,” which he calls “Rapids Development,” as in a series of small waterfalls you might encounter while white-water rafting.  Not to be confused with Rapid Application Development …
  • George Huhn dismisses non-standardized, subjective ratings (excellent, good, fair, poor) as metrics for portfolio and project decision making.


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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.