New PM Articles for the Week of November 29-December 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 29 – December 5, 2010.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Did you know that over 8% of all PMP credential holders are in China?  Steve Fahrenkrog, the PMI VP for regional development with responsibility for Asia, recently was presented the prestigious “Friendship Award” from the Chinese government for his role in bringing modern project management to China.  The People’s Daily on line has an interview with him.
  • The U.S. government is making major changes in how they approach IT project management.  Details include two-year budgets, a professional career track for program managers, and a major move into the cloud.  Nicole Johnson has the details in her Federal Times article.
  • Michelle LaBrosse, founder of Cheetah Learning, has some suggested New Year’s resolutions that can benefit your career.
  • Kirsten Lora, five months pregnant, manages to find the commonalities between project management and pregnancy.  I’m also forwarding this link to my daughter-in-law.
  • Patrick Gray has some contrarian words on deliverables.
  • Scott McMullan of Google has an interesting list of products of potential interest to project managers, all available in the Google Apps Marketplace.
  • Toby Elwin argues that when mergers and acquisitions fail, it’s a project management failure.  Having spent a chunk of my career working on M&A projects, I have to agree!
  • Preparing for a job interview?  Sean Haggard has 21 questions to ask (and answer) in order to fill a practicing project manager position.
  • Not yet ready to interview, but thinking of pursuing a Master’s degree in Project ManagementAndrea McDougal has you covered with her new website, linking to over 100 degree programs!
  • Ken Young writes about the merits of project portfolio management in a centralized portfolio management office.
  • Ted Hardy suggests some principles for keeping solutions simple, testable, and maintainable. 


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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.