New PM Articles for the Week of December 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 6 – 12, 2010.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Cornelius Fichtner completes his series on preparing for the PMP exam with the long-term challenge – getting the PDU’s you need to re-certify.
  • Gary Hamilton, Jeff Hodgkinson, and Gareth Byatt write about rescuing troubled projects, resulting from poor planning, misaligned expectation, and ineffective risk management.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Ruth Malone on her career change from project manager to small business owner.  It runs out that her project management skills aided in her transition.
  • Craig Brown gives us the best quote of the week, “Multitasking is the enemy of focus.”
  • Ted Hardy shares an interesting find: The Hierarchy of Visual Understanding, from David McCandless.  I think many of us have had this idea that discrete data is linked into information, which is organized into knowledge, which is applied as wisdom, but David has captured it well.
  • Dave Nielsen suggests using risk workshops as a tool to leverage the collective knowledge of the project team.  It’s a bit basic, but well worth reading.
  • Bas de Baar, the Project Shrink, writes about creating boundaries for your project.
  • Carole Embden-Peterson wrote a nice two-part article on preparing a business case, oriented toward the Prince2 method but still very usable in other approaches.  Here is part one, and here is part two.
  • James Adams describes the role of the business analyst in the system development life cycle.
  • Derek Huether illustrates the need to “know your customer” with a supermarket picture of a boneless smoked ham, labeled “Delicious for Chanukah.”  And vegetarians might like it, too.
  • Abdiel Ledesma writes about project management as an organizational competency.
  • Peter Taylor presents a model of project management offices as directive, supportive, or controlling, and then proceeds to argue that few PMO’s are just one of these types.


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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.