New PM Articles for the Week of December 27 to January 2

Happy New Year!  New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Mary Weilage lists the most popular (based on member’s thumbs-up votes) TechRepublic IT Project Management posts of 2010.  My favorites: the ten most cryptic project management expressions, and “never trust a client’s initial project requirements.”  You already checked out TR’s most popular IT project management downloads, right?  No?  Well, scroll down to last week’s list of articles, and click on Mary’s link. Or click here.
  • Josh Nankivel writes about the project management “monster in the closet,” those untested and undocumented assumptions that take the place of communications and investigations.
  • Craig Brown is soliciting comments for an update to the Wikipedia page on “Requirements Analysis,” and he’s decorated his article with a picture of a woman wearing a T-shirt that reads, “Wikipedia is Accurate (citation needed).”  Check out the current article, and see if you agree that it needs updating.
  • Glen Alleman proposes some New Year’s resolutions, beginning with the statement, “We need to learn to speak in terms of deliverables (tangible, measurable outcomes, in units meaningful to the stakeholder) as the basis of project success. Not the consumption of resources and the passage of time.”  And it just gets better from there – highly recommended!  Earlier in the week, he resurrected John Hatto’s incredible mind map of risk management – check that out, too.
  • Derek Heuther begins with a rant about the TSA and “Security Theatre,” and moves immediately into a rant about “Project Management Theatre” and a Gantt chart with 5,954 lines, and manages to do so without mentioning zombies.  Oh, you like Derek’s zombie allegories?  Well, he also posted a rant on zombie leadership.


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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.