New PM Articles for the Week of January 10-16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 10 – 16, 2011. We read all of this stuff
so you don’t have to! Recommended:

  • Joseph Czarnecki does a quick history of the development of project management, and argues that IT led the way.  Of course, the ancient Egyptians might dispute that …
  • Samad Aidane posted the podcast of his interview with Tres Roeder, consultant and author of the forthcoming book, “A Sixth Sense for Project Management.”  And no, it’s not about talking with dead people.  He also managed to get an interview with Dr. Harold Kerzner, author of “Project Management: A Systems Approach …” and Dr. Steve Flannes, co-author of “Essential People Skills for Project Managers.”  Way to go, Samad!
  • John McKee, CEO of, weighs in with five mega-trends that will affect us for 2011.  Not project management, specifically, but something to think about.
  • Toni Bowers advocates brevity and clarity, with examples in metaphor and analogy.  Of course, she goes on about it for a bit longer.
  • Putting a proposal together for your doctoral dissertation, and looking for funding?  PMI’s Academic Resources Department will publish their RFP for 2012 research projects on February 1.
  • Preparing to take the PMP exam?  Cornelius Fichtner suggests you walk in prepared to do a “brain dump.”
  • Brad Egeland looks at the influence of organizational culture and politics on projects.
  • Michael Young explains the difference between leadership and management.
  • Dick Billows goes into excruciating detail about work packages (which is exactly what work packages should do).
  • Gil Junqueiria talks about what game theory and poker can teach us about project management.
  • Patrick Bird writes about building sustainable relationships in project teams.
  • Derek Heuther writes about practical wisdom, and offers an example of conflict in value perception.
  • Bernardo Tirado offers some tips on leveraging body language at work.


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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.

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