New PM Articles for the Week of January 24-30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 24 – 30, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, contemplate the nature of corporate culture, in the face of “outsourcing” and “streamlinings.”
  • The UK-based CBT Training blog has a brief article on the metamorphosis of IT, and the impact it’s had on which industry certifications are in demand.
  • Andrew Makar offers five reasons to migrate to Microsoft Project 2010.  For me, the coolest new feature is the Timeline View – your mileage may vary.
  • Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts offers some suggestions for us “old folks” in communicating with the Tweet-and-Texting generation via Email.
  • For the face-to-face encounters, Chris LeCompte writes about running more effective project meetings.
  • Derek Heuther explores the continuum between communication and manipulation, with two examples: buying a vehicle, and negotiating salary for a new job.
  • Curt Finch writes about managing projects on a global scale.
  • Samad Aidane posted his podcast interview with Patricia Garofano on how to smoothly replace a business process outsourcing vendor who is not working out.  Best line: “Knowledge is no longer in house … You need to think about how you’re going to handle that.”  That wasn’t in the brochure, was it?  She covers everything from the RFP process to contract provisions to managing two simultaneous providers, and the potential for “vendor flight.”  Well worth the 50 minutes.
  • John Challenger, CEO of recruiting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, discusses job transitions for project managers who are building or advancing their careers.
  • Todd Williams watches his baby granddaughter learn, and asks, “Is your failure rate high enough?”  Best line: “Take a lesson from the professionals—children that relentlessly take chances in order to try something new.”  Wayne and Nancy, no pressure on the grandchildren thing.  None at all.
  • Cindy Vandersleen writes about managing manager expectations in the transition to Agile methods.
  • Madison, also known as “Mister Manager,” returns after a long absence with a list of the 25 Best Project Management Blogs You Aren’t Reading Yet.  Hey, look at who’s number 21 on the list!