New PM Articles for the Week of February 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 7 – 13, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Elizabeth Harrin continues her report on the “Maximizing IT/IS Team Effectiveness” course she’s taking through Villanova University.  Week two, and she’s already falling behind!
  • Samad Aidane interviews Marisa Oldnall on ITIL and project management best practices.  She’ll be in Las Vegas later this month, presenting at the Pink Elephant’s 15th Annual IT Project Management Conference and Exhibition.
  • Brad Egeland cops to being a 25 / 8 project manager, and then asks: Is that a good thing?
  • Mark Walker released a new white paper about planning and managing e-discovery projects.  Well worth the read, even if you don’t think you’ll ever be involved in “mining” for evidence in support of litigation.
  • Nicole Bremer Nash writes about recognizing geeks by the way they talk.  Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but the study of interpersonal communication is important if your livelihood depends on spending 80% of your working time communicating.
  • Speaking of communicating, Sam Palani lists the top five project management “time suckers,” and (naturally) four of them involve communication.
  • Derek Huether came away from one of Jeff Sutherland’s presentations with some lessons from the Toyota Production System, regarding identifying and eliminating waste.
  • Meanwhile, Bas de Baar argues that a project is “just a bunch of people interacting together to achieve a certain goal,” with a diagram linking interaction and collaboration.
  • Karen Stewartson reviews “Strategic Project Portfolio Management,” by Simon Moore.
  • Michael Stanleigh identifies eight key trends in project management we should expect to see develop over the coming decade (I’m not buying #7 in his list).
  • A report from the California State Auditor’s Office blames poor project management for not having the case management database network connecting their 58 county courts up and running.  Originally budgeted at $260M, the project now looks more like $2B.  Ouch!
  • On a related note, Michelle LaBrosse uses Valentine’s Day as a metaphor for reviewing your “relationship” with your project, and signs you should consider “breaking up.”


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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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