New PM Articles for the Week of February 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 21 – 27, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on week four (of eight) of her Villanova course, “Maximizing IS/IT Team Effectiveness.”  The focus this week is on communication, and she fills her post with bullet points, and her take on the applicability of the content.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Lewis Temares, former CIO at the U. of Miami, on what CIO’s want from their project managers.  The podcast runs 11:56, just enough time to finish a cup of coffee.
  • Derek Huether updates his helpful tips for running a meeting.  And I’ll add one: when your 9:00 AM meeting scheduled for 30 minutes ends at 9:18, close with, ”Let me give you back twelve minutes to your day.”  Positive reinforcement, doncha know …
  • Claude Emond, one of the authors of the current PMI Standard for Portfolio Management, has begun a five-part series on a framework for Agile project management.  Must read!
  • Project Shrink Bas De Baar offers a glossary of alternative terms for familiar project concepts, so “You can use a metaphor for your endeavor and frame all activities in an entirely different setting.”  Scan quickly, and then read his article, “Temporary Tribes.”  Just excellent!
  • Julian Egelstaff writes about the IT role archetypes that emerge during an IT project.  “A lot of IT failures happen when people focus too much on one issue at the expense of another … This is especially true when the engineer role is filled from outside the organization, as will happen often in the nonprofit context.” And other places, too.
  • Craig Brown offers seven bullet points on identifying bad business processes.
  • Kimberly Wiefling rants about Stone Age practices in the Age of the Internet.
  • Brad Egeland lists four key benefits to developing a work breakdown structure.
  • Jerry Giltenane is conducting a survey on “the adoption factors of social media in virtual project teams,” as part of his MBA dissertation.  And after you take the survey, you get to see an analysis of the responses to date.
  • Roger Chou writes about how project management maturity can fuel great ideas, and offers Apple as an example.
  • Don’t you wish you had this guy’s job?  “A project manager has demonstrated a tiny spy plane with flapping wings like a hummingbird.”  Check it out! It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Bird’s eye view.”