New PM Articles for the Week of March 7 – 13

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

  • PMI confirmed that the new Agile Project Management credential pilot program examination content outline and reference list will be released on April 15.
  • Elizabeth Harrin took last week off, and had two weeks of lectures to listen to on her Villanova University course.  She reports on lessons learned in dealing with resistance and assigning people to tasks.  While you’re visiting her site, check out her report on women in project management.
  • The PM Telesummit this week was a resounding success!  Samad Aidane reports, “My team and I are working hard to process recording files of all the presentations and getting them ready for upload.”  He’ll Email the links as soon as they’re ready.
  • Derek Huether manages to invoke both Dilbert and Fred Brooks in assessing a vendor’s proposal to catch up to the original schedule by adding a lot of people.  As Fred pointed out, software development ain’t like picking cotton.
  • Getting up to speed on Agile?  Craig Brown writes about “user stories” and provides a link to a template.
  • While we’re on the subject, Bill Krebs offers some criteria that will tell you if your team is self-organized.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series of articles on The Project Manager’s Cycle – this week, it’s “review issues and action items.”  He recommends reviewing risks before reviewing issues in status meetings.  “We can get so overwhelmed by current brush fires that we fail the due diligence that limits future bonfires.”  Good point!
  • Kathlika Thomas shares her formula for an executive summary for primary stakeholders, also known as a project status update in some circles.
  • Bas de Baar is writing a book, to be called, “TEMPORARY TRIBES: Interaction and Collaboration in a Digital and Mobile World.”  He’s been sharing sections of it with us over the last couple of weeks, and this week he shares a bit more about cues and context.
  • On my white board, I have the note, “Multi-taking is the enemy of focus.”  Bill Balcezak addresses the enemy with time-boxing, to-do lists, and a pomodoro – no, not the pasta dish – “a schedule-structuring practice consisting of short, uninterrupted increments of work.”
  • Glen Alleman writes about the best management movie ever – “Twelve O’Clock High.”  Lessons learned include, “Leading teams of qualified staff toward the goal of the mission. Managing the resources of personnel, machines, infrastructure, politics, and emotions along the way.”  And the coolest real crash landing in movie history, by stunt pilot Paul Mantz.