News, Side Notes, and Observations

Every once in a while, I like to write about current events and (briefly) ruminate on what I’ve learned recently, and the vernal equinox is all the excuse I need.

  • Samad Aidane has completed the upload of the recordings of the PM Telesummit.  If you registered, he’s already sent you an EMail with the details; if you didn’t get it, let him know.
  • Sally Elatta interviewed Rory McCorkle, the business owner of the recently announced Agile project management certification (which still does not have an official name) on Thursday, March 17.  While no earth-shattering developments were discussed, it’s a really detailed explanation of what PMI has released about the pilot program so far, and if you have an hour or so, the recording is available.  Note: you need to be a PMI member to access the recording.
  • If you’re thinking about pursuing a Master’s degree, check out “The Definitive Guide to Master of Project Management Degrees.”  It’s the clearest explanation I’ve read yet of the difference in the various flavors – MBA, MS-PM, MS-IT/PM, MPM, and so on – and they conclude with a list of fourteen schools and the degrees they offer.  My alma mater, Capella, is on the list, and I recommend it highly if you’re a working professional in search of a good distance learning alternative.
  • It’s worth remembering that the subject of the legendary 2001 conference of seventeen software developers at Snowbird, Utah that resulted in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was lightweight development methods.  While the collection of methodologies we refer to as “Agile” are certainly well suited for that purpose, I don’t want to drive over a suspension bridge built using an Agile approach.  Your mileage may vary, and so should your approach to managing projects.
  • Having said that, the Agile project management Declaration of Interdependence, which was written in 2005 by many of the same folks who were at Snowbird in 2001, is a set of principles that will benefit nearly any project.  Maybe even those that involve a suspension bridge.

Here’s to the start of spring, when all things are made new again!