New PM Articles for the Week of April 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • For Jodi and Dave, who are up in Reno bringing Kronos live, here’s a story from Ted Hardy about one of his clients using a report from their time clock project to make a point about tardiness with an employee.  Try not to laugh too hard …
  • Jim Di Piante reflects on three phenomena that seem to spell dramatic changes for project management, especially in IT.
  • Lynda Bourne takes it a step further, reflecting on how Web 2.0 technologies are impacting the way we manage our stakeholders.
  • For all you folks who are also engagement managers, Brad Egeland addresses closing the project deal in four parts, from assessing the client’s need through the project kickoff.  Here’s Part 1.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Thomas Juli on what it takes to successfully introduce collaboration tools into project work.  The podcast is thirty-one minutes long.
  • Derek Huether reports from Atomic Object, in Grand Rapids, Michigan; he calls it an “Agile” company, and proceeds to describe the sort of place we would all like to work at (unless you’re allergic to dogs).
  • And Glenn Alleman recalls the first “Agile organization” – Kelly Johnson’s legendary Skunk Works – where they designed and built the XP-80, the first operational jet fighter to have its engine integrated within the main fuselage, in 143 days, seven less than required.  In 1943!
  • Meredith Levin writes about five characteristics of ‘transformational’ PMO’s.
  • John Reiling writes about using prioritized lists and trade-offs to make a decision.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her word map of what makes a project complex.  Yes, you read that correctly – a simple representation of complexity.
  • Rob Llewellyn champions communication plans, empathy, motivational theories, feedback, and a whole list of communication vehicles, but still manages to keep it down to a six minute read.  Excellent!
  • Michelle LaBrosse argues that “life is a series of projects,” and we should leverage our project management skills to remove stress from our lives.
  • Michael Greer shares twenty one-liner best practices for project managers.  My favorite: “Accept this in your heart: PM is overhead.”  Doubt it?  Just ask any programmer.