New PM Articles for the Week of April 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 18 – 24, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • PMI announced they have selected three research projects for funding in 2011.  Two have a global scope, the third is on implementing project management as an organizational innovation.
  • Speaking of global, here’s an article from Ghana.  Yeah, consulting project managers are the same everywhere.
  • Jennifer Whitt reflects on working closely with the client project manager when a consulting project has dropped into the red.  Focus on the facts and the problems, not on the blame.
  • Two takes on conducting project meetings: Kathlika Thomas, guest writing on PM4Girls, and Chuck Morton on PM Best Practice each share their thoughts.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Rick Valerga’s book, “The Cure for the Common Project.”
  • Todd Williams addresses the difference between managing innovation and managing a routine project, like a technology refresh.
  • On a related matter: not exactly new, a video of Dan Pink talking about the science behind motivation, and how certain rewards can inhibit creativity.  Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Derek Huether posted a pie chart of the PMI Agile exam tools and techniques.  Watch his blog for more content on the Agile exam.
  • Terry Bunio shares his company’s experience with their first Agile project, including the background and lessons learned.
  • Patrick Bird shares his model of (mis-)communication, “The Arc of Distortion.”
  • Lynda Bourne shares her framework for key roles within project, program, and portfolio management.
  • Speaking of which, Rob Preston reports on trends in IT departments taking a more disciplined approach to project and portfolio management.  Good news, bad news, and metrics!
  • Glenn Alleman reflects on the “naive notion of simplicity,” and why context matters.  I agree – there are few artifacts simpler than a bowling ball, yet it is notoriously difficult to score 300.