New PM Articles for the Week of April 25 – May 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 25 – May 1, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Elizabeth Harrin uses the occasion of the royal wedding to admit that she planned her wedding in Microsoft Project.  Hmmm … it looks like William and Kate had quite the WBS!
  • Andy Jordan writes about making the transition from project manager to ScrumMaster.
  • And Peter Saddington suggests the best way to learn Agile techniques is to just get working, using some of them.  He includes a bulleted list with links.  We like lists with links!
  • Mike Griffiths reviews some popular techniques for prioritizing requirements, including MoSCoW and a link to Karl Wieger’s Requirements Prioritization Model.   Bill Krebs adds a brief explanation of the Kano model.
  • Patrick Richard rants once again about PMO’s and the difference between projects and operations.  Note to self: do not follow Pat too closely when driving.
  • Brad Egeland describes four characteristics of effective PMO directors.
  • Catharine Smithson updates on the rise of the change manager as a role in project management.  And of course, change management is defined as: “The processes, tools and techniques to manage the people side of change to achieve the required business outcome.”
  • Ever wonder why the average CIO lasts only 18 months?  Eric Brown shares a cautionary tale about a new CIO who set expectations and then didn’t deliver on them.
  • Jed Simms addresses the notion that project managers are a commodity.  Answer: No!
  • Ted Hardy shares a tale of how a relatively simple concept somehow produced overly complex requirements, and after a tortuous path, became simple again.
  • Chuck Morton concludes his series on The Project Manager’s Cycle with a post on the project status report.  He also mentions the Toyota A3 reporting system; check the blog links.
  • Projects Adlib, the first iPad app capable of viewing MS Project files in native format, has been upgraded to now read XML format, so it’s now compatible with OmniPlan and  And while we’re in the land of Apple, Klint Finley lists his four best PM apps for the iPad.


3 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of April 25 – May 1

  1. I love these round ups, always a great place to find out what I may have missed – especially during crazy busy weeks.

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