New PM Articles for the Week of May 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 2 – 8, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • RippleRock, LLC announced delivery of the first ever Agile PMI Certification course, to be conducted June 3 – 5 in New Delhi, India, by Jesse Fewell, founder of the PMI Agile Community of Practice.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a case study for using Sharepoint for sharing project information in a consulting organization.
  • Derek Huether shares his admiration for an executive presentation centered on a PICK chart. Definitely a great way to present opportunities!
  • Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt and Jeff Hodgkinson offer a checklist for project risk management.
  • Dan Vickers and Curt Finch argue that project management authority is earned, not given.
  • Duncan Haughey writes about setting SMARTER goals.  OK, before you click on the link, what does the SMART acronym stand for?  Is it still a mnemonic if you didn’t remember?
  • Michelle Bowles has an article in the newest edition of PM Network, about the rise of project metrics related to customer satisfaction, human resources, and risk management.
  • Ted Hardy has had an epiphany. “Imagine if we wrote our requirements not with system implementations in mind, but with the idea that they teach the business how to operate more effectively regardless of the software they use.”  Whoa …
  • Samad Aidane interviews Dr. David Rock on “the neuroscience of leadership,” reward and threat responses, and the SCARF model – Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness.  Thirty minutes, safe for work.
  • Dana Gardner leads a discussion of application integration.  Corporate IT departments are suddenly embracing open source tools, social networking, the cloud, Agile software development techniques, and SaaS.  It’s an historic shift!
  • Release 2 of the New York State Project Management Guidebook is now available.  First released in 2001, the Guidebook has been adopted by hundreds of registered users in 45 countries, including more than 160 private companies and educational institutions.
  • Speaking of standards, Earth PM reports that Dave Violette, chairman of the PMBOK 5th Edition update committee, is seeking research in support of sustainability thinking in planning.
  • Still not enough to read?  PM Bistro published their list, with bullet points, a few days ago.  Only one overlap, and no, we’re not comparing notes.
  • Glen Alleman talks about how to apply Earned Value measurement to software development, and uses a Scrum example.  Of course, he also tells us when not to apply it.
  • We’ve been discussing multi-tasking on the LinkedIn PMI Career Central group.  Now, Geoff Crane has posted an interesting little challenge on his PaperCut PM blog.  And while you’re on his site, check out his article on why your metrics need to make sense to your users, inspired by an advertisement for *ahem* “sanitary protection” products.  Earned value?  Whassat?