New PM Articles for the Week of May 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Skip Angel argues that “Organizations and teams must come to understand why they need agile before choosing a methodology or tool to implement it.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on Dr. Lynda Bourne’s presentation on “managing up” at the recent PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dublin.
  • And Dr. Bourne speaks for herself, with a wonderful parable about three brothers who inherited 17 camels, and the wise neighbor who let them do their own math.
  • Andy Jordan looks at project managers who are also subject matter experts.  “If the PM is expected to be a comprehensive business expert, then other aspects of their work will suffer.”
  • Paul Boos shares his recent experience using an influence network map understand relationships in his organization, prior to presenting a prototype.  Very cool!
  • Rick Freedman reports on recent research that reinforces the Agile notion of breaking development projects into smaller pieces in order to foster teambuilding.
  • Peter Saddington shares a recording of the webinar of his “10 Key Attributes of a Great Product Owner.”  Just 51 minutes, safe for work.
  • Todd Williams is advocating for re-thinking the notion of a PMO, based on his assertion that there are no IT projects, only business initiative that have IT components.
  • Craig Brown shares a case study in tracking identified requirements, work remaining, and work done over the course of a project.  Not just a burn-down chart, it also reflects the evolution of scope as the organization’s understanding of the work progresses.
  • Glen Alleman talks up two books on earned value and earned schedule, and why these books (and techniques) are important.
  • Keith Mathis reviews the five phases of the vendor selection process.
  • Andrew Meyer tells us that he loves requests for proposals.  Not the RFP itself, but the understanding of the problems and solutions the RFP process brings to stakeholders.
  • Bas de Baar asks, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a Lonely Planet for your organization?”  Not just for visitors, but for the folks who work there.
  • Tom West, the legendary project manager who was the subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Soul of a New Machine” passed away last week.  Brilliant, manipulative, driven, and occasionally ruthless, Tom set a dubious standard for a generation.
  • Josh Nankivel has created a 22-minute You-Tube video for those who ask the question, “How can I break into project management?”  Great advice for the new graduate!