New PM Articles for the Week of June 13 –19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 13 –19, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Garry Booker is applying Agile principles to managing the purchase and re-fitting of two airplanes.  He makes some interesting points on the “how” and “why.”
  • John Hamm presents seven leadership mistakes (and remedies) that need to be addressed in order to get a team back into the “winning” mindset.
  • Derek Huether and Sameer Bendre are using Agile techniques to create their blog posts on the PMI Agile Community of Practice.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Jovia Nierenberg, COO of Experience in Software, the company behind Webplanner and Project Kickstart.  And yes, she’s only 23 years old.
  • Shim Marom sees Gen Y workers like Jovia as “perfectly engineered to adopt Agile.”
  • Jen Periera reports from the 2011 Symantec Government Symposium, where Colin Powell argued that cyber security should be a shared responsibility between government and the private sector.
  • Andrew Makar reflects on five of his mentors and what they taught him.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Donna Fitzgerald from her four presentations at the upcoming Gartner Program and Portfolio Management and IT Governance Summit.
  • And Bas de Baar resurrects an interview from two years ago with Dave Logan, author of this week’s #1 New York Times best seller, “Tribal Leadership.”
  • There’s been a lot of argument lately among the blogerati about the merits of certifications.  Craig Curran-Morton gives an excellent defense of the PMP.
  • Kerry Wills rants about project managers who don’t do the basics.  For example, “Keeping plans updated with the right dates, % complete, and owners.”  Egad …
  • Todd Williams identifies the seven ‘tudes of decision making:  ineptitude, attitude, fortitude, altitude, aptitude, incertitude, and vicissitude.
  • Lynda Bourne questions the value of some of our team rituals, like regularly scheduled meetings that don’t actually accomplish anything.
  • Nik Gebhard argues that “the best methodology is freedom,” to continuously adapt your approach to the problems at hand.
  • Mike Inman returns to blogging after a long absence, and invokes Yoda in talking about “will.”
  • Craig Brown rants, “There is something very wrong when the solutions teams are becoming better informed about how business works, and better at developing and managing relationships than the BA community.”  Highly recommended.
  • If you’ve been considering adding Kanban to your Agile toolset, Peter Saddington has a report from New Balance, where their staff is now so much more efficient than their Asian counterparts that it’s cheaper to make their shoes in Maine.