New PM Articles for the Week of June 27 –July 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 27 –July 3, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Lisa Earle McLeod writes about driving innovation by changing your perspective.
  • Ted Hardy link us to the third installment of “Everything is a Remix,” which explains that all innovation is just a matter of combining existing things.  Like, the MacIntosh. Eleven minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin begins a two-part series on managing projects in a matrixed organization.
  • And Bruno Collet writes about managing projects in a weak matrix, or siloed, organization.
  • Lynda Bourne addresses the cognitive biases of stakeholders, and how they challenge our projects.
  • Rudolf Melik explains why his U.S.-based customers are leading the world: decisiveness, focus, and a willingness to assume risk.
  • Know someone trying to work their way into project management?  Josh Nankivel writes about the project coordinator role.
  • Kerry Wills adds to his list of “people who shouldn’t be project managers,” beginning with Charlie Sheen.  That’s it, Kerry, start with the tough calls …
  • Rob Saxon talks about the ABC’s of a career in project management.  You’re registered with GanttHead, aren’t you?  If not, take the time.
  • Bas de Baar, the Project Shrink, shares a group of “Shrinkonian” exercises, designed to help teams think about their project during the planning stages.
  • Glen Alleman looks at good project management, as described by Gartner Group and the DoD’s Director of Systems Engineering, and asks, isn’t this what Scrum is trying to do?
  • Derek Huether talks about cyclones and the “cone of uncertainty,” as introduction to the choice between empirical or definitive methods.
  • Bruce Benson writes about the Standish Group’s notorious Chaos Reports, and the fine line between flexibility and, well, chaos.
  • Speaking of the Chaos Reports, Kathlika Thomas reminds us that the Reports say a clear statement of requirements is one of the top three reasons for project success, and shares her methods.
  • Dick Billows is out hiking the critical path, but he stops long enough to talk about the right size deliverables for a work breakdown structure.  Six minutes, safe for work.