New PM Articles for the Week of July 18 –24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 18 –24, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Bob Tarne interviews Troy Tuttle, a self-described “pragmatic Agilist,” on his adoption and use of Kanban in software development.  Highly recommended.
  • Alan Shefveland provides an extensive overview of project portfolio planning.
  • Kerry Wills talks about three ships in the fleet of success: ownership, stewardship, and leadership.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks at two surveys on the effectiveness of project management training, draws a few conclusions, and makes some recommendations.
  • Peter Saddington has discovered Yet Another Flavor of Agile – OpenAgile, “the world’s only open source Agile method.”  No, it only sounds like a concatenation of two randomly selected, high-usage buzz words …
  • Derek Huether shares his Guide to Sprint Planning.  By the way, he’s also working on a PMI-ACP prep course – stay tuned for details!
  • Saira Karim takes a look at the notion of “best practices,” and argues that what was once best might now be less than optimal.  Time to look for “better practices.”
  • Now that Ted Hardy has written about what innovation is (and isn’t), he’s ready to write about innovation in … developing requirements.
  • Bruce Benson argues in favor of tracking expenditures “by hand,” rather than depending on financial systems to cough up critical project budget data.
  • Michael Young expounds on a well-established process – stakeholder analysis.
  • Josh Nankivel answers an Email from a PM student, wondering if he should pursue the CAPM credential to compensate for his lack of work experience.
  • Kristen Lora, an English major, tells how she discovered project management was the best career choice for her.
  • Cornelius Fichtner, host of The Project Management Prepcast, lists three ways to fail your PMP exam audit.  Applicable to PMI-ACP, too!