New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 1 – 7, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Lisa Earle McLeod writes about conflict – the reasons we avoid it, and ways to overcome our own resistance to deal with it head on.
- Meanwhile, Kaley Klemp and Jim Warner list seven steps to a “drama-free office.”
- Linda Hill and Kent Lineback write in the Harvard Business Review about the courage to see ourselves as others see us, as the first requirement for being a great boss.
- I missed last week’s Agile Community of Practice webinar on Agile Contracts, but Pat Richard didn’t. And he has a few rebuttal points …
- Samad Aidane interviews Josephine Thomson on “the neuroscience of effective change management.” Thirty-eight minutes on the role of the pre-frontal cortex in perceiving and assessing threats, delivered in a charming Australian accent, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Penny Pullan about her recent book, “A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management.” Less than five minutes, safe for work.
- Andy Jordan argues for “old school” face to face communication. Which is great, if you and your team are in the same zip code, or even the same time zone …
- PM Network has a great article this month on “accidental” project managers.
- Josh Nankivel shares a link to an academic survey, which seeks to determine if there might be a correlation between IT project success and PMP certification.
- Peter Saddington reports on an interesting new algorithm for estimating developer time that gets progressively more accurate with each sprint. Kudos to Vic Cherubini!
- Claudia Vandermilt talks about the importance of a decisive project manager.
- Ben Snyder helps you figure out whether you’re an intentional leader, simply by observing the behaviors of those who report to you.
- Bruce Benson asks, is speed to market more important than quality?
- Brad Egeland writes about dependencies between risks, and prioritizing risk responses in the face of limited budgets.
- Glen Alleman shares his thoughts on an article in “Aviation Peek and Spy Technology” on the space shuttle era. Three lessons learned, applicable to nearly everything.
- Kerry Wills has his own take on performance management, “Kerry’s Law of Relative Crappiness.” Maybe it’s time for a new approach –we already benchmark business functions across different organizations …
- Finally, Todd Loeb shares some new project management maxims, including “Microsoft Project is smarter than you.” Yeah, but I’m better looking!