New PM Articles for the Week of August 1 – 7

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!


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of August 1 – 7

  1. Dave, all my videos are safe for work! I wonder if I should put a notification on them to let people know? Adding the video duration is a good idea though – I’ll try to remember to do that for future videos.

  2. I wouldn’t link to a video that wasn’t “safe for work,” but I always add that disclaimer. Note that my definition of “safe for work” might not be universal 😉

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