New PM Articles for the Week of August 29 – September 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Abid Mustafa on the establishment of a PMO: “The structure of the PMO cannot be imposed or rushed, but must develop naturally.”
  • Bruce Benson says the key to managing innovation efforts is to not manage them.  At least, not as closely as projects pursuing more specific outcomes.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has two more book reviews: “Project Success: Critical Factors and Behaviors,” by Emanuel Camilleri, and “Managing Projects: A Team-based Approach,” a textbook by Karen Brown and Nancy Hyer.
  • Roger Kastner thinks organizations should measure the effectiveness of their project managers at managing and delivering on the commitments they make to stakeholders.
  • Todd Williams on indecision: “It takes a leader to make effective decisions. The person’s position or rank is irrelevant.”  Indeed.
  • Bas de Baar notes that a group’s culture is a product of the group’s conversations; consequently, “interventions should be focused on the conversations.”
  • Michelle Symonds suggests that women make the best project managers.  She even has survey results to support her claims, so it must be true!
  • Meredith Guetig shares some PowerPoint best practices for project managers.
  • Glenn Alleman is advocating for capabilities-based planning, as opposed to simply collecting use cases.
  • PMI and the International Council on Systems Engineering have joined forces to integrate their respective best practices.
  • PMI also announced availability of two new knowledge assessments, for Program Management and Portfolio Management, respectively.  Like the Project Management assessment, each is 100 multiple choice questions, based on their respective practice standards, and costs $35.
  • Josh Nankivel offers five reasons your project management career isn’t moving, and what to do about it.
  • Mike Griffiths is working with RMC, the company founded by the late Rita Mulcahy, to create a PMI-Agile Certified Practioner study Guide.
  • Derek Huether is offering a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner preparation workshop, September 26 – 28, in Columbia, MD for $1495.  Enroll through Agile Scout for a 15% discount.
  • Peter Saddington has been talking with Mark J. Balbes, PhD, on his recent experiences as an Agile Architect.  “Architecture is a frame of mind …”
  • Craig Brown shares a link to a video from the Boston AgilePalooza, where Jeff Patton reviews a discussion on Kanban.  Best line: “Are we re-branding common knowledge?”
  • AgilePalooza is coming to Tysons Corner, VA on September 16.  For $89, it looks like a full day of PDU opportunities, with lunch included.
  • And the current issue of PMI Today has a brief article explaining how to earn PDU’s by actively participating in the PMI Communities of Practice.
  • Bill Krebs reflects on ten years of Agile practices in project management.
  • From the “we see what we want to see” department, Meta S. Brown has an epiphany: Thomas Alva Edison practiced Agile techniques!