New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Steve Porter shares his thoughts on what’s changed in the recent update to The Scrum Guide.  Most notably, the elimination of the “pigs and chickens” metaphor.
  • Lynda Bourne looks at risk management from two perspectives: risks as objective facts, and risks as subjective constructions.  Your stakeholders may not share your perspective.
  • Peter Saddington won Best Session at Product Camp Atlanta, and he shares his presentation on Scaling Product Ownership with those of us who weren’t there.
  • Derek Huether has been doing an Agile assessment for a client in Iowa with a team that had to curb their volume, but not their enthusiasm.
  • Mike Griffiths is helping to put together the “Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide.”
  • Bruce Benson expands on Jim Highsmith’s comments in SD Times about the three phases of the Agile Movement.
  • Glen Alleman argues that plans are meant to be changed. “Plans are Strategies for the successful completion of the Project.  A Strategy is a hypothesis that needs to be tested.”
  • Ted Hardy summarizes the Bureau of Labor Statistics outlook for business analysts and project managers.  And it’s all good news!
  • Paul Boos continues his series on creating a culture for government innovation with four primary values an innovative team will exhibit.
  • Elizabeth Harrin writes about the leadership attitude.
  • Sam Palani looks at project metrics – what, when, and how to measure.
  • Andy Jordan continues his series on communication with some insights on the need for team members to be strong communicators.
  • Jack Duggal tells us why we need a marketing communication plans for our projects.
  • Kerry Wills argues that preparing for a meeting is a skill, and then offers some areas for skill development.
  • Theresa Schlossberg, project manager, wife, mom, graduate student, and entrepreneur, on managing your home office and work / life balance.
  • Josh Nankivel teaches you to be a YouTube Search Ninja, so you can find the gems among the project management educational videos out there.
  • To get you started, here’s a link to a YouTube video from Bas de Baar, “Bootstrapping Project Culture Without Freaking People Out.”  A bit long at 45 minutes, but safe for work.
  • The Sacramento Bee has a news article on the new CalPERS computer system – two years late and $228M over budget.  Consolidating “49 antiquated systems into one technology platform” apparently wasn’t even as easy as it sounds, e.g. not at all.