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.