New PM Articles for the Week of September 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Laurie Keyser Brunner observes, “People are now the primary investment within organizations. As such, professional development initiatives must keep pace.”  Blended learning is the key.
  • Conrado Morlan writes to us fifty-something project managers about leading multi-generational teams.
  • The current PMI Community Post asks, can a project manager become the next CEO?
  • Josh Nankivel has been overwhelmed lately, and neglecting his blog.  So now that he has a few minutes, he writes about how we should handle these times as opportunities.
  • Elizabeth Harrin is another iPad fan, and she has a few favorite apps to share with us.
  • Jeff Oltmann says you shouldn’t wait until the end of your project to think about how to close it, and shares seven tips to smoothly transition to on-going operations.
  • Peter Saddington shares a screencast from Michael Sahota on selecting Agile methods that are appropriate to organizational cultures, based on the book, “The Reengineering Alternative,” by William Schneider.
  • Matthias Marschall takes a different approach, contrasting Scrum and Kanban in terms of the amount of change required to get started.
  • And Alan Dayley considers the potential impact of limiting work in progress, using whatever techniques come to hand.
  • Sally Elatta just completed the PMI-ACP exam.  She shares her thoughts in a retrospective (hey, it’s about Agile!) and some specific study tips.
  • Pete Cohen provides an excellent “sentence template” for wording risks.
  • Jordan Bortz debunks all those job postings for “ninjas” and “rock stars.”  In short: we don’t know what we’re looking for, but we want you to be really good at it!
  • Craig Curran-Morton has a two-parter on the problems with RFP’s.  You know: that’s when the purchasing folks ask for “rock star ninjas …”
  • Glen Alleman juxtaposes two of his favorite quotes to illustrate why conflict is a necessary and desirable part of getting things done.
  • Kerry Wills is mentoring a few project managers, and shares some recent advice he gave on priorities in starting up a new project.
  • Mike Inman finds an error in some materials he had printed, followed immediately by an opportunity to practice some personal integrity.
  • Johanna Rothman on influence, negotiation, and working around those who play zero-sum games.