New PM Articles for the Week of October 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 3 – 9, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Victor Szalway writes about “technical debt,” the cumulative consequences of corners being cut throughout a software project’s design and development.
  • Chuck Morton makes a great case for using “estimated hours to complete” as opposed to “percent complete.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a video from Melanie Franklin on talking with senior managers about managing project portfolios.
  • Craig Brown shares a lunchtime session on how our values drive our decisions, from the Agile Manifesto to buying (or expensing) a $50 hamburger.
  • Claudia Vandermilt says she has the top three questions asked during an interview for a project manager position.  Which makes me wonder how she conducted the survey …
  • Glen Alleman continues his series on “Five Questions a Project Manager Must Ask” by addressing, “How do we get there?”
  • Sam Palani shares his recollection of Steve Jobs telling the Stanford graduating class to stay hungry and stay foolish.
  • Peter Saddington reviews the free Kanban tool, KanbanPad.  No, it’s not an iPad app …
  • Scott Ambler articulates his model for scaling Agile to a complete delivery process.
  • Dan Vickers got a bad performance review a few years ago, and used it as an opportunity to become accountable to himself.
  • Carl Manello shares some basic principles for managing people in the context of managing projects.
  • Josh Nankivel explains progressive elaboration as a technique for project planning.
  • Bas de Baar considers boundaries and knowing you are part of a group.
  • Johanna Rothman on reducing your work in progress.
  • Srinivasa Rao describes the new Global Delivery Model (GDM 2.0), based on “the changed environment of cloud, social and mobile computing.”
  • Brandon Koeller lists his reasons for saying that Darth Vader was an amazing project manager.  Well, if you consider the Death Star to be a construction (as opposed to destruction)project …