New PM Articles for the Week of November 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 14 – 20, 2011.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Glen Alleman concludes his series on the five questions every PM must ask.  “How do we know we are making progress?”
  • Sandy Farnan looks at the prospect of recovering troubled projects.
  • Christopher Goldsbury looks at the U.S. Department of Defense track record on ERP implementations, and their recent claim that they are “going Agile.”
  • Peter Saddington thinks it’s time to start documenting Agile success stories, and he’s calling for submissions of case studies.  Sounds like a potential E-book!
  • Tom Mochal looks at the basic Scrum concepts of story points, team velocity, and team rhythm.
  • Gordon McMahon has some pointers on writing better user stories.
  • Jim Kinter argues that Scrum is not a methodology, but a world view, “relating to managerial interaction with those involved in production.”
  • Bill Krebs looks at the human factors associates with using a globally distributed team using Agile techniques.
  • Geoff Mattie reflects on the executive support required from Boeing executives to complete the 787 Dreamliner project, late and $10B over budget.  But still, a resounding success!
  • Donna Fitzgerald looks at the notion of an enterprise project management office.  Not just for IT projects, but all projects across the entire enterprise.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Melanie Franklin’s new book, “Managing Business Transformation.”
  • Mark McDonald asks IT leaders if they are stranding their project managers on an island.  Interesting blog from a Gartner researcher.
  • Penny Pullan interviews Suzanne Robertson on the interaction between the project manager and the business analyst.
  • Bruce McGraw continues his series on finding a content management system.
  • Timm Esque and Michael Porter consider the level of trust required to succeed in high stakes projects.  “The more you attempt to centralize and “tighten” control, the less real control you will achieve.”
  • Ted Hardy says we should learn to embrace constraints, and even seek them out.
  • Brad Egeland looks at what’s involved in conducting a feasibility analysis, before beginning a project.  Hopefully, even before considering a proposed project for funding.
  • Patrick Richard listens to a pitch of the Eppora project management tool set, and decides it violates the KISS principle.
  • Bruce Benson says we should teach our daughters to play war games, so they learn the same collaboration and other real-world lessons as our sons.  Not to mention surviving the coming Zombie Apocalypse, eh, Bruce?
  • Terry Bunio looks at managing Agile projects, and channels Jeff Foxworthy.  “You might be a project management redneck if …”