New PM Articles for the Week of December 5 – December 11

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

  • Adriana Beal raises a good point: if you track progress on adopting Agile by measuring compliance with Agile methods, you might be missing some opportunities.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares some tips for working with Baby Boomers.  I think the first tip I would add is, “Drop the Baby.  We’re Boomers.”
  • Charlie Rose interviews founder Marc Benioff.  “[T]he way to dramatically lower the cost of business is by dramatically lowering the cost of IT.”
  • Nick Heath reports on a startling trend. “Global spending on tablets and mobile phones will surpass that [spent on] PCs in 2012.”
  • Paul Bruno looks for insight in a history lesson: the project that developed the venerable Jeep, at the onset of WWII.
  • Bob Galen advocates applying traditional project management techniques along with a Scrum approach.  He even wants to keep the PMBOK!
  • Ian Knox looks at controlling Agile development efforts, from within a larger project portfolio framework.
  • Don Kim continues his series on applying Agile techniques to procurement.  I’d really like to hear Mike Inman’s thoughts on this topic.  Hey, Mike …
  • Derek Huether reports from the PMI Agile CoP Strategic Planning team meetings last week.  “We want the PMI members worldwide to be equipped to lead and thrive in a human-centric and ever changing world by embracing adaptive and empirical proactive practices.”
  • Johanna Rothman pounded out an excellent three-part series, “Is the cost of continuous integration worth the value on your program?”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth attended the Rally Development Agile Portfolio Management product launch.  “Rally hit this ball for a good solid triple.”
  • Josh Nankivel on the most tragic form of spam: resumes sent out to a bunch of people the sender has never met, in the hope that one of them will reply with an opportunity.
  • Craig Brown is beginning a new series, “Understanding Bureaucracy.”  Oh, stop making faces – it will be good for you!  Like broccoli …
  • Jason Miller reports on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s progress in improving the way they plan and execute IT projects.
  • PMI, India sponsored a recent conference on preparing India for a “project-driven economy.”
  • Kerry Wills argues that the most important task of project management is issue management.
  • Peter Saddington shares his favorite quotes from Dan Pink’s book, “DRiVE.”  “The joy is in the pursuit more than the realization. In the end, mastery attracts precisely because mastery eludes.”  It’s also how some of us ended up married.
  • Glen Alleman explores an interesting phrase: “Idea farmers.”
  • Preben Ormen gives the pot a good stir with “Why Project Management Is Not and May Never Be a Profession.”  Time to make some more popcorn …



2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of December 5 – December 11

  1. Don starts in part 1 with a great overview of the early sourcing process, including budget vs. knowledge vs. expectations insight. One way to avoid getting off track in the beginning is to have a solid SME on staff and/or under contract. Another is to agree to either change your process to meet the baseline software or be prepared to spend more time and $ customizing – and if so the selection criteria needs to include either selecting the closest software to your projected future state OR selecting the supplier that has the best customization practices.

    In part 2, the message of reconciling Agile and Procurement methods is spot on. Procurement people who have a hammer and try to build a house using just that tool are likely to have a very funny looking and functionally broken house. While consistency is wonderful in theory, in practice it does’t work in the long term. Procurement people need to apply the many tools (business model contracts) as the situation dictates best support the internal stockholder and supplier – that’s right the suppliers situation should also be taken into account if you expect to have a great agreement and long term success.

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