New PM Articles for the Week of December 19 – 25

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

  • Peter Saddington has posted an excellent four-part article on the process of driving change, from his perspective as an Agile coach.
  • Sam Palani looks at the key trends of 2011, and what developments he expects during 2012 for each of them.  Great insights, Sam!
  •  The seventh edition of the PMI Project Management Salary Survey finds that PMP credential holders in the U.S. average 16% higher salaries than their non-credentialed peers.  Looking closely, the longer you’ve had the credential, the higher the average salary.
  • Bruce McGraw gives some stern advice to those who aspire to be project managers.  “It is a not a job for the faint of heart.”
  • Joseph Flahiff writes, “[The PMI-ACP Certification] should be on the radar of every CIO, human resources (HR) professional and IT manager.”  He makes an excellent case.
  • Derek Huether explains the difference between “doing” Agile and “being” Agile.
  • Michael Hamrah shares his thoughts on Kanban.
  • Susan Harkins shares ten ethical rules for IT consultants and contractors.
  • Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina is encouraging project managers at all experience levels to tell their stories.
  • Brad Egeland looks at why we seek advice from other consulting project managers.  Or, not.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth look at indecision.  Or more accurately, the inability to commit to a decision.
  • Glen Alleman shares a line from one of his colleagues. “How do ya know you’re in the ditch?  The weeds are hittin’ the windshield.”
  • Kiron Bondale has some recommendations for dealing with the initial transition to production in a multi-phased project.
  • Andrew Makar has been working with Mindjet’s free social collaboration tool, Cohuman, and he has some ideas for how to apply it for specific activities on projects.
  • Bert Heymans shares some thoughts on creating templates.