New PM Articles for the Week of December 26 – January 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Mike Beard looks at “deciding how to decide.”
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors does a retrospective on taking the PMI-ACP exam, while he waits for the test results.
  • Don Gray looks at an organization not doing Scrum, no matter what they call it.
  • Michael O’Brochta and Curt Finch tell of Michael’s experience building and running a strategic-level PMO for the CIA, meshing execution and project governance.
  • Dmitri Ivanenko believes that we can boost our productivity by better naming the tasks we assign to ourselves – describing actions, rather than results.
  • Craig Strong thinks we need to challenge everything.  “Do we really need to do that?”  Well, that’s one way to put your inner child to work …
  • Joel Semeniuk offers five Agile project management techniques you can start using today.  First: “Don’t call it Agile.”
  • Brad Egeland suggests some interview questions for prospective project clients.
  • Starting a website project?  Bert Heymans shares a list of questions to elicit the high level requirements.
  • Terence Metz illustrates his technique for identifying stakeholders “by examining the way that they interact with the organization in providing or receiving services or benefits.”
  • Roger Chou looks at project portfolio management as a mechanism for business planning, or as he puts it, “business mapping.”
  • Bas de Baar greets the New Year by reminiscing about the Millenium Bug.
  • Stephen Pritchard considers the outlook for IT managers in the UK during the coming year.