New PM Articles for the Week of January 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 2 through 8, 2012.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Ty Kiisel shares some memories of getting commitment from his team.
  • Andy Jordan shares his vision of self-selected project teams.  No, seriously!
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Josh Nankivel on “what a coach does.”
  • Jorge Valdés Garciatorres says we need to manage stakeholders by developing relationships with them.
  • Patrick Richard is still skeptical after reading the special report on Agile in the latest issue of PM Network.  “I’m not saying it doesn’t work; I’m saying prove it works.”
  • Mike Griffiths shares his presentation on Smart Agile Metrics, along with a great quote from Einstein on what can be counted, and what counts.
  • Peter Saddington reports on research by Fergal Glynn, who found evidence that software developers write their worst and most buggy code between October and November.
  • Shim Marom applies lessons from Daniel Kahneman’s recent book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” to project management.  Specifically, when is “professional intuition” a valid tool?
  • Paul Bruno draws some interesting project management lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Girish Despande expounds on the Three Sisters of Project Management: knowledge, experience, and people skills.  My initial reaction: corn, beans, and squash?
  • Bruce McGraw considers when to ask for help.
  • Johanna Rothman explodes Management Myth #1: 100% utilization.
  • Glen Alleman explains, once again, what earned value is about.
  • Craig Brown shares a story about a project that began by visualizing a workflow, and essentially reached their goals while collaborating over the diagram.
  • Kerry Wills argues for “living documents,” as opposed to simply storing a series of updates.
  • Derek Huether tells us how to claim PDU’s toward renewing your PMP credential, if you’ve let your membership in PMI lapse.
  • Bas de Baar on Sensemaking: “When Columbus set out to discover America, he didn’t have a map that had America on it. That was the whole point of discovering it.”  Whoa …
  • Bruce Benson says, “Project management consists of change management and risk management.  Everything else is an application of these two concepts.”  Whoa …