New PM Articles for the Week of June 25 – July 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 25 – July 1, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • The Association for Project Management announced the upcoming publication of the APM Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition, to be available August 8.
  • Sandra Swanson has a great article in this month’s PM Network, abut measuring emotional intelligence and ways to improve the EI skills of the organization’s PM’s.
  • Cyndee Miller reports on some interesting trends in project management, which can be summed up as “going back to the basics.”
  • Damon Shields reviews the inputs required for each stage of an implementation project.  “Know what you need to have BEFORE you enter that stage.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin contributed two chapters to “Project Pain Reliver,” a new book by Dave Garrett.  Here’s an extract from the chapter on requirements management.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth advocate for web site Manager Tools as … well, manager tools.
  • James McNamara explains how an assertive leader is different from an aggressive leader.
  • Kevin Korterud has some thoughts about managing risks in specialty software implementation projects.
  • Kazim Isfahani recounts six classic project pitfalls.
  • Steve Ranger reports that CIO’s in Europe may be over-reacting to the looming recession, cutting projects that would keep them competitive.
  • Peder Ulander has a list of things the Cloud is not.
  • Rachel King reports on recent upgrades to Google drive that make it more appealing to the enterprise customer.
  • Jeff Haden shares nine beliefs of remarkably successful people.
  • Craig Brown shares an anecdote about a brown bag session that exemplified an organization where the people sharing what they learn from experience.
  • Peter Saddington reviews iDoneThis, a new lightweight status reporting tool.
  • Randy Wills thinks the BA or PM adds a lot of value to the requirements-gathering process by preparing questions that explore intent, rather than just identifying deliverables.
  • Bruce McGraw shares some UX design guidelines gathered from the work of Jeff Johnson, Karen McGraw, and Karan Harbison.  Yes, even a PM needs to know this stuff.
  • Dick Billows explains why a deliverable-based WBS works best.