New PM Articles for the Week of July 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 2 – 8, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andrew Sobel expounds on the value of asking good questions in developing trusted relationships.
  • PMI posted an interesting article on three hot sectors – aerospace and defense, technology, and healthcare – for project management jobs.
  • Toni Bowers wants us to ditch our Powerpoint presentations and actually communicate.
  • Karol McCloskey reports from a combined-teams sprint review, and how the feedback and demo experience influenced the development team.
  • Roz Baker looks back at “cowboy coding,” and how the west was won through better governance.
  • Derek Huether reports on a recent Agile exercise where the team decided to change one of the rules of the game.
  • Craig Brown adds his thoughts to an ongoing public reconsideration of the proper sequence of implementing Kanban.
  • Bruce Benson claims he isn’t an expert, but that’s fine, because he manages to solve actual problems.
  • Esther Derby looks at creating a project plan based upon deliverables instead of tasks.
  • Chuck Morton presents a somewhat different approach, using deliverables, activities, and tasks to build a hierarchical WBS.
  • Elizabeth Harrin concludes the extract from her contribution to “Project Pain Reliever,” on managing ever-changing requirements.
  • Kenneth Darter examines some indicators for when a project needs a reality check and what specific activities should be included.
  • Michael Krigsman takes a clear eyed look at causes and accountability for IT project failures in a two part series.  Parts one and two.
  • Steve Hart looks at scenarios that benefit from a trained and competent Project Manger to increase the likelihood of successfully completing the project.
  • Wendii at Manager Tools sees that Singapore Air is no longer the most highly rated airline, and says, “Talent is not everything. Hard work and a desire to reach that standard counts for a lot.”
  • Dayner Proudfoot updates us on the APM’s new Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management program.  They already have 24 applicants, so if you’re in the UK, take a look!
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth ask, “Were you were born a Project Manager?” as they examine (in detail) the definition of Project Manager and possible alternatives.
  • Colleen Frye summarizes the benefits and challenges that Lean and Agile present for project portfolio management.
  • Peter Richards explores two case studies of organizations that have benefitted from using PRINCE2.
  • IT Governance Publishing has launched a new tool that allows you to browse through “cutting-edge publications on topics including cybersecurity, business continuity, Cloud Computing, PRINCE2 and ITIL.”
  • Jason Westland is giving away his new book, “The Project Management Guidebook.”  Just 18 pages, it’s basically the framework for using his template set, which is also discounted for those who download the book.


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