New PM Articles for the Week of August 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 6 – 12, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Johanna Rothman shows how to visualize all of the work in your project portfolio, and start to make the tough decisions – which ones do we cancel?
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews David Hancock’s book, “Tame, Messy, and Wicked Risk Leadership.”
  • Vincent McGevna tells us how to brainstorm risks.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth reiterate that old lesson, “If it works, don’t fix it.”  Especially by bringing in shiny new toys …
  • Glen Alleman presents a competency model for project managers, based on work done for the Department of Energy.
  • Srinivasa Rao looks at seven emerging trends in project management.
  • Gary Nelson uses the two means by which islands are formed – plate tectonics and volcanism – as metaphors for how to plan for change management.
  • Shim Marom looks at the practice of project management as a possible result of natural selection, and references Dr. Jon Whitty’s work on the subject.
  • Cheri Baker recounts an anecdote about (not) communicating when things still haven’t been decided.  “Be patient” isn’t a good message to stakeholders.
  • Todd Williams believes that a PMO is a sign of poor leadership.  Oh, look – a bull!  Wave that red flag, would you, Todd?
  • Roberta Matuson explores the apparently higher productivity of “quiet people.”  I’m sorry; would you say that again, please?
  • Gil Broza continues his series on “The Human Side of Agile” with an article on Agile team relationships.
  • Derek Huether considers the virtue of humanity, as it applies to emotional intelligence and social competencies.
  • Penelope Trunk on leadership: “People who will lead today are people who facilitate collaboration and intuitively bring out the best in other people.”
  • Cindy Waxer mines Paul Glen’s classic,Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead People who Deliver Technology,” for insights and misconceptions.
  • Peter Saddington shares his tips for an engaging Agile workshop.
  • My brother-in-law sent me a link to this Ted Talk by Simon Sinek, about his “golden circle” concept, and how leaders inspire action.  Safe for work, 18 minutes.
  • Kerry Wills suggests we be deliberate about making the opportunities in our careers.
  • Nick Heath looks at what IT job cloud computing might – or might not – make obsolete.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that recruiters may no longer be valuable for finding candidates; just validating them.
  • Jessie Allen lists five common questions asked in project management interviews.
  • Jeff Haden has compiled five questions that truly great candidates ask during job interviews.