New PM Articles for the Week of October 29 – November 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 29 – November 4, 2012.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Vincent McGevna explains the paradox of teams: teamwork takes time to save time.
  • Elizabeth Harrin’s monthly round-up of PM news includes five short summaries of key events around the globe.
  • Lynda Bourne shares some of the key changes in the coming fifth edition of the PMBOK.
  • Shim Marom has some ideas about what he should reasonably expect from project team members and stakeholders.  Excellent list, mate!
  • Sameer Bendre channels Aretha Franklin, asking for us to respect each other.  It’s about being Agile.
  • Lisamarie Babik and Johanna Rothman explain how to build a team through feedback.
  • Dick Billows summarizes the best negotiation techniques, and how to use them.
  • David Walton starts with a bomb: “Every major change management programme puts shareholder value at risk.”  And goes on from there …
  • Steve Ressler lists four important things project managers can learn from having a baby.  Uh, how to deal with sleep deprivation?
  • Ken MacGregor points out that “business users are not necessarily interested in projects per se – what they want is to gain new capabilities.”
  • Jesse Fewell recounts some truly dumb things said about Agile projects, by people who should probably know better – Agile experts.
  • Satish Kumar reflects on failing projects – how to recognize and save one, and when to walk away from one.
  • Mary Shacklett identifies ten strategies to minimize the pain associated with killing a failing project.
  • Mike Griffiths links Agile to several well-established human resources and motivation theories.
  • Glenn Alleman is reading Brian Wernham’s book, “Agile Project Management for Government,” and thinks we should, too.
  • Tom Mochal expounds on the merits of pair programming.  Project managers, be willing to support this as an experiment.
  • Cheri Baker says that the key to managing workers with disabilities is high expectations.
  • Toni Bowers reports on a survey that indicates our health is a risk from – wait for it – sitting at our desks.  And yes, I was sitting when I wrote that!


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