New PM Articles for the Week of November 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 5 – 11, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Mark Bashrum gives us some pointers on how to communicate with senior executives.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Chris Baréz-Brown’s book, “Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work.”
  • Aaron Smith captures the key teamwork lessons in Dennis Perkins’ book, “Into the Storm.”
  • Claudia Vandermilt looks at the advantages of developing leadership skills, to benefit both the workplace and individual, along with specific actions to become a great leader.
  • David Williams notes the leadership skills of one James Bond, of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  Aside from killing people and romancing women, I mean.
  • Tanya Combrinck replies to an article by Andy Rutledge, arguing that PM’s sometimes do more harm than good, by asking an “expert panel” what the role of a PM should be.
  • Matt Alderton offers two model examples of project risk registers.
  • Kevin Korterud looks at 5 overlooked project risks. Termites anyone?
  • Glen Alleman finds an excellent counter-example, of how to not do project risk management, and offers a better way!
  • Jonathan Feldman agrees with the recent Hackett Group study that concludes a project management office, done badly, is a waste of money.
  • Vaughan Merlyn opines on the relationship between the PMO and the “accidental” project manager.
  • Bart Parkins notes that change management is not optional, but in many organizations, still neglected.
  • Kailash Awati tells the story of the grass and the cloud.  Yes, it a fable.  But so many business decisions turn out to be based on fables that I thought you wouldn’t mind.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors looks at the diminishing returns of continuing past “good enough” to perfection.
  • Samad Aidane addresses the age-old question: MS Project or MS Excel?
  • Alexandra Samuel notes that more employees are establishing their own “brand,” through social media and blogging.  And it might be good for their employers, or it might not.
  • Gary Nelson shares his thoughts on the “essential value proposition” we bring to our interactions with others.  At our jobs, for example.
  • Timothy Bednarz notes that credibility is the underlying basis for successful leadership.
  • Cheri Baker has some ideas for improving her work / life balance.  Like actually scheduling things besides work.
  • Penelope Trunk (eventually) explains that productivity is about giving things up, to focus on other things.  Hey, it’s Penelope – she writes like that.
  • The PMI Career Central LinkedIn group was asked, what are the biggest differences between managing a “traditional” project and managing an “Agile” project?
  • Shim Marom found a really cool infographic: a guide to preventing software project failure, which may or may not be completely serious.
  • Rochelle Curbow Wheeler shares three lessons learned from watching horror movies that might be applicable to our projects.  Pass the popcorn …

Enjoy!  And to all my fellow veterans – peace be with you!

2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of November 5 – 11

  1. Thanks for these links – the Bond article was much better than I thought it was going to be! I would not have marked Bond as much of a leader as he doesn’t really have a team to lead. But as the article points out, he does demonstrate many leadership traits. I watched the latest Bond movie last weekend and it does feel much more as if he is letting things get personal, but that too was much better than I was expecting.

  2. Glad you liked it, Elizabeth! I try to include at least one or two “whimsical” links each week, if I can find them. They’re usually at or near the bottom of the list. The James Bond article was a bit of a stretch, but I figured the release of “Skyfall” was reason enough to include it. Glad you liked it. The Missus insists we have to go see it this weekend – maybe I’ll write my own analysis of Bond’s approach to managing stakeholders.

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