New PM Articles for the Week of December 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 17 – 23, 2012.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Michael Menard argues that the reason so many software implementations fail is that they focus on the software, rather than the people and how they will use it.
  • Elizabeth Harrin delivers her project management news round-up for December.
  • Shim Marom had a great blog post about using earned value management, and Glen Alleman responded with a great post of his own.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series on crafting the well-formed schedule, with resource assignments.
  • Rosalind Baker shows how to use the four task dependency types to better chart out the critical path.
  • David Hillson shows us how to scale our risk management to each project.
  • Craig Brown shares a video from Henrik Kniberg on the role of the product owner in product development; 16 minutes, safe for work.  Also, a video on the science of persuasion; safe, at 12 minutes.
  • Peter Saddington posts part two of his series on the Agile Coach Persona – What we say.
  • Tristan Wember offers some thoughts on dealing with negativity.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth consider the “hummingbird” and “pigeon” leadership models, and why you don’t want to be a bird brain.
  • Andrew Makar answers: Can someone with a non-technical background make it as a technical project manager?
  • The PMI Career Central LinkedIn group hosted a discussion on the skills needed to lead a global team.  Here are some of the highlights.
  • Johanna Rothman explains why you don’t necessarily promote the most technically competent person into a management role.
  • Mary Weilage lists the ten most-read project management posts on TechRepublic during 2012.
  • Kevin Korterud has a project management wish list for 2013.  “2. Project issues that solve themselves.”  Yeah, that’s gonna happen …