New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Andy Jordan tells how Rally Software engaged their customers by giving them working prototypes and asking for their feedback.  Result: product excellence!
  • Elizabeth Harrin condenses a presentation from Catharine Powell on five models for Agile team structures.
  • Bill Krebs notes that understanding why we do something is as important as knowing how to do it.  Especially in Agile methodologies.
  • Shim Marom explores the Blake Mouton managerial model, as adapted to conflict resolution.  Not as academic as it sounds.
  • Samad Aidane interviews Marc van der Heijden VP of Global IT at Adidas, on managing their IT project Portfolio.  Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rick Freedman interviews Mike Griffiths, who provides some background on the PMI-ACP certification and why it’s relevant.
  • Cornelius Fichtner explains the eligibility requirements and application process for the PMI-ACP exam.
  • Simon Buehring reflects on the growing number of project managers with the Prince2 credential, as it grows beyond it’s UK origins.
  • Peter Saddington has decided that all of those certifications and degrees aren’t going to help him grow his business.
  • David Rico is starting a series on how Agile project management frameworks have developed and evolved.
  • Dave Kerpen recounts a story of meeting an elderly man on an airplane, and the conversation that changed his life.
  • Andrew Seidman reports on GlaxoSmithKline’s experiment with standing desks.
  • Roz Baker hypothesizes that “the purpose of a project is to bundle up and organize a whole bunch of decisions.”
  • John Moore reports on how data center service provider Equinix moved IT service management to a SaaS platform.
  • Patrick Gray looks at the consumerization of IT and finds that for the first time, big business is following the technology trends.
  • Glen Alleman maintains that complex problems do not have simple solutions.
  • Scott Berkun reflects on the development of the Polaris nuclear missile system, a project that depended on a dozen entirely new technologies.
  • Bertrand Duperrin argues that while sustainable is good, renewable is better.