New PM Articles for the Week of March 25 –31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 25 – 31.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Abhay Padgaonkar examines the value of selectively applying a negative filter to our projects.  And I forgive him for the Spiro Agnew quote.
  • Gartner Group has released their annual projections on worldwide IT spending, and the trends the project are fascinating.
  • Daniel Burrus has identified twelve trends that he argues will drive how we work in the future.  Did I mention that he’s a futurist?
  • Srinivasa Rao has been watching how Generation Y works, and figures they’re going to change how we manage projects.
  • Will Kelly has some tips for you, if you’re contemplating a move from MS Project to a SaaS project management application.
  • LeRoy Ward compares Excel to duct tape.  Confession: I keep a small packet of folded duct tape in my computer bag.  But no WD-40.
  • Toby Wolpe cites a study in Europe that found employees who use social media at work demonstrated higher productivity.
  • Michael Kassner has been reading Jaron Lanier’s new book, and is uncomfortable with the ethics of digital security researchers publishing their findings.
  • Roz Baker learned about teams and customer service from waiting tables.  Here are some pizza and beer lessons that readily apply to project management.
  • Lynda Bourne introduces the “story spine” as a framework for creating a narrative for your stakeholders.
  • Merv Wyeth relates being asked to make a presentation using the TED talk format.  In other words: he had to tell a story.
  • Patrick Richard reviews a recording of the PMI Agile CoP webinar, “Lean Startup in the Enterprise.”
  • Dick Billows notes that your organization’s project management methodology has to scale to every size project you might conduct.
  • Chuck Morton continues his series on the basics of scheduling with an explanation of confidence buffers, risk buffers, and management reserve.
  • John Reiling summarizes the five key project financial management activities.
  • Brien Posey shares five utilities for managing your passwords.
  • Tristan Wember notes the underlying truth in that cute EDS commercial about the cat herders.  It’s the destination that matters.
  • Mike Griffiths addresses an important question about professional credentials: how do you use them in your signature?
  • Glen Alleman quotes Winnie-the-Pooh as an entre to dealing with the certainty of change, and planning to respond to it.