New PM Articles for the Week of April 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 8 – 14.  Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Will Kelly explains why the U.S. government is finding it difficult to get the results they expected from their Agile programs.
  • Mike Griffiths looks at the wisdom of (self-organizing) teams, empowerment, and promoting shared leadership.
  • David Taber explains why Agile project management methodologies need controls in order to be successful.
  • Don Kim also looks at Agile governance, which might not really be an oxymoron.
  • Andy Jordan draws real world examples of Accountability and Responsibility from the RACl chart.
  • Johanna Rothman replies to a request for a self-assessment tool for transitioning to Agile.
  • Jesse Fewell looks at the underlying structural factors that can make Agile estimating techniques unreliable.
  • Michael Nir shares a chapter from his new book, “The Agile PMO.”
  • Khaliphani Khumalo moved from a projectized to a weak matrix organization. He shares his adjustment challenges and behaviors critical for success.
  • Kevan Hall looks at managing in a matrixed organization.  This will be more useful for the entry level or “accidental” project manager.
  • Glen Alleman recounts his experience as a coastal sailor as a metaphor for disciplined Agile.
  • Puneet Kuthiala applies “The Art of War” in his new book, “The Project Management Battlefield: Sun Tzu’s Wisdom on Project Management.”
  • Roz Baker talks execution, as in “getting it done.”  Plans are great, but at some point, the team has to deliver!
  • Dick Billows explains how to organize and manage virtual teams.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth want to cut through the confusion on an endless EMail chain.  So they pick up the phone.
  • Susan Harkins shares some advanced formatting techniques for MS Word.  Definitely worth a look – there is at least one thing here you don’t know!
  • Cyndee Miller argues for synching talent with strategy.  As Jim Collins put it, getting the right people on the bus, in the right seats.
  • Scott Berkun explains how to improve the quality of the feedback you get, by improving how you ask for it.  Excellent post, Scott.  No, really!
  • Toni Bowers reports that more than half of the salary offers for technology jobs are simply accepted, without a counter-offer.  Maybe IT folks need agents?