New PM Articles for the Week of June 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • Mike Griffiths has been working with some oil and gas companies on applying Agile techniques to drilling for oil.
  • Aaron Smith interviews Roger Schwarz, author of “Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams,” who advocates a “mutual learning mindset.”
  • Scott Berkun answers the question, “How do you build some functional assumption-checking into a project team?”
  • Lynda Bourne reminds us that project managers don’t need to know everything.  They just need to know how to ask for help.
  • Michelle Stronach explains how to mitigate challenges in outsourcing projects.
  • Glen Alleman rants against the #NoEstimates movement again.  Remember a couple of weeks ago, when he said it was his last post on #NoEstimates?
  • Patrick Richard analyzes the #NoEstimates arguments, and identifies a tactic known as “The Gish Gallop.”  Definitely follow the link to the definition!
  • Bruce Benson explores the notion of “second order ignorance,” and how to avoid it by building better estimates.
  • Alison Smith notes a report of a group that plans to repeat a famous prank, and asks if we plan to repeat our successful projects?
  • Jason Perlow sees a lot of empty space and layoffs coming to corporate data centers.  And zombies, too!
  • Cheri Baker offers up a case study of a situation where coaching will just plain fail.
  • Tristan Wember addresses using risk management techniques to manage opportunities.
  • Debbie Wojdan lists the self-diagnostic questions for those who want to be Listening Leaders.
  • Chuck Morton reviews “Power Listening,” by listening skills coach Bernard T. Ferrari.
  • Shim Marom looks how to manage the issues and risks associated with scope changes.
  • Joe Crumpler recounts a lesson on the power of routine that he learned from his first boss.
  • The PMI Voices on Project Management bloggers share their thoughts on project management career paths.
  • Neil Stolvitsky provides six questions that can help you to gauge your organization’s social PPM readiness.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that marketing is now achieving the ultimate in granularity – individualization.
  • Kerry Wills sees some elements in common between planet formation and project formation.  Except for scope, cost, and schedule, of course!

Remember: Beginning on July 31, 2013, the PMP exam will be based on the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK.  Schedule accordingly, and don’t wait until the last minute!