New PM Articles for the Week of September 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 23 –29.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

  • The PM Flashblog, organized by Shim Marom, consisted of 76 project management bloggers all blogging on the same subject, releasing their blogs at the same time.  Here’s a list of links to all of them, and not a bad post in the bunch!  Definitely worth an hour or two of your time.
  • Vincent McGevna: “The major benefits of Agile can still be obtained when using it to improve a traditional process.”  Indeed.
  • Martin Webster considers the value of multiple, incomplete, partial – “clumsy,” is his word – solutions to wicked problems.
  • Bill Krebs outlines current theories on how to scale Agile.
  • Derek Huether relates a recent experience facilitating discovery of how little the meeting participants actually agreed on.
  • Glen Alleman differentiates randomness, as exhibited in financial markets, from randomness as exhibited in projects.
  • Allen Ruddock identifies signs of an impending project disaster.  How many signs?  Well, this article is part one …
  • Cheri Essner suggests an exercise that demonstrates the practical value of teamwork.  Note: this exercise should follow the scavenger hunt.
  • Richard Branson on hiring and firing for personality, rather than qualifications: “It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”
  • Andy Jordan addresses the career development question, “Should a PM have an MBA?”
  • Steve Boese interviews the “NextGen Influencers” discussion panelists from the upcoming HR Technology Conference.
  • Beth Stackpole reports on four project management successes in the public sector.
  • Scott Berkun follows up on the release of “The Year Without Pants,” his book on remote work, with a list of remote work tips and tricks.
  • Bertrand Duperrin references a study by Bain and Company to reinforce his notion that the only competitive advantage is adaptability.
  • Joe Wynn says the way to maximize the benefits from online training is to formalize sharing of the experience among the project team.
  • Peter Saddington considers setting and achieving goals, on the way to driving change.
  • Joe Crumpler follows up on his “Do One Thing” post with a few success stories.  Be incremental – all it takes is patience.
  • Roz Baker is starting a new project, and making a bunch of lists.
  • Chuck Morton closes out his series on project status reports.
  • Steve Ranger extracts an interesting message from a survey of CIO’s and procurement executives: we don’t trust our integrators and suppliers.