New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

NewsboyNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3.  We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to!  Recommended:

Must read

  • Dr. Harold Kerzner weighs in on, the Death Star, and why so many high-visibility IT projects fail.
  • Tim Wasserman explores leading change from the middle.
  • Anya Faingersh shares a story about success and failure, from an article published in a military journal in 1905 – some lessons are eternal!

The Strategic View

  • Daniel Burrus distinguishes between creativity and innovation, and offers some strategies for making us more effective at both.
  • Olaf Swantee reports on machine-to-machine technology, “the internet of things.”  General Electric thinks it might add $US 10-15 trillion to world GDP in years to come.
  • Susan Crawford considers the problem-plagued rollout of and what it will take to create a tech-savvy government.
  • Cyndee Miller notes that the two key skills for project managers might now be sales and leadership, with quotes from author Mark Sanborn.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin reports on a presentation on tools for empowerment and managing virtual teams at Conference: Zero by Ulrik Moes.
  • Glen Alleman takes his turn analyzing the difficulties surrounding the web site.
  • Joe Wynne tells a tale of discovering requirements too late to plan for them, but not too late to be have to comply with them.
  • Ian Webster notes that nearly projects will have one or more single points of failure, who happen to be a person.
  • Joe Crumpler has found that even the word “system” means different things to different people.
  • Michael Girdler lets us in on the decision process that Cornerstone Dynamics followed to determine whether they needed a mobile app or mobile web site.
  • David Hobbs recommends taking a product view when managing a web site project. “There is no finish line for the site owner.”
  • Barry Hodge shares a deck with eight topics for a successful kickoff.
  • Kerry Wills extols the simple virtues of following up on commitments.

Agile Methods

  • Peter Saddington has a new FAQ: most common management questions on the Scrum product owner role.
  • Johanna Rothman asks, why do we estimate? And offers some small-scale alternatives.
  • Craig Brown crowd-sourced an Agile reading list from his fellow practitioners in Oz.
  • Shim Marom looks at applying Agile across the organization, and why acceptance of Agile methods seems to be proceeding so slowly.

Pot Pouri

  • James Roberts reports on a survey of UK IT directors from recruiting specialist Robert Half. Top skills being sought: the cloud, security, and project management.
  • Scott Berkun shares his professionally prepared checklist for giving a great talk.
  • Cheri Baker has gradually morphed from ENFP to ENFJ. What, you don’t know your Myers-Briggs personality type? Here’s an assessment questionnaire.
  • Eric Rosenbaum shows us some examples of presenting complex data in charts, long before Big Data or even computers. It’s not all about technology!


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