New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

News boy in bootsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Ripped from the Headlines!

  • Patrick Gray wonders about the impact revelations of spying by the NSA will have on the IT industry in the United States.
  • Wally Bahny lists the top ten tech blunders of 2013.

PM Best Practices

  • Niel Nickolaisen gives the CIO perspective on integrating Cloud and data center legacy apps.
  • Nick Hardiman has put together a nice little dictionary of “Cloud” terminology.
  • Andrew Makar shows a governance pyramid diagram that can demonstrate how your stakeholder analysis led to your communication plan.
  • Tony Adams tells of a software deployment where the participants and stakeholders were treated like the audience to a performance.
  • Allen Ruddock quotes Bananarama, “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way you do it.”
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic on how to balance development of your hard and soft skills.
  • Chuck Morton extols the benefits of constructive conflict.
  • Chris Tomich tells how he uses the issue-based information system (IBIS) diagramming technique to organize requirements (and so much more).
  • Dick Billows demonstrates how to develop a work breakdown structure, starting from high-level deliverables.
  • John Carroll: “The wise project manager understands the purpose of methodologies, tools and techniques and knows if and when to use them, but he allows them to fade into the background.”

Decision Making

  • Kailash Awati looks into how objectivity and ethics really work in organizational decision-making.
  • Luis Seabra Coelho explores choice architecture. Not a group of buildings, but the way you present alternatives to influence the decision. You know – marketing.
  • Ron Rosenhead presents an interesting scope change process, where the person who wants the change is required to arrange a “challenge” meeting.
  • Kenneth Darter talks us through building a business case for our project.
  • Glen Alleman explains what you have to be able to do in order to have a seat at the table when the important decisions are made.
  • Martin Webster shares his daily practices for time management (and actually getting things done).
  • Shim Marom reminds us that chaos is in the eye of the beholder, not (necessarily) the participant.

Agile Methods

  • Michiko Diby describes an experiment in clarifying user requirements, by re-stating them as features.
  • Jesse Fewell says we need to stop collecting requirements the way we’ve always failed at collecting them.
  • Dave Prior interviews David Anderson on how to apply Kanban as an evolutionary approach. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture looks at scaling Agile down – all the way down to one or two.


  • Lindsay Scott notes that, after experience and sector knowledge, hiring managers selected project managers based on personality and personal approach. Not in your resume? Well …
  • Michael Morrell explains how Big Data is impacting recruiting.


2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

  1. Yup, last week was a good one for bloggers. I had to cut several other good reads from the list in order to get it down to 25. I’m experimenting with more efficient ways to curate all of these news items – the weekly average is now over 150 – so it doesn’t become tedious. The latest experiment is migrating reads from Feedly to Pocket, so I can read on the plane.

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