New PM Articles for the Week of May 5 – 11

Six NewsboysNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 5 – 11. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:

Portfolio Management

  • Emanuele Passera continues his series on a financial approach to project portfolio management with an explanation of the efficient frontier.
  • Nicole Laskowski summarizes the growing debate around Infonomics, and treating data as a business asset.
  • John Goodpasture notes the difference between ROI and business benefit.
  • Geoff Crane shares his Excel-based project portfolio capacity planner, complete with video. What’s not to like?
  • Steve Romero gives his critique of the Bain RAPID decision-making model.

PM Best Practices

  • Chuck Morton begins series positing an alternative model of project management, based on “Reconstructing Project Management,” by Peter Morris.
  • Kerry Wills offers some alternative dimensions to “percent complete.”
  • Gary Nelson recalls secrets learned from a family road trip that might help you get your project to end on schedule.
  • Martin Webster continues his series on leadership models, with a look at the Situational Leadership model proposed by Hersey and Blanchard.
  • Shim Marom continues his series on the business case, summarizing a paper by Egon Berghout and Chee-Wee Tan, analyzing municipal e-government projects.
  • Nick Pisano is very critical of the way the Statement of Objectives has been adopted in certain federal government agencies, replacing the Statement of Work.
  • Cyndee Miller reports from PMP Global Congress 2014 – EMEA, where keynote speaker James Burke says that tackling complexity is critical to organizational survival.
  • Gina Abudi shares a story of how she convinced a client to make change a positive experience, by looking forward.
  • Andrew Filev examines how we can apply lessons learned from neuroscience research to project management.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn wants us to include developers in story writing, for excellent reasons.
  • Henny Portman shares an infographic that shows how Prince2 and Agile reinforce each other.
  • Bart Gerardi notes that requirements are gathered in Agile projects, too, even if we don’t expend as much paper in documenting them.
  • Bruno Collet proposes an Agile balanced scorecard – accountants, beware!

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner answers five questions on Agile project management, received via Email from Alicia Aurishio. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Geoff Crane about applying soft skills, building teams, and developing influence. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews George Schlitz on his approach to keeping positive change moving forward by “breaking the org.” Just 13 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley point out the one potential benefit to global warming: more jobs for project managers!
  • Michel Dion found some interesting research on what you need to get a project management position, based on an analysis of open job requisitions.
  • Adriana Girdler counts the benefits of using intuition at work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Jumpstart Your Creativity,” by Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell.