New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 4 –10, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- A recent survey of U.S. information technology workers found that only 30% felt status meetings helped them accomplish work tasks. So, how do we convince the other 70% to come, anyway?
- Elizabeth Harrin completes her two-part series on managing in a matrix structure, and shares a video on management of value. “Value is the ratio of satisfaction of needs over use of resources.” Nine minutes, safe for work.
- Kerry Wills has come to realize that nothing is simple in IT projects. Fortunately, he has some plans to deal with it.
- Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina explains the benefits of a Change Control Board.
- Andrew Makar shares some lessons learned in the “forming” and “storming” phases of team development.
- Paul Boos wants to use Chinese Feng Shui techniques, mixed with Japanese approaches to innovation, to create an Agile culture of innovation in government agencies. No, really!
- Mike Griffiths looks at expanding the application of Agile techniques outside of the software development domain.
- Glen Alleman addresses project governance and Agile development, asking, “How do we increase the probability of success for a project?”
- Ted Hardy considers using a product development model from the Lean Start-up scene to define a “minimally viable project.”
- Craig Brown shares a video from Tobias Meyer on “the speedboat game,” a safe way to discover what customers are dissatisfied with. Five minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Donoghue looks at why legacy systems are inhibiting adoption of cloud-based solutions, and what might be done about it.
- Mike Inman suggests an alternative view of our basis for trust.
- Scott Lowe share his recent experience with “rural sourcing” on a development project.
- Demetrios Gianniris wants us to apply emotional intelligence to project management.
- Chuck Morton says the root of failure for “high-novelty” IT projects is simply our willingness to provide estimates, before we really understand what we’re going to do.
- “Project Shrink” Bas de Baar considers essential conversations, like “Where do babies come from?” And other topics we handle with metaphors.
- “Project Whisperer” Pam Stanton shares her top presentation tips.
- Brad Egeland insists there are more constraints on a project than just time, resources, and quality, and he proceeds to name eight more.