New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 15 – 21, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Vincent McGevna continues his series on realistic schedules. “… a properly created schedule is based on the entire project plan — that it must reflect risk, quality and procurement.”
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews two more books: “Leadership Principles for Project Success,” by Thomas Juli, and “Rescue the Problem Project,” by Todd Williams.
- Barney Austen observes several ways in which we dig ourselves into holes, as project managers.
- John Reiling suggests we focus on our strengths, rather than our weaknesses.
- Kerry Wills has been peeking over our shoulders, and reports on three common ways we manage out Emails. I’m the “taxonomy” type; your mileage may vary.
- Robbie Mac Iver reports from the Agile2011 Conference in Salt Lake City. Sorry I missed it.
- Johanna Rothman was also a presenter at Agile2011, and she says she failed miserably. All because a simulation failed, which, let’s face it, is why we do simulations.
- Craig Strong argues that the path to product success is not a straight line. “Why do so many stakeholders and project managers get so caught up in sticking to the original plan at the cost of change.”
- Geoff Crane explains that “negotiation is never about you,” in several parts.
- Bruce Benson shares a tale of two cell phone manufacturers and their respective CEO’s responses to observations about whose phones their folks were using.
- Rick Freedman offers some tips on migrating from PMBOK, CMM-style software development to Agile methods.
- Peter Saddington reports on the mix of Scrum and Kanban in use at Wooga, developers of Online games.
- Balraj Bipat has published a short description of his study of public sector IT projects and “the influence of political involvement [on] project managers’ adaptive behavior.” In other words, how we respond to opportunities and threats.