New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 21 – 27, 2011. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Dave Prior has noticed that some organizations have attention deficit disorder, and can’t let their Scrum teams complete a sprint without changing direction. Result: frustration, and a lack of trust.
- Glen Alleman presents the three stages of project goat-ness: the “Goat Rope,” the “Goat !@#$,” and the “Goat Rodeo.” Don’t you wish you worked in the defense industry?
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes Elyse Nielson’s presentation from the PMI Global Congress in Dallas last month; subject, “Myths about Project Sponsorship.”
- Toni Bowers wants you to grade your job as a project manager – stress, compensation, etc.
- Peter Saddington adds one more artifact to the list: the ScrumMaster Daily Check List.
- Derek Huether addresses the question, “Is it healthy for Scrum teams to work in a bubble protected from the business around them?”
- Mark Balbes details four critical practices required for Agile to actually succeed – automated testing, continuous integration, test-driven development, and pair programming,
- Terry Bunio lists ten practices for estimating Agile projects, successfully. Hmmm … actually, I think they might apply to non-Agile projects, too.
- Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt and Jeff Hodgkinson say that creating a PMO is a project in itself. Or, maybe even a program.
- Mike Griffith shares the slide deck from his “Agile PMO” session, presented at the Calgary APLN meeting last week.
- Jordan Bortz asks, “Is Scrum just a series of mini waterfalls?”
- Brien Posey shares a list of ten drawbacks to working in IT. Personal favorite: “People lie to you all the time.”
- Bruce Benson offers three metrics that tell a lot more about how the project is going than classics like earned value or burn-down charts.
- Chuck Morton invokes his inner eighth-grade English teacher in presenting the basics of creating a work breakdown structure.
- Joe McKendrick lists the 25 worst passwords of 2011, with perennial favorite “password” coming in at the top, and Fox Mulder coming in at ninth, with “trustno1.”