New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Mike Griffiths finds inspiration for Agile horrors in Halloween. The Frankenstein process, Zombie projects, and other year-round terrors now have names!
- Cesar Abeid interviews Frank Saladis, the man who first proposed International Project Management Day. Just 50 minutes, and safe for work.
- Shim Marom recaps an on-going LinkedIn discussion of who bears responsibility for a failed project, weighing in with his own thoughts at the end.
The Strategic View
- Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways, makes the business case for bridging the gender gap. All success begins with opportunity!
- Esther Derby finds problems with the legacy management assumptions that we have embraced, and seeks solutions in new assumptions about workers and work.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin has developed a new e-learning course, “Better Project Status Reports.” And for just a bit more, she’ll critique one of your status reports!
- Chuck Morton concludes his series on project governance with maturity level five.
- Glen Alleman explores the value of estimates to the stakeholders.
- John Goodpasture calls us to take balanced approach to risk assessment – impact and probability both matter. Of course, there’s also the 1% doctrine.
- Allen Ruddock recalls taking on a failing software implementation project, and recovering from the disaster that was their first few weeks of operation.
- Samad Aidane continues his series on how to be a happy project manager, with his thoughts on a productive relationship with the project sponsor.
- Martin Webster took a straw poll of his team and found four reasons they were frustrated with their leadership.
- Joe Crumpler explains how he and his team have been using Asana to capture, document, inform, and do the little tasks that keep coming their way.
- Kerry Wills wants his project teams to apply the security slogan, “If you see something, say something” to progress and risk monitoring.
- Johanna Rothman offers her high-level strategy for fixing the Healthare.gov website.
- Peter Saddington has prepared an FAQ for management and the Human Resources folks on the Scrum Master role.
- Scott Berkun on zombie meetings: “Often there is one person who … will keep feeding the zombie with the coworker’s brains just to preserve that feeling [of power].”
- Neil Killick reminds us that the value of a daily stand-up meeting is the opportunity for the team to collaborate.
- Pawel Brodzinski explains his five-minute effectiveness test for Kanban or task boards.
- Bob Tarne shares lessons learned from an article by Ryan Singer on tailoring Agile to meet the needs of the work at hand.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy says happiness and Agile both come from the pursuit, not the imagined end state.
- Luis Seabra Coelho applies the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) to project management.
- Naomi Caietti interviews Penny Pullan, project management author, entrepreneur, and host of the virtual Business Analysis Summit. 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Anya Faingersh addresses style – specifically, our management style.
- Karina Keith has collected some computer keyboard shortcuts that will make you more efficient. I picked up two new ones right away – Thanks, Karina!