- Kailash Awati examines the gap between the idealized representations of business processes we design into our enterprise systems and actual day-to-day work patterns.
- Ugo Micoli recaps an unscientific (but still interesting) survey and comments from a LinkedIn group: What is the top reason for unsuccessful projects?
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bjarte Bogsnes, VP of Performance Management Development at Statoil, on applying the principles of Beyond Budgeting.
- PMI has published a series of research reports related to making the PMO a strategic force. Called “Strategic Initiative Management,” it’s definitely worth a read.
- Cyndee Miller reports from the PMO Symposium 2013 in San Diego.
- Andy Jordan contemplates the Enterprise PMO – a shared-services model – and what it means for IT and the rest of the organization.
- Henny Portman share a quick reference chart showing how a number of standards, frameworks, and other references models are related.
PM Best Practices
- Andy Makar summarizes a project schedule quality assessment prepared by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
- Glen Alleman notes a problem with emergent design: letting capabilities emerge is not the same thing as letting requirements emerge. The traditional term is a “scope change.”
- Allen Ruddock extols the virtues of presenting progress in terms of milestones.
- Philip Smith offers a model for how resistance to change evolves over time, and some of the factors that drive resistance.
- Anya Faingersh recaps the finer points of delegating.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Barbara Trautline about her new book, Change Intelligence. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Nancy Duarte on how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Rich Maltzman on sustainable project management. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Michiko Diby shares some thoughts on the Agile state of mind, as an introduction to a presentation on Agile leadership by Paul Ellarby. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Cyrille Dupuydauby notes that Agile is failing organizations, because the goals of the organization are not addressed by Agile methods.
- Chuck Snead describes an effective application of Agile, where Scrum provides a framework for structuring Extreme methods, within the context of a project.
- Pawel Brodzinski examines the “context switching tax” paid by teams working on multiple simultaneous projects.
- Terry Bunio returns from the SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg with enough new information to make a more nuanced assessment of #NoEstimates..
- Venkat Rao weaves together a thesis of emancipation and self-limiting aspirations, based on Tolstoy and Checkov. Excellent, but not for the casual reader.
- John Goodpasture summarizes General Colin Powell’s approach to “consuming analysis,” as recounted by a former intelligence community executive.