Ripped from the Headlines!
- Patrick Gray wonders about the impact revelations of spying by the NSA will have on the IT industry in the United States.
- Wally Bahny lists the top ten tech blunders of 2013.
PM Best Practices
- Niel Nickolaisen gives the CIO perspective on integrating Cloud and data center legacy apps.
- Nick Hardiman has put together a nice little dictionary of “Cloud” terminology.
- Andrew Makar shows a governance pyramid diagram that can demonstrate how your stakeholder analysis led to your communication plan.
- Tony Adams tells of a software deployment where the participants and stakeholders were treated like the audience to a performance.
- Allen Ruddock quotes Bananarama, “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way you do it.”
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic on how to balance development of your hard and soft skills.
- Chuck Morton extols the benefits of constructive conflict.
- Chris Tomich tells how he uses the issue-based information system (IBIS) diagramming technique to organize requirements (and so much more).
- Dick Billows demonstrates how to develop a work breakdown structure, starting from high-level deliverables.
- John Carroll: “The wise project manager understands the purpose of methodologies, tools and techniques and knows if and when to use them, but he allows them to fade into the background.”
- Kailash Awati looks into how objectivity and ethics really work in organizational decision-making.
- Luis Seabra Coelho explores choice architecture. Not a group of buildings, but the way you present alternatives to influence the decision. You know – marketing.
- Ron Rosenhead presents an interesting scope change process, where the person who wants the change is required to arrange a “challenge” meeting.
- Kenneth Darter talks us through building a business case for our project.
- Glen Alleman explains what you have to be able to do in order to have a seat at the table when the important decisions are made.
- Martin Webster shares his daily practices for time management (and actually getting things done).
- Shim Marom reminds us that chaos is in the eye of the beholder, not (necessarily) the participant.
- Michiko Diby describes an experiment in clarifying user requirements, by re-stating them as features.
- Jesse Fewell says we need to stop collecting requirements the way we’ve always failed at collecting them.
- Dave Prior interviews David Anderson on how to apply Kanban as an evolutionary approach. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture looks at scaling Agile down – all the way down to one or two.
- Lindsay Scott notes that, after experience and sector knowledge, hiring managers selected project managers based on personality and personal approach. Not in your resume? Well …
- Michael Morrell explains how Big Data is impacting recruiting.