New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

Lederhosen Newsboy CartoonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Thanks to Michel Dion at Project Aria for publishing my guest post on planning project human resources management. Recommended:

Trends

  • Zavain Dar invokes Immanuel Kant, to argue that Big Data is helping us move from logical analysis to a search for synthetic truths.
  • Lyndsey Gilpin summarizes ten key things to understand about 3D printing.

PM Best Practices

  • Kevin Korterud wants us to manage the procurement department as both a team member and as a project stakeholder.
  • Tony Adams revisits risk management, not as a list of things to avoid, but as a means to find opportunities we can exploit.
  • David Hillson answers three key questions about risk management in complex projects, and how the strategies of flexibility and resilience can make the difference.
  • John Goodpasture considers an innovative presentation by Glen Alleman as a three-body problem, and asks if there should be four, or even five?
  • Martin Webster notes five early warning signs of ineffective leadership.
  • Anya Faingersh identifies four drivers for schedule delays.

Project Governance

  • Tim Cushing summarizes the appalling state of the TECS upgrade project run by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
  • Chi-Pong Wong identifies the six critical success factors for PMO success.
  • Todd Williams reviews “Strategies for Project Sponsorship,” by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor.
  • Michel Dion notes that different types of projects have different definitions of success.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths notes, “Agile processes are an enabler for intelligent action, but not a guarantee of it.”
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on the cost of delay, with the cost of indecision and the cost of technical debt.
  • Wayne Grant shares three more techniques for keeping retrospectives from getting stale.
  • Vijaya Kumar Bandaru explains Scrum through the metaphor of prescribing and adjusting your medication when sick.

Productivity

  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth return from an eight-month absence with a post on [wait for it] … procrastination!
  • Lisa Evans makes the point that the office just might be the worst place to get things done.
  • Alina Vrabie reminds us of the origin of the eight-hour workday, and offers a few alternatives that might let us be more productive.
  • Michael Stanleigh lists twenty stress reducers for project managers.
  • Travis Bradberry explains how successful people stay calm.
  • Anita Bruzzese is on the warpath against bad Email practices.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Elizabeth Harrin tells how to employ a customer satisfaction-centric project management improvement process. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews David Sparks on how to tame the Email beast. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mark Phillipy interviews Samad Aidane on how to apply neuroscience to understand cultural differences. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

  1. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the mention here. I am really appreciative of people like your good self who are prepared to share my post.

    I think it’s an important topic and deserving of wider, Project Manager debate. Forums like yours have a really important role to play in facilitating these sort of discussions. Well done to you and thanks again. Tony

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