If It Heartbleeds, It Leads
- Rusty Foster explains the HeartBleed clearly enough for just about anyone to understand.
- Brian Leach adds his thoughts to the stream of news on Heartbleed.
- Mashable has compiled the Heartbleed Hit List: those major sites affected and not impacted. My recommendation: change your passwords, anyway. Just wait until those sites who admit to a problem have announced a solution, before you change that password. Meantime, don’t log in!
PM Best Practices
- Chad Baker recounts a recent lessons learned session where the team explored what went well, and found a useful recommendation for future projects.
- Bart Gerardi continues his series on “watermelon projects” with an ounce of prevention.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Trust in Virtual Teams,” by Thomas P. Wise.
- Scott Berkun enumerates the ways in which remote work improves diversity.
- Lynda Bourne reveals the potential impact of differing cultural perceptions of the relative importance of past, present, and future.
- Roberto Toledo explains how to reduce the time required to plan a project, with a Project Planning Acceleration Project.
- Ireti Oke-Pollard reminds us to give the operations folks “a seat at the table” during our project, so we don’t deliver something that they can economically support.
- Zach Watson gives the elevator pitch for five Open Source project management alternatives.
- Mike Clayton sings the praises of spreadsheets, and recommends a great resource for creative solutions using Excel.
- Bruce McGraw gets back to the basics with project communication.
- Joe Crumpler has found a gap in his skill set – call it business storytelling.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on designing your Agile project, with a look at how the team will interact with management.
- Pawel Brodzinski makes the case for unscaling Agile. That’s right: think smaller!
- Nick Pisano refutes Neil Killick’s assertion that “traditional software development contracts” are the problem.
Strategy and Governance
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews John Donahoe, SPMO Director at the Star Alliance, on the nature and value provided by the Strategic PMO. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Kevin Kern on PMO success: “The ultimate [PMO] is a model of defined and aligned processes, with results tracking and transparency to match.”
- Allen Ruddock observes that a PMO has to be close to the action in order to be effective. Not off-shored, or shared services, but an actual participant!
- Glen Alleman applies an IT governance and decision rights mindset to the #NoEstimates movement, referencing a book by Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross.
- John Goodpasture notes the difference between a cost and an investment, and between maturity and decline.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley trot out statistics that demonstrate strategic alignment has a significant impact on the probability of a successful project.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Patrick Snow on growing a passion into business, while keeping your day job. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
- Michel Dion adds his comments to that new slice-of-death video, “The Expert.” Less than seven minutes, safe for work, and more depressing than a week’s worth of Dilbert.