The Project Management Office
- James Terry begins a new series, outlining a blueprint for creating a technology PMO.
- Aaron Smith summarizes a research report from PM Solutions on the State of the PMO, 2014.
- Kiron Bondale asks whether we should centralize measurement and tracking of project benefits realized.
- Gina Abudi (bullet) points out criteria for assessing the effectiveness of the enterprise PMO.
- Elizabeth Harrin recounts her experience as a one-woman PMO for a team of four project managers.
PM Best Practices
- Alan Garvey describes parametric estimating, bottom-up estimating, and analogous estimating.
- Troy Blake explains the Cone of Uncertainty, which describes the improving accuracy of estimates as the project progresses.
- Otto Scharmer reports on results from MIT’s IDEAS China program, principally on the difference between Big Data and Deep Data.
- Steven Levy reminds us that the cool results of our internal projects probably don’t matter all that much to our external clients.
- Glen Alleman explains project management as a closed-loop control system.
- John Goodpasture shares a diagram from Jurgen Appelo that intersects reactions to success and failure from mistakes, experiments, and practices. Thinking required!
- Kerry Wills comes up with yet another sports metaphor. This time: spectators yelling at the team on the field don’t actually change the outcome.
- Johanna Rothman is assembling the Minimum Agile Reading List, and seeking recommendations.
- Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan have apparently published the first university textbook for a course in Agile methods. Not sure if that is a good sign or a bad sign.
- Chris Moody critiques the criticism, “That’s not Agile.”
- Mike Cohn criticizes the now-common two-week sprint, as too short to try anything truly innovative.
- David Anderson explains how to tell if you are really doing Kanban, or just going through the motions.
Lean Agile Melbourne 2014
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy reports from the Lean Agile Systems Thinking 2014 conference in Melbourne, and shares the slide deck from his Agile Coaching presentation.
- Craig Brown shares the results of a workshop from the same conference, where the participants used the Six Thinking Hats to examine product backlogs.
- Shim Marom reflects on the theme of the conference, “embracing disruption,” and wonders if Agile is now too mainstream to be disruptive.
- Scott Berkun summarizes what we know about changing our habits.
- Ian Whittingham asks a pointed question: how much experience in project management is required for mastery?
- Coert Visser shares an interesting presentation on saying “no” effectively, without damaging either the relationship or our own interests.
- Kevin Kelly tells us that this is just the beginning of the beginning, and that boundless opportunities await us. Just like thirty years ago.