PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman channels W. Edwards Deming, to make the point that management is about prediction, and thus estimation.
- Rachel Matthews provides some insights on selecting contingent workers, also known as “temps,” for engineering roles.
- Bruce Benson reports on the finger-pointing lawsuits counter-filed by Oracle and the State of Oregon, from their failed Cover Oregon healthcare website.
- Ireti Oke-Pollard offers some thoughts on how to improve software testing, by thinking like users.
- Dave Wakeman shares his insights on leading with integrity, following recent media reports on failures of leadership in politics and sports.
- Brad Egeland continues his series on the seven areas for project managers to focus on.
- Patti Gilchrist applies lessons from art (Pablo Picasso) to structuring project management presentations.
- Pawel Brodzinski tells why values and principles are more important than practices, techniques, tools, and methods.
- Jesse Fewell crunches the numbers to see which organizations are winning the “Agile certification wars.” All we are saying is give PMI-ACP a chance …
- Johanna Rothman fine-tunes a post by Glen Alleman that management is prediction.
- John Goodpasture applies a little physics to understand the drop in productivity, once the team hits 70% throughput capacity.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a “soup recipe” for building self-organizing teams.
- Madhavi Ledalla rises to the challenge of conducting retrospectives with a distributed team.
- Martin LaPointe tells how his family used Scrum to self-organize their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal.
Following the Trends
- Jennifer Zaino notes that, as the digital universe doubles in size every two years, data centers are evolving rapidly for high-density, green operations.
- Kailash Awati explores the ironies of standardization and outsourcing enterprise IT.
- Suzanne Lucas tells the story of an inflexible management team that couldn’t manage their “flexible” star employee.
- Mike Griffiths shares academic research that identifies the most effective approaches to studying for exams.
- Sonia Liang explains lateral thinking, as espoused by Edward de Bono and Paul Sloane.
- Linky Van Der Merwe shares her Twitter interview with Jerry Ihejirika on project management in Africa.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews two new books: Erik Qualman’s “What Happens in Vegas, Stays on YouTube,” and Frank Pietrucha’s “Supercommunicator.”
Podcasts and Videos
- Michel Dion shares some feedback for you podcasters. Not the kind that blows out your speakers … the helpful kind.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Tim Stringer on his approach to “holistic productivity,” which he developed while being treated for cancer. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Rachel Gertz on applying psychological tools to project management. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.