- Seth Godin notes that professionals don’t add emotion to their communications to signify urgency.
- H.O. Maycotte argues that the challenge in getting actionable information out of Big Data is being sure you’ve asked the right question.
- Tim Wasserman identifies ten strategic trends in project execution that will define success in 2015.
PM Best Practices
- Harry Hall lists ten ways in which the alignment between the customers and project team is gradually lost.
- Dave Wakeman looks to Seattle and finds that the problem of a failed tunnel-boring machine has expanded well beyond the tunnel itself.
- Rich Maltzman finds a colossal example of a failure to engage project stakeholders, right in his home town of Boston.
- Nick Pisano references Borges’ “Library of Babel” in pointing out the challenges inherent in extracting meaning from collections of data with no underlying common design.
- John Carroll asks, “If the stakeholders don’t actually care about the project or take any responsibility or interest in it, then why is the project being carried out?”
- Mike Cohn explains why we should focus on benefits, rather than features.
- Mike Donoghue argues for benefits management, as the key to keeping your project on track.
- Ryan Ogilvie recommends a dozen ITSM blogs, for those of us with service management responsibilities.
- Neil Killick describes the role of Scrum Master in terms of responsibilities, behavior, and goals. An excellent, brief, but actionable explanation of a complex topic.
- Niranjan Nerlige describes the role of Product Owner, as a list of interactions with the team and with the business.
- John Goodpasture deconstructs Mike Cohn’s recently published definition of done.
- Johanna Rothman considers alternatives to estimation, in the form of planning and re-planning.
- Mike Griffiths reviews a few misconceptions about teamwork and collaboration.
- Joanne Wortman talks about blending Agile methods in with the traditional.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Pam Welty and Joy Gumz on the use of Building Information Models for construction projects. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares five quick tips for managing communications during a crisis. Just three minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy talks about the importance of networking in developing your career. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Steven Levy extracts three lessons learned from the scandal surrounding under-inflated footballs in last weekend’s game between the Patriots and the Colts.
- András Baneth gets to the essence of Reality Television Executive Chef Gordon Ramsay’s coaching method.
- Don Kim points out that there are times when SMART goals can be dumb. Or at least, counter-productive.
- Emanuele Passera considers the question: do we really need to be number one in our industry?
- Lynda Bourne reflects on taking the time to reflect and think. And yes, that’s an example of recursion.