- Elizabeth Harrin explains in detail how to determine project success criteria, how to communicate the criteria, measure, baseline, track, and report on progress.
- Brian Jackson introduces us to Ross, a super-intelligent attorney powered by IBM’s Watson computing system. A cloud-based lawyer may review your next contract!
- Jason Hiner sketches out three trends that are going to define the next decade, not just in technology but the way our societies work.
PM Best Practices
- Bruce Harpham outlines the practice of risk management, for program managers.
- Ron Rosenhead returns from delivering a course for project sponsors with some insight on the lack of unity in some organizations on who is a sponsor.
- Harry Hall gives us a detailed view of what a risk management plan should contain.
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff identifies the biggest (or most common) problems that project managers can anticipate, avoid, or mitigate.
- Glen Alleman dismantles one of the business cases for iterative development.
- Kevin Coleman makes the case for telecommuting, and offers some guidelines for making it work.
- Pawel Brodzinski explores the economic value of slack time. Maximizing utilization is not the way to maximize value – queuing theory applies!
- Neil Killick follows up last week’s analysis of the Scrum Master role’s responsibilities, behaviors, and goals with a similar look at the Product Owner role.
- Mike Cohn strips Scrum down to three clear, elegant sentences, and warns us to add only those elements that actually work in our environment. Excellent advice!
- Michael Barone subjects Agile to a little psychoanalysis.
- Boon Nern Tan explains the case for and benefits of pair programming.
- John Goodpasture contemplates Big Agile, and the limited benefits of additional process and structure.
- Don Kim sees parallels between the Structured Agile Framework (SAFe) and the Bill Murray classic, “Groundhog Day.” You can say that again …
- Johanna Rothman contemplates the roles of development manager and test manager in Agile organizations.
- Seth Godin distinguishes between optimism and honesty, and our ability to commit and deliver.
- Han van Loon proposes a replacement for the estimation Cone of Uncertainty. Check out his video on YouTube and try not to think of a snake swallowing its prey.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Maria Kozlova on building and maintaining high-performing teams. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Mike Vizdos and Peter Green, on the values and techniques of Nonviolent Communication. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Tony, Craig, and Renee interview a variety of attendees at the Scrum Australia conference in Sydney. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Jyothi Rangaiah has published the January edition of Women Testers magazine. If you haven’t discovered this wonderful resource yet, take this opportunity.
- Ruairi O’Donnelan on wishes: “A software engineer, a hardware engineer, and a project manager find a magic lantern …”
- Nick Heath reports on the growing call for IT to set aside some jobs for women. Not certain jobs, but a certain fraction of the positions.