- Mike Griffiths rounds up a number of high-profile projects from the last few decades, and considers whether they or not they were successful.
- Jason Bloomberg gives us an overview of cognitive computing, from the perspective of how it can deliver value.
- Tony Adams quotes Friedrich Neitzsche on why people don’t want to hear the truth, and explains how to deliver bad news, anyway.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Michel Dion on his new book, “The Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers.”
- Rich Maltzman notes the growing interest in sustainability as a project success metric.
- Bruce Harpham shares a few thoughts (and some research) on improving quality.
- Nick Pisano continues our dialog on mining information from mountains of project management data, with a look at the influence of software packages on opinions.
- Brad Egeland has some thoughts on what you need to be successful as a remote project manager.
- Jerry Johns takes an applied physics approach to keeping his project in balance.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, expound on the virtues of looking in the direction we want to go.
- Steven Levy uses a picture of a man on a bicycle pursued by bear as a jumping-off point for a rumination on project management as a team sport.
- Michel Dion provides a tutorial on how to talk with senior management.
- Henny Portman reviews a new book by Hannan, Müller, and Robinson, “The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.”
- Ryan Ogilvie gets practical, with customer service survey questions that need fine-tuning.
- Glen Alleman analyzes Jim Benson’s five estimating pathologies and suggests some corrective actions.
- Neil Killick recaps the five estimating pathologies listed by Jim Benson, and adds a fifth – accepting the request without asking any questions.
- Mahfoud Amiour prroposes a new Agile metric: SPOC, or story point cost.
- Hendrie Weisinger continues his series of articles based on his new book, “Performing Under Pressure,” with a look at the positive effects of enthusiasm.
- Michael Smith on hiring coders: “85% of a programmer’s success is due to human factors rather than pure technical skills.”
- Suzanne Lucas notes that leaders set the pace with their example, and by communicating clear expectations.
- Dan Furlong explores the elusive notion of “presence,” and shows why it’s important.
- Sandy Geroux explains the difference between being accountable and taking ownership.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Doug Hong on his seven free tutorials for managing projects with Microsoft Excel. Just 27 minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended.
- Jacob Morgan interviews Rich Carpenter on the intersection of the industrial internet, data science, and the future of work. One hour, safe for work.
- Renee and Craig interview Henrik Kniberg at Scum Australia, where he delivered the keynote. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.