- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jeff Furman on the second edition of “The Project Management Answer Book.” Just 35 minutes, safe for work, and well worth your time.
- Paul Ritchie presents evidence that hiring managers are putting more emphasis on leadership, strategy, and business skills when hiring PM’s.
- Steven Levy recounts the story of a tour boat operator who had to intervene when one of his guests decided to swim with the alligators. Are you this cool when the unexpected happens?
PM Best Practices
- Carol Dekker outlines the key steps to a better software development performance measurement program.
- Michel Dion expounds on monitoring, measuring, and reporting as the core of project governance.
- Glen Alleman adds more diagrams to his ongoing explanation of the role of estimating in economic analysis.
- Marco Behler takes a practical approach to improving the accuracy software development estimates.
- Harry Hall assembled thirty(!) risk evaluation principles while preparing to teach a course on PMI’s Practice Standard for Project Risk Management.
- John Goodpasture summarizes Tim van Gelder’s description of the elements of critical thinking.
- Dave Wakeman covers three keys to achieving organizational alignment for your project.
- Braden Kelly continues his series on applying the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology to drive innovation.
- Ryan Ogilvie reports from the Calgary Stampede, where not everyone was stampeding toward ITIL. Yes, the conversation was over beer …
- Kerry Wills follow up on his eight fundamental guiding principles for managing programs with an analysis of what happens when one is missing.
- Allen Ruddock argues that communications is a key PMO responsibility.
- Gina Abudi notes that key roles should be defined and people assigned to them, throughout the project.
- Bruce Harpham continues his series on finding a summer project at work.
- Joe Caprara thinks it’s a good thing to earn the PMP credential. Just don’t make it the basis for any of your claims.
- Michael Dubakov proposes the Minimum Action Energy Principle in user interface design. Yes, physics matters even to software engineers.
- Johanna Rothman describes the responsibilities commonly assigned to three common roles: product manager, product owner, and business analyst.
- Kyle Viele experiments with the Candle Problem, as described by Dan Pink, to demonstrate that diverse teams get better results than homogeneous teams.
- Henny Portman reviews “The Lean Startup,” by Eric Ries. Did you know that this book influenced the development of the PRINCE2 Agile Framework?
- Elizabeth Harrin lists 15 ways to celebrate success with your team.
- Mike Cohn encourages us to take a moment to celebrate with our team, even if it’s just by exchanging paper plates.
- Adam Shostok takes umbrage with the “word nerds.”
- Seth Godin: “An amateur memorizes. A professional looks for metaphors.”