New PM Articles for the Week of December 7 – 13

PortlandNew project management articles published on the web during the week of December 7 – 13. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Lynda Bourne notes that a steering committee can be quite expensive, but that doesn’t mean they’re creating or adding value. Especially if they’re focused on the wrong activities.
  • Howard Solomon reports on the Ontario government’s bungled SAMS information system, based on their Auditor General’s assessment. The brutal quote from Anna Murray wins the internet.
  • Dave Wakeman makes the case for outcome-focused project management. “Outcomes are all that matter.”

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Simon Hird of Cedar Consulting on how they selected and implemented Huddle as their internal collaboration tool.
  • Harry Hall tells a tale of two risk owners: one In Control, and one Out of Control. You can guess where this is going.
  • Nick Pisano contemplates auditing and compliance, versus materiality and judgement.
  • Matthew Squair summarizes the key points of a paper on quantifying low-probability risks.
  • Jeff Collins makes the case for definitions of quality as a critical component of project scope.
  • Ken Martin provides a detailed explanation of issue management.
  • Kelly Wagner begins a three-part series on change management.
  • Ron Rosenhead asks his consulting clients: who owns project management in your company? It doesn’t seem like a hard question…

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on how to integrate Agile methods into hardware development.
  • Ben Linders interviews Vasco Duarte on his new book, “#NoEstimates: How to Measure Project Progress Without Estimating.”
  • Derek Huether contemplates the governance question of how to deal with a team that breaks the rules but achieves their
  • Kevin Aguanno explains why Agile methods and incremental delivery can allow corporations to begin deducting capital expenditures on their taxes sooner than a Waterfall approach.
  • Mike Cohn observes how the ScrumMaster role evolves as the team matures.
  • Eduardo Ribeiro has created an Agile maturity self-assessment survey.

Applied Leadership

  • Bart Gerardi notes that servant leadership sometimes consists of getting out of the way, and keeping others out from under foot.
  • Seth Godin shares a protocol for moving forward when things go wrong.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes that a service interruption post-mortem should not be a blame game.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Thomas Carney profiles three software developers who migrated to management, and then…
  • Morgan Culverhouse went looking for a new job after 17 years in one position, and found that job titles don’t neatly match their descriptions.
  • Bruce Harpham shares 11 calendar productivity hacks.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Elizabeth Larson on project management trends, innovation, and business analysis. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mark Phillipy and aspiring project manager Jared Coffin interview Elizabeth Harrin on project communications. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Allen Ruddock shares a slide show with audio on stakeholder engagement. Just 10 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!