New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 30 – June 5. And this week’s video: A parody of lousy incident management, “BP Spills Coffee.” Three minutes, not safe for work (especially if you work at BP or Haliburton).
- Fadi Shawtah describes political risk management for cross-border operations, which includes exposure to everything from currency risk to sovereign risk, to transfer risk.
- Michael Kassner quotes Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, on vulnerability management: “They’re going to get in. Get over it.” Focus on managing consequences!
- Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses techniques for preventing culture clashes for “mixed” teams, after a merger.
- Deb Schaeffer demonstrates how to get a better status on project activities by asking additional questions.
- John Goodpasture walks us through the project balance sheet. Not a financial view, but a way to show how resources are being allocated to accomplish project goals.
- Coert Visser explains the “circle technique,” a white board and Post-It Notes approach to analyzing goals, progress already made, and actions still required.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Fernando Remolina, who explains how to create a work breakdown structure. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through the steps to use the WBS efficiently.
- Jody Markopoulos describes GE’s new approach, “Contemporary project management.”
- Mike Cohn describes a simple way to get a shared understanding of the level of effort represented by a story point before the team plays planning poker.
- Johanna Rothman introduces the concept of Rubber Duck Debugging, which is explaining a problem to someone who doesn’t understand it and isn’t in management.
- Muhammed Irfan Azam explains how Clear Code Day can put the focus on the Scrum team, rather than the ScrumMaster of product owner.
- Bob Tarne describes the “sponsored user” – someone assigned to the development team when you need to hear the voice of the customer at all times.
- Samantha Webb introduces the #pubretro movement, not necessarily because you should be drinking, but because getting out of the office might make all the difference.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Jason Womack, author of “Get Momentum.” Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Tony Ponton and Craig Smith interview James Shore, author of “The Art of Agile Development.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
- Art Petty explores the Least Bad Option – which usually involves exposing the decision maker to greater risk.
- David Bicknell excerpts a few examples from “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management,” by Jim Johnson.
- Seth Godin says reading more blogs will help us become “smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.” If you are reading this, you agree.
- Peter Landau posts the annual ProjectManager.com roundup of the best project management and leadership blogs.
See Tech Like an Exec
- Mary Shacklett bullet points the critical considerations for running an internet of things project.
- Tara Seals trots out some sobering statistics: information security issues are slowing or halting the majority of Big Data projects.
- George Leopold reports on the next big constraint for Big Data: legal hassles, like the recent tussle between Apple and the FBI.
- Jesus Rodriguez reports on the business side of artificial intelligence – not the applications, but the race to secure market share and future profits.