New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Leadership, Mistakes, and Failure
- Loren Thompson adds his assessment of the HealthCare.gov problems, and finds that most of the fault lies with the government agency that managed the project.
- Martin Webster makes the case that mistakes are good for business.
- Glen Alleman counters, saying that learning from mistakes is overrated.
- Dick Billows analyzes the “project failure is unacceptable” meme as a failure of executive leadership.
- Sharon Florentine looks at the data to determine why so many IT projects are failing. “Consolidation and cost-cutting have really taken their toll.”
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Anne Eisenberg reports on progress in developing algorithms to read your facial expression from your web camera. “You seem bored. Shall I speed up the game?”
- Zack Whittaker reports that PC shipments are declining even faster than expected. Are you getting ready for the post-PC computing environment?
PM Best Practices
- Susan Madsen argues that the “iron triangle” metaphor for project constraints is outdated.
- Mike Clayton suggests that, as project managers, we work in six different modes.
- Peter Tarhanidis explains how to integrate change management with project management.
- Lynda Bourne tells us how to deal with a toxic professional relationship.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an excerpt from her chapter in the “Gower Handbook of People in Project Management,” on managing social communications in projects.
- Gary Nelson demonstrates how to capture our attention, by recounting an eye-opening flight on Aeroflot.
- Andy Makar shows how to identify potential problems in MS Project using custom filters.
- Duncan Haughey tells us of a phenomenon he calls “the sudden go-live realization.”
- Allen Ruddock walks us through the key planning points for a go-live.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sarita Maybin on her presentation at SoTeC, “How to get more done with less stress.” Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Michael Sliwinski, creator and chief user of productivity tool Nozbe. Just 39 minutes, safe for work, and perfect for you GTD geeks!
- Barry Hodge shared a cool little video on the science of procrastination. Less than three minutes, but if you really need it, you’ll put it off.
- Dave Prior interviews author and information architect Dan Brown on how designers and project teams can deal with conflicts and communicate together better.
- David DeWitt clarifies, “Agile itself is not a methodology; it’s a mindset.”
- Toni Bowers ticks off five things that hiring managers do that tick off job candidates.
- Peter Saddington puts on his career coach hat and advises, “Know yourself.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Diana Manos summarizes comments on keeping large IT projects successful, given by Richard Spires in testimony before Congress on the launch of Healthcare.gov.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares her roundup of project management news for November, 2013.
- Glen Alleman uses types of aircraft as a metaphor for classes of project, based on size, complexity, and risk, to illustrate how software domains differ
- Sam Palani reviews Nick Bilton’s new book, “Hatching Twitter.”
- Bertrand Duperrin reviews “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think,” by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
- Greg McKeown, the Author of the upcoming “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” lists some proven techniques to reduce your stress.
- Martin Webster asks, are you a role model?
PM Best Practices
- Andy Jordan follows his recent post on Organizational Risk with an exploration of how a constraints hierarchy should influence risk management.
- Luis Seabra Coelho has devised a spreadsheet template that supports a two-level decision tree, comprised of multiple groups of criteria applicable to each alternative.
- Jason Westland covers the steps to take in creating and executing on a project schedule.
- Michael Girdler posts some pointers on how to keep your project on track over the holidays.
- Conrado Morlan, Lynda Bourne, Mario Trentim, and Kevin Korterud address complexity, as reported in the PMI Pulse of the Profession Report: Navigating Complexity.
- John Goodpasture recaps Saltzer and Schroeder’s forty-year old design principles for information security.
- Peter Parks, VP of Product Management at Provade, explains how to prepare for implementation of a vendor management system.
- Patti Gilchrist summarizes what Big Data will mean over the next couple of years for the project management community.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Diego Guadarrama on how to use FindTheBest.com to compare project management software products, on line. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Farnoosh Brock on starting up your own business. Just 49 minutes, safe for work. Congratulations to the Abeid family on the new baby – Lucy!
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his presentation at the PMI Global Congress: the real problem with your portfolio is multi-tasking. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Jason Hiner summarizes the impact Edward Snowden’s exposure of the NSA’s digital surveillance programs has had on IT organizations. Two minutes, safe for work.
- Jesse Fewell reports from the Agile for Government Summit. “This is the first event I’ve been to where the acquisition and procurement community was fully engaged.”
- Mike Griffiths addresses the way an Agile approach accommodates uncertain requirements.
- Shim Marom has revised his LinkedIn profile to reflect his values, rather than his qualifications and experience. Excellent!
- Peter Saddington discovers that there really is an “I” in “Team,” and it’s right where you’d expect it to be.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Scott Berkun shares the notes from his data analysis presentation at the Warm Gun 2013 conference on measurable design. The model matters more than the data!
- Michael Greer tells a story, illustrating how simply requesting sign-off in order to proceed can be a powerful tool for getting decisions finalized.
- Terry Bunio lists four critical qualities for a good manager.
- Michael Lopp catalogs three basic roles for leaders. “In order to build epic shit at scale, a colorful tapestry of talent and degrees of experience is essential.”
- Martin Webster asks if your leadership is actually slowing progress.
- Peter de Jager shares his thoughts on helping a team form by creating opportunities for them to collaborate.
- Cheri Baker recaps a few good communications habits that can make our colleagues feel more at ease.
- Kenneth Darter takes a moment to help us develop our face-to-face social skills.
- Cyndee Miller offers one final observation from PMO Symposium 2013: PMO Directors need to think like executives.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Angel Berniz, who explains how the new project management standard, ISO 21500, will impact us.
- Vincent McGevna defends the application of processes to the execution of projects.
- Todd Williams breaks down the roles and responsibilities of the folks charged with rescuing a failed project.
- David Hillson suggests a framework for identifying project risks, based on Edward de Bono’s Six Value Medals. You might remember de Bono for the Six Thinking Hats.
- Luis Seabra Coelho examines the cognitive bias known as functional fixedness, and how it might apply to motivation.
- Anya Faingersh recounts an old story that illustrates why an expensive solution delivered now beats a cost-effective solution, delivered too late.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Naomi Caietti, who explains how women in project management roles can achieve the right degree of assertiveness. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Ricardo Vargas, who explains his approach to quantifying a qualitative risk analysis. Nerdy, but interesting ; 23 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Francis Wade on his consulting practice and book on time management. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
- Glen Alleman critiques NPR journalista Elise Hu’s article on why Heatlthcare.gov was doomed from the start.
- Jesse Fewell came from the Washington, D.C. Scrum User’s Groups with new insights into why the roll-out of Healthcare.gov failed so badly.
- Shim Marom articulates the difference between doing Agile and being Agile.
- Derek Huether covers the key barriers to Agile adoption, as found by VersionOne in their annual survey.
- Harold Kerzner describes a family Thanksgiving, from a project manager’s point of view. But the PM is not the person actually in charge …
- Karina Keith rounds up three blog articles on how to maintain your productivity over the holidays. Makes me wonder if someone is missing the point.
- Belle Beth Cooper has collected ten statistics on social media that should inform your company’s strategy for marketing and communication.