New PM Articles for the Week of September 29 – October 5

Two BalloonsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 29 – October 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman points out the judgment heuristics that introduce errors and biases in our discussions of the success rates of software projects.
  • Seth Godin notes the frustration some have with leaders who remain calm.
  • George Ellis reminds us that, as the leader, we should share credit but assume responsibility.
  • Bruce Benson finds additional lessons from the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange debacle.
  • Russell Whitworth describes the process of conducting a project health check. His agenda is well worth cribbing!
  • Gina Abudi tells of the importance of engaging all of the stakeholders – not just the ones with senior management titles.
  • Henny Portman describes an interesting one-page approach to communicating a program: the Program Canvas.
  • Latesha Goodman lists five collaboration tools increasingly in use a government agencies.
  • Lawrence Putnam identifies the ways in which estimates are refined throughout the project life cycle.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn has an excellent suggestion: add requests for additional documentation to the product backlog.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy spoke at the Agile PM meet-up in Melbourne, about Craig Larman’s Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework.
  • Maxim Kur identifies a number of misperceptions, logical flaws, and of bad reasons for struggling with Agile methods.
  • Don Kim notes a disturbing trend: Agile is becoming more rigid!


  • Johanna Rothman reflects on being told that she was “too abrasive, too direct, maybe even too assertive.”
  • Kieran Snyder reports on her survey of women who have left the tech industry – it’s the culture. Managers, if you aren’t driving the solution, you’re part of this problem!
  • John Goodpasture points out the difference between inclusion and tolerance.
  • Naomi Caietti announces the first e-book in a series, written by five Glass Breaking women in leadership positions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin created a video diary of the APM’s Women in Project Management Special Interest Group 21st Anniversary conference. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

 Professional Development

  • Bruce Harpham begins a series on how project managers can learn and use the principles of strategy.
  • Matthew Wall reports on the impact of Big Data, gamification, and lexical analysis on selecting job applicants.
  • Henny Portman explains APMG’s new Agile Program Management framework and certification, apparently based on MSP.
  • Susanne Madsen explores the differences between management and leadership.
  • Michael Wood details the abilities and behavior traits required to become a successful, even great project manager.
  • Coert Visser reviews “The Marshmallow Test,” by Walter Mischel. “Willpower is not a predetermined and fixed characteristic of people but a learnable skill.”
  • Suzanne Lucas shares three management lessons learned at a Turkish wedding.


Project Management For You: Interviews by Cesar Abeid


Cesar AbeidCesar Abeid is publishing a series of podcast interviews conducted with project management practitioners, authors, and thought leaders in the summer of 2014. He asked each of us a few questions:

  • How would you define project management to the lay person?
  • What is the least people need to know about PM to start on the path of getting things done?
  • What are the stages of bringing an idea to reality?
  • If you could recommend one technique from the PM world to the masses, what would it be and where can we learn it?
  • Managing projects often means working with other people. What’s the best way to know when and what to delegate, and to compel people to collaborate on a project?

The result was an interesting mix of thoughts, opinions, examples, and recommendations. Here are links to each of the podcasts in the series. Aside from Cesar’s brief introduction, the interviews average around 30 minutes each. I’ll add the remainder as they are published.

Project Management For You: Introduction Cesar explains the basic idea behind the interview series, and his upcoming book by the same name.

Interview with Andy Kaufman Andy is a project management consultant and trainer, and the the host of The People and Projects Podcast.

Interview with Susanne Madsen Susanne is a project leadership consultant, trainer, and coach, and author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook.

Interview with Carl Pritchard Carl is a risk management consultant, and the principle author of the risk management chapter of the PMBOK, 4th Edition.

Interview with Tony Adams Tony is a project leadership consultant, speaker, and blogger focusing on the importance of communications.

Interview with Elizabeth Harrin Elizabeth is a practicing program and project manager, prolific author, and blogger at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.

Interview with Cornelius Fichtner Cornelius is a practicing project manager,trainer, and host of The Project Management Podcast.

Interview with Adriana Girdler Adriana is an entrepreneur, executive coach, professional speaker, facilitator and prolific author.

Interview with Peter Taylor Peter is the author of several books, consultant, lecturer, coach, and host of The Lazy Project Manager Podcast.

Interview with Stephen Carver Stephen lectures at Cranfield University School of Management, with experience ranging from banks to oil and from construction to law firms.

Interview with Mark Phillipy Mark is a project management practitioner, blogger, and host of two project management podcasts.

Interview with Francis Hooke Francis is a blogger and consulting project manager with experience in the financial industry.

Interview with Johanna Rothman Johanna is a prolific author, blogger, and management consultant, specializing in Agile software development.

Interview with Dave Gordon Hey, that’s me! Dave is the project manager and blogger behind The Practicing IT Project Manager.

Interview with Rich Maltzman Rich is a prolific author, blogger, teacher, and speaker on Green project management.

Interview with Geoff Crane Geoff is a former project portfolio manager, currently pursuing his PhD and teaching project management at Durham College in Ontario.

The Internet Never Forgets

I started this blog in 2010, with the intent of writing about project management. My original idea, which has somehow survived, was to post a weekly round-up of news items, blog posts, and other content, and then write about other stuff as it came up. My first weekly round-up had nine items; these days, I cap it at 25, and rarely have fewer than that. But back then, I was still discovering sources of content, and it was a struggle. While assembling content for that first curated post, I read that the news that Rita Mulcahy had passed away.

Rita MulcahyIf you’ve ever studied for the Project Management Professional exam, you’ve probably heard of Rita. Her PMP study guide, now updated by the staff of the training firm she founded, remains one of the most widely used. So I wrote a brief obituary, and posted it on July 10, 2010. It was the first post on my new blog, so I doubt it got very many views in that first month. But the internet never forgets.

All of those blog posts, and comments, and pictures, and links, and diagrams on my blog have been indexed by “spiders” from the major search engines. And so far this year, my little obituary has been read 150 times. More than four years after her death, Rita still gets Googled, and some of those searchers find my old article. I hope that what I wrote helped them understand the lady, because I think she was fascinating. Since then, I’ve written obituaries for a former colleague, Jay Dawson, as well as Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie. They get a few reads from time to time, as well.

Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press based on movable type around 1439. No one know how many books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazine, and other writings have been printed since then, but most of them have been lost. Paper fades, crumbles, and burns. Some day, even the most intensely maintained of Leonardo DaVinci’s works will fade. But the digital images of those masterpieces will remain. EMC estimates that the content on the internet doubles in size every two years. By 2020, they project that the digital universe will comprise 44 trillion gigabytes. Thus, people will be able to read the text of authors, great and wretched, posted on line until the end of civilization. So be fastidious about what you write and how you say it: more so than in any time in human history, we write for the ages.

The internet never forgets. And so, we can remember. Peace be with you.