New Article at AITS: Using the RACI Matrix

AITSBloggingAllianceMy latest article for AITS was published today: Using the RACI Matrix to Maximize Project Accountability.

The RACI matrix is a commonly used tool to depict which project team roles are participating in each task, and at what level they participate: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed. The article concludes with a short list of common variations

This month marks six years of blogging, and I expect to keep at it for some time to come. I’m always grateful for the feedback, so please let me know what topics you’d like me to write about. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.


New PM Articles for the Week of May 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29. And this week’s video: a satire of television news from The Onion. Two minutes, completely unsafe for work, and absolutely hysterical. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality.

Must read (and hear)!

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Leslie Truex, who has been blogging about working from home for nearly twenty years. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Larissa Scordato, Patrice Colanecco Embry, Tera Caldwell Simon, and Natalie Warnert on gender bias in project management. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Tricia van der Grient interviews Anders Ericsson on his new book, “Peak,” and the science behind developing expertise.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to manage roles and responsibilities using the RACI chart and it’s sibling, the RASCI chart.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains how to select metrics that are meaningful to business operations, and use them to optimize IT service delivery.
  • John Goodpasture finds project management lessons in the work and design approach of esteemed architect Frank Gehry.
  • Magnus Doll polled a number of project managers on line, asking them to identify the hurdles they commonly encounter. Here he summarizes each of them.
  • Ken Ashe tutors us on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets into the detail of a software development WBS.
  • Rob England links the Cynefin model of complexity and knowledge to the need to experiment, resulting in what he refers to as Noble Failures.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM explains how the product manager should work with the sales folks to get the best results for both Development and Sales.
  • Johanna Rothman examines an organizational case where Agile is just … wrong.
  • Mike Griffiths continues his assessment of Bimodal IT with a concept from Jim Collins, “The Genius of the AND.”
  • Esther Derby shares the key bullet points from her keynote at Big Apple Scrum, as captured by one of the attendees.
  • Derek Huether wants to distinguish between Work in Process and Work in Progress.
  • Srividya Natarajan explains how her distributed Scrum team was organized to maximize delivered value.

Applied Leadership

  • Scott Berkun gives us the short version of how to be a better public speaker. Considering he wrote an entire book on the subject, this is definitely short.
  • Elise Stevens has rounded up six resources to help you improve your delegation skills.
  • Liane Davey begins a three-part series on transitioning a team to new leadership by looking at the good and bad reasons to want to succeed your boss.
  • Bruce Harpham introduces us to job shadowing, as a technique to improve job mobility within the organization. Retention depends on job satisfaction and growth.
  • Susanne Madsen tutors us on becoming proactive project managers.
  • Seth Godin looks at the economics of being proactive.

Balloon May 2016Project Risk Management

  • Harry Hall distinguishes between threats and issues and how each should be tracked.
  • David Hillson follows up on his risk facilitator article by mapping each facilitation style to common risk identification techniques.
  • Cornelius Fichtner presents a free project risk management PDF eBook by Dr. Jim Young, “Managing Murphy.” Just 6 minutes, safe for work.

The folks in this balloon have the right idea – we waved at each other as they floated by our house. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a tutorial on how to create mind maps using iMindMap.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths has updated his analysis: “Agile and PMBOK v5 Guide Alignment.” Just 36 pages, invaluable, and free to download in PDF format.
  • Coert Vissar provides brief definitions of 23 common cognitive biases, heuristics, and effects. Understanding these concepts will help you make better decisions.
  • Adriana Girdler walks us through her meeting facilitator toolbox. OK, it’s a rolling suitcase – the contents and how she uses them are what matters. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Henny Portman reviews Jim Johnson’s new book, “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard and Kendall Lott about the Project Management Day of Service and volunteering PM skills to non-profits. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gina Abudi points out that supporting employees’ social good work often benefits the employer.
  • Daan Pepijn explains how startups and small and medium enterprises can incorporate freelancers into their teams by leveraging technology.
  • Lisette Sutherland does a retrospective and lists some of the reasons her interview subjects have decided to embrace remote work. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture examines an interesting concept in a presentation by SalKahn: the “project balance sheet.”
  • Nick Pisano advocates using analytics and a bit of self-awareness to remove the blind spots that keep organizations from acting in their own self-interest.
  • Sven Krasser and Dmitri Alperovitch clarify how machine learning can be applied to identifying and fighting off network attacks.
  • Bruce Harpham dusts off a few more techniques to make Email work for you.

Agile Methods

  • Frode Helgesen provides a quick overview of Pointing Poker, useful for geographically distributed teams who wish they could use planning poker.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Johanna Rothman on her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jay Daniel makes the case for estimating our work, even when using Agile methods.
  • Mike Cohn argues against estimating the Sprint backlog using task points, rather than hours.
  • Peter Saddington has determined that a limited understanding of client organizational culture limits the effectiveness of Agile coaches and consultants.
  • Renee, Craig, and Tony interview Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Donoghue lays out the logic behind combining Agile and traditional project management methods into a hybrid approach.
  • Lavinia Mihaela Dinca identifies five challenges for the business analyst on a hybrid project.
  • The Clever PM notes that organizations adopt Scrum because they want results, not compliance with a methodology.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christine Unterhitzenberger, who is researching the degree to which perceptions of fairness impact project performance.
  • Peter Doyle links Jonathan Westrup’s Ethics, Values, and Governance Pyramid with the model of authentic project leadership described in “Organizational Dynamics.”
  • Art Petty adds his insights on how to coach employees struggling with self-doubt.
  • Moira Alexander illustrates the use of KPI’s to measure a project team’s effectiveness.