New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 18 – 24. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And yes, I took all of these hot air balloon photos right in my own neighborhood. Privacy? Well, they seemed friendly enough. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman imagines a conversation between a project manager, a team of software developers, and an iceberg.
Brad Egeland starts a new series with a look at customer satisfaction, and why it’s the most important success metric.
Jim Anderson speculates on the root causes of Avon’s recent SAP implementation failure. The users left the company, rather than switch? Wow …
Emanuele Passera applies the tenets of “locus of control” theory to project management.
Bruce Benson tells of the New Manager who wanted to help.
Ian Whittingham continues his look at project management applications for Leavitt and Dubner’s new book “Think Like a Freak.”
Christopher Merryman demonstrates ways that we can add visual presentation to our project reporting communications.
Dan Patterson makes the case for consensus-based planning.
Ron Rosenhead tells of the great new Projects web site at the University of Edinburgh, and asks us how much project information do we share?
Nick Pisano is perplexed by the academic community’s apparent lack of interest in Big Data.
Jen Skrabak maps Tim Ogilvie’s “design thinking” to project portfolio management. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn explains his approach to massaging the backlog for a three-month vision of where the product is going.
John Carroll explains the Taoist basis for Agile methods. Or at least, anti-rigidity.
Craig Brown and Tony Ponton interview a few attendees / thought leaders at Agile Australia in Melbourne. Just 25 minutes, safe for work. Professional Development
Elizabeth Harrin Interviews Terry Okoro, Chair of the APM’s Women in Project Management SIP on their 21 st anniversary conference in London.
Dave Prior advocates for experiential learning, also known as “getting a bunch of adults to play a game together.”
Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on methods for the Occasional PM. This episode: team structure.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 11 – 17. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Pawel Brodzinski expands on Jerry Weinberg’s definition, as “a process of creating an environment where people become empowered.”
Mike Griffiths considers the limitations of graphical depictions of data, when the information we should be consuming doesn’t graph so well.
Ammar Mango plots alternative routes through conflict.
Bryan Barrow explains his alternative to Post-It Notes for facilitating a project planning exercise.
Michael Girdler extols the virtues of a good scope statement.
Roberto Toledo lists his guidelines for fostering innovation.
Bruce Harpham begins a series on regulatory project management.
Dovilė Misevičiūtė notes that most attempts to institute time tracking fail within the first few months, usually for the same reasons.
Rachel Burger spoils “Guardians of the Galaxy,” pointing out the project management lessons. You could have at least waited until the DVD came out … Agile Methods
Kevin Aguanno compares use cases and user stories, and how each can be the right tool for the job.
Bart Gerardi explores Bill Wake’s acronym, INVEST, on how to improve the quality of user stories.
Mike Cohn reflects on the balance of specialists and generalists in that most Agile team, the sandwich shop.
John Goodpasture explores the need for a release sign-off when applying Agile methods. Because it’s not just about software developers.
Chuck Morton continues his series of comments on Peter Morris’ article in the October PM Journal. This episode: Agile is not a project management discipline. Following the Trends
Albert Barron explains [whatever] as a service, using pizza. Yes, even your grandmother will understand this one. Admirable, Albert!
Marco Visibelli shares recent lessons learned that tell us how companies make (and lose) money on Big Data projects.
Rich Maltzman interviews Kim Marotta on how MillerCoors is applying a sustainability strategy to improve performance.
Matthew Kosinski interviews Workday’s Liz Dietz on their upcoming Higher Education product. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Rich Maltzman of EarthPM on applying sustainability practices to project management and the PMBOK. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Thomas Juli about integrating personal happiness and focus with project success. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Glen Alleman links us to seven podcasts from Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller of the Software Engineering Institute on the principles of Agile development. New Books
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project Management Workflow: A Business Process Approach,” by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman.
Henny Portman reviews Alan Ferguson’s new book, “Integrating Prince2.”
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 4 – 10. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on a framework for the occasional project manager.
Nick Pisano considers the challenges of integrating cost and schedule on large projects, especially for the federal government.
John Goodpasture details why Monte Carlo simulations are better quality than the estimates that go into them.
Andy Jordan tells of a “traditional” project manager’s quick adoption of Kanban.
Lynda Bourne builds on a pair of earlier posts with her thoughts on designing key performance indicators that actually drive performance.
Kevin Korterud selects “estimate to complete” as the most useful metric.
Susanne Madsen bullet points the rules for a perfect status report.
Bruce Benson finds that the best way to learn from experience is to build systems that remember (and implement) what you’ve learned.
Gary Nelson recalls an old friend’s old car, and wishes every project ran like a Honda Civic. And yes, that’s also an acronym …
Joanna Carlson analyzes the roll-out of the Minnesota Affordable Care Act site, MNSure.
Kerry Wills has a great metaphor for setting context for the issues we document. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman explains how to avoid three of the most common estimation traps.
Glenn Alleman points out the potential for disparate views of Agile, based on the domain, scope, and budget.
Mike Cohn notes that Agile does not mean equal, at least for the members of the self-organizing team. Be sure to read the comments – they help Mike clarify some points.
David Anderson continues his series on using Kanban for project management.
Sanjay Zalavadia explores the need for agility in embracing Agile, especially your test management strategy. Professional Development
Bryan Barrow shares his vision of our transition from project managers to project leaders.
Penelope Trunk explains the need to balance focus and breadth, in what she calls “cross-training.” Specialization isn’t just for insects!
Suzanne Lucas debunks some falsehoods about networking. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Carlos Flesh on managing projects in Latin America. It’s a cultural thing! Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
Carl Smith interviews Larissa Scordato on how she gave up her dream of being an archeologist to become a digital project manager. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner details his personal best practices for getting the most out of attending a conference. New Books
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bonnie Biafore’s new book, “Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.”
Ian Whittingham finds project management lessons in the follow-up to Freakonomics, “Think Like a Freak,” by Levitt and Dubner.
Bruce Harpham finds project management lessons in a biography of William Shakespeare, somewhere between tragedy and comedy …