New Post at AITS: The Project Dangers of Misusing RAID

AITSBloggingAllianceAnother of my posts at AITS has been published: The Project Dangers of Misusing RAID. In this case, RAID refers not to the bug spray, but to compilations of risks, assumptions, issues, and decisions in Excel templates. While managing each of them is critical to project success, it is important to understand the relationships among them – you can’t effectively manage them in isolation.

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New from Elizabeth Harrin: The Meetings Template Kit

Elizabeth HarrinMost project managers will agree that meetings can be less than productive for their teams, as well as themselves. But there’s treatment available: Elizabeth Harrin’s “Meetings Template Kit” delivers a set of principles and tools for planning, conducting, and following up on efficient meetings. Five easily customized templates, a sample agenda, and a brief-but-thorough e-book, written in Elizabeth’s personable but professional style. Like a good meeting: quick, effective, and to the point.

Elizabeth, who blogs at “A Girl’s Guide to ProjectManagement,” is one of the most highly respected thought leaders in project management. Not because she is out testing the new frontiers, but because she writes about what we’re doing (or should be doing), right now. Her books, articles, and conference presentations are practical, immediately applicable, and as they say in the UK, spot on.

Highly recommended.

New PM Articles for the Week of October 26 – November 1

Blue BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 26 – November 1. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And don’t forget: Thursday, November 5, is International Project Management Day.

Must Read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the changes to the PMP exam, coming in January 2016. The changes reflect the findings of the most recent role delineation survey.
  • Peter Landau summarizes current trends in the online project management community, from International Project Management Day (November 5) to project leadership.
  • The October 2015 edition of Women Testers is now available, with articles on everything from mind mapping to stress and work, to the conclusion in their series about testing in the cloud. If you haven’t discovered this great online magazine, it’s time to catch up!

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Simona Fallavolita, who manages the PMP certification program, on the changes coming in January. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Pat Weaver tutors us on the differences between Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT).
  • Yasser Mahmud describes a methodology for assessing the maturity level of your PMO, and determining where to make improvements.
  • Mario Trentim has compiled a different sort of FAQ: Frequently Avoided Questions about PMO’s.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to complete a stakeholder register. Just four minutes, safe for work.
  • Ryan Ogilvie tells how to collect feedback, from deciding what you’ll do with it to closing the loop with the people who participated.
  • Linky van der Merwe takes the pulse of the Accidental Project Manager. Yup, still living…
  • Kenneth Darter examines the transition to production, or as he puts it,” The art of letting go.”

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski suggests a Kanban alternative to limiting work in progress: find the next task by working from right to left, backward from “done.”
  • Jared Smith shares a web site designer’s point of view on budgeting and estimating.
  • Mike Cohn on doing without a design phase: “Designers need to think holistically but work incrementally.”
  • Tom McFarlin contemplates the social nature of a software development team.
  • Thomas Carney shares a nice history of Scrum, plus links to other articles, resources and reference material. Highly recommended!

Applied Leadership

  • Liane Davey reflects on the delicate balance between “confident, capable, and solution-oriented” and being approachable.
  • Sarah Hood explains why saying “no” can be good for your career. And it’s not just about opportunity cost.
  • Art Petty continues his “Next Act” series for us older folks, with an interesting charge: focus on your superpower, meaning what you do best.
  • Melanie Pinola lists ten “soft skills” and provide links to resources that will help you develop them.
  • William Guinan tell us how to manage negative emotions.
  • Richard Lepsinger summarizes recent research into generational differences.
  • Coert Vissar: “Research suggests that performance goals in education are less effective than mastery goals.”