New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman channels W. Edwards Deming, to make the point that management is about prediction, and thus estimation.
Rachel Matthews provides some insights on selecting contingent workers, also known as “temps,” for engineering roles.
Bruce Benson reports on the finger-pointing lawsuits counter-filed by Oracle and the State of Oregon, from their failed Cover Oregon healthcare website.
Ireti Oke-Pollard offers some thoughts on how to improve software testing, by thinking like users.
Dave Wakeman shares his insights on leading with integrity, following recent media reports on failures of leadership in politics and sports.
Brad Egeland continues his series on the seven areas for project managers to focus on.
Patti Gilchrist applies lessons from art (Pablo Picasso) to structuring project management presentations. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski tells why values and principles are more important than practices, techniques, tools, and methods.
Jesse Fewell crunches the numbers to see which organizations are winning the “Agile certification wars.” All we are saying is give PMI-ACP a chance …
Johanna Rothman fine-tunes a post by Glen Alleman that management is prediction.
John Goodpasture applies a little physics to understand the drop in productivity, once the team hits 70% throughput capacity.
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a “soup recipe” for building self-organizing teams.
Madhavi Ledalla rises to the challenge of conducting retrospectives with a distributed team.
Martin LaPointe tells how his family used Scrum to self-organize their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal. Following the Trends
Jennifer Zaino notes that, as the digital universe doubles in size every two years, data centers are evolving rapidly for high-density, green operations.
Kailash Awati explores the ironies of standardization and outsourcing enterprise IT.
Suzanne Lucas tells the story of an inflexible management team that couldn’t manage their “flexible” star employee. Professional Development
Podcasts and Videos
Michel Dion shares some feedback for you podcasters. Not the kind that blows out your speakers … the helpful kind.
Cesar Abeid interviews Tim Stringer on his approach to “holistic productivity,” which he developed while being treated for cancer. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Rachel Gertz on applying psychological tools to project management. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
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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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