New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the E-Lesson Guru explains how to create a speedometer chart in Excel. Safe for work, just over 8 minutes.
Colin Ellis describes the characteristics and behaviors of the Conscious Project Leader.
Global project management thought leaders Rich Maltzman, Paola Morgese, Marisa Silva, and Jennifer Tharp have collaborated to create a movement that expects to change our values: The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects.
“We are uncovering better ways of incorporating Sustainability into Project, Program, and Portfolio Management. Through this work we have come to value:
Benefits realization over metrics limited to time, scope, and cost
Value for many over value of money
The long-term impact of our projects over their immediate results”
They go on to define global sustainability, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. They also articulate the benefits of sustainability in projects and provide a two-page list of links to supporting documents, blogs, and articles. Just eight slides, including the list of authors.
I can’t recommend this highly enough. Take the five minutes to read this, and share the ideas in it with your colleagues, your sponsors, and your management team.
We’re changing the world, anyway – let’s ensure we make that change sustainable.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Seth Godin on the difference between leadership and management. “The Beatles didn’t invent teenagers, they just showed up to lead them.”
Michael Mankin on the dark side of Metcalfe’s Law: “As the cost of communications decreases, the number of interactions increases exponentially, as does the time required to process them.”
Daniel Zacarias shows how working with stakeholders to better define the problem can give more useful and sustainable results than focusing on proposed solutions.
Michael Sueoka argues, “You shouldn’t always design what people want – you should design what people need.” What will you do with this? What will you be able to stop doing?
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project-Driven Creation,” a results-driven methodology handbook by Jo Bos, Ernst Harting and Marlet Hesslelink.
Peter Taylor and Karolina Jackson-Ward discuss value-driven leadership. About 42 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano mixes science fiction and religion in with his thoughts on three widely used marketing labels: “Web-based,” “Cloud,” and “Big Data.”
Robert Wysocki explains a lean bundled change management process that integrates well with the PRINCE2 stage planning process.
Ian Whittingham explains the Triple Constraint of project ethics: integrity, trust, and accountability.
Kerry Wills categorizes his meetings into five broad types, and tries to optimize the mix.
Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman on the estimating methods in her new book, “Predicting the Unpredictable.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn relates the Agile lesson learned from his recent “world’s shortest hotel stay.” Incremental delivery helps you recover from mistakes quickly.
Todd Holden describes “innovation days,” as events designed to foster innovations as a cultural value.
The Clever PM continues his occasional series on “why Agile isn’t working for me,” with observations on the impact of inadequate knowledge, commitment and progress.
Donna Reed summarizes the key messages from Stephen Denning’s book, “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.”
Aaron Smith reviews “Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance,” by Mario Moussa, Ph.D., Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry, Ph.D.
Bruce Harpham reviews “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever,” by Michael Stanier.
Liane Davey lays out guidelines for giving feedback to people who don’t report to you.
Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard on getting people to overcome their doubts and embrace change. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
Cameron Conaway reports on sledgehammer innovation, “What happens when a brilliant idea is paired with the grit of hard labor,” at Cree, an LED technology firm.
Art Petty interviews Eric Wallor and Michael Lucchesi, proprietors of a running coaching business, on why work ethic beats talent. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
John Goodpasture extols the virtues of the Excel Watch Window. It’s a floating collection of cell values from multiple workbooks, useful for auditing and debugging.
Ryan Ogilvie talks about that guy, who always seems to notice (and report) when something is amiss, and suggests we start treating him like an incident barometer.
Ugo Micoli examines BMW Group’s coming Centenary, as a look back and as an affirmation of identity, evolution, and independence.