New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Anna Hartley contrasts value engineering and simple gold plating.
- Nick Pisano dives into the definition and validation of framing assumptions, as a potential warning sign of impending project failure.
- John Goodpasture uses physics to explain why traffic in the slow lane moves faster as volume builds, and then applies the same principal to prove Brooks’ Law!
- Glen Alleman gives a quick summary of “The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software,” by Barry Boehm and Jo Ann Lane.
- Gary Hamilton and Jon McGowan share their best practices for managing projects with regulatory compliance as a critical success factor.
- Pat Weaver explains that good policy flows from the intersection of morals, ethics, values, and principals, and shows how they interrelate.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy criticizes financial incentives applied without an attempt to understand the problem.
- Mark Mullaly prescribes some actions to engage absentee sponsors.
- Bruce Harpham looks for negative cues – thing that should have happened, but didn’t – as a diagnostic for project health.
- Kerry Wills believes that the principal difference between project success and failure lies in issue management.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews two project management software collaboration products: activeCollab and twProject.
- Peter Taylor, author of “The Lazy Project Manager,” reminds us that you can work too hard to be effective in your job.
- Peter Saddington shares an interesting story of how lazy out-performs smart, if you give it a chance.
- Johanna Rothman reminds us that Agile and Lean are beneficial tools, but we have to adapt our culture to get any benefit from them. Of course, that takes time.
- Mike Cohn insists that while story points are about time, they shouldn’t be equated to some number of hours. It’s about relative time – so, Einstein was Agile?
- Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns.
- Liz Keogh explains the difference between goals and capabilities.
- Manas Shirode coins a new phrase: Bonsai waterfall.
- Tushar Patel thinks that portfolio-management approaches can help project managers cope with Agile practices.
- Coert Visser addresses the “curse of knowledge,” and offers some ways to avoid talking past our stakeholders.
- Erin Carson advocates the PMP as a career development tool for engineers and software developers.
- Tom Taylor posts a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the “ups and downs” of managing projects and programs.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Jorge de la Guardia, on the history and future of the Panama Canal. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior is starting a new series of podcasts with Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal, on current trends in Agile. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Shawn Dickerson on the demand for leadership from project managers. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 8 – 14. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman summarizes the Government Accounting Office’s findings on the root cause of the HealthCare.gov website problems. “Ineffective planning and oversight …”
- Bruce Benson also reviews the problems identified by the GAO and comes to a different conclusion: they need brutal honesty in order to establish realistic expectations.
- Russell Whitworth says the key to successful projects is to identify success criteria, and then monitor and manage to them.
- Michel Dion articulates three keys to project management: identify the intended results, be decisive, and take action.
- Harry Hall helps us get past the terminology gap, between what we know about project management and what our sponsors and stakeholders don’t
- Johanna Rothman explores the relationship between cost, value, and investment for portfolio management in a new series.
- Henny Portman shares an article on building a project portfolio prioritization model, to be part of his upcoming book.
- Mike Griffiths has a few suggestions for managing the Millenials, in the modern world of frequent job changes and unrealistic expectations.
- Kerry Wills touts the virtues of planning a schedule from left to right; in other words, calculating the end date, rather than having one imposed as a constraint.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Glip, a project collaboration site with instant messaging and some interesting integrations with other commonly used tools.
- Shim Marom shares the slide deck from his Australia PMI conference presentation, “Transform Yourself From Traditional to Agile Project Manager.”
- Dave Prior constructs a self-assessment tool for “recovering PM’s” who are embracing Agile, and want to measure their progress. “Recovering?” Egad …
- Mike Cohn explains that the primary benefits of story points is a standardized measure of effort, independent of the skill level of the programmer.
- Meghana Niranjan presents Poka-Yoke 101, or for us non-Japanese speakers, an introduction to mistake proofing. The examples are more than enough reason to read this.
- Aby League clarifies how the Pomodoro Technique works, and how such a personal time management approach can fit in with Agile teams.
- John Goodpasture assigns ownership of delivering the value described in the business case to the product manager.
Following the Trends
- Janet Wagner provides a current-state view of cognitive computing and identifies several companies producing cognitive apps.
- Zach Watson sees opportunity for project management in the Internet of Things.
- Peter Saddington reports on research linking social collaboration and the evolution of brain size.
- Bertrand Duperrin interviews Manuel Diaz on the intersection of the customer experience and digital models.
- Kailash Awati interviews organization psychologist Dr. Neil Preston on exchanging the hero myth for an ethical approach to organizational change management.
Podcasts and Videos
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a video from Masaaki Imai, founder of the Kaizen Institute, on continuous improvement across the organization. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Shawn Dickerson of AtTask on the future of project management, and re-connects with Farnoosh Brock. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joan Vincent on how the Wideman Education Foundation develops project management skills in young people. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni expands on her last post, on strategic reserve time, to show how to avoid starting off behind schedule. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 1 – 7. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture educates us on the art and science of preparing a request for proposal, or RFP. Must reading!
- Paul Glen explains why one person can’t be a project manager and a programmer, at the same time.
- Michel Dion walks us through the process of taking over a project from a departing project manager.
- Glen Alleman recounts the development of multi-criteria decision analysis.
- Bruce Benson shares a lesson learned from Little Caeser’s Pizza restaurants: small changes are sometimes enough to get big results.
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation to the Ireland Chapter of PMI, delivered by Mike Hughes, Office Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland.
- Gina Abudi reveals her secrets of evaluating the culture of a client organization.
- Nick Pisano tells why measuring technical achievement matters and how fits in with other progress metrics.
- Kenneth Darter lists the attributes of an effective project sponsor.
- Mike Cohn defends the notion that story points are about time and level of effort, rather than just complexity.
- Bart Gerardi looks at Agile anti-patterns, starting with translating story points to effort hours.
- David Baker explores how the business analyst fits into the Scrum framework.
- David Anderson explains how risk affects work in progress, using a real life example: the number of shirts he should keep in his closet.
- Tobias Mayer gives a tongue-in-cheek explanation of how to scale Agile, the same way you would scale a fish. Excellent!
Following the Trends
- Nick Heath reports that IT outsourcing firms in India are automating many of their technical jobs. Salaries are skyrocketing due to competition for engineers!
- Mike Frandsen reflects on how the move to continuous development at Workday has benefitted their customers and increased the pace of innovation.
- Jelani Harper gives us the background on data governance programs.
- Suzanne Lucas gives us Boomers and Gen-X types a few cultural insights (OK, warnings) on how these recent graduates will change our workplace.
- Lindsay Scott uses a cautionary anecdote to lead up to the question: What was the last conscious thing you did to benefit your PM career?
- Andrea Brockmeier shares her thoughts on preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.
- Michael Lopp describes your elusive but hyper-effective colleague, The Wolf.
- Susanne Madsen offers three critical questions that you can use to solicit feedback.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Patrick Coffin and Dustin Kahia on their upcoming film, “Call of the Void,” and movie project management. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews author Mark Phillips on his new book, “Reinventing Communication.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni defines strategic reserve time, in the context of teams for whom the project is not their sole responsibility.