New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Leadership, Mistakes, and Failure
- Loren Thompson adds his assessment of the HealthCare.gov problems, and finds that most of the fault lies with the government agency that managed the project.
- Martin Webster makes the case that mistakes are good for business.
- Glen Alleman counters, saying that learning from mistakes is overrated.
- Dick Billows analyzes the “project failure is unacceptable” meme as a failure of executive leadership.
- Sharon Florentine looks at the data to determine why so many IT projects are failing. “Consolidation and cost-cutting have really taken their toll.”
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Anne Eisenberg reports on progress in developing algorithms to read your facial expression from your web camera. “You seem bored. Shall I speed up the game?”
- Zack Whittaker reports that PC shipments are declining even faster than expected. Are you getting ready for the post-PC computing environment?
PM Best Practices
- Susan Madsen argues that the “iron triangle” metaphor for project constraints is outdated.
- Mike Clayton suggests that, as project managers, we work in six different modes.
- Peter Tarhanidis explains how to integrate change management with project management.
- Lynda Bourne tells us how to deal with a toxic professional relationship.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an excerpt from her chapter in the “Gower Handbook of People in Project Management,” on managing social communications in projects.
- Gary Nelson demonstrates how to capture our attention, by recounting an eye-opening flight on Aeroflot.
- Andy Makar shows how to identify potential problems in MS Project using custom filters.
- Duncan Haughey tells us of a phenomenon he calls “the sudden go-live realization.”
- Allen Ruddock walks us through the key planning points for a go-live.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sarita Maybin on her presentation at SoTeC, “How to get more done with less stress.” Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Michael Sliwinski, creator and chief user of productivity tool Nozbe. Just 39 minutes, safe for work, and perfect for you GTD geeks!
- Barry Hodge shared a cool little video on the science of procrastination. Less than three minutes, but if you really need it, you’ll put it off.
- Dave Prior interviews author and information architect Dan Brown on how designers and project teams can deal with conflicts and communicate together better.
- David DeWitt clarifies, “Agile itself is not a methodology; it’s a mindset.”
- Toni Bowers ticks off five things that hiring managers do that tick off job candidates.
- Peter Saddington puts on his career coach hat and advises, “Know yourself.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Kailash Awati examines the gap between the idealized representations of business processes we design into our enterprise systems and actual day-to-day work patterns.
- Ugo Micoli recaps an unscientific (but still interesting) survey and comments from a LinkedIn group: What is the top reason for unsuccessful projects?
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bjarte Bogsnes, VP of Performance Management Development at Statoil, on applying the principles of Beyond Budgeting.
- PMI has published a series of research reports related to making the PMO a strategic force. Called “Strategic Initiative Management,” it’s definitely worth a read.
- Cyndee Miller reports from the PMO Symposium 2013 in San Diego.
- Andy Jordan contemplates the Enterprise PMO – a shared-services model – and what it means for IT and the rest of the organization.
- Henny Portman share a quick reference chart showing how a number of standards, frameworks, and other references models are related.
PM Best Practices
- Andy Makar summarizes a project schedule quality assessment prepared by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
- Glen Alleman notes a problem with emergent design: letting capabilities emerge is not the same thing as letting requirements emerge. The traditional term is a “scope change.”
- Allen Ruddock extols the virtues of presenting progress in terms of milestones.
- Philip Smith offers a model for how resistance to change evolves over time, and some of the factors that drive resistance.
- Anya Faingersh recaps the finer points of delegating.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Barbara Trautline about her new book, Change Intelligence. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Nancy Duarte on how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Rich Maltzman on sustainable project management. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Michiko Diby shares some thoughts on the Agile state of mind, as an introduction to a presentation on Agile leadership by Paul Ellarby. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Cyrille Dupuydauby notes that Agile is failing organizations, because the goals of the organization are not addressed by Agile methods.
- Chuck Snead describes an effective application of Agile, where Scrum provides a framework for structuring Extreme methods, within the context of a project.
- Pawel Brodzinski examines the “context switching tax” paid by teams working on multiple simultaneous projects.
- Terry Bunio returns from the SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg with enough new information to make a more nuanced assessment of #NoEstimates..
- Venkat Rao weaves together a thesis of emancipation and self-limiting aspirations, based on Tolstoy and Checkov. Excellent, but not for the casual reader.
- John Goodpasture summarizes General Colin Powell’s approach to “consuming analysis,” as recounted by a former intelligence community executive.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Andrea Brockmeier recommends: if some project team members have to call in to a meeting, then everyone should, in order to level the playing field.
- Don Kim has discovered a new book, the “A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge.” But Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber is calling bullshit.
- Jon Whitty argues that project management professional bodies are hampered by their business model from providing current knowledge and actionable information.
The Strategic View
- Daniel Burrus: “IT is quickly becoming an integrated collection of intelligent services that are on demand, on the move, and on any device.”
- Elizabeth Harrin has prepared an infographic on the benefits of project governance.
- Anya Faingersh expands on her earlier post regarding the Craftsman / Scientist / Artist framework to address the age-old question: can a non-expert lead experts?
PM Best Practices
- Shim Marom contemplates leadership agility, and the path to business agility.
- Johanna Rothman has some thoughts on creating a healthy project culture.
- Will Kelly shares some thoughts on making project management a team skill and behavior.
- Andy Jordan offers some advice on managing high-achievers (and their egos).
- Peter Taylor offers some tips on preparing for and delivering presentations.
- Glen Alleman addresses the potential for success with fixed dates, a fixed budget, and a list of promised features (AKA scope).
- Brad Egeland lists a few things your customer wishes you understood about them and the project.
- Audrey Thomas has some specifics on how we can apply Lean thinking to our projects.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Harvey Maylor on his research into complexity, success criteria, and causes of error. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Annetta Cheek, from the Center for Plain Language. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Samad Aidane on applications of cultural neuroscience for project managers. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares the most commonly asked questions asked during Scrum Master and Scrum Product owner training.
- Derek Huether has prepared a Cheat Sheet to help new team members understand the activity of grooming your backlog.
- Kelsey van Haaster tells the story of introducing Scrum to her organization, in the worst possible scenario, and how things are going twelve months on.
- Michiko Diby explains how her team shortened their stand-up from 30-45 minutes down to a more productive 10-20 minutes.
- Lynda Bourne references studies that have found physical changes in people provided with certain information, and what that means for your change initiative.
- John Goodpasture has some advice, one consultant to another: be selective about your clients. And don’t be afraid to de-select the bad ones!