New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 8 – 14. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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Elizabeth Harrin interviews author Jeff Furman on what’s changed in the second edition of “The Project Management Answer Book.”
Allen Ruddock reminds us that project problems are nearly always people problems.
Kelsey van Haaster explains the hierarchy of laws, theories, and hypotheses, and thus why Conway’s Law is no such thing.
Bruce Harpham addresses a persistent form of workplace evil: reports. Well, the ones that no one ever reads are evil, if you have to prepare them.
Nick Pisano refines the thoughts on extracting and analyzing data across projects that he expressed in a recent post.
Michael Ipsaro identifies three key knowledge resources for those engaged in either procuring or delivering IT services to the U.S. federal government.
Ryan Ogilvie points out the need to begin a service level management initiative with the development of a service catalog.
Saar Bitner demonstrates the problems of using Excel for data analysis, and proposes BI software as the more sustainable alternative. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn notes that, although the team needs to select their own sprint duration, sometimes the Scrum Master has to step in and make the decision.
Johanna Rothman suggest that there are times when you need to move away from iterations, and toward flow. Insert Kanban and Scrumban advocacy remarks here.
Charles Settles summarizes three popular team collaboration products, for non-traditional projects. Looking Ahead
Paul Baumgartner speculates on how project management, as a practice and a profession, will evolve over the coming years.
Jelani Harper identifies the business drivers for the Internet of Things in 2015.
Brad Egeland shares his “wish list” for project management in 2015. Risk Management
Glen Alleman explores managing in the presence of uncertainty, as expressed in Tim Lister’s statement, “Risk Management is project management for adults.”
Kailash Awati defines internally generated risks, and explains why they make risk management more difficult.
John Goodpasture shares the mixed metaphor of Black Elephants.
Eric Anderson summarizes the diplomatic aspects of enterprise risk management, as outlined in an article by Lawrence Quinn. Being Effective
Adriana Girdler lists her guiding beliefs, and argues that our beliefs drive our decisions and behavior.
Harry Hall notes the common reasons that people avoid goals, and tells us why we should set new ones and try once again to reach them.
Smita Mishra advises other women: forget about a mentor, and find yourself a sponsor.
Rich Maltzman shares a discovery: TuneIn.com, a site which allows you to discover and listen to radio content and podcasts from anywhere in the world. Pot Pouri
Scott Berkun notes that what you say is more important than what you think.
Adam Shostack addresses a pernicious trend: “It’s easier to snark than to contribute.”
Adrian Fittolani recalls how he learned to work long hours. And how he learned not
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 1 – 7. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Dominika Chambon provides the “how-to” for preventing scope creep and other profitability failure modes on a fixed-price project.
Glen Alleman puts systems engineering the in the enterprise IT domain into context, with examples of capabilities that drive the effort.
Kathleen O’Connor explore the difference between a project and a strategic initiative.
Michael Lopp on why so many software bugs are discovered in the wild, rather than in the QA lab: “Humans do strange shit to software …” Still, the QA mentality has value.
Ron Rosenhead notes that lesson learned are only valuable to the extent that we actually do something to implement what we’ve learned.
Harry Hall illustrates the strategy of risk avoidance with an embarrassing story.
Ryan Ogilvie takes a lesson from Star Trek on managing the risk of exceeding your scheduled maintenance down time window.
Nick Pisano reviews our current state of fragmented digitized project information management tools and describes what the integrated future state should be.
Gus Lawson shares an anecdote about helping a team improve their ability to collaborate with others, and summarizes the lessons learned.
Robert Martinez outlines an approach for building effective teams. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn makes the case for Scrum Master and Product Owner being two different people, not just different roles.
Johanna Rothman asks an interesting question: Who removes your obstacles?
John Goodpasture gets philosophical on the relationship between retrospection and management.
Sameer Patil reviews several alternative models for ordering your product backlog.
Sam Barnes provides the transcript of a Q&A he gave on managing digital projects. Podcasts and Videos
Samad Aidane interviews Todd Williams on how to buy project management consulting service. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior sits down with Personal Kanban guru Jim Benson to talk about matching work in progress (WIP) with capacity. Part 1 is just 11 minutes, all are safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff on getting your team to be a rock band! Or at least, one that rocks. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy and his two brothers compare notes on the practice of leadership in their respective industries. Just 54 minutes, safe for work. Being Effective
Cheri Baker ditched her Outlook, Kanban board, Evernote, Toodledo, and Onenote for … uh, a paper planner. Hey, organization is about the skills, not the tools!
Peter Saddington shares an infographic on how set a daily routine that will improve your effectiveness.
Seth Godin clarifies the relationships between goals, strategies, and tactics.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 24 – 30. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Patti Gilchrist has prepared a checklist of essential skills required in order to manage a Big Data project.
Kailash Awati tutors us on the Issue-Based Information System; how it has evolved, and how Glyma implements IBIS.
Glen Alleman lists the critical success factors from a 2010 IBM report on managing complex projects and programs.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes James Brown’s presentation on organizational change management at Synergy 2014.
Ryan Ogilvie explains the numbers used to express availability and uptime.
James Clifton does a quick overview, including pros and cons, of four digital project management apps: Wrike, Mavenlink, Clarizen, and ProWorkflow.
Mario Trentim points out that the key to stakeholder management is managing for the benefit of the stakeholders.
Henny Portman shares his updated stakeholder register.
Bruce Harpham publishes another one of his resource lists: 33 conflict management resources for project managers.
Allen Ruddock recommends that the PMO start with governance and work backwards from there.
Emanuele Passera applies the law of diminishing returns to explain why no solution is infinitely scalable.
Harry Hall reduces the “lessons learned” session down to three key questions. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman shares some recommendations for tackling complex, “wicked” problems.
Esther Derby considers the question: Has Agile crossed the chasm?
John Goodpasture summarizes key points from Scott Ambler’s presentation at a PMI event in Orlando. Not a receptive audience for this message, I’d guess.
Pawel Brodzinski relates the “happiness metric” used to gauge team morale with blood pressure, as a metric for impending damage to the organism.
Derek Huether reports that a patent for sale by Penn State might be the basis for future infringement suits, if you happen to be using certain common collaboration tools. Like a whiteboard and Post-it Notes. Podcasts and Videos
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Elizabeth Larson on using time management approach to improve our ability to manage project requirements. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
Craig Smith interviews Gojko Adzic on Agile methods ranging from XP to impact mapping to hamburger slicing. Just 45 minutes, safe for work. Becoming More Effective
Seth Godin contrasts the last minute with the deadline, and notes that they are two different things.
Mike Girdler lists five keys to achieving a rhythm of continuous improvement.
Soma Bhattacharya won’t tell us her New Year’s resolution, but she does share her strategy for keeping it.
Tony Adams channels Nathaniel Hawthorne, on the difficulty of getting the message just right, for the intended audience.
Kerry Wills invokes Stephen Covey and Bruce Willis with the admonition, “SFTU or STFU.”
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