Join Me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit

Successfully creating custom software for your organization is incredibly difficult – over 70% of all projects struggle or fail outright. You’ve probably seen some of these all-too-common issues:

  • Deploying late
  • Finishing over budget
  • Missing or buggy features
  • Requirements scope creep
  • Team miscommunication and conflict
  • “Shelfware” that is just not adopted by users
  • Projects not aligned to the organization’s strategy

And software projects can be a headache to hire for, manage, and architect well. But you can you start improving the odds of success, through a combination of awareness and choice.

The Conscious Software Development Telesummit

ConsciousnessJoin me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit, to be conducted from November 10th through the 21st, 2014. It’s easy to participate: just register for the summit for free, using your EMail. You’ll be able to download and listen to interviews conducted with more than twenty experts on software, team relations, strategy, project management, deployment and more. You’ll discover things that you don’t know that you don’t know about creating successful projects, building teams, and managing your software portfolio. This elite group of software superstars, best selling authors, popular podcasters, outstanding bloggers, and celebrity coaches are imparting decades of experience, wisdom, and some very generous free resources to help you begin making progress immediately.

This unique panel of experts is all unified under one vision; to empower you with practical understanding of how you can put their knowledge to use, bring consciousness to your software challenges and transform your work for the better. The subject of my interview, “The Zombie Apocalypse is Not an HR Product: How to Hire, Retain, and Develop the Living,” is just one topic among many designed for the IT manager and practitioner. Browse the list of speakers, and you’ll see many familiar names from my weekly round-ups.

Listen Offline!

You can listen to these MP3 interview recordings whenever and wherever you have the  time. Join other leading CIOs, VPs of Development, project managers, architects, stakeholders, end user champions, and all those want to bring more awareness and choice to the complex art of software creation. And I’m not just one of the speakers – I plan to listen to every one of these interviews!


New PM Articles for the Week of October 13 – 19

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 13 – 19. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin defines two key terms – dependencies and constraints – and then provides guidelines on how to identify them.
  • Glen Alleman shares the notes from his recent presentation on using technical performance with earned value.
  • Michael Ipsaro argues that large procurements need to link acquisition life cycle management with a product team that can give them continuous feedback.
  • John Goodpasture takes his turn at debunking the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Donald Patti applies a different experience set to the often-quoted Standish Report project success rates.
  • William Forgrave gives us the executive summary of his new book, on applying lessons learned from the Monty Python films to project management.
  • Brad Egeland concludes his series on why project deadlines get missed, and how to get back on track.
  • Deb Krizmanich and Frank Erschen give us the short version of their white paper on a structured decision-making process.
  • Ron Rosenhead approves of the UK government’s plan for a national exercise of their ability to respond to Ebola, and asks how we’re testing our project roll-out?
  • Nick Pisano points out that Excel and Powerpoint are not good platforms for managing strategic data.
  • James Brown reminds us that no tool can be better than its content.

Agile Methods

  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan continue their series summarizing the requirements chapter of their textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Molood Noori Alavijeh recommends we write our user stories with the same values that fiction writers use in crafting their stories.
  • David Anderson begins a series on when Kanban is appropriate approach for a specific workflow.


  • Bruce Benson recounts an anecdote that illustrates the power of knowing when to, “not fight it.”
  • Kevin Lonergan approaches risk management from a leadership perspective, to get the maximum participation from the team.
  • Rob Saxon summarizes several critical leadership habits and behaviors, as espoused by great historical leaders.
  • Mike Griffiths links worker retention and productivity with leadership and compassion.
  • Lynda Bourne summarizes the evolution of ethics and maps the PMI Code of Conduct to several historical belief systems.
  • Patti Gilchrist has assembled a “how-to” list for those who aspire to be bad managers. And for those who aspire to be good
  • Gina Abudi notes that the key to managing change is helping employees get past the obstacles to embracing that change.
  • Adriana Girdler enumerates a few things we should never do when managing organizational change.


New PM Articles for the Week of August 25 – 31

Balloon Over The RoofNew 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.