New PM Articles for the Week of June 29 – July 5

Red Balloon OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 29 – July 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Our theme this week is productivity and job satisfaction. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Travis Bradberry clues us in to what the most productive people do differently.
  • Suzanne Lucas reveals some interesting nuggets in a recent survey: we feel overwhelmed at work, but 86 percent of us are still motivated.
  • Susanne Madsen points out that engaging the project team and including them in the planning process reduces the amount of “chasing” required to get them to complete their tasks.

PM Best Practices

  • Michael Wood questions some of our assumptions about project management.
  • David Cotgreave lists the benefits of outsourcing project management.
  • Glen Alleman notes that “populist books” generally don’t provide enough of an understanding to actually use most of the ideas In them.
  • Andy Jordan examines change management at the portfolio level.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn argues that the product owner needs to take a product life-cycle view when prioritizing development.
  • Rick Waters explains how to track and communicate accumulated technical debt with a fishing metaphor.
  • Marco Behler finally finished his Customer Requirements eBook. Subtitle: “Everything Programmers Need to Know Before Writing Code.”

 

Podcasts and Videos

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a video from the APM’s Women in Project Management SIG, on PM careers for women. Less than five minutes, safe for work.
  • Rich Maltzman presents a recent announcement from GreenTouch, a telecom service provider consortium achieving astounding power reduction results. Four minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton have a wide-ranging chat on their recent reading, including things that echo Travis Bradberry’s message. Just 50 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

My Presentation at the CAMP IT Portfolio Management Conference

CAMP IT PresentationOn Friday, I presented my case study, “Getting From 23 to One: Merging Systems after the Mergers” at the CAMP IT Portfolio Management conference here in Las Vegas. The two day conference drew attendees from 15 states and Canada, with titles ranging from Executive Director of Execution and Governance to EPMO and PMO Directors. Many of the folks I met were with public sector organizations and higher education, although there were a lot of corporate types, too.

The case study analyzes the transformation of the HR and Payroll systems portfolio during my tenure at MGM Resorts International, following several intense years of mergers and acquisitions, while constructing three new resorts. I described how we applied a portfolio management approach to aligning with the business strategy, selecting and sequencing projects, managing enterprise risk, and reacting to major events. In addition, I talked about getting and maintaining stakeholder alignment, partnering with the procurement team, and lessons learned. I’ve made the slide deck available for download here.

Dave and Randy at the Coffee TableIf you’re sorry you missed it, organizer Randy Wimmer tells me they expect to repeat next year, here in Las Vegas. CAMP IT conducts conferences throughout the year, on a variety of IT subjects. Note: that enormous pastry on the left is actually a frosted hub cap. I backed away slowly, so it wouldn’t attack.

New PM Articles for the Week of May 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Rich Maltzman presents a Venn diagram, showing the overlap between project management competencies and sustainability competencies.
  • Lynda Bourne give us a history lesson on how theories of motivation have evolved since the early 20th
  • Craig Curran-Morton puts change management and benefits realization into focus as success drivers for today’s projects.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Joe Griffith at the recent PMI Global Congress EMEA, on how to use stories in your project communications.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews project manager, author, and blogger Michel Dion on his new book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham summarizes the lessons he’s applied from Atul Gawande’s book, “The Checklist Manifesto.”
  • Shawn Dickerson quotes recent surveys that detail the sorts of meeting dysfunctions commonly found in modern organizations.
  • Brad Egeland shares some recommendations for keeping your project sponsor engaged.
  • Bernadine Douglas points out a few of the ways that a project manager can lose the trust of their stakeholders.
  • Allen Ruddock has assembled a list of controls for adoption by the new PMO.
  • Susanne Madsen interviews Benoit Jolin, a project leader from Expedia, on what distinguishes an outstanding project leader.
  • Andy Jordan describes a new role for the project manager in the overall portfolio – implementing organizational strategy.
  • Harry Hall lists several practical ways to motivate your team.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman announces the early release of her not-quite-ready new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” at LeanPub.com. Perfection is over-rated.
  • Mike Cohn explains why perfect attendance is not required at the product refinement backlog meeting.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy applies lessons from a session on raising resilient kids to building resilient Scrum teams.
  • Henny Portman reviews David J. Anderson’s book, “Kanban: Successful evolutionary change for your technology business.”
  • Bruno Silva makes the case that the tester is also a software developer.

Nerd Links

  • Peter Saddington summarizes six online resources where you can finally learn to code (or finally get around to learning Java).
  • Adam Shostack points out the absurdities in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls, as applied to encryption software.
  • Kailash Awati examines the text mining capabilities of R, the open source statistical package, using extracts from old blog posts as a database.
  • Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the low-power devices that will make up the Internet of Things. Note to self: don’t let the new refrigerator open its own Netflix account.

 

Enjoy!