New 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.
- 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.
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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 14 – 20. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Oleksandr Drozd shares a graphic on increasingly distributed teams, and some best practices for managing geographically distributed project teams.
- Gina Abudi addresses the things we can do to facilitate decision making by members of our project team.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, on a case study of a rollout of Microsoft solutions presented by Gérald Morin and a panel discussion on PPM.
- Cecily Dennis and Dan Meers outline their process to develop data quality metrics, rapidly and repeatably.
- Johanna Rothman has an article published in a new, on-line quarterly called “Women Testers.” It looks like it will be an excellent resource.
- Nick Pisano gives us the benefit of his long experience with contract negotiations, in the form of critical success factors and an illustrative anecdote.
- Bassam Zarkout gives an excellent overview of the relationship between reactive e-discovery and proactive information governance.
- Calen Legaspi explores the productivity impact of accumulating technical debt.
- Andreas Eisele looks at technical debt with a project manager’s eye, and sees four viable approaches to preserving maintainability.
- John Reiling asks the rhetorical question, why is a PMO needed?
- Neil Killick shares his heuristic for “slicing” work into granular chunks, to facilitate collection of empirical data to support forecasting.
- Mike Cohn suggests we simplify ordering our backlog with just two priorities: “now” and “not now.”
- Andrea Brockmeier advocates for the daily standup, from a project manager’s perspective.
The Limits of Agility
- Glen Alleman points out the problem with incremental delivery, when the customer can’t derive value from the interim releases.
- Shim Marom sees a potential down side to the embrace of late changes inherent in Agile methods.
- Tushar Patel notes that Agile development presents problems for project managers, who still have responsibilities to stakeholders outside the team.
- Cheri Baker proposes a structure for ethical behavior in leaders and managers.
- Mariel Norton explores the impact of body language in meetings.
- Lindsay Scott explains how “impression management” applies in job interviews. Note that interviewers are trying to manage their impression of you, too!
- Jen Skrabak sees the increasingly common chief strategy officer as a potential career opportunity for portfolio managers.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Liz Pearce, CEO of project management software house LiquidPlanner. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Wayne Turmel, who says we need to meet like we mean it. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley share a Green IT webinar. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Melanie Franklin on her new book, presenting an Agile framework for planning and implementing change. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni provides some techniques for procrastinators. If you don’t click on this link right away, I’m sure she’ll understand.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 7 – 13. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:
- Craig Brown observes the effect that the company’s financial performance has on how we manage change.
- Adam Stone reports on efforts to secure the energy grid from malicious mischief. Or even acts of war.
- Gina Abudi suggests we consider the challenges of cultural diversity on geographically distributed teams in terms of risks we need to manage.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman notes that the Minimum Viable Product mindset, popular in certain product development circles, doesn’t consider enterprise business needs.
- Nick Heath reports on some of the imbedded system prototypes and single-function servers built using the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
- Andy Jordan describes his vision of an enterprise PMO, with a number of support structures to provide guidance throughout the organization.
- Nick Pisano replies to my recent post on defining project success, centered on disruptive change and the potential impact of change management.
- Lynda Bourne explains stakeholder theory, as conceived by Ed Freeman. The ethics component matters deeply!
- Suzanne Lucas recently saw an article on bad parenting behaviors by a British nanny; Suzanne interprets the same behaviors as bad management.
- Bart Gerardi enumerates the costs of scope and requirements changes on the project, and on the team.
- Cheri Baker has been experimenting again. This time: co-working! Also known as, “Working in an open space with other people around.” Well, maybe not …
- Kerry Wills objects to long Emails, for many reasons. For one thing, they’re … long.
- Mike Cohn suggests we select backlog items that will serve an additional purpose – like risk management, or the chance for the team to learn.
- Henny Portman shares the white paper (in English) synopsis of his recent book (in Dutch) on managing Agile projects, using Atern.
- Donna Reed considers a range of metrics for measuring the success of an Agile project manager.
- Vandana Roy considers the merits of Scrum and Kanban, and which one would prevail in a fight. No, not really …
- Elizabeth Harrin extracts some key points from “Business Networking,” by Will Kintish, to explain why you must network.
- Penelope Trunk explains why keeping you options open leads to failure; only full commitment succeeds!
- Lyndsey Gilpin trots out some statistics on the state of women in technology. If you’re a people manager, you have a chance to help shape a better future.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Jonathan Creaghan on why we just make stuff up, more or less. Just 40 minutes, safe for work. I’m not making this up …
- Samad Aidane share a four part video version of his “ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual.” Each part is about 11 minutes, and all are safe for work.
- Craig Smith interviews Alan Bustamante on conflict resolution and starting Xcelerate Partners, as well as all things Agile. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.