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 July 28 – August 3. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Todd Williams shares some insights gleaned from litigation over failed projects. Unless you only manage internal projects with in-house staff, you need to read this!
Glen Alleman articulates the key distinctions between fit for purpose and fit for use, and applies them to project management.
Pat Weaver outlines method for preventing, minimizing, or at least making visible, delays due to client inaction.
Andy Jordan presents an interesting case study of an outsourced portfolio management office. Or more accurately, outsourced PMO services. PM Best Practices
Pollyanna Pixton notes that it’s easy to get metrics wrong, and explains how to design them to be effective.
Craig Brown vents at project management textbooks that get the work breakdown structure wrong.
Bryan Barrow points out that there are some things that Kanban software can’t do as well as Gant charting software.
Bruce Harpham offers a few stress management best practices.
Elizabeth Harrin provides an executive summary of PMI’s “ Navigating Complexity” practice guide. PMI members can download the guide at no charge.
Kailash Awati mines a paper from the British Medical Journal for an understanding of how organizations deal with human error: scapegoats and systems.
Kiron Bondale lists the stakeholder questions you want to answer in your project kickoff meeting.
Gina Abudi details a set of roles and responsibilities for team decision making.
Nick Pisano considers the early stages of project execution, as the team establishes its operating rhythm.
Dan Stober shares the Q&A from his recent webinar on the project manager as business analyst. Agile Methods
Mike Burrows recounts his experience with implementing Kanban with a new team, and how they evolved from a generic process to just what they needed.
John Goodpasture expounds on the need for Agile methods to take compliance with external requirements (say, auditors and regulatory agencies) into account.
Shim Marom considers (and questions) the incremental value of “deeper” retrospectives. Professional Development
Cheri Baker recounts her recent experience with a French client who wasn’t enchanted with her “American cheerfulness.” Time to recalibrate!
Scott Berkun provides a master course in refining and delivering your pitch, so that your ideas get the traction they deserve.
Lynda Bourne details the steps in building your personal brand, and leveraging your knowledge of your business contact’s brand.
Karina Keith shares some factoids about the profession of project management, to help you get a little perspective. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Ky Nichol on the challenges of managing event projects like the World Cup and the Olympics. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Troy Magennis on how to apply the lessons from Money Ball to portfolio management. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Wheatley speaks with SAP America VP of Global Operations Tina Rosario on the growing importance of data governance. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley share a video of a presentation on innovation by former Obama administration CTO Aneesh Chopra. Over an hour, safe for work.
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I can’t believe I’m linking to Yet Another “Weird Al” Yankovic video, but here it is. It seems that Al culled mission statements from a wide variety of organizations and put them to music, based on Stephen Stills’ love song to Judy Collins, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Warning: I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or seek medical attention, but it will definitely impact the way I talk about project goals.
Craig Brown for calling my attention to this one.