New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:
- Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
- Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
- Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.
PM Best Practices
- Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
- PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
- Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
- Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
- Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
- Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
- Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.
- Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
- John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
- Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
- Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
- Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
- Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
- Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
- Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
- Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
- Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.