New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 10 – 16. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Wayne Grant is fighting waste and tracking investment with snakes and ladders, in order to maximize productivity. Not the board game, by the way.
- Elizabeth Harrin has published a new edition of her book, “Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World.”
- Jiju Nair outlines the key to making outsourcing work.
- Samad Aidane shows us his project management tool kit and interviews Jennifer McNulty and Rafa Ballesteros on managing localization projects.
- Doug Jackson lists the skills and abilities needed for a good requirements analyst.
- Peter Saddington’s webinar, “How to Grow High Performance Teams through Mentorship” is now available; just 55 minutes, safe for work.
- Vivek Wadha gives us some tips on how to give a great presentation.
- Laura Burford describes the ways in which vendors and clients talk past each other.
- Scott Berkun reminds us to make a list.
- Shim Marom explains the difference between an estimate and a guess.
- Patrick Richard also takes up the difference, including BEG’s, WAG’s, and EWAG’s.
- Neill Killick publishes Chris Chapmen’s interview questions, on his view of #NoEstimates.
- Glen Alleman writes his last post on #NoEstimates. I’ll believe THAT when I don’t see the next one.
- Don Kim reports on the pending failure of the British government’s Biggest Agile Project in the World.
- Several veteran PMI bloggers identify what they feel are the critical skill sets for project managers.
- Ron Rosenhead explores that common expression, “Sounds like a plan.” But, is it?
- Bertrand Duperrin identifies why mobile applications are so hard to do well.
- Martin Webster shows us how to make a stakeholder map.
- Chuck Morton concludes his series on the change management process.
- Kerry Wills asks you to please not attach ginormous files to your meeting invitations, when a link will do.
- Cheri Baker shares her work-life balance strategy: ten mini-vacations a year.
Remember: Beginning on July 31, 2013, the PMP exam will be based on the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK. Schedule accordingly, and don’t wait until the last minute!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 1 – 7. Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Chuck Inman explains how to get through the three phases of change.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work,” by Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon.
- Kailash Awati explains that the changes being driven by commoditization and the cloud won’t be easily managed.
- Daniel Burrus says the problem isn’t our legacy technology; it’s our legacy thinking that keeps us from transforming our businesses.
- Cheri Baker is taking on a change management project – she’s changing herself into a morning person. Run away! Run away!
- Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, schedules 90 minutes to two hours of “nothing” every day, so he’ll have time to do his job.
- Donna Reed is scheduling a series of “Business and Agile” webinars. “How does one adopt Agile in a way that makes sense for their organization?”
- Jesse Fewell had a quandary – four teams, all using different Agile estimation methods. How to combine them into a single budget for executive approval?
- Mike Griffiths notes that obsession with velocity is causing … well, a racing mentality.
- Wayne Grant gives us a peek into his “Agile Kit,” sort of a survival kit for traveling Scrum Masters. Electrical tape and masking tape, but no duct tape?
- Glen Alleman and Shim Marom are each writing reviews of John Goodpasture’s new book, “Maximizing Project Value.”
- Alison Smith had planned for the possibility, but the impact was greater than expected. Is there a snow storm in your risk register?
- Kenneth Darter explores the process of handling issues (which is different from managing risks, because the event has actually occurred).
- Marian Woods has some tips for managing distributed project teams.
- Margaret Meloni shares some tips for conducting virtual meetings. She even presents a virtual lesson, via YouTube!
- Mark Norman gives us 7 questions to ask when defining project scope during the initiation phase. The quality of your questions determines your result and I think Mark provides some good ones.
- Steve Hart brings us back to the basics of planning and conducting effective meetings.
- Conrado Morlan shares his ten commandments of EMail communications. On stone tablets? I hope not … My inbox is already pretty full.
- Chip Camden responds to a question about the pros and cons of leaving consulting for a full-time job.
- Nathan Daniels is looking for a job, and he’s largely unimpressed with Fortune 500 job portals.
- Patti Gilchrist looks at how effective IT Governance replaces the heroic “Superman” culture and provides samples of proven planning techniques to assist in informed prioritization.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 11 – 17. Dave and Sandra read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Andy Jordan reminds us that the way we deal with stressful situations is what defines us as leaders.
- Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow identify six barriers to customer centricity. Extracted from their book, “Customer-centric Project Management.”
- Peter Tarhanidis asserts that the customer mindset is always right.
- Shim Marom presents a decision tree on “Should you attend that meeting?” courtesy of Elizabeth Grace Saunders.
- Gary Laverty reviews Charles Tryon’s third edition of “Managing Organizational Knowledge.”
- Frank Saladis has a new book out, “Positive Leadership in Project Management.”
- Samad Aidane interviews Lina Echeverria, author of “Idea Agent,” 63 minutes. Also Geoff Trickey on risk personality types, 45 minutes. Both safe for work.
- John Simko shares specific criteria when doing nothing is the appropriate action.
- Dave Prior continues his interview with Personal Kanban author Jim Prior. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- LeRoy Ward notes that, if your organization isn’t good at project management, Agile practices will like make a bad situation worse.
- Ben Ferris shares five tips for making better decisions.
- Bruce Benson notes that finding the root cause of your current problems is the first step; looking at alternatives comes later.
- Chuck Morton explains risk buffers, using the example of a daily commute.
- APQC has released a best-practices study called “Effective Project Management Offices.”
- Roz Baker lists the bare minimum fields required in a defect log. Her definition of “PICNIC” is at the bottom, next to the smiley face.
- Andrew Makar presents a great tutorial on how to create a custom status report within Project 2010.
- Sue Cochran creates a Project Charter primer by defining the core charter
- Whitson Gordon sings the praises of Evernote. (And so do I!)
- Brett Beaubouef explains the basic equation of requirements management: What + Why = How.
- Patrick Richard shares insights from a Harvard Business Review blog post, on why employers aren’t filling their open jobs.
- Toni Bowers has a short list of meaningless phrases you should remove from your resume. Like “responsible for …”
- Chip Camden addresses the question of whether age-ism is a factor for us IT consultants. And then he shaves off his beard!
- Amanda Augustine has some pointers for IT types who need to perfect their pitch. Elevator pitch, that is.
- Srinivasa Rao has been observing the behavior of his Generation Y colleagues, and thinks they will change the way projects are managed.
- Venkat Rao addresses the biological aspects of curiosity, and ranges from boredom to the destruction of the universe. Long, but a worthwhile read.