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 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.



New PM Articles for the Week of May 11 – 17

Decision SignNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 11 – 17. Our theme this week is decision-making. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Seth Godin lays out the precepts of decision hygiene – improving your ability to be decisive by clearing away the clutter that slows down decision-making.
  • Paul Ritchie frames the new requirements for PMP continuing education in terms of what happens when “technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise” are absent.
  • Kailash Awati and Simon Buckingham Shum look at the metaphors that drive our understanding of technology, especially Big Data.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman points out key differences between two probability-based forecasting approaches: Bootstrapping and Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Peter Tarhanidis promotes the basics of establishing a decision-making process.
  • Bruce Harpham provides his analysis of the new PMP continuing education requirements.
  • Henny Portman explores ways to apply the concept of organizational energy to project portfolio management.
  • Bart Gerardi begins a series on organizational agility – what it is, the forces driving it, and the defining characteristics of an agile organization.
  • Gina Abudi introduces a series of case studies that demonstrate how to convert change resistors into change champions.
  • Ryan Ogilvie disputes the old saying, “Good, fast, or cheap – pick any two.” We need to find the appropriate balance between the three.
  • Fintan Manning notes five exciting improvements coming in Microsoft Project 2016.
  • Kerry Wills gives us a preview of his latest book, “Assessing IT Projects,” due in June.

Agile Methods

  • John Goodpasture considers where verification and validation fit in to Agile practices.
  • Mike Cohn gives us a nice explanation of that time-boxed research activity known as a spike.
  • Gil Broza explains the Agile concept of deferring decisions, and some related decision-making principles.
  • Kelsey van Haaster looks at the way that the growing complexity of Agile practices has brought us away from Agile principles.

Management without the Pointy Hair

  • Mike Griffiths identifies the counter-productive attributes of open space offices, co-location, and “managing by walking around.”
  • Pawel Brodzinski explains why he wants more women on his development team. Entirely aside from the fact that they constitute more than 50% of the population …
  • Allen Ruddock details the process of hiring the right project manager, from strategy to tactics.
  • Harry Hall recalls a “project superhero” who might have done more long-term harm to the organization than short-term good.
  • Bruce Benson shares what he learned about setting goals from not finishing his first two marathons.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her daily video diary from the PMI Global Congress EMEA in London. Three parts (links to the other days on the page), 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Cohn following his keynote for the recent Scrum Gathering, on being open to admit you might be wrong. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Profess Stephen Wearne on managing urgent projects. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Ian Jones and Korrine Jones at the LEADit service management conference in Melbourne. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.