My new article for AITS.org just went live. It poses a challenge that illustrates a common problem in training: context. If the people being trained don’t have the proper background knowledge and experience, you’re just setting them up for frustration and failure.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Kevin Coleman identifies five technologies that will drive a trillion dollars in spending by 2020. Just the Internet of Things and 3D Printing are enough to revolutionize entire industries.
- Jinesh Parekh describes microservices, an emerging architecture model for software development that leverages language-independent API’s. Picture a network of black boxes …
- Bertrand Duperrin decries the triumph of “content” over “information,” and the abandonment of journalism in favor of attracting attention. Clicks rule? Not for the audience!
- Elizabeth Harrin reports the results of her survey on how we use collaboration tools.
- Nick Pisano suggests a framework for better project metrics and indicators, using direct and indirect measurements.
- John Goodpasture summarizes four “big ideas” or movements in product and process quality in a Slideshare presentation.
- Steven Levy introduces a series on “failure plans” with a great example: Bruce Springsteen’s concert sound system.
- Glen Alleman provides an overview of software engineering economics.
- Neil Killick tries to find the common ground between the #NoEstimates advocates and the folks who insist that estimates are needed.
- Johanna Rothman concludes her series on balancing resource efficiency and flow efficiency, with parts 4 and 5.
- Mike Cohn notes that upfront analysis and design is like insurance: the trick is to buy just enough to avoid excess re-work.
- Pankaj Srivastava explains the fundamentals of test-driven development.
- Alena Kuzniatsova shows an online Ishikawa diagram used to facilitate brainstorming in meetings and retrospectives. You might know it as a fishbone diagram or mind map.
- Derek Huether shares a link to the Leankit Lean Business Report Survey. A little benchmarking is a good thing!
- Shim Marom criticizes the way companies in Australia are using temporary work visas to keep labor costs low.
- Kerry Wills proposes a practical manifesto, principles to consider when implementing any methodology.
- Ryan Ogilvie examines an opportunity: actively managing constraints. We manage risks and issues, don’t we?
- Rob England points out that all software eventually becomes a legacy system, and once it does, agility will no longer be a value-add.
Work Isn’t a Place You Go
- Suzanne Lucas suggests some strategies for working with people you dislike.
- Bruce Harpham outlines the process to onboard yourself in five days.
- Michael Girdler recommends we focus on our health, in order to maximize our productivity.
- Art Petty starts a new series on career advice for us over-50 leaders. “How do I detox from my 30-plus years of corporate life and regain my energy, fitness and sense of adventure?”
- Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on why we should embrace excellence, rather than perfectionism. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. Emad Rahim, on the value of becoming a thought leader in project manager. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Kathleen O’Connor interviews Chris Krebs, a social science researcher, on an experiment in fostering innovation in higher education called “The Creative Disruptors.”
- Adrian Fittolani details the Monte Carlo approach to prepare a distribution of likely project durations, based on a relatively small number of samples.
- William Davis introduces us to Statistical PERT, a technique for creating estimates using Excel.
- Glen Alleman notes that an understanding of system intangibles is required in order to decompose the work needed to create it.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christian Kotzbauer, Managing Director of Genius Project, on the future of project management software.
- Bruce Harpham gives us the background and best practices for leading virtual teams.
- John Goodpasture reviews General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, “Team of Teams.”
- Gina Abudi lists three quick bullet points that can improve how you negotiate with others.
- Kerry Wills explains the notion of “watermelon” status reporting: green on the outside, red on the inside.
- Johanna Rothman started a series on balancing resource utilization and workflow efficiency. Here are parts two and three; more are on the way.
- Michael Smith shares some tips on scaling a software development team, gleaned from Forbes.com.
- Bernd Schiffer arms us with 17 questions and 8 techniques for use in a Sprint review.
- Pedro Gustavo Torres explains pair programming, and shares some best practices.
- Deloitte CIO Journal has an interesting article on preparing for crisis, as opposed to disaster. It’s not just about natural events, but “nefarious acts.”
- Janice Blake details the key considerations when contracting for software as a service (SaaS) projects.
- Ron Rosenhead recommends a UK government report from the National Audit Office with some interesting insights into what predicts project success.
Work Isn’t a Place You Go
- Liane Davey reviews stress: being aware of the impact and dealing with the causes.
- Emma Bracy give us the short science explanation for why we need to unplug from our hyper-connected routine.
- Peter Saddington notes that we need manage the time we spend learning and experimenting, in light of our limitations.
- Karina Keith rounds up three blog posts that make the business case for taking a nap. I’m elderly – I don’t need no stinkin’ business case …
Podcasts and Videos
- Craig Smith interviews Jeff Patton, author of “User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall reviews his recommendations for creating accurate project estimates. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.
- Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a list of six TED Talks relevant for project managers. Excellent stuff!
- Kamal Ahmed interviews Demis Hassabis, head of Google’s machine learning business. Just two minutes, safe for work, plus some text not included in the video.