New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Leadership, Mistakes, and Failure
- Loren Thompson adds his assessment of the HealthCare.gov problems, and finds that most of the fault lies with the government agency that managed the project.
- Martin Webster makes the case that mistakes are good for business.
- Glen Alleman counters, saying that learning from mistakes is overrated.
- Dick Billows analyzes the “project failure is unacceptable” meme as a failure of executive leadership.
- Sharon Florentine looks at the data to determine why so many IT projects are failing. “Consolidation and cost-cutting have really taken their toll.”
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Anne Eisenberg reports on progress in developing algorithms to read your facial expression from your web camera. “You seem bored. Shall I speed up the game?”
- Zack Whittaker reports that PC shipments are declining even faster than expected. Are you getting ready for the post-PC computing environment?
PM Best Practices
- Susan Madsen argues that the “iron triangle” metaphor for project constraints is outdated.
- Mike Clayton suggests that, as project managers, we work in six different modes.
- Peter Tarhanidis explains how to integrate change management with project management.
- Lynda Bourne tells us how to deal with a toxic professional relationship.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an excerpt from her chapter in the “Gower Handbook of People in Project Management,” on managing social communications in projects.
- Gary Nelson demonstrates how to capture our attention, by recounting an eye-opening flight on Aeroflot.
- Andy Makar shows how to identify potential problems in MS Project using custom filters.
- Duncan Haughey tells us of a phenomenon he calls “the sudden go-live realization.”
- Allen Ruddock walks us through the key planning points for a go-live.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sarita Maybin on her presentation at SoTeC, “How to get more done with less stress.” Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Michael Sliwinski, creator and chief user of productivity tool Nozbe. Just 39 minutes, safe for work, and perfect for you GTD geeks!
- Barry Hodge shared a cool little video on the science of procrastination. Less than three minutes, but if you really need it, you’ll put it off.
- Dave Prior interviews author and information architect Dan Brown on how designers and project teams can deal with conflicts and communicate together better.
- David DeWitt clarifies, “Agile itself is not a methodology; it’s a mindset.”
- Toni Bowers ticks off five things that hiring managers do that tick off job candidates.
- Peter Saddington puts on his career coach hat and advises, “Know yourself.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Andrea Brockmeier recommends: if some project team members have to call in to a meeting, then everyone should, in order to level the playing field.
- Don Kim has discovered a new book, the “A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge.” But Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber is calling bullshit.
- Jon Whitty argues that project management professional bodies are hampered by their business model from providing current knowledge and actionable information.
The Strategic View
- Daniel Burrus: “IT is quickly becoming an integrated collection of intelligent services that are on demand, on the move, and on any device.”
- Elizabeth Harrin has prepared an infographic on the benefits of project governance.
- Anya Faingersh expands on her earlier post regarding the Craftsman / Scientist / Artist framework to address the age-old question: can a non-expert lead experts?
PM Best Practices
- Shim Marom contemplates leadership agility, and the path to business agility.
- Johanna Rothman has some thoughts on creating a healthy project culture.
- Will Kelly shares some thoughts on making project management a team skill and behavior.
- Andy Jordan offers some advice on managing high-achievers (and their egos).
- Peter Taylor offers some tips on preparing for and delivering presentations.
- Glen Alleman addresses the potential for success with fixed dates, a fixed budget, and a list of promised features (AKA scope).
- Brad Egeland lists a few things your customer wishes you understood about them and the project.
- Audrey Thomas has some specifics on how we can apply Lean thinking to our projects.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Harvey Maylor on his research into complexity, success criteria, and causes of error. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Annetta Cheek, from the Center for Plain Language. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Samad Aidane on applications of cultural neuroscience for project managers. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares the most commonly asked questions asked during Scrum Master and Scrum Product owner training.
- Derek Huether has prepared a Cheat Sheet to help new team members understand the activity of grooming your backlog.
- Kelsey van Haaster tells the story of introducing Scrum to her organization, in the worst possible scenario, and how things are going twelve months on.
- Michiko Diby explains how her team shortened their stand-up from 30-45 minutes down to a more productive 10-20 minutes.
- Lynda Bourne references studies that have found physical changes in people provided with certain information, and what that means for your change initiative.
- John Goodpasture has some advice, one consultant to another: be selective about your clients. And don’t be afraid to de-select the bad ones!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 14 – 20. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler shares some lessons in negotiation, based on the recent U.S. government financial cliffhanger. Parts one and two.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports on Andrew Hubbard’s presentation at Conference: Zero. Andrew is the editor of the APM’s Project Magazine.
The Strategic View
- Johanna Rothman reflects on how Sony lost their mojo (and market share), and what project portfolio managers can learn from their sad experience.
- Peter High reports on the top ten strategic technology trends for 2014, as envisioned by the Gartner Group at their recent ITxpo in Orlando.
- Ron Rosenhead recounts a conversation with a retiring Director, who admitted that their perceived success in project delivery wasn’t accurate. And what he should have done about it.
- Daniel Burrus recommends a consultative approach, using knowledge and wisdom to add value.
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture points out that, due to limited historical data, most projects live in a One-Sigma range, where RMS is the analytical tool of choice.
- Andy Jordan explains the right way to use historical data.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Erik Fisher, podcaster and author of “Beyond the To-Do List.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
- Bernardine Douglas lists some steps to take to get your project out of the ditch.
- Nate Crews gets us up to speed on stakeholder management, as described in the PMBOK, Fifth Edition.
- Allen Ruddock looks at the mix of methodologies, tools, and procedures we’ve adopted to manage projects, and decides the silver bullet is the people.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on three chapters of her new book, “The Handbook of People in Project Management.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Kerry Wills shares the eight principles described in his second book, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.”
- Glen Alleman explains what risk management is, and why Agile and #NoEstimates are not risk management. Not that there’s anything wrong with Agile!
- Peter Saddington provides the Agile Coach’s take on making effective decisions.
- John Reiling wonders if the problems in the initial roll-out of www.healthcare.gov will renew federal government interest in Agile project management.
- Tatiana Czuchnowsky sings the praises of mobile apps Genius Scan, Evernote, and Dropbox.
- Will Kelly has lined up six SaaS tools for distributed teams.
- Brian Tullis tells of his experience so far in a graduate-level course in personal learning networks.
- Kailash Awati shares a satirical parable of ABSERD customer service.
- Shim Marom offers some well-known examples of brevity, and obscure verbosity.