New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 12 – 18. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Chuck Cohn points out three cloud-based collaboration tools that you might not think of as project management apps.
- Chloe Green gives us an overview of what’s happening in cognitive computing, and how business will benefit from natural language processing.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Samad Aidane on how neuroscience research is producing insights into human behavior with significant applications to project management.
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- Kailash Awati describes an alternative to the entity – relationship “search for objective truth” approach to data modeling, based on emergent design principles.
- Glen Alleman notes that project management includes adjustments to the plan, throughout execution of the project.
- John Goodpasture addresses the question of when we need to re-baseline our project schedule.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mark Phillip’s new book, “Reinventing Communication.” It sounds like his scientific approach might not be workable outside the laboratory.
- Craig Brown created an interesting diagram of actions and feedback, starting with “Something bad happens.”
- Andy Jordan cites a case study in what happens when a sponsor stifles a creative approach to delivery.
- Phillip Smith contemplates Kaizen, which means more than just “Good change.”
- Nick Pisano continues his multi-blog contemplation and conversation with me on finding a lingua franca for project management data.
- Kerry Wills reminds us not to get too comfortable with our understanding of the issues and risks we see in our projects.
- Pat Weaver outlines the challenges of comparing failed projects, or even conducting a root cause analysis.
- Michael Lopp suggests that interruptions introduce a greater cost in lost productivity than the financial savings of an open office.
- Ryan Ogilvie uses the metaphor of a sieve to talk about identifying the issues that should drive your service strategy.
- Johanna Rothman considers the relationship between optimism and success at implementing Agile methods.
- Don Kim argues that Agile is based not on iteration, but recursion. You can say that again …
- Vandana Roy gives us a detailed comparison of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban.
- Shivakanth Velishala defines DevOps, and describes the three pillars that support continuous delivery.
- Alistair Croll returns from Las Vegas (thanks for supporting our economy!) with insights on how wearables and the Internet of Things will rely on Big Data.
- Lance Ulanoff reports on a personal robot, funded by Kickstarter, which may be under your tree for Christmas. The face resembles ice queen Elsa, with a new hairdo. Let it go …
- Lyndsey Gilpin forecasts 2015 developments in renewable energy: generation, storage, and utilization, as well as changes in the business itself.
- Christopher Romani looks at trends that will affect federal government acquisition and program management in 2015.
- Kevin Korterud looks all the way out to 2025, to envision what PMO’s will be like ten years from now.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Parth on the PM lessons learned from mega projects. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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- Elizabeth Harrin describes Project Management as a Service. Not outsourcing, but a change in approach.
- Johanna Rothman debunks the notion that competition among teams produces better products.
- Glen Alleman debunks a debunking of myths and half-truths about estimating.
- John Goodpasture explores the idea of cascading risks: where one damned thing leads to another.
- Ron Rosenhead reflects on what he’s learned over the past year.
- Harry Hall shares the lessons learned from this year’s Christmas tree disaster. Yes, even the Nativity Celebration needs a risk management plan …
- Gary Booker illustrates a model of accountability, as a governance and operating practice.
- Ryan Ogilvie considers whether communication is more effective when more structured or more personalized.
- Ulf Eriksson gives us his recommendations for writing more effective test cases.
- Mike Cohn recommends that product owners should expect the development team to make a few adjustments to the sequence that they work the backlog.
- Joanne Wortman argues that the key to success in an Agile initiative is taking the time to get the architecture right.
- Michiko Diby is noticing that Agile values and methods are creeping into her off-duty life.
- Kam Zaman reports on his success in implementing the elusive “dual-track Scrum.”
- Carleton Chinner outlines three critical trends that will directly impact the practice of project management.
- Michel Dion reflects on the evolution of project management, as the wall between operations and projects melts away.
- Jennifer Zaino projects the future of cognitive computing, for 2015 and beyond, in health care, retail, and other industries.
- Kent Schneider traces four critical trends related to data breaches and security that will affect our projects in 2015.
- Seth Godin contributes his “annual plan construction set” of meaning-free buzzwords and phrases, to help you prepare for the coming year [face palm].
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews The Risk Doctor, David Hillson, on the risks you didn’t even know you were taking. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Rachel Tempest Wood on why project management is still useful. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Here’s a YouTube video explaining the origins and principles of Kanban, as developed and practiced at Toyota. Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
- Tony Adams notes the viral nature of cranky behavior at work: we are “emotional conductors” who bring our emotions to work every day.
- Lynda Bourne describes a recent scientific study of idiotic risk, e.g. that class of risks where the payoff is negligible and the downside is extreme. Key finding: elect women.
- Kerry Wills gives us the key bullet points from the 2014 Standish Report. If I thought it was a statistically sound survey, I’d look for other work.
- Alex LuPon identifies the underlying project management methodology followed by The Hobbit Trilogy. Take THAT, Joseph Campbell!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 8 – 14. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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- Elizabeth Harrin interviews author Jeff Furman on what’s changed in the second edition of “The Project Management Answer Book.”
- Allen Ruddock reminds us that project problems are nearly always people problems.
- Kelsey van Haaster explains the hierarchy of laws, theories, and hypotheses, and thus why Conway’s Law is no such thing.
- Bruce Harpham addresses a persistent form of workplace evil: reports. Well, the ones that no one ever reads are evil, if you have to prepare them.
- Nick Pisano refines the thoughts on extracting and analyzing data across projects that he expressed in a recent post.
- Michael Ipsaro identifies three key knowledge resources for those engaged in either procuring or delivering IT services to the U.S. federal government.
- Ryan Ogilvie points out the need to begin a service level management initiative with the development of a service catalog.
- Saar Bitner demonstrates the problems of using Excel for data analysis, and proposes BI software as the more sustainable alternative.
- Mike Cohn notes that, although the team needs to select their own sprint duration, sometimes the Scrum Master has to step in and make the decision.
- Johanna Rothman suggest that there are times when you need to move away from iterations, and toward flow. Insert Kanban and Scrumban advocacy remarks here.
- Charles Settles summarizes three popular team collaboration products, for non-traditional projects.
- Paul Baumgartner speculates on how project management, as a practice and a profession, will evolve over the coming years.
- Jelani Harper identifies the business drivers for the Internet of Things in 2015.
- Brad Egeland shares his “wish list” for project management in 2015.
- Glen Alleman explores managing in the presence of uncertainty, as expressed in Tim Lister’s statement, “Risk Management is project management for adults.”
- Kailash Awati defines internally generated risks, and explains why they make risk management more difficult.
- John Goodpasture shares the mixed metaphor of Black Elephants.
- Eric Anderson summarizes the diplomatic aspects of enterprise risk management, as outlined in an article by Lawrence Quinn.
- Adriana Girdler lists her guiding beliefs, and argues that our beliefs drive our decisions and behavior.
- Harry Hall notes the common reasons that people avoid goals, and tells us why we should set new ones and try once again to reach them.
- Smita Mishra advises other women: forget about a mentor, and find yourself a sponsor.
- Rich Maltzman shares a discovery: TuneIn.com, a site which allows you to discover and listen to radio content and podcasts from anywhere in the world.
- Scott Berkun notes that what you say is more important than what you think.
- Adam Shostack addresses a pernicious trend: “It’s easier to snark than to contribute.”
- Adrian Fittolani recalls how he learned to work long hours. And how he learned not