New PM Articles for the Week of July 21 – 27

SaladNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 21 – 27. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

The Project Management Office

  • James Terry begins a new series, outlining a blueprint for creating a technology PMO.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes a research report from PM Solutions on the State of the PMO, 2014.
  • Kiron Bondale asks whether we should centralize measurement and tracking of project benefits realized.
  • Gina Abudi (bullet) points out criteria for assessing the effectiveness of the enterprise PMO.
  • Elizabeth Harrin recounts her experience as a one-woman PMO for a team of four project managers.

PM Best Practices

  • Alan Garvey describes parametric estimating, bottom-up estimating, and analogous estimating.
  • Troy Blake explains the Cone of Uncertainty, which describes the improving accuracy of estimates as the project progresses.
  • Otto Scharmer reports on results from MIT’s IDEAS China program, principally on the difference between Big Data and Deep Data.
  • Steven Levy reminds us that the cool results of our internal projects probably don’t matter all that much to our external clients.
  • Glen Alleman explains project management as a closed-loop control system.
  • John Goodpasture shares a diagram from Jurgen Appelo that intersects reactions to success and failure from mistakes, experiments, and practices. Thinking required!
  • Kerry Wills comes up with yet another sports metaphor. This time: spectators yelling at the team on the field don’t actually change the outcome.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman is assembling the Minimum Agile Reading List, and seeking recommendations.
  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan have apparently published the first university textbook for a course in Agile methods. Not sure if that is a good sign or a bad sign.
  • Chris Moody critiques the criticism, “That’s not Agile.”
  • Mike Cohn criticizes the now-common two-week sprint, as too short to try anything truly innovative.
  • David Anderson explains how to tell if you are really doing Kanban, or just going through the motions.

Lean Agile Melbourne 2014

  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy reports from the Lean Agile Systems Thinking 2014 conference in Melbourne, and shares the slide deck from his Agile Coaching presentation.
  • Craig Brown shares the results of a workshop from the same conference, where the participants used the Six Thinking Hats to examine product backlogs.
  • Shim Marom reflects on the theme of the conference, “embracing disruption,” and wonders if Agile is now too mainstream to be disruptive.

Professional Development

  • Scott Berkun summarizes what we know about changing our habits.
  • Ian Whittingham asks a pointed question: how much experience in project management is required for mastery?
  • Coert Visser shares an interesting presentation on saying “no” effectively, without damaging either the relationship or our own interests.
  • Kevin Kelly tells us that this is just the beginning of the beginning, and that boundless opportunities await us. Just like thirty years ago.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 7 – 13

Picking CherriesNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 7 – 13. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Risk Management

  • Craig Brown observes the effect that the company’s financial performance has on how we manage change.
  • Adam Stone reports on efforts to secure the energy grid from malicious mischief. Or even acts of war.
  • Gina Abudi suggests we consider the challenges of cultural diversity on geographically distributed teams in terms of risks we need to manage.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman notes that the Minimum Viable Product mindset, popular in certain product development circles, doesn’t consider enterprise business needs.
  • Nick Heath reports on some of the imbedded system prototypes and single-function servers built using the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
  • Andy Jordan describes his vision of an enterprise PMO, with a number of support structures to provide guidance throughout the organization.
  • Nick Pisano replies to my recent post on defining project success, centered on disruptive change and the potential impact of change management.
  • Lynda Bourne explains stakeholder theory, as conceived by Ed Freeman. The ethics component matters deeply!
  • Suzanne Lucas recently saw an article on bad parenting behaviors by a British nanny; Suzanne interprets the same behaviors as bad management.
  • Bart Gerardi enumerates the costs of scope and requirements changes on the project, and on the team.
  • Cheri Baker has been experimenting again. This time: co-working! Also known as, “Working in an open space with other people around.” Well, maybe not …
  • Kerry Wills objects to long Emails, for many reasons. For one thing, they’re … long.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn suggests we select backlog items that will serve an additional purpose – like risk management, or the chance for the team to learn.
  • Henny Portman shares the white paper (in English) synopsis of his recent book (in Dutch) on managing Agile projects, using Atern.
  • Donna Reed considers a range of metrics for measuring the success of an Agile project manager.
  • Vandana Roy considers the merits of Scrum and Kanban, and which one would prevail in a fight. No, not really …

Professional Development

  • Elizabeth Harrin extracts some key points from “Business Networking,” by Will Kintish, to explain why you must network.
  • Penelope Trunk explains why keeping you options open leads to failure; only full commitment succeeds!
  • Lyndsey Gilpin trots out some statistics on the state of women in technology. If you’re a people manager, you have a chance to help shape a better future.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jonathan Creaghan on why we just make stuff up, more or less. Just 40 minutes, safe for work. I’m not making this up …
  • Samad Aidane share a four part video version of his “ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual.” Each part is about 11 minutes, and all are safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Alan Bustamante on conflict resolution and starting Xcelerate Partners, as well as all things Agile.  Just 36 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 23 – 29

Gathering RosebudsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 23 – 29. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:

Sports Metaphors

  • Conrado Morlan uses lessons from the Formula One racing circuit to illustrate risk management.
  • Kerry Wills explores the parallels between soccer and project management. Or, for those outside the U.S., football and project management.
  • Kevin Korterud finds project management lessons in effective World Cup coaching.

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman helps us on our search for the simple solution for our complex problems, by telling us the simple truth: there isn’t one.
  • Samad Aidane has published an ambitious series of articles on LinkedIn: ERP Projects, the complete guide.
  • Tom Barnett shares his all-purpose framework for planning a SaaS application implementation.
  • Dr. Karen McGraw offers some ideas on how to effectively manage organizational change.
  • Esther Schindler addresses the most difficult challenge in modern project management: a virtual team of freelancers and contractors.
  • Omar Al-Hajjar looks at ways for work-at-home team members to be effective.
  • Chuck Morton considers another philosophical question: should the project manager work toward effectiveness goals, or just efficiency goals?
  • Linky van der Merwe relates a case study of a stressful project in Mauritania, where the culture and environment presented unique challenges.
  • Harry Hall tells us how to audit compliance and effectiveness of project management risk processes, within a PMO.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley preview their recorded presentation at the PMI Scheduling Community of Practice, on the long-term perspective.
  • Elizabeth Harrin posted her June roundup of project management news.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn explains why guitar hero Alvin Lee, whose “I’m Going Home” was a high point of “Woodstock,” would be a great Scum team member. Crazy ‘bout my baby!
  • Pawel Brodzinski believes the best way to limit work in progress might be to make it harder to start new projects than to finish them.
  • Dele Oluwole notes that the tester has a substantial in the Scrum team.

Professional Development

  • Michelle Stronach tells how to be successful as a consulting project manager.
  • Simon Buehring interviews Lindsay Scott on the career prospects for women in project management.
  • Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews begin a series on how to succeed as an “occasional” project manager (as opposed to a “career” project manager).
  • Venkat Rao observes that complex debates are not about winning, but about “winning over” people to your point of view.
  • John Goodpasture describes an interesting approach to enforcing an honest debate: have the opposing sides summarize each other’s best arguments.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews David Blumhorst, who says project success is about achieving business goals. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton interview visual facilitator Lynne Cazaly. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!