Join Me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit

Successfully creating custom software for your organization is incredibly difficult – over 70% of all projects struggle or fail outright. You’ve probably seen some of these all-too-common issues:

  • Deploying late
  • Finishing over budget
  • Missing or buggy features
  • Requirements scope creep
  • Team miscommunication and conflict
  • “Shelfware” that is just not adopted by users
  • Projects not aligned to the organization’s strategy

And software projects can be a headache to hire for, manage, and architect well. But you can you start improving the odds of success, through a combination of awareness and choice.

The Conscious Software Development Telesummit

ConsciousnessJoin me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit, to be conducted from November 10th through the 21st, 2014. It’s easy to participate: just register for the summit for free, using your EMail. You’ll be able to download and listen to interviews conducted with more than twenty experts on software, team relations, strategy, project management, deployment and more. You’ll discover things that you don’t know that you don’t know about creating successful projects, building teams, and managing your software portfolio. This elite group of software superstars, best selling authors, popular podcasters, outstanding bloggers, and celebrity coaches are imparting decades of experience, wisdom, and some very generous free resources to help you begin making progress immediately.

This unique panel of experts is all unified under one vision; to empower you with practical understanding of how you can put their knowledge to use, bring consciousness to your software challenges and transform your work for the better. The subject of my interview, “The Zombie Apocalypse is Not an HR Product: How to Hire, Retain, and Develop the Living,” is just one topic among many designed for the IT manager and practitioner. Browse the list of speakers, and you’ll see many familiar names from my weekly round-ups.

Listen Offline!

You can listen to these MP3 interview recordings whenever and wherever you have the  time. Join other leading CIOs, VPs of Development, project managers, architects, stakeholders, end user champions, and all those want to bring more awareness and choice to the complex art of software creation. And I’m not just one of the speakers – I plan to listen to every one of these interviews!


New PM Articles for the Week of October 13 – 19

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 13 – 19. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin defines two key terms – dependencies and constraints – and then provides guidelines on how to identify them.
  • Glen Alleman shares the notes from his recent presentation on using technical performance with earned value.
  • Michael Ipsaro argues that large procurements need to link acquisition life cycle management with a product team that can give them continuous feedback.
  • John Goodpasture takes his turn at debunking the #NoEstimates movement.
  • Donald Patti applies a different experience set to the often-quoted Standish Report project success rates.
  • William Forgrave gives us the executive summary of his new book, on applying lessons learned from the Monty Python films to project management.
  • Brad Egeland concludes his series on why project deadlines get missed, and how to get back on track.
  • Deb Krizmanich and Frank Erschen give us the short version of their white paper on a structured decision-making process.
  • Ron Rosenhead approves of the UK government’s plan for a national exercise of their ability to respond to Ebola, and asks how we’re testing our project roll-out?
  • Nick Pisano points out that Excel and Powerpoint are not good platforms for managing strategic data.
  • James Brown reminds us that no tool can be better than its content.

Agile Methods

  • Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan continue their series summarizing the requirements chapter of their textbook, “Introduction to Agile Methods.”
  • Molood Noori Alavijeh recommends we write our user stories with the same values that fiction writers use in crafting their stories.
  • David Anderson begins a series on when Kanban is appropriate approach for a specific workflow.


  • Bruce Benson recounts an anecdote that illustrates the power of knowing when to, “not fight it.”
  • Kevin Lonergan approaches risk management from a leadership perspective, to get the maximum participation from the team.
  • Rob Saxon summarizes several critical leadership habits and behaviors, as espoused by great historical leaders.
  • Mike Griffiths links worker retention and productivity with leadership and compassion.
  • Lynda Bourne summarizes the evolution of ethics and maps the PMI Code of Conduct to several historical belief systems.
  • Patti Gilchrist has assembled a “how-to” list for those who aspire to be bad managers. And for those who aspire to be good
  • Gina Abudi notes that the key to managing change is helping employees get past the obstacles to embracing that change.
  • Adriana Girdler enumerates a few things we should never do when managing organizational change.


New PM Articles for the Week of September 8 – 14

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 8 – 14. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman summarizes the Government Accounting Office’s findings on the root cause of the website problems. “Ineffective planning and oversight …”
  • Bruce Benson also reviews the problems identified by the GAO and comes to a different conclusion: they need brutal honesty in order to establish realistic expectations.
  • Russell Whitworth says the key to successful projects is to identify success criteria, and then monitor and manage to them.
  • Michel Dion articulates three keys to project management: identify the intended results, be decisive, and take action.
  • Harry Hall helps us get past the terminology gap, between what we know about project management and what our sponsors and stakeholders don’t
  • Johanna Rothman explores the relationship between cost, value, and investment for portfolio management in a new series.
  • Henny Portman shares an article on building a project portfolio prioritization model, to be part of his upcoming book.
  • Mike Griffiths has a few suggestions for managing the Millenials, in the modern world of frequent job changes and unrealistic expectations.
  • Kerry Wills touts the virtues of planning a schedule from left to right; in other words, calculating the end date, rather than having one imposed as a constraint.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Glip, a project collaboration site with instant messaging and some interesting integrations with other commonly used tools.

Agile Methods

  • Shim Marom shares the slide deck from his Australia PMI conference presentation, “Transform Yourself From Traditional to Agile Project Manager.”
  • Dave Prior constructs a self-assessment tool for “recovering PM’s” who are embracing Agile, and want to measure their progress. “Recovering?” Egad …
  • Mike Cohn explains that the primary benefits of story points is a standardized measure of effort, independent of the skill level of the programmer.
  • Meghana Niranjan presents Poka-Yoke 101, or for us non-Japanese speakers, an introduction to mistake proofing. The examples are more than enough reason to read this.
  • Aby League clarifies how the Pomodoro Technique works, and how such a personal time management approach can fit in with Agile teams.
  • John Goodpasture assigns ownership of delivering the value described in the business case to the product manager.

Following the Trends

  • Janet Wagner provides a current-state view of cognitive computing and identifies several companies producing cognitive apps.
  • Zach Watson sees opportunity for project management in the Internet of Things.
  • Peter Saddington reports on research linking social collaboration and the evolution of brain size.
  • Bertrand Duperrin interviews Manuel Diaz on the intersection of the customer experience and digital models.
  • Kailash Awati interviews organization psychologist Dr. Neil Preston on exchanging the hero myth for an ethical approach to organizational change management.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a video from Masaaki Imai, founder of the Kaizen Institute, on continuous improvement across the organization. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Shawn Dickerson of AtTask on the future of project management, and re-connects with Farnoosh Brock. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joan Vincent on how the Wideman Education Foundation develops project management skills in young people. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni expands on her last post, on strategic reserve time, to show how to avoid starting off behind schedule. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.