New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 11 – 17. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Pawel Brodzinski expands on Jerry Weinberg’s definition, as “a process of creating an environment where people become empowered.”
- Mike Griffiths considers the limitations of graphical depictions of data, when the information we should be consuming doesn’t graph so well.
- Ammar Mango plots alternative routes through conflict.
- Bryan Barrow explains his alternative to Post-It Notes for facilitating a project planning exercise.
- Michael Girdler extols the virtues of a good scope statement.
- Roberto Toledo lists his guidelines for fostering innovation.
- Bruce Harpham begins a series on regulatory project management.
- Dovilė Misevičiūtė notes that most attempts to institute time tracking fail within the first few months, usually for the same reasons.
- Rachel Burger spoils “Guardians of the Galaxy,” pointing out the project management lessons. You could have at least waited until the DVD came out …
- Kevin Aguanno compares use cases and user stories, and how each can be the right tool for the job.
- Bart Gerardi explores Bill Wake’s acronym, INVEST, on how to improve the quality of user stories.
- Mike Cohn reflects on the balance of specialists and generalists in that most Agile team, the sandwich shop.
- John Goodpasture explores the need for a release sign-off when applying Agile methods. Because it’s not just about software developers.
- Chuck Morton continues his series of comments on Peter Morris’ article in the October PM Journal. This episode: Agile is not a project management discipline.
Following the Trends
- Albert Barron explains [whatever] as a service, using pizza. Yes, even your grandmother will understand this one. Admirable, Albert!
- Marco Visibelli shares recent lessons learned that tell us how companies make (and lose) money on Big Data projects.
- Rich Maltzman interviews Kim Marotta on how MillerCoors is applying a sustainability strategy to improve performance.
- Matthew Kosinski interviews Workday’s Liz Dietz on their upcoming Higher Education product.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Rich Maltzman of EarthPM on applying sustainability practices to project management and the PMBOK. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Thomas Juli about integrating personal happiness and focus with project success. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Glen Alleman links us to seven podcasts from Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller of the Software Engineering Institute on the principles of Agile development.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project Management Workflow: A Business Process Approach,” by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman.
- Henny Portman reviews Alan Ferguson’s new book, “Integrating Prince2.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 4 – 10. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on a framework for the occasional project manager.
- Nick Pisano considers the challenges of integrating cost and schedule on large projects, especially for the federal government.
- John Goodpasture details why Monte Carlo simulations are better quality than the estimates that go into them.
- Andy Jordan tells of a “traditional” project manager’s quick adoption of Kanban.
- Lynda Bourne builds on a pair of earlier posts with her thoughts on designing key performance indicators that actually drive performance.
- Kevin Korterud selects “estimate to complete” as the most useful metric.
- Susanne Madsen bullet points the rules for a perfect status report.
- Bruce Benson finds that the best way to learn from experience is to build systems that remember (and implement) what you’ve learned.
- Gary Nelson recalls an old friend’s old car, and wishes every project ran like a Honda Civic. And yes, that’s also an acronym …
- Joanna Carlson analyzes the roll-out of the Minnesota Affordable Care Act site, MNSure.
- Kerry Wills has a great metaphor for setting context for the issues we document.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to avoid three of the most common estimation traps.
- Glenn Alleman points out the potential for disparate views of Agile, based on the domain, scope, and budget.
- Mike Cohn notes that Agile does not mean equal, at least for the members of the self-organizing team. Be sure to read the comments – they help Mike clarify some points.
- David Anderson continues his series on using Kanban for project management.
- Sanjay Zalavadia explores the need for agility in embracing Agile, especially your test management strategy.
- Bryan Barrow shares his vision of our transition from project managers to project leaders.
- Penelope Trunk explains the need to balance focus and breadth, in what she calls “cross-training.” Specialization isn’t just for insects!
- Suzanne Lucas debunks some falsehoods about networking.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Carlos Flesh on managing projects in Latin America. It’s a cultural thing! Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
- Carl Smith interviews Larissa Scordato on how she gave up her dream of being an archeologist to become a digital project manager. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner details his personal best practices for getting the most out of attending a conference.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bonnie Biafore’s new book, “Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.”
- Ian Whittingham finds project management lessons in the follow-up to Freakonomics, “Think Like a Freak,” by Levitt and Dubner.
- Bruce Harpham finds project management lessons in a biography of William Shakespeare, somewhere between tragedy and comedy …
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 28 – August 3. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Todd Williams shares some insights gleaned from litigation over failed projects. Unless you only manage internal projects with in-house staff, you need to read this!
- Glen Alleman articulates the key distinctions between fit for purpose and fit for use, and applies them to project management.
- Pat Weaver outlines method for preventing, minimizing, or at least making visible, delays due to client inaction.
- Andy Jordan presents an interesting case study of an outsourced portfolio management office. Or more accurately, outsourced PMO services.
PM Best Practices
- Pollyanna Pixton notes that it’s easy to get metrics wrong, and explains how to design them to be effective.
- Craig Brown vents at project management textbooks that get the work breakdown structure wrong.
- Bryan Barrow points out that there are some things that Kanban software can’t do as well as Gant charting software.
- Bruce Harpham offers a few stress management best practices.
- Elizabeth Harrin provides an executive summary of PMI’s “Navigating Complexity” practice guide. PMI members can download the guide at no charge.
- Kailash Awati mines a paper from the British Medical Journal for an understanding of how organizations deal with human error: scapegoats and systems.
- Kiron Bondale lists the stakeholder questions you want to answer in your project kickoff meeting.
- Gina Abudi details a set of roles and responsibilities for team decision making.
- Nick Pisano considers the early stages of project execution, as the team establishes its operating rhythm.
- Dan Stober shares the Q&A from his recent webinar on the project manager as business analyst.
- Mike Burrows recounts his experience with implementing Kanban with a new team, and how they evolved from a generic process to just what they needed.
- John Goodpasture expounds on the need for Agile methods to take compliance with external requirements (say, auditors and regulatory agencies) into account.
- Shim Marom considers (and questions) the incremental value of “deeper” retrospectives.
- Cheri Baker recounts her recent experience with a French client who wasn’t enchanted with her “American cheerfulness.” Time to recalibrate!
- Scott Berkun provides a master course in refining and delivering your pitch, so that your ideas get the traction they deserve.
- Lynda Bourne details the steps in building your personal brand, and leveraging your knowledge of your business contact’s brand.
- Karina Keith shares some factoids about the profession of project management, to help you get a little perspective.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Ky Nichol on the challenges of managing event projects like the World Cup and the Olympics. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Troy Magennis on how to apply the lessons from Money Ball to portfolio management. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Wheatley speaks with SAP America VP of Global Operations Tina Rosario on the growing importance of data governance. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley share a video of a presentation on innovation by former Obama administration CTO Aneesh Chopra. Over an hour, safe for work.