New PM Articles for the Week of July 27 – August 2

Over the StripNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 27 – August 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares the ten “nots” – things you should never do, at the expense of your career.
  • Kristin Wong summarizes recent research that found it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to task after a significant interruption.
  • Harry Hall recounts his recommendations for sponsors. One of the top reasons for project failure is a lack of leadership and sustained engagement by the project sponsor.

PM Best Practices

  • Pat Weaver outlines the changes coming to the PMP exam, effective November 1, 2015. Based on the recent role delineation study, it reflects the way we manage projects today.
  • John Goodpasture analyzes a list of paradoxes prevalent in Digital Age leadership, as compiled by Nielsen and Meehan.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bill Dow on integrating social media into your project communication plan. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lynda Bourne reviews our alternatives for dealing with stakeholders: crisis management, stakeholder management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Ryan Ogilvie argues that the tool is not as important as how we plan to use it. “Don’t paint a rusty car.”
  • Ben Ferris introduces us to one of his colleagues: the office coffee machine.
  • Michael Greer has published his new project management resources book online, and it’s free!
  • Glen Alleman explains why estimating is not guessing, and vice-versa. Note: the term dead reckoning is a corruption of ded (deduced) reckoning.
  • Nick Pisano addresses a conundrum: software is getting slower at a faster rate than computer hardware is getting faster.
  • Gil Press profiles Michael Stonebraker on his recent Big Data work: getting past the extract – transform – load model of curating multiple data sources via machine learning.
  • Tushar Patel expounds on how the PMO can add value.
  • Bertrand Duperrin maintains that the only client of an intranet project is the employee end user.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn helps us check our math on product backlog grooming: estimates tend to get better as we better understand what we’re estimating.
  • Randy Rayess notes that the skill set for “great coder” has no significant overlap with the skill set for “team leader.” We need to have alternative career paths.
  • Jennifer Quraishi and Huimin Li interview Johanna Rothman on the concepts in her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.”
  • Santosh Shaastry examines technical debt and the technical definition of done.

Managing Your Career

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jen Gresham, author and coach, on how overachievers can find the clarity and courage they need to design the life they love. Just 58 minutes, safe for work, but don’t listen while multi-tasking – that would defeat the purpose!
  • Bruce Harpham reports from the World Domination Summit, equal parts enlightenment and entertainment.
  • Michael Adams reminds us that workplace diversity requires hard work and personal commitment.
  • Allen Ruddock makes the business case for project managers to use LinkedIn.


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!


The Best Teacher You Never Had

A few weeks ago, I was approached by fellow project management blogger Geoff Crane. Long-time readers of my weekly round-ups will recognize the name immediately – Geoff is the man behind PaperCut PM, and one of the funniest guys in our business. He’s also a new college professor, and his first project management class just graduated. To commemorate their milestone (and his), Geoff wanted to give them a going-away present – good advice from practicing project managers on how to get into the field, and how to manage your career once you get in. He’d compile the advice into an e-book, give it to them, and share it with the world. Would I contribute? Of course – I sent him my 300 words the same day!

The class has now graduated, and Geoff has published the e-book. As a testament to his influence in the industry, fifty-two of us stepped up to provide content. Looking at the list, I see a lot of very accomplished, well-known names, as well as a few I haven’t heard from before. Never mind; I’ll be following them from now on. Reading their contributions makes me proud to be part of this project management community. I’m honored to be in their company, and grateful to Geoff for including me in this monumental, quick-turnaround effort.

I urge you to take a few minutes to read some of these short notes, and pass along the advice in them to project management students, practitioners, and managers – it’s that widely applicable. You might even find a few things for yourself in this treasure chest.

Once again: thanks, Professor Crane. You’re all right, in my book.