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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 19 – 25. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Patti Gilchrist explains what executive leadership can do to ensure the success of their PMO.
- Ira Lehrman suggests replacing the PMO with a Project Delivery Office, which partners with IT and the business stakeholders.
- Andy Jordan makes the case for a Chief Project Officer.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin shares her monthly round-up of project management news.
- Francine Hardaway notes some great (project) management lessons from HBO’s screamingly funny series, “Silicon Valley.”
- Kevin Korterud points out the similarities between race cars and successful projects.
- Timothy Seppala interviews TED founder Richard Saul Wurman, who outlines his criticisms of Big Data, and his vision for data comprehension.
- Duncan Haughey explains how to improve your coaching by following the GROW model.
- John Goodpasture has some alternatives to percent complete that are more focused on inputs and outputs.
- Kerry Wills checks the math, and finds that two resources allocated at 50% do not equal one FTE.
- Jordan Melson tells us how to know if the goals of our project are realistic.
- Cheri Baker offers some techniques for making your presentations and training more accessible to those with visual disabilities.
- Terry Bunio levels a blast at the extremists in the Agile community, who respond to legitimate customer and management requests with drama and whining.
- Mike Cohn points out that the more detailed and precise an estimate, the more time it takes to produce it, and management needs to be willing to absorb that cost.
- Len Lagestree asks a simple question: where should Scum Masters report?
- Gurpreet Singh defines what he calls the “golden triangle” of Scrum, as opposed to the iron triangle of old-style project management.
- Nick Pisano considers a question raised anonymously a few weeks ago over at PM Hut – should PMI still be considered an authority on project management?
- John Reiling notes that the needed balance between hard skills and soft skills evolves over a career.
- Suzanne Lucas lists four interview questions will help you learn a lot about your prospective new employer’s culture.
- Peter Saddington shares an interesting poster on reading body language.
- Alina Vrabie gives us an overview of cognitive stamina – what it is, and how to get the most out of ours.
- Vicki Vrona says a daily checklist is a productive professional development habit.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Vivek Wadhwa on innovation in emerging and fast-growth countries, global corporations, cultural differences, and Silicon Valley. Just 13 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig Smith and Renee Troughton interview Joel Pobar on how they manage product release at Facebook. Just 41 minutes, safe for work.
- Tom McFarlin links us to a great interview with Robert Herjavec, and adds his comments and insights. Just six minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 3 – 9. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Cheri Baker explains why most of her consulting customers are social enterprises (and why that’s really cool).
- Linky van der Merwe examines PMI’s recent survey on the global growth of project management to understand what it means to us practitioners.
- Peter Taylor expands on a statement by J. LeRoy Ward regarding the ever-evolving practice of project management.
- Susanne Madsen exhorts us to become project champions.
- Steven Levy follows up on his series on risk management, with recommendations on how to apply the principles he described to a legal practice.
- Andy Jordan continues his series on managing risks across the organization, through collaboration and common processes.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman takes the point of view of the people who pay for a software development project to explain why estimates are needed.
- Henny Portman summarizes the Management of Value approach.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Ann Pilkington’s new book, “Communicating Projects.”
- Dave Wakeman tells why integrity, adaptability, and judgment are absolutely required by all project managers.
- Martin Webster tells us how to create a shared vision across the project team.
- Allen Ruddock explores a tough scenario on managing up.
- Michael Nir exposes the basics of stakeholder management, as told in a children’s book.
- Brett Beaubouef shares a technique for conducting an organizations fit/gap.
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff collects twelve suggestions from data management and disaster recovery experts on how to design for data survival.
- Shim Marom describes the Cynefin model for problem domains, and finds a domain where #NoEstimates actually seems appropriate.
- John Goodpasture considers alternatives to complexity.
- Kailash Awati tells the fable of an architect and the conscience he argues with, to tell why you can’t just gather your requirements at headquarters.
- Matthew Squair explores the evolution of initial designs, from obvious to plainly unworkable.
- Kelsey van Haaster unpacks her thoughts about whether making an exception to the team’s Scrum timeline is Agile.
- Soma Bhattacharya asks whether managers are a benefit or a hindrance to Agile, and explains why a Scrum Master should not be a decision maker.
- Francesco Attanasio describes what he calls “Scrum Master 2.0.”
- Adam Zuzanski explores different ways to present information as a burn-down chart.
Podcasts and Videos
- Mark Phillipy hosts a Google Hangout to follow up on the second PM FlashBlog, Project Management Around the World. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares a recent TED talk by Rosalinde Torres on the three questions that great leaders contemplate in the 21st century. Just nine minutes, safe for work.