New PM Articles for the Week of July 28 – August 3

Hot Air BalloonNew 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:

Contract Management

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Professional Development

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 19– 25

NewspapersNew 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:

Portfolio Management

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Professional Development

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 3 – 9

NewsboyNew 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:

Evolution

  • 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.

Risk Management

  • 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.

Complexity

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Enjoy!