New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Dr. Harold Kerzner describes PM 2.0 as a replacement for the traditional approach to project management. Meaning, the stuff he’s been writing about for 35 years.
Mike Griffiths examines the prospect that virtual teams may be the next revolution in work, by reviewing past revolutions and evolutions.
Andrea Brockmeir, Vicki James, Elizabeth Larson, and Richard Larson report on the trends that will affect project managers and business analysts in 2014.
Elizabeth Harrin notes four ways in which project management (and work!) has changed significantly in the last ten years.
Saritha Rai reports on India’s $75 million Mars orbiter mission. The U.S.A. can’t make a movie about going into space that cheaply! PM Best Practices
Jennifer Lonoff Schiff shares her tips for setting and managing expectations on IT projects.
Martin Webster explains how to get your team to the high-performing level. It starts with loyalty.
Patti Gilchrist addresses team building when your team is geographically distributed.
Steven Levy begins a series on calculating risk. Here’s part two.
Geoff Crane demonstrates how to put together a work breakdown structure, using “Saving Private Ryan: The Musical” as an example.
John Goodpasture warns that the excitability arising from our calculations should reflect the relative precision of our estimates.
John Reiling offers several key factors to consider during the buy-or-build analysis, when outsourcing is under consideration.
Marian Haus identifies several potential constraints on the project schedule, and how to address them. Project Governance
Glen Alleman links systems thinking to assessing costs and determining what a project is worth.
Michel Dion looks at the governance differences between project-oriented organizations and those where projects run in parallel with routine operations.
Mario Trentim continues his series on implementing a PMO.
Ashley Smith reports on a survey that found corporate counsel and compliance experts expect the growth of data protection laws to impact their global businesses. Agile Methods
Gil Broza lists his recommendations for preparing your organization to actually be Agile, rather than simply do Agile.
Shim Marom reviews a paper by Terry McKenna and Jon Whitty, on why Agile methods are not new, and why Agile is not going to be the last word.
Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the cost of delay, parts five and six.
Mike Cohn offers some examples of user stories for back-end systems, meaning those without human users.
Ritesh Gupta and Sharon Sharma tell how a Scrum team can address discovered value, meaning the requirements “discovered” as development progresses. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Stephen Weber from Less Meeting, who tells how to reduce the amount of time we spend on unproductive meetings. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Agile coach and author Kamal Mangani on transforming large organizations that struggle to use Agile methods. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Thanks to Michel Dion at Project Aria for publishing my guest post on planning project human resources management. Recommended:
Zavain Dar invokes Immanuel Kant, to argue that Big Data is helping us move from logical analysis to a search for synthetic truths.
Lyndsey Gilpin summarizes ten key things to understand about 3D printing. PM Best Practices
Kevin Korterud wants us to manage the procurement department as both a team member and as a project stakeholder.
Tony Adams revisits risk management, not as a list of things to avoid, but as a means to find opportunities we can exploit.
David Hillson answers three key questions about risk management in complex projects, and how the strategies of flexibility and resilience can make the difference.
John Goodpasture considers an innovative presentation by Glen Alleman as a three-body problem, and asks if there should be four, or even five?
Martin Webster notes five early warning signs of ineffective leadership.
Anya Faingersh identifies four drivers for schedule delays. Project Governance
Tim Cushing summarizes the appalling state of the TECS upgrade project run by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Chi-Pong Wong identifies the six critical success factors for PMO success.
Todd Williams reviews “Strategies for Project Sponsorship,” by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor.
Michel Dion notes that different types of projects have different definitions of success. Agile Methods
Mike Griffiths notes, “Agile processes are an enabler for intelligent action, but not a guarantee of it.”
Johanna Rothman continues her series on the cost of delay, with the cost of indecision and the cost of technical debt.
Wayne Grant shares three more techniques for keeping retrospectives from getting stale.
Vijaya Kumar Bandaru explains Scrum through the metaphor of prescribing and adjusting your medication when sick. Productivity
Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth return from an eight-month absence with a post on [wait for it] … procrastination!
Lisa Evans makes the point that the office just might be the worst place to get things done.
Alina Vrabie reminds us of the origin of the eight-hour workday, and offers a few alternatives that might let us be more productive.
Michael Stanleigh lists twenty stress reducers for project managers.
Travis Bradberry explains how successful people stay calm.
Anita Bruzzese is on the warpath against bad Email practices. Podcasts and Videos
Elizabeth Harrin tells how to employ a customer satisfaction-centric project management improvement process. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid interviews David Sparks on how to tame the Email beast. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy interviews Samad Aidane on how to apply neuroscience to understand cultural differences. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Kailash Awati examines the gap between the idealized representations of business processes we design into our enterprise systems and actual day-to-day work patterns.
Ugo Micoli recaps an unscientific (but still interesting) survey and comments from a LinkedIn group: What is the top reason for unsuccessful projects?
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bjarte Bogsnes, VP of Performance Management Development at Statoil, on applying the principles of Beyond Budgeting. The PMO
PMI has published a series of research reports related to making the PMO a strategic force. Called “Strategic Initiative Management,” it’s definitely worth a read.
Cyndee Miller reports from the PMO Symposium 2013 in San Diego.
Andy Jordan contemplates the Enterprise PMO – a shared-services model – and what it means for IT and the rest of the organization.
Henny Portman share a quick reference chart showing how a number of standards, frameworks, and other references models are related. PM Best Practices
Andy Makar summarizes a project schedule quality assessment prepared by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Glen Alleman notes a problem with emergent design: letting capabilities emerge is not the same thing as letting requirements emerge. The traditional term is a “scope change.”
Allen Ruddock extols the virtues of presenting progress in terms of milestones.
Philip Smith offers a model for how resistance to change evolves over time, and some of the factors that drive resistance.
Anya Faingersh recaps the finer points of delegating. Podcasts and Videos
Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Barbara Trautline about her new book, Change Intelligence. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid interviews Nancy Duarte on how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Rich Maltzman on sustainable project management. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
Michiko Diby shares some thoughts on the Agile state of mind, as an introduction to a presentation on Agile leadership by Paul Ellarby. Just 53 minutes, safe for work. Agile Methods
Cyrille Dupuydauby notes that Agile is failing organizations, because the goals of the organization are not addressed by Agile methods.
Chuck Snead describes an effective application of Agile, where Scrum provides a framework for structuring Extreme methods, within the context of a project.
Pawel Brodzinski examines the “context switching tax” paid by teams working on multiple simultaneous projects.
Terry Bunio returns from the SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg with enough new information to make a more nuanced assessment of #NoEstimates.. Pot Pouri
Venkat Rao weaves together a thesis of emancipation and self-limiting aspirations, based on Tolstoy and Checkov. Excellent, but not for the casual reader.
John Goodpasture summarizes General Colin Powell’s approach to “consuming analysis,” as recounted by a former intelligence community executive.