New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 27 – November 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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- The second edition of Women Testers Magazine is now available. Not just for women or testers – this is some truly excellent content. Highly recommended!
- John Goodpasture considers two views of “architecture.”
- A Business Cloud News survey found that IT isn’t really driving SaaS adoption, and cloud-based applications are still providing data security challenges.
- Andy Jordan concludes his long series on organizational risk management.
- Johanna Rothman lays out an approach for tactical management.
- Bruce Benson makes the case for getting into the weeds – researching the history, understanding past performance, and scheduling based on demonstrated capabilities.
- Rebecca Mayville uses the butterfly as a metaphor for driving positive change.
- Michelle Stronach recounts a sad story of how she took over a project in progress, from a well-liked, competent project manager who passed away.
- Kailash Awati describes how to apply the principles of emergent design to enterprise IT.
- Glen Alleman shares his article, “Agile Program Management,” published in Cutter Journal. A long but excellent read.
- Mike Cohn continues his series on sprint planning with the commitment-driven approach.
- David Anderson notes that, as soon as organizations get used to time-boxing, they shrink the size of the boxes. Kanban (naturally) avoids this trap!
- Don Kim believes that the Scrum team will only succeed if the Product Owner truly understands what is needed and can communicate it effectively.
- Ravi Nihesh Srivastava proposes using Scrum to produce a high-quality technical proposal.
- Bob Tarne summarizes keys points from a recent presentation by Tom Peters.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Oana Krogh-Nielsen, Head of the PMO for the National Electrification Program for the Danish rail system, Banedanmark.
- Bruce Harpham interviews Terry Schmidt, whose resume begins with his internship at NASA during the Apollo Moon landing program, on strategic project management.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff at the PMI Global Congress, on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior rounds up with fellow Agilistocrats Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal to discuss Agile misconceptions they see in training classes. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni shares an article by Roxi Hewertson, “Lead Like it Matters.” Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig, Tony, and Renee interview Em Campbell-Pretty on the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 35 minutes, SAFe for work. Oh, stop rolling your eyes …
- Linky van der Merwe tells us about the African Storybook Project, which aims to translate children’s stories into African languages and publish them on the internet.
- Pat Weaver celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PMP examination with a brief history of PMI, the PMBOK, and the PMP credential.
- Ralf Finchett shows the Project De-Motivational posters he’s been working on, and asks if we have any ideas. Wait until I take my medication, Ralf …
- Kerry Wills finds the humor in Reply to All when “All” is the entire company.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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- Anna Hartley contrasts value engineering and simple gold plating.
- Nick Pisano dives into the definition and validation of framing assumptions, as a potential warning sign of impending project failure.
- John Goodpasture uses physics to explain why traffic in the slow lane moves faster as volume builds, and then applies the same principal to prove Brooks’ Law!
- Glen Alleman gives a quick summary of “The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software,” by Barry Boehm and Jo Ann Lane.
- Gary Hamilton and Jon McGowan share their best practices for managing projects with regulatory compliance as a critical success factor.
- Pat Weaver explains that good policy flows from the intersection of morals, ethics, values, and principals, and shows how they interrelate.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy criticizes financial incentives applied without an attempt to understand the problem.
- Mark Mullaly prescribes some actions to engage absentee sponsors.
- Bruce Harpham looks for negative cues – thing that should have happened, but didn’t – as a diagnostic for project health.
- Kerry Wills believes that the principal difference between project success and failure lies in issue management.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews two project management software collaboration products: activeCollab and twProject.
- Peter Taylor, author of “The Lazy Project Manager,” reminds us that you can work too hard to be effective in your job.
- Peter Saddington shares an interesting story of how lazy out-performs smart, if you give it a chance.
- Johanna Rothman reminds us that Agile and Lean are beneficial tools, but we have to adapt our culture to get any benefit from them. Of course, that takes time.
- Mike Cohn insists that while story points are about time, they shouldn’t be equated to some number of hours. It’s about relative time – so, Einstein was Agile?
- Bart Gerardi continues his series on Agile anti-patterns.
- Liz Keogh explains the difference between goals and capabilities.
- Manas Shirode coins a new phrase: Bonsai waterfall.
- Tushar Patel thinks that portfolio-management approaches can help project managers cope with Agile practices.
- Coert Visser addresses the “curse of knowledge,” and offers some ways to avoid talking past our stakeholders.
- Erin Carson advocates the PMP as a career development tool for engineers and software developers.
- Tom Taylor posts a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the “ups and downs” of managing projects and programs.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Jorge de la Guardia, on the history and future of the Panama Canal. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior is starting a new series of podcasts with Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal, on current trends in Agile. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Shawn Dickerson on the demand for leadership from project managers. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
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.