New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 23 – 29. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Ron Rosenhead shares some proven rules for project sponsors to use when briefing their project managers on the new project.
Harry Hall lists seven presentation principles that project managers can learn from the weatherman.
Toby Elwin distills some statistics on the Fortune 500 to make the point that the pace of change is increasing. And as project managers, we are agents of change! PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman describes a rigorous approach to estimating, which doesn’t assume that the past is entirely representative of the future.
Bruce Benson reports that, by starting their project planning earlier and focusing on quality, his company avoided finishing late and buggy.
Luis Seabra Coelho explains the difference between a project and a program.
Richard Lepsinger has some suggestions for helping remote workers stay connected.
Michelle Stronach looks at the PMO as a repository and source of “knowable project management.”
Ryan Ogilvie looks at knowledge management from the self-service perspective. It’s all about processing for consumption.
John Goodpasture considers the question of whether software actually fails, or just has faults. Burnt toast, anyone?
Nick Pisano looks into the sources of resistance to change, when enterprise software is the change agent.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews Mike Hughes, a consultant specializing in operational excellence, on why and how the IT department should say no. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski notes the inherent fallacy in the Shu-Ha-Ri model of learning new skills.
Johanna Rothman explains some of the reasons why managers need estimates.
Kaushik Saha defines the INVEST acronym for user stories.
Nada Aldahleh describes six characteristics of effective product owners. Professional Development
Mike Griffiths looks at the statistics of the various credential programs from PMI, and plots a few trends.
Paul Ritchie breaks down what the new PMI recertification requirements mean to training organizations.
Steven Levy renews his membership in PMI, using software with an appallingly bad UX.
Bruce Harpham notes several things you can do to help new team members get up to speed, while instilling a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Harrin shares the contents of her reading pile. More accurately, her books to-finish-reading pile.
Jamie Hill extracts a few lessons from his new book, “Make Good Habits Stick.” Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Wes Schaeffer on the art and practice of sales and negotiating for project managers. Plus career tips from Dev Ramcharan and the must-read PM articles list from your truly. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev on his new book, “Project Scope Management.” Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley have crafted a commercial for their new book, “Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel.” Just three minutes, safe for work, it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.
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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. Agile Methods
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. Leadership
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 … Pot Pouri
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 30 th 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.
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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. Agile Methods
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. Professional Development
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.
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