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 July 29 – August 4. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Esther Derby thinks the key to making teams of specialists work together is T-shaped people.
- Glenn Alleman gives his best rebuttal yet to the #NoEstimates movement.
- Jesse Fewell: “A key reason for estimating work is to discover throughput constraints, before the work begins.”
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews six women who returned to work after maternity leave, and finds that it isn’t always easy.
- Cheri Baker recommends that you fall in love with your job again. Or, take a week to not give a S*#t, if that works better.
- Shawn Kent Hayashi has a radical idea: criticism is a form of collaboration.
- Bertrand Duperrin observes that advanced analytics both support change and drive change.
- Peter Tarhanidis shares ten design principles we should use in preparing change management plans.
- Tristan Wember defines the RACI matrix, and how it should be used.
- Ian Webster illustrates how risk management strategies apply to roulette.
- Conrado Morlan addresses the needs of Generation Y in recording lessons learned.
- Bruce Benson notes that the customer needs you to say “no” from time to time.
- Martin Webster gets down to basics with the project communication plan.
- Zyma Arsalan shares an anecdote on a key project risk: poor quality of communication and collaboration.
- Shim Marom quotes “The Godfather,” to illustrate the idea that bad news needs to be communicated immediately.
- John Reiling explains the difference between production management and project management, and how they are intertwined.
- Scott Berkun lists some facts and myths about remote work.
- Robert Bell asks if you could manage projects from an office in your home? Sure, I’ve done it for years …
- Mike Griffiths does a comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMBOK approaches to managing projects.
- John Carroll reflects on how project managers need to master both the Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) aspects of leadership.
- Delwyn Ooi makes the point that the key to controlling your project control lies in controlling stakeholders, expectations, and team.
- Kerry Wills has a new book out, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.” He advocates taking a “consultative approach.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Angela Workman-Stark recounts how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police learned to manage and drive change, after initially failing.
- Elizabeth Harrin reflects on a heat wave, re-purposed artifacts, and the laundry, all on her first day back to work from maternity leave.
- Scott Berkun recaps chapter 8 of his book, “Making Things Happen,” on how to make good decisions as a project manager.
- Bertrand Duperrin observes an interesting side effect: effective collaboration reduces the number of workers needed for success, thus killing jobs.
- Cyndee Miller comments on a report from The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, sponsored by PMI, called “Why Good Strategies Fail.”
- Craig Brown suggests maybe we just need to simplify our strategy and focus on the main thing.
- Will Kelly summarizes what has changed in PMBOK5, and what it means to those taking the PMP exam.
- Glen Alleman offers some reading material on software cost estimating. Actually, it’s a whole reference shelf.
- Gary Nelson warns that zombies may be invading our projects. But there’s a cure, and it doesn’t involve violence.
- Ellen Gottesdiener explains how to manage scope as you discover requirements.
- Martin Webster covers the basics of how to write a project plan.
- Mike Griffiths considers the fine balance between planning away uncertainty, and executing away uncertainty.
- Barbara Shannon tells us how to make people love our projects, by limiting the number of them.
- Shim Marom raises the ethical question, “Are truthfulness and project management mutually exclusive?”
- Neil Killick considers the ethics of letting his team fix bugs they didn’t create, at the expense of the work they’ve been asked to do.
- Bruce Benson argues that your “best people” may not be the ones loudly finding fault with everyone else.
- Andy Jordan addresses the question: how do you determine the value-add of your PMO?
- J. LeRoy Ward notes some studies that indicate organizations with a lot of PMP holders tend to have more successful project outcomes.
- John A. Byrne lists ten tough questions that interviewers at the Harvard Business School MBA program are asking applicants.
- Jorge Valdés Garciatorres advocates the art of active listening.
- Kerry Wills has some opinions on what makes for an effective EMail. Mostly, it’s brevity.