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:
PM Best Practices
- 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.
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.”