New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 3 – 9. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Cheri Baker explains why most of her consulting customers are social enterprises (and why that’s really cool).
- Linky van der Merwe examines PMI’s recent survey on the global growth of project management to understand what it means to us practitioners.
- Peter Taylor expands on a statement by J. LeRoy Ward regarding the ever-evolving practice of project management.
- Susanne Madsen exhorts us to become project champions.
- Steven Levy follows up on his series on risk management, with recommendations on how to apply the principles he described to a legal practice.
- Andy Jordan continues his series on managing risks across the organization, through collaboration and common processes.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman takes the point of view of the people who pay for a software development project to explain why estimates are needed.
- Henny Portman summarizes the Management of Value approach.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Ann Pilkington’s new book, “Communicating Projects.”
- Dave Wakeman tells why integrity, adaptability, and judgment are absolutely required by all project managers.
- Martin Webster tells us how to create a shared vision across the project team.
- Allen Ruddock explores a tough scenario on managing up.
- Michael Nir exposes the basics of stakeholder management, as told in a children’s book.
- Brett Beaubouef shares a technique for conducting an organizations fit/gap.
- Jennifer Lonoff Schiff collects twelve suggestions from data management and disaster recovery experts on how to design for data survival.
- Shim Marom describes the Cynefin model for problem domains, and finds a domain where #NoEstimates actually seems appropriate.
- John Goodpasture considers alternatives to complexity.
- Kailash Awati tells the fable of an architect and the conscience he argues with, to tell why you can’t just gather your requirements at headquarters.
- Matthew Squair explores the evolution of initial designs, from obvious to plainly unworkable.
- Kelsey van Haaster unpacks her thoughts about whether making an exception to the team’s Scrum timeline is Agile.
- Soma Bhattacharya asks whether managers are a benefit or a hindrance to Agile, and explains why a Scrum Master should not be a decision maker.
- Francesco Attanasio describes what he calls “Scrum Master 2.0.”
- Adam Zuzanski explores different ways to present information as a burn-down chart.
Podcasts and Videos
- Mark Phillipy hosts a Google Hangout to follow up on the second PM FlashBlog, Project Management Around the World. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Peter Saddington shares a recent TED talk by Rosalinde Torres on the three questions that great leaders contemplate in the 21st century. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 13 – 19. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Joe McKendrick summarizes key predictions from IDC for the “third platform” – mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.
- Louis Columbus says that 2014 will be the year that Big Data goes mainstream.
Leading Culture Change
- Peter Saddington identifies the challenges and rewards of changing the organization’s culture.
- Bertrand Duperrin considers the limits of driving cultural change via social collaboration and a “pull” process.
- Johanna Rothman expands on her previous post, arguing against “hiring for cultural fit.”
Leading Virtual Teams
- Eric Stacy examines the implications of virtual teams, and best practices.
- Cheri Baker looks at the benefits of moving to remote work and a “nomadic workforce.”
- Alina Varabie explains the bus factor: the number of people who need to be “run over by a bus” before your project is in trouble.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman applies some physics to the relationship between cost, scope, and schedule, and shows that it’s a “springy triangle.”
- Brad Egeland explores what it means to be a proactive project manager.
- Tony Adams reminds us that good project plans are designed to be flexible.
- Michael Greer wants us to embrace our inner plate-spinning juggler.
- John Gaziano explains the advantages of using RACI charts
- Andrea Brockmeier tells us why even small projects need a charter.
- Bruce McGraw looks at recent “troubled” public sector projects for key factors they had in common.
- Adriana Girdler details eight tips to wring more productivity out of your day.
- Ken Ideus shares some tips on breathing and being centered, for your next presentation.
- Martin Webster lists his top ten blog posts for 2013.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman on her new book, “Manage Your Job Search.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Todd C. Williams on why projects fail, and how they can be rescued. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Leslie Ekas and Scott Will look at Agile from the perspective of eliminating waste.
- Mike Griffiths: “Agile methods give more freedom and autonomy for teams to do the right thing, but it is the team members that act intelligently to improve things.”
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Make it Fly!” by Brigitte Cobb, which she describes as an excellent resource for “accidental project managers.
- Jamie Rubin recommends three largely unnoticed books on project management, from the managers of the Manhattan Project and two major NASA projects.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Laura Dallas Burford on her new book,”Project Management for Flat Organizations”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Ripped from the Headlines!
- Patrick Gray wonders about the impact revelations of spying by the NSA will have on the IT industry in the United States.
- Wally Bahny lists the top ten tech blunders of 2013.
PM Best Practices
- Niel Nickolaisen gives the CIO perspective on integrating Cloud and data center legacy apps.
- Nick Hardiman has put together a nice little dictionary of “Cloud” terminology.
- Andrew Makar shows a governance pyramid diagram that can demonstrate how your stakeholder analysis led to your communication plan.
- Tony Adams tells of a software deployment where the participants and stakeholders were treated like the audience to a performance.
- Allen Ruddock quotes Bananarama, “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way you do it.”
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic on how to balance development of your hard and soft skills.
- Chuck Morton extols the benefits of constructive conflict.
- Chris Tomich tells how he uses the issue-based information system (IBIS) diagramming technique to organize requirements (and so much more).
- Dick Billows demonstrates how to develop a work breakdown structure, starting from high-level deliverables.
- John Carroll: “The wise project manager understands the purpose of methodologies, tools and techniques and knows if and when to use them, but he allows them to fade into the background.”
- Kailash Awati looks into how objectivity and ethics really work in organizational decision-making.
- Luis Seabra Coelho explores choice architecture. Not a group of buildings, but the way you present alternatives to influence the decision. You know – marketing.
- Ron Rosenhead presents an interesting scope change process, where the person who wants the change is required to arrange a “challenge” meeting.
- Kenneth Darter talks us through building a business case for our project.
- Glen Alleman explains what you have to be able to do in order to have a seat at the table when the important decisions are made.
- Martin Webster shares his daily practices for time management (and actually getting things done).
- Shim Marom reminds us that chaos is in the eye of the beholder, not (necessarily) the participant.
- Michiko Diby describes an experiment in clarifying user requirements, by re-stating them as features.
- Jesse Fewell says we need to stop collecting requirements the way we’ve always failed at collecting them.
- Dave Prior interviews David Anderson on how to apply Kanban as an evolutionary approach. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture looks at scaling Agile down – all the way down to one or two.
- Lindsay Scott notes that, after experience and sector knowledge, hiring managers selected project managers based on personality and personal approach. Not in your resume? Well …
- Michael Morrell explains how Big Data is impacting recruiting.