New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 22 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Tad VanderVorste lays out a detailed approach to managing the development of integrations between systems that consume each other’s data.
- Cindy Wilkins articulates the content and value proposition of a contract management plan, for you government folks.
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation on how Glaxo Smith-Kline adopted and then refined their portfolio and project management tool.
- Barry Otterholt extols the virtues of milestones, from the perspective of the project sponsor.
- Allen Ruddock tells of how he got from pencil and paper to EverNote, and how he’s using it to manage the information his project generates.
- Glen Alleman notes that making complex choices in the absence of all desired information requires some estimates to fill in the gaps.
- Aaron Smith interviews Leslie Pratch on her use of personality assessments to identify what she has found to be a crucial leadership quality – active coping.
- Coert Visser identifies the two factors that enable growth: a growth mindset, powered by autonomous motivation.
- Peter Saddington explains the power of affinity, which consists of three core elements: leadership, environment, and culture.
- Laura Burford tells how to bond with your project sponsor.
- Kerry Wills lists his techniques for dealing with difficult people.
- Andy Jordan considers the costs associated with the “new normal” of excessive workload and long hours.
- Don Kim introduces us to the notion of Anti-FrAgile, as “introducing targeted disruptive shocks, which are enough to induce and promote growth and innovation.” Without killing the patient!
- Johanna Rothman describes an experiment for organizations that have people segregated into component teams to collaborate on one backlog.
- Mike Cohn shares a lesson learned from a user story that he wrote, which didn’t get the desired result.
- Peter Saddington shares an Email describing an appallingly bad start to a software project.
Following the Trends
- Kevin Coleman identifies five emerging technologies (OK, a couple of them are trends) that will soon appear in our project charters.
- Duncan Haughey lists five project management trends already changing the way we do business.
- Conner Forrest introduces the terminology, characteristics, and value model of Big Data.
- Jelani Harper breaks down the science of data management, expressed by CMMI in their Data Management Maturity model.
- Cesar Abeid introduces a new series of interview podcasts in support of his new book, “Project Management for You.” Just ten minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture shares some excellent advice on public speaking.
- Cheri Baker recounts an anecdote on the importance of eye contact, as a way to communicate respect.
- Liz Staplefoote shares some statistics on the IT hiring situation. Key statistic: the unemployment for people with IT experience is around 3%.
- Suzanne Lucas gives us some pointers on refreshing our resumes (even if we’re not looking for a job right now).
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 September 1 – 7. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture educates us on the art and science of preparing a request for proposal, or RFP. Must reading!
- Paul Glen explains why one person can’t be a project manager and a programmer, at the same time.
- Michel Dion walks us through the process of taking over a project from a departing project manager.
- Glen Alleman recounts the development of multi-criteria decision analysis.
- Bruce Benson shares a lesson learned from Little Caeser’s Pizza restaurants: small changes are sometimes enough to get big results.
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation to the Ireland Chapter of PMI, delivered by Mike Hughes, Office Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland.
- Gina Abudi reveals her secrets of evaluating the culture of a client organization.
- Nick Pisano tells why measuring technical achievement matters and how fits in with other progress metrics.
- Kenneth Darter lists the attributes of an effective project sponsor.
- Mike Cohn defends the notion that story points are about time and level of effort, rather than just complexity.
- Bart Gerardi looks at Agile anti-patterns, starting with translating story points to effort hours.
- David Baker explores how the business analyst fits into the Scrum framework.
- David Anderson explains how risk affects work in progress, using a real life example: the number of shirts he should keep in his closet.
- Tobias Mayer gives a tongue-in-cheek explanation of how to scale Agile, the same way you would scale a fish. Excellent!
Following the Trends
- Nick Heath reports that IT outsourcing firms in India are automating many of their technical jobs. Salaries are skyrocketing due to competition for engineers!
- Mike Frandsen reflects on how the move to continuous development at Workday has benefitted their customers and increased the pace of innovation.
- Jelani Harper gives us the background on data governance programs.
- Suzanne Lucas gives us Boomers and Gen-X types a few cultural insights (OK, warnings) on how these recent graduates will change our workplace.
- Lindsay Scott uses a cautionary anecdote to lead up to the question: What was the last conscious thing you did to benefit your PM career?
- Andrea Brockmeier shares her thoughts on preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.
- Michael Lopp describes your elusive but hyper-effective colleague, The Wolf.
- Susanne Madsen offers three critical questions that you can use to solicit feedback.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Patrick Coffin and Dustin Kahia on their upcoming film, “Call of the Void,” and movie project management. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews author Mark Phillips on his new book, “Reinventing Communication.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Margaret Meloni defines strategic reserve time, in the context of teams for whom the project is not their sole responsibility.