New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman channels W. Edwards Deming, to make the point that management is about prediction, and thus estimation.
- Rachel Matthews provides some insights on selecting contingent workers, also known as “temps,” for engineering roles.
- Bruce Benson reports on the finger-pointing lawsuits counter-filed by Oracle and the State of Oregon, from their failed Cover Oregon healthcare website.
- Ireti Oke-Pollard offers some thoughts on how to improve software testing, by thinking like users.
- Dave Wakeman shares his insights on leading with integrity, following recent media reports on failures of leadership in politics and sports.
- Brad Egeland continues his series on the seven areas for project managers to focus on.
- Patti Gilchrist applies lessons from art (Pablo Picasso) to structuring project management presentations.
- Pawel Brodzinski tells why values and principles are more important than practices, techniques, tools, and methods.
- Jesse Fewell crunches the numbers to see which organizations are winning the “Agile certification wars.” All we are saying is give PMI-ACP a chance …
- Johanna Rothman fine-tunes a post by Glen Alleman that management is prediction.
- John Goodpasture applies a little physics to understand the drop in productivity, once the team hits 70% throughput capacity.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a “soup recipe” for building self-organizing teams.
- Madhavi Ledalla rises to the challenge of conducting retrospectives with a distributed team.
- Martin LaPointe tells how his family used Scrum to self-organize their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal.
Following the Trends
- Jennifer Zaino notes that, as the digital universe doubles in size every two years, data centers are evolving rapidly for high-density, green operations.
- Kailash Awati explores the ironies of standardization and outsourcing enterprise IT.
- Suzanne Lucas tells the story of an inflexible management team that couldn’t manage their “flexible” star employee.
Podcasts and Videos
- Michel Dion shares some feedback for you podcasters. Not the kind that blows out your speakers … the helpful kind.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Tim Stringer on his approach to “holistic productivity,” which he developed while being treated for cancer. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Rachel Gertz on applying psychological tools to project management. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 4 – 10. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on a framework for the occasional project manager.
- Nick Pisano considers the challenges of integrating cost and schedule on large projects, especially for the federal government.
- John Goodpasture details why Monte Carlo simulations are better quality than the estimates that go into them.
- Andy Jordan tells of a “traditional” project manager’s quick adoption of Kanban.
- Lynda Bourne builds on a pair of earlier posts with her thoughts on designing key performance indicators that actually drive performance.
- Kevin Korterud selects “estimate to complete” as the most useful metric.
- Susanne Madsen bullet points the rules for a perfect status report.
- Bruce Benson finds that the best way to learn from experience is to build systems that remember (and implement) what you’ve learned.
- Gary Nelson recalls an old friend’s old car, and wishes every project ran like a Honda Civic. And yes, that’s also an acronym …
- Joanna Carlson analyzes the roll-out of the Minnesota Affordable Care Act site, MNSure.
- Kerry Wills has a great metaphor for setting context for the issues we document.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to avoid three of the most common estimation traps.
- Glenn Alleman points out the potential for disparate views of Agile, based on the domain, scope, and budget.
- Mike Cohn notes that Agile does not mean equal, at least for the members of the self-organizing team. Be sure to read the comments – they help Mike clarify some points.
- David Anderson continues his series on using Kanban for project management.
- Sanjay Zalavadia explores the need for agility in embracing Agile, especially your test management strategy.
- Bryan Barrow shares his vision of our transition from project managers to project leaders.
- Penelope Trunk explains the need to balance focus and breadth, in what she calls “cross-training.” Specialization isn’t just for insects!
- Suzanne Lucas debunks some falsehoods about networking.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Carlos Flesh on managing projects in Latin America. It’s a cultural thing! Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
- Carl Smith interviews Larissa Scordato on how she gave up her dream of being an archeologist to become a digital project manager. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner details his personal best practices for getting the most out of attending a conference.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bonnie Biafore’s new book, “Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.”
- Ian Whittingham finds project management lessons in the follow-up to Freakonomics, “Think Like a Freak,” by Levitt and Dubner.
- Bruce Harpham finds project management lessons in a biography of William Shakespeare, somewhere between tragedy and comedy …
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.