New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Scott Berkun shares the notes from his data analysis presentation at the Warm Gun 2013 conference on measurable design. The model matters more than the data!
- Michael Greer tells a story, illustrating how simply requesting sign-off in order to proceed can be a powerful tool for getting decisions finalized.
- Terry Bunio lists four critical qualities for a good manager.
- Michael Lopp catalogs three basic roles for leaders. “In order to build epic shit at scale, a colorful tapestry of talent and degrees of experience is essential.”
- Martin Webster asks if your leadership is actually slowing progress.
- Peter de Jager shares his thoughts on helping a team form by creating opportunities for them to collaborate.
- Cheri Baker recaps a few good communications habits that can make our colleagues feel more at ease.
- Kenneth Darter takes a moment to help us develop our face-to-face social skills.
- Cyndee Miller offers one final observation from PMO Symposium 2013: PMO Directors need to think like executives.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Angel Berniz, who explains how the new project management standard, ISO 21500, will impact us.
- Vincent McGevna defends the application of processes to the execution of projects.
- Todd Williams breaks down the roles and responsibilities of the folks charged with rescuing a failed project.
- David Hillson suggests a framework for identifying project risks, based on Edward de Bono’s Six Value Medals. You might remember de Bono for the Six Thinking Hats.
- Luis Seabra Coelho examines the cognitive bias known as functional fixedness, and how it might apply to motivation.
- Anya Faingersh recounts an old story that illustrates why an expensive solution delivered now beats a cost-effective solution, delivered too late.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Naomi Caietti, who explains how women in project management roles can achieve the right degree of assertiveness. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Ricardo Vargas, who explains his approach to quantifying a qualitative risk analysis. Nerdy, but interesting ; 23 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Francis Wade on his consulting practice and book on time management. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
- Glen Alleman critiques NPR journalista Elise Hu’s article on why Heatlthcare.gov was doomed from the start.
- Jesse Fewell came from the Washington, D.C. Scrum User’s Groups with new insights into why the roll-out of Healthcare.gov failed so badly.
- Shim Marom articulates the difference between doing Agile and being Agile.
- Derek Huether covers the key barriers to Agile adoption, as found by VersionOne in their annual survey.
- Harold Kerzner describes a family Thanksgiving, from a project manager’s point of view. But the PM is not the person actually in charge …
- Karina Keith rounds up three blog articles on how to maintain your productivity over the holidays. Makes me wonder if someone is missing the point.
- Belle Beth Cooper has collected ten statistics on social media that should inform your company’s strategy for marketing and communication.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Mike Griffiths finds inspiration for Agile horrors in Halloween. The Frankenstein process, Zombie projects, and other year-round terrors now have names!
- Cesar Abeid interviews Frank Saladis, the man who first proposed International Project Management Day. Just 50 minutes, and safe for work.
- Shim Marom recaps an on-going LinkedIn discussion of who bears responsibility for a failed project, weighing in with his own thoughts at the end.
The Strategic View
- Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways, makes the business case for bridging the gender gap. All success begins with opportunity!
- Esther Derby finds problems with the legacy management assumptions that we have embraced, and seeks solutions in new assumptions about workers and work.
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin has developed a new e-learning course, “Better Project Status Reports.” And for just a bit more, she’ll critique one of your status reports!
- Chuck Morton concludes his series on project governance with maturity level five.
- Glen Alleman explores the value of estimates to the stakeholders.
- John Goodpasture calls us to take balanced approach to risk assessment – impact and probability both matter. Of course, there’s also the 1% doctrine.
- Allen Ruddock recalls taking on a failing software implementation project, and recovering from the disaster that was their first few weeks of operation.
- Samad Aidane continues his series on how to be a happy project manager, with his thoughts on a productive relationship with the project sponsor.
- Martin Webster took a straw poll of his team and found four reasons they were frustrated with their leadership.
- Joe Crumpler explains how he and his team have been using Asana to capture, document, inform, and do the little tasks that keep coming their way.
- Kerry Wills wants his project teams to apply the security slogan, “If you see something, say something” to progress and risk monitoring.
- Johanna Rothman offers her high-level strategy for fixing the Healthare.gov website.
- Peter Saddington has prepared an FAQ for management and the Human Resources folks on the Scrum Master role.
- Scott Berkun on zombie meetings: “Often there is one person who … will keep feeding the zombie with the coworker’s brains just to preserve that feeling [of power].”
- Neil Killick reminds us that the value of a daily stand-up meeting is the opportunity for the team to collaborate.
- Pawel Brodzinski explains his five-minute effectiveness test for Kanban or task boards.
- Bob Tarne shares lessons learned from an article by Ryan Singer on tailoring Agile to meet the needs of the work at hand.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy says happiness and Agile both come from the pursuit, not the imagined end state.
- Luis Seabra Coelho applies the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) to project management.
- Naomi Caietti interviews Penny Pullan, project management author, entrepreneur, and host of the virtual Business Analysis Summit. 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Anya Faingersh addresses style – specifically, our management style.
- Karina Keith has collected some computer keyboard shortcuts that will make you more efficient. I picked up two new ones right away – Thanks, Karina!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 14 – 20. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler shares some lessons in negotiation, based on the recent U.S. government financial cliffhanger. Parts one and two.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports on Andrew Hubbard’s presentation at Conference: Zero. Andrew is the editor of the APM’s Project Magazine.
The Strategic View
- Johanna Rothman reflects on how Sony lost their mojo (and market share), and what project portfolio managers can learn from their sad experience.
- Peter High reports on the top ten strategic technology trends for 2014, as envisioned by the Gartner Group at their recent ITxpo in Orlando.
- Ron Rosenhead recounts a conversation with a retiring Director, who admitted that their perceived success in project delivery wasn’t accurate. And what he should have done about it.
- Daniel Burrus recommends a consultative approach, using knowledge and wisdom to add value.
PM Best Practices
- John Goodpasture points out that, due to limited historical data, most projects live in a One-Sigma range, where RMS is the analytical tool of choice.
- Andy Jordan explains the right way to use historical data.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Erik Fisher, podcaster and author of “Beyond the To-Do List.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
- Bernardine Douglas lists some steps to take to get your project out of the ditch.
- Nate Crews gets us up to speed on stakeholder management, as described in the PMBOK, Fifth Edition.
- Allen Ruddock looks at the mix of methodologies, tools, and procedures we’ve adopted to manage projects, and decides the silver bullet is the people.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on three chapters of her new book, “The Handbook of People in Project Management.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Kerry Wills shares the eight principles described in his second book, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.”
- Glen Alleman explains what risk management is, and why Agile and #NoEstimates are not risk management. Not that there’s anything wrong with Agile!
- Peter Saddington provides the Agile Coach’s take on making effective decisions.
- John Reiling wonders if the problems in the initial roll-out of www.healthcare.gov will renew federal government interest in Agile project management.
- Tatiana Czuchnowsky sings the praises of mobile apps Genius Scan, Evernote, and Dropbox.
- Will Kelly has lined up six SaaS tools for distributed teams.
- Brian Tullis tells of his experience so far in a graduate-level course in personal learning networks.
- Kailash Awati shares a satirical parable of ABSERD customer service.
- Shim Marom offers some well-known examples of brevity, and obscure verbosity.