New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – March 2. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Steven Levy continues his series on risk management with part 3. Links to the other articles in the series are on the top of each page. Highly recommended.
John Goodpasture explores the impact complexity has on cost and risk.
Geoff Crane defends his personal obsession with identifying project risks.
Elizabeth Harrin answers some questions on risk and issue reporting from one of her students.
Christian Bisson notes that risks aren’t always negatives. Sometimes, you can just have too much of a good thing. PM Best Practices
Shim Marom summarizes the arguments surrounding the #NoEstimates debate as a series of questions.
Glen Alleman addresses each of Shim’s questions on #NoEstimates.
Michael O’Brochta makes the case for establishing ethical standards and conducting ethics training, in support of ethical behavior.
Michelle Stronach recaps the current state of virtual training, from development of the materials to considerations for the learner.
Martin Webster covers coaching – why, how, and what questions to ask.
Alina Vrabie looks at the logistics of team collaboration – specifically, scheduling time for it.
Andy Jordan reflects on his experience remotely managing teams to identify lessons learned in maintaining project communication.
Anya Faingersh wonders whether management academic studies are relevant to the way we actually manage, and vice-versa. Project Governance
Jonathan Shaw has written a long article that illustrates why Big Data is a Big Deal. Highly recommended, but find a comfortable chair.
David Hillson summarizes the Five Capitals of Sustainability, as first described by the Forum for the Future in 2007.
Toby Elwin skewers the capability model as a substitute for competence.
Pawel Brodzinski explains why Kaizen boards, which track ideas for improvement and encourage team participation, usually don’t work.
Buddle Findlay tackles the procurement elephant in the room: making software development contracts Agile. Agile Methods
Peter Saddington gives us his thoughts on SAFe, the Structured Agile Framework, after attending the training.
Mike Cohn explains why the product owner has to make the call to abnormally terminate a sprint and start a new one.
Bart Gerardi offers some ideas on how to get the most out of your daily standup. For starters, don’t make it into a status meeting.
Rob Galanakis tells us why Scrum and XP fit so well together. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen on how to become a more effective leader. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bryan Barrow on his approach to project planning meetings, using index cards pre-printed with standard deliverables. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy interviews Carl Pritchard on his approach to risk management. Just 59 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Dr. Harold Kerzner describes PM 2.0 as a replacement for the traditional approach to project management. Meaning, the stuff he’s been writing about for 35 years.
Mike Griffiths examines the prospect that virtual teams may be the next revolution in work, by reviewing past revolutions and evolutions.
Andrea Brockmeir, Vicki James, Elizabeth Larson, and Richard Larson report on the trends that will affect project managers and business analysts in 2014.
Elizabeth Harrin notes four ways in which project management (and work!) has changed significantly in the last ten years.
Saritha Rai reports on India’s $75 million Mars orbiter mission. The U.S.A. can’t make a movie about going into space that cheaply! PM Best Practices
Jennifer Lonoff Schiff shares her tips for setting and managing expectations on IT projects.
Martin Webster explains how to get your team to the high-performing level. It starts with loyalty.
Patti Gilchrist addresses team building when your team is geographically distributed.
Steven Levy begins a series on calculating risk. Here’s part two.
Geoff Crane demonstrates how to put together a work breakdown structure, using “Saving Private Ryan: The Musical” as an example.
John Goodpasture warns that the excitability arising from our calculations should reflect the relative precision of our estimates.
John Reiling offers several key factors to consider during the buy-or-build analysis, when outsourcing is under consideration.
Marian Haus identifies several potential constraints on the project schedule, and how to address them. Project Governance
Glen Alleman links systems thinking to assessing costs and determining what a project is worth.
Michel Dion looks at the governance differences between project-oriented organizations and those where projects run in parallel with routine operations.
Mario Trentim continues his series on implementing a PMO.
Ashley Smith reports on a survey that found corporate counsel and compliance experts expect the growth of data protection laws to impact their global businesses. Agile Methods
Gil Broza lists his recommendations for preparing your organization to actually be Agile, rather than simply do Agile.
Shim Marom reviews a paper by Terry McKenna and Jon Whitty, on why Agile methods are not new, and why Agile is not going to be the last word.
Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the cost of delay, parts five and six.
Mike Cohn offers some examples of user stories for back-end systems, meaning those without human users.
Ritesh Gupta and Sharon Sharma tell how a Scrum team can address discovered value, meaning the requirements “discovered” as development progresses. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Stephen Weber from Less Meeting, who tells how to reduce the amount of time we spend on unproductive meetings. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Agile coach and author Kamal Mangani on transforming large organizations that struggle to use Agile methods. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Thanks to Michel Dion at Project Aria for publishing my guest post on planning project human resources management. Recommended:
Zavain Dar invokes Immanuel Kant, to argue that Big Data is helping us move from logical analysis to a search for synthetic truths.
Lyndsey Gilpin summarizes ten key things to understand about 3D printing. PM Best Practices
Kevin Korterud wants us to manage the procurement department as both a team member and as a project stakeholder.
Tony Adams revisits risk management, not as a list of things to avoid, but as a means to find opportunities we can exploit.
David Hillson answers three key questions about risk management in complex projects, and how the strategies of flexibility and resilience can make the difference.
John Goodpasture considers an innovative presentation by Glen Alleman as a three-body problem, and asks if there should be four, or even five?
Martin Webster notes five early warning signs of ineffective leadership.
Anya Faingersh identifies four drivers for schedule delays. Project Governance
Tim Cushing summarizes the appalling state of the TECS upgrade project run by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Chi-Pong Wong identifies the six critical success factors for PMO success.
Todd Williams reviews “Strategies for Project Sponsorship,” by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor.
Michel Dion notes that different types of projects have different definitions of success. Agile Methods
Mike Griffiths notes, “Agile processes are an enabler for intelligent action, but not a guarantee of it.”
Johanna Rothman continues her series on the cost of delay, with the cost of indecision and the cost of technical debt.
Wayne Grant shares three more techniques for keeping retrospectives from getting stale.
Vijaya Kumar Bandaru explains Scrum through the metaphor of prescribing and adjusting your medication when sick. Productivity
Joel Bancroft-Connors and Hogarth return from an eight-month absence with a post on [wait for it] … procrastination!
Lisa Evans makes the point that the office just might be the worst place to get things done.
Alina Vrabie reminds us of the origin of the eight-hour workday, and offers a few alternatives that might let us be more productive.
Michael Stanleigh lists twenty stress reducers for project managers.
Travis Bradberry explains how successful people stay calm.
Anita Bruzzese is on the warpath against bad Email practices. Podcasts and Videos
Elizabeth Harrin tells how to employ a customer satisfaction-centric project management improvement process. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid interviews David Sparks on how to tame the Email beast. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Mark Phillipy interviews Samad Aidane on how to apply neuroscience to understand cultural differences. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
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