New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 29 – September 4. And this week’s video: Jennifer Witt explains the risk register and how it is used. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Craig Kilford, owner of the new project management training review website CourseConductor. “Think of Course Conductor as ‘TripAdvisor’for project management training industry.”
Derek Huether adds his thoughts to an old post by Zbyněk Dráb on why discipline is far more productive than motivation. Definitely read the original; it’s a classic!
Steven Levy shares an anecdote from the early days of Windows 3.0 in order to demonstrate the difference in perception between failure and progress. And then closes with an old video by Concrete Blonde.
Karthik Subburaman provides a detailed guide to business process metrics, from what to measure to best practices in implementation.
Mike Clayton tutors us on how to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through three examples of realistic project risks and how to manage them.
Harry Hall describes key risk indicators and explains how to use them to avoid risk events.
William Davis demonstrates an elegant way to use Excel’s binomial functions to estimate a risk reserve from your risk register.
John Goodpasture strategizes for the Risk Management Office that has to deal with (or report to) an autocrat.
Jeff Collins lists the steps to establishing “risk intelligence” in your organization. Think of it as a special case of business intelligence.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the Scrum Guide Refresh for 2016. Just 46 minutes, safe for work, and vital if you want to keep up with Agile!
Carl Pritchard uses the Rio Olympics as an example of a complex project and explains the use of a tiered risk system. Excellent and timely!
David Koontz summarizes the Team Performance Model, by Drexler and Sibbet. Definitely a step up from the rhymes of the 50-year old Tuckman model.
Jordan Sims points out the project management challenges for the UK government in implementing the Brexit vote.
Glen Alleman examines the problems commonly encountered with project schedules and describes the appropriate corrective actions.
Jay Hicks shares some insights into PERT he got in a conversation with Rick Morris, host of the radio show The Work / Life Balance.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the maiden flight of Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to bring internet connectivity to the rest of the world. Just three minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall describes several responses that project managers might make to respond to stakeholder conflict – not all of them good.
Paul Culmsee and his kids prepared a four-minute video they call “A TEDdy Talk,” explaining his new book with Kailash Awati, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” Safe for work.
PMI announced that the PMBOK Guide-Sixth Edition, with extended coverage of Agile methods, and a practice guide focused on Agile will be released during the third quarter of 2017.
Elizabeth Harrin makes the argument that contributions to organizational strategic goals are a more useful project metric than alignment with those strategic goals.
Stuart Easton describes the annual project budgeting process as a “beauty parade,” and challenges the PMO to define value.
Priyanka Chakraborty reports that IT project failure rates are essentially unchanged from three years ago. If we can’t be good, let’s at least be predictable?
John Goodpasture expands on a quote from Tony Hoare to explore the inductive nature of software testing.
PMI has made their Pulse of the Profession 2016 report available for download. Title: “Delivering Value: Focus on benefits during project execution.”
Mike Griffiths models the business case for when software development outsourcing makes sense.
Glen Alleman shares his reading list of systems engineering textbooks.
Keith Foote gives us a primer on Big Data and cloud security.
Johanna Rothman posted a two-part series on how to get to a frictionless release. Here’s part 2.
Dave Prior interviews Liana Dore, Agile Governance lead for eVestment, on the Agile PMO. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn addresses the question posed by the #NoProjects folks.
Lance Knight recounts a tale of two Scrum teams: one with a ScrumMaster who understood team dynamics, and one … well, you get the idea.
Natalie Warnert notes that even software teams grieve at the end of their projects.
David Robins offers some thoughts on managing remote workers, from processes and tools to characteristics of people who can and cannot work well remotely.
Kathleen O’Connor interviews former HR executive Larry Solomon on his new book, “Translate, Motivate, Activate: A Leader’s Guide to Mobilizing Change.”
Michael Lopp announces coming release of the third edition of “Managing Humans.”
Bas de Baat lists the actions needed to get a team “in the zone.”
Working and the Workplace
Microsoft announced the Microsoft Professional Degree program, “A university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage in their career.”
Kristin Hillery collected ideas on maintaining work-life balance from a number of folks who work from offices in their home.
Elise Stevens interviews Jane Anderson on using LinkedIn to build your personal brand. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Suzanne Lucas briefs us on compliance with the new overtime regulations here in the US.