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 November 11 – 17. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
- Kailash Awati examines the gap between the idealized representations of business processes we design into our enterprise systems and actual day-to-day work patterns.
- Ugo Micoli recaps an unscientific (but still interesting) survey and comments from a LinkedIn group: What is the top reason for unsuccessful projects?
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bjarte Bogsnes, VP of Performance Management Development at Statoil, on applying the principles of Beyond Budgeting.
- PMI has published a series of research reports related to making the PMO a strategic force. Called “Strategic Initiative Management,” it’s definitely worth a read.
- Cyndee Miller reports from the PMO Symposium 2013 in San Diego.
- Andy Jordan contemplates the Enterprise PMO – a shared-services model – and what it means for IT and the rest of the organization.
- Henny Portman share a quick reference chart showing how a number of standards, frameworks, and other references models are related.
PM Best Practices
- Andy Makar summarizes a project schedule quality assessment prepared by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
- Glen Alleman notes a problem with emergent design: letting capabilities emerge is not the same thing as letting requirements emerge. The traditional term is a “scope change.”
- Allen Ruddock extols the virtues of presenting progress in terms of milestones.
- Philip Smith offers a model for how resistance to change evolves over time, and some of the factors that drive resistance.
- Anya Faingersh recaps the finer points of delegating.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Dr. Barbara Trautline about her new book, Change Intelligence. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Nancy Duarte on how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Rich Maltzman on sustainable project management. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Michiko Diby shares some thoughts on the Agile state of mind, as an introduction to a presentation on Agile leadership by Paul Ellarby. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
- Cyrille Dupuydauby notes that Agile is failing organizations, because the goals of the organization are not addressed by Agile methods.
- Chuck Snead describes an effective application of Agile, where Scrum provides a framework for structuring Extreme methods, within the context of a project.
- Pawel Brodzinski examines the “context switching tax” paid by teams working on multiple simultaneous projects.
- Terry Bunio returns from the SDEC13 conference in Winnipeg with enough new information to make a more nuanced assessment of #NoEstimates..
- Venkat Rao weaves together a thesis of emancipation and self-limiting aspirations, based on Tolstoy and Checkov. Excellent, but not for the casual reader.
- John Goodpasture summarizes General Colin Powell’s approach to “consuming analysis,” as recounted by a former intelligence community executive.
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.