New Post at AITS: Toward a Better Source of Project Management Data

AITSBloggingAllianceAITS recently published my new post, where I call for a movement to take more modern approaches to sharing and analyzing project data among projects. In it, I trace the evolution of end user management data processing from the late 1950’s through the present day. I contend that our end user technology has evolved past a need for normalized, standardized data structures, and that we need to think in terms of data exchange, rather than data repositories.

You can read the article here. Most of the folks who visit this site spend a lot of time creating, analyzing and sharing project data with governance boards, portfolio managers, and executives, so I’m sure the subject has come up at some time. Please leave a comment at the article, if you want to share your thoughts.

New PM Articles for the Week of November 24 – 30

Balloon Over the WallNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 24 – 30. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Patti Gilchrist has prepared a checklist of essential skills required in order to manage a Big Data project.
  • Kailash Awati tutors us on the Issue-Based Information System; how it has evolved, and how Glyma implements IBIS.
  • Glen Alleman lists the critical success factors from a 2010 IBM report on managing complex projects and programs.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes James Brown’s presentation on organizational change management at Synergy 2014.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains the numbers used to express availability and uptime.
  • James Clifton does a quick overview, including pros and cons, of four digital project management apps: Wrike, Mavenlink, Clarizen, and ProWorkflow.
  • Mario Trentim points out that the key to stakeholder management is managing for the benefit of the stakeholders.
  • Henny Portman shares his updated stakeholder register.
  • Bruce Harpham publishes another one of his resource lists: 33 conflict management resources for project managers.
  • Allen Ruddock recommends that the PMO start with governance and work backwards from there.
  • Emanuele Passera applies the law of diminishing returns to explain why no solution is infinitely scalable.
  • Harry Hall reduces the “lessons learned” session down to three key questions.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman shares some recommendations for tackling complex, “wicked” problems.
  • Esther Derby considers the question: Has Agile crossed the chasm?
  • John Goodpasture summarizes key points from Scott Ambler’s presentation at a PMI event in Orlando. Not a receptive audience for this message, I’d guess.
  • Pawel Brodzinski relates the “happiness metric” used to gauge team morale with blood pressure, as a metric for impending damage to the organism.
  • Derek Huether reports that a patent for sale by Penn State might be the basis for future infringement suits, if you happen to be using certain common collaboration tools. Like a whiteboard and Post-it Notes.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Elizabeth Larson on using time management approach to improve our ability to manage project requirements. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Gojko Adzic on Agile methods ranging from XP to impact mapping to hamburger slicing. Just 45 minutes, safe for work.

Becoming More Effective

  • Seth Godin contrasts the last minute with the deadline, and notes that they are two different things.
  • Mike Girdler lists five keys to achieving a rhythm of continuous improvement.
  • Soma Bhattacharya won’t tell us her New Year’s resolution, but she does share her strategy for keeping it.
  • Tony Adams channels Nathaniel Hawthorne, on the difficulty of getting the message just right, for the intended audience.
  • Kerry Wills invokes Stephen Covey and Bruce Willis with the admonition, “SFTU or STFU.”


New PM Articles for the Week of October 27 – November 2

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 27 – November 2. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • The second edition of Women Testers Magazine is now available. Not just for women or testers – this is some truly excellent content. Highly recommended!
  • John Goodpasture considers two views of “architecture.”
  • A Business Cloud News survey found that IT isn’t really driving SaaS adoption, and cloud-based applications are still providing data security challenges.
  • Andy Jordan concludes his long series on organizational risk management.
  • Johanna Rothman lays out an approach for tactical management.
  • Bruce Benson makes the case for getting into the weeds – researching the history, understanding past performance, and scheduling based on demonstrated capabilities.
  • Rebecca Mayville uses the butterfly as a metaphor for driving positive change.
  • Michelle Stronach recounts a sad story of how she took over a project in progress, from a well-liked, competent project manager who passed away.

Agile Methods

  • Kailash Awati describes how to apply the principles of emergent design to enterprise IT.
  • Glen Alleman shares his article, “Agile Program Management,” published in Cutter Journal. A long but excellent read.
  • Mike Cohn continues his series on sprint planning with the commitment-driven approach.
  • David Anderson notes that, as soon as organizations get used to time-boxing, they shrink the size of the boxes. Kanban (naturally) avoids this trap!
  • Don Kim believes that the Scrum team will only succeed if the Product Owner truly understands what is needed and can communicate it effectively.
  • Ravi Nihesh Srivastava proposes using Scrum to produce a high-quality technical proposal.


  • Bob Tarne summarizes keys points from a recent presentation by Tom Peters.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Oana Krogh-Nielsen, Head of the PMO for the National Electrification Program for the Danish rail system, Banedanmark.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews Terry Schmidt, whose resume begins with his internship at NASA during the Apollo Moon landing program, on strategic project management.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff at the PMI Global Congress, on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior rounds up with fellow Agilistocrats Richard Cheng and Dhaval Panchal to discuss Agile misconceptions they see in training classes. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Margaret Meloni shares an article by Roxi Hewertson, “Lead Like it Matters.” Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig, Tony, and Renee interview Em Campbell-Pretty on the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 35 minutes, SAFe for work. Oh, stop rolling your eyes …

Pot Pouri

  • Linky van der Merwe tells us about the African Storybook Project, which aims to translate children’s stories into African languages and publish them on the internet.
  • Pat Weaver celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PMP examination with a brief history of PMI, the PMBOK, and the PMP credential.
  • Ralf Finchett shows the Project De-Motivational posters he’s been working on, and asks if we have any ideas. Wait until I take my medication, Ralf …
  • Kerry Wills finds the humor in Reply to All when “All” is the entire company.