New 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.”
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New 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:
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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. Leadership
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 30 th 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.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 28 – August 3. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Todd Williams shares some insights gleaned from litigation over failed projects. Unless you only manage internal projects with in-house staff, you need to read this!
Glen Alleman articulates the key distinctions between fit for purpose and fit for use, and applies them to project management.
Pat Weaver outlines method for preventing, minimizing, or at least making visible, delays due to client inaction.
Andy Jordan presents an interesting case study of an outsourced portfolio management office. Or more accurately, outsourced PMO services. PM Best Practices
Pollyanna Pixton notes that it’s easy to get metrics wrong, and explains how to design them to be effective.
Craig Brown vents at project management textbooks that get the work breakdown structure wrong.
Bryan Barrow points out that there are some things that Kanban software can’t do as well as Gant charting software.
Bruce Harpham offers a few stress management best practices.
Elizabeth Harrin provides an executive summary of PMI’s “ Navigating Complexity” practice guide. PMI members can download the guide at no charge.
Kailash Awati mines a paper from the British Medical Journal for an understanding of how organizations deal with human error: scapegoats and systems.
Kiron Bondale lists the stakeholder questions you want to answer in your project kickoff meeting.
Gina Abudi details a set of roles and responsibilities for team decision making.
Nick Pisano considers the early stages of project execution, as the team establishes its operating rhythm.
Dan Stober shares the Q&A from his recent webinar on the project manager as business analyst. Agile Methods
Mike Burrows recounts his experience with implementing Kanban with a new team, and how they evolved from a generic process to just what they needed.
John Goodpasture expounds on the need for Agile methods to take compliance with external requirements (say, auditors and regulatory agencies) into account.
Shim Marom considers (and questions) the incremental value of “deeper” retrospectives. Professional Development
Cheri Baker recounts her recent experience with a French client who wasn’t enchanted with her “American cheerfulness.” Time to recalibrate!
Scott Berkun provides a master course in refining and delivering your pitch, so that your ideas get the traction they deserve.
Lynda Bourne details the steps in building your personal brand, and leveraging your knowledge of your business contact’s brand.
Karina Keith shares some factoids about the profession of project management, to help you get a little perspective. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Ky Nichol on the challenges of managing event projects like the World Cup and the Olympics. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Troy Magennis on how to apply the lessons from Money Ball to portfolio management. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Wheatley speaks with SAP America VP of Global Operations Tina Rosario on the growing importance of data governance. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley share a video of a presentation on innovation by former Obama administration CTO Aneesh Chopra. Over an hour, safe for work.
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