New PM Articles for the Week of February 9 – 15

Elephant in the RoomNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
  • Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.

PM Best Practices

  • Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
  • PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
  • Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
  • Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
  • Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
  • Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
  • Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.

Agile Methods

  • Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
  • John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
  • Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
  • Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.

Soft Skills

  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
  • Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
  • Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
  • Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
  • Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
  • Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
  • Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 2 – 8

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Erik Sofge canvasses AI researchers to see if there is any potential for malevolent super-intelligent machines. Isn’t this like asking Henry Ford if he’s worried about climate change?
  • Cynthia Zieman details the project management plan, which is not the same thing as the project plan.
  • Margaret Meloni argues for maintaining a high profile when working remotely. Just two minutes, safe for work.

PM Best Practices

  • Howard Baldwin ignores the hand-wringing failures sagas and seeks out stories from big-data projects that seem to have succeeded.
  • Michel Dion believes that the way to manage complexity is to have a flexible model that will guide monitoring your project’s health.
  • Stacey Barr suggests an approach to measuring results, rather than just activity.
  • Michael Wood proposes a structured approach to measuring the quality of the project management process.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Women in Technology Awards banquet in London.
  • John Goodpasture distinguishes between organizational change and organizational transformation.
  • Allen Ruddock notes that “best practices” for the PMO are only valuable if tailored to the needs of the organization.
  • Glen Alleman give a couple of examples of value at risk modeling.
  • Andy Jordan covers the basics of how a project manager should get to know the people on her project.
  • Ryan Ogilvie uses a football metaphor for service delivery.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman is so over the cone of uncertainty for software development estimation.
  • Ron Jeffries offers his thoughts on estimating software projects.
  • Amit Sarkar considers the importance of release planning in making Agile methods successful.

Soft Skills

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Matthew Turner on what he learned in writing his new book, “Successful Mistake.” Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin channels Maslow, constructing a Productivity Pyramid.
  • Cheri Baker tells us how to apply first aid for the psychological wounds suffered by teams, at the hands of abusive managers.
  • Coert Visser shares an anecdote about the challenge of helping a manager clearly communicate their expectations to the team.
  • Bertrand Duperrin says that Big Data, natural language process, and other advanced techniques might not change recruiting (and resume processing) as much as we think.
  • Scott Berkun extracts two key paragraphs about limited value of expert opinion, from an unclassified CIA study.
  • Mark Phillips expands on a criticism by George Orwell, of writers who use catch phrases and buzz words to express themselves – and do it poorly. PM’s take heed!
  • Nick Pisano explores the potential for a not invented here mindset to affect projects, organizations, and even entire societies.

Enjoy!

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.