AITS 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.
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.
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.”