New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman channels W. Edwards Deming, to make the point that management is about prediction, and thus estimation.
Rachel Matthews provides some insights on selecting contingent workers, also known as “temps,” for engineering roles.
Bruce Benson reports on the finger-pointing lawsuits counter-filed by Oracle and the State of Oregon, from their failed Cover Oregon healthcare website.
Ireti Oke-Pollard offers some thoughts on how to improve software testing, by thinking like users.
Dave Wakeman shares his insights on leading with integrity, following recent media reports on failures of leadership in politics and sports.
Brad Egeland continues his series on the seven areas for project managers to focus on.
Patti Gilchrist applies lessons from art (Pablo Picasso) to structuring project management presentations. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski tells why values and principles are more important than practices, techniques, tools, and methods.
Jesse Fewell crunches the numbers to see which organizations are winning the “Agile certification wars.” All we are saying is give PMI-ACP a chance …
Johanna Rothman fine-tunes a post by Glen Alleman that management is prediction.
John Goodpasture applies a little physics to understand the drop in productivity, once the team hits 70% throughput capacity.
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy shares a “soup recipe” for building self-organizing teams.
Madhavi Ledalla rises to the challenge of conducting retrospectives with a distributed team.
Martin LaPointe tells how his family used Scrum to self-organize their recent relocation from Paris to Montreal. Following the Trends
Jennifer Zaino notes that, as the digital universe doubles in size every two years, data centers are evolving rapidly for high-density, green operations.
Kailash Awati explores the ironies of standardization and outsourcing enterprise IT.
Suzanne Lucas tells the story of an inflexible management team that couldn’t manage their “flexible” star employee. Professional Development
Podcasts and Videos
Michel Dion shares some feedback for you podcasters. Not the kind that blows out your speakers … the helpful kind.
Cesar Abeid interviews Tim Stringer on his approach to “holistic productivity,” which he developed while being treated for cancer. Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
Dave Prior interviews Rachel Gertz on applying psychological tools to project management. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 18 – 24. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. And yes, I took all of these hot air balloon photos right in my own neighborhood. Privacy? Well, they seemed friendly enough. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Glen Alleman imagines a conversation between a project manager, a team of software developers, and an iceberg.
Brad Egeland starts a new series with a look at customer satisfaction, and why it’s the most important success metric.
Jim Anderson speculates on the root causes of Avon’s recent SAP implementation failure. The users left the company, rather than switch? Wow …
Emanuele Passera applies the tenets of “locus of control” theory to project management.
Bruce Benson tells of the New Manager who wanted to help.
Ian Whittingham continues his look at project management applications for Leavitt and Dubner’s new book “Think Like a Freak.”
Christopher Merryman demonstrates ways that we can add visual presentation to our project reporting communications.
Dan Patterson makes the case for consensus-based planning.
Ron Rosenhead tells of the great new Projects web site at the University of Edinburgh, and asks us how much project information do we share?
Nick Pisano is perplexed by the academic community’s apparent lack of interest in Big Data.
Jen Skrabak maps Tim Ogilvie’s “design thinking” to project portfolio management. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn explains his approach to massaging the backlog for a three-month vision of where the product is going.
John Carroll explains the Taoist basis for Agile methods. Or at least, anti-rigidity.
Craig Brown and Tony Ponton interview a few attendees / thought leaders at Agile Australia in Melbourne. Just 25 minutes, safe for work. Professional Development
Elizabeth Harrin Interviews Terry Okoro, Chair of the APM’s Women in Project Management SIP on their 21 st anniversary conference in London.
Dave Prior advocates for experiential learning, also known as “getting a bunch of adults to play a game together.”
Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on methods for the Occasional PM. This episode: team structure.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 4 – 10. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on a framework for the occasional project manager.
Nick Pisano considers the challenges of integrating cost and schedule on large projects, especially for the federal government.
John Goodpasture details why Monte Carlo simulations are better quality than the estimates that go into them.
Andy Jordan tells of a “traditional” project manager’s quick adoption of Kanban.
Lynda Bourne builds on a pair of earlier posts with her thoughts on designing key performance indicators that actually drive performance.
Kevin Korterud selects “estimate to complete” as the most useful metric.
Susanne Madsen bullet points the rules for a perfect status report.
Bruce Benson finds that the best way to learn from experience is to build systems that remember (and implement) what you’ve learned.
Gary Nelson recalls an old friend’s old car, and wishes every project ran like a Honda Civic. And yes, that’s also an acronym …
Joanna Carlson analyzes the roll-out of the Minnesota Affordable Care Act site, MNSure.
Kerry Wills has a great metaphor for setting context for the issues we document. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman explains how to avoid three of the most common estimation traps.
Glenn Alleman points out the potential for disparate views of Agile, based on the domain, scope, and budget.
Mike Cohn notes that Agile does not mean equal, at least for the members of the self-organizing team. Be sure to read the comments – they help Mike clarify some points.
David Anderson continues his series on using Kanban for project management.
Sanjay Zalavadia explores the need for agility in embracing Agile, especially your test management strategy. Professional Development
Bryan Barrow shares his vision of our transition from project managers to project leaders.
Penelope Trunk explains the need to balance focus and breadth, in what she calls “cross-training.” Specialization isn’t just for insects!
Suzanne Lucas debunks some falsehoods about networking. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Carlos Flesh on managing projects in Latin America. It’s a cultural thing! Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
Carl Smith interviews Larissa Scordato on how she gave up her dream of being an archeologist to become a digital project manager. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner details his personal best practices for getting the most out of attending a conference. New Books
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bonnie Biafore’s new book, “Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.”
Ian Whittingham finds project management lessons in the follow-up to Freakonomics, “Think Like a Freak,” by Levitt and Dubner.
Bruce Harpham finds project management lessons in a biography of William Shakespeare, somewhere between tragedy and comedy …