I normally include references to articles and blog posts in my weekly round-up, but in this case, I wanted to go into more depth than my usual one or two sentences. Nick Pisano’s article at AITS this week looks like the capstone of his argument that IT project failure is less about unknown and unknowable risks than about poor management processes. His analysis runs from Black Swans to Babe Ruth, and from studies by Rand and McKinsey to his previous posts on the physics and economics of software development.
Nick concludes with nine very specific principles that should be the basis of every software development project selection and execution process. His underlying theme: improving the success rate of software projects lies not in the cryptozoology of unforeseeable events, but in the application of modern management techniques and evidence-based decision making. Projects should not be begun without clear objectives and success metrics, and they should be terminated when evidence of impending failure is identified.
It’s a long read, but well worth your time. Great job, Nick.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 21 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Tushnar Patel pulls a few key statistics from a recent survey of project portfolio managers by Innotas.
Shim Marom offers a few insights from his own experience on the clash of Agile and Waterfall approaches in organizations trying to make both work.
Johanna Rothman examines some unrealistic expectations that managers have about what their people “should” do. PM Best Practices
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mario Trentim’s new book, “Managing Stakeholders as Clients.”
Glen Alleman recommends a book by Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin, “The Art of Systems Architecting.”
Kailash Awati invokes Joseph Heller and Gregory Bateson’s double-bind theory in examining paradoxes at work.
John Goodpasture repeats advice from Dorie Clark on preparing for “networking events.”
Aaron Smith lists some of the key findings of the fourth annual benchmarking survey of PMO’s by ESI International
Ryan Ogilvie considers ways in which we can improve problem management, even when we’re not the problem manager. Agile Methods
Pawel Brodzinski notes the de-motivating effects of hierarchy-driven organization structures. Finding yourself at the bottom of a tall org chart is a definite downer.
Mike Cohn discounts the value of a complicated story hierarchy.
Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla-conscience, Hogarth, look at the possibility that the Pareto Principle might begin to explain resistance to Agile methods.
Mike Stuedeman identifies three common reasons organizations struggle with Scum and Agile.
Tom McFarlin shares how his approach to providing estimates for custom software development has evolved.
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Bruce Benson examines the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Air Force for lessons on the difference between a noble purpose and effectiveness.
Wanda Curlee see opportunities for project managers in the ever-evolving Internet of Things.
Tony Sarris, on the other hand, finds HAL enabled by the Internet of Things. I don’t relish the prospect of having conversations with the coaster under my beer.
Matthew Squair finds a moment of Zen in the news that hospital drug pumps can be hacked. Hannibal before the gates, indeed …
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
Susanne Madsen suggests a few things to do during your first month on a new job or project to set yourself up for success.
Richard Lepsinger reviews three leadership tactics that work fine in a hierarchic bureaucracy but usually fail in a matrixed organization.
Naomi Caietti briefly explains the key behaviors and skillsets of three key roles: project sponsor, project manager, and business analyst. PM Best Practices
Dave Wakeman has some suggestions for ensuring your project retains its strategic focus.
Elizabeth Harrin points out three common mistakes that project managers make, even when they know better.
Henny Portman reviews “The Abilene Paradox and other meditations on management,” by Jerry B. Hervey. Looks interesting.
Mike Clayton reviews “Transforming Business with Program Management,” by Satish Subramanian.
Matthew Squair reviews the history of nuclear reactor failures in explaining how the choice of a risk response can be influenced by uncertain estimates of the severity of a failure. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn hypothesizes a couple of situations where the product owner should be able to drive technical decisions.
Sally Elatta answers questions posed during her webinar, “Scaling Agile Metrics and Measuring What Matters.”
John Goodpasture addresses the need for preserving and accessing the knowledge created during the project, after it concludes.
Johanna Rothman has some advice for managers who want to reward individuals, rather than teams. Estimating
Podcasts and Videos
Dave Prior interviews Agile coach Derek Huether on how he uses Personal Kanban. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on the peope and relationships side of project management.
Samad Aidane interviews Wellpoint VP of Business Solutions Sarina Arcari, leader of PMI’s PMO of the Year Award winner. A little over an hour, safe for work.
Margaret Meloni tells a story of a project that needed a planning session, but in order to do that, needed to hit the Pause Just two minutes, safe for work. Outside the Lines
Lynda Bourne summarizes the scientific research into the relationship between happiness at work, productivity, and health.
Bruce Harpham outlines a strategy for expanding your job, as an approach to building your career.
Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas makes the case for not working on the weekend. It’s now summertime here in the northern hemisphere – enjoy it!
Ron Rosenhead tells how to solicit feedback as input to your personal development plan.
Venkatesh Rao introduces a series on the theories and teachings of John Boyd, Air Force strategist and father of the OODA Loop.
Linky van der Merwe summarizes the four pillars of emotional intelligence.
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