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:
PM Best Practices
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 …
- 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 30th 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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 11 – 17. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Pawel Brodzinski expands on Jerry Weinberg’s definition, as “a process of creating an environment where people become empowered.”
- Mike Griffiths considers the limitations of graphical depictions of data, when the information we should be consuming doesn’t graph so well.
- Ammar Mango plots alternative routes through conflict.
- Bryan Barrow explains his alternative to Post-It Notes for facilitating a project planning exercise.
- Michael Girdler extols the virtues of a good scope statement.
- Roberto Toledo lists his guidelines for fostering innovation.
- Bruce Harpham begins a series on regulatory project management.
- Dovilė Misevičiūtė notes that most attempts to institute time tracking fail within the first few months, usually for the same reasons.
- Rachel Burger spoils “Guardians of the Galaxy,” pointing out the project management lessons. You could have at least waited until the DVD came out …
- Kevin Aguanno compares use cases and user stories, and how each can be the right tool for the job.
- Bart Gerardi explores Bill Wake’s acronym, INVEST, on how to improve the quality of user stories.
- Mike Cohn reflects on the balance of specialists and generalists in that most Agile team, the sandwich shop.
- John Goodpasture explores the need for a release sign-off when applying Agile methods. Because it’s not just about software developers.
- Chuck Morton continues his series of comments on Peter Morris’ article in the October PM Journal. This episode: Agile is not a project management discipline.
Following the Trends
- Albert Barron explains [whatever] as a service, using pizza. Yes, even your grandmother will understand this one. Admirable, Albert!
- Marco Visibelli shares recent lessons learned that tell us how companies make (and lose) money on Big Data projects.
- Rich Maltzman interviews Kim Marotta on how MillerCoors is applying a sustainability strategy to improve performance.
- Matthew Kosinski interviews Workday’s Liz Dietz on their upcoming Higher Education product.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Rich Maltzman of EarthPM on applying sustainability practices to project management and the PMBOK. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Thomas Juli about integrating personal happiness and focus with project success. Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Glen Alleman links us to seven podcasts from Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller of the Software Engineering Institute on the principles of Agile development.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Project Management Workflow: A Business Process Approach,” by Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman.
- Henny Portman reviews Alan Ferguson’s new book, “Integrating Prince2.”
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 23 – 29. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:
- Conrado Morlan uses lessons from the Formula One racing circuit to illustrate risk management.
- Kerry Wills explores the parallels between soccer and project management. Or, for those outside the U.S., football and project management.
- Kevin Korterud finds project management lessons in effective World Cup coaching.
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman helps us on our search for the simple solution for our complex problems, by telling us the simple truth: there isn’t one.
- Samad Aidane has published an ambitious series of articles on LinkedIn: ERP Projects, the complete guide.
- Tom Barnett shares his all-purpose framework for planning a SaaS application implementation.
- Dr. Karen McGraw offers some ideas on how to effectively manage organizational change.
- Esther Schindler addresses the most difficult challenge in modern project management: a virtual team of freelancers and contractors.
- Omar Al-Hajjar looks at ways for work-at-home team members to be effective.
- Chuck Morton considers another philosophical question: should the project manager work toward effectiveness goals, or just efficiency goals?
- Linky van der Merwe relates a case study of a stressful project in Mauritania, where the culture and environment presented unique challenges.
- Harry Hall tells us how to audit compliance and effectiveness of project management risk processes, within a PMO.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley preview their recorded presentation at the PMI Scheduling Community of Practice, on the long-term perspective.
- Elizabeth Harrin posted her June roundup of project management news.
- Mike Cohn explains why guitar hero Alvin Lee, whose “I’m Going Home” was a high point of “Woodstock,” would be a great Scum team member. Crazy ‘bout my baby!
- Pawel Brodzinski believes the best way to limit work in progress might be to make it harder to start new projects than to finish them.
- Dele Oluwole notes that the tester has a substantial in the Scrum team.
- Michelle Stronach tells how to be successful as a consulting project manager.
- Simon Buehring interviews Lindsay Scott on the career prospects for women in project management.
- Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews begin a series on how to succeed as an “occasional” project manager (as opposed to a “career” project manager).
- Venkat Rao observes that complex debates are not about winning, but about “winning over” people to your point of view.
- John Goodpasture describes an interesting approach to enforcing an honest debate: have the opposing sides summarize each other’s best arguments.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews David Blumhorst, who says project success is about achieving business goals. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig Smith and Renee Troughton interview visual facilitator Lynne Cazaly. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.