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.
Nada Aldahleh describes six characteristics of effective product owners.
Mike Griffiths looks at the statistics of the various credential programs from PMI, and plots a few trends.
Paul Ritchie breaks down what the new PMI recertification requirements mean to training organizations.
Steven Levy renews his membership in PMI, using software with an appallingly bad UX.
Bruce Harpham notes several things you can do to help new team members get up to speed, while instilling a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Harrin shares the contents of her reading pile. More accurately, her books to-finish-reading pile.
Jamie Hill extracts a few lessons from his new book, “Make Good Habits Stick.”
Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Wes Schaeffer on the art and practice of sales and negotiating for project managers. Plus career tips from Dev Ramcharan and the must-read PM articles list from your truly. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev on his new book, “Project Scope Management.” Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley have crafted a commercial for their new book, “Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel.” Just three minutes, safe for work, it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. This week’s flyover balloon has a sign proclaiming it to be “The Little White Chapel in the Sky.” Schedule an Elvis impersonator to officiate your hot air balloon wedding – only in Las Vegas!
Hendrie Weisinger begins a new series based on his book, “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most.”
Coert Visser reports on some recent research into mind-wandering. You know: like what happens during a tedious meeting? It might actually be a good thing, at times.
Rachel Bertsche introduces us to four folks in their late twenties who share their stories of how they worked their way into project management opportunities. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably in a position to help someone, like you were helped. Pay it forward!
PM Best Practices
Pawel Brodzinski looks at alternative ways to approach multiple projects in a portfolio.
Glen Alleman defines governance, at the business, IT department, and program level, and tells us why it’s necessary.