New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 1 – 7. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
John Goodpasture educates us on the art and science of preparing a request for proposal, or RFP. Must reading!
Paul Glen explains why one person can’t be a project manager and a programmer, at the same time.
Michel Dion walks us through the process of taking over a project from a departing project manager.
Glen Alleman recounts the development of multi-criteria decision analysis.
Bruce Benson shares a lesson learned from Little Caeser’s Pizza restaurants: small changes are sometimes enough to get big results.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation to the Ireland Chapter of PMI, delivered by Mike Hughes, Office Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland.
Gina Abudi reveals her secrets of evaluating the culture of a client organization.
Nick Pisano tells why measuring technical achievement matters and how fits in with other progress metrics.
Kenneth Darter lists the attributes of an effective project sponsor. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn defends the notion that story points are about time and level of effort, rather than just complexity.
Bart Gerardi looks at Agile anti-patterns, starting with translating story points to effort hours.
David Baker explores how the business analyst fits into the Scrum framework.
David Anderson explains how risk affects work in progress, using a real life example: the number of shirts he should keep in his closet.
Tobias Mayer gives a tongue-in-cheek explanation of how to scale Agile, the same way you would scale a fish. Excellent! Following the Trends
Nick Heath reports that IT outsourcing firms in India are automating many of their technical jobs. Salaries are skyrocketing due to competition for engineers!
Mike Frandsen reflects on how the move to continuous development at Workday has benefitted their customers and increased the pace of innovation.
Jelani Harper gives us the background on data governance programs.
Suzanne Lucas gives us Boomers and Gen-X types a few cultural insights (OK, warnings) on how these recent graduates will change our workplace. Professional Development
Lindsay Scott uses a cautionary anecdote to lead up to the question: What was the last conscious thing you did to benefit your PM career?
Andrea Brockmeier shares her thoughts on preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.
Michael Lopp describes your elusive but hyper-effective colleague, The Wolf.
Susanne Madsen offers three critical questions that you can use to solicit feedback. Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Patrick Coffin and Dustin Kahia on their upcoming film, “Call of the Void,” and movie project management. Just 57 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews author Mark Phillips on his new book, “Reinventing Communication.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
Margaret Meloni defines strategic reserve time, in the context of teams for whom the project is not their sole responsibility.
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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.