New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended:
Dr. Harold Kerzner weighs in on Healthcare.gov, the Death Star, and why so many high-visibility IT projects fail.
Tim Wasserman explores leading change from the middle.
Anya Faingersh shares a story about success and failure, from an article published in a military journal in 1905 – some lessons are eternal! The Strategic View
Daniel Burrus distinguishes between creativity and innovation, and offers some strategies for making us more effective at both.
Olaf Swantee reports on machine-to-machine technology, “the internet of things.” General Electric thinks it might add $US 10-15 trillion to world GDP in years to come.
Susan Crawford considers the problem-plagued rollout of Healthcare.gov and what it will take to create a tech-savvy government.
Cyndee Miller notes that the two key skills for project managers might now be sales and leadership, with quotes from author Mark Sanborn.
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Elizabeth Harrin reports on a presentation on tools for empowerment and managing virtual teams at Conference: Zero by Ulrik Moes.
Glen Alleman takes his turn analyzing the difficulties surrounding the Healthcare.gov web site.
Joe Wynne tells a tale of discovering requirements too late to plan for them, but not too late to be have to comply with them.
Ian Webster notes that nearly projects will have one or more single points of failure, who happen to be a person.
Joe Crumpler has found that even the word “system” means different things to different people.
Michael Girdler lets us in on the decision process that Cornerstone Dynamics followed to determine whether they needed a mobile app or mobile web site.
David Hobbs recommends taking a product view when managing a web site project. “There is no finish line for the site owner.”
Barry Hodge shares a deck with eight topics for a successful kickoff.
Kerry Wills extols the simple virtues of following up on commitments. Agile Methods
Peter Saddington has a new FAQ: most common management questions on the Scrum product owner role.
Johanna Rothman asks, why do we estimate? And offers some small-scale alternatives.
Craig Brown crowd-sourced an Agile reading list from his fellow practitioners in Oz.
Shim Marom looks at applying Agile across the organization, and why acceptance of Agile methods seems to be proceeding so slowly. Pot Pouri
James Roberts reports on a survey of UK IT directors from recruiting specialist Robert Half. Top skills being sought: the cloud, security, and project management.
Scott Berkun shares his professionally prepared checklist for giving a great talk.
Cheri Baker has gradually morphed from ENFP to ENFJ. What, you don’t know your Myers-Briggs personality type? Here’s an assessment questionnaire.
Eric Rosenbaum shows us some examples of presenting complex data in charts, long before Big Data or even computers. It’s not all about technology!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 14 – 20. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! Recommended: Must read
Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler shares some lessons in negotiation, based on the recent U.S. government financial cliffhanger. Parts
one and two.
Elizabeth Harrin reports on Andrew Hubbard’s presentation at Conference: Zero. Andrew is the editor of the APM’s Project Magazine. The Strategic View
Johanna Rothman reflects on how Sony lost their mojo (and market share), and what project portfolio managers can learn from their sad experience.
Peter High reports on the top ten strategic technology trends for 2014, as envisioned by the Gartner Group at their recent ITxpo in Orlando.
Ron Rosenhead recounts a conversation with a retiring Director, who admitted that their perceived success in project delivery wasn’t accurate. And what he should have done about it.
Daniel Burrus recommends a consultative approach, using knowledge and wisdom to add value. PM Best Practices
John Goodpasture points out that, due to limited historical data, most projects live in a One-Sigma range, where RMS is the analytical tool of choice.
Andy Jordan explains the right way to use historical data.
Cesar Abeid interviews Erik Fisher, podcaster and author of “Beyond the To-Do List.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
Bernardine Douglas lists some steps to take to get your project out of the ditch.
Nate Crews gets us up to speed on stakeholder management, as described in the PMBOK, Fifth Edition.
Allen Ruddock looks at the mix of methodologies, tools, and procedures we’ve adopted to manage projects, and decides the silver bullet is the people.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on three chapters of her new book, “The Handbook of People in Project Management.” Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
Kerry Wills shares the eight principles described in his second book, “Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery.” Agile Methods
Glen Alleman explains what risk management is, and why Agile and #NoEstimates are not risk management. Not that there’s anything wrong with Agile!
Peter Saddington provides the Agile Coach’s take on making effective decisions.
John Reiling wonders if the problems in the initial roll-out of www.healthcare.gov will renew federal government interest in Agile project management. Pot Pouri
Tatiana Czuchnowsky sings the praises of mobile apps Genius Scan, Evernote, and Dropbox.
Will Kelly has lined up six SaaS tools for distributed teams.
Brian Tullis tells of his experience so far in a graduate-level course in personal learning networks.
Kailash Awati shares a satirical parable of ABSERD customer service.
Shim Marom offers some well-known examples of brevity, and obscure verbosity.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 7 – 13. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! In the three-plus years I’ve been curating these weekly lists, I’ve always grouped related items, although that wasn’t always apparent to readers. So I’m now adding section titles to the groups of related links. I’ll base the titles on the content, of course, so expect them to vary from week to week. Recommended:
Elizabeth Harrin notes four benefits you can achieve with well-managed stakeholders.
Shim Marom lists some project management principles that apply to business operations, as well.
Scott Berkun has some advice for the next Microsoft CEO: hire leaders who are eager to experiment, and free them do it. SaaS and the Cloud
Louis Columbus argues that Salesforce is more than just CRM as a service: increasingly, they are the Cloud development platform of choice.
Steve Ranger looks at how the Cloud is impacting outsourcing, still one of the few growth areas in IT. Agile
John Goodpasture has discovered how 3D printers are making hardware development Agile, by shortening the feedback loop.
Peter Saddington gives his perspective on dealing with conflict – both healthy and unhealthy.
Craig Brown suggests a work-in-progress approach to project portfolio management. A PMO Kanban board? Why not? Anticipating Developments
Daniel Burrus notes that we’re moving from rapid change to rapid transformation.
Adario Strange reports on a fascinating development from Disney Research: touch screens with tactile feedback. Once you get past the potential Virtual Pet apps, the mind boggles. PM Best Practices
Henny Portman reviews Simon Buehring’s eBook on Prince2.
Allen Ruddock provides guidance on estimating project task duration, starting from the WBS and working down to the details.
Andy Jordan gives a brief tutorial on how to conduct a cause and effect analysis, using Ishikawa fishbone diagrams.
Kevin Korterud walks us through a great weekly status meeting. Chuck Morton continues his series on project governance, with maturity levels
two and three. Pot Pouri
Martin Webster explains what makes us introverts tick.
Sean Whitaker offers a concise explanation of project management standards, frameworks, and methodologies.
Daniel Hemhauser has accumulated a list of Twitter Hashtags related to project management. Apparently, there’s a lot more than just #pmot. – who knew?