New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 15 – 21. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin describes Project Management as a Service. Not outsourcing, but a change in approach.
- Johanna Rothman debunks the notion that competition among teams produces better products.
- Glen Alleman debunks a debunking of myths and half-truths about estimating.
- John Goodpasture explores the idea of cascading risks: where one damned thing leads to another.
- Ron Rosenhead reflects on what he’s learned over the past year.
- Harry Hall shares the lessons learned from this year’s Christmas tree disaster. Yes, even the Nativity Celebration needs a risk management plan …
- Gary Booker illustrates a model of accountability, as a governance and operating practice.
- Ryan Ogilvie considers whether communication is more effective when more structured or more personalized.
- Ulf Eriksson gives us his recommendations for writing more effective test cases.
- Mike Cohn recommends that product owners should expect the development team to make a few adjustments to the sequence that they work the backlog.
- Joanne Wortman argues that the key to success in an Agile initiative is taking the time to get the architecture right.
- Michiko Diby is noticing that Agile values and methods are creeping into her off-duty life.
- Kam Zaman reports on his success in implementing the elusive “dual-track Scrum.”
- Carleton Chinner outlines three critical trends that will directly impact the practice of project management.
- Michel Dion reflects on the evolution of project management, as the wall between operations and projects melts away.
- Jennifer Zaino projects the future of cognitive computing, for 2015 and beyond, in health care, retail, and other industries.
- Kent Schneider traces four critical trends related to data breaches and security that will affect our projects in 2015.
- Seth Godin contributes his “annual plan construction set” of meaning-free buzzwords and phrases, to help you prepare for the coming year [face palm].
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews The Risk Doctor, David Hillson, on the risks you didn’t even know you were taking. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Rachel Tempest Wood on why project management is still useful. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Here’s a YouTube video explaining the origins and principles of Kanban, as developed and practiced at Toyota. Just 3 minutes, safe for work.
- Tony Adams notes the viral nature of cranky behavior at work: we are “emotional conductors” who bring our emotions to work every day.
- Lynda Bourne describes a recent scientific study of idiotic risk, e.g. that class of risks where the payoff is negligible and the downside is extreme. Key finding: elect women.
- Kerry Wills gives us the key bullet points from the 2014 Standish Report. If I thought it was a statistically sound survey, I’d look for other work.
- Alex LuPon identifies the underlying project management methodology followed by The Hobbit Trilogy. Take THAT, Joseph Campbell!
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 8 – 14. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews author Jeff Furman on what’s changed in the second edition of “The Project Management Answer Book.”
- Allen Ruddock reminds us that project problems are nearly always people problems.
- Kelsey van Haaster explains the hierarchy of laws, theories, and hypotheses, and thus why Conway’s Law is no such thing.
- Bruce Harpham addresses a persistent form of workplace evil: reports. Well, the ones that no one ever reads are evil, if you have to prepare them.
- Nick Pisano refines the thoughts on extracting and analyzing data across projects that he expressed in a recent post.
- Michael Ipsaro identifies three key knowledge resources for those engaged in either procuring or delivering IT services to the U.S. federal government.
- Ryan Ogilvie points out the need to begin a service level management initiative with the development of a service catalog.
- Saar Bitner demonstrates the problems of using Excel for data analysis, and proposes BI software as the more sustainable alternative.
- Mike Cohn notes that, although the team needs to select their own sprint duration, sometimes the Scrum Master has to step in and make the decision.
- Johanna Rothman suggest that there are times when you need to move away from iterations, and toward flow. Insert Kanban and Scrumban advocacy remarks here.
- Charles Settles summarizes three popular team collaboration products, for non-traditional projects.
- Paul Baumgartner speculates on how project management, as a practice and a profession, will evolve over the coming years.
- Jelani Harper identifies the business drivers for the Internet of Things in 2015.
- Brad Egeland shares his “wish list” for project management in 2015.
- Glen Alleman explores managing in the presence of uncertainty, as expressed in Tim Lister’s statement, “Risk Management is project management for adults.”
- Kailash Awati defines internally generated risks, and explains why they make risk management more difficult.
- John Goodpasture shares the mixed metaphor of Black Elephants.
- Eric Anderson summarizes the diplomatic aspects of enterprise risk management, as outlined in an article by Lawrence Quinn.
- Adriana Girdler lists her guiding beliefs, and argues that our beliefs drive our decisions and behavior.
- Harry Hall notes the common reasons that people avoid goals, and tells us why we should set new ones and try once again to reach them.
- Smita Mishra advises other women: forget about a mentor, and find yourself a sponsor.
- Rich Maltzman shares a discovery: TuneIn.com, a site which allows you to discover and listen to radio content and podcasts from anywhere in the world.
- Scott Berkun notes that what you say is more important than what you think.
- Adam Shostack addresses a pernicious trend: “It’s easier to snark than to contribute.”
- Adrian Fittolani recalls how he learned to work long hours. And how he learned not
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 1 – 7. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
PM Best Practices
- Dominika Chambon provides the “how-to” for preventing scope creep and other profitability failure modes on a fixed-price project.
- Glen Alleman puts systems engineering the in the enterprise IT domain into context, with examples of capabilities that drive the effort.
- Kathleen O’Connor explore the difference between a project and a strategic initiative.
- Michael Lopp on why so many software bugs are discovered in the wild, rather than in the QA lab: “Humans do strange shit to software …” Still, the QA mentality has value.
- Ron Rosenhead notes that lesson learned are only valuable to the extent that we actually do something to implement what we’ve learned.
- Harry Hall illustrates the strategy of risk avoidance with an embarrassing story.
- Ryan Ogilvie takes a lesson from Star Trek on managing the risk of exceeding your scheduled maintenance down time window.
- Nick Pisano reviews our current state of fragmented digitized project information management tools and describes what the integrated future state should be.
- Gus Lawson shares an anecdote about helping a team improve their ability to collaborate with others, and summarizes the lessons learned.
- Robert Martinez outlines an approach for building effective teams.
- Mike Cohn makes the case for Scrum Master and Product Owner being two different people, not just different roles.
- Johanna Rothman asks an interesting question: Who removes your obstacles?
- John Goodpasture gets philosophical on the relationship between retrospection and management.
- Sameer Patil reviews several alternative models for ordering your product backlog.
- Sam Barnes provides the transcript of a Q&A he gave on managing digital projects.
Podcasts and Videos
- Samad Aidane interviews Todd Williams on how to buy project management consulting service. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior sits down with Personal Kanban guru Jim Benson to talk about matching work in progress (WIP) with capacity. Part 1 is just 11 minutes, all are safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff on getting your team to be a rock band! Or at least, one that rocks. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy and his two brothers compare notes on the practice of leadership in their respective industries. Just 54 minutes, safe for work.
- Cheri Baker ditched her Outlook, Kanban board, Evernote, Toodledo, and Onenote for … uh, a paper planner. Hey, organization is about the skills, not the tools!
- Peter Saddington shares an infographic on how set a daily routine that will improve your effectiveness.
- Seth Godin clarifies the relationships between goals, strategies, and tactics.