Join Me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit

Successfully creating custom software for your organization is incredibly difficult – over 70% of all projects struggle or fail outright. You’ve probably seen some of these all-too-common issues:

  • Deploying late
  • Finishing over budget
  • Missing or buggy features
  • Requirements scope creep
  • Team miscommunication and conflict
  • “Shelfware” that is just not adopted by users
  • Projects not aligned to the organization’s strategy

And software projects can be a headache to hire for, manage, and architect well. But you can you start improving the odds of success, through a combination of awareness and choice.

The Conscious Software Development Telesummit

ConsciousnessJoin me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit, to be conducted from November 10th through the 21st, 2014. It’s easy to participate: just register for the summit for free, using your EMail. You’ll be able to download and listen to interviews conducted with more than twenty experts on software, team relations, strategy, project management, deployment and more. You’ll discover things that you don’t know that you don’t know about creating successful projects, building teams, and managing your software portfolio. This elite group of software superstars, best selling authors, popular podcasters, outstanding bloggers, and celebrity coaches are imparting decades of experience, wisdom, and some very generous free resources to help you begin making progress immediately.

This unique panel of experts is all unified under one vision; to empower you with practical understanding of how you can put their knowledge to use, bring consciousness to your software challenges and transform your work for the better. The subject of my interview, “The Zombie Apocalypse is Not an HR Product: How to Hire, Retain, and Develop the Living,” is just one topic among many designed for the IT manager and practitioner. Browse the list of speakers, and you’ll see many familiar names from my weekly round-ups.

Listen Offline!

You can listen to these MP3 interview recordings whenever and wherever you have the  time. Join other leading CIOs, VPs of Development, project managers, architects, stakeholders, end user champions, and all those want to bring more awareness and choice to the complex art of software creation. And I’m not just one of the speakers – I plan to listen to every one of these interviews!


New PM Articles for the Week of September 29 – October 5

Two BalloonsNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 29 – October 5. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Glen Alleman points out the judgment heuristics that introduce errors and biases in our discussions of the success rates of software projects.
  • Seth Godin notes the frustration some have with leaders who remain calm.
  • George Ellis reminds us that, as the leader, we should share credit but assume responsibility.
  • Bruce Benson finds additional lessons from the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange debacle.
  • Russell Whitworth describes the process of conducting a project health check. His agenda is well worth cribbing!
  • Gina Abudi tells of the importance of engaging all of the stakeholders – not just the ones with senior management titles.
  • Henny Portman describes an interesting one-page approach to communicating a program: the Program Canvas.
  • Latesha Goodman lists five collaboration tools increasingly in use a government agencies.
  • Lawrence Putnam identifies the ways in which estimates are refined throughout the project life cycle.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn has an excellent suggestion: add requests for additional documentation to the product backlog.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy spoke at the Agile PM meet-up in Melbourne, about Craig Larman’s Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework.
  • Maxim Kur identifies a number of misperceptions, logical flaws, and of bad reasons for struggling with Agile methods.
  • Don Kim notes a disturbing trend: Agile is becoming more rigid!


  • Johanna Rothman reflects on being told that she was “too abrasive, too direct, maybe even too assertive.”
  • Kieran Snyder reports on her survey of women who have left the tech industry – it’s the culture. Managers, if you aren’t driving the solution, you’re part of this problem!
  • John Goodpasture points out the difference between inclusion and tolerance.
  • Naomi Caietti announces the first e-book in a series, written by five Glass Breaking women in leadership positions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin created a video diary of the APM’s Women in Project Management Special Interest Group 21st Anniversary conference. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

 Professional Development

  • Bruce Harpham begins a series on how project managers can learn and use the principles of strategy.
  • Matthew Wall reports on the impact of Big Data, gamification, and lexical analysis on selecting job applicants.
  • Henny Portman explains APMG’s new Agile Program Management framework and certification, apparently based on MSP.
  • Susanne Madsen explores the differences between management and leadership.
  • Michael Wood details the abilities and behavior traits required to become a successful, even great project manager.
  • Coert Visser reviews “The Marshmallow Test,” by Walter Mischel. “Willpower is not a predetermined and fixed characteristic of people but a learnable skill.”
  • Suzanne Lucas shares three management lessons learned at a Turkish wedding.


New PM Articles for the Week of September 1 – 7

Over My HouseNew 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.