New PM Articles for the Week of June 21 – 28

Sydney HarborNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 21 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Tushnar Patel pulls a few key statistics from a recent survey of project portfolio managers by Innotas.
  • Shim Marom offers a few insights from his own experience on the clash of Agile and Waterfall approaches in organizations trying to make both work.
  • Johanna Rothman examines some unrealistic expectations that managers have about what their people “should” do.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mario Trentim’s new book, “Managing Stakeholders as Clients.”
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book by Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin, “The Art of Systems Architecting.”
  • Kailash Awati invokes Joseph Heller and Gregory Bateson’s double-bind theory in examining paradoxes at work.
  • John Goodpasture repeats advice from Dorie Clark on preparing for “networking events.”
  • Aaron Smith lists some of the key findings of the fourth annual benchmarking survey of PMO’s by ESI International
  • Ryan Ogilvie considers ways in which we can improve problem management, even when we’re not the problem manager.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski notes the de-motivating effects of hierarchy-driven organization structures. Finding yourself at the bottom of a tall org chart is a definite downer.
  • Mike Cohn discounts the value of a complicated story hierarchy.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla-conscience, Hogarth, look at the possibility that the Pareto Principle might begin to explain resistance to Agile methods.
  • Mike Stuedeman identifies three common reasons organizations struggle with Scum and Agile.
  • Tom McFarlin shares how his approach to providing estimates for custom software development has evolved.

 

Outside the Lines

  • Bruce Benson examines the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Air Force for lessons on the difference between a noble purpose and effectiveness.
  • Wanda Curlee see opportunities for project managers in the ever-evolving Internet of Things.
  • Tony Sarris, on the other hand, finds HAL enabled by the Internet of Things. I don’t relish the prospect of having conversations with the coaster under my beer.
  • Matthew Squair finds a moment of Zen in the news that hospital drug pumps can be hacked. Hannibal before the gates, indeed …

 

Enjoy!

My Presentation at the CAMP IT Portfolio Management Conference

CAMP IT PresentationOn Friday, I presented my case study, “Getting From 23 to One: Merging Systems after the Mergers” at the CAMP IT Portfolio Management conference here in Las Vegas. The two day conference drew attendees from 15 states and Canada, with titles ranging from Executive Director of Execution and Governance to EPMO and PMO Directors. Many of the folks I met were with public sector organizations and higher education, although there were a lot of corporate types, too.

The case study analyzes the transformation of the HR and Payroll systems portfolio during my tenure at MGM Resorts International, following several intense years of mergers and acquisitions, while constructing three new resorts. I described how we applied a portfolio management approach to aligning with the business strategy, selecting and sequencing projects, managing enterprise risk, and reacting to major events. In addition, I talked about getting and maintaining stakeholder alignment, partnering with the procurement team, and lessons learned. I’ve made the slide deck available for download here.

Dave and Randy at the Coffee TableIf you’re sorry you missed it, organizer Randy Wimmer tells me they expect to repeat next year, here in Las Vegas. CAMP IT conducts conferences throughout the year, on a variety of IT subjects. Note: that enormous pastry on the left is actually a frosted hub cap. I backed away slowly, so it wouldn’t attack.

New PM Articles for the Week of May 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 25 – 31. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Rich Maltzman presents a Venn diagram, showing the overlap between project management competencies and sustainability competencies.
  • Lynda Bourne give us a history lesson on how theories of motivation have evolved since the early 20th
  • Craig Curran-Morton puts change management and benefits realization into focus as success drivers for today’s projects.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation by Joe Griffith at the recent PMI Global Congress EMEA, on how to use stories in your project communications.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews project manager, author, and blogger Michel Dion on his new book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham summarizes the lessons he’s applied from Atul Gawande’s book, “The Checklist Manifesto.”
  • Shawn Dickerson quotes recent surveys that detail the sorts of meeting dysfunctions commonly found in modern organizations.
  • Brad Egeland shares some recommendations for keeping your project sponsor engaged.
  • Bernadine Douglas points out a few of the ways that a project manager can lose the trust of their stakeholders.
  • Allen Ruddock has assembled a list of controls for adoption by the new PMO.
  • Susanne Madsen interviews Benoit Jolin, a project leader from Expedia, on what distinguishes an outstanding project leader.
  • Andy Jordan describes a new role for the project manager in the overall portfolio – implementing organizational strategy.
  • Harry Hall lists several practical ways to motivate your team.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman announces the early release of her not-quite-ready new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management,” at LeanPub.com. Perfection is over-rated.
  • Mike Cohn explains why perfect attendance is not required at the product refinement backlog meeting.
  • Venkatesh Krishnamurthy applies lessons from a session on raising resilient kids to building resilient Scrum teams.
  • Henny Portman reviews David J. Anderson’s book, “Kanban: Successful evolutionary change for your technology business.”
  • Bruno Silva makes the case that the tester is also a software developer.

Nerd Links

  • Peter Saddington summarizes six online resources where you can finally learn to code (or finally get around to learning Java).
  • Adam Shostack points out the absurdities in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls, as applied to encryption software.
  • Kailash Awati examines the text mining capabilities of R, the open source statistical package, using extracts from old blog posts as a database.
  • Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the low-power devices that will make up the Internet of Things. Note to self: don’t let the new refrigerator open its own Netflix account.

 

Enjoy!