New PM Articles for the Week of January 12 – 18

Neighborhood BallonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 12 – 18. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Chuck Cohn points out three cloud-based collaboration tools that you might not think of as project management apps.
  • Chloe Green gives us an overview of what’s happening in cognitive computing, and how business will benefit from natural language processing.
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews Samad Aidane on how neuroscience research is producing insights into human behavior with significant applications to project management.

PM Best Practices

  • Kailash Awati describes an alternative to the entity – relationship “search for objective truth” approach to data modeling, based on emergent design principles.
  • Glen Alleman notes that project management includes adjustments to the plan, throughout execution of the project.
  • John Goodpasture addresses the question of when we need to re-baseline our project schedule.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mark Phillip’s new book, “Reinventing Communication.” It sounds like his scientific approach might not be workable outside the laboratory.
  • Craig Brown created an interesting diagram of actions and feedback, starting with “Something bad happens.”
  • Andy Jordan cites a case study in what happens when a sponsor stifles a creative approach to delivery.
  • Phillip Smith contemplates Kaizen, which means more than just “Good change.”
  • Nick Pisano continues his multi-blog contemplation and conversation with me on finding a lingua franca for project management data.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us not to get too comfortable with our understanding of the issues and risks we see in our projects.
  • Pat Weaver outlines the challenges of comparing failed projects, or even conducting a root cause analysis.
  • Michael Lopp suggests that interruptions introduce a greater cost in lost productivity than the financial savings of an open office.
  • Ryan Ogilvie uses the metaphor of a sieve to talk about identifying the issues that should drive your service strategy.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman considers the relationship between optimism and success at implementing Agile methods.
  • Don Kim argues that Agile is based not on iteration, but recursion. You can say that again …
  • Vandana Roy gives us a detailed comparison of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban.
  • Shivakanth Velishala defines DevOps, and describes the three pillars that support continuous delivery.

Looking Ahead

  • Alistair Croll returns from Las Vegas (thanks for supporting our economy!) with insights on how wearables and the Internet of Things will rely on Big Data.
  • Lance Ulanoff reports on a personal robot, funded by Kickstarter, which may be under your tree for Christmas. The face resembles ice queen Elsa, with a new hairdo. Let it go …
  • Lyndsey Gilpin forecasts 2015 developments in renewable energy: generation, storage, and utilization, as well as changes in the business itself.
  • Christopher Romani looks at trends that will affect federal government acquisition and program management in 2015.
  • Kevin Korterud looks all the way out to 2025, to envision what PMO’s will be like ten years from now.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Frank Parth on the PM lessons learned from mega projects. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: Toward a Better Source of Project Management Data

AITSBloggingAllianceAITS recently published my new post, where I call for a movement to take more modern approaches to sharing and analyzing project data among projects. In it, I trace the evolution of end user management data processing from the late 1950’s through the present day. I contend that our end user technology has evolved past a need for normalized, standardized data structures, and that we need to think in terms of data exchange, rather than data repositories.

You can read the article here. Most of the folks who visit this site spend a lot of time creating, analyzing and sharing project data with governance boards, portfolio managers, and executives, so I’m sure the subject has come up at some time. Please leave a comment at the article, if you want to share your thoughts.

New PM Articles for the Week of December 22 – 28

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of December 22 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Moira Alexander tells how to align project management with business strategy.
  • Aaron Kumove lists the characteristics of effective project governance.
  • Glen Alleman explains the difference between business governance and program and project governance.
  • Bruce Harpham has curated links to 52 resources for growing your skills and career as a project manager.
  • Joe Wynne reminds us that retention is part of our job as managers, even when the workers don’t report to us.
  • Gina Abudi shares two brief, alternative conversations that demonstrate how we support or inhibit the adoption of a process change.
  • Ian Whittingham examines the biases that impact our planning, and what we can do to limit the negative effects of what we think we know.
  • Bob Tarne gives us the early take on “Decisive,” by Chip and Dan Heath. I still need to read “Switch,” but this sounds even more interesting.
  • Phil Johnson summarizes the key findings related to risk management on software development projects, from a recent study that analyzed 3,000 research papers.
  • Sara Tabor gives us a testing practitioner’s view of how to write a test ticket.
  • Mark Woeppel outlines best practices for improving the quality of our collaborative communications.
  • William Guinan shares an infographic on using Sharepoint for collaboration. Yes, that’s what it’s for, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be successful at collaborating.
  • Michel Dion shares a similar infographic, but on Basecamp. This one is a bit more like a job aid, but still interesting.

Agile Methods

  • Gene Gendel describes an estimation technique for the scenario where an epic is too large to finish in a single sprint.
  • John Goodpasture shares a change management plan for the transition to Agile, presented by one of his students.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Stephen Coty of Alert Logic webcasts on the major security breaches of 2014, and what we should anticipate for 2015. Just 63 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jim DePiante, who argues that project portfolio managers have the same responsibilities for investment rigor as securities dealers. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!