New PM Articles for the Week of February 9 – 15

Elephant in the RoomNew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 9 – 15. We give you what you need to talk about the elephant in the room. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Hamza Shaban looks at the potential for the Internet of Things to kill personal privacy over the next few years.
  • Doug Laney of Gartner Group shares three Big Data trends that predict for how we’ll apply business intelligence over the next few years.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, give us the run-down on how to prepare for your next unanticipated job search.

PM Best Practices

  • Wanda Curlee gives us a quick overview of project portfolio management, as a practice and as a career.
  • PMI has published the results of their annual Pulse of the Profession survey, “Capturing the Value of Project Management.”
  • Beth Ouellette looks back at her experience in helping to birth PMI’s latest credential: the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
  • Joachim Ahlstrom shares some recommendations for those thinking of implementing a continuous improvement process in their organization.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Jack Riso’s new iBook, “Ace the PMP Exam.”
  • Andy Jordan reflects on his recent consulting experience, helping an organization focused on operations, rather than projects, build a PMO.
  • Glen Alleman shares some authoritative sources of reference class data for IT projects, for developing your next set of estimates.
  • Harry Hall presents a short video on evaluating risks with expected monetary value analysis. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano continues his look at using data from multiple sources to improve our ability to manage projects.

Agile Methods

  • Michael Dubakov shares his practical experience in implementing the concepts of Minimum Viable Feature and Minimum Marketable Feature.
  • John Goodpasture considers a conundrum – fidelity to user expectations, or fidelity to user specifications?
  • Neil Killick gives a detailed view of how he manages the inception of a project.
  • Venkat Krishnamurthy invokes the “Ikea Effect” to make the point that Scrum teams benefit from having dedicated testers.

Soft Skills

  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create an environment where everyone on the team can lead.
  • Pawel Brodzinski give his take on participatory leadership and decision-making.
  • Bruce Harpham makes the case for humility, as a vehicle to improve your effectiveness.
  • Randy Hall looks at the mechanics of how we break old habits. Especially old leadership habits.
  • Bertrand Duperrin believes that using the web as a way to access information is about to become passé.
  • Paul Ritchie makes a point about why practice is so important, using the last big play of Super Bowl 49 as an example. Guys, we need to move on …
  • Peter Saddington condenses a few key points about how really smart people think, from Michael Michalko’s book, “Creative Tinkering.”


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.


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.