This little parable illustrates the internal conflict that can arise when considering alternatives to internally developed solutions. Over the last few years, the decision alternatives have only gotten more complex—Software as a Service (SaaS) has added a third option for many business needs. But in the end, the choice should be driven by life-cycle cost and time to value rather than internal politics.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
I don’t normally promote surveys, even those pushed by PMI. But Tamas Torok and the folks at Coding Sans are collecting data for the 2018 update to their State of Software Development report. Last year’s report was probably the most interesting of the 40 or so I read in 2017, in that it included both utilization and aspirational data on technologies and methods and practices for recruiting and retention. However, it was hampered by the fact that their responses were heavily weighted toward Europe. I suspect that if they can get more responses from the Americas, India, and Oz / NZ, the results will be even more accurate and actionable.
So even if you don’t manage software development projects, please pass this link along to one of your colleagues who manages development teams. The list of questions is comprehensive but it shouldn’t take more than 7 minutes to complete, assuming you don’t ruminate over “What have you done about it?” I believe they will close the survey around March 9. When they publish the report, I’ll include it in the weekly round-up.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Doug H. shows how to create a RACI chart in Excel, add validation and an error message, make each value display in a selected color, and improve the presentation with simple formatting. If you’ve struggled with Excel in these areas, this is an excellent demo. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
Lynda Bourne explains how to differentiate between normal, complex, and megaprojects and how to apply Traditional, Agile, Complex, and megaproject management methods.
James Clear explains why entropy drives complexity (as well as Murphy’s Law).
Matt Spence interviews Senator Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of the world’s sixth largest economy (California), on absorbing new technology into public policy. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Richard Bayney tutors us on creating a prioritized project portfolio, optimized using Efficient Frontier analysis.
Harry Hall analyzes the risk management processes for what they contribute to the bottom line: getting results.
Ryan Ogilvie recommends that you have a dialog with your customer about service to discover what they really want.
Alex Puscasu details best some best practices for outsourcing project work.
Elise Stevens interviews John Wyzalek on the fine points of engaging external stakeholders. Just over 20 minutes, safe for work.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from Ron Jeffries on Dark Scrum and Corporate Agile, to an Agile historical timeline, to 12 principles for better experiments.