PM Best Practices
- Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews continue their series on a framework for the occasional project manager.
- Nick Pisano considers the challenges of integrating cost and schedule on large projects, especially for the federal government.
- John Goodpasture details why Monte Carlo simulations are better quality than the estimates that go into them.
- Andy Jordan tells of a “traditional” project manager’s quick adoption of Kanban.
- Lynda Bourne builds on a pair of earlier posts with her thoughts on designing key performance indicators that actually drive performance.
- Kevin Korterud selects “estimate to complete” as the most useful metric.
- Susanne Madsen bullet points the rules for a perfect status report.
- Bruce Benson finds that the best way to learn from experience is to build systems that remember (and implement) what you’ve learned.
- Gary Nelson recalls an old friend’s old car, and wishes every project ran like a Honda Civic. And yes, that’s also an acronym …
- Joanna Carlson analyzes the roll-out of the Minnesota Affordable Care Act site, MNSure.
- Kerry Wills has a great metaphor for setting context for the issues we document.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to avoid three of the most common estimation traps.
- Glenn Alleman points out the potential for disparate views of Agile, based on the domain, scope, and budget.
- Mike Cohn notes that Agile does not mean equal, at least for the members of the self-organizing team. Be sure to read the comments – they help Mike clarify some points.
- David Anderson continues his series on using Kanban for project management.
- Sanjay Zalavadia explores the need for agility in embracing Agile, especially your test management strategy.
- Bryan Barrow shares his vision of our transition from project managers to project leaders.
- Penelope Trunk explains the need to balance focus and breadth, in what she calls “cross-training.” Specialization isn’t just for insects!
- Suzanne Lucas debunks some falsehoods about networking.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Carlos Flesh on managing projects in Latin America. It’s a cultural thing! Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
- Carl Smith interviews Larissa Scordato on how she gave up her dream of being an archeologist to become a digital project manager. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner details his personal best practices for getting the most out of attending a conference.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bonnie Biafore’s new book, “Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.”
- Ian Whittingham finds project management lessons in the follow-up to Freakonomics, “Think Like a Freak,” by Levitt and Dubner.
- Bruce Harpham finds project management lessons in a biography of William Shakespeare, somewhere between tragedy and comedy …