PM Best Practices
- Tad VanderVorste lays out a detailed approach to managing the development of integrations between systems that consume each other’s data.
- Cindy Wilkins articulates the content and value proposition of a contract management plan, for you government folks.
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes a presentation on how Glaxo Smith-Kline adopted and then refined their portfolio and project management tool.
- Barry Otterholt extols the virtues of milestones, from the perspective of the project sponsor.
- Allen Ruddock tells of how he got from pencil and paper to EverNote, and how he’s using it to manage the information his project generates.
- Glen Alleman notes that making complex choices in the absence of all desired information requires some estimates to fill in the gaps.
- Aaron Smith interviews Leslie Pratch on her use of personality assessments to identify what she has found to be a crucial leadership quality – active coping.
- Coert Visser identifies the two factors that enable growth: a growth mindset, powered by autonomous motivation.
- Peter Saddington explains the power of affinity, which consists of three core elements: leadership, environment, and culture.
- Laura Burford tells how to bond with your project sponsor.
- Kerry Wills lists his techniques for dealing with difficult people.
- Andy Jordan considers the costs associated with the “new normal” of excessive workload and long hours.
- Don Kim introduces us to the notion of Anti-FrAgile, as “introducing targeted disruptive shocks, which are enough to induce and promote growth and innovation.” Without killing the patient!
- Johanna Rothman describes an experiment for organizations that have people segregated into component teams to collaborate on one backlog.
- Mike Cohn shares a lesson learned from a user story that he wrote, which didn’t get the desired result.
- Peter Saddington shares an Email describing an appallingly bad start to a software project.
Following the Trends
- Kevin Coleman identifies five emerging technologies (OK, a couple of them are trends) that will soon appear in our project charters.
- Duncan Haughey lists five project management trends already changing the way we do business.
- Conner Forrest introduces the terminology, characteristics, and value model of Big Data.
- Jelani Harper breaks down the science of data management, expressed by CMMI in their Data Management Maturity model.
- Cesar Abeid introduces a new series of interview podcasts in support of his new book, “Project Management for You.” Just ten minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture shares some excellent advice on public speaking.
- Cheri Baker recounts an anecdote on the importance of eye contact, as a way to communicate respect.
- Liz Staplefoote shares some statistics on the IT hiring situation. Key statistic: the unemployment for people with IT experience is around 3%.
- Suzanne Lucas gives us some pointers on refreshing our resumes (even if we’re not looking for a job right now).