Project Management News Digest from PM Advisor

Again another mixed bag of news from the PM profession and industry.  If you have some news and think the PM Advisor Community may be interested please contact the editorial team by filling in the form here.

NewsDigest

5 Lessons to Ensure Project Management Success

VAR Guy

Brian Troy, a Product Marketing Manager recognises the challenges presented to the uninitiated project manager and recommends these 5 useful pieces of advice:

  1. Catch risks up front,
  2. Sponsor every project,
  3. Guard against scope creep,
  4. You are only as good as your work plan, and
  5. Definition is the key to success.

As is often the case in this situation we would also add communication – which is the key to success.

 

Project Bubble

Project Bubble

Project Bubble

Project Bubble is new to us at PM Advisor, but it seems the product has been around for a number of years and has some credible use cases. Business2Community offer this useful review.

While it’s not hugely different to the plethora of collaboration tools 2 features caught our eye – reports, and assigning tasks to more than one owner – we like the former but feel uneasy about the latter.

Wall Planner

4 Simple Steps to Fire Up Your Portfolio Management Office

ABC

David Davies looks at dealing with one of the biggest challenges in business – bridging the gap between visionaries and those immersed in detail – and how portfolio management can help.  He offers this advice:

  • Focus on getting the right information to the right person, for the right decision, at the right time
  • Embrace the product mindset – both ideation and road-mapping
  • Capacity plan for hybrid work environments
  • Project Portfolio Management and agile integration

Productive

How to Make Project Managers More Productive

ESI

This blog post looks, with the backdrop of needing to do more with less, at increasing PM utilisation.

 

Shortage of Project Managers Sends Businesses Scrambling

CIO

CIO explore the view that as the global economy picks up there will be too many projects and not enough project managers. Perhaps they should look at the ideas from ESI for improving productivity (see above).

Fierce CIO also lead with this story under the title Your Next Staffing Crisis: Project Managers.

Winning

Seven Top Tips for Being a Better PM

PMHut

PMHut rarely disappoint, but this is a great post from Michelle Symonds, who suggests a step back to reflect on how well you are managing your projects and suggests 7 tips for making some small but worthwhile changes:

  1. Be the ‘why’ in the room,
  2. Maintain a can-do attitude,
  3. Be as picky & pedantic as you like,
  4. Spell it out,
  5. Maintain respect in all directions,
  6. Don’t make assumptions, and
  7. Give credit where it’s due

Wise words!

PMI

PMI Expands Focus on Requirements Management

BusinessWire

According to PMI’s 2014 Pulse of the Profession® study, poor requirements management is a major cause of project failure, second only to changing organization priorities. In order to help project professionals and organizations overcome this challenge, PMI is expanding its requirements management offerings, with a Center of Excellence and supporting resources.

APM Logo

PMI Challenges APM Application for Royal Charter

APM

PMI has challenged APM’s application to the UK Privy Council by way of a Judicial Review which will be heard in July at the High Court in London.  We’re not clear on what good PMI hopes to achieve for the PM Profession, other than protecting their commercial interests.  What do you think?

Deltek

Deltek Acquires Sohnar and its Traffic LIVE Solution

BroadwayWorld

Deltek’s Press Release advises that “This acquisition broadens and deepens Deltek’s portfolio of professional services automation solutions by delivering cutting-edge, front-office capabilities that marketing agencies and other project-based companies need to effectively manage their businesses and deliver on-time, profitable projects and engagements for their customers.”

This is an interesting development highlighting how marketing agencies and services organisations are increasingly seeing the importance of professional project management.  What else do you think competes specifically in this space?

Project Management News Digest

News Digest

APM Launches Refreshed Qualifications

APM

The Introductory Certificate (The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification) and APMP (The APM Project Management Qualification) have been refreshed and aligned with the new APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.  It seems 2014 will see a complete refresh of the suite of APM qualifications along with the momentous launch of two brand-new qualifications at IPMA Level A and Level B.

37signals rebrands as Basecamp

TheNextWeb

As well as rebranding on their 10th anniversary, Basecamp have put all their resources into the project management tool, becoming the focus of the company.  Kaylene Hong provides some details.

In this blogpost HBR’s Ron Ashkenas observes that the strategy offers a useful reminder that Less Is More.

Sciforma 6.0: Entering the Mobile World

Sciforma

Sciforma 6.0 has given the mobile world access to their projects via tablets and smartphones. Users can now access project hours expended and view remaining tasks and expected effort, or view key portfolio indicators while on the go.

7 Trends in Project Management for 2014

Projectmanager.com.au

Krishna Kumar sees the following 7 trends in 2014:

  1. Agile will spread geographically
  2. PM will integrate with business functions
  3. Virtual learning will become integral to a PM’s armoury
  4. PMs will become more could dependent
  5. Competition will heat up
  6. Open source PM tools will rule
  7. Project Managers will focus on delivery rather than trend

6 Tips for a Successful System Integration Project

TheNextWeb

David Akka gives six useful tips for SI projects:

  1. Recruit champions and keep them on board
  2. Have a series of small successes
  3. Make sure all security challenges are addressed
  4. Use the relevant integration tools
  5. Monitoring and performance management is critical
  6. Justify the costs

The Only Times You Should Extend a Deadline

easyprojects

Quite rightly the easy projects blog challenges automatic acceptance of project delay, and suggests only doing so in exceptional circumstances:

  • The scope drastically changes
  • The project is THAT bad
  • The project could be that good
  • If the benefits outweigh the costs

Project Management: 3 Myths Debunked and 7 Skills Needed for the Future

Ventureburn.com

Anita Potgieter explores the following:

3 Myths Debunked:

  1. only large companies can afford Project Management software,
  2. technology is not important, and
  3. methodologies should stay put.

7 Skills for the Future:

  1. Emotional intelligence
  2. Collaborative communication
  3. Flexibility
  4. Business understanding
  5. Analytical skills
  6. Ethical behaviour

5 Pitfalls in Setting Up a PMO

PMHut

Simon Tang offers the following 5 pitfalls in setting up a PMO:

  1. Not establishing clear goals and objectives for the PMO,
  2. Not clearly understanding the existing processes
  3. Did not involve PMs while crafting formal processes
  4. Not having proper metrics to measurable performance
  5. Failure to sell it to the management

Popular Project Management Blogs

We are often asked which PM Blogs we follow at PM Advisor.  Here are a few of our favourites:

APM Blog: http://www.apm.org.uk/blog

Guerrilla Project Management: http://www.guerrillaprojectmanagement.com

Herding Cats: http://herdingcats.typepad.com

How to Manage a Camel: http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/camel-blog/

Project Accelerator: http://www.projectaccelerator.co.uk

Project Excellence: http://blog.projexc.com

Project Management: http://project-management.com

PM Crunch: http://pmcrunch.com

PM Hut: http://www.pmhut.com

The Sensible PM: http://www.sensiblepm.com

The Tao of Project Management: http://thetaoofpm.blogspot.co.uk

Project Management News Digest w44 2013

NewsDigestBad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes

Information Week

Phil Simon takes a consultant’s perspective to describe the 6 types of Bad Project Manager he has come across:

  • The Yes-Man,
  • The Micromanager,
  • The Procrastinator,
  • The Know-it-all,
  • The Pollyanna, and
  • The Pessimist.

 

Deltek Vision 7.1 Update

Deltek

Deltek’s integrated project-based software for professional services firms has been updated with some new functionality, including document attachments, Adobe InDesign integration, improved security, improved billing & approvals, graphical dashboards and expanded mobile functionality.

 

New PM Tool: Cloud Startup Swyvel Brings Project Management To The Cloud

Swyvel

We’re not sure this is the best name for a PM Tool, but putting that aside the system appears to pack a functionality punch.

 

10 Project Management Rules Every Business Owner Should Know

Connectwise

  1. project management is a specialisation
  2. without scope you’re doomed
  3. establish milestones
  4. define how you will document the project
  5. build an extra week into every phase
  6. plan for the worst
  7. set recurring review meetings
  8. know your bench
  9. provide customers with a post-implementation checklist
  10. send a post-implementation survey

 

The business analyst: The project manager’s best ally

TechRepublic

Ken Hardin shares a tale from his days as a TechRepublic manager that illustrates why PMs need a direct channel to the business analyst.

 

How to build a good project KPI framework

ProjectManager.com.au

Clear thoughts with 7 main considerations for project KPIs:

  1. Meaningful
  2. Measurable
  3. Benefits related
  4. Mix of lag and lead
  5. Aligned with program and/or portfoilio
  6. Regular reporting
  7. Measure into operations

 

More Reading: Project Management Blogs

We are often asked which PM Blogs we follow at PM Advisor.  Here are a few of our favourites:

APM Blog: http://www.apm.org.uk/blog

Guerrilla Project Management: http://www.guerrillaprojectmanagement.com

Herding Cats: http://herdingcats.typepad.com

How to Manage a Camel: http://www.arraspeople.co.uk/camel-blog/

Project Accelerator: http://www.projectaccelerator.co.uk

Project Excellence: http://blog.projexc.com

Project Management: http://project-management.com

PM Crunch: http://pmcrunch.com

PM Hut: http://www.pmhut.com

The Sensible PM: http://www.sensiblepm.com

The Tao of Project Management: http://thetaoofpm.blogspot.co.uk