Project Management News Digest from PM Advisor

News Digest

Here is our latest summary of what is new and what is in the news for the world of Project Management.   In this digest we’ve attempted to group around subjects of interest to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.  Feel free to share whether this is helpful, or not.

— Project Portfolio Management —

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George Lawton of Search SOA has shared 2 excellent articles on Project Portfolio Management, and much of the advice is non-specific to the world of Service Oriented Architecture:

Project Portfolio Management Best Practices in the SOA Landscape

Search SOA

Why Portfolio Assessment Beats Project Focus for Development Projects

Search SOA

— The Project Management Industry —

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Project Management Generates Real Business Value

GlobalLegalPost

It seems Europe’s Legal Eagles have recognised that “Project management is one of the most important capabilities in an organisation for generating real business value, according to new research”.  The research by Mannaz points to the all important need for KPIs, objectives and roles & responsibilities.

Why PMI Should No Longer be an Authority on Project Management

PM Hut

An anonymous contributor to PM Hut challenges whether PMI should be (or indeed whether it ever was) an independent authority on Project Management.  This certainly stimulates the thought process as to what is behind the PMI current legal challenge to APM gaining the Royal Charter.

— Project Management Knowledge —

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How Timelines Help Project Managers Track Progress

Edge of Chaos Blog

This article looks at the value of timelines in the world of a agile, SCRUM, Kanban, SAFe, lean, XP or some mix of them.

A Project Manager’s Guide to Smiling

ProjectManager

Heading off to work with a smile on your face will create a chain of positivity for you and your project according to this intriguing post by Michelle LaBosse and Kristen Medina.  They argue convincingly that a smile and some humour can:

  • Reduce stress,
  • Encourage creativity,
  • Create authenticity,
  • Build mutual trust, and
  • Increase productivity.

Worth a try?

Keys to Building a Project Management Team

Hartford Business

Jim Pawlak reviews A Team of Leaders and the suggested 5 stages to team development.

7 Personal Qualities a Good PM Just Can’t Do Without

PM Hut

Michelle Symonds looks at the essential qualities identified in an ESI research paper:

  • The ability to inspire a shared vision,
  • Excellent communication,
  • Integrity,
  • Enthusiasm,
  • Empathy,
  • Competence, and
  • The ability to delegate.

Our favourite is communication as it encompasses the others.  What do you think is most important to succeed as a PM?

4 Options for Building your Project Plan

PM Tips

Elizabeth from PM Tips looks at the pros and cons of 4 different options for building a project plan:

  1. Spreadsheets,
  2. MindMaps,
  3. Documents, and
  4. PM Software.

10 Basics of Project Management

PMHut

Olga Sa shares 10 basic tips for project managers:

  1. Always keep the constraints of your project at the top of your mind,
  2. Always know the details of deliverables, milestones, budget and dependencies,
  3. Be nice but firm,
  4. Always document the project requirements,
  5. Organise the file repository,
  6. Communicate often and the right way,
  7. Trust, but double check,
  8. Update your financial forecasts weekly,
  9. Feedback frequency controls stability, and
  10. Share your experience with other project managers.

— Project Management Careers —

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7 Ways to Advance Your Project Management Career

CIO

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff summarises advice from dozens of experts, executives and recruiters into 7 excellent tips for advancing your project management career:

  1. Get certified,
  2. Remember that experience matters,
  3. Speak the language of business, not just project management,
  4. Don’t be a PM zealot,
  5. Don’t shy away from ‘hard’ projects (or give up when the going gets tough),
  6. Be clear about your career goals, and
  7. Play nicely with others.

— Project Management Tools —

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As always there are numerous developments in Project Management Tools.  Here are some that have caught our eye at PM Advisor recently.

Comindware Project Extends Professional Project Management to iPad Platform

Comindware

Comindware Project Edition is one of the first professional PPM Tools to extend its full project planning, execution and collaboration capabilities to mobile platforms.

Updatey v2 Coming Soon

Updatey

The guys over at Updatey have kept their feet on the gas since launching Updatey earlier this year.  They’ve recently announced the forthcoming release of version 2 which is expected to bring 3 new sections:

  • Project Management View,
  • Global Dashboard, and
  • Clien Report.

Podio Re-Design – Citrix Dumbing Down?

SmallBizTrends

Shawn Hessinger looks at whether the newly announced changes to Citrix Podio makes project management simpler for non-Project Managers.  Of course that in turn begs the question – should non-Project Managers be managing projects, let alone setting up project collaboration tools.  We’d love to understand your views.  Please share your thought below.

Tom’s Planner Gets a New Look & Feel

Tom’s Planner

Hot on the heels of their ability to import Basecamp projects, Trello Boards and Google Calendars, which came from their purchase of Gantiffy, the team over at Tom’s Planner have freshened up the look and feel of their increasingly popular tool.

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News Digest5 Insightful Project Management Lessons from Sci-Fi

TheFastTrack

Carol Pinchefsky suggests that there’s project management advice aplenty if you know where to look, and sees lessons in the following movies/shows:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation “Remember Me.”
  • Robocop
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Doublemeat Palace”
  • Batman Begins, and
  • Ghostbusters

How to Ensure your Strategic Initiative Succeeds

ProjExc

John Williams explains why strategic initiatives are projects and how to make sure they succeed.

Study Highlights the Benefits of Project Management Training

Project Accelerator

A study by training company Parallel found by surveying previous PM training delegates that:

  • 89% agreed that the training benefitted their company
  • 64% agreed that PM training helped improve their current work projects, and
  • 71% of those attending APM training agreed that it helped develop their management skills

Project Management In A Post-Mad Men World

MediaPost

Paul Pentzer observes 5 qualities that Advertising Agency PMs should possess:

  1. Relentless focus on solving problems
  2. Ability to simplify complex situations
  3. Good facilitators
  4. Excellent in basic PM skills
  5. Ability to model a ‘servant relationship’

Why Are So Many IT Projects Failing

CIO.com

Sharon Florentine reports on a trend that as more companies adopt Agile, their project managers are expected to take on more responsibilities, namely development lead.

6 Project Management Modes

Shift Happens

Mike Clayton explores the 6 main modes that a PM needs to shift through as the project proceeds:

  1. Leading Mode
  2. Supporter Mode
  3. Fix-it Mode
  4. Exploration Mode
  5. Crisis Mode
  6. Process Mode

13 Steps to Becoming a Better Product Manager

InternetDJ

Michael Bordash considers 13 attributes of product managers, not least that Product Management is not Project Management.  Really.

A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management

Information Week

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Part 2

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Frank J. DeLuca looks at how to set up a good, fast, and inexpensive program that will make the best use of pricey IT resources, without costly specialised software.

5 Steps to Project Management Nirvana

TheFastTrack

Alison Green suggests that if your projects aren’t doing what they should, to try following these five steps.

  1. Get clear on the desired outcome before work begins.
  2. Establish clear roles
  3. Conduct “pre-mortems.”
  4. Build in check-ins along the way, and
  5. Debrief when the work is over.

Arras People Project Management Census 2014

How To Manage a Camel

It’s that time of year again when Arras People ask for your help to take a snapshot of our domain. It’s the ninth Project Management Census and this year they’ve really focused on the project management career.

Eylean Project Management Software Provider Launches Personal Version

Eylean

Eylean, provider of agile project management software for Scrum and Kanban, has introduced a personal edition of its agile task board, which will be available to customers free of charge for personal use.

5 Ways to Build Strong Project Teams

PMI

Dave Wakeman, PMP shares his thoughts on how to build project teams:

  1. Be an active communicator
  2. Trust your team
  3. Understand your team members’ individual motivations
  4. Don’t embarrass your team
  5. Be flexible

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NewsDigestInternational Project Management Day 7th November
Mark your diary and plan your event.  Tell PM Advisor what you are doing.
 
Warning Signs Your Project May Be in Trouble
Governance is a hot topic in project management recently, and in our opinion, rightly so.  In this article Harold Kerzner explores increasing pressure on project managers and sponsors, what this means to the project and weaknesses in understanding governance roles & responsibilities.
 
Quote of The Week
The root of most project evil is poor governance“, from an article by Brian Wernham in an article in the APMs Project Magazine looking at the UK government’s Universal Credit programme.
 
Top 7 Wishes of IT Project Managers
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming.  These are the 7 wishes:
  1. Involvment from inception
  2. The perfect team
  3. Powerful yet simple to use PM Tools
  4. Clearly defined objectives
  5. Buy-in from stakeholders and end-users
  6. Be treated with respect
  7. Be allowed to adjust
 
7 Critical Skills for Project Managers
This could be a controversial one, and at PMAdvisor we were particularly surprised to see communication missing.
  1. Scheduling
  2. Resource allocation
  3. Risk management
  4. Budgeting
  5. Team management
  6. Change management
  7. Issue management
 
Howler of the Week
Simplifying project management basics is a good thing, so we were excited to came across this article on Coach4Growth.com
We were excited until we realised how many critical elements were missing, by focusing purely on the schedule.  Think strategy, locations, stakeholders, risks, issues, methods, budgets, …..
 
Triniforce releases Project Kaiser version 12
This new version of their web-based project management software includes a number of improvements in team collaboration, projects’ creation, project tree configuration etc. 
 
PowerSteering 10 Introduces Innovative Portfolio Planning Capabilities
The latest release extends PowerSteering’s capabilities in portfolio management and analysis, introducing a number of enhancements.

PM and PPM Tools – what do you recommend

PM Tool Logo CloudsWe’ve been busy updating our PM Tools pages over the last couple of weeks.

As our thoughts now turn to  what to look at next, we would love to hear about what you use to manage your projects and portfolios successfully.  Similarly if you’d like us to do the research for you either on a specific tool or in a particular category let the PM Advisor know!

What do you use for your own personal productivity while managing your projects?

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Do you recommend a fantastic enterprise level PPM for keeping a handle of your portfolio?

Have you found that perfect niche-type specialist tool to help with managing risks, or resources, for creating mind maps, or something else?

We’d love to hear from you the PM Advisor community.  We welcome your thoughts whether by email, by commenting on this post, or by voting here.