Project Management News Digest from PM Advisor

In this latest roundup of news from the world of project, program and portfolio management we highlight news and articles which have caught our eye recently.

Daptiv

Project management company Daptiv sells to Changepoint

GeekWire

Blair Hanley Frank reports that Daptiv Solutions, a Seattle-based project portfolio management company, has been acquired by Changepoint, a Toronto company that builds professional services automation software.

Fine-tuning your project management style: 4 tips on how to successfully blend Agile, Waterfall methodologies

FierceCIO

Eric Morgan argues that organisations with successful development cycles appear to employ a mix of agile and waterfall. He offers 4 tips for harmonisation without sacrificing visibility or productivity:

  1. Transition slowly
  2. Provide professional training
  3. Allow teams to communicate across methodologies
  4. Speak a language everyone understands

Agility in project management requires a fully functioning eye

CapGemini Blog

Henk-Jan van der Klis looks at how to breakdown the 46 IPMA PM competence elements into 3 groups – behavioural, technical and contextual and focus on leadership.

Five Project Management Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

SiteProNews

Sean Crafts shares 5 common mistakes and suggests what to do to avoid them in your projects:

  1. No clearly defined scope of work
  2. Project delays
  3. Team member roles not clearly defined
  4. Lack of communication
  5. Project managers are unprepared to face challenges

Updatey

Updatey v2 Goes Live

Updatey Blog

With Updatey version 2, you’ll see improved performance, design changes, and most excitingly, the Workspace and a new Dashboard.

The Purpose Of Guiding Principles in Project Management

Herding Cats

Glen Alleman explains that these 5 guiding principles define the key criteria for making decisions about the application of a project’s Practices and Processes:

  1. Goal
  2. Plans
  3. Resources
  4. Risk
  5. Measures

Why Every Employee Needs to be a Project Manager

IDG Connect

Eric Morgan from AtTask argues that in the aftermath of the global recession all employees are now required to act and think as PMs. This means embedding PM skills at every level and preparing the workforce for decentralised project management.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

InfoQ

Ben Linders offers his views and those of 3 bloggers on this often controversial subject.

PMI

Reenergizing Project Managers

PMI

PMI observe that organisations go to great lengths and considerable cost to find the right project practitioners. However many can slide into mediocrity if interest in the work wanes. A disengaged project manager can lower team morale, blow budgets, delay schedules and eat up a supervisor’s time and attention. By noticing and addressing the problem early, organisations can refresh a practitioner’s engagement levels — and keep performance on track. Their suggestions:

  • Recognise red flags,
  • Confront the issue head on,
  • Assess skills,
  • Assign a mentor, and
  • Follow-up.

Trello

Project and Task-Management Tool Trello Hits 5 Million Users

Mashable

Trello, the web-based visual task-management system, announced recently that it now has more than 5 million users.

Project Risk Management – 10 Golden Rules

International Business Times

International Business Times suggests 10 golden rules for ensuring that risks are adequately managed in projects:

  1. Make risk management part of your project
  2. Identify risks early in your project
  3. Communicate about risks
  4. Consider both threats and opportunities
  5. Clarify ownership issues
  6. Prioritise risks
  7. Analyse risks
  8. Plan and implement risk responses
  9. Register project risks
  10. Track Risks and Associated Tasks

APM Logo

Wellingtone and APM partner on career service for profession

APM

Dayner Proudfoot announces that Wellingtone and APM have formed a unique alliance to provide a career development service to the project management profession.

5 Project Portfolio Management Apps That Give You ‘The Big Picture’

Business2Community

GetApp suggest 5 portfolio management applications:

  1. AtTask
  2. Mavenlink
  3. EPM Live
  4. Clarizen
  5. Wrike

5 Best Project Management Tools for Small Businesses

Yahoo

Kathleen Olson recommends the 5 best PM tools for small businesses:

  1. Asana
  2. Casual
  3. Basecamp
  4. Apollo HQ
  5. Flow

Movidiam: New Networking & Project Management Platform for Filmmakers

Cinema5D

Ethan Vincent reports that there is a new online platform called Movidiam which aims to be a creative network that allows brands, agencies and filmmakers to connect, collaborate and work together on films and projects.

Projectmates V13.0 Raises the Bar for Construction Project Management Software

Digital Journal

Systemates, Inc. recently announced the upgrade of Projectmates version 13.0, its best and most innovative version of Projectmates construction project management software to date. Enterprise ad hoc reports and dashboards were added to give clients unprecedented control over project data.

Project Management News Digest from PM Advisor

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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?

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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

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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

Project Management News Digest w42 2013

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.

7th November – International Project Management Day

IPMD_Medium_RGBThis is a date set aside to promote awareness of the growing profession of project management through local events.  The idea is to recognise the efforts and successes of project managers and teams.

More details can be found on the dedicated website IPM Day.  Each year the day is held on the first Thursday in November, and this year that falls on 7th November.

Are you hosting or attending an IPM Day Event?  Tell us all about it in comments below, and use PM Advisor to promote your event and recognise your hard working project teams.