Project Management News Digest from PM Advisor

PM News Digest from PM AdvisorIn 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.

There is a lot of emphasis in this round-up on the role of project sponsors, governance, factors for P3 success and agile as well as other interesting news.


Researchers Argue that Social Networks Can Improve Project Management

The Rolla Daily News

Contrary to the notion that social networks are time-wasters, they could improve project management and the spread of specialized knowledge according to the paper “Improving Knowledge Sharing in Healthcare Through Social Network Analysis”.

pmiEU Regulations Increase Importance of Project Management


PMI observe that “The EU has approved regulations that increase the importance of applied project management skills and methods as criteria for selecting beneficiaries of EU cohesion and structural funds.”

logo-sciforma-colorSciforma CEO Talks of Planning Your Business Around Sequence of Client Needs


An interesting read. We love the quote “Whatever product or service you are offering needs to evolve around not only the set of needs your prospects have, but also the order in which they need those needs fulfilled.”

Architects’ Project Management Role Not Fully Understood


Andrew Heaton reports findings that that many people did not fully understand the value architects can bring.

How To Succeed at Project Governance


Phil Weinzimer asks the question “Why can’t IT organizations figure out how to avoid the high project-failure rate experienced by so many companies?”.

Executive Sponsor Engagement Drives Project & Program Success


No surprises here from PMI, but positive reinforcement as to the importance of project sponsors. Mark Langley makes a valuable quote “Effective project sponsors use their influence within an organization to actively overcome challenges by communicating the project’s alignment to strategy, removing roadblocks, and driving organizational change.”

How to Be a Great Project Sponsor


Russell Harley shares some great tips for being a great sponsor:

  • Be there,
  • Don’t Delegate,
  • Trust your SMEs, and
  • The PM is NOT a sponsor.

How to Smash It as a Project Sponsor


Colin Ellis provides a few tips for project sponsors:

  • Governance isn’t something you can delegate,
  • Only fools rush in,
  • If you are the only person interested, you should stop it,
  • You need to manage the PM, and
  • Big projects are a thing of the past – break them up.

10 Ways to Improve Program Management

Federal News Radio

Shelfful Kapadia of Federal News Radio spoke with executives from the Project Management Institute, Accenture Federal Services and Deloitte to come up with the following Top10 Tips:

  1. Align projects with organizational strategy,
  2. Manage broadly and dive deeply,
  3. Prioritise to avoid scattered behaviour,
  4. Find human capital using the talent triangle,
  5. Engage with suppliers to ensure their solutions meet missions,
  6. Employ ‘best value’ acquisitions whenever possible,
  7. Communicate challenges directly and honestly,
  8. Learn and leverage from the private sector,
  9. Follow the example of a respected program manager, and
  10. Go back to basics.

Don’t Forget About Behaviours and Attitudes

APM Blog

Paul Naybour from Project Accelerator reminds us that when we talk about a project manager’s toolbox we should be thinking of methods, software, soft skills and other competencies such as behaviours and attitudes.

VisualisationThe Power of Visualisation: VIDEO

Pinnacle Blog

This super video from Mark Woeppel of Pinnacle Strategies explains why and how visualising your project or workflow helps your team see quickly where things are and what they need to do, solving the most basic problem of working together – agreement on the problem.

Agile Project Management in and Agile World

CA Blog

Robert Stroud explains that in this era where business is powered by software, to deliver on accelerating business demands, a rapidly growing number of organizations are embracing Agile development.

APM LogoHow to Manage Agile

APM Blog

Brian Wernham describes 7 easily understandable agile governance behaviours:

  1. “Show Me”,
  2. Be incremental,
  3. Expect early business benefits,
  4. Go for smooth flow of work,
  5. Never slip a deadline,
  6. Reduce work in progress, and
  7. Talk to people.

5 Mistakes Project Managers Can Make


We’ve all watched The Apprentice and seen some fairly common mistakes (do the new intake never watch previous episodes?). Katie Hawksworth suggests 5 common mistakes:

  1. The “I’m Project Manager so do as I say” attitude,
  2. Playing the waiting game,
  3. Skipping out peripheral team members,
  4. Poor delegation, and
  5. Scattered or incomplete project information.

6 Fundamentals of Project Management Success

Federal Times

20 years after Cobb’s Paradox was written, Mark Forman reflects on the difference between successful and unsuccessful projects, suggesting 6 fundamentals:

  1. Address the risks,
  2. Simplify,
  3. Analyse the alternatives,
  4. Focus on benefits realisation,
  5. Employ the right incentive structure, and
  6. Own the governance.

10 Steps to Keep Projects on Track

Tech Cocktail

Santosh Satya suggests ten simple yet highly effective ways to ensure high quality project work gets done on schedule and within budget constraints:

  1. Define the project on paper,
  2. Create a work plan,
  3. Define relevant procedures,
  4. Monitor the budget,
  5. Keep an eye on the schedule,
  6. Stay alert for early warning signs,
  7. Keep upper management (or sponsors) informed,
  8. Safeguard against scope creep,
  9. Manage risks, and
  10. Resolve problems quickly.

Forests or Trees – The Constant Tension of Product & Project Management

LinkedIn Pulse

Cliff Gilley highlights the very real differences between project and product managers: time/scope/resources vs strategy/roadmap/requirements.

We hope that you have found this news roundup of interest, or maybe even of use.  As always we’d love to hear your thoughts.